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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.
In the foreground, a cow. In the background, an ancient monastery in Armenia called Harichavank, not far from the closed and sometimes tense border with Turkey. The picture suggests the Armenian connection to the earth; tending animals to make cheese is not a lifestyle choice but rather a necessity.
Cows are knit into daily life, not hidden outside the village for sanitary reasons. The towering roofline in the background suggests the heavenward vision of the church and the beauty of the Armenian liturgy. The church too is knit into daily life. It is typical, for example, to light candles in the sanctuary as you stroll home. The cow and the church. One without the other just wouldn’t make sense in Armenia, both sacred in their way because both give life.
Text by Pete Speiser. Photo by Anna Rudberg Speiser.

In the foreground, a cow. In the background, an ancient monastery in Armenia called Harichavank, not far from the closed and sometimes tense border with Turkey. The picture suggests the Armenian connection to the earth; tending animals to make cheese is not a lifestyle choice but rather a necessity.

Cows are knit into daily life, not hidden outside the village for sanitary reasons. The towering roofline in the background suggests the heavenward vision of the church and the beauty of the Armenian liturgy. The church too is knit into daily life. It is typical, for example, to light candles in the sanctuary as you stroll home. The cow and the church. One without the other just wouldn’t make sense in Armenia, both sacred in their way because both give life.


Text by Pete Speiser. Photo by Anna Rudberg Speiser.

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Easter Sunday Soundtrack #9: “The Healing Bird”

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

The ninth song in our Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack comes from the Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia, "The Healing Bird." This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for "Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter" with Vigen Guroian. Happy Pascha!

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Easter Sunday Soundtrack #8: “Hayrapetakan Maghan

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Continuing our string of sacred choral music songs of Armenia, a prayer to the patriarch titled “Hayrapetakan Maghan.” This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for "Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter" with Vigen Guroian. Happy Pascha!

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Easter Sunday Soundtrack #7: “Our Es Myer Im

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

The seventh song in our Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack, a chant of crucifixion, is part of the sacred choral music tradition of Armenia: “Our Es Myer Im" meaning "Where are you, my mother." This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for "Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter" with Vigen Guroian. Happy Pascha!

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Easter Sunday Soundtrack #6: “Batz Mez Ter

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

The sixth song for tonight’s Orthodox Easter Sunday soundtrack is part of the sacred choral music of Armenia: “Batz Mez Ter" meaning "open for us." This track comes to you from the On Being playlist for "Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter" with Vigen Guroian. It’s exquisite.

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