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Episode #1608H

KQED World: Sat, Oct 27, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

NONE OF THE ABOVE - RELIGIOUS IMPLICATIONS: In this concluding segment of a three-part miniseries, Deborah Potter looks at how the rapidly growing numbers of the religiously unaffiliated could affect churches and the roles of pastors. These so-called "nones" now make up nearly 20% of adult Americans.
JONI EARECKSON TADA - BREAST CANCER UPDATE: In 2010, when managing editor Kim Lawton interviewed Joni Eareckson Tada, the popular evangelical author and speaker had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. This Breast Cancer Awareness month, Lawton talks with Tada, one of the longest surviving quadriplegics on record, about her 2-year-long battle with the disease and how it has affected her marriage and her faith.
BELIEF AND PRACTICE - THE HAJJ: At the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia children are led through a mock Hajj, performing the various rituals associated with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Imam Johari Abdul-Malik explains the journey to Mecca which is one of the five pillars of Islam that Muslims are called upon to perform at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able to do so.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 29, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1607H

KQED World: Sat, Oct 20, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

NONE OF THE ABOVE: Political Implications - We continue our 3-part miniseries examining the rapid rise in the number of Americans - now 2% - who describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated. The majority of these "nones," as they are often called, are Democratic and politically liberal. Managing Editor Kim Lawton looks at how their growing numbers could affect elections and the role of religion in politics.
FATHER SHAY CULLEN: Irish-born Catholic priest Shay Cullen arrived in the Philippines in 1972, three years after being ordained. As Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, Cullen has since then worked unstintingly to try to curtail the flourishing sex trafficking and prostitution there. Through his Preda Foundation he has sheltered and rehabilitated thousands of young women rescued from the sex trade.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1606H

KQED World: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

NONE OF THE ABOVE - Part 1 of a 3-part series on the fast-growing number of Americans - now 20% of US adults - who have no affiliation with any religious organization. Host Bob Abernethy reports the results of a joint Pew Forum/RENW survey, released this week, on the characteristics of the unaffiliated, especially the one-third of young people 18 to 29 who describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or "nothing in particular." Why is this group growing so fast, and what are the implications of this growth for politics and religion? < br />MINNESOTA MARRIAGE AMENDMENT - Minnesotans will vote in the upcoming election on a hotly contested amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. As Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Catholic archdiocese is appropriating more than $1 million to support the amendment but other religious organizations are working to defeat it.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1605H

KQED World: Sat, Oct 6, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

THE UN & MUSLIM PROTESTS - As violent protests spread across the Muslim world over a film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, President Obama, at the UN, condemned the film and also issued a strong call for religious tolerance and freedom of speech. Meanwhile, some delegates want a UN resolution outlawing any defamation of religion. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Haris Tarin, Director of the Washington office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE - Can State Supreme Court Justices remain fair and impartial if they have to raise money and campaign for office? Lucky Severson talks with former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit, who was one of three justices voted off the bench for ruling that a law prohibiting gay marriage violated Iowa's constitution. He said, "Judges that have to raise money to get elected and get reelected, they know who's buttering the bread."
"FOOD DESERTS" - The thousands of city and rural neighborhoods are without fresh food. Judy Valente reports on what churches, communities, the government and poor people themselves are doing to try to bring about what some call "food justice."
SIMCHAT TORAH - The exuberant Jewish celebrations marking the end of one year's cycle of reading the Torah and the beginning of the next. (Originally aired October 14, 2011)

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  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 8, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1604H

KQED World: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

THE UN & MUSLIM PROTESTS - As violent protests spread across the Muslim world over a film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, President Obama, at the UN, condemned the film and also issued a strong call for religious tolerance and freedom of speech. Meanwhile, some delegates want a UN resolution outlawing any defamation of religion. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Haris Tarin, Director of the Washington office of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE - In the Southern Philippines, an organization of unarmed civilian peacekeepers is monitoring and trying to preserve the fragile cease fire between the Philippine Army and Muslim rebels. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Mindanao that the peaceforce, co-founded by an American from Minnesota and which now also operates in other conflict areas, is trusted by both sides and seems to be effective.
BELIEF AND PRACTICE: SUKKOT - Rabbi James Michaels of the Hebrew Homes of Greater Washington explains the meaning and practices of this holiday when Jews build temporary shelters to remember the 40 years their ancestors lived in the desert after their escape from Egypt.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Oct 1, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
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