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December 15, 2008

A preview of Krista's interview with the famed child psychiatrist.

December 14, 2008

Jessica Sundheim tells a lovely story of transformation and faith during tough times.

December 09, 2008

I’ve been fascinated by the responses that have come in to our program with Binyavanga Wainaina. They’ve come in part from other Africans and from current and former NGOs, missionaries, and Peace Corps volunteers. This felt like a huge and daunting, yet pressing, subject to open up. And that’s clearly what we’ve done — not started a conversation but opened it a little wider; the questions and concerns he articulated are present in many closest to this work.

I’m especially intrigued, as well, by one e-mail we received from New Orleans, drawing parallels between aid to post-Katrina New Orleans and aid to Africa. It is a stunning reflection on how, even domestically, the dramatic gesture is deceptively satisfying. Most of all I’m pleased that so many found Binyavanga Wainaina’s insights emboldening, as I did. His hard truth-telling — even his satire — is the opposite of a call to cynicism. It is a call to attentiveness to the deeper truth of ourselves and the other.

December 08, 2008

A "scientist's scientist" on stress in tough economic times.

December 05, 2008

Our online editor reflects on finding new meaning — and new life — in Krista's 2000 interview with Robert Coles.

December 02, 2008

A panel discussion with three smart people exploring the moral and ethical aspects of the economic downturn.

November 24, 2008

For the National Day of Listening: listen to stories of friends and loved ones, and record them too.

November 21, 2008

A random tweet lifts the spirits while researching the ethics of global aid.

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November 21, 2008

Can one really explore spirituality with a joystick?

November 18, 2008

Early this morning, the BBC World Service rebroadcast this CBC documentary about the uniquely American religion of Spiritualism. Lily Dale, a small town in southwestern New York state, was founded by a socially progressive group of Spiritualists in 1879 and is the epicenter for its practitioners.

Wondering what is a Spiritualist? Here’s the town’s definition:

One who believes, as the basis of his or her religion, in the continuity of life and in individual responsibility. Some, but not all, Spiritualists are Mediums and/or Healers. Spiritualists endeavor to find the truth in all things and to live their lives in accordance therewith.

November 13, 2008

Remembering Studs' ability to speak about music and finding a complete version of a song in the show.

November 13, 2008

“The main creed that I like to refer to when I think of Vedanta is as Swami Vivekananda said: ‘If you’re a Christian, be a good Christian. If you’re a Muslim, be a good Muslim. If you’re a Hindu, be a good Hindu.’”

This is the comment of 17 year-old Akhil, a young man interviewed as part of a new study released by the Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. The study is the first report from an ambitious project reaching across cultures, languages, and traditions to understand how today’s global youth experience and think about their spiritual growth. Focused on advancing the scientific study of this area of human development, the guiding philosophy of the endeavor is that good science is the key to good practice in fostering the formation and growth of spiritual identity.

November 11, 2008

Sometimes forgiveness comes easiest to the youngest of us.

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November 10, 2008

A retired butler at the White House misses the chance to tell his Helene about the first black man bound for the Oval Office.

November 09, 2008

Marie Howe uses poetry to explore disagreement + the distance between people.

November 07, 2008

Our intern draws upon music suggestions as she reflects on global reaction to U.S. politics.

November 06, 2008

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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