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February 21, 2013

Bobby McFerrin on music: "I want everyone to experience at the end of my concert is everyone has this sense of rejoicing. I don't want them to be blown away by what I do, I want them to have this sense of real, real joy from the depths of their being. Because I think when you take them to that place, then you open up a place where grace can come in."

February 21, 2013

What can we learn about love when we embrace fear? Advice from Hanan Harchol's latest animation.

February 20, 2013

Catch highlights of Krista's recent speech before an audience of seminary students, courtesy of a public theologian in attendance.

February 20, 2013

President Obama continues the use of explicit religious language in his speeches as many of his predecessors did in the 20th century. But should it be alarming when he's referred to as Pastor in Chief?

February 17, 2013

Quotations from Carl Sagan and rainbows in oil puddles are only the tip of the iceberg with this show. Visual notes to help you find ways in and remember.

February 16, 2013

This week, Trent Gilliss asks how we might cover the papal process. And our capsule shares the many ways people are building the "beloved community" and how a rock band was inspired by a 20th-century Jewish philosopher. And we remember Rabbi David Hartman.

February 16, 2013

Our interview with Natalie Batalha resulted in a wonderful set of time-shift tweets. We compile them for your pleasure.

February 14, 2013

Is Latin America the future of the Roman Catholic Church, or will the home to some of the most outstanding liberation theology thinkers be relegated to the sidelines when the next pope is chosen?

February 13, 2013

When what you see lures you to listen and read. These visual notes help you read on, listen closely, and see the big picture through Vincent Harding's eyes.

February 11, 2013

"Even if you like living alone, that doesn't always mean you want to be alone." ~Lisa Napoli

Each Friday night, the author and journalist opens her door and throws a "party" in her LA abode. Anybody can come and socialize. It's such a lovely idea and seems like a great way to build relationships and foster community in one's own way. Great idea!

February 10, 2013

From a spirited discussion on Paul Harvey and the American farmer to some out-of-this world photos to intriguing reads that will edify you and make you wonder why, our capsule of this week's best ideas and conversations.

February 08, 2013

Gone are the days, writes Harvard's Ousmane Kane, when Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa was considered more peaceful and different than in other parts of the world.

February 07, 2013

A community college professor responds to Seth Godin's story with his student's poetry.

February 05, 2013

A retired exec-turned-woodturner follows his compass to reveal the inner beauty of felled trees in massive, delicate works of art.

February 03, 2013

A testament to the power of religious language, Paul Harvey, and the dream of America presented through rural imagery?

February 02, 2013

Our capsule of inspiration for the week includes a new way forward for visualizing our work, fantasy, Epiphany, and the sage words of a French Buddhist monk.

February 01, 2013

The second installment in our sketchnotes series that teases out the highlights of Krista's conversation with an American Muslim activist making a difference in Chicago.

January 29, 2013

A photographic tour of the biggest holiday for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. The religious relic known as the Ark of the Covenant holds a special role in this celebration.

January 27, 2013

This week's On Being roundup: Learning to be of interest to each other from Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander, a guided meditation, and Twitter conversation about what the rise of "Nones" really says about America's religious landscape.

January 27, 2013

A "sketchnoter" offers a new way to visualize our own conversations. When what you see lures you to listen and read.

January 25, 2013

A Jewish Arbor Day, this Jewish holiday is experiencing new life as Jews become more ecologically concerned.

January 25, 2013

An evolving conversation thread about the "Nones" who are the subject of so much discussion and media coverage nowadays. Add your two bits and help us flesh out this story!

January 23, 2013

On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.

January 22, 2013

What better way to follow up our show with poet Elizabeth Alexander than to listen to the redemptive words of his second inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. A true pleasure.

January 21, 2013

Martin Marty on the public consequences of divorce when churches and families relegate it as a private matter.

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