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Trent Gilliss Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 23:22

The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it's a practice of meditation.

Trent Gilliss Friday, September 27, 2013 - 05:32

Neil Gaiman's commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.

Charles C. Camosy Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 08:01

Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered "liberal" simply because he doesn't fit into "conservative" categories.

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 08:42

There's more than meets the eye in this photo. Stop and peer beneath the surface.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 04:50

Every so often, Krista's interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments.

Trent Gilliss Monday, August 26, 2013 - 08:30

A video that serves as a humorous indictment of our addiction to technology and lack of connection with others.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 22:58

Wrapping up this week with a picturesque mountain scene, moving music from a magical singer, and a map and haiku.

Martin E. Marty Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 06:50

Shifts in the U.S.' ethnic composition are portentous for religious institutions, communities, loyalties, and identities. The white majority, says Martin Marty, can kvetch or use it as an opportunity to reassess religious commitment.

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 15:09

With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 07:45

Take this mystical aural hike into the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park to One Square Inch of Silence — and experience the chirping twitter of the Western wren and the haunting call of the Roosevelt elk.

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April 17, 2014

"The soul is contained in the voice."

StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.

April 10, 2014

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

April 3, 2014

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

March 27, 2014

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how Western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

March 20, 2014

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.