Can We Really Prevent a Viral Terrorist Mindset?
Krista Tippett, host As I’ve listened to all the noise around intelligence- gathering and airport security in response to the attempted Christmas Day terrorist act, Ed Husain’s voice has been ringing in my ears. Not that we don’t need to think about intelligence and security — we do — but do we spend a corresponding amount of energy and planning on how to prevent a viral...
Manifestations of the Living Earth Trent Gilliss,...
Being Educated in Not-So-Obvious Places
Krista Tippett, host Wonderful reactions to our show on the meaning of intelligence with Mike Rose. Here’s a line from his book Why School?, which didn’t make it into my interview or the script, but that I love: We are driven — as surely as we are driven to survive — to find meaning in our lives, to interpret what befalls us, the events that swirl around us, the people who cross our...
What Does Forgiveness Mean in Buddhism and Christianity Trent Gilliss, online editor In the wake of Brit Hume’s comments about Tiger Woods’ religious beliefs on Fox News Sunday on January 3rd, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer invited Krista to flesh out the concepts of forgiveness and redemption in Christianity and Buddhism. Although it’s rather difficult to gain a decent...
Jacqueline Novogratz’s Favorite Teachers Nancy Rosenbaum, associate producer In response to Krista’s interview with Mike Rose, many people shared stories of teachers who noticed a talent or interest and encouraged their students to develop it in ways that opened up doors of possibility. Likewise, Jacqueline Novogratz, an upcoming guest on SOF, tells stories about three of her most...
I look back at the fork in my road and often wonder if I should have, could...– — Michael Sanchez, a chemical engineer living in upstate New York who grew up on a farm in east Texas, in his lovely reflection on “The Meaning of Intelligence.” Trent Gilliss, online editor
Prayer, Attention, and Will Andy Dayton, associate web producer As I was listening to last week’s program, one part that stood out to me was Krista’s question to Stephen Mitchell about the last line in his book, The Enlightened Mind, “Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.” A quote from the French philosopher Simone Weil, Mitchell responded: Well, that’s a...
Kindred Spirits: Studs Terkel and Mike Rose...
Galway Kinnell's "Wait" →
Kate Moos, managing producer A dear friend of mine has been suffering serious depression for several weeks, and I’ve been struggling with feelings of powerlessness over her pain. Mental illness, of which I have had my own personal experience, still comes with stigma, and creates fear. My friend seems to be getting better and today I sent her this poem by Galway Kinnell, which has given me...
Collecting Sound in a Dining Car
Chris Heagle, producer/technical director As we listened to the rough version of this week’s show with Mike Rose, the idea came up to drop one of the readings, which describes working in a restaurant from the server’s point of view and what it takes to be a good waitress. Sure, the reading was evocative, but we realized that since Mike spoke with such detail in our interview about his...
My Pocket Prayers
Colleen Scheck, Producer This week’s program “Approaching Prayer” is on my list of SOF classics. It’s a busy program: three interviews, readings and poetry, chants and music, biblical stories and Rilke quotes. I love Anoushka Shankar’s description of Hinduism’s connection to nature and how prayer is about sound as much as words. I appreciate Stephen...
A Rare Chagall "Crucifixion" Painting Surfaces
Trent Gilliss, online editor Saw this over the weekend in the London Times and thought it was worth sharing for those of you who missed it. Quite some time ago, we chose Marc Chagall’s “La Crucifixion Blanche” (1938) as the lead image for our program, “The Jewish Roots of the Christian Story” with our guest, Joel Marcus. “White Crucifixion” is the first...
All things have a home: the bird has a nest, the fox has a hole, the bee has a...– — from the essay “On Prayer” by Abraham Joshua Heschel Joseph Coen, a listener in Valley Stream, New York, wrote to us with a similar version of this Heschel quote. Coen first encountered Heschel’s words on a prayer card he received at a retreat, and they continue to speak to him...
More Than Two Million in Two Days
Trent Gilliss, online editor Tony Blair, David Harris, and Rick Warren at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2008. We’ve all read the stories about how the economic collapse has left no institution or business untouched. Rick Warren, a close friend of business management and leadership guru Peter Drucker, and his Saddleback Church of 22,000 members are...
The brain is plastic and continues to change, not in getting bigger but allowing...– —Kathleen Taylor, a professor at St. Mary’s College of California, as quoted in “How to Train the Aging Brain.” I rather enjoyed this observation and the additive notion of our brains growing older and not just simply deteriorating. And, by regularly jarring our brains with a...
I saw it as a sign from God that this was the right thing to do.– —Urban Meyer, head coach of the University of Florida football team, on his 18-year-old daughter’s jubilant reaction (“I get my daddy back!”) when he told their family on Christmas day that he is stepping down from his position.
How I Am Preparing to Get Alzheimer’s Disease
by Alanna Shaikh, guest contributor My father has Alzheimer’s disease. I am losing him in inches and pieces. It hurts. He is my hero and my mentor, and now I help him remember how to put on his clothes every morning. My father has Alzheimer’s disease. There is a powerful genetic component to the disease, and I share a lot of my father’s risk factors, including bad triglycerides, a viral...