Fishing as Metaphor
Rob McGinley Myers, Associate Producer I’ve never tried fly fishing, and I haven’t fished at all since I was a kid. But working these past couple weeks on our show “Fishing with Mystery” brought back a visceral memory of that unmistakable tug on my line. Though I haven’t experienced it in almost 20 years, I’ll never forget what it’s like to go from...
Op-Ed: "A Jihad Grows in Kashmir" →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Former guest of “The Buddha in the World” Pankaj Mishra argues in The New York Times that a new generation of politicized extremists will be cultivated if the Indian government doesn’t change its policy toward Kashmiri Muslims.
How To Draw Anything →
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer This week’s show is with fisher, writer, and painter James Prosek. As he says in his interview with Krista, “Creativity is my faith. That’s my way of stopping time. Making stuff with my hands, that tactile quality of even running a pencil across the paper… Making a mark on that paper is really important to me.” Through my many years of...
"Founding Myths" →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Reform Judaism magazine has created an interesting print piece, distilling ideas from our program with Steve Waldman and his book. An old school mash-up!
Rick Warren and the Presidency
Krista Tippett, Host I’ve been fuming a bit this week over the way the usual constellation of journalists, pundits, and commentators have analyzed this past Saturday’s Civil Forum on the Presidency, hosted by Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church in southern California. I watched the forum with great interest and found it a useful contribution to our evolving sense of who Barack Obama...
Meet Us at the Minnesota State Fair
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer The gang from Speaking of Faith will be at the Minnesota State Fair this Friday, August 22, at the Minnesota Public Radio booth (at the corner of Judson Ave. and Nelson St.), between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Although Krista will be in Mississippi, if you’re in the Twin Cities, come say howdy to Kate, Colleen, Alda, Andy, Mitch, Rob and I (and possibly...
Permutations of Our Productions on Vodou
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor The germ of an idea for our show on Vodou varies greatly from how our program on play originated. We receive thousands of e-mails from listeners who want to hear more on a topic they’re curious about. Many of these gentle recommendations we add to our supersecret *wink* “big list” of potential programs. Vodou was one of them. About two years ago,...
Don't Say the Words
Shiraz Janjua, Associate Producer Races: athletes in China, candidates in the U.S. My mind races ahead to the month of Ramadan, which begins in September. Upcoming guest James Prosek — fisherman, writer, artist — insists that some species should be left nameless. Let nature be mysterious. I agree with that when it comes to my own quiet spiritual/religious practice, of which the thirty-day...
Eckhart Tolle and Moving to a New House
Krista Tippett, Host This week we’ve been wrapping up production on next week’s show with Eckhart Tolle. One mark of a promising interview, for me, is when it continues to resonate in my head and my life in the following days. And the conversation I had with Tolle worked its way powerfully into my experience of moving these past few weeks — specifically one thing he said almost as an...
One of These Kids Is Doing His Own Thing?
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Somehow Lauren Collins’ piece in The New Yorker is magically able to connect an unlikely list of characters — a gangbanger, a former president of the United States, producers from teen drama, a Native American peacemaker from colonial days, and a boxing promoter — with Rick Warren and the publicity he’s generated for the upcoming election event at...
Quoting Eckhart Tolle Kate Moos, Managing...
Leonard Cohen in a 19th Century Vernacular Alda...
The Personal Impact of "Baghdad High" →
Trent Gilliss, Online Editor Ashamedly, I’ve begun to tune out news coverage of the Iraq War and the politics of the region. So many statistics are flashed on the screen every day that they become faceless data to me. Then, along comes a promotional e-mail from HBO for a documentary called Baghdad High, and I have to challenge my complacency and comfortability. In the film, four Iraqi...
And now, speaking of physical necessity, I’m off to IKEA in my online...– Krista Tippett, from her journal on “The Business of Doing Good” with Jonathan Greenblatt