On the Blog
On the Blog
The power of song on the radio connects three worlds to one woman, ushering her into the eternal present by conjuring up memories of the past.
Invoking the words of Heschel, a Muslim scholar hearkens back to the prophetic tradition and asks what it means to be morally responsible in a world of ISIS and American empire?
In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.
Sometimes the most sacred experiences happen in the most mundane of places: in a big box store, after your spouse empties the litter box, or during an encounter with a taxi driver.
Our executive editor's weekly missive: a season of autumn invitations, a thoughtful essay on male friendship, confessions of an accidental feminist, a joyful contemplation on being Mormon in the modern world, and an unexpected moment of generosity.
With the political season in full swing, a reminder that the great prophets were courageous, outrageous people who railed against the powers-that-be. And a poem by Mary Oliver.
How many of us are ready to step into the gaze of someone — including ourselves — who sees us as we really are?
Our executive editor rounds up things seen and unseen — from poetry and trees to anger and rhythm.
During the High Holy Days, a daughter remembers her father and the blessing he was as he aged — with memory and a poem.
Emma Watson's challenging and inspirational speech creates an opening for our senior producer to reflect, reframe, and reclaim her sense of feminism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Poets and philosophers may be the mystics of our day, bridging the two worlds and bearing witness to seen and unseen.
What you might've missed: a simple video, a helpful list, a timely perspective, and a meditative essay on people and place.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.