On Being Blog

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Monday, November 10, 2008 - 08:55

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

Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 09:14

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

Friday, November 7, 2008 - 21:46

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

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 08:35

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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Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 13:01

When do charity and aid help, and when are they counterproductive? A video from one group's perspective.

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Monday, November 3, 2008 - 11:00

The story of a woman whose son was murdered, and her struggle to end the cycle of violence in north Minneapolis.

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 16:51

Studs Terkel's death reminds our online editor of the opportunity he passed up.

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 10:24

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July 31, 2014

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn takes us inside the practicalities and power of yoga. She describes how it helps her face the darkness in herself and the world, and how she’s come to see yoga as a form of body prayer.

July 24, 2014

Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills meaning at once social, poetic, and scientific. He reveals how objects can become meditations on love, war, and healing.

July 17, 2014

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.

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.