1. Starting A Free African School - Inner Compass

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    Thousands of children in Uganda don’t go to school because their parents can’t afford books, a uniform, or sometimes, just a pencil. The orphans there have even less of a chance. When Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was confronted with this picture, he and his wife decided to use their savings to establish a free school for orphans. Hear his adventures, also described in his book, The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

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    • All Kinds of Minds - Inner Compass

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      As a young adult visiting her aunt’s farm, Temple Grandin found herself able to intuit what the livestock feared as they experienced the regular stresses of farm life. Was it because of her autism? Now this Colorado State University professor is widely known both for her animal welfare research and for her many books on autism. She tells how she has dedicated her life to helping animals and people understand each other. Karen Saupe hosts.

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      • Replacing Gangs with Jobs - Inner Compass

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        Finding a job may not seem the highest priority for most gang members, but January Series guest Father Greg Boyle learned otherwise when he befriended gang members in his parish and started the largest gang intervention program in the U.S. His book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion describes his personal experience working with “Homeboy Industries” in downtown Los Angeles for over twenty years, and he shares what those experiences have taught him. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

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        • Asian-American Women - Inner Compass

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          Handling the pressure from society’s expectations is challenging enough; add more demands because of your race, gender, immigrant parents, and religion, and it can be nearly impossible to find your own voice. Nikki Toyama-Szeto is co-editor of More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Relationships, Leadership and Faith. She describes the struggle and joys of finding one’s own calling and voice. Karen Saupe hosts.

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          • Transforming Troubled Schools - Inner Compass

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            A factory still using production systems from the 1950s would not make sense in today's technological world. Yet some K-12 schools still use decades-old educational techniques and policies. School turnaround specialist Sajan George describes progressive technologies and approaches currently under consideration to turn around troubled school districts. Karen Saupe hosts.

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            • Speaking of Faith - Inner Compass

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              After Krista Tippett graduated from seminary, she noticed a hole in the media. There was plenty of religion coverage, but the simplicity of the reports drove her to launch a public radio interview show, “Speaking of Faith” (now titled “On Being”). Tippet explains how she helps her guests reveal the complexities of their beliefs and values. Karen Saupe hosts.

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              • An Unexpected Parenthood - Inner Compass

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                Special needs children are labeled for the extra care they require. Observers may wonder how their families would cope with all those responsibilities. Faye Knol, whose son who was born 14 weeks premature and lived into early adulthood with severe disabilities, offers the rest of the picture. The title of her memoir, Receiving David: The Gift of a Son Who Taught Us How to Live and Love, says it all. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

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                • Making it to College - Inner Compass

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                  For too many students, the hurdles to getting a college diploma are nearly insurmountable. Brandy Johnson, Michigan director of College Access Network, describes the national program designed to support, inform, and encourage students so they have a better chance at career choices and salaries they’d like. Karen Saupe hosts.

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                  • Engaging with Art - Inner Compass

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                    When artists create, how much should they consider their audience? And, when viewers approach artwork, is it more important to respond to the piece first or to read the printed artist’s statement? Sheila Wyne, a visual artist from Anchorage, Alaska whose work has been installed permanently in public spaces and in several museum collections, describes how to engage with a piece of art, and how a visually literate community fosters the evolution of art. Karen Saupe hosts.

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                    • The Power of Writing - Inner Compass

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                      We hear about prisoners, but not so often from prisoners. When bestselling novelist Wally Lamb (She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much is True) started teaching writing classes inside a women's prison, he had no idea where those efforts might lead. Hear how their compelling personal stories were published after considerable opposition from the prison. Karen Saupe hosts.

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