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SCOTUS Affirmative Action – On December 9, the US Supreme Court will again take up the issue of affirmative action in university admissions policies. Many experts believe this could be an opportunity for the Court to issue a broad ruling on affirmative action. Tim O’Brien looks at the issues at stake in the case that involves admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. (Originally broadcast June 21, 2013) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2013/06/21/june-21-2013-supreme-court-affirmative-action/18930/
Ethics of Gene Editing – Hundreds of scientists, ethicists and policymakers from around the world are meeting in Washington this week to discuss guidelines for manipulating human genes through a new technique known as “gene editing.” The technique has the potential to help cure devastating illnesses. But some ethicists are concerned that people could also use it for cosmetic or physical enhancement. Betty Rollin reports about the therapeutic potential of gene editing and the possible moral consequences. (Originally broadcast July 2, 2015) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2015/07/02/july-3-2015-ethics-gene-editing/26356/
Jim and Jill Kelly – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to a record four consecutive Super Bowls in the 1990s. Off the field, he and his wife Jill have faced some tough challenges, including a young son who died, marital problems and Jim’s cancer. They talked with managing editor Kim Lawton about how their faith has sustained them. (Originally broadcast March 27, 2015) http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2015/03/27/march-27-2015-jim-and-jill-kelly-faith/25631/