Trent Gilliss

Trent Gilliss

is executive editor of On Being and chief content officer of Krista Tippett Public Productions. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent's reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.
By Trent Gilliss September 16, 2014

What you might've missed: a simple video, a helpful list, a timely perspective, and a meditative essay on people and place.

By Trent Gilliss September 09, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive, including a smart testimony on the value of work, a Mary Oliver poem on suffering and joy, a call for headlines that reflect the fullness of the world, and a stunning body of paintings from Rabindranath Tagore.

By Trent Gilliss September 09, 2014

Join us for an evening of music and conversation with musician Carrie Newcomer. Watch a live video stream of the conversation, followed by a short musical set by the singer-songwriter.

By Trent Gilliss September 07, 2014

When an Icelandic singing group reprises an 800-year-old Scandinavian hymn, a German train station is transformed — and so are all who watch and listen.

By Trent Gilliss September 04, 2014

Our executive editor pulls together a mix of live events, sneak previews, and words from some of our favorite thinkers and columnists who make this world a better place to become.

By Trent Gilliss August 31, 2014

A sneak preview of Krista Tippett's scintillating conversation with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

By Trent Gilliss August 27, 2014

Advice on living... from saying no to say yes and the lost skills of the cowboy code.

By Trent Gilliss August 20, 2014

Our executive editor's weekly missive, including a powerful conversation on suicide and the choice to stay, a healing poem on solidarity and depression, a call to face our ghosts and show courage in the wake of Ferguson, and a moment of unexpected joy.

By Trent Gilliss August 18, 2014

A mix of unexpected joy from a prairie trombone and a Finnish folk band playing AC/DC paired with a sage Nobel Prize-winning Bengali, a nonagenarian from Boston, and columnists Parker and Courtney. Quite swath of things to think about and carry into the week.

By Trent Gilliss August 09, 2014

A mix of fresh commentary on the burden and joy of being human, a meditation on the suffering of Job, a thought piece on the value of relatability, and an homage to Krista and the vast, unending terrain of mystery.

By Trent Gilliss August 05, 2014

This unassuming video requires a bit of patience. At first, it appears that a lone cowboy is having some fun in a lawn chair in the middle of the prairie. But, stick with it. Music always delivers.

By Trent Gilliss August 02, 2014

A joy-filled week of presidential honors, exciting previews of our new tablet app, and hay bale architecture that will stimulate the mind, the eye, and the ear.

By Trent Gilliss July 28, 2014

Watch President Obama award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to deserved recipients, including our very own Krista Tippett.

By Trent Gilliss July 25, 2014

A confluence of sources show kindred minds meet for the first time. How Thoreau's quote went viral. Millennials don't do and sage advice from Maya Angelou.

By Trent Gilliss July 22, 2014

Listen to this wide-ranging public discussion with Bill Antholis and Krista Tippett about the four ways that nations have tried to reconcile religion and religious pluralism in the modern era.

By Trent Gilliss July 18, 2014

A worthy week filled with viral videos that will make you rethink your use of language and make you smile, and posts about a writer's prayer journal and a poem from Rumi that will inspire you.

By Trent Gilliss July 09, 2014

A reminder to pop up your head and look up at a scenic overview one races right by, a centering reflection on Ramadan that doesn't focus on fasting, and a popular post calling for an Interdependence Day.

By Trent Gilliss July 08, 2014

With the dulcet tones of the Copenhagen Phil, commuters find a moment of unexpected musical joy in this flash mob scene. You will too.

By Trent Gilliss July 01, 2014

Taking you around the globe with a glimpse into oddities and joys of daily life in Oman, a gay man in New York City tells about an Oklahoma moment, a pastor reflects on gratitude and Cartesian anxiety, and an intern shows you what it take to produce the show.

By Trent Gilliss June 25, 2014

A Russian ballerina's photos reveal the joy of dance in daily life. The Your Audio Selfie project is a hit. Haidt gives depth to the latest Pew research in the news. A mother reflects on her father's quiet presence.

By Trent Gilliss June 19, 2014

Our weekly roundup of all things curious and inspiring, including a photo series that speaks to the quiet human dramas of daily life, an inspirational story of a healer finding his calling, music from Leonard Cohen that offers solace, and an unusual and poetic meditation on loss.

By Trent Gilliss June 12, 2014

The best of the week — including an invitation to our studios, a lesson in the uniqueness of humans, sage words from Parker Palmer on paradox, and an arresting collection of images that captures everyday life in Africa.

By Trent Gilliss June 03, 2014

Our weekly roundup of all things curious and inspiring, including a night of communal singing with Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, a reflection on Barbara Ehrenreich's mysticism, a young preacher's remembrance of a legend, and a visualization of tikkun olam from artist Anselm Kiefer.

By Trent Gilliss May 29, 2014

Join us for communal singing as we learn from choral director and conductor Tesfa Wondemagegnehu as talks more about the unbeatable joy of singing together. Tesfa will also lead us in the art of communal music-making. If a gun-shy singer like me will attend, you have no reason to be scared.

By Trent Gilliss May 29, 2014

The best of the week — including night music from Minnesota loons, our Webby speech, a cheeky take on summer fashion, unexpected advice on trusting one's creative instincts, and a profound story from a late civil rights veteran.

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