Inner Compass NATIONAL SEASON 5

Videos & Episode Descriptions

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#501 Ready for Robots?

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[short] According to anthropologist Sherry Turkle, people are growing more receptive to robots taking the place of some human relationships as we become more accustomed to our narrowing human interactions.

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[long] As people have fewer phone conversations, choosing instead to use texts and on-line social networking, anthropologist Sherry Turkle has noticed something. Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and the Self, she researches how people interact with experimental sociable robots. People are growing more receptive to robots taking the place of some human relationships as we become more accustomed to our narrowing human interactions. Hear this and other observations from her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Karen Saupe hosts.

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#502  Rethinking Life After Death

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[short] Leading New Testament scholar N. T. Wright discusses what the Bible says about heaven, hell, and what he calls life after life after death.

[long] Anglican bishop N. T. Wright, who has written over 50 books on understanding New Testament Scriptures and who Newsweek calls "the world's leading New Testament scholar," discusses his conclusions about what the Bible says about heaven, hell, and what he calls life after life after death. Karen Saupe hosts.

 

#503 The Soul of Hip Hop

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[short] Daniel White Hodge, author of two books about the messages of hip hop, looks past the commercialized material to the complex themes of a music that turns to God surprisingly often.

[long] Many thought hip hop music would be a short-lived fad, but it has lasted decades and is even growing in popularity. Clearly this type of music connects with many people. Daniel White Hodge, author of two books about the messages of hip hop, looks past the commercialized material to the complex themes of a music that turns to God surprisingly often. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 

#504 Healthier Healthcare Environments

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[short] There can be no power in health care if the caregivers are discouraged to the point of exhaustion, claims Bonnie Wesorick, founder of the Clinical Practice Model Resource Center.

[long] When we think of the need for an improved healthcare system, often the focus is on the patients’ experience. But there can be no strength of care if the caregivers themselves are discouraged to the point of exhaustion. Bonnie Wesorick, founder of the Clinical Practice Model Resource Center, describes how a healthy work culture should feel. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
 
#505 Arab Spring: Revolution or Reformation?

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[short] Writer and religion scholar Reza Aslan says that as Muslims in the Middle East actively pursue democracy, the resulting changes will be as monumental as the Protestant Reformation was for Christianity.

[long] Three quarters of Muslims in the Middle East are young (18-35 years old), and today's communication technologies allow them to form a new kind of community that bridges ethnic, national, and sectarian borders. As these Muslims actively pursue democracy, the resulting changes--according to writer and religion scholar Reza Aslan, author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam--will be as monumental as the Protestant Reformation was for Christianity. Karen Saupe hosts.
 
#506 Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
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[short] Bestselling biographer Eric Metaxas describes a remarkable young theologian and pastor in World War II Germany who joined the Resistance in several plots to assassinate Hitler.

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[long] Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a remarkable young theologian and pastor in World War II Germany who joined the Resistance in several plots to assassinate Hitler. His devotional books are still best sellers today. That’s because, according to Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer was also a prophet. Metaxas, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Bonhoeffer:  Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, explains that term and what it means for all of us. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 
#507 Does Sexual Orientation Equal Identity?
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[short] At times labels can help make sense of our world, but at other times labeling individuals can be dehumanizing and can even be a form of injustice.

[long] The practice of labeling people by sexual orientation—homosexual, heterosexual, etc.—started only a century ago. At times labels can help make sense of our world, but at other times labeling individuals can be dehumanizing and can even be a form of injustice. Our sexuality need not define us, argues Jenell Williams Paris, anthropology professor at Messiah College and author of The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex is Too Important to Define Who We Are. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
 
#508 Bolstering Business in Haiti

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[short] Business mentor Ralph Edmond, owner of the Haitian pharmaceutical company Laboratoires Farmatrix, shows how supporting and strengthening businesses can make all the difference for Haiti.

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[long] Running a business in Haiti was a challenge even before the 2010 earthquake. Now afterwards, with all the aid and free products flowing into the country, the few surviving businesses have been crippled. Business mentor Ralph Edmond, owner of the Haitian pharmaceutical company Laboratoires Farmatrix, shows how supporting and strengthening businesses can make all the difference for Haiti. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

 
#509 Christian, Evolutionist, or Both?
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[short] Philosopher Alvin Plantinga describes some of the main controversies between theories of evolution, intelligent design, and creationism and whether Christians can reconcile some of these differences.

[long] Some scientific theories seem to matter a lot more to people than others. The theory of evolution has always gotten plenty of attention, especially from those who treasure the scriptural book of Genesis. Alvin Plantinga, emeriti professor from the Notre Dame philosophy department, describes some of the main controversies between theories of evolution, intelligent design, and creationism and whether Christians can reconcile some of these differences. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
 
#510 Creative Farming
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[short] Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia describes the home-made inventions he uses to gain the most wholesome use of his land and livestock.

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[long] “Organic is just the beginning: why stop there?” asks Joel Salatin, entrepreneur and owner of Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, known for its unique approach to sustainable farming. His home-made inventions rely on creative problem-solving and hi-tech materials to gain the most wholesome use of his land and livestock. Featured in Food, Inc. and Omnivore’s Dilemma, Salatin sums it up with his latest book title--Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World. Karen Saupe hosts.

 
#511 New Improved Christians
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[short] In a society where the term Christian is too often associated only with hypocrisy, judgmentalism, and anti-homosexuality, many young people of the faith are distancing themselves from religious labels. [long] In a society where the term Christian is too often associated only with hypocrisy, judgmentalism, and anti-homosexuality, many young people of the faith are distancing themselves from religious labels. They say their focus is fighting FOR the world and its restoration—not fighting OFF the world. Gabe Lyons is founder of Q ideas.org, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good. He discusses his research for his book The Next Christians: the Good News About the End of Christian America. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
 
#512 Burma Bound: Story of an Activist

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[short] An artist visiting Burma becomes consumed with publicizing the plight of its people, traversing jungles and camping with soldiers to collect eyewitness accounts.

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[long] When Edith Mirante travelled to Thailand to study art, she found herself distracted by stories of atrocity in Burma. She became deeply involved in raising awareness about the plight of the people she met, traversing jungles and camping with soldiers to collect eyewitness accounts. Her tales come from the two travelogues she wrote about her adventures. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
 
#513 A Bolder Approach to Education

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[short] Urban sociologist Pedro Noguera shares what we can learn from schools that have excelled in dire circumstances. [long] Stories of failing schools are all too common--schools that look and feel like prisons, with teachers who fear losing their jobs if they don’t stay focused on test scores. But there are also many public schools that have learned how to help any student succeed, no matter how poor or disadvantaged. New York University urban sociologist Pedro Noguera, co-chair of the public policy group Broader Bolder Approach to Education, shares what we can learn from schools that have excelled in dire circumstances. Karen Saupe hosts.