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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.
On the Blog
Our capsule of inspiration for the week includes a new way forward for visualizing our work, fantasy, Epiphany, and the sage words of a French Buddhist monk.
The unexpected response to last week’s sketchnotes of the Seth Godin interview prompted us to reach out to Doug Neill…
A photographic tour of the biggest holiday for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. The religious relic known as the Ark of the Covenant holds a special role in this celebration.
This week’s On Being roundup: Learning to be of interest to each other from Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander, a guided meditation, and Twitter conversation about what the rise of “Nones” really says about America’s religious landscape.
A “sketchnoter” offers a new way to visualize our own conversations. When what you see lures you to listen and read.
A Jewish Arbor Day, this Jewish holiday is experiencing new life as Jews become more ecologically concerned.
An evolving conversation thread about the “Nones” who are the subject of so much discussion and media coverage nowadays. Add your two bits and help us flesh out this story!
On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.
What better way to follow up our show with poet Elizabeth Alexander than to listen to the redemptive words of his second inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. A true pleasure.
Martin Marty on the public consequences of divorce when churches and families relegate it as a private matter.
This week’s reflection on the words of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry, nourishment from our listeners, the goodness in sport, and the power of family.
This inspiring story about the love of two brothers had NBA superstar LeBron James on the verge of tears, as you’ll see in the video. So good in so many ways.
A small group of musicians and singers inject a bit of sunshine into the cold fluorescence with an organized flash mob performing The Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun.” This just may be the best way to kick off this hump day.
Two hijab-wearing rappers dispel some misconceptions around gender + Islam while making music with a wide appeal.
From Kabbalah to comfort, curiosity to a prayer from the Prophet Muhammad. Our roundup of ideas and stories at On Being this week.
Five questions with the author of Far from the Tree on how families with extreme difference find connectedness in their “horizontal” identities.
Watch this fabulous talk on Hubble and Rembrandt, Casablanca in psychological terms, how stars actually “evolve,” and why Malala Yousafzai’s bravery is “the best example of the power of curiosity.”
A stunning full moon cradles a highline walker at Cathedral Peak. Bliss, beauty, and exhilaration at once.
The Zen abbot walks a live audience through this guided meditation on encountering grief. Download and share with your friends and family.
As Latino Muslims grow in population, how do Americans make space in our minds for these new communities?
This animated short from StoryCorps shares one of Studs Terkel’s hope-filled stories about the power of the unfiltered human voice, a baby’s voice, in our modern life.
What were your favorite blog posts of 2012? As we bid the year a fond farewell, a list of our readers’ favorites. Drum roll, please!
A minister who teaches courses in reading to prison inmates reflects on smiling, subversiveness, and the power of recognizing herself in the other.
Pádraig Ó Tuama on the inaccuracy of the Christmas story, as commonly told, for we might miss the more important message within.
This week’s been one of those surprising times when so many people identified with Krista’s Scrooge-like outlook on Christmas but add to the discussion by contributing to community.