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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.

Marvin Gaye Sings National Anthem at 1983 NBA All-Star Game

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Do I wish this man was still with us! There’s no singer quite like him. The crowd just swoons at his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and one can’t help but feel a bit patriotic after hearing this.

Happy Memorial Day to all.

(A heartfelt hat tip to thecarolynblog for this gem.)

If I’m facing Andy Pettitte on the Yankees and I’m praying for a home run, and he’s praying for a strikeout, I don’t think the result is going to show who has greater faith…

—Mike Sweeney, designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners

Hey sports fans, CNN recently compiled a dozen photos showing athletes “in prayer” and asking, "When did God become a sports fan?" The article focuses primarily on this as a Christian question, but the image of former Muslim NBA star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (born Chris Jackson) made me more curious about how athletes of other faiths invoke God in their sport. This 2007 profile of Abdul-Rauf, "The Conversion of Chris Jackson," gives more depth to the question.

Colleen Scheck, senior producer