Talking about the "things that matter most" on Sept. 27
4:00 – UN to begin considering Palestinian membership on Wednesday
The U.N. Security Council will meet Wednesday to start the process of formally considering the Palestinian request for membership in the world body. The United States has said it would use its Security Council veto to block Palestinian membership should the measure receive the necessary nine of 15 votes. That would keep the membership bid from moving forward to the 193-member General Assembly for the needed two-thirds vote. A vote in the Security Council was not expected for weeks, at the least. We discuss this issue with Gary Burge, author of Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians.
4:30 – God and poetry in prisons, but what about public schools?
In a meeting room at Ohio’s Warren Correctional Institution, inmates, dressed in prison garb, their bodies decorated with tattoos, sat in chairs listening to a man talk about poetry. Some volunteered to read centuries-old pieces related to love, like Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways;” William Blake’s “The Clod and the Pebble;” and John Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning.” Volunteer instructor Greg Dougherty said the course — Discovering Virtues through Poetry — is changing the inmates’ lives, and he wants the same opportunity brought into public schools. He joins us to discuss this fascinating program.
5:00 – Reject 'worldly' vision of Church, Pope urges German faithful
Pope Benedict XVI repeatedly called for reform within the Catholic Church—as well as efforts to counteract a secularizing trend in society—during the final hours of his visit to Germany on September 24 and 25. Celebrating Mass at the airport in Freiburg on Sunday morning, September 25, the Pope remarked that “renewal of the Church will only come about through openness to conversion and through renewed faith.” We talk with Matthew Bunson about the Pope’s trip and message.
5:20 – “The Lion King 3D”
What's old was new again as Disney's iconic “The Lion King” is rocking the box office with a souped-up 3-D redo of the 1994 original. Disney will also re-release this family favorite into 3-D Blu-Ray and DVD on Tuesday, October 4. We talk with Lion King Producer Don Hahn about the film’s revival.
5:25 – Dolphin Tail / Courageous / Moneyball / Machine Gun Preacher
It’s been a busy time for quality films at the box office with the re-mastered “The Lion King” in 3D dominating the competition recently. Now the trend continue with FOUR great flicks about to hit the big screen. Catholic film critic Steven Greydanus is with us to review “Moneyball,” “Courageous,” “Dolphin Tail,” and “Machine Gun Preacher.”