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Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 03:21

A "sketchnoter" offers a new way to visualize our own conversations. When what you see lures you to listen and read.

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 21:31

A Jewish Arbor Day, this Jewish holiday is experiencing new life as Jews become more ecologically concerned.

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 13:40

An evolving conversation thread about the "Nones" who are the subject of so much discussion and media coverage nowadays. Add your two bits and help us flesh out this story!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 05:36

On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:26

What better way to follow up our show with poet Elizabeth Alexander than to listen to the redemptive words of his second inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. A true pleasure.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 08:17

Martin Marty on the public consequences of divorce when churches and families relegate it as a private matter.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 05:00

This week's reflection on the words of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry, nourishment from our listeners, the goodness in sport, and the power of family.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 15:25

This inspiring story about the love of two brothers had NBA superstar LeBron James on the verge of tears, as you'll see in the video. So good in so many ways.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 04:30

A small group of musicians and singers inject a bit of sunshine into the cold fluorescence with an organized flash mob performing The Beatles classic "Here Comes the Sun." This just may be the best way to kick off this hump day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:15

Two hijab-wearing rappers dispel some misconceptions around gender + Islam while making music with a wide appeal.

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April 24, 2014

The idea of reciting an unchanging creed sounds suspicious to modern ears. But the late, great historian Jaroslav Pelikan illuminated ancient tradition in order to enliven faith in the present and the future. He insisted that strong statements of belief will be necessary if pluralism in the 21st century is to thrive. We take in his moving, provocative perspective on our enduring need for creeds.

April 17, 2014

"The soul is contained in the voice."

StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.

April 10, 2014

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

April 3, 2014

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

March 27, 2014

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how Western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

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