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Friday, April 4, 2008 - 23:59
Friday, April 4, 2008 - 12:59

If you've had a long day and are looking for a moment of reflection, watch Carolina LaBranche's lovely two-minute homage to her mother.

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 13:48
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Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 14:11

We won a Peabody for this show! Read all about it here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 10:49


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Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 16:47

Even though On Being producers sit within virtually an arm's length of one another, sometimes the conversation's better played out online. Check out the comment thread.

Monday, March 24, 2008 - 21:11

While conducting some research for our upcoming show on humanism, I was reminded of an amazing truth about ancient texts. Greek philosophy doesn’t come to us whole; it is an inheritance in pieces. The passage of time always edits, and of Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher who died in 270 BCE, barely any original writing remains.

The scarcity of original texts can be difficult in some ways. We must learn what we can about him, Epicurus, from the philosophers who wrote about him after his death, the Epicureans. The most important of these writings, and the one source for texts by Epicurus himself, is a biography by Diogenes, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, from 230 CE. It is not always easy to do research on a figure whose personal writings are so few.

Friday, March 21, 2008 - 09:45

What happens when an opportunity to trace an interesting story intersects with the rebroadcast of a popular program? Producer Colleen Scheck tells her story.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 15:46
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 16:19

Is math a basic need we intuit like hunger, thirst, and love?

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