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Trent Gilliss Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 09:46

You will not believe how a cancer doctor uses the venom from a scorpion's sting to paint the malignant tumors in children's brains and lymphatic systems. And, in the process, tap the human spirit.

Trent Gilliss Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 05:50

What does restoring trust between the financial industry and the U.S. culture look like? A former corporate CEO and board member of Goldman Sachs on the ethical line of business and the incumbency of financial leaders to rebuild what has been lost after the financial meltdown of 2008.

Megan Bender Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 18:06

On the first Sunday of October, pet owners flock to an unlikely place: their local churches. Across the U.S., dogs, cats, hamsters, and even birds gather to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis, otherwise known as “the blessing of the animals.”

Trent Gilliss Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 07:24

Krista sits down with The Takeaway to explain the impulses behind the Pew polls on the religiously unaffiliated Millennials. She believes that this growing number of unaffiliated young people are a source of renewal of religion in the U.S.

Trent Gilliss Friday, October 18, 2013 - 07:08

How has your religious identity changed? Does faith still play an important role in your life? Are you concerned that young people are leaving religious institutions? Join John Hockenberry today (Friday, October 18) at 2:00 pm ET to participate in a live online chat. Whatever questions or comments you have, we hope you add your voice to the conversation.

Trent Gilliss Friday, October 18, 2013 - 06:55

Why are atheism and agnosticism on the rise? And what does it take to go against your family's faith? Three young atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church.

Mikel Ellcessor Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 05:00

Three young Muslim-Americans — Kamran, Tasneem, and Zahra — struggle to reconcile their "Muslim" and "American" identities. Why don't we hear more of this in the media?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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