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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.

Thursday SurpriseAndy Dayton, Associate Web ProducerOn Thursday afternoon we received our first reflection for our program with Jon Kabat-Zinn, an account of one man’s experiences with meditation. The author wrote about attending a meditation retreat, and the effect it had on his life:
During the retreat I felt as if I caught a glimpse of the true power and limitless potential of the spirit — a glimpse sufficient to propel me into deeper practice. Also, during that same retreat, the idea for a life-transforming environmental road trip project dropped into my consciousness. It resonated so profoundly with me that I decided to embrace it fully — resulting in YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip — a trip to all 50 United States to explore and personalize environmental sustainability through fun, engaging short films and other forms of new media.
What caught my attention was the name: Mark Dixon, who actually came here to interview Krista for the YERT project  just under a year ago. I took some video of the three team members as they talked to Krista, asked them a few questions, and then blogged about it.
One of the things I love about the messages we receive from our audience are the little surprises they hold. It’s less common that I’ll recognize somebody’s name, but they frequently contain wonderful insight from our listeners and readers. We shuttle these messages around the office, giving us a chance to pat ourselves on the back, reevaluate some of the choices we’ve made, or simply appreciate the stories they contain.After including your thoughts as part of each program’s Web site for the last five years, starting with the Kabat-Zinn program we’ve refreshed the Reflections section to give your responses a better home. Now we’re including your images to provide visual accompaniment to your words, and allowing you to find responses nearby or across the world using an interactive map. We’re planning to start using this format for every new program we produce, and hopefully a few repeats as well.
You can check out the reflections for “Opening to Our Lives” here, and leave a comment on this blog to let us know what you think.

Thursday Surprise
Andy Dayton, Associate Web Producer

On Thursday afternoon we received our first reflection for our program with Jon Kabat-Zinn, an account of one man’s experiences with meditation. The author wrote about attending a meditation retreat, and the effect it had on his life:

During the retreat I felt as if I caught a glimpse of the true power and limitless potential of the spirit — a glimpse sufficient to propel me into deeper practice. Also, during that same retreat, the idea for a life-transforming environmental road trip project dropped into my consciousness. It resonated so profoundly with me that I decided to embrace it fully — resulting in YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip — a trip to all 50 United States to explore and personalize environmental sustainability through fun, engaging short films and other forms of new media.

What caught my attention was the name: Mark Dixon, who actually came here to interview Krista for the YERT project just under a year ago. I took some video of the three team members as they talked to Krista, asked them a few questions, and then blogged about it.

One of the things I love about the messages we receive from our audience are the little surprises they hold. It’s less common that I’ll recognize somebody’s name, but they frequently contain wonderful insight from our listeners and readers. We shuttle these messages around the office, giving us a chance to pat ourselves on the back, reevaluate some of the choices we’ve made, or simply appreciate the stories they contain.

After including your thoughts as part of each program’s Web site for the last five years, starting with the Kabat-Zinn program we’ve refreshed the Reflections section to give your responses a better home. Now we’re including your images to provide visual accompaniment to your words, and allowing you to find responses nearby or across the world using an interactive map. We’re planning to start using this format for every new program we produce, and hopefully a few repeats as well.

You can check out the reflections for “Opening to Our Lives” here, and leave a comment on this blog to let us know what you think.

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YERT, Sustainability, and the Value of Beauty
Andy Dayton, Associate Web Producer

We recently had the folks from YERT visit to ask Krista a few questions about environmentalism and sustainability. YERT (an acronym for “Your Environmental Road Trip”) is an “eco-expedition to explore and personalize environmental sustainability.” Prompted by Trent and Colleen’s suggestion, I grabbed a video camera and headed up to get some footage of their interview with Krista, and asked them a few questions about their project.

You’ll see YERT’s Mark, Ben, and Erica talk about their mission, and a bit of Krista discussing what she learned from Majora Carter. You can also hear Krista’s conversation with Majora in our program "Discovering Where We Live: Reimagining Environmentalism."

I definitely took something from YERT’s visit as well: Mark seemed to be pretty excited about vermicompost (he mentioned composting with worms a few times), so I did a little research and found some plans to make my own little worm farm. I took some time over Memorial Day weekend to set up the compost bin, now I’m just missing one (rather important) ingredient — anybody know where I can find some good worms?
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