State of the Union and News of the Week
“Come to Selma”
The death toll continues to rise in Burma, also known as Myanmar. As of this writing at least 32,000 people have died and that number is expected to rise significantly in the days ahead.
We have a story today about transformation in the Islamic Middle East -- moderate Muslims challenging the fundamentalists. The contest is being played out on satellite TV channels where young Muslim televangelists are preaching a combination of piety and modern life.
The practice of “familial searching” is causing a conflict between solving crimes and protecting privacy. Police can now take DNA from a crime scene and compare it to millions of DNA samples in a government database. If there is even a partial match, that could lead to the criminal by way of his or her family members if their DNA is in the database. More
We have a story today about other people wrestling with the notion of brotherly dwelling. They're Americans and Mexicans whose community is about to be bisected by the fence the government is building along the Rio Grande.
Between tragedies such as the one in Myanmar and the disastrous worldwide rise in food prices, a question long debated by relief experts has become urgent: What's the best way for the U.S. to help the hungry?
We remember the Holocaust today with a profile of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, a Jewish troubadour in the 1960s and '70s who preached love and peace and whose music has become a staple of religious observances in Jewish synagogues and homes.
Read more of Kim Lawton's April 22, 2008 interview with Bishop Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire and author of IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: SWEPT TO THE CENTER BY GOD (Seabury Books)