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Friday, January 16, 2009 - 23:44

Mishra continues his critique of the ideologies of progress and globalization, refreamed for the current global economic situation.

Friday, January 16, 2009 - 12:29

I’m personally thrilled to be doing this week’s show — which took a few of us up to one of my favorite places in the world, St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. St. John’s is one of the largest Benedictine communities in the world and has always been a remarkable place. Its wide orbit has touched many lives and many leading institutions, globally.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 14:17

This six-minute video introduces you to the genesis and process of creating the illuminated, handwritten Bible.

Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 12:00

"Yet these kinds of abuses — along with more banal injustices, like slapping a girlfriend or paying women less for their work — arise out of a social context in which women are, often, second-class citizens. That's a context that religions have helped shape, and not pushed hard to change."

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Friday, January 9, 2009 - 09:40

A former guest's animated Harvard speech on how children handle situations of conflict.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 10:18
Monday, January 5, 2009 - 14:23
Monday, January 5, 2009 - 10:29

Part of our SoundSeen series: our staff deliberates on cutting a dated reference and its value for current perspective.

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 10:50

A search for stories about the relationship between children and grandparents revealed words of wisdom for current economic times.

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