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Trent Gilliss Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 06:27

Pop culture makes meaning. Enter the Florida State University AcaBelles' a cappella rendition of Lorde's "Royals" to make the point.

Lily Percy Friday, November 22, 2013 - 16:26

Geneticist and Anglican priest Lindon Eaves offers insight on how he's able to take comfort in what he does not know, in both science and religion — something we could all learn from.

Trent Gilliss Monday, November 18, 2013 - 05:37

In a 1919 letter to Gandhi, the Nobel laureate offers these words of advice on planting the seeds of intolerance.

Lily Percy Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 10:52

A moving affirmation of the power we have to affect one another simply by being ourselves.

Trent Gilliss Monday, November 11, 2013 - 14:31

Rachel Button sent us this poem marking the parades that often go unacknowledged on Veterans Day.

Trent Gilliss Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 07:28

KindSpring creates a project to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for with the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge. What are you thankful for?

Trent Gilliss Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 08:42

Sally Kohn offers a vision of how we can better communicate with others who don't share our perspectives and ideas. The way in? Emotional correctness rather than political correctness.

Eric Nelson Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 05:56

Would the Higgs boson exist without our thinking it existed in the first place. Is it possible that by thinking differently – about ourselves, about others, about our universe – we might begin to see things differently?

Sarah Imoff Monday, November 4, 2013 - 05:00

Is this Hasidic man posing on a bed for an American Apparel advertisement a sexualized image? Sarah Imoff argues why the media fails to see the context and places the model — and the tradition — on a pedestal.

Lily Percy Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 17:18

Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller Gravity is more than just a vehicle for snazzy special effects. It's also a love letter to life.

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July 24, 2014

Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills meaning at once social, poetic, and scientific. He reveals how objects can become meditations on love, war, and healing.

July 17, 2014

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.

July 10, 2014

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words speak to all of us navigating the ever-unfolding, unfinished business of civil rights. We bring Du Bois' life and ideas into relief for the 21st century — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.

July 3, 2014

For the Fourth of July, a refreshing reality check about the long road of American democracy. We remember forgotten but fascinating, useful history as we contemplate how we might help young democracies on their own tumultuous paths now.

June 26, 2014

We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. With mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse, we trace a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay — not a matter of competing answers, but of complementary questions with room for humanity, nuance, and humor.

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