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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.
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy your driveway moments, courtesy of TPR and NPR member stations.

Fun!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy your driveway moments, courtesy of TPR and NPR member stations.

Fun!

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Valentine’s Day is as much about love and loss than romance, isn’t it? Adele’s cover captures Bonnie Raitt’s intention perfectly.

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Adele - I Can’t Make You Love Me

(Bonnie Raitt cover performed Live at the Royal Albert Hall)

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Just lovely, timelightbox:

Yevgeniy and Lyubov Kissin
Three years ago, Lauren Fleishman began photographing couples who have been married for more than 50 years in an attempt to document romantic histories. See more here.

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Just lovely, timelightbox:

Yevgeniy and Lyubov Kissin

Three years ago, Lauren Fleishman began photographing couples who have been married for more than 50 years in an attempt to document romantic histories. See more here.

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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China’s biggest strategic resource is not oil, not rare earths, not even pandas. It is young women.
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Luo Tianhao, as quoted in Damien Ma’s recent blog post in The Atlantic.

China valentine
A women looks at a bouquet of roses at a flower market in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. (photo: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

by Susan Leem, associate producer

I couldn’t help but swoon a little when reading Ma’s piece. Luo Tianhao proposes a “mei nu" tax (read Ma’s post for more detailed explanation) on Chinese women who marry foreigners to prevent them from leaving the country. Though Ma meant to illustrate a comical bureaucratic solution to China’s longstanding concern about men outnumbering women, I saw it as a kind of backhanded love letter to China’s women.

An economist would see the quote above and weigh that claim against the proposal and try to parse out its potential for success (or maybe quickly denounce it based on moral principles). But, to me, it reads almost like a Hallmark card for the emotionally clumsy on Valentine’s Day, “Dear Jane, you are my biggest strategic resource, better than oil, rare earths, or even pandas.”

Damien Ma doesn’t give much credence to this proposal. But like the awkward, late valentine, maybe it is the thought that counts.

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