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Episode #1704

KQED World: Sat, Sep 28, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Religion and the Affordable Care Act - With enrollment in Obamacare beginning on October 1st and some in Congress seeking to de-fund it, Saul Gonzalez reports on the role of religious leaders, both for and against it, in the many, multi-million dollar campaigns underway to sell the law to the uninsured. A critical target is the so-called "Young Invincibles" whose participation is considered vital to offset the high costs of care for the aged. Pakistan's Christians - In the aftermath of last week's deadly attack on a church compound in Pakistan, Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Karachi that one legacy of the West's former colonialism is deep resentment among Pakistani Muslim extremists of everything they see as Western, including Christianity. Meanwhile, Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws permit mobs to label any non-Muslim a target making many Christians fearful and causing others to flee the nation.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 30, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 30, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 29, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Episode #1703

KQED World: Sat, Sep 21, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

METHODIST GAY MARRIAGE CONTROVERSY - As gay marriage ceremonies remain forbidden in the United Methodist Church, Betty Rollin speaks with Rev. Tom Ogletree, a United Methodist scholar and former Dean of the Yale Divinity School and the Drew Divinity School, in New Jersey. He faces a possible church trial for officiating at the marriage of his gay son. Rev. Ogletree says there is "no concept of homosexuality or sexual orientation at all" in scripture. But Rev. Rob Renfroe of the Woodland United Methodist Church, near Houston, insists "there is not any passage in scripture that is condoning or accepting of that practice."
THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS - Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Durham in Northeast England on the Lindisfarne Gospels, the first surviving translations of the four Christian gospels from Latin into old English, 1300 years ago - a landmark in Christianity's migration to the British Isles.
CHAGALL'S JEWISH JESUS - Marc Chagall is well known for his whimsical paintings portraying Jewish shtetl life in Russia. What is less well known are his paintings of a crucified Jewish Jesus. Throughout his career, he painted over 100 of them, especially during the Holocaust. The Jewish Museum in New York, where we spoke with Senior Curator Susan Tumarkin Goodman, is having a special exhibit of these paintings.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 22, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Episode #1702

KQED World: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

THE SYRIA CONFLICT - Can diplomacy replace missile strikes in the crisis over chemical weapons in Syria? William Galston, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, talks with Bob Abernethy and Kim Lawton about the moral choices now as the US decides how to proceed.
BIRMINGHAM CHURCH BOMBING 50TH ANNIVERSARY - Less than 3 weeks after the 1963 March on Washington, on Sunday, September 15th, a Ku Klux Klan-planted bomb went off at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama, just before the 11 am worship service began. 4 young girls were killed, and the entire nation was rocked by the tragedy. Kim Lawton looks at the impact of the bombing and how, 50 years later, the church hopes to be a witness of the past and a sign of hope for the future.
KEVER AVOT - Rabbi David Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, talks about the Jewish practice, Kever Avot. During the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - a time of prayer, repentance and charity - many Jews visit the graves of their loved ones and ancestors. Rabbi Wolpe leads a community Kever Avot service at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills Memorial Park.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Episode #1701

KQED World: Sat, Sep 7, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

GUANTANAMO ETHICS - In the wake of the September 11th attacks, the US established a detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to imprison and interrogate those captured in the new war against terror. Today, citing concerns about torture and human rights abuses, a growing movement is urging that Gitmo be shut down. Kim Lawton looks at the complex ethical and moral questions surrounding Guantanamo, including whether hunger-striking detainees should be force fed.
BUDDHIST UNIVERSITY - Buddhism was born in India some 2500 years ago and has spread elsewhere in Asia but only a tiny fraction of India's population is Buddhist. For decades, in a revival effort, the Indian government has encouraged pilgrims to come to one of India's holiest locations, the ancient city of Bodh Gaya and, as Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, there is now an effort to revive the ancient Buddhist university that once flourished there.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 8:00 AM

Episode #1652

KQED World: Mon, Sep 2, 2013 -- 4:30 AM

SISTER JOAN CHITTISTER - Sister Joan Chittister, author of more than 40 books on the spiritual life that have sold more than a million copies, has been a member of Mount St. Benedict Monastery in Erie, Pa. , for the past 61 years. Judy Valente profiles and interviews the controversial nun who has long advocated and worked for a wide variety of social causes many of which have rankled the Catholic church hierarchy.
JAINS - Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Delhi, India on Jainism, a belief system sometimes confused with Hinduism, which dates back to at least the sixth century BC. Though there are now only about 5 million Jains among India's population of 1.2 billion, Jainism's imprint on India's history, including its independence movement, is large. The most devout Jains revere all forms of life, advocate celibacy and renounce all material possessions, including clothing.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 2, 2013 -- 10:30 AM
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