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Episode #1630

KQED World: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE - This past week the Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 same-sex marriage restrictions and the Defense of Marriage Act. Religious groups filed briefs on both sides of the disputes. Tim O'Brien reports on the arguments and the justices' responses to the lawyers as they presented the cases.
NICK VUJICIC - Nick Vujicic is an evangelist and motivational speaker who, in the last 10 years, has traveled to 44 countries and spoken to 5 million people - despite having no arms or legs due to a rare disease he was born with. He has had to deal with his anger and sometimes depression, but he tells Lucky Severson "if God can do something beautiful with my broken pieces, then God truly has a plan for each and every one of us."
HOLY WEEK - The three days leading up to Easter comprise the holiest time of the year for Christians. Filled with worship, prayer and pilgrimages, they commemorate Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter. Father Kenneth Semon of The Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe, New Mexico says "To go through the experience of the three days is really to go through what changes life for people."

Episode #1629

KQED World: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY JUSTIN WELBY - This week in England, Justin Welby is enthroned as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader to nearly 80 million Anglicans around the world. Over the past decade, the Anglican Communion has been deeply divided over theology, gender and sexuality. In an exclusive interview, Welby spoke with Kim Lawton about his intention to make reconciliation a top priority during his tenure as archbishop.
ST. FRANCIS AND THE POPE - A visit to the Franciscan Monastery in northeast Washington, DC, gives us a window into the life of St. Francis, who wanted to walk in the very footsteps of Christ in everything he did. Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM, explains that St. Francis, whose name was taken by the newly-elected Pope, could see God not only in every man and woman, but in everything in creation - including the birds, the rocks and the fields. Dunham says Pope Francis's love for the poor reminds us that it was the poor that Jesus lived among and reached out to in particular.
DESERT SEDER - According to Rabbi Jamie Korngold, the so-called "Adventure Rabbi, "it was when the ancient Israelites were wandering in the desert that God spoke to Moses and where the Jews got the teachings of the Torah. That is why she took a group into the Utah desert to experience the seder in the wilderness. This seder includes hiking and dancing, but also reading the story of the exodus directly from the Torah scroll, in a desert that one participant described as looking like the Negev, where the people once wandered.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #1628

KQED World: Sun, Mar 17, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

THE NEW POPE - As the College of Cardinals continues to vote on who will be the successor to Benedict XVI, Kim Lawton reports from Rome on what different Catholics are expecting from the new Pope - where should he be from and what kind of person would be best suited to lead the Church in this time of crisis?
NONE OF THE ABOVE: RELIGIOUS IMPLICATIONS - In this concluding segment of a 3-part miniseries, Deborah Potter looks at how the rapidly growing numbers of the religiously unaffiliated, especially among younger individuals, could affect churches and the roles of pastors. These so-called "nones" now make up nearly 20% of all adult Americans. (Originally aired October 26, 2012)

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  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

Episode #1627

KQED World: Sun, Mar 10, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

NONE OF THE ABOVE: POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS - We continue our 3-part miniseries examining the rapid rise in the number of Americans, now 20%, who describe themselves as religiously unaffiliated. The majority of these "nones," as they are often called, are Democratic and politically liberal. Kim Lawton looks at how their growing numbers could affect elections and the role of religion in politics. (Originally aired October 19,2012)
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE - Later this month, 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. (Originally aired December 14, 2012)

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  • KQED World: Mon, Mar 11, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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Episode #1626

KQED World: Sun, Mar 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

NONE OF THE ABOVE: WHO ARE THEY? - 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 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 />VATICAN NUNS CONTROVERSY - Fifty years ago Pope John XXIII convened a series of meetings in Rome known as the Second Vatican Council, which produced significant changes in Catholic life. But the legacy of Vatican II is still debated. Kim Lawton reports on how that debate has played a role in the current crisis between the Vatican and many US nuns. Last April, the Vatican accused the umbrella group that represents the majority of American nuns of "doctrinal confusion". But many of these sisters say they are just following the spirit of Vatican II.

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