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Episode #2022H

KQED World: Sat, Jan 28, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

* Religious Reaction to Trump Executive Orders | During his first week in office, President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders on issues of particular interest to communities of faith - immigration, refugee resettlement, oil pipeline construction, and abortion. Bob Abernethy, Kim Lawton, and Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alliance, talk about how religious groups are responding. "We have a government now that is trying to legislate what it means to be faithful - faithful to America, faithful to a particular religious perspective," says Rabbi Moline. "We heard that in the pre-inaugural sermon that the president was presented with, and if you don't fit into that pretty narrow definition of what it means to be an American religious person, that has a chilling effect on your sense of being at home in this country."
* New Camaldoli Hermitage | While the number of monks and nuns has declined in recent years, there has been a large increase in the number of lay people who want to associate with religious communities and their approach to the spiritual life. Kate Olson visited the New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Benedictine community in Big Sur, California, where today there are 24 monks but 700 oblates, lay people who live in the world but affiliate with a monastery and follow a rule that guides monastic life. "We're going back to where it all began," says Fr. Columba Stewart, a scholar of monasticism and a Benedictine monk at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, "with a variety of models of Christian ascetic life, and by ascetic I just mean disciplined. That's what people are discovering, and they're figuring out ways they can live as individuals, as families, as loose associations of friends who find this particular path to be helpful, sustaining, and nourishing to them."
* Martin Scorsese's "Silence" | Director Martin Scorsese's new film "Silence" tells the story of two Jesuit priests in the 17th century who are sent to Japan to investigate reports that their missionary mentor has renounced his faith. Rev. James Martin, SJ of America magazine, who served as a consultant to the film, talks with correspondent Kim Lawton about the many religious themes in "Silence," especially belief and doubt, and how the movie reflects Scorsese's Catholic faith.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 30, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 30, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 29, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 28, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2021

KQED World: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

* Religion and the New Trump Administration | As Donald Trump takes office, there are sharp divisions among religious groups. Some are welcoming his presidency and the advancement of more conservative policies; others are deeply concerned about his appointments and agenda. Bob Abernethy talks about religion and the new administration with Kim Lawton, Jerome Socolovsky, and Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.
* Terry Waite | In the early 1990s, Terry Waite, a lifelong Anglican and a hostage negotiator for the Archbishop of Canterbury, was himself captured by terrorists in Lebanon. He was freed after nearly 5 years alone in the dark, blindfolded and chained to a radiator. Since his return to England he has written about his ordeal, and his latest book of poetry is Out of the Silence. Waite tells Lucky Severson how he came to value corporate silence, "which is something sadly lacking in our society today," and how he came to recognize the importance of developing an interior life.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 23, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 23, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 22, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 21, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2020

KQED World: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

* Millennials and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. | Monday, January 16, is the national holiday to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Older generations remember the leadership of Dr. King in the civil rights movement, but what about younger ones? Does Dr. King's legacy remain an inspiration for today's millennials? Dan Lothian interviews millennials in Boston as well as local activist Rev. Eugene Rivers and Northeastern University professor Sarah Jackson, an expert on social movements, about the contemporary attitudes of young people toward Dr. King. Among millennial activists, says Jackson, there is both an embrace of and a distance from Dr. King. There is admiration for his goals, but little desire for one great new leader. Instead, millennials are seeking to be part of a new movement driven by them from the ground up.
* Katie Meyler | Raised by a single mother in sometimes difficult circumstances in suburban New Jersey, Katie Meyler went to Liberia volunteering with the Christian charity Samaritan's Purse after college. There she became a one-woman force for social justice and education for girls. She raised money to build a school and became so committed to her work she refused to leave even when Ebola struck two years ago. She is still going strong.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 15, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 14, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Episode #2019

KQED World: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

* Brexit and London's Muslim Mayor | Despite the sharp spike in hate crimes and anti-immigrant speech associated with Britain's recent vote to leave the European Union, Sadiq Khan, mayor of London and the first Muslim leader of any Western world capital city, has been a strong voice for post-Brexit interfaith relations and reconciliation. He famously took a selfie with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi of London during Ramadan last year that went viral around the globe. On Mayor Khan's recent visit to the US, David Tereshchuk talked with him about bigotry, extremism, religious tolerance, and choosing hope over fear.
* Sean Callahan | On January 1, Sean Callahan became the new president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the international relief agency of the US Catholic Church. Kim Lawton traveled to Haiti with Callahan last November in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and spoke with him about his humanitarian mission, his concerns about the anti-refugee climate in America, and what he learned working with Mother Teresa in India.
* Shabbat/Sabbath | Every week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, Jews around the world celebrate Shabbat, the Sabbath. A day of prayer, rest, and reflection, Shabbat provides the spiritual renewal, some say, that is needed for the rest of the week. We spoke with Rabbi Nissan Antine and his wife, Sarah, of Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland about the meaning and practice of Shabbat.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 9, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 9, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -- 7:00 AM

Look Ahead to 2017 (Episode #2018)

KQED World: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 12:00 PM

We convene our annual discussion of some of the stories we'll be watching in 2017. From religion and the new Trump administration to rising hate crimes and ongoing debates about the Supreme Court, immigration and religious freedom, our panel looks ahead. Host Bob Abernethy talks with Managing Editor Kim Lawton, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Jerome Socolovsky, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.

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  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 2, 2017 -- 10:30 AM
  • KQED World: Mon, Jan 2, 2017 -- 3:30 AM
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