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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 #1827
Airs Sunday March 8th
26 minutes long
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Sun Mar 8th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1828
Airs Sunday March 15th
26 minutes long
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Sun Mar 15th @ 11:30 am

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Episode #1829
Airs Sunday March 22nd
26 minutes long
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Sun Mar 22nd @ 11:30 am

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Sun Mar 22nd @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1830
Airs Sunday March 29th
26 minutes long
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Sun Mar 29th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Mar 29th @ 4:30 pm

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

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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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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

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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 @ 4:30 pm


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

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
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Sun Mar 1st @ 11:30 am

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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
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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
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Sun Feb 15th @ 11:30 am

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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
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Sun Feb 8th @ 11:30 am

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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
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Sun Feb 1st @ 11:30 am

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Sun Feb 1st @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1821
Previously aired Sunday January 25th
State of the Union Religious Reaction - After President Obama outlined his vision for the nation in this week's State of the Union address, Host Bob Abernethy talks with Managing Editor Kim Lawton and Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom about what people of faith think of the president's proposals. Halki Seminary - One of the longest-standing priorities on the US international religious freedom agenda is the reopening of the Theological School Halki in Turkey. Once the world's leading Eastern Orthodox seminary, Halki was shut down by the Turkish government in 1971. Managing Editor Kim Lawton looks at the ongoing international campaign to see it reopened. Singer/Songwriter and Spiritual Seeker Bruce Cockburn - At 69, the Canadian musician has been described as a combination of Bob Dylan and Gandhi. Over his 50-year career he has produced 31 albums and received numerous awards. Cockburn spoke with correspondent Bob Faw about his experience of the presence of God, a connection he often feels, he says, when he is performing.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jan 25th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jan 25th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1820
Previously aired Sunday January 18th
Ferguson, Missouri Churches Trying to Restore Community - On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, church leaders in Ferguson, black and white, are trying to help their divided community heal. They tell correspondent Judy Valente they need to listen to each other if protests are ever to be turned into change. India's Artificial Limb Enterprise - In Jaipur, India, poor disabled people who need artificial limbs - up to 25,000 per year - are getting them free of charge. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports that new arms and legs made of a simple construction material are providing for their recipients not only mobility but dignity - critically important in a society in which disability is seen as a sign of bad Karma in a previous life. Muslims and the Paris Attacks - Last week's wave of attacks in Paris has prompted new debates about Islam and extremism. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Haris Tarin of the Muslim Public Affairs Council about how the West should respond, how to counter an anti-Muslim backlash, and how US Muslims are trying to keep extremism from taking hold here.
26 minutes long
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Sun Jan 18th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jan 18th @ 4:30 pm

Episode #1819
Previously aired Sunday January 11th
Social Media Ethics - Should social media intentionally make users happy or sad? Last year, when Facebook and others conducted experiments to see if they could affect users' emotions, there was an outcry from people charging that such manipulation was unethical. Lucky Severson reports on the controversy, which extended to attempts to affect choices about voting and dating. Has online technology developed faster than the ethics of how to use it? Raising Kids in Two Faiths - In recent years some interfaith families have decided to raise their children in two faiths. Betty Rollin profiles the Interfaith Community in New York and asks kids about being raised both Jewish and Christian, and whether they will choose one religion later on. Orthodox Epiphany - Some Christian traditions celebrated Christmas this past week. On January 6th and the following Sunday, many other Christians celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, which marks the revelation of Jesus. For Western churches, the holiday tends to focus on the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. But in Eastern Orthodox Churches, Epiphany or Theophany, focuses on Jesus' baptism. Kim Lawton looks at Orthodox celebrations.
26 minutes long
tpt Channel 2.1

Sun Jan 11th @ 11:30 am

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Sun Jan 11th @ 4:30 pm


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