Topic: Culture and Society

  • Yoga-FEAT

    “Yoga’s techniques and goals move in and through and outside of religion in very interesting and complex ways,” says Debra Diamond, associate curator of south and southeastern Asian art for the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler galleries. Following its Washington debut, “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” an exhibition on yoga in Indian art history, was at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, and it will soon travel to the Cleveland Museum of Art for the summer. More

    May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

  • Justice-for-Women-FEAT

    Of all the social issues facing our world, President Jimmy Carter says the abuse of women and girls is the greatest injustice of all, and that the pretext is often religion. More

    May 9, 2014 | Comments (5)

  • adam-FEAT

    Watch Web-only excerpts from our recent conversation with the United Methodist pastor of the grandfather and grandson who were shot to death outside a Jewish community center in Kansas. More

    May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

  • India's-Domestic-Workers-v2-FEAT

    Millions of young Indian women make up a vast labor force of domestic workers that is largely unrecognized by their government. At a very young age, they leave – or are taken – from poor communities for work, only to receive less than the minimum wage. “It’s one of the biggest incomes for most people.” says Sister Jeanne Devos, a Belgian nun and founder of the National Domestic Workers Movement. “[They] go to the villages, get them poor children, sell them back in the city.” More

    April 25, 2014 | Comments (3)

  • Sister-Jeanne-Devos-Ext-FEAT3

    “The message of the Gospel is not welfare, is not give my people a better madras or give them some more food. It’s to set them free, and setting them free is this whole movement— right-based, dignity for them, their rights, and empowerment.” More

    April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

  • NAT_GEO_JERUSALEM-d4-FEAT

    A new National Geographic film about Jerusalem attempts to transcend the city’s reputation for conflict with sweeping imagery and personal stories of why the city is so loved. “Jerusalem to me is more than a city.” says Farah Ammouri, a young Muslim woman featured in the film. “Its beauty, its spirit, also my religion–but most importantly, it’s my family.” More

    April 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

  • Rohingya-Muslims-FEAT

    “There’s a fear among large segments of the Buddhist population in Myanmar,” says Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, an independent organization to protect and defend human rights, “that the country is at risk of being taken over by Muslims. It’s a very unreasonable, irrational fear.” More

    April 18, 2014 | Comments (19)

  • pastors-feat-d1

    On Sundays, you’ll find Pastor Sam Livingston at his Baptist church in Hohenwald, Tennessee. But on the weekdays he’s at his other very different job as a public utilities manager. More

    March 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

  • Stry_of_the_Jews-FEAT

    Historian Simon Schama explores 3,000 years of Jewish history and culture in a five-part documentary series and companion book. “The problem of the Jews,” Schama says, “was that they were a nation without a home.” More

    March 21, 2014 | Comments (2)

  • Schama-Extended-FEAT

    “We are a very noisy, verbalizing, speechifying language animal, and I love that. But we walk around as so many millions of talking books.” More

    March 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

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