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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.

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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The Higgs Boson (The “God Particle”) Explained in Comics

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Somehow, this Higgs Boson infatuation will get the better of me and I’ll just stop trying to understand the complexity of it all. Until that day comes, I’ll be watching great explainers like this one. The artist’s comic sketches and way quantum physics is animated get me closer… I think.

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Jay Smooth TED Talk about Race and Pockets of Prejudice

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

"We are not good despite our imperfections. It is the connection we maintain with our imperfections that allow us to be good."

Don’t you just wanna stand up and shout Amen! when you read this? Or at least nod in solid agreement with this profound statement that cuts to the quick of the essence of being human?

Jay Smooth, the video blogger of Ill Doctrine and founder of New York’s longest-running hip-hop radio in New York, WBAI’s Underground Railroad, gave a refreshing talk at TEDx Hampshire College about the ways we can have better discussions about race and racism. He’s funny and this talk is truly enjoyable. More importantly, it’s his astute observations about the ways in which these discussions devolve that’s worth noting.

He points out that discussions about race often border on matters of being a “good person” or a “bad person” — a matter of “who you are” rather than “what you said.” He reminds us that talking about issues of race is like bodily hygiene: it’s something you have to do and keep up every day. And, he says, when we embrace our own imperfections we are on the path to becoming a good person, a better human being.

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