Urban Poverty

Today on Listen Up: Urban Poverty. More then half the world’s population lives in cites or towns. Many live in poverty. What is being done?

The full episode is available here:

http://listenuptv.com/listenup/homepage

You might also want to check out this music video featured in the episode: “Born and Raised in the Ghetto” by rap artists Point Blank from Regent Park in T.O. 

Problem Protests

Tamil demonstrators occupy the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, successfully blocking the expressway in both directions, on Sunday, May 10, 2009. They were holding a sit-down protest on the highway with many linking arms and chanting "No More Genocide,'' a reference to the civil war in their native Sri Lanka. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Tamil demonstrators occupy the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, successfully blocking the expressway in both directions, on Sunday, May 10, 2009. They were holding a sit-down protest on the highway with many linking arms and chanting "No More Genocide,'' a reference to the civil war in their native Sri Lanka. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

If you thought the Tamil and Pro-life protests were over, think again. 

Watch the full episode at Listen Up TV:

http://listenuptv.com/listenup/homepage

PS:  I wrote the first segment on the Tamil protests in Toronto!

Exploring New Frontiers

All you sci-fi lovers and Trekkies out there, this episode is for you!

On this week’s Listen Up TV . . . boldly exploring the genre at the spiritual frontier.

Watch the full episode at:

 www.listenuptv.com

Confession: I’ve never seen one episode of Star Trek and I’ve always found the genre of sci-fi–particularly the hysterical fandom that comes with it–a little lame.  However, I genuinely enjoyed working on this show and am beginning to see this interesting connection between sci-fi/fantasy and spirituality.

May the force be with you . . .

The Young & the Reckless

This week on Listen Up TV (www.listenuptv.com) : The Young & the Reckless.  The latest research on today’s teens reveals some startling trends.  The whole episode is available on the Web site, and it also airs on Global, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. 

Working on this episode was really fun for me, especially because we got to interview my Straight Edge little brother at the local skate-park:

I also had something to say on the topic of disturbing teen trends, surmising that “the kids are alright,” and was one of this week’s featured blogs:

http://yourblog1000.blogspot.com/2009/05/kids-are-alright-by-alison-potstra.html

Enjoy my shameless plug!

This week on ListenUp TV:

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW.

Watch the full episode at: www.listenuptv.com

This week takes you deeper into emotional issues in the news: the Canadian Highway of Heroes, the Manitoba flooding, the Pope’s apology one year later and Aboriginal leaders in Manitoba’s plan for self-governance, and an exclusive interview with Global National‘s Kevin Newman (yes, the Kevin Newman!) about his new documentary, Hip 2B Holy.

Don’t forget to watch the last clip to see my name in the credits under INTERNS!

I’m a Creationist and an Evolutionist

I’m a Christian and I believe in Evolution.

It’s possible, and until recently, I thought I was alone in this.  It used to be that I adhered to the assumption that if you’re a Christian, you believe in Creationism and consider Evolution and the Big Bang Theory a load of hogwash that should not be taught in schools; kind of like the assumption that if you’re a Christian, you’re also politically Conservative.  I then realized that I had a brain in my head and used it to think through what I really and truly believed from the bottom of my heart.  I came to the conclusion that politically, I’m very left of centre, and I think that the combination of religion and politics is a recipe for disaster.  I’m unaffected by homosexuality and believe same-sex marriage can be a beautiful thing amidst the escalating divorce rate, especially among the “church-going set.”  I also don’t think abortion and same-sex marriage should be the defining issues when it comes to voting for a political party, and that there are more pressing issues right now to consider, such as global warming and poverty. 

Not too long ago, my boyfriend told me about Dr. Tony Campolo, a prominent Baptist minister who is also President Obama’s spiritual adviser, who is a Democrat and a believer–one very strange combination for the United States–whose views on such matters like homosexuality, abortion, the conflict in the Middle East, and caring for the environment are the same, if not identical to mine.

Which brings me to the Creationism vs. Evolution debate that still has people arguing passionately for both sides.  Personally, I think a Creator formed the earth, which then evolved into what it is now over time, which may have taken millions of years.  It doesn’t sound so shocking and controversial, but for some reason it is.  I’m not offended that I may have evolved from an ape, and I don’t think it threatens the Christian faith to keep one’s mind open to any possibility. 

I was really encouraged by the episode we did this week on Listen Up TV, especially by the interview with Dr. Francis Collins, a Christian scientist and geneticist (such people do exist!), who was an integral leader in the Human Genome Project.  The full episode is available at www.listenuptv.com, but here’s the uncut interview with Dr. Collins:

Who knew I wasn’t the only one?

Financial Crisis or Exciting Opportunity?

. . . It all depends on how you look at it. 

Take a look at this clip from Listen Up TV (where I intern, by the way–my name is in the credits!)  

Greg Paul from Sanctuary Ministries provides some powerful insight into this current economic crisis, encouraging viewers to let go of financial fear and our sense of entitlement, and live in a giving community with those who are less fortunate.  While I was transcribing his interview, I felt a strong sense of conviction that turned my fear into inspiration.  Watch the video and open your heart to Greg’s wonderful message.

This clip is from Listen Up TV’s “Fear-conomics” episode.  The full episode is ready to watch at: www.listenuptv.com