On Being Blog

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 22:29

Obama's statement that "some are to blame, but all are responsible" sounds a bit familiar.

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 10:42

A few days ago, I was an emotional mess. I was touched at by the compassion and heart-wrenching stories I was reading. I’m the better for reading them. These are the shared stories about Alzheimer’s experiences from our radio and online audiences. But, then I’m faced with the question: What do we do with this repository of knowledge, with all these magnificent life stories?

Our first step was to create an interface that provides more context — in this case a dynamic map showcasing these acts of remembering. For this “mash-up” we used Google maps, Flickr images, an internally developed application (thanks Dickens!), and our Web site. We gain a greater sense of these authors and their relation to others geographically, including pull quotes and images and age and religious affiliation. And then you can delve deeper by reading each individual essay and viewing larger images.

Friday, March 27, 2009 - 11:34

Krista acknowledges the inspiration for this show.

Sunday, March 22, 2009 - 06:59

Music may document history as accurately as any text. Songs from Victor Jara, Mercedes Sosa, Calexico, The Clash, and Chuck Brodsky.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 11:18

A moving visual reflection on memory and relationships, absence and loss, and on the frail, tender love between family members.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 11:17

A preview of one of the beautiful poems read by Alicia Partnoy for this program.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 06:57

A poet reflects on the choices her family has made to live a simpler life in NYC.

Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 10:55

The former first lady talks about the responsibility of being raised in a privileged society.

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