Inner Compass NATIONAL SEASON 3

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#301 Wikipedia: Internet Democracy
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Wikipedia began with the goal of distributing a free, high-quality encyclopedia to every person on the planet. Founder Jimmy Wales considers how the project is meeting its many ideals. Karen Saupe hosts.

[longer description:] Wikipedia began with the goal of distributing a free, high-quality encyclopedia to every person on the planet. This internet project, written collaboratively by volunteers in over 260 languages, is now over 10 times larger than Encyclopedia Britannica. Founder Jimmy Wales considers how the project is meeting its many ideals. Karen Saupe hosts

 

#302 Should Reporters Embed?
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CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, author of Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report—and Survive—the War in Iraq, shares her perspective on the benefits and costs of embedding journalists, including the day she and her colleagues became the top news story.

[longer description:] Journalists have been embedded in military units since the early stages of the Iraq War. While this positions them to show the complexities of war, it also exposes them to more danger. CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier, author ofBreathing the Fire: Fighting to Report—and Survive—the War in Iraq, shares her perspective on the benefits and costs, including the day she and her colleagues became the top news story. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#303 Pornography’s Destructive Path
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Although viewing pornography is often dismissed as a rite of passage into adulthood, Michael Leahy, author of Porn Nation and Porn University, hears a different message from thousands of college students.

[long description:] Although viewing pornography is often dismissed as a rite of passage into adulthood, Michael Leahy,author of Porn Nation and Porn University, hears a different message from thousands of college students. Many are not prepared for the guilt, altered perspective, and addiction that often follow in pornography's wake. Leahy describes the destruction from first-hand experience, and suggests ways to begin rebuilding. Karen Saupe hosts. 

 

#304 The New Face of Evangelicalism
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By 2050, the majority of the U.S. population will be nonwhite. Soong-Chan Rah, author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity, suggests ways to make room for a richness that will benefit us all.

[long description:] By 2050, the majority of the U.S. population will be nonwhite. The American church will make this transition even sooner, and if successful, will position itself as a model to the rest of society. Soong-Chan Rah, of North Park Theological Seminary and author of The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity, suggests ways we can make room for a richness that will benefit us all. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 
#305 Accommodating the Autism Spectrum
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Laurel Falvo of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding provides ideas for improving communication, as more people find themselves daily encountering those with Asperger’s Syndrome.

[long description:] With the definition of autism now encompassing a wide range of behaviors, more people find themselves daily encountering those diagnosed with some version of this disorder. How can we make more room for differing styles of relating? Laurel Falvo of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding provides ideas for improving communication on all sides. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#306 Bringing Hope to Prisoners
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Burl Cain, Prison Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as Angola), describes the winning mixture of devotion and discipline that has transformed the prison.

[long description:] Imagine being asked to take charge of one of the bloodiest prisons in America, where cell-mates chose to sleep in shifts in order to protect each other.  Burl Cain, Prison Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary (also known as Angola) was given this charge, and became committed to changing the reputation of the prison. He describes his winning mixture of devotion and discipline. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#307 Enfolding Ex-Prisoners 
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Harold Dean Trulear of the Howard University School of Divinity and The Center for Public Justice shows how churches across the nation work to provide a more successful experience for these returning citizens.

[long description:] Forever defined by their worst choices, former prisoners re-enter a society that locked them up and tried to throw away the key. Harold Dean Trulear of the Howard University School of Divinity and The Center for Public Justice shows how churches across the nation work to provide a warmer return for these citizens. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#308 Relating with North Korea
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Independent consultant on US/Asian relations Tony Namkung shares his observations about what the U.S. and North Korea need to understand and do for a better relationship.

[long description:] When there’s a country on the other side of the planet developing nuclear capabilities plus long-range missiles, what should the U.S. do? We're suspicious of North Korea, while North Korea is suspicious of us. January Series guest Tony Namkung--an independent consultant and expert on North Korea, US/Asian relations, and nuclear arms for 20 plus years--shares his observations about what both sides need to understand and do. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

 

#309 Passing the Plate: Tithing Practices
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Patricia Snell, co-author of Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money, describes the motives, practices, and myths of charitable giving.

[long description:] If American Christians gave away just ten percent of their income, the resulting eighty-five billion dollars could fund—and solve—many of the world's most pressing needs. Patricia Snell of Notre Dame's Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and co-author of Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money, describes the motives, practices, and myths of charitable giving. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#310 Making the Holy Land Holy
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Archbishop Elias Chacour of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Galilee has spent his life building bridges with his landmark school for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children, revealing the story of an unwavering vision for peace.

[long description:] We call it the Holy Land, and it’s an extremely important region to followers of several religions. But the relationships within it are anything but holy. Archbishop Elias Chacour of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Galilee has spent his life building bridges between the groups with amazing success. His landmark school for Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children reveals a story of unwavering vision for peace. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#311 Do We Need Free Enterprise?
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While many Americans are wondering if capitalism can exist more fairly, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, suggests who deserves the blame that the free enterprise system gets these days.

[long description:] The US Constitution guarantees a host of freedoms.  But as we watch the economic freedom of some people come at the expense of other people, many Americans are wondering if capitalism can exist more fairly. Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, suggests who deserves the blame that the free enterprise system gets these days. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#312 African Solutions for African Problems
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Economist George Ayittey, President of the Free Africa Foundation and author of Africa Unchained: the Blueprint for Africa’s Future, shares his ideas for how Africa can take control of its own riches, starting in the village square.

[long description:] People across Africa were actually living well until European colonialists took control of the natural resources to enhance their own wealth. Now that the occupiers are gone, new governments are still sending wealth offshore--into personal foreign bank accounts! Economist George Ayittey, President of the Free Africa Foundation and author of Africa Unchained: the Blueprint for Africa’s Future, shares his ideas for how Africa can take control of its own riches, starting in the village square. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#313 Plotting Paths to Power
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Are leadership qualities innate, learned, bought? Michael Lindsay of the Rice University Center on Race, Religion, & Urban Life shares his thoughts after interviewing hundreds of prominent public leaders. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

[long description:] Some people seem born to climb the ladder of success and power. Are leadership qualities innate, learned, bought? January Series guest Michael Lindsay of the Rice University Center on Race, Religion, & Urban Life has interviewed hundreds of prominent public leaders; he shares his notes with host Shirley Hoogstra.