Links to keep the conversation going: Hunting for big questions and the little questions that lead to them, I prowl these sites along with a dozen general news sources.
Aeon.We ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts.
Big Questions. Cal Fussman uncovers the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.
Big Think. We believe that success in the future is all about knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master this universe of information. We aim to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life.
Brain Pickings. Drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought is a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life.
Ideas. We cover social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities. Most of our programs are documentaries in which thoughts are gathered, contexts explored, and connections made.
Impolite Company. A weekly politics and religion podcast called Impolite Company because the rules of etiquette say that you’re not supposed to talk about either politics or religion in polite company—presumably because those two topics can get people a little riled. But if this is where being polite has gotten us, it’s clearly not working.
Killing the Buddha. We work to increase understanding about today’s living religions in relation to pressing social issues through public engagement and education.
Letters of Note. Gathering and sorting fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos.
On Being. Taking up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet.
Religion Dispatches. Independent, non-profit source for the best writing on critical and timely issues at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture.
Religious News Service. RNS aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions.
The Revealer. A review of religion and media.
Speeches of Note. Celebrating oratory old and new, endeavoring not just to whoop with delight at the speeches that we already know and admire but also to shine a light on those speeches which, despite their brilliance, are often ignored.
StoryCorps. An intense focus on the collecting, sharing, and preserving of people’s stories.
Storytelling Toronto. Founded by storytellers to encourage the renaissance of storytelling in modern society.
The Sun. Attempts to marry the personal and political; to challenge the status quo and reveal injustice; to honor courageous and honest writing; and to touch the mystery of our humanity.
Tapestry. Exists to go deep. We investigate the messy, complicated, and sometimes absurd nature of life, through the lenses of psychology, philosophy, religion and spirituality. Why are we here? What does it mean to live a good life?
Tikkun. Dedicated to healing and transforming the world. We seek writing that gives us insight on how to make that utopian vision a reality. We build bridges between religious and secular progressives by delivering a forceful critique of all forms of exploitation, oppression, and domination while nurturing an interfaith vision of a caring society.
Triple Canopy. Working closely with artists, writers, technologists, and designers, Triple Canopy produces projects that demand considered reading and viewing. Triple Canopy resists the atomization of culture and, through sustained inquiry and creative research, strives to enrich the public sphere.
- aging, childhood, adolescence
- arms, guns, weapons
- art & image
- art, artists
- death, mortality, the dead
- essays, articles
- ethicity, racism, multiculturalism
- food, meals, eating
- funerals, cemeteries
- gender, sexuality
- imagination, creativity
- media, technology
- metaphor, symbol
- peace, conflict, war
- politics, economics
- religion, spirituality
- rites of passage
- ritual, festival
- space, environment
- story & essay
- things, objects
- time, history
- video & music
- walking, processing, marching
- worldview, ontology