On the Blog

October 18, 2012

During the first two presidential debates, Mitt Romney's Mormon faith has come up very little. But, as Joanna Brooks says, many Mormons continue to "white-knuckle" through this campaign season.

October 17, 2012

Though the terms "Jesus"and "wife" may prompt new obsessions, guest contributor Martin Marty writes, they won't likely change the course of biblical scholarship.

October 16, 2012

What kinds of radical changes, guest contributor Larisa Reznik asks, would need to happen in our own religious and political cultures for our own "punk prayers" to be answered?

October 15, 2012

Sometimes healing spaces are not only in far-away romantic, picturesque places. As Asha Sanaker from Ithaca, New York points out, these sacred spaces often encompass our back yards and our livelihoods

October 14, 2012

"With Alice Rivlin at 81 and Pete Domenici at 80 at Brookings this week — a merger of power and softness I've seen in the wisest people." ~Krista Tippett reflects on her recent interview for the Civil Conversations Project.

October 13, 2012

What do Israeli and Pakistani peers have in common? A Jewish American journalist looks beyond Western media's portrayal of Pakistan and discovers universal values.

October 13, 2012

"My favorite healing place: Pololu Valley, The Big Island, Hawaii."

October 06, 2012

Could the concerns of Jewish and Muslim minorities in Berlin serve as a chance for "secular" Berliners to to examine their own identity? Guest contributor Brian Britt explores the role of history as a distraction challenging modern-day civility.

October 06, 2012

Krista Tippett, David Gushee, and Frances Kissling at On Being's "Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dialogue"Krista Tippett speaks with David Gushee and Frances Kissling at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. Photo by Matt Johnson

More than 500 people witnessed a thoughtful exchange between two people who come at the abortion issue from decidedly different perspectives. What they heard was a civil exchange based upon mutual respect. As one listener points out, it has a lot to do with the way Krista framed the conversation:

October 04, 2012

What a little-known figure of speech, the polysyndeton, can do for style — even in the Bible.

October 02, 2012

Upon being told she is obese by a viewer, a television anchor uses the opportunity to talk about bullying and the need to be kinder to one another.

October 02, 2012

A majestic environment in upstate Minnesota and our host's best-selling book, Einstein's God makes for a great pairing! What's your favorite healing place?

September 29, 2012

Assisi SunsetSunset over the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy. (Photo by NKCPhoto/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

"Off to the place I love best: the airport!"


These words Krista uttered with a twinkle in her eye and a bit of tongue-in-cheek pithiness as she rushed out of the studio on her way to Chicago. But didn't she just tweet something about returning home, you ask? Yes, yes she did:

Off the plane, hug my son, do yoga - back on the ground and in my body. A relief. Life's simplest moorings to dignity.

September 26, 2012

Activists from two embattled sides find their way to the same table following a public tragedy. The intention? Communicate openly, without necessarily finding common ground.

September 21, 2012

On the day that a festival to locate the sacred opened, countries across the Middle East were aflame. The musical art of Bora Yoon and Riyaaz Qawwali ruptured this author's cynicism and offered a new vision of the world.

September 20, 2012

Loving Tablet Magazine's humorous approach to the High Holy Days. A few of our favorites...

September 18, 2012

A new translation of a seminal work of medieval Jewish philosophy is banned in Israel. But this Arab transliteration may "break down the artificial borders that separate the communities of the Middle East."

September 18, 2012

Cooking for PeaceEvery week for the past five months, a group of Arab and Jewish women from neighboring towns near Haifa, Israel have come together to cook. Each week, they meet in a different woman’s home, discovering their commonalities and differences by sharing recipes, culinary traditions, and childhood memories.

September 13, 2012

A joyful lamentation over sealed spaces and the lessons Rosh Hashanah — and the High Holy Days — teaches when we have access to the gifts of our natural environment.

September 11, 2012

A sacred space doesn't have to be a cathedral or a mosque or a synagogue. For our guest essayist, it's a city square she shared with a friend with cancer. Read this lovely essay and then tell us what is your sacred space?

September 07, 2012

How and why did we choose this "secular sermon" for our podcast. A bit of behind-the-scenes insight that answers these questions — and a chance to watch the full sermon from The School of Life.

September 05, 2012

Read highlights of Krista's interview with Alain de Botton, and experience his philosophy in Twitter-form.

August 28, 2012

Guess what famous actress gave our public radio program a shout-out in InStyle magazine?

August 24, 2012

When Jews sing a niggun, Ethan Press writes, this wordless Jewish melody brings the singer into ecstatic union with the Divine.

August 23, 2012

In a fun, lively conversation with the comedian extraordinaire, Joanna Brooks discusses the fears, tensions, and survivalist instinct of Mormons of today. And Jon Stewart offers some advice on her "baby" religion growing up.

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