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July 18, 2010

Masjid An-Nasr, Oklahoma City
The crescent-topped dome of Masjid An-Nasr peeks through trees of a residential neighborhood in Oklahoma City. (photo: Andrew Shockley/Flickr)

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June 25, 2010

Breathing some new life into an old conversation.

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June 25, 2010

Live from the studio, we tweeted the best nuggets of our interview.

April 02, 2010

13.7 billion years scaled into one year helps makes sense of the universe's massive scale in this video + chart.

March 27, 2010

Getting Revenge and Forgiveness with Michael McCulloughWe originally produced “Getting Revenge and Forgiveness” in the bitter midst of the 2008 election season. And when we first decided on the current program schedule just weeks ago, we had no idea that this show would land in another dramatic moment of recriminatory public emotion, over health care and other issues, in an already charged political climate.

December 10, 2009

Need a basic primer on the history of climate change and 350ppm? Listen to Bill McKibben's explanation.

November 20, 2009

Previous "On Being" guest, Adele Diamond, tells a story about meeting the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at a Mind and Life Institute dialogue. We highlight some of the passages Adele Diamond presented to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala — including texts from Rabbi Heschel, Bashevis Singer, Rachel Naomi Remen, and Henri Nouwen.

November 19, 2009

Adele Diamond studies how social dramatic play can build "executive function" (EF) skills in children's brains. EF is a container term for capacities like inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility.

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October 08, 2009

Three scientists were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work on telomeres — a term that came up in our interview with Doris Taylor. She explains that just as stress can shorten telomeres, they have the potential to be lengthened and extend life.

September 30, 2009

A New York Times article features Adele Diamond's work the weekend before our interview.

September 17, 2009

Comments from two cosmologists and NASA's images from a refurbished Hubble.

August 30, 2009

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a name that’s been bandied about the office in the last several weeks as a potential guest. While scanning RSS feeds, one keys in on keywords one may not have paid attention to previously.

In this interview with The Humanist, the popular astrophysicist has some intriguing things to say about beliefs, education, and communication. When asked if he’s a humanist:

I’ve never identified with any movement. I just am what I am and occasionally a movement claims me because there is resonance between my writings and speeches and what they do, and that’s fine; I don’t mind that. But no, I have never been politically or organizationally active in that way. Astrophysics—that’s what I identify with.

On television and education (a la Winston?):

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August 27, 2009

A rap from an employee who works with the particle accelerator that actually does a really good job of breaking down the science.

August 13, 2009

Our SoundSeen slideshow of James Prosek's paintings of birds and fish, coupled with his words about the myth of order.

August 07, 2009

Visualizing responses to a Physics World survey on religion and science.

June 25, 2009

A follow-up question about altruism studies results in encore answer.

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