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- Bloodless Surgery – For Jehovah’s Witnesses receiving blood transfusions is a sin. Betty Rollin reports on a bloodless surgery program at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey which serves not only Jehovah’s Witnesses but nearly all of their patients. Neurosurgeon Dr. Abe Steinberger says “The risks of giving blood in many cases outweigh the benefits of giving blood.”
- Gibran’s Legacy – This time of year, at many wedding ceremonies, participants read excerpts from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet.” That little book, first published in 1920, has sold nine million copies in the U.S. and more than 100 million worldwide. That makes Gibran the third best-selling poet of all time behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu, the founder of Taoism. But, as Lucky Severson reports, despite Gibran’s lasting popularity, he remains controversial among critics.
- Egypt’s Turmoil – Host Bob Abernethy talks with Kate Seelye, senior vice president of the Middle East Institute, about the conflict in Egypt and the extent to which it is a struggle between that country’s secularists and Islam.