Since I have a bit of a TV theme going today, anyway…
I’ve been meaning to plug “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly”:http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/index_flash.html on PBS, a terrific, informative show that I never miss (which isn’t that big a deal, since my DVR records it automatically each week).
If you haven’t seen it, R&EN is a general interest, non-denominational program about what’s happening in the world of religion. It’s sense of even-handedness is almost old-fashioned. And their website includes resources for viewers and teachers.
The most recent show featured a well-researched report on Georgia’s extreme sex-offender law (it’s extreme in that it makes life very difficult for people who are not sex offenders). There was also a real fresh feature about African-American Jews trying to find their place in shul.
Each week, host Bob Abernethy goes over the religion headlines in a calm, almost respectful manner that is about as far as you can get from what passes as news anchoring today.
WNET, Channel 13, shows R&EN at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays (right before 60 Minutes).
This weekend’s show will feature reports on: religious opposition to “mountaintop removal mining” in Kentucky; Conservative Judaism’s decision to allow gay rabbis and same-sex couples; and a McDonald’s owner who offers live Gospel music to french-fry chomping customers.