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BY March 28, 2017

Through the biblical story of a son’s sacrifice, Michael Eric Dyson says there’s a powerful lesson about our own tests and how we abuse them. An exploration of corporal punishment of children, a broader view of truth, and the perils of biblical literalism.

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BY October 26, 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.

BY October 26, 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.

BY October 20, 2013

On the first Sunday of October, pet owners flock to an unlikely place: their local churches. Across the U.S., dogs, cats, hamsters, and even birds gather to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis, otherwise known as “the blessing of the animals.”

BY October 19, 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.

BY October 18, 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.

BY October 18, 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.

BY October 17, 2013

Three young Muslim-Americans — Kamran, Tasneem, and Zahra — struggle to reconcile their “Muslim” and “American” identities. Why don’t we hear more of this in the media?

BY October 16, 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?”

BY October 15, 2013

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

BY October 11, 2013

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

BY October 8, 2013

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

BY October 6, 2013

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

BY October 6, 2013

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

BY September 29, 2013

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

BY September 27, 2013

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

BY September 21, 2013

Charles Camosy argues that only in a world dominated by our lazy binaries could Pope Francis be considered “liberal” simply because he doesn’t fit into “conservative” categories.

BY September 10, 2013

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

BY September 8, 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.

BY August 26, 2013

A video that serves as a humorous indictment of our addiction to technology and lack of connection with others.

BY August 4, 2013

Wrapping up this week with a picturesque mountain scene, moving music from a magical singer, and a map and haiku.

BY & Martin E. Marty July 11, 2013

Shifts in the U.S.’ ethnic composition are portentous for religious institutions, communities, loyalties, and identities. The white majority, says Martin Marty, can kvetch or use it as an opportunity to reassess religious commitment.

BY July 9, 2013

With his “heart full to bursting,” Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.

BY July 7, 2013

Take this mystical aural hike into the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park to One Square Inch of Silence — and experience the chirping twitter of the Western wren and the haunting call of the Roosevelt elk.

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BY July 1, 2013

A thoughtful meditation by a craftsman-philosopher who contemplates the human condition through the building of simple, hand-tooled coffins.

Joseph Cambell
BY June 30, 2013

Wisdom from a late elder to an overwhelming outpouring of stories from people in response to Joy Ladin’s transgender experiences. And, photos of Turkish bovine, local deluges, and Krista’s most commonly asked question to guests.

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