The Devils of Luzón

Marie Sambilay

grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied at New York University — where she picked up a degree in Media, Culture, and Communications, and a passion for media in the public service, in exchange for her ability to walk slowly. A voracious consumer of podcasts, she joined the team at On Being to fulfill her dream of contributing to the kind of enlightening programming that has captivated her as a listener during so many long city strolls.
Previously, Marie explored various avenues of media production — including television and documentary production, newspaper editing, and even a bit of pharmaceutical technical writing. Her other obsessions include language, British comedy, large-breed dogs, documenting poignant and humorous moments that she encounters from day to day, and winning huge amounts of imaginary money while playing Jeopardy! over dinner.

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April 11th, 2017

A visual tour of a whimsical and unsettling carnival of masked figures and horned demons — a survivor of northern Spain’s Celtic roots.

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December 2nd, 2016

A white Evangelical Christian, and a Trump supporter, offers a gentle challenge: to put our preconceived notions aside, and understand each other more deeply than what we put on our ballots.

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July 5th, 2016

A gift of verse as we reach the close of the season of Ramadan — testaments to the comfort of faith across a lifetime, from the safety of home to the surprising kinship of a stranger.

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April 21st, 2016

Our corrective actions can have radiating effects, placing a burden on those who don’t deserve it. A moving revelation of the extended trauma of mass incarceration — farther reaching than we might imagine.

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March 31st, 2016

What if we focused on strengthening the characteristics we have, rather than on all the ways in which we’re lacking? Digital trailblazer Tiffany Shlain explores a heartening alternative to diagnostic psychology, and our empowering capability to shape who we are into who we want to be.

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February 22nd, 2016

Trauma can be a rigid dictator of the course of a life, often giving rise to paths of destruction and illness. Dr. Robert Ross on why these cycles exist, and on our responsibility as members of the community to heal the broken spaces in the structures we live in.

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December 21st, 2015

As these days of anticipation of Christmas draw closer, a creative reimagining of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” by Bipolar Explorer for your listening pleasure.

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November 30th, 2015

Count Basie and Helen Humes’ nostalgic rendition of a 1920’s jazz classic provides the perfect accompaniment to a stunning piece about love, marriage, and lifelong partnership.

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November 7th, 2015

The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.

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September 8th, 2015

For the producers here at Loring Park, it’s important to perform every aspect of our work with deliberate thoughtfulness. Here, we offer a behind-the-scenes peek at all that’s involved in a seemingly small task: selecting a photo to represent the week’s episode.