“The Prophet Muhammad’s first wife…”

Trent T. Gilliss

is the cofounder of On Being and currently serves as publisher & editor-in-chief. He received a Peabody Award in 2007 for his work on “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi” and garnered two Webby Awards (in 2005, and again in 2008). The Online News Association nominated his journalistic work multiple times in the general excellence and outstanding specialty journalism categories. Trent’s reported and produced stories from Turkey to rural Alabama, from Israel and the West Bank to Cambridge, England.

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February 5th, 2010

Arresting. From the Mail & Guardian, this difficult and disturbing set of images accompanied by an interview with Leon Botha,…

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February 2nd, 2010

Photo by Carmela Alvarado / Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0 “I tend to think that fictional characters are in some ways…

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January 31st, 2010

Last Wednesday was, of course, President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address. And while coverage of the speech…

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January 26th, 2010

A sleepless night wandering about the Web delivered this 1949 photo of Eleanor Roosevelt holding a poster of the The…

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January 24th, 2010

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, whom we first interviewed for our program “Living Vodou,” grew up in Haiti, a member of the country’s…

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January 23rd, 2010

(photo: Pieter Musterd) I’m not a narcissist. But Clay Shirky thinks I should be. The media critic recently posted a…

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January 21st, 2010

This week’s guest, Katy Payne, was one of the scientists interviewed in a recent 60 Minutes feature about the ongoing…

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January 21st, 2010

“This is not a natural disaster story. This is a poverty story.” Last Friday, Krista sent around David Brooks’ recent…

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January 18th, 2010

The vital work of our talented colleagues at American RadioWorks (ARW) is on my mind for a number of reasons….

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January 18th, 2010

People participate in a voodoo ceremony on March 27, 2010 in Port-au-Prince in memory of the victims of the January…

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January 16th, 2010

No one has ever accused me of being fashion-forward. Neither will I ever willingly join a conversation on the relative…

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January 15th, 2010

As I’ve listened to all the noise around intelligence- gathering and airport security in response to the attempted Christmas Day…

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July 30th, 2009

The BBC elevates William Blake’s poem “Jerusalem” to a whole ‘nother level with this production.

"Walking to the Sky" — a 100-foot sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky that was originally installed at Rockefeller Center in 2004 before being moved to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas a year later.
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February 25th, 2009

Compelling insights from Martin Marty on commodification and repossessing virtue.

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September 17th, 2008

It’s a mixed bag when somebody verbalizes what others dare not express. There’s always one loud-mouth that says something that…

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September 3rd, 2008

In preparing for Krista’s interview with Fr. Stewart, several producers listen as he previews a few manuscripts from the HMML…

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August 17th, 2008

The germ of an idea for our show on Vodou varies greatly from how our program on play originated. We…

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August 14th, 2008

Races: athletes in China, candidates in the U.S. My mind races ahead to the month of Ramadan, which begins in…

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August 8th, 2008

Somehow Lauren Collins’ piece in The New Yorker is magically able to connect an unlikely list of characters — a…

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July 28th, 2008

If you didn’t know it, each member on our staff, including Krista, pretty much reads every piece of e-mail that’s…

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July 24th, 2008

Animals at Play Our rebroadcast of “Play, Spirit, and Character” allows me a natural entry point into sharing the incredible…

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June 17th, 2008

We called out for your suggestions for the five-word acceptance speech at the Webby Awards. We received hundreds of suggestions…

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June 4th, 2008

Every six weeks, we convene as a staff and talk about ideas for shows for the next two to three…