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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #209

This episode began with an update on the plight of three wives of American missionaries whose husbands had been kidnapped in a small Panamanian village and taken to Colombia by suspected leftist guerillas almost 6 years ago. This week, Nancy Mankins, Tania Rich and Patti Tenenoff met with Colombia?s newly elected President Andres Pastrana in Washington where he stated that he would make their husbands' case a top priority. The second segment focused on the influence that religious organizations have on this year?s campaigns. Correspondent Paul Miller focused on Kentucky?s congressional Fourth District race between Democratic nominee Ken Lucas and Republican Gex Williams and reported on the active role that two religious groups, the Christian Coalition and Interfaith Alliance, are playing in this close race. The next segment was about the involvement of The American Muslim community in the country? s political process. This report focused on the increased interest and efforts of this rapidly growing community in American politics. Correspondent Anisa Mehdi spoke to Muslim and American politicians about this rapidly growing political base. The program concluded with a lively roundtable discussion with Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne and New York Times religion reporter Laurie Goodstein about the religious and ethical issues in next week?s election. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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