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Trent Gilliss Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 12:42

On Being partners with The Takeaway to explore the deep questions of people's changing relationship with religion and faith in the U.S. as part of their series “Young Nation Under God?”

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 14:50

A video that will inspire you to think more deeply about your place in the universe.

Trent Gilliss Friday, October 11, 2013 - 23:32

A young Pakistani girl shares a story of strength and peace that leaves us all in awe.

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 06:26

Morrie Schwartz makes sense of it all while tomatoes are flying.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 21:43

Yosemite meets Saarschleife in this pairing of German wilderness and poignant words from John Muir.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 06:15

A striking photo paired with a grounding thought from Thich Nhat Hanh on gratitude.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 23:22

The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it's a practice of meditation.

Trent Gilliss Friday, September 27, 2013 - 05:32

Neil Gaiman's commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.

Charles C. Camosy Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 08:01

Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered "liberal" simply because he doesn't fit into "conservative" categories.

Trent Gilliss Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 08:42

There's more than meets the eye in this photo. Stop and peer beneath the surface.

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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.

June 26, 2014

We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. With mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse, we trace a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay — not a matter of competing answers, but of complementary questions with room for humanity, nuance, and humor.