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Trent Gilliss, Online Editor
The Real Triumph of the Ole Miss Debate
Krista Tippett, Host 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...
Google's Project 10^100 →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer Our Business of Doing Good show of a few months back generated some passionate response from all of you. One thing Jonathan Greenblatt mentioned during that program was his work with the X Prize Foundation to develop a “poverty X Prize.” Google’s up to something similar: Project 10^100. Send in your ideas about how you’d change the world,...
Mississippi on My Mind
Krista Tippett, Host I spent three fascinating, moving days in Oxford, Mississippi at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in August — the site of the first scheduled presidential debate. I was honored with an invitation to speak to the remarkable Honors College of Ole Miss by its dean Douglass Sullivan-Gonzales. Oxford was the home of William Faulkner, and it is one of the most intriguing...
Awe-some Music Inspired by the Jewish High Holy...
Colleen Scheck, Producer If you’ve never listened to the SOF Playlist that accompanies each program, I highly recommend checking out the list for this week’s show exploring the meaning and sounds of the approaching Jewish High Holy Days, “Days of Awe.” You can hear full-length tracks of each song played in the program. As we were preparing this program for rebroadcast, I...
How Muslim flashmobs can feed homeless people →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer This story in the UK’s The Guardian is about a 27-year-old fellow in London who is using the concept of flash mobs to feed homeless people during Ramadan. I’m going to have to look further into this, because it sounds like he could be a voice for next year’s potential Ramadan show.
Democrats of Faith, Then and Now Rob McGinley Myers, Associate Producer While doing research for our upcoming shows about religion and politics, I tracked down a 1980 advertisement for Jimmy Carter (above), which seemed to make a more explicit religious appeal than any campaign advertisement I’d ever seen before. Carter was one of the first modern politicans to make a big issue of his...
Understanding Islam in the U.S. — a Milestone
Krista Tippett, Host I wanted to share a tremendously informative piece of writing that came into my inbox yesterday — an essay by Omer M. Mozaffar about the passing of Warith Deen (often referred to as W.Deen) Mohammed titled “American Islam Enters its Next Phase.” Mohammed was a gentle but towering figure in the history of Islam in the U.S., yet remains little known in the culture...
Amy Sullivan on Moral Leadership Shiraz Janjua,...
Teasing Out Issues of Race and Religion
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor It’s a mixed bag when somebody verbalizes what others dare not express. There’s always one loud-mouth that says something that makes people around him feel completely uncomfortable, even if he’s saying something that is at the back of others’ minds. From David Kirkpatrick’s “Abortion Issues Again Dividing Catholic Votes” in...
I Am Not As Devout Mitch Hanley, Senior Producer ...
Of Veggie Omelets and Cognitive Dissonance
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer I woke up this morning around 4:45 a.m. to eat before my day of fasting. To keep myself from passing out into my leftover veggie omelet from the night before, I turned on the TV. It was about 4:55 a.m. The first thing that confronted me as I scooped food into my mouth was the destruction of Haiti. People standing in mud, broken. Helicopters dropping off bags of...
Confessions of a Yoga Convert
Krista Tippett, Host Kate got me into yoga — coming in day after day last fall glowing from Bikram. Bikram was too hot for me, literally, but I discovered “Core Power” soon after and was hooked. And grateful. Kate is thinking of posting a photo of herself in corpse pose. It doesn’t occur to me to do something like that, as I am incredibly word-centric. And that is part of the...