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Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 06:04

A slideshow of two Iranian women talking about their art, courtesy of Keshavarz.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 12:10
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 15:09

Krista reflects on the listener response and skepticism following the 2008 rebroadcast of the Barbara Kingsolver interview.

Monday, July 7, 2008 - 21:47
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 - 13:42

Ojibwe teacher Keller Paap reflects on his work and the necessity of his language to adapt in order for it to flourish.

Monday, June 30, 2008 - 15:23

"Antony Gormley: Olympic podium" by threefishsleeping

(photo: “Antony Gormley: Olympic Podium” by threefishsleeping/Flickr)

Our company’s marketing folks have asked us to put together a compilation CD featuring material from the past 12 months. This CD will be used to give to public-radio programming directors who are not familiar with the program, as well as to potential funders, and for other marketing uses.

Rather than some edited compilation, we’re thinking of putting together the first half of three separate programs on the CD (each half being about 25 minutes). That way, we can showcase the depth, intimacy and storytelling we aim for. The other criteria? The shows must have been produced in the past year.

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Friday, June 27, 2008 - 15:50

An endearing story from Krista's conversation with Mayfair Yang, caught on video.

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 15:01

Producer Colleen Scheck reflects on the "brewing" of this show on our staff blog.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 05:14

Krista's conversation with Nicole Mones about Chinese cuisine as a necessary means of building connectedness.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 09:50

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