An hour with the extraordinary humanity of Congressman John Lewis. The civil rights movement he helped animate was — as he tells it — love in action. He opens up the art and the discipline that made nonviolence work then — and that he offers up for our common life even today. John Lewis so gives voice to the meaning of Passover and Holy Week.
You’re likely to outlive some of your greatest joys. Don’t let that be the only period in your life when you become highly aware of them. Notice joy now and it will help you become a person of peace, integrity, and strength when there is less joy in your life.
Crow’s Word His note, dawn’s foil — One blow to fill her pale blue bell with sound, One impulse to deliver; that serves to sever bonds Of all things that entangle, sully, soil.
This is the Word that blasts the sap, The sound of force That lifts the arms of trees; That fashions-forth the branches from within To raise this world of darkwood iron all around; This the rising sound Of the very juice by which the ground toils, Becomes each massive trunk and slender tendril coil Upright, upreared, at prayer.
Bright above, the morning sky awakens, She blues and beckons like a mother’s eye toward which The sun climbs, wings beat a path, while feet With new-found ease Like light along the spangled grass self-hurl, Fast follow down that one windfall trail Being blazed toward Canaan by what lives.
Let this day go gray, grow disenchanted: I know the crow.
We release the unedited interviews of all our produced one-hour shows. Time constraints are often a good thing, helping us prune the tree to a more perfect form. But, it doesn’t come without a cost.
Sometimes we have to kill our darlings, and leave them strewn on the cutting room floor. And this conversation with Maria Tatar is a great example of editorial decisions made with a direction in mind. Listen to this unedited interview, and I think you’ll find it an entirely additive experience.
Hi Trent -- This is Mike DiMartino, I'm one of the co-creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra. Just wanted to say thanks to you and Krista for this awesome podcast. Very inspiring stuff. And it was so cool that you wrote about Avatar a few weeks back. I'm really excited to listen to the latest show about fairy tales, as it ties in with a new blog I started that's focused on storytelling. Take care!
Dearest, dearest Mike—
I’m absolutely tickled to hear from you. Words cannot express how much reverence and respect I have for Avatar: The Last Airbender. I came to it rather late in its evolution, but most serendipitously — by way of my two young sons via Netflix.
With all the animated movies and television series out there, Avatar was that first breath of air as one surfaces from a deep-water dive. I didn’t know it was possible for someone to create, write, and produce an animated series (much less any series) with such intelligence, depth, and humor that could speak to 40-year-old parents and 5-year-old children alike. Simply magical work that my wife and I discuss to this day.
As an aside, my favorite character will always be Uncle Iroh. Perhaps he’s the person I long to be or the figure I longed to have guiding me along my own path. Plus, who doesn’t appreciate that perfect cup of jasmine tea.
This week’s show came about in the best possible way — while browsing illustrated books about classic literature at a quaint children’s book shop in Minneapolis (The Wild Rumpus). I pitched the brilliant folklorist Maria Tatar as a guest who could talk about why all these timeless stories are infusing our culture in fresh ways these days. The popularity of Game of Thrones and The Vampire Diaries is a testament to the great, inventive work being done.
Fairy tales don’t only belong to the domain of childhood. These stories’ overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like True Blood, Grimm, and Once Upon a Time too. These stories survive, says Maria Tatar, by adapting across cultures and history. They are carriers of the plots we endlessly re-work in the narratives of our lives — helping us work through things like fear and hope.
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This isn't a question, just a notice of appreciation. I love the work y'all do! Thank you so much!!
We were in Alabama (Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma) for a few days, and I’ve been a tad derelict in checking our Tumblr mailbox. Thank goodness I did. What a way to start this Tuesday though… such a kind thing to do, to reach out like this. You are more than welcome and we can’t thank you enough for saying so.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France, parks his bicycle as he arrives for the fourth day of general congregation meetings in the synod hall at the Vatican on March 7. Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear had a bit of fun with it by tweeting:
"I love that Lyon’s Cardinal rides bike to Vatican. I’d love it more if he traded briefcase for basket with baguette."
He makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation of businesses. This is not work of helping, he says, but of finding kinship. The point of Christian service, as he lives it, is about “our common calling to delight in one another.”
Esoteric teachings on reincarnation and consciousness; simple teachings on compassion and ethics. Geshe Thupten Jinpa is a man who finishes the Dalai Lama’s English sentences. This On Being interview with the philosopher and former monk, now a husband and father of two daughters, is a meditation on what happens when the ancient tradition embodied in the Dalai Lama meets science and life.
“Feeling Good” was the first Nina Simone song I heard.
I was 31, recently divorced, and I needed to find her. Her recordings became a frequent companion. Nina Simone gave me the sound of her soul — as an activist, as a woman want of love, full of wit, and hardened by pain. She deserves to be celebrated.
A mission scientist with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets (yes, she’s a planet hunter!) — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life. She speaks about unexpected connections between things like love and dark energy, science and gratitude, and how “exploring the heavens” brings the beauty of the cosmos and the exuberance of scientific discovery closer to us all.