1. Christian, Evolutionist, or Both? - Inner Compass

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    Some scientific theories seem to matter a lot more to people than others. The theory of evolution has always gotten plenty of attention, especially from those who treasure the scriptural book of Genesis. Alvin Plantinga, emeriti professor from the Notre Dame philosophy department, describes some of the main controversies between of evolution, intelligent design, and creationism and whether Christians can reconcile some of these differences.

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    • Molestation: Breaking the Silence - Inner Compass

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      There’s a life-altering trauma that 1 in 5 American children experience, yet it rarely comes up in conversation: molestation. Survivor Nicole Braddock Bromley started an organization called OneVOICE Enterprises to break the silence in our families and in society. She discusses conversations she has had with hundreds of victims on her speaking tours, and experiences related in her books, including Hush: Moving from Silence to Healing after Childhood Sexual Abuse. Shirley Hoogstra hosts. Episode 1303.

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      • Suburban Christianity - Inner Compass

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        If you live in the suburbs, you see SUVs, large yards, and the latest greatest tractor mowers. But you don't see poor people struggling to keep their kids from dropping out of school or worse. Dave Goetz, author of Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul, discusses with host Shirley Hoogstra the costs of insulating our lives too much.

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        • Understanding the Refugee - Inner Compass

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          It’s easy to think that refugees have won a golden ticket of opportunity if they can make it to the U.S. But their challenges are far from over as they learn a new language, search for work, and encourage their families. Dana Doll of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan describes the stereotypes and the hurdles they face, and how volunteers can make all the difference for these resilient newcomers. Shirley Hoogstra hosts. (Episode 13.1)

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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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            • School & Housing “Choice” Programs - Inner Compass

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              The new wave of government voucher programs aims to correct segregation that happens all too often; the privileged move away from under-resourced public schooling or housing, leaving the rest wondering what their options are. Mary Pattillo, professor of sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University, describes what hundreds of interviews in Chicago reveal about what works and what doesn’t with these programs. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

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              • Justice for Cambodians - Inner Compass

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                Theary Seng was imprisoned as a child during the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia. She barely escaped death; her parents did not. After making it to the U.S. and becoming a lawyer, she has moved back to help rebuild a country still recovering. She describes the experiences and motivations related in her book Daughter of the Killing Fields.

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                • 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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                  • Look At Me! Self-Esteem or Narcissism?

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                    Are teens posting risqué photos on the internet because they are starved for attention, or because they are convinced they’re "hot"? Should EVERYONE on the team get a trophy? Jean Twenge of the San Diego State University psychology department, and author of The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, warns that our culture of extreme encouragement may have gone too far. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

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                    • Accommodating the Autism Spectrum - Inner Compass

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                      With the definition of autism now encompassing a wide range of behaviors, more people find themselves daily encountering those diagnosed with some version of this disorder. How can we make more room for differing styles of relating? Laurel Falvo of The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding provides ideas for improving communication on all sides. Shirley Hoogstra hosts.

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