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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.
The Internet mirrors, magnifies, and makes more visible the good, bad, and ugly of everyday life.
- danah boyd, in It’s Complicated
I think part of the challenge of High Holy Days is to, at some point during the hours and hours and hours that we spend really trying to focus our hearts and our minds over High Holy Days, to bring people to one momentary understanding of the fragility of life. But to take that and to leave with a commitment to live a life in which they’re able to transform themselves and their relationships and the world, knowing that every day they have might be their last.
- Rabbi Sharon Brous, from "Days of Awe"
My colleague Roger Penrose once said that there are at least three worlds and three mysteries. One is the physical world. You know, this is the world where we exist. There are chairs, tables, there are stars, there are galaxies, and so on. Then there is a second world, which is the world of our consciousness, if you like. You know, a mental world, a world where — this is where we love, where we hate, you know, and so on. All our thoughts are there and so on. And then there is the third world, which is this world of mathematical forms. This is the world where all of mathematics is there. You know, the theorem of Pythagoras and so on and so forth, all this imaginary numbers and all that. So these are the three worlds. And now come these three mysteries. One mystery is that somehow, out of the physical world, our world of consciousness has emerged.
- The physicist Mario Livio in Who Ordered This?

Still one of the most compelling interviews I’ve ever heard that gets at the High Holy Days in such a wonderful, human way making life-giving connections between ritual, personal transformation, and relevance in the world. Sharon Brous brings it all to life.

Precious those little hidden lakelets of knowledge in the high mountains, far removed from the vulgar eye, only visited by the soaring birds of love.

George Eliot

Pulled this fab quote from Andreana Lefton’s post on “Letters to the Living.” Great read.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
- Maya Angelou
Tagged: #storytelling

Photos I considered for pairing with Parker Palmer’s column, "Memo to Myself: Avoid Domesticating Our Prophets." Which one would you have chosen after reading his commentary?

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Shelly
If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone.
- Husain Abdullah, free safety for the Kansas City Chiefs and a practicing Muslim who was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration for bowing in prayer after intercepting Tom Brady on Sunday. Funny, I don’t remember Tim Tebow getting penalized…
When the rabbi’s words are too obscure
for my child’s mind,
I reach for your tallis.
I find patience in each thread,
and weave the melodies into them.
Journeying to sacred places on each strand,
my fingers braid the tassels.
Crisscrossing them into paths
that carry me across ancient desert sands.
They bring a quiet contentment,
moments of gentle peace between us.
- Anita Getzler, from this breathtaking meditation on memory and grief for the High Holy Days.
Improvisation is the highest form of art.
- Daniel Barenboim, conductor
You should focus on being more interested, than more interesting.
- John W. Gardner
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise
- William Blake, quoted in our upcoming show with public intellectual for the millennial generation, Nathan Schneider.

A great moment of introspection by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in this week’s show Pursuing Happiness.


Emma Watson’s speech at the UN Women’s conference blew my mind. Please watch it.

The way she phrased the invitation for men made me so ashamed of all the years I struggled with the word “feminist.” Every woman in my life has been empowered by this video.