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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.

Bill Murray’s Dharma Talk on What It’s Like to Be You

The actor Bill Murray takes three minutes to give a dharma talk on being present at a press conference.

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Bill Murray’s Dharma Talk on What It’s Like to Be You

The Tree of Contemplative Practices

An illustration of contemplative practices showing the breadth of meditation and mindfulness within traditions. It certainly opens up one’s understanding about how these disciplines take root and manifest themselves in our lives, non?

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The Tree of Contemplative Practices

Mary Oliver Reads “Wild Geese”

In a rare interview with the master poet, she recites her classic poem — and tells the story of how “Wild Geese” came into being. It might surprise you.

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Mary Oliver Reads “Wild Geese”

On Being Columnist Omid Safi Talks to Chris Hayes about Duke Chapel Controversy (Video)

Watch this interview between our columnist Omid Safi and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes about the imbroglio over the call to prayer at Duke University.

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Thomas Merton’s Prayer That Anyone Can Pray

Thomas Merton is one of those monastics who continues to inspire so many. Here, the Jesuit Jim Martin reads one of his favorite passages from his book, Thoughts in Solitude.

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Jean-Luc Picard Sings “Make It So, Make It So, Make It So”

Just when you think the holiday season couldn’t get any merrier, a Star Trek captain remakes a Christmas classic.

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Jean-Luc Picard Sings “Make It So, Make It So, Make It So”

On Being Live: A Computer Scientist Talks Bach (Video)

Live from The Greene Space, Krista Tippett and Bernard Chazelle talk Bach as a cosmologist of music. Watch the live stream here.

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On Being Live: A Computer Scientist Talks Bach (Video)

On Courage: A Pulmonologist’s Tough Love (Your Audio Selfie)

After being diagnosed with cancer, Becky Sennett tells an unlikely story of gratitude — for a reprimanding encounter with a pulmonologist who takes her to task, a compassionate gesture for which she’ll be forever grateful.

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On Courage: A Pulmonologist’s Tough Love (Your Audio Selfie)

Whatever Key You Want

Chutzpah, humility, and risk-taking are all necessary ingredients in this delightful duet with Billy Joel and a college freshman.

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Whatever Key You Want

Pema Chödrön on Quieting Our Racing Minds and Powering Down (Video)

In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.

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Pema Chödrön on Quieting Our Racing Minds and Powering Down (Video)