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Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

Below is a list of broadcasts scheduled to air in the next 60 days on any of our three channels.

Episode #1831
Airs Sunday April 5th
26 minutes long
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Sun Apr 5th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Apr 5th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1832
Airs Sunday April 12th
26 minutes long
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Sun Apr 12th @ 11:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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Sun Apr 12th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1833
Airs Sunday April 19th
26 minutes long
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Sun Apr 19th @ 11:30 am

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episode on this channel.

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Sun Apr 19th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1834
Airs Sunday April 26th
26 minutes long
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Sun Apr 26th @ 11:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

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Sun Apr 26th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1835
Airs Sunday May 3rd
26 minutes long
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Sun May 3rd @ 11:30 am

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tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun May 3rd @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1836
Airs Sunday May 10th
26 minutes long
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Sun May 10th @ 11:30 am

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Sun May 10th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1837
Airs Sunday May 17th
26 minutes long
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Sun May 17th @ 11:30 am

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Sun May 17th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1838
Airs Sunday May 24th
26 minutes long
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Sun May 24th @ 11:30 am

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episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun May 24th @ 4:30 pm


This list includes any broadcasts that aired in the past 2 months on any of our three channels.

Episode #1830
Previously aired Sunday March 29th
Minnesota God-sends - Inventors in Minnesota are making machines that are God-sends to poor farmers and others overseas. In Minneapolis, dozens of retired engineers and other volunteers are giving a new definition to being good neighbors. As Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, they are making thrashers and grinders and water purifiers that are changing the lives of the poor villagers around the world who get them - free. Jim and Jill Kelly -Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to a record four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s. Off the field, he and his wife Jill have faced some tough challenges, including a terminally ill son, marital problems and Jim's cancer. They talk with managing editor Kim Lawton about how their faith has sustained them. Atul Gawande Interview - Best-selling author and surgeon Atul Gawande has grappled with difficult questions surrounding aging, dying, and the limits of medicine. He spoke with Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly about what matters most to those nearing the end of their lives, a subject of his new book, Being Mortal.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Mar 29th @ 11:30 am

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No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Mar 29th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1829
Previously aired Sunday March 22nd
Selma 50th Anniversary - This month, commemorations have been taking place for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and subsequent marches in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, that led to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Kim Lawton looks at the role religion played and the continuing legacy of the voting rights movement. Average Mohammed - One American Muslim's battle with the propaganda of extremist Islam. Violent, radical Islamic groups are using high-quality video to recruit young Muslims in the U.S. and Europe to come join their fight. Now, one of the many Somali Muslim immigrants in Minnesota is making his own videos to counter the radical message. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Minneapolis on the resourceful man who calls himself "Average Mohammed." Baha'i 19-Day Fast - Baha'is around the world have been observing their 19-Day Fast. It's one of the holiest times on their calendar and leads up to Naw Ruz, their New Year. Baha'i member 'Abdu'l-Karim Ewing-Boyd describes the fast and what it means to him spiritually.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Mar 22nd @ 11:30 am

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No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Mar 22nd @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1828
Previously aired Sunday March 15th
Turkey's Refugees - Rising violence by ISIS and the ongoing civil war in Syria have generated what the United Nation's calls the "worst refugee crisis since World War Two." Nearly 1.6 million refugees have fled to Turkey. Managing editor Kim Lawton traveled to Istanbul and to Kilis, on the border between Turkey and Syria, for our special report about the challenges facing the refugees and how people of faith are trying to help them. Millennials Church - Saul Gonzalez reports on Mosaic Church in Hollywood, California, a Christian house of worship that focuses on ministering to the millennial generation, young men and women born in the '80's and '90's, many of whom grew up with no strong religious beliefs but who are searching for more meaning in their lives.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Mar 15th @ 11:30 am

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episode on this channel.

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Episode #1827
Previously aired Sunday March 8th
Westerners Who Join Radical Islam - One estimate says 15,000 Westerners - men and women, from many countries - have enlisted in ISIS and other branches of violent, radical Islam this year. Correspondent Dan Lothian talks with experts and a former recruit about the promises, lack of knowledge, social media and other reasons some young Europeans and Americans have gone to join radical Islam. Benefit Corporations - For-profit companies with the mission of creating both profits for their investors and long-term value for their communities, their workers and the environment. Lucky Severson reports that there are now more than a thousand so-called B-Corporations, with laws in some states allowing them to pursue their twin goals without the risk of being sued by shareholders who might be interested only in profits. Blind Boys of Alabama - For 70 years, the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music to inspire their audiences both with their music and their faith. Over the decades, the Blind Boys, still with some original members, have won five Grammys and been specially welcomed by the disabled. One of the members, Ricky McKinnie, says, "It's not about what you can't do. It's about what you do."
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Mar 8th @ 11:30 am

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No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

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Episode #1826
Previously aired Sunday March 1st
New Muslim Initiatives Against Extremism - As ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups ramp up their recruiting efforts in the West, many Islamic organizations in the US are launching new initiatives aimed at preventing radicalization. They say while the number of Americans Muslims seeking to commit acts of terror is small, the issue must be addressed. Kim Lawton looks at some of the new efforts, as well as some of the controversy that surrounds them. Women Leading the Observance of Purim - The Jewish celebration of Purim -- reading aloud the complex and heroic account in the Book of Esther of Esther's willingness to risk her life to save ancient Jews from annihilation by the King of Persia. Traditionally, among Orthodox Jews, the story was read aloud by men, but now Orthodox women are leading Purim services, too. Kim Lawton tells the story. India's Sacred Cows - Hindu traditions in India insist that cows are sacred. So, as Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, Indians still share their most modern cities with many thousands of cows they protect in the streets and take care of until they die.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Mar 1st @ 11:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

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Episode #1825
Previously aired Sunday February 22nd
White House Extremism Summit - This week, the Obama administration hosted a three-day summit on countering violent extremism in the US and abroad. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk to one of the participants, Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, about the topics addressed and the controversial question of whether the meeting was too focused on Muslims and Islam. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - In the second of a two part conversation, the retired Chief Rabbi of Great Britain talks with Bob Abernethy about religion and science, about what Sacks sees as the necessity of religion not only for a meaningful life but also for civilization, and for working with others as partners with God to repair the world. Churches in Pubs - With many young people saying they are uncomfortable going to church, some pastors are taking the church to them - in pubs. Lucky Severson reports on the growing number of religious services and conversations in pubs - and the criticism of it.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Feb 22nd @ 11:30 am

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Sun Feb 22nd @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1824
Previously aired Sunday February 15th
Church Economics Prize Contest - A Brooklyn church asks, what's wrong with the economy? Members of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church are offering a $33,000 prize to whoever can best explain why the U.S. economy has been so hard on so many. Jobs going overseas? Technology demanding unavailable skills? A few getting too rich? David Tereschuk reports on one congregation's search for economic explanations everyone can understand. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, eminent scholar and author, retired after serving 22 years as the Chief Rabbi for the UK. He is teaching in the U.S. this year and leading a global religious response to religious violence. In an interview with anchor Bob Abernethy, Sacks says, "Religion causes violence whenever we confuse piety and power." He believes that when groups seek power in the name of piety they do great harm. They injure God's world. Losar, Tibetan New Year - This coming week marks the new year, the year of the sheep, for the Chinese and many other Asian traditions. Tibetans call the holiday Losar. Tibetan Buddhist Tenzin Getso describes some of the special Losar rituals which help Tibetans leave the negative aspects of the old year behind in order to be spiritually prepared for the new one.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Feb 15th @ 11:30 am

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episode on this channel.

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Sun Feb 15th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1823
Previously aired Sunday February 8th
Homeless Female Veterans - Finding homes and dignity for the thousands of single, female veterans, some of them single mothers. One woman calls the neglect of many female veterans "America's Natural Disaster." Correspondent Bob Faw reports on an effort in Alexandria, Virginia to treat female veterans as well as many of them say male veterans are treated. It's called "Final Salute." Vaccinating Children - Refusing to vaccinate children against measles. A conversation with Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. Inoculation Ethics - As evidenced by the current measles breakout, contagious diseases once thought eradicated are coming back in epidemic numbers nationally. Dr. John Snyder, a pediatrician in Amherst, Mass says the rising number of cases are due to parents delaying or forbidding their children's vaccinations. "These are diseases that frequently hospitalized, disfigured, permanently damaged or killed children on a regular basis," said Dr. Snyder. Deborah Potter reports on this growing public health problem and its ethical and religious implications.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Feb 8th @ 11:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Feb 8th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1822
Previously aired Sunday February 1st
Science for Seminarians -The American Association for the Advancement of Science is supporting the study of science in seminaries for future ministers. Lucky Severson reports on the debate that has set off: some say understanding science should help create more effective ministers. Others fear that learning how scientists see the world might weaken faith. Helping India's Slum Dwellers Find Dignity - In the teeming slums of Mumbai (Bombay) in India, a caring man has founded an organization called Slum Dwellers International to help the very poor demand and get better treatment from the government bureaucracy. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports that perhaps the thing most coveted by the slum families is a private toilet, and the key to putting pressure on indifferent bureaucrats is the organizing of the slums' women. Remembering Thomas Merton - If the Trappist monk and prolific writer had lived long enough he would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Januray 31st. Judy Valente recalls Merton's gift for encouraging not just monks but everyone in their spiritual practices and their discovery of the presence of God.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Feb 1st @ 11:30 am

tpt MN Channel 2.2

No previous airings of this
episode on this channel.

tpt Life Channel 2.3

Sun Feb 1st @ 4:30 pm


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