Inner Compass SEASON 7 (2006-2007)
Short Episode Descriptions (long descriptions below)

701 MAKING DECISIONS

 

 

Research in the fields of business, economics, and psychology reveals surprising tendencies regarding how people make decisions. Hari Singh of Grand Valley State University Siedman School of Business describes for host Shirley Hoogstra the concepts in his “academic fiction” murder mystery titled Framed! Solve an Intriguing Mystery and Master How to Make Smart Choices.

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702 SAVING COMMUNITY ACCESS MEDIA

 

Grand Rapids is a model in the community access world, largely because of a rare variety of services and true sense of vision. Laurie Cirivello, the new executive director of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, tells host Karen Saupe why community access and internet neutrality are so vital to our communities, and why their futures are threatened.
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703 SUBURBAN CHRISTIANITY

If you live in the suburbs, you see SUVs, large yards, and the latest greatest tractor mowers. But you don't see poor people struggling to keep their kids from dropping out of school or worse. Dave Goetz, author of Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul, discusses with host Shirley Hoogstra the costs of insulating our lives too much.
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704 WEST MICHIGAN BLACK HISTORY

Once upon a time Grand Rapids had among the highest number of ladies literary clubs in the country. Thursday meetings (maids' day off!) featured speakers such as Langston Hughes and W.B. DuBois. Randal Jelks of the Calvin College history department describes for host Karen Saupe our local stories from his book African Americans in the Furniture City.
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FIGHTING SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

People are far more likely to call the police when they have been robbed than when they have been raped. Why is the reporting rate for sexual assault only around 5%? Stephen Thompson, Associate Professor and Sexual Aggression Services Coordinator at Central Michigan University, discusses with host Shirley Hoogstra the blameshifting, mixed messages, and other factors that complicate this kind of crime, and what we can do about it.
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706 TEENS AND THE CHURCH

 

Why do many teens seem unapproachable, while surveys show that they highly value relationships with adults? Darwin Glassford, Associate Professor of Church Education at Calvin Theological Seminary, discusses with host Karen Saupe the ways adults and teenagers regard each other, and how this shapes youth involvement in our churches.
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707 SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE

 

How did the First Amendment come to be interpreted as self-contradictory, and how did “freedom of religion” turn into “freedom FROM religion?” Judge Michael McConnell of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and widely recognized expert in church-state relations, explains to host Shirley Hoogstra the amazing evolution of this Amendment’s interpretation.
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708 SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS: HELPFUL TO WHOM?

 

Four million Americans take short-term mission trips out of the country every year, with churches spending as much on these trips as they do on long-term missionaries. David Livermore of the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and author of the book Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence explores the value of such practices with host Karen Saupe.
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Includes short interview with Kurt Ver Beek from the Calvin College Sociology dept.

 

709 ACTIVISM THROUGH MUSIC

When a songwriter wants to convey a message, when does it become propaganda? It’s OK to be influenced by other fine musicians, but when does imitation set in? Host Karen Saupe enjoys a conversation with Philadelphia singer/songwriter John Francis, followed by his performance of one song.
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710 IMMIGRATION'S EFFECT ON AMERICAN RELIGION

Many immigrants to the U.S. find themselves practicing their religions more devoutly than they did back home. Jose Casanova, Chair and Professor of Sociology at The New School for Social Research in New York City, explains to host Shirley Hoogstra why this happens and the effects it creates.
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711 SUPPORTING LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESSES

Is that cheap pair of sneakers really a better price when its lifespan is a third of the more expensive pair? Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition, shows host Karen Saupe a new way of looking at how we apply our resources and what we get in return.
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712 THE NEW CENTRAL ASIA

Afghanistan was a flourishing center of trade for 2,500 years. If the area can again prosper through the sharing of resources and ideas, there will be room for stability and peace. January Series guest S. Frederick Starr of the Central Asia-Caucusus Institute at Johns Hopkins University tells guest host June Hamersma why there is hope for such a development.
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713 A RACIAL REPORT CARD FOR SPORTS

How many college athletes go on to pursue a professional career using the degree they earn at the college? January Series guest Richard Lapchick, of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at University of Central Florida’s DeVos Sports Business Management Program, explains the statistics for host Shirley Hoogstra regarding graduation, coach hiring practices, sports reporting, and more.
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#714 CHRISTIAN DATING

Is dating an appropriate practice for Christians? Which aspects should be questioned, redefined, or thrown out? Calvin College January Series guest and religious historian Lauren Winner, contributor to 5 Paths to the Love of Your Life: Defining Your Dating Style, suggests to host Karen Saupe ways to rethink our approach to relationships, singleness, and the church community.
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715 AUTHENTIC RACE RELATIONS

Christ's cross gave us the route to repaired relationships with God and with each other. Why do we hear so little emphasis on the horizontal peace? Calvin College January Series guest Brenda Salter McNeil, co-author of The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change leads to Social Change , tells host Shirley Hoogstra what can happen when we recognize the spiritual roots of our segregation, shed the false roles we've taken on, and speak the truth.
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716 FIGHTING POVERTY WITH FILM

Imagine walking away from a successful Hollywood soap opera producer's desk to the leper colonies of Brazil and the garbage heaps of the Philippines. Calvin College January Series guest Gerry Straub is a filmmaker, photographer, and author now devoted to “putting the power of film at the service of the poor.” He tells host Shirley Hoogstra how it all happened.
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717 ENJOYING THE BIBLE

There’s a lot of talk about the Bible--especially those “unincluded” books--but not so much reading of the included books. January Series guest and leading New Testament scholar NT Wright, Bishop of Durham for the Anglican Church, shows guest host June Hamersma how to enjoy this gift to humankind and make sense of some charges against it.
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718 GIVING FORGIVENESS

It’s not always easy to trace the motives for the gifts we give. Where in our hearts do they come from? Might we look there too for one of the greatest gifts--that of forgiveness for a harm done? January Series guest and theologian Miroslav Volf, Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School and author of Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace, explores the anatomy of forgiveness with host Shirley Hoogstra.
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719 WHY VISIT BATTLEFIELDS?

What do you think of when you see a civil war monument? If you’re not the type to run up and read the text, Calvin College January Series guest and historical novelist Jeff Shaara might change all that. He describes for host Karen Saupe his guidebook Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America’s Hallowed Ground, featuring 10 battlefields he says every American should visit.
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720 THE CHURCH IN AFRICAN AIDS

AIDS information coming to African citizens from untrusted sources is close to useless. Calvin College January Series guest and Ugandan physician & theologian Peter Okaalet, who works in Nairobi as Director of Health and HIV/AIDS policy for the Christian medical assistance group MAP International, shows host Shirley Hoogstra how churches are making a difference in attitudes, alliances, and actions.
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721 DESIGNING A LECTURE SERIES

Imagine the job of offering a free 15-day liberal arts education to your community using the world's best lecturers. Where would you begin? Who would you invite? June Hamersma, director of the award-winning daily lecture series called The January Series of Calvin College, tells host Shirley Hoogstra about her 20 year journey of growing an audience from 100 to 1400 per day.
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722 SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING

Have you ever skimmed through a list of companies your investment money is supporting, and wished you hadn't? But what other options are there? Calvin College business professor Leonard Van Drunen, who has worked in investment banking in New York, Tokyo, and London, tells host Karen Saupe how to explore more “socially responsible” options without having to quit your day job to figure it all out.
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723 MOTHERING A SOLDIER

What goes into the process of sending your son or daughter off to war? How does it change your child, your relationship, your self? Donna Allen and Sharon VanderKodde, mothers of soldiers who have served/are serving in Iraq, tell host Shirley Hoogstra about the fears and pride that come with having a son who has signed up for military service to our country.
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724 PRISONERS RE-ENTERING SOCIETY

We hide prisons off the highways and hope those who are sent there stay forever. But most return to their communities, in worse shape than ever. We paid heavily for their incarceration; how much more do we pay for not helping them succeed afterwards? Rev. David Schuringa, president of Crossroad Bible Institute, describes for host Shirley Hoogstra ways to stop the cycle.
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