Religion & Ethics Newsweekly - Season 2012

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Episode Guide

  • January 6, 2012
    January 6, 2012
    Episode 01.06.12
    Refugees from North Korea; Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon on his newest album "So Beautiful or So What"; Red Thread Promise, a group that is helping disabled children in Haiti
  • January 13, 2012
    January 13, 2012
    Episode 01.13.12
    A discussion on the role of religion in the GOP primaries and the significance of a recent Supreme Court ruling on ministerial exception; Mass incarcerations and the disproportionate number of African-Americans in prison; Funeral celebrations in Ghana
  • January 20, 2012
    January 20, 2012
    Episode 01.20.12
    Living with the Moral Burdens of War; Ahmadiyya Muslims; Feng Shui
  • January 27, 2012
    January 27, 2012
    Episode 01.27.12
    The one-year anniversary of the revolution in Egypt; The divided evangelical vote; Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, the world's largest congregation
  • February 3, 2012
    February 3, 2012
    Episode 02.03.12
    HEAL Africa, a faith-based group helping women traumatized by war in Congo; Improving working conditions and wages for farmworkers in Florida's tomato fields
  • February 10, 2012
    February 10, 2012
    Episode 02.10.12
    The Obama administration's policy on contraception stirs controversy over religious freedom; A report from Cairo on Egypt's Islamists; Education justice in Memphis
  • February 17, 2012
    February 17, 2012
    Episode 02.17.12
    Tough new voter ID requirements in South Carolina; USAID administrator Rajiv Shah on partnering with faith-based groups; The debate over New York City's ban on church worship services in public school buildings
  • February 24, 2012
    February 24, 2012
    Episode 02.24.12
    The renewed debate over gay rights in Uganda; Biblical scholar and author Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation; Observing Ash Wednesday on the streets of Washington, DC
  • March 2, 2012
    March 2, 2012
    Episode 03.02.12
    The Ethics of Drones (Originally broadcast 8/26/2011); Holy Family Ministries (Originally broadcast 4/15/2011); Orthodox Lenten Meals (Originally broadcast 4/8/2011)
  • March 9, 2012
    March 9, 2012
    Episode 03.09.12
    Post-Super Tuesday Analysis; Religion and Social Media (Originally broadcast April 1, 2011); God's Love Homeless Shelter (Originally broadcast July 1, 2011)
  • March 16, 2012
    March 16, 2012
    Episode 03.16.12
    Moral Questions After Afghan Massacre; Advance Directives (Originally broadcast October 21, 2011); St. Mary's Abbey (Originally broadcast July 22, 2011)
  • March 23, 2012
    March 23, 2012
    Episode 03.23.12
    Catholic New Service staff writer Patricia Zapor on Pope Benedict's visit to Cuba and hopes for greater religious freedom in that country; Jews and Christians paying new attention to the Jewishness of Jesus; and the long lives of Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California.
  • April 6, 2012
    April 6, 2012
    Episode 04.06.12
    We visit the the only Catholic all-boy choir school in the country, the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School; Also, a look at the role of parish nurses who provide physical and spiritual healing to their religious community.
  • April 13, 2012
    April 13, 2012
    Episode 04.13.12
    In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, a conversation about racism, violence, and justice; Two pastors share what it's really like to be a pastor in a new book; The challenges of caring for an aging parent
  • April 20, 2012
    April 20, 2012
    Episode 04.20.12
    The Vatican's crackdown on US Catholic nuns; A brother and sister who survived World War II in Shanghai's Jewish ghetto; Atheists in the army who want atheist chaplains
  • April 27, 2012
    April 27, 2012
    Episode 04.27.12
    Faith groups and challenges to Arizona's immigration law; A hospice chaplain who ministers to the dying; Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, one of the most respected rabbis in the world who has made it his life's work to translate the Talmud
  • May 4, 2012
    May 4, 2012
    Episode 05.04.12
    A conversation with Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter in the wake of White House counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan's speech on drone ethics; A look at the history of the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir; African-American Spirituals
  • May 11, 2012
    May 11, 2012
    Episode 05.11.12
    A look at how churches welcome and accommodate people with disabilities; Mechai Viravaidya, an award-winning economist and social entrepreneur whose efforts to reduce poverty are making a difference in rural Thailand; An exhibition of 19th-century Japanese scroll paintings featuring disciples of the Buddha and the ideals that should guide a good Buddhist life.moreless
  • May 18, 2012
    Episode 05.18.12
    We visit New Orleans pastor Fred Luter, who may soon become the Southern Baptist Convention's first African-American president; and we look at the ethical debate over worker's rights and fair labor standards in Cambodia's garment industry.
  • May 25, 2012
    Episode 05.25.12
    We discuss the looming legal battle between some Catholic institutions and the Obama administration over the contraception mandate; visit Union Theological Seminary and talk with future women ministers and theologians; and review the current Supreme Court case about sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life without parole.
  • June 1, 2012
    June 1, 2012
    Episode 06.01.12
    Singer-songwriter Paul Simon talks about spirituality, religion, and his recent album "So Beautiful Or So What," and we visit the Brooke Army Medical Center's Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, where wounded soldiers heal and recover with family living nearby.
  • June 8, 2012
    June 8, 2012
    Episode 06.08.12
    Amid growing US church tensions and Vatican scandal, we discuss what's at stake for the Catholic bishops at their upcoming semi-annual meeting. Also, revisit our stories about female circumcision in Africa and religious commitment ceremonies.
  • June 15, 2012
    June 15, 2012
    Episode 06.15.12
    Watch a report on a nonprofit group called Healthy Visions which is helping students in Greater Cincinnati make better life choices about sexuality, dating, drugs, and more. We also speak with Buddhist Abbot Nicholas Vreeland, chosen by the Dalai Lama to be the first Westerner to lead a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.moreless
  • June 22, 2012
    June 22, 2012
    Episode 06.22.12
    We visit a church where the congregation is made up of people with mental illnesses who worship and pray together. Also, watch our report on the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers union, founded by the late Cesar Chavez.
  • June 29, 2012
    June 29, 2012
    Episode 06.29.12
    A conversation about the religious reaction to the Supreme Court's decisions on health care reform and immigration; famine and regreening in the West African country of Niger; and a visit with Craig Dykstra, head of our funder Lilly Endowment's religion division.
  • July 6, 2012
    July 6, 2012
    Episode 07.06.12
    Church-planting and converting members of the legendary Masai tribe in Tanzania; Washington Post columnist and author E. J. Dionne on liberty and community; and influential graphic artist Sister Corita, a Catholic nun who used secular and religious imagery in her artwork to comment on the issues of the 1960s and 70s.moreless
  • July 13, 2012
    July 13, 2012
    Episode 07.13.12
    A bishop's effort to save the melting glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro by planting millions of trees; federal prosecutors who wrongfully withhold evidence that could prevent an innocent person from going to prison.
  • July 27, 2012
    July 27, 2012
    Episode 07.27.12
    A discussion of religion and ethics issues in the wake of the Colorado shooting, a report on the conflict between the Vatican and US nuns, and a visit to the Metropolitan Museum's new Islamic art galleries.
  • August 3, 2012
    August 3, 2012
    Episode 08.03.12
    "The contentious debate over banning US courts from considering shariah or Islamic law in their decision-making, and a visit to the first US Episcopal church to join the Catholic Church under the Vatican\'s new rules.
  • August 10, 2012
    August 10, 2012
    Episode 08.10.12
    "A conversation about the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Also, revisit our stories on the Jewishness of Jesus (originally broadcast March 23, 2012) and the world\'s largest congregation in Seoul, South Korea. (originally broadcast January 27, 2012)
  • August 17, 2012
    August 17, 2012
    Episode 08.17.12
    "With Roman Catholic candidates Paul Ryan and Joe Biden on this year\'s presidential tickets, how might Catholic social teaching influence the race? Also, revisit our stories about surrogate mothers in India and a Mormon chapel for singles.
  • August 24, 2012
    August 24, 2012
    Episode 20120824
    "Washington National Cathedral'?s interim dean, Rev. Frank Wade, on the value of cathedrals and their role in understanding faith and politics; former British prime minister Tony Blair on confronting issues of globalization and '?the faith divide'?; and the 75th anniversary production of an outdoor pageant based on the Book of Mormon.moreless
  • August 31, 2012
    August 31, 2012
    Episode 08.31.12
    "Watch our coverage from Tampa examining the role religion played at the Republican National Convention. We also look at how microloans and microgrants are helping struggling entrepreneurs here in the US.
  • September 14, 2012
    September 14, 2012
    Episode 09.14.12
    "Religious reactions to the deadly attacks against US embassies triggered by an anti-Islam video; Are Mormons Christians?; and Sephardic Jews prepare for Rosh Hashanah and the High Holy Days.
  • September 21, 2012
    September 21, 2012
    Episode 09.21.12
    What do the latest polls say about how the religious vote is dividing between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney? Also, should pastors be able to endorse a political candidate from the pulpit without facing consequences from the IRS? And are Vietnamese Catholics in the US "the new Irish" of the Catholic Church?moreless
  • September 28, 2012
    September 28, 2012
    Episode 09.28.12
    We discuss defamation of religion and freedom of speech with Haris Tarin, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council'?s Washington office; a report on the work of Nonviolent Peaceforce, a group of unarmed civilian peacekeepers, on the Philippine island of Mindanao; and Rabbi James Michaels explains the Jewish festival of Sukkot and the meaning behind the temporary shelters called "sukkahs."moreless
  • October 5, 2012
    October 5, 2012
    Episode 10.05.12
    A report from Iowa on politics, money, and elections of State Supreme Court justices; a visit to the Ninth Ward of New Orleans where churches and faith-based groups are supporting urban gardens and farms in the midst of city '?food deserts'?; and a conversation with Rabbi David Shneyer on the Jewish tradition of Simchat Torah or "rejoicing with the Torah" (Originally broadcast October 14, 2011).moreless
  • October 12, 2012
    October 12, 2012
    Episode 10.12.12
    Part one of our three-part series on the rise of the "nones," the religiously unaffiliated in America: Who are they? Also, should Minnesota's state constitution be changed to say marriage is the union of one man and one woman?
  • October 19, 2012
    October 19, 2012
    Episode 10.19.12
    Part two of our three-part series on the rise of the "nones," the religiously unaffiliated in America: What are the political implications? Also, Father Shay Cullen, an Irish-born Catholic priest, who is rescuing women and children from sex trafficking in the Philippines.
  • October 26, 2012
    October 26, 2012
    Episode 10.26.12
    We conclude our three-part series on the rise of the religiously unaffiliated with a report on the religious implications. Also, we revisit popular evangelical author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic, to discuss her two-year-long battle with breast cancer. And we visit an Islamic center where children participate in their own version of the Hajj, the traditional Islamic pilgrimage.moreless
  • November 2, 2012
    November 2, 2012
    Episode 11.02.12
    The response of the Southern Baptist Convention's relief arm in the wake of Sandy; a look back at the faith-based outreach of both campaigns this election season; black churches and same-sex marriage; and the Vigil of All Saints at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington.