Krista Tippett Reads Rainer Maria Rilke

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Launching a public radio show about God and the meaning of life is no easy task. In this episode, On Being host Krista Tippett reads a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke that gave her courage and resolve during the creation of the show in 2003. Today, On Being airs on more than 400 radio stations across the U.S. and is downloaded weekly by thousands of devoted listeners.

Later on, we check the Haiku Hotline for your poems about accompaniment. Our guest curator is Pádraig Ó Tuama. Transcriptions of this week’s featured listener poems are available here.

“God speaks to each of us as he makes us” by Rainer Maria Rilke appears in the collection Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy, and published by Riverhead Books. Krista Tippett’s most recent book is Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

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Waziyatawin Reads John Trudell

Calls for solidarity are common in our political climate, but is solidarity possible before widespread acknowledgement and rectification of past injustices? In this episode, Waziyatawin explores this question in the context of the poem, “Cry Your Tears,” by the late John Trudell. Waziyatawin is a leading Dakota intellectual, activist, and the executive director of Makoce Ikikcupi, a non-profit dedicated to Dakota land recovery. John Trudell was a prolific poet, actor, musician, and activist.

Later on, we check the Haiku Hotline for your poems about tears. Transcriptions of this week’s featured listener poems are available here.

“Cry Your Tears,” by John Trudell, appears in his collection, Lines From a Mined Mind, © 2008, Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO. The music in this interview is excerpted from Trudell’s song “Cry Your Tears,” from the album Madness and the Moremes. Waziyatawin’s influential book, What Does Justice Look Like? is available from Living Justice Press.

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Benjamin Percy Reads Brian Turner

Author Benjamin Percy is interested in “the ghosts we carry on our backs.” He writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series’ for DC Comics, and recently published a terrifying fourth novel, “The Dark Net.” In this episode, Ben reads a poem by Iraq War veteran Brian Turner about a soldier haunted by visions of war while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center.

Later on, we check the Haiku Hotline for your poems about flashbacks. Transcriptions of this week’s featured listener poems are available here.

“At the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center,” by Brian Turner, appears in his collection, Phantom Noise, published by Alice James Books.

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Maria Schneider Reads Ted Kooser

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” Though she lives now in New York, Maria takes inspiration from the sounds, landscapes, and culture of the rural Midwest, where she grew up. In this episode, Maria reads & discusses a poem by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser. Maria’s most recent album, The Thompson Fields, won the 2016 Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album, and includes a musical setting of the poem that she selected for this show.

Later on, we check the Haiku Hotline for your poems about early morning. Transcriptions of this week’s featured listener poems are available here.

“Walking by Flashlight,” by Ted Kooser, appears in the book, Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison, published by Carnegie Mellon.

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Ilhan Omar Reads Warsan Shire

On November 8, 2016, Ilhan Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the highest-elected Somali-American public official in the United States. In this episode, Ilhan reads and discusses “Conversations about home (at the deporation centre),” by Warsan Shire, and reflects on the meaning of home.

Later on, we check the Haiku Hotline for your poems about home. Transcriptions of this week’s featured listener poems are available here.

“Conversations about home (at the deportation centre),” by Warsan Shire, appears in the pamphlet, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, from Flipped Eye Publishing.

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