Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly listings - August 9

Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit for additional information.   Show # 1649 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on August 9. PROGRAM NOTE: Due to pledge, please check local listings.

Sequencing the Genome - Science has made rapid strides in genetic testing---especially in children---to understand serious birth defects or congenital abnormalities, or the child's predisposition to disease later in life. But aLucky Severson reports, guidelines for the use of this technology are lacking, leaving the questions who should be tested, and how much should parents be told. (Originally aired January 25, 2013)

Bobby McFerrin - Ten-time Grammy Award-winning artist Bobby McFerrin has released a new album, "spirityouall," which includes his adaptions of traditional African-American spirituals and original devotional songs that he wrote.  McFerrin says the new project reflects his deeply-held Christian faith and talks with Kim Lawton about spirituality and the power of music. (Originally aired May 24, 2013)