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Monday, September 22, 2008 - 10:57

This SOF video captures the international flavor of the Azusa Street Centennial in song by a couple from Zimbabwe.

Friday, September 19, 2008 - 14:49

View a couple of campaign commercials in which presidential candidates wear their religion on their sleeves.

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Friday, September 19, 2008 - 12:26

A collection of photos documenting the Islamic holy month.

Friday, September 19, 2008 - 09:03

I wanted to share a tremendously informative piece of writing that came into my inbox yesterday — an essay by Omer M. Mozaffar about the passing of Warith Deen (often referred to as W.Deen) Mohammed titled “American Islam Enters its Next Phase.” Mohammed was a gentle but towering figure in the history of Islam in the U.S., yet remains little known in the culture at large.

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 12:02

With all the press given to Gov. Palin's Pentecostal past, many forgot the Democratic Party has its own share of influential Pentecostals running the show.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 12:40
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 08:51

Are religious values sometimes used as a shield for discrimination?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 - 17:49

But what about practicing yoga at home? A prescribed playlist German trains would love.

Monday, September 15, 2008 - 16:49

Recalling Rabbi Heschel's words while fasting for Ramadan.

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 12:45

Krista finds liberation in the graceful transitioning instead of only the outcome.

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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.

June 19, 2014

Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity." Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.

June 12, 2014

The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s research. “When it comes to moral judgments," he says, "we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” He explains “liberal” and “conservative” not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types — ways of moving through the world. His own self-described “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies.

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