Thursday, July 24, 2014
Democracy & Sharia Law: Can They Coexist?
As we watch Muslim countries consider new forms of government, many in America hope that democracy will win out. But some Muslim countries have used the voting process to establish Sharia law, which includes strict regulations pertaining to punishment, sexuality, religious obligations, hygiene, and personal finances. Jim Skillen, former president of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC, discusses current thinking on whether Sharia law can be combined with democracy. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Does Sexual Orientation Equal Identity?
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.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Rock & Roll Women
As roles for women in contemporary music expand, everyone benefits. Punk rocker turned music critic Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking: How to Start a Band, Book Gigs, and Get Rolling to Rock Stardom, takes us on tour with the women of rock & roll, including a stop at the new phenomenon of girls' rock camps. Karen Saupe hosts.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Transforming Troubled Schools
A factory still using production systems from the 1950s would not make sense in today's technological world. Unfortunately, some K-12 schools still use decades-old educational techniques and policies. Turnaround specialist Sajan George describes progressive technologies and approaches currently under consideration to turn around troubled school districts. Karen Saupe hosts.