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Friday, January 25, 2013 - 13:40

An evolving conversation thread about the "Nones" who are the subject of so much discussion and media coverage nowadays. Add your two bits and help us flesh out this story!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 05:36

On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:26

What better way to follow up our show with poet Elizabeth Alexander than to listen to the redemptive words of his second inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. A true pleasure.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 08:17

Martin Marty on the public consequences of divorce when churches and families relegate it as a private matter.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 05:00

This week's reflection on the words of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry, nourishment from our listeners, the goodness in sport, and the power of family.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 15:25

This inspiring story about the love of two brothers had NBA superstar LeBron James on the verge of tears, as you'll see in the video. So good in so many ways.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 04:30

A small group of musicians and singers inject a bit of sunshine into the cold fluorescence with an organized flash mob performing The Beatles classic "Here Comes the Sun." This just may be the best way to kick off this hump day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:15

Two hijab-wearing rappers dispel some misconceptions around gender + Islam while making music with a wide appeal.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 07:58

From Kabbalah to comfort, curiosity to a prayer from the Prophet Muhammad. Our roundup of ideas and stories at On Being this week.

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 18:50

Five questions with the author of Far from the Tree on how families with extreme difference find connectedness in their "horizontal" identities.

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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.

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