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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.

An excellent TED Talk by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who speaks so eloquently about the danger of a single narrative. Our lives, our cultures, she says, are composed of many overlapping stories. If we don’t allow for the multiplicity of voices and narratives of a land and a people, then we risk something greater: understanding others, and ourselves.

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James S. Martin — probably better known as Stephen Colbert’s resident priest — explains how Pope Francis’s Jesuit heritage has infused the first year of his papacy. Whether you’re interested in the Argentine or not, this is an excellent tutorial on what it means to follow the Ignatian rule.

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"We are indebted to one another, and the debt is a kind of faith, a beautiful, difficult, strange faith. We believe each other into being."
~Jennifer Michael Hecht
(Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP/GettyImages)

"We are indebted to one another, and the debt is a kind of faith, a beautiful, difficult, strange faith. We believe each other into being."

~Jennifer Michael Hecht

(Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP/GettyImages)

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“One of the things that’s happening to a lot of us is that there’s this vision of the beauty of God that transports us and that takes us to a new depth and a new height. It’s one of those things about beauty. You can’t capture it in a word or a formula. When you get to that humble place where the beauty of God has overwhelmed you, I think it changes everything. You can say the same creed that you said before, but now it’s not a creed that grasps God in the fist of the words, but it’s a creed that points up to a beauty that’s beyond anybody’s grasp.”

~Brian McLaren (from The Equation of Change)

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Even though Alaska and Hawaii are strangely absent, we get the point: Africa is one massive continent.
(via @historyinpics)

Even though Alaska and Hawaii are strangely absent, we get the point: Africa is one massive continent.

(via @historyinpics)

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Love this simple reminder today.

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Love this simple reminder today.

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

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"The history of our country [Nigeria] is short and turbulent. They all struggle to be heard. Respect comes from understanding each other’s stories. But we shout over each other and forget to listen. If we listened, we would find that what the other person was saying is an echo of what we are saying ourselves."
— Muhtar Bakare, via The Guardian)

"The history of our country [Nigeria] is short and turbulent. They all struggle to be heard. Respect comes from understanding each other’s stories. But we shout over each other and forget to listen. If we listened, we would find that what the other person was saying is an echo of what we are saying ourselves."

— Muhtar Bakare, via The Guardian)

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The sun’s back in Minnesota and you can see patches of green grass. As good a reason to rejoice as I’ve ever heard. ‘

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Funniest line of the day brought to you by Zach Galifianakis, while addressing President Obama and the Affordable Care Act:

"Why would you get the guy that created the Zune to make your website?"
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I love this unusual picture of Easter Island taken from a kite. I’m so used to seeing these statues as larger-than-life, but here they look like birds on a phone wire. Maybe there’s a lesson here about keeping things in perspective :)

(Photo by Pierre Lesage)

I love this unusual picture of Easter Island taken from a kite. I’m so used to seeing these statues as larger-than-life, but here they look like birds on a phone wire. Maybe there’s a lesson here about keeping things in perspective :)

(Photo by Pierre Lesage)

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"The religious freedom laws are a fragile bulwark against a cultural change that most likely cannot be reversed. They carve out an exception to the principle of non-discrimination by sexual orientation that does not apply to race or sex. Even if few business owners take advantage of them, they could prevent future generations from remembering those who turned away gay and lesbian customers as part of the same class of people who put up ‘whites only’ signs in their shop windows."
—From "Why ‘religious freedom’ laws are doomed" by Adam Serwer

"The religious freedom laws are a fragile bulwark against a cultural change that most likely cannot be reversed. They carve out an exception to the principle of non-discrimination by sexual orientation that does not apply to race or sex. Even if few business owners take advantage of them, they could prevent future generations from remembering those who turned away gay and lesbian customers as part of the same class of people who put up ‘whites only’ signs in their shop windows."

—From "Why ‘religious freedom’ laws are doomed" by Adam Serwer

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Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known for his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994. For him, pondering death was a way of wondering at life — and the infinite variety of processes that maintain human life moment to moment. He reflects on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology:

“Wonder is something I share with people of deep faith. They wonder at the universe that God has created, and I wonder at the universe that nature has created. This is a sense of awe that motivates the faithful, motivates me. And when I say motivates, it provides an energy for seeking. Just as the faithful will always say, ‘We are seeking,’ I am seeking.”

We remixed this interview and present it in his honor.

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postcardsfromamerica:

Martin Parr.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

postcardsfromamerica:

Martin Parr.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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It’s awfully difficult not to love Rufus Wainwright and this catchy ditty he just released on his “best of” album. “Me and Liza.”

Tagged: #music
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Check out the girl on the left. Fun photo and great project, Postcards from America:

Alessandra Sanguinetti
Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Check out the girl on the left. Fun photo and great project, Postcards from America:

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Tagged: #church #religion
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