The On Being Project

Trent T. Gilliss
Trent T. Gilliss
was the founding executive editor of On Being Studios. He joined Speaking of Faith at American Public Media in 2003 as a web producer and later online editor, and became a co-founder of On Being's move to independence in 2013 (as Krista Tippett Public Productions). He created On Being's original award-winning digital presence, helped envision and oversee the design and buildout of the Loring Park studio space, and curated On Being's first weekly email newsletter. He also served as chief content officer and publisher between 2013 and 2017.

Longing for the Muezzin’s Call

It’s the rhythmic reminder of the Muslim call to prayer in East Jerusalem, Istanbul, and the West Bank that remains in this traveler’s memory — and the many variations of this vibrant art form. Listen in.

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Longing for the Muezzin’s Call

Dr. Abdallah Daar on the Ethics and Strategies of Global Health Inequities (video)

Krista kicks off her series of live, public interviews with Dr. Abdallah Daar, a global health expert who says “innovation is the exit strategy for aid” and that health care inequities in struggling countries are an ethical issue that needs to be righted. Watch the first conversation in this series of five conversations predicated on the theme of “Inspire. Commit. Act.”

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Dr. Abdallah Daar on the Ethics and Strategies of Global Health Inequities (video)

Ann Marsden and the Spiritual Craft of Photography

“I picked up a camera in journalism class, and it was truly spiritual.” We’ve had the honor of working with Ann Marsden many times over the years. Her passion for her craft inspired all of us at On Being, and we’ll miss her deeply.

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Flashmob or Polished Ad on a Spanish Plaza, This Video Is a Feast

This unexpected, public performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on a plaza in Spain is an absolute visual and aural feast.

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Flashmob or Polished Ad on a Spanish Plaza, This Video Is a Feast

Wendell Berry Says ‘It All Turns on Affection”

There are few people in the U.S. more beloved than Wendell E. Berry. The poet and essayist, farmer and conservationist delivered the prestigious 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts nearly a month ago — and it’s been bombarding my social streams and email inbox ever since, which, is to say, this sentiment may be truer than I expected.

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Orthodox Christians and Alevi Muslims in Turkey Fear Consequences of Syria’s Assad Losing Power

A smart report from The World on one of the few Orthodox Christian communities in Turkey that has learned to survive in a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation

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Orthodox Christians and Alevi Muslims in Turkey Fear Consequences of Syria’s Assad Losing Power

The Day Martin Luther King Spoke to Me as a Failed Man

Rarely are larger-than-life historical figures relatable as human beings. For me, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a character of history books and film strips. A man to be admired for his empowering speeches and his inspirational marches. Although I knew he was a towering preacher, a man of God, I never thought of him as […]

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Bobby McFerrin’s Daily Singing Exercise

Here’s an improvisational exercise Bobby McFerrin shared with Krista that we’d like you to try. Listen to his easy instructions and try it. Tell us what you think.

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