On Being Blog

Friday, February 29, 2008 - 15:06

heaven

I can’t think of my mother without thinking of Mahalia Jackson’s recording of “Move On Up a Little Higher”, with its promise of seeing one’s loving mother in heaven, and its crazy-ecstatic refrain, It’ll be always howdy howdy and never goodbye, that makes me just fall apart. The heart-stopping idea is that loss is erased, that it’s just gone from us, in heaven.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 07:11

An Irish listener from Belfast contributes to our musical selections.

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Monday, February 25, 2008 - 10:17

Producing a narrated slideshow takes a fair bit of time, even it's brief. Our producer traces her journey and the small world we travel in.

Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 12:48
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 14:31

One thing we know about our fan base — they (you?) love words, especially poesy. The response to Tess Gallagher’s poem about her time with Thich Nhat Hanh made that clear.

So, in one of Krista’s limited face-to-face interviews (see Shiraz’s post about what a more typical interview looks like), she was regaled by the lilting tongue and picturesque poetry of the late Irish poet John O’Donohue in September. Mr. O’Donohue passed away earlier this year, but his verse lives on.

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 15:00

What happens when you transition from a listener who hears Katy Payne's voice through the radio to a producer who has to contact her by phone?

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 12:02

See some snapshots from Krista's interview with Steve Waldman.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 13:47

A group of black belts head to Greensboro, Alabama, to participate in Rural Studio home-building projects.

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Monday, February 18, 2008 - 18:24

Researching music, we discovered sean-nos, an "old style" of Gaelic singing. Watch this mesmerizing video of Iarla Ó Lionáird singing in a pub.

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