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Forgiveness: How and Why? On the May 27 edition of The Iowa Journal

May 27, 2010

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at why experts claim forgiveness is a long-term solution to problems large and small. This program airs Thursday, May 27 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, May 29 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.

Whether having fallen victim to a crime or to a natural disaster like floods and tornados, or to a loss of any kind, how do people move on from their initial emotions? Some say to move on, one must forgive. The Iowa Journal talks to a few well-known Iowans including Simon Estes, an international opera singer originally from Centerville and Joan Becker of Parkersburg, whose son shot and killed a local high school football coach while struggling with mental illness. Included in the story is an interview with Joan Becker's minister, Brad Zinnecker.

In the studio to discuss why forgiveness is necessary and how to effectively practice it:  Dr. Nathaniel G. Wade, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University who has studied the effects of forgiveness counseling since 2000; Sandy Hoenig of Ames, a retired school counselor who has been a forgiveness workshop leader for more than 10 years and authored the book, "The Joy of Forgiveness;" and Mary Hayes Grieco, the director of The Midwest Institute of Forgiveness Training in Minneapolis. Grieco is an international forgiveness teacher and the author of books and CDs, including "The Peaceful Heart" and "Be A Light: Illumined Essays for Times Like These."

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.5 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at www.iptv.org.

For immediate release:
May 27, 2010

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
tonya@iptv.org
(515) 725-9705

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