Wise voices remind us that there are realities we can embrace. Writings on the uncomfortable but rewarding work of taking a positive orientation to the speed bumps of life, from the ennui of advanced age to communicating the most difficult truths.
Might we understand each other better if we dropped our assumptions and reframed the questions we ask? The contemplative season sparks ruminations on how we might be more generous in imagining our neighbors, and ourselves.
What do the Triune God and jazz music have in common? A South African musician explores jazz through three theological metaphors.
In the height of winter, perhaps what we need to chase away the cold and gray is a bit of the January blues. Music legend Buddy Guy provides some heartening perspective about life being more than flesh and bone.
How do we reckon with different parts of our lives seemingly in opposition? Neighborliness and fear, togetherness and silence, embracing uncomfortable truths — examinations of finding growth and hope in life's tensions.
What happens when we open ourselves to the gift of vulnerability? Profound voices on public displays of emotion in politics, the making of identity, the inspiration of wilderness, and advice from a classical pianist on pursuing what moves you and being glad in others' good fortunes.
When a young, Evangelical Christian is diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it's the music legend David Bowie who provides him with salvation and a renewed hope in "the Church of Man."
Adele's journey of questioning and growth, and her resonance with listeners of all walks of life, reveals the power of her music to navigate us through our own paths of self-discovery.
A gracious and unexpected gift from the band Radiohead for the new year and a medley of guiding essays on revolutions and resolutions, ending arrogance, love of wide open spaces, embracing family and more. Our executive editor's Letter from Loring Park to kick off 2016.
The superband's submission for Bond immortality was rejected. But it's their response that seems like the right thing to carry into 2016.
As these days of anticipation of Christmas draw closer, a creative reimagining of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Bipolar Explorer for your listening pleasure.
Paradox runs through the season of Advent weaving together transcendence in imminence, power in vulnerability, kairos in chronos, the ultimate in the intimate. A set of homespun songs for this mysterious season of waiting.
A song reinvents a classic children's hymn, and invites reflection on the intertwined natures of joy and melancholy.
Our Sunday morning cantor is the talented Dessa with a stripped-down choral piece sure to make the spirit soar.
Count Basie and Helen Humes' nostalgic rendition of a 1920's jazz classic provides the perfect accompaniment to a stunning piece about love, marriage, and lifelong partnership.
Watch our live video stream for an evening of music and conversation with ethnomusicologist Sowah Mensah, percussionist Marc Anderson, and composer Chris Beaty — exploring music through the cartography of their own lives.
A composer's song for the background noise of a family living room — a soundtrack for the ordinary work of cooking, cleaning, and growing up.
Darwin's concept of "deep time" finds its musical expression in a piano arrangement by German composer Hauschka.
The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.
When she finally played Carnegie Hall in 1963, becoming the first African-American woman, classical pianist to do so, Nina Simone was still disappointed... because she wasn't playing Bach.
From small kindnesses to a classic love song reimagined and singleness to transformation, Trent Gilliss poetically curates an intermingling of murmurations and ideas — including a remembrance of the legendary Grace Lee Boggs.
Home, connection, people, familiarity: we all yearn for something. Our producer Maia Tarrell shares a song by Indigenous Australian artist Geoffrey ‘Gurrumul’ Yunupingu that evokes that essential yearning for connection and disconnection all at once.
A classic love song takes on new meaning in the light of darkness. A war correspondent hears Ry Cooder's version of "Dark End of the Street" as an ode to suffering and the light that shines on.
The act of extending a hand, of seeking, can sometimes leave you humbled by an amazing experience. Watch Abigail Washburn and her band The Village find unexpected rewards at a dinner party with local musicians in China.