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June 11, 2009

Two examples of individuals who confronted the status quo, and were ultimately vindicated.

June 09, 2009

A passage from Torture and Democracy with a view of Rejali's personal stake in this subject.

May 28, 2009

Some stunning photos capturing DuBois' night at the Fitzgerald Theater.

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May 27, 2009

Video of Obama's speech and how it came up in our live event with Joshua Dubois.

May 20, 2009

Recorded video of the live stream of Krista and DuBois on stage at the Fitz — and a transcript of the online audience chat.

April 03, 2009

Obama's statement that "some are to blame, but all are responsible" sounds a bit familiar.

February 21, 2009

Laura Rozen reports that during a conference call George Mitchell, the newly appointed U.S. envoy to the Middle East, told Jewish community leaders:

Mitchell said that on the plane back from his recent trip to the Middle East, he had re-read his eight-year-old report on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and was struck by how much the situation had changed. Among the changes he noted, Mitchell said that eight years ago, no one talked about Iran. But this time, everyone mentioned it, both Israeli and Arab leaders.


February 18, 2009

A White House video about the Obama administration's faith-based initiatives, with commentary by DuBois.

January 23, 2009

The first entry I wrote for SOF Observed (which was never published as it was part of a blogging trial) was about the fallen Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard. More than two years ago, news had broken about his then-alleged homosexual entanglement and solicitation of crystal meth. The e-mails were making rounds among the SOF staff.

Not only were all of us shocked like so many others, we were also discussing the news coverage. If I recall, most of us thought it was surprisingly restrained. Many critics of Ted Haggard who might have reveled in his demise, didn’t. And those who might have demonized his accuser were beseeched to pray for him instead. Boy, just thinking back, the Evangelical Right still held quite a bit of political sway. The NAE — of which he was president at the time — was rocked to its core.

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November 10, 2008

A retired butler at the White House misses the chance to tell his Helene about the first black man bound for the Oval Office.

November 07, 2008

Our intern draws upon music suggestions as she reflects on global reaction to U.S. politics.

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October 16, 2008

A reflection on the compassionate nature of our listeners' conversations when we addressed the topic of abortion in 2008.

October 13, 2008

This presidential election feels like it’s moving at gastropod’s pace. As subtle as a leviathan, this large body exerts an irresistable gravitational force on everything around it. We keep talking about it here in the office, but we’re also wondering how much politics we can all handle, and trying to balance relevance against saturation.

We’re trying to give voice to some interesting people during this election season, but next week, we’ll back off the political stuff and re-air our show on autism. Following that, a show on leadership, religion, gender, and race with the dynamic preacher Vashti McKenzie. It’s about her but also very much about the issue of biography in this election cycle.

Then comes the weekend prior to the election. What to do…

We will be airing a repeat that week, and the question came up: relevance or saturation? Can we provide a non-political alternative, or should we offer something useful for the occasion? We decided that we couldn’t well ignore the reality of the situation — gravitational pull.

October 02, 2008

September 29, 2008

On Thursday night before the debate, I wrote something that meant a great deal to me. It was about a trip I made to Ole Miss in August and the incredible symbolism of that the debate on that campus, a cultural triumph it signified far larger than who won or lost.

The drama in financial markets nearly stopped the debate completely, and overshadowed a few hours of reflection we might have allowed ourselves on race. But Scott Simon did a lovely piece on Saturday morning, and Slate produced this: “Negro to Address Ole Miss Class” (The headline you won’t be reading about tonight’s presidential debate.) A white presidential candidate in civil debate against a black presidential candidate is a monumental, quiet victory of a milestone worth pondering, and celebrating, in a world in which bad news gets all the attention.


September 26, 2008

Our managing producer takes a sharp look at our journalistic profession's cultural appropriation of stereotypes in the political season.

September 25, 2008

Krista reflects on a recent trip she took to Oxford, Mississippi — the setting for the first 2008 U.S. presidential debate.

September 23, 2008

In this TED talk, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt breaks down human moral values into five basic elements, then shows how an individual's placement on the liberal-conservative spectrum is determined by how much emphasis that person puts on each of these values.

September 19, 2008

View a couple of campaign commercials in which presidential candidates wear their religion on their sleeves.

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