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Look Ahead to 2013 (Episode #1617H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

The annual discussion of religion stories likely to be in the headlines in the coming year, including faith-based expectations for the second Obama term, major court cases on gay marriage, looming healthcare coverage controversies and new challenges for religious institutions. Host Bob Abernethy, R&E Managing Editor Kim Lawton, Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne and Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom analyze the religion and ethics stories they expect to be covering in 2013.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Look Back at 2012 (Episode #1616H)

KQED World: Sat, Dec 22, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

The annual look back at the top religion stories of the past year, including religion's role in the presidential election, faith-based divisions over economic policy, the rising number of people with no religious affiliation, and ongoing turmoil in the Middle East. Host Bob Abernethy, R&E Managing Editor Kim Lawton, Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne and Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom analyze the trends and events that made news in 2012.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 24, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1615H

KQED World: Sat, Dec 15, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

Same-Sex Marriage - In March the Supreme Court will hear arguments on an amendment that bans same-sex marriage In California, and on the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies same-sex couples who marry the same federal benefits accorded to heterosexual marriages. The Supreme Court decision will have broad implications and, as Tim O'Brien reports, one possible outcome of these cases could be the requirement that all states recognize gay marriage. Christmas Gift Giving - The tradition of giving Christmas presents is often tied to the magi, or wise men, who according to the Bible story, brought precious gifts to the baby Jesus. But many Christians say things have gotten out of hand. The average American family is projected to spend about $750 on Christmas this year. Kim Lawton looks at the ways some churches are urging their members to avoid consumerism and practice more meaningful Christmas gift giving.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 17, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 17, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1614H

KQED World: Sat, Dec 8, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

HAITI PRIEST DOCTOR - Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on Father Rick Frechette who came to Haiti 25 years ago to build a school and shelter for orphans. Seeing the need for doctors, he subsequently went to medical school and his mission now operates the largest pediatric hospital in Haiti as well orphanages schools and other hospitals in that troubled nation.
EVANGELICALS AND THE ELECTION - Host Bob Abernethy talks with Southern Baptist and culture war leader Richard Land, who is stepping down next year as President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Despite conservative defeats in the election, Land insists there is no reason for the religious right to soften any of its positions - on abortion, gay marriage or anything else.
HANUKKAH LAMPS - As the 8-day Hanukkah festival of lights approaches, Susan Braunstein, curator of the Jewish Museum of New York describes the lamps and menorahs that have been used over time to celebrate the holiday.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 -- 6:00 AM

Episode #1613H

KQED World: Sat, Dec 1, 2012 -- 7:00 AM

ST. OLAF CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL - For 100 years, St. Olaf College, a small Lutheran school in Minnesota, has put on a Christmas concert that has become known-and loved-around the world. Kim Lawton reports on the background and mission of the famed St. Olaf Choir. (Originally aired December 16, 2011)
CHURCHES AND THE DISABLED - Lucky Severson reports on congregations that assimilate the severely disabled. Severson speaks with Mark Pinsky, author of the book Amazing Gifts, about the loneliness of many disabled people, the awkwardness of some churchgoers in their presence and the growing need for places of worship that not only welcome the disabled but put them to work, even as evangelists. (Originally aired May 11, 2012)

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 3, 2012 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Dec 3, 2012 -- 6:00 AM
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