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Trent Gilliss Monday, July 1, 2013 - 21:14

A thoughtful meditation by a craftsman-philosopher who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled coffins.

Trent Gilliss Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 07:36

Wisdom from a late elder to an overwhelming outpouring of stories from people in response to Joy Ladin's transgender experiences. And, photos of Turkish bovine, local deluges, and Krista's most commonly asked question to guests.

Trent Gilliss Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 07:01

Recapping a week of touching tributes to mothers, appreciating electricity, and learning to be bored in order to create.

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 10:27

Watch Stephen Colbert's moving tribute to his mother, offering insights into his mother's Roman Catholic faith and her deeply held values of gratitude, family, and fun.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 06:47

The most populous Muslim country in the world offers a lens into the complexity of sharia and why compassion may be at the core of its implementation.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 14:07

In this photo essay, Joy Ladin reflects on how gender is a covenant she has broken "with others and a covenant with myself."

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 06:37

Changes are afoot at On Being. A brief behind-the-scenes tour as we look for new creative space.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 06:43

Martin Marty invites interfaith couples to reflect and tell their stories — and challenge the binary headlines.

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 07:50

A new generation of Asian-American poets are finding power of expression in slam poetry. For Bao Phi, it's the lifeblood of exploring his identity in America.

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 07:23

A recap of our favorite bits of curiosity from this week, including epistolary correspondence, Krista re-entering the Twitter fray, and a revival post. And a whole lot more!

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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.

June 19, 2014

Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity." Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.

June 12, 2014

The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s research. “When it comes to moral judgments," he says, "we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” He explains “liberal” and “conservative” not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types — ways of moving through the world. His own self-described “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies.

June 5, 2014

As the daughter of Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes her life as "circumscribed by music." But, it's through her love of language and quantum mechanics that she's finding new sources of creativity and mathematical ways to think about the divine. The mother of five shares her perspectives on being present, Twitter as a "boot camp for songwriters," and how she wrestles with love and grief through her music.

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