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February 26, 2009

The vulnerability of revisiting this conversation reminds Krista to embrace "dark times as expressions of human vitality."

February 25, 2009

We’ve been talking a lot more about poetry here lately, thanks to the recently increased involvement of Larissa, APM’s Poetry Producer. I have to say, I can’t complain about the fact that I now have poetry arriving in my inbox on a fairly regular basis.

Illustrated portrait of John KeatsThinking more about poetry has reminded me of a message we received from a listener when we rebroadcasted “A History of Doubt” in January. In the message she mentioned, “As a poet, I’ve long embraced doubt, which Keats conceptualized and praised as Negative Capability.”

February 25, 2009

An essay on frugality's new trendiness and old roots in Christian teaching.

February 24, 2009

James Wright's poem on the terror of hospital bills and refocusing on what we really value.

February 21, 2009

Laura Rozen reports that during a conference call George Mitchell, the newly appointed U.S. envoy to the Middle East, told Jewish community leaders:

Mitchell said that on the plane back from his recent trip to the Middle East, he had re-read his eight-year-old report on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and was struck by how much the situation had changed. Among the changes he noted, Mitchell said that eight years ago, no one talked about Iran. But this time, everyone mentioned it, both Israeli and Arab leaders.


February 19, 2009

Video of a Seed salon with Janna Levin and fiction writer Jonathon Lethem.

February 18, 2009

A White House video about the Obama administration's faith-based initiatives, with commentary by DuBois.

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February 14, 2009

With high hopes come far falls. Here, we embedded a live stream for people to view real-time. In the end, a wired Ethernet connection wasn't enough.

February 13, 2009
February 12, 2009

juxtaposed:religion[Editor’s note: I was combing through a test blog for SOF that never made it into production. One of the entries I posted I regretted not publishing. The piece is timeless, so I thought I’d re-post for you design lovers.]

The design house of mike and maaike developed a wonderfully elegant and simple bookshelf for a curated series of bookshelves. Its title: “religion.” Niches for seven influential religious texts are carved out of a three-foot-long piece of hardwood and reverently cozied up to one another. Included are the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible, the Qur’an, Confucius’ The Analects, the Tao Te Ching (translated by Stephen Mitchell), The Discourses of the Buddha, and the Torah.

February 11, 2009
February 09, 2009

An enigmatic history flow diagram tracking the editing path of the term "evolution."

February 04, 2009

A found image adds a layer to the relationship between Darwin's theory and religion.

February 04, 2009

A Buddhist teacher provides methods for coping with uncertainty, and our senior editor finds community and respite in music.

February 03, 2009

"I think the downtown artistic community is realizing we don’t really have the option of dismissing [evangelical Christianity] anymore. This is a force in our world."

January 30, 2009

We probed a bit deeper into the musical affections of a "well-ordered" novelist — tastes that include Beethoven, Chopin, and Puccini but also Van Halen and Def Leppard. A light-hearted fiesta of conversation and sound.

January 29, 2009

What would today's "message in a bottle" to the stars contain? Hear sounds from the Golden Record and share your ideas.

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