On the Blog
With his "heart full to bursting," Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.
Take this mystical aural hike into the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park to One Square Inch of Silence — and experience the chirping twitter of the Western wren and the haunting call of the Roosevelt elk.
A thoughtful meditation by a craftsman-philosopher who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled coffins.
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.
Recapping a week of touching tributes to mothers, appreciating electricity, and learning to be bored in order to create.
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.
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.
In this photo essay, Joy Ladin reflects on how gender is a covenant she has broken "with others and a covenant with myself."
Changes are afoot at On Being. A brief behind-the-scenes tour as we look for new creative space.
Martin Marty invites interfaith couples to reflect and tell their stories — and challenge the binary headlines.
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.
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!
A.E. Lefton on Bahá’í leaders being persecuted and imprisoned in Iran — and how they remind her of the sacrifice and the richness of human life.
A wandering reflection arriving at a "found poem." The muse? Our show with Marie Howe. Simply marvelous.
A bartender who was born and raised in Jamaica sent us this lovely essay in response to our latest show. A testament to the power of poetry and pursuit.
When one's pen goes silent for three years, what's the first line to come out. Christian Wiman tell us. Listen to his beautiful reading of "Every Riven Thing" too.
Rilke follows the course of change through seasons and captures the loneliness of uncertainty in everyday life. Includes Joanna Macy's brilliant reading of "Onto a Vast Plain."
Talking with your pre-teen son or daughter can be difficult enough, says Naazish YarKhan, without adding terrorism and its misguided association with Islam to the mix.
An imaginative video that brilliantly captures the essence and impact of David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College.
Glenn Greewald's calling out of Sam Harris' speech as anti-Muslim rhetoric sparked quite a debate. Is Mr. Harris a new form of atheism an old form of colonialism?
A powerful Zen parable teaching us about compassion and gratitude in the face of death.
A sneak preview of our upcoming show with Sounds True founder Tami Simon. Enjoy and share your favorites.
On this Mother's Day, in some odd way, I can think of no more fitting tribute than to listen to Ms. Boorstein reciting these lovely lines from Pablo Neruda.
On this Mother's Day weekend, a time to celebrate the women in our lives and be real about parenting. Along with art on happiness, brainstorming reactions, and emerging forms of spirituality in Ireland.
In Ireland, former Catholics are rediscovering their religious beliefs and Irish heritage in pre-Christian spirituality. Shweta Saraswat and Tricia Tongco's story on the reemerging presence of Pagan spirituality in Dublin.