Inner Compass NATIONAL SEASON 2

Episode Descriptions (short and long)
#201 PROGRESSIVE EVANGELICAL POLITICS
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Jim Wallis, author of God's Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get it pinpoints a "new moral center" and its corresponding political revival.

[long description:] Some say the era of the American religious right is over. Which direction will evangelicals head next? Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of the bestseller God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get it, pinpoints a “moral center” and its corresponding political revival in America today. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#202 SETTING PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES
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Clinical psychologist and leadership consultant Henry Cloud examines the boundaries we let others cross at our expense.

[long description:] Do you find yourself texting at soccer games? Do you avoid confronting an inefficient employee? Clinical psychologist and leadership consultant Henry Cloud, author of The One-Life Solution: Reclaim Your Personal Life While Achieving Greater Professional Success, examines the boundaries we cross at our own expense. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 
#203 SILENT RACISM
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Texas State sociology professor Barbara Trepagnier discusses the subtleties of prejudice in her book Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide.

[long description:] Is racism a thing of the past or is it still with us, something many people try to will away and out of sight? Barbara Trepagnier, sociology professor at Texas State University-San Marcos, discusses the subtleties of prejudice in her book Silent Racism: How Well-Meaning White People Perpetuate the Racial Divide. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#204 ARE CHRISTIANS LOSING TOUCH?
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David Kinnaman, author of unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity, explains what young adults are looking for and why they're not finding it at church.

[long description:] There's a growing skepticism among young people toward Christianity, and Christians don't even seem to be aware of it. Public opinion pollster David Kinnaman, president of The Barna Group and author of unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity, explains what young adults are looking for and why they're not finding it at church. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 
#205 GIVING ADVICE
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Amy Dickinson describes the thinking behind her "Ask Amy" Chicago Tribune column, which replaced Ann Landers' column.

[long description:] What's a 17-year-old to do after lashing out at Mom? Ask Amy. Amy Dickinson's Chicago Tribune column appears daily in more than 150 newspapers, replacing Ann Landers's long and legendary run. Dickinson gives advice about giving advice, and discusses her memoir The Mighty Queens of Freeville with host Karen Saupe.

 

#206 PRESIDENTIAL CHARACTER: AN ETHICAL HISTORY
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Presidential historian and biographer Richard Norton Smith draws on a wealth of stories to reveal the ethical choices of many past presidents.

[long description:] Is being a “natural politician” a mark of truth or falsehood? Better to forge ahead in the face of opposition, or to be swayed by the citizens? Presidential historian and biographer Richard Norton Smith draws on a wealth of stories to bring to light the issue of presidential character. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#207 AN ORPHAN CRISIS
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Kerry Hasenbalg, co-founder of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, suggests the U.S. foster care system is veiling our own version of the worldwide orphan crisis.

[long description:] Publicity abounds on the growing number of orphans overseas, but little is known about our domestic situation. Is our foster care system veiling a similar crisis? Kerry Hasenbalg, co-founder of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, brings the problems to light, offering ways to enfold orphans wherever they may live. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#208 MICROFINANCE MIRACLES
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$50 can lift a family out of poverty for life through simple microfinance lending partnerships; Robert Rooy has filmed this miracle happening around the world.

[long description:] It may be hard to believe that $50 can lift a family out of poverty for life, but it's happening every day around the world through simple microfinance lending partnerships. Robert Rooy has not only watched it happen—he has dedicated his life to helping others watch, too, through film. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

 

#209 QUESTIONING "EMERGENT" CHURCHES
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Pastor Kevin DeYoung and writer Ted Kluck describe their book, Why We're Not Emergent (by Two Guys Who Should Be), about a popular new kind of church.

[long description:] "Coffee, candles, and couches" is how some critics describe the style of emergent churches, which are popping up across the U.S. and Europe. As usual, popularity brings questions and concerns. Pastor Kevin DeYoung and writer Ted Kluck, from Lansing, MI, describe theirs for host Shirley Hoogstra as they discuss their book, Why We¹re Not Emergent (by Two Guys Who Should Be).

 

#210 EXPLAINING "EMERGENT" CHURCHES
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Peter Rollins, founder of the Ikon emergent community in Northern Ireland, challenges common ways of seeing God in his popular books How Not to Speak of God and The Fidelity of Betrayal.

[long description:] Who is God? Do we dare answer, or does defining become confining? It's a big question of the emergent church; philosopher Peter Rollins, founder of the Ikon emergent community in Northern Ireland, offers big answers in his books How Not to Speak of God and The Fidelity of Betrayal. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#211 CONNECTING CANCER & THE ENVIRONMENT
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Sandra Steingraber is an ecologist, writer, and cancer survivor who explores the toxic chemicals we absorb throughout our lives and how we can choose a different path.

[long description:] If a chemist could sample your body's chemistry, she would find scores of toxic chemicals picked up throughout your life, as early as in your mother's womb. Is this an unavoidable part of life on modern earth? Sandra Steingraber is an ecologist, writer, and cancer survivor who promotes a different path. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#212 FREEING TODAY'S SLAVES
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Human rights activist Sharon Cohn Wu tells stories of International Justice Mission rescuing victims in their own countries using local courts and litigation.

[long description:] Across the world, children as young as five are sold into brothels, and widows lose land and livelihood due to unenforced laws that could protect them. January Series guest and h uman rights activist Sharon Cohn Wu tells stories of International Justice Mission rescuing victims in their own countries using local courts and litigation. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#213 WHAT MARRIAGE DOES
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John Witte, Jr., director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, traces views of marriage throughout western history up to today.

[long description:] Marriage is more than a piece of paper, yet it's more difficult to buy a new car than to wed someone for life. John Witte, Jr., director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, traces the view of marriage throughout western history, suggesting ways to strengthen and enrich the institution today. Karen Saupe hosts.