For over a decade, the French-American anthropologist Scott Atran has been listening to the hopes and dreams of young people from Indonesia to Egypt. He explores the human dynamics of what we analyze as “breeding grounds for terrorism” — why some young people become susceptible to them and others, in the same circumstances, do not. His work sheds helpful light on the question on so many of our minds as we watch horrific news of the day: How could this happen — and how could we possibly help transform it?
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Healing Our Fractured Civic Spaces
The Civil Conversations Project is a series of podcasts, live events, and online resources for beginning new conversations in public life at every level. How do we speak the questions we don't know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it? Krista Tippett draws out voices of wisdom, poetry, and practicality, one on one as well as in dialogue. They model a new kind of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.
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President Obama to Present Krista Tippett with National Humanities Medal
The award honors Tippett for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence” through her writings and nationally syndicated program On Being.
Science on Human Frontiers
On Being’s special series, "Science on Human Frontiers," delves into new wisdom about the complex mysteries of the universe. From string theory to the search for life on other planets to the science of well being, we explore how science is informing what it means to be human and how we can live.
The American Consciousness
Human identity is more fluid than ever before. How do we live gracefully in this moment of change, helping to shape it? How do we nurture common life, even as we are reinventing it? With Imani Perry, Richard Rodriguez, Michel Martin, and Nathan Schneider.