On Being Blog

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 08:35

McCullough's reference to Mad Max and Death Wish prompted us to put together cinematic revenge moments for the program. In the end, it didn't fit but why not let you hear them?

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 13:01

When do charity and aid help, and when are they counterproductive? A video from one group's perspective.

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Monday, November 3, 2008 - 11:00

The story of a woman whose son was murdered, and her struggle to end the cycle of violence in north Minneapolis.

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 16:51

Studs Terkel's death reminds our online editor of the opportunity he passed up.

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 10:24
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 10:15

A monk makes the case to the pop culture digerati that his Catholic brothers have been on the cutting edge of technology for centuries.

Monday, October 27, 2008 - 10:50

Forget the glossy Bible hype. A clever cover reveals more, and says less.

Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 11:58

Rabbi Sharon BrousEarlier this week, I wrote about a photograph of a Lubavitch assembly. In response to a comment in our Flickr community, I was doing some research and happened upon a couple of lists about the top 50 most influential rabbis and the top 25 rabbis from the pulpit.

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April 17, 2014

"The soul is contained in the voice."

StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.

April 10, 2014

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

April 3, 2014

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

March 27, 2014

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how Western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

March 20, 2014

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.

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