On the Blog

By Andreana E. Lefton September 30, 2014

How many of us are ready to step into the gaze of someone — including ourselves — who sees us as we really are?

By Trent Gilliss September 28, 2014

Our executive editor rounds up things seen and unseen — from poetry and trees to anger and rhythm.

By Anita Getzler September 28, 2014

During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.

By Lily Percy September 26, 2014

Emma Watson's challenging and inspirational speech creates an opening for our senior producer to reflect, reframe, and reclaim her sense of feminism.

By Courtney E. Martin September 26, 2014

Men's ability to maintain sustained, intimate friendships with other men may be the key to unlocking a revolution of a new type of connection — and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century.

By Parker J. Palmer September 24, 2014

Autumn reminds our Quaker columnist about the beauty of the Earth and the death that is to come. Through the words of Rilke, an exploration of the wellspring of gratitude.

By Julie Rawe September 23, 2014

When we opened our doors to the public for Northern Spark, the rain poured late into the night in Minneapolis. And so did the festival-goers into our studios. A story of one Somali woman's idea of a scene she has yet to see.

By Derrick Clements September 21, 2014

A young man's humorous, joyful, and reflective contemplation about being Mormon, leaving Utah for a Radiolab internship in New York, and developing an evolving identity for himself. A profound and startlingly honest portrait of modern faith.

By Courtney E. Martin September 19, 2014

When life grabs you by the scruff of the neck, how do you cope with the stress and anxiety? A column on the art of reassuring oneself that all will be well.

By Parker J. Palmer September 17, 2014

Anger is something many of us try to deny. Rather than quelling it, what if we were to use it as an animating force for personal transformation and social change?

By Yahia Lababidi September 16, 2014

Poets and philosophers may be the mystics of our day, bridging the two worlds and bearing witness to seen and unseen.

By Trent Gilliss September 16, 2014

What you might've missed: a simple video, a helpful list, a timely perspective, and a meditative essay on people and place.

By Marianne Griebler September 14, 2014

The recollection of the loss of an elm tree strengthens one woman's resolve to find a renewed sense of hope for the urban planting of America.

By Mariah Helgeson September 11, 2014

A behind-the-scenes narrative of how the music in our podcasts find its way serendipitously into our production process — all by way of hip hop aficionado Imani Perry. Lauryn Hill comes through in a pinch.

By Imani Perry September 11, 2014

A powerful essay on the responsibility of raising black sons in America. Against the forces of injustice and the brutal truth of racial inequality, a scholar and a mother finds hope in community and the knowledge that "together we create gardens of possibility in the parched earth."

By Parker J. Palmer September 10, 2014

Inspired by the simplicity and power of Naomi Shihab Nye's story, here's a list of five simple things we can do to help with healing the heart of democracy.

By Courtney E. Martin September 10, 2014

The video of Ray Rice hitting Janay Rice has prompted all sorts of responses. Rather than resorting to humiliation and social isolation, how do we deal with generational legacies of violence when it confronts us in the news cycle? A call to see the pain before us, and create consequences and opportunities for cultural transformation — not public shaming.

By Trent Gilliss September 09, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.

By Trent Gilliss September 09, 2014

Join us for an evening of music and conversation with musician Carrie Newcomer. Watch a live video stream of the conversation, followed by a short musical set by the singer-songwriter.

By Ron Beathard September 09, 2014

In this meditation on a quiet town, the everyday rhythms take many forms. In the ordinary the sacred resides.

By Omid Safi September 08, 2014

Lists can be fun. How about we create a community of learning and sharing for continued growth!

By Trent Gilliss September 07, 2014

When an Icelandic singing group reprises an 800-year-old Scandinavian hymn, a German train station is transformed — and so are all who watch and listen.

By Courtney E. Martin September 05, 2014

How do we process all the heartbreaking news, be informed citizens, and not become detached? Is being uninformed a moral decision? One way is for media and consumers to demand headlines that reflect the fullness of the world — including the fortifying solutions happening too.

By Trent Gilliss September 04, 2014

Our executive editor pulls together a mix of live events, sneak previews, and words from some of our favorite thinkers and columnists who make this world a better place to become.

By Parker J. Palmer September 03, 2014

How does one have a more supple heart that's read to hold life's suffering and joy? Finding a way in through a Mary Oliver poem and some guiding words.

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