We've Got Our Eye on You!
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor If you didn’t know it, each member on our staff, including Krista, pretty much reads every piece of e-mail that’s sent to our inbox. And we receive a healthy amount of correspondence! But we’re also aware that there are many more conversations and responses to our show taking place in the greater online world, especially in blogs and social...
Is Sustainability Sustainable? (Continued)
Krista Tippett, Host This sentence in The New York Times yesterday nearly made me choke on my organic lettuce (purchased at the coop): “The highest form of luxury is now growing it yourself or paying other people to grow it for you,” said Corby Kummer, the food columnist and book author. “This has become fashion.” One of the gifts of perspective that Barbara Kingsolver...
The "Ten Commandments" of Race and Genetics?
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor New Scientist’s headline “‘Ten Commandments’ of race and genetics issued” possibly falls into the overly-clever-but-unnecessary category of journalistic wordplay. They took the easy way out; ashamedly, it grabbed my attention. Mapping the human genome has raised many ethical questions about choices — controversial issues ranging from...
The Eight Is Magical Shiraz Janjua, Associate...
What Do Pets Do For You?
Rob McGinley Myers, Associate Producer So we’ve been trying to finally find someone to interview about the human animal bond, a show topic that’s been in the works for quite a while now. I was shocked to learn in my research just how much the relationship between humans and animals had changed over time. About 100 years ago, dogs in this country were primarily used for work on the...
Who Wrote (or Spoke) the Serenity Prayer First? →
Mitch Hanley, Senior Producer This article from The New York Times cites the recent discovery of archival clippings which suggest that Reinhold Niebuhr was not the composer of the famous Serenity Prayer (i.e. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change…”). Questions raised in the article include who first uttered the words, who actually wrote them down...
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer After a group conversation about which Star Wars movie was the best one (discounting the new trilogy, obviously, my favorite The Empire Strikes Back has a strong following), I went out for lunch. In the food court nearest to our building, I saw at a distance a man sitting at a table, pencil in hand, his palm squeezing his forehead. He was looking down at some...
Iranian Potter's "40 Angels"
by Colleen Scheck, producer Fatemeh Keshavarz, our guest in “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi,” periodically distributes a personal newsletter sharing her thoughts and opinions on Iranian news, culture, and US-Iranian relations and politics. What I enjoy most about these newsletters are the visual elements she includes that highlight photography, art, and multimedia features that you...
Is “Sustainability” Sustainable?
by Krista Tippett, host It’s been fascinating to watch the reactions to our recent rebroadcast of the Barbara Kingsolver. Last year we had a wildly positive response. This year, more than a few listeners experienced Kingsolver’s account of her experiment in a year of eating what she could grow herself — and my interview of her — to be elitist at worst or impractical at best. Full...
Your Stories, Your Voices: "The Touch of... →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Although most of Krista’s interviews make it into production, some regretfully don’t. I say regretfully because almost all of her conversations have an interesting thread, but perhaps not enough to carry an hour-long radio program. And that’s the beauty of producing material online — no format constraints and limitless ways of displaying...
Your Top 3 Shows of the Past Year
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer (photo: “Antony Gormley: Olympic Podium” by threefishsleeping/Flickr) Our company’s marketing folks have asked us to put together a compilation CD featuring material from the past 12 months. This CD will be used to give to public-radio programming directors who are not familiar with the program, as well as to potential funders, and for other...
CNN: "Evangelical movement touts 'Jesus for... →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor For the last several years, we’ve presented a vast swath of Evangelical Christians who may not be so easily lumped into the voting bloc that’s often been identified with the Religious Right. The way that these voices read the Bible and live out their faith lead them to think or prioritize political and social issues differently than the previous...
How Lucky We Are As Ojibwe People →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor This post from Ojibwemowin.com illustrates the point that David Treuer was making — the story of the Ojibwe people and Native Americans writ large is one of hope, pride, and joyfulness, which runs counter to more popular depictions of tragedy and melancholy that pervade many of our imaginations: “But what really struck me is how lucky we are as Ojibwe...