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Episode #1640

series: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

air date: 6/07/13 6:30 PM

Mass Incarceration - More than forty years after the civil rights movement that ended legal segregation, African-American men are six times more likely than whites to be imprisoned, especially for drug offenses, in what has been called a "human rights nightmare." As Deborah Potter reports, churches often provide ministries to prison inmates---but insufficient support when those inmates are released and in need of jobs and housing that could prevent them from returning to prison. Joni Eareckson Tada: Breast Cancer Update - Actress Angelina Jolie's announcement last month that she had undergone a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer put a new spotlight on the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, about one in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point. Managing editor Kim Lawton talked with popular evangelical author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, one of the longest surviving quadriplegics on record, about her battle with the disease and how it affected her marriage and her faith. Whirling Dervishes - Like other major religions, Islam has a mystical branch, Sufism, which teaches many ways to experience spiritual union with the divine. One of those paths - dating from the 13th century - is dance, specifically the dancing of whirling dervishes, who were followers of the poet Rumi. Manjula Kumar, a program manager at the Smithsonian Institution, describes the origins and meaning of whirling dervish dancing.

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