Former Shows & Episodes

The Optimistic Muslim

The Optimistic Muslim – How Do You Change The World Part One: Light-Bringers and Child-Savers

Steve Katsaros of had an idea for changing the world with light, and making the world’s children safe from Kerosene too. Then he came up with another idea for improving the prospects of those same children’s communities, households, and families!
Mahdi Qasqas, Muslim Imam, Youth Counselor and Youth-leader, on the other hand, had a really great idea for how to help all our children make each-other safer, and keep each-other safer too.  Join the Optimistic Muslim, Dr. David Liepert, as he talks to both men about their insights into world-changing, child-saving, and how we can all become world-changers and child-savers too!

“Making the world a better place is something that we’re all concerned with, no matter what our religious background is,” says David Liepert.  His first guest, Steve Katsaros, has taken those feelings to a whole new level: Action.  Steve Katsaros has gone beyond being “concerned” and has actually stepped up to make the world a better place, by bringing non-kerosene fueled lighting throughout the third world.  The core of Katsaros’ company, No Kero, is a “campaign against antiquated lighting.”  Katsaros goes on to share that “one out of ever four people in the world” are subject to unsafe, outdated, kerosene-fueled light sources.  Could this switch in light sources help these people regain control over their lives, particularly in areas where the government controls the light?  And could this marvel of engineering also serve to stave off the effects of global warming?

In the second half, Dr. David Liepert interviews Mahdi Qasqas, answering the question: What do gangs and groups like Al-Qaeda have in common?  Perhaps more than you’d think!  How are these young people drawn into this lifestyle?  What signs should you look for?  As a parent, how can you properly “investigate” your child for these signs?  Mahdi Qasqas has the answers you’ve been searching for.

Whether you’re looking for a way to belong, just want a little bit of light, or simply want to know that there are still a few good people out there…  This is an episode you won’t want to miss!