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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 a world where secular buildings whisper to us relentlessly of earthly power, the cathedrals that punctuate the skylines of great towns and cities may continue to furnish an imaginative holding space for the priorities of the spirit."
~Alain de Botton, from Status Anxiety. A good reminder to listen to "A School of Life for Atheists."

"In a world where secular buildings whisper to us relentlessly of earthly power, the cathedrals that punctuate the skylines of great towns and cities may continue to furnish an imaginative holding space for the priorities of the spirit."

~Alain de Botton, from Status Anxiety. A good reminder to listen to "A School of Life for Atheists."

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Just gorgeous architecture in downtown Oakland. Our work takes us to places that stir the soul.
(via trentgilliss)

Just gorgeous architecture in downtown Oakland. Our work takes us to places that stir the soul.

(via trentgilliss)

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Morning postcard from the enveloping arms of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin. Absolutely brilliant.

Morning postcard from the enveloping arms of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin. Absolutely brilliant.

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trentgilliss:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wingspread through the big blue stem grasses. Racine, Wisconsin. (at Johnson Foundation @Wingspread)

Our base of operations for several days of discussion about the next steps for The Civil Conversations Project. Our minds are humming!

trentgilliss:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wingspread through the big blue stem grasses. Racine, Wisconsin. (at Johnson Foundation @Wingspread)

Our base of operations for several days of discussion about the next steps for The Civil Conversations Project. Our minds are humming!

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The studio is in motion. Things are being built. This is all becoming very concrete and very real. On Being will be recording and editing from our new digs in Loring Park in October, for sure.
(via trentgilliss)

The studio is in motion. Things are being built. This is all becoming very concrete and very real. On Being will be recording and editing from our new digs in Loring Park in October, for sure.

(via trentgilliss)

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From our head of content, trentgilliss:

Behind my new office in Loring Park is an entire level of the city that’s been layered over with macadam and concrete. But this hidden passage still exists and, some day, some day, access will be granted from the outside. I only wish the landlords would offer a hint to it with a light well or a discovered porthole. #hiddenminneapolis (at Krista Tippett Public Productions)

From our head of content, trentgilliss:

Behind my new office in Loring Park is an entire level of the city that’s been layered over with macadam and concrete. But this hidden passage still exists and, some day, some day, access will be granted from the outside. I only wish the landlords would offer a hint to it with a light well or a discovered porthole. #hiddenminneapolis (at Krista Tippett Public Productions)

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From our CCO trentgilliss:

Morning street scene from Minneapolis. (at Basilica of Saint Mary)

From our CCO trentgilliss:

Morning street scene from Minneapolis. (at Basilica of Saint Mary)

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Hey, check out this 3D rendering of the storefront of our new office on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis. The building is located near Loring Park, which is the religious and cultural hub of the city — with the Basilica of St. Mary directly across the street, the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden a block away, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College just up the street.
The space pictured in the image above will be an intimate live events space. We can seat 25-60 (I prefer to keep it below 25) and we plan on having Krista Tippett (our host) conduct interviews next to the 17-foot library wall. But, we also hope to make it available for the community to hold informal salons and cultural exchanges that deepen our connection with the community. It’s a place of exchange and reciprocity, in which we as journalists and the media get a chance to learn and remember why we’re in this profession.
Here are two more renderings from different perspectives. From the front of the house looking into the space, you can see our studio with the herringbone pattern wrapped in Douglas fir:

And, from the back of the space looking toward Hennepin Avenue:


~Trent Gilliss, chief content officer

Hey, check out this 3D rendering of the storefront of our new office on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis. The building is located near Loring Park, which is the religious and cultural hub of the city — with the Basilica of St. Mary directly across the street, the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden a block away, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College just up the street.

The space pictured in the image above will be an intimate live events space. We can seat 25-60 (I prefer to keep it below 25) and we plan on having Krista Tippett (our host) conduct interviews next to the 17-foot library wall. But, we also hope to make it available for the community to hold informal salons and cultural exchanges that deepen our connection with the community. It’s a place of exchange and reciprocity, in which we as journalists and the media get a chance to learn and remember why we’re in this profession.

Here are two more renderings from different perspectives. From the front of the house looking into the space, you can see our studio with the herringbone pattern wrapped in Douglas fir:

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And, from the back of the space looking toward Hennepin Avenue:

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~Trent Gilliss, chief content officer

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It is a busy time at the Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul. People gather outside its walls each night to break the fast with friends and family. Ramadan is soon coming to a close. Meanwhile, this man has a lot of square footage to cover. Back and forth he goes over the crimson carpets in the mosque with his household vacuum.
Photo and text graciously submitted by Peter Speiser

It is a busy time at the Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul. People gather outside its walls each night to break the fast with friends and family. Ramadan is soon coming to a close. Meanwhile, this man has a lot of square footage to cover. Back and forth he goes over the crimson carpets in the mosque with his household vacuum.

Photo and text graciously submitted by Peter Speiser

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KTPP studios get a bit of a makeover in the planning stages. Oh, when will the revisions end…

KTPP studios get a bit of a makeover in the planning stages. Oh, when will the revisions end…

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As we design our new office in Loring Park, I’m totally enamored with library spaces like this one. Ooh la la!
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

As we design our new office in Loring Park, I’m totally enamored with library spaces like this one. Ooh la la!

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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trentgilliss:

Love how this “passive” home designed by architect Dennis Wedlick draws upon tiny churches and vernacular barns. Spirits will soar in this environs.
More photos of the Hudson Passive Project.

trentgilliss:

Love how this “passive” home designed by architect Dennis Wedlick draws upon tiny churches and vernacular barns. Spirits will soar in this environs.

More photos of the Hudson Passive Project.

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For me, beauty is valued more than anything — the beauty that is manifest in a curved line or in an act of creativity.
- ~Oscar Niemeyer, who died yesterday at the age of 104 (via trentgilliss)
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St. George Utah Temple
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

The oldest operating temple of the LDS Church, the St. George Utah Temple was the first temple completed after Brigham Young and his followers were forced to flee Nauvoo, Illinois. Completed in 1877, it was designed by Truman O. Angell and took nearly six years to build.
The temple itself is made of the red sandstone of the surrounding buttes of St. George, in southwestern Utah and plastered white. Originally just over 56,000 square feet, a renovation in the 1970s doubled its size. The temple has a total of 18 sealing rooms (not all are being actively used), more than any other temple in the LDS Church, where “bride and bridegroom are married not only for this life but also for eternity.” The St. George Utah Temple is the first temple where endowments for the dead, proxy baptisms for the deceased, were performed.
(Photo by Michael Whiffen/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

St. George Utah Temple

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

The oldest operating temple of the LDS Church, the St. George Utah Temple was the first temple completed after Brigham Young and his followers were forced to flee Nauvoo, Illinois. Completed in 1877, it was designed by Truman O. Angell and took nearly six years to build.

The temple itself is made of the red sandstone of the surrounding buttes of St. George, in southwestern Utah and plastered white. Originally just over 56,000 square feet, a renovation in the 1970s doubled its size. The temple has a total of 18 sealing rooms (not all are being actively used), more than any other temple in the LDS Church, where “bride and bridegroom are married not only for this life but also for eternity.” The St. George Utah Temple is the first temple where endowments for the dead, proxy baptisms for the deceased, were performed.

(Photo by Michael Whiffen/Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

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1988-2011:

Tynemouth Steeple

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

1988-2011:

Tynemouth Steeple

~reblogged by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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