U.S. Senators Discuss Religion and Its Role in Political Life (video exclusive) by Trent Gilliss, senior editor “In some ways, our religious traditions give us guidance about the lack of working together, the partisanship, because as different as our faith traditions are, there are some common values. And one of them is something as simple as justice.” —Senator Bob Casey ...
The question for me is, how do we love wisdom — philosophia — in the face of...– —Cornel West, as excerpted from “Focus on the Funk” an interview with Eduardo Mendieta Photo by James Stewart/Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0 ~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Variations on Washington Post Headline(s) about...
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor How often is the substance of a report informed or clouded or steered by the headlines that precede it? Today’s Washington Post may be a fine illustration of this question. Take a look at the four headlines written for a single article by Philip Rucker. A reader can get a very different sense of Mitt Romney and the presidential candidate’s response...
When your only female character exists to be bartered and abused, that is lazy...– —Monica Byrne, from the Durham-based playwright’s blog post, “The use of rape in narrative” ~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Hope at the End of Life
by Judith Leipzig, guest contributor Photo by John Starnes/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 On my first day as a chaplain at Calvary Hospital, a palliative care facility in the Bronx — a place where every patient was near death — I was overwhelmed. In the other hospitals I had worked in, I had sat by the bedsides of patients who were frightened, lost, conflicted, and alone — whose lives were rife with...
Later, when I learned more about history, it became more evident how it is all...– —Björk, from her Pitchfork interview with Ryan Dubal about her new album Biophilia Photo by verapalsdottir/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Stream Björk's "Biophilia" Before It's Released →
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor Where do science and nature and music meet? And how do humans relate to them? Björk’s Biophilia sets out to explore these big ideas as a listening experience and as a music education project. She’s worked with some of the best iPad app designers to create an interactive musical experience for each track on the album too, where children (and adults) can...
Photographing Panthera Onca by Nancy Rosenbaum, producer “The Maya said its skin was like the night sky. The jaguar was the gatekeeper to the underworld.” Steve Winter makes his living photographing some of the world’s wildest places and creatures for National Geographic: whether it’s Kamchatka bears in Russia or snow leopards in Ladakh, India. This month’s...
zenlikeme-deactivated20111123 asked: In the show's unheard cuts, I often hear how someone needs to change tape. Do you actually use analogue tape and if so, why? What are the advantages versus simply using digital?
Is a Machine Gun Preacher What We Wanted?
by Martin Marty, guest contributor from Sightings Reverend Sam Childers poses with SPLA soldiers. (photo courtesy of Machine Gun Preacher) Preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams number in the hundreds of thousands in the United States. They minister at the borders between what get tabbed “sacred” and “secular” realms, and as such cannot go unnoticed in public...
Anonymous asked: Could you identify the beautiful chorale music that accompanied the Maathai program?