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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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May 12th, 2014

The best of the week — including an invitation to communal song, forest music from Schumann, words of gratitude and grace from Mary Oliver, and the manifold gifts of a storyteller.

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May 6th, 2014

Our executive editor’s weekly roundup of all things beautiful and intriguing. This week, an esoteric essay on the Antarctic, magical photography from Iran, and an engaging narrative on the process of dying in India.

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April 29th, 2014

Wandering about offers signs about honor and honesty, sunset yoga on the Ganges, ways to live and uncover an undivided life, and behind-the-scenes looks of our work. Our look into this week’s gems and delights.

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April 25th, 2014

The tenth of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on envying others.

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April 24th, 2014

The beloved German theologian offers these words of encouragement (and admonishment) on the sacred duty of listening.

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April 21st, 2014

This week held many surprises, including a lovely take on the story of Mary Magdalene, our first live event in our new studios, a scene from the Boston Public Library, and chopping wood with, yes, a Finnish axe.

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April 15th, 2014

The ninth of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on being truthful.

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April 15th, 2014

This week, excellent insights from Howard Thurman and the growing edge of the beginner’s mind, a meditation on suffering, advice from Bertrand Russell, and a beautiful photoquote from Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin.

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April 10th, 2014

The eighth of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on intelligent dissent.

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April 8th, 2014

The seventh of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on respecting eccentricity.

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April 7th, 2014

Our executive editor Trent Gilliss brings you his weekly column on articles worth reading, visuals worth seeing, music worth hearing. Including a remarkable story of curiosity and persistence, a mesmerizing rumination on Dante’s Purgatorio, lessons to live by from Bertrand Russell, and some poetic twitterings with artist Dario Robleto.

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April 7th, 2014

The sixth of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on the opinions of others.

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April 4th, 2014

The fifth of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on the authority of others.

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April 4th, 2014

Musing on the hidden lives and legacies of objects and how “heaven is being a memory to others,” our Twitter recap of a spacious conversation between philosopher-artist Dario Robleto and Krista Tippett.

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April 3rd, 2014

The fourth of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on overcoming opposition.

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April 2nd, 2014

The third of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on discouraging thinking.

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April 1st, 2014

The second of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on concealing evidence.

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March 31st, 2014

The first of the great British philosopher’s list of rules for living and learning. This time, on certainty.

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March 31st, 2014

This week inspired a lesson from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a poetic reflection on being more than doing from Parker Palmer, a precious moment that will make you smile, and a peculiar story about a lockpicker that will make you think.

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March 25th, 2014

This week provided some sage words on writing from Parker Palmer, a photo essay on “thin places” that take our breath away, a marvelous TED talk from a Nigerian writer, and a picture of the cosmos that stirs our origins.

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March 15th, 2014

On the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, James Martin explains how the pope’s ministry has been shaped by his Jesuit identity — including the three degrees of humility.

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March 14th, 2014

Author and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht on suicide, resilience, and community. She says, “We have secret web-like connections to each other. Sometimes when you can’t see what’s important about you other people can.” Join the conversation here.

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February 22nd, 2014

A creative illustration elevates Dorothy Day’s words on “how to bring about a revolution of the heart” with a t-shirt design.

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February 5th, 2014

Don’t tweet. No problem. A compilation of our tweets of a wandering conversation with a maker on language, time, and life as a maker.

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January 29th, 2014

Our interview with physicist and author brought about this fun and wide-ranging set of time-shift tweets. He brings an infectious excitement to the conversation about the frontiers of modern physics and how vital science is to understanding the nature of life and reality.

The Science of Happiness
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January 27th, 2014

Happiness. A word that gets bandied about quite a bit lately, and for good reason. An infographic that jogs a host of questions and insights.

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January 18th, 2014

As MLK Day approaches, a bit of creative inspiration infuses his iconic “I Have a Dream…” speech. Watch this video remix and be inspired.

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December 18th, 2013

A simple phrase quoted at a rural elementary school has us contemplating its meanings.

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December 16th, 2013

A video featuring dancers aged 85, 65, 45, 25, and 5 performing the same sequence that is “stunning in ways I can’t explain.”

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December 12th, 2013

Watch a recording of our live video stream with Rev. Lucas Johnson and Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons at NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. The topic: nonviolence and how social change happens. A riveting hour story and substance.

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November 24th, 2013

Pop culture makes meaning. Enter the Florida State University AcaBelles’ a cappella rendition of Lorde’s “Royals” to make the point.

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November 18th, 2013

In a 1919 letter to Gandhi, the Nobel laureate offers these words of advice on planting the seeds of intolerance.

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November 11th, 2013

Rachel Button sent us this poem marking the parades that often go unacknowledged on Veterans Day.

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November 9th, 2013

KindSpring creates a project to celebrate all that we have to be thankful for with the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge. What are you thankful for?

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November 7th, 2013

Sally Kohn offers a vision of how we can better communicate with others who don’t share our perspectives and ideas. The way in? Emotional correctness rather than political correctness.

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October 26th, 2013

You will not believe how a cancer doctor uses the venom from a scorpion’s sting to paint the malignant tumors in children’s brains and lymphatic systems. And, in the process, tap the human spirit.

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October 26th, 2013

What does restoring trust between the financial industry and the U.S. culture look like? A former corporate CEO and board member of Goldman Sachs on the ethical line of business and the incumbency of financial leaders to rebuild what has been lost after the financial meltdown of 2008.

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October 19th, 2013

Krista sits down with The Takeaway to explain the impulses behind the Pew polls on the religiously unaffiliated Millennials. She believes that this growing number of unaffiliated young people are a source of renewal of religion in the U.S.

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October 18th, 2013

How has your religious identity changed? Does faith still play an important role in your life? Are you concerned that young people are leaving religious institutions? Join John Hockenberry today (Friday, October 18) at 2:00 pm ET to participate in a live online chat. Whatever questions or comments you have, we hope you add your voice to the conversation.

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October 18th, 2013

Why are atheism and agnosticism on the rise? And what does it take to go against your family’s faith? Three young atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church.

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October 16th, 2013

On Being partners with The Takeaway to explore the deep questions of people’s changing relationship with religion and faith in the U.S. as part of their series “Young Nation Under God?”

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October 15th, 2013

A video that will inspire you to think more deeply about your place in the universe.

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October 11th, 2013

A young Pakistani girl shares a story of strength and peace that leaves us all in awe.

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October 8th, 2013

Morrie Schwartz makes sense of it all while tomatoes are flying.

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October 6th, 2013

Yosemite meets Saarschleife in this pairing of German wilderness and poignant words from John Muir.

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October 6th, 2013

A striking photo paired with a grounding thought from Thich Nhat Hanh on gratitude.

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September 29th, 2013

The Zen master demonstrates the mindful art of calligraphy, and how it’s a practice of meditation.

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September 27th, 2013

Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.

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September 10th, 2013

There’s more than meets the eye in this photo. Stop and peer beneath the surface.

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September 8th, 2013

Every so often, Krista’s interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments.

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