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Mary Oliver — Listening to the World

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. At 79, she honors us with an intimate conversation on the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing.

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[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. At 79, she honors us with an intimate conversation on the wisdom of the world, the salvation of poetry, and the life behind her writing.

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On Being

Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action [remix]

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn is a renowned yoga teache

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[Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn is a renowned yoga teache

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Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

16 Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is

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Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Talks 'Orphan Black' Live From Montreal

Friday, May 09, 2014

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: The rise of Orphan Black, snobbery and Celine Dion, Kristen Wiig's Alice Munro movie role, prayer in town meetings, and more.

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On Being

Jaroslav Pelikan — The Need for Creeds [remix]

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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[Unedited] Jaroslav Pelikan With Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Five Pillars Week: What Does Prayer Mean to You?

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on the Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're convening an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (Faith), Salat (Prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (Charity), and Hajj (Pilgrimage). Today: we open the phones to discuss prayer. How do you pray and what does prayer mean to your religion? Call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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On Being

Tami Simon — Inner Life at Work: Business, Meditation, and Technology

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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[Unedited Tami Simon with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 30, 2013

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On Being

Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into [remix]

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life's humor and its ruptures — and why w

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[Unedited] Kevin Kling with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life's humor and its ruptures — and why w

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Transportation Nation

12 Hours Behind the Wheel in NYC, With No Food Or Drink

Thursday, August 09, 2012

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

If you're traveling by taxi this summer, chances are your driver is hungrier than usual. Nearly half of licensed drivers in the city are Muslim—and they’re not eating because they’re observing Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting and reflection. That means thousands of cabbies are working 12-hour shifts without food, water or caffeine.

Muslims break their daily fast at sundown. One recent evening, the West 29th Street curbside in Manhattan held so many taxis that the street glowed yellow. This commercial district in Manhattan has free evening parking, a boon for drivers.

Around 8 p.m., as the day's light faded, cabbies rushed into a mosque called Masjid Ar-Rhahman. A mountain of their shoes rose in the vestibule. Soon their sung prayers emanated from a loudspeaker at the top of the mosque. Outside, vendors selling prayer books and sweet treats waited patiently for the cabbies to emerge from inside.

Driver Lansana Keita was one of the first ones out. He smiled as he ate his first food of the day, a sweet rice concoction that resembled rice pudding. "You need something soft after fasting all day, to help your metabolism to digest,” he said.

Keita said his biggest obstacle during Ramadan is keeping up his stamina during a shift that typically features mind-numbing traffic, the threat of parking tickets and the never-ending drone of the TV in his backseat. He said driving on an empty stomach while dealing with the daily guff from passengers becomes a spiritual exercise.

"When someone cusses on you, you have to let it go," he said. "When someone wants to have drama with you, you have to let it go--those are the principles of Ramadan.”

Drivers who chose not to eat in the mosque huddled on the sidewalk in small groups to consume their long-awaited meals.

"I love this: it’s called pakora, samosa and chana,” said Mohammed Tipu Sultan, a driver of 10 years, about his Bangladeshi meal. Sultan made the food disappear in a hurry, like anyone would after fasting for 16 hours.

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

Driver Yehya Abdeen was on his way to get his first caffeine fix at a local cafe before resuming his night shift. He said a purpose of Ramadan is to teach patience—a trait city cabbies aren't always known for.

"I try to be nice all the time, but we try to be more nice during Ramadan," he said, before joking, "But it’s hard when you don't take your coffee, you know?"

During Ramadan, Muslims are required to pray more than the usual five times a day. So you may see drivers stopping to kneel in the direction of Mecca on squares of cardboard or small rugs in the back of bodegas and restaurants.

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

Or at JFK airport. At the airport's taxi lot, hundreds of drivers were lined up awaiting a fare to Manhattan. About two dozen drivers made use of a makeshift prayer area, bowing and kneeling next to a pair of public restrooms.

Tely Diallo, a tall driver in a gingham shirt, was about to jump into his cab again. He paused to complain that it’s hard to make enough money when you're pulling over to pray an extra two hours a day.

"You can't really do what you've got to do," he said. "You can't pray on time. I was supposed to be praying a long time ago but I couldn’t because you're always in a rush, you want to get the lease money."

(photo by Kathleen Horan)

Cabbie Mohammed Waheed said it helps that so many other drivers are fasting with him during the holy month. "The fifteen of my friends who are cab drivers—they all fast," he said.

Muslims, including many New York taxi drivers, will be observing Ramadan this year until the weekend of August 18, when the fasting ends and the completion of a month of self-control is celebrated.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When God Talks Back

Monday, April 02, 2012

T. M. Luhrmann, psychological anthropologist and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University and author of When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, talks about her book on the science of how evangelicals experience a relationship with God in the brain, and why some connect more through prayer than others.

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The Takeaway

Teenager Faces Public Outrage Over School Prayer Lawsuit

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Jessica Ahlquist, a 16-year-old-junior at Cranston High School West, is an outspoken atheist who believes that prayer should not be on display in public schools. Last month she expressed her views at school board hearings and a federal judge ruled in her favor deeming prayer's presence at Cranston High School to be unconstitutional. In retaliation, residents have threatened Ahlquist and others like State Representative Peter G. Palumbo have called her "an evil little thing." 

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On Being

Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action [remix]

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn is a renowned yoga teache

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[Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn is a renowned yoga teache

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Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Thursday, August 12, 2010

14 Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is

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The Takeaway

Should the Government Declare a National Day of Prayer?

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Today is the National Day of Prayer; it's an official observance from Congress, and has been around since 1952. This year's event, however, could be the last time the federal government remains officially involved.  Last month a federal district court judge ruled that the government's involvement in the day violated the Constitution, by conflating church and state.  Should we have a National Day of Prayer?

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