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Episode #1621

KQED World: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

SEQUENCING THE GENOME: Science has made rapid strides in genetic testing - especially in children - to understand serious birth defects or congenital abnormalities, or the child's predisposition to disease later in life. But as Lucky Severson reports, guidelines for the use of this technology are lacking, leaving the questions who should be tested, and how much should parents be told.
LILLIAN DANIEL: A popular United Church of Christ pastor says she is fed up with atheists and everyone else who criticizes the Christian church, among them the growing number who say they are "spiritual but not religious." Daniel tells Bob Abernethy what she thinks is important is a church where "we worship a God who invented us, not the other way around."

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #1620

KQED World: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

INAUGURATION DISCUSSION: On the eve of President Obama's second inauguration, host Bob Abernethy is joined by Harold Dean Trulear, professor of theology at Howard University, the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of Washington, and John Garvey, president of Catholic University, to discuss the dramatic change in the public mood since four years ago and the agenda and outlook for the next four years.
LYNCHING AND FORGIVENESS: It is one of the darkest stains on America's history - the lynching of thousands of African-American men, women and children in the 19th and 20th centuries - and not only in the South. Bob Faw speaks with elderly African-Americans who either witnessed lynching or lived in fear of it, and who eventually found ways to forgive.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #1619

KQED World: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

PRISONS FOR PROFIT - Louisiana has the highest rate of incarceration of any state in the nation with 1 in every 86 adults behind bars. As Lucky Severson reports, to contain the costs of imprisoning so many individuals, the state has outsourced the operating of many prisons to local sheriffs and others who are given a per diem payment for each prisoner. Critics say one effect of this is to give sheriffs an incentive to expand their prison populations and keep their costs as low as possible.
WOMEN CATHOLIC PRIESTS - In the past decade more than 100 women have been "ordained" as Catholic priests, although the Vatican prohibits the ordination of women and considers the act a grave offense against the church, punishable by excommunication. Saul Gonzalez reports on the group called Roman Catholic Women Priests and interviews one of them, Jennifer O'Malley, who says that her excommunication was "a consequence of doing what God has called me to do."

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #1618

KQED World: Sun, Jan 6, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

RELIGION AND THE NEW CONGRESS - The new 113th Congress is more religiously diverse than usual. Although most of the representatives still are Protestants, this week a Hindu and a Buddhist were also among those sworn in.
ALAWITE ANXIETY IN TURKEY - Turkish Alawites, an offshoot of Shia Islam, say their concerns about the war in Syria are driven less by sympathy for the Assad regime than by a fear of what might replace it. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the border between Turkey and Syria.
SAVING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS - "The demise of Catholic schools has pained me for years," says Karen Carbone of New York City. But now her family is part of the effort to turn a parish school around and offer what expensive independent schools do at a much lower price.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 7, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
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