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The Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together

Azar Nafisi - Baltimore, Maryland
As heard on Morning Edition, July 18, 2005

How do we open ourselves to the connections that can unite us even across racial, political or religious differences? Iranian-born writer Azar Nafisi finds the answer in a classic of American literature.

The Rule of Law

Michael Mullane - Fayetteville, Arkansas
As heard on Morning Edition, June 5, 2006

Professor and attorney Michael Mullane believes the rule of law must be upheld — even in times of threat and crisis. As fragile as it can be, Mullane says we are all protected by and accountable to the law.

The God Who Embraced Me When Daddy Disappeared

John Fountain - Olympia Fields, Illinois
As heard on All Things Considered, November 28, 2005

Journalism professor John W. Fountain was four years old when police took his abusive father away. His lifelong sorrow from living without a "daddy" was comforted by finding a new father – a spiritual father – in God.

Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folks

Phyllis Allen - Fort Worth, Texas
As heard on All Things Considered, July 11, 2005

For years, Phyllis Allen found her belief in the social movement of the times: from civil rights to Black Power. Now in her 50s, she is finally able to believe in the woman she is.

The Power of Love to Transform and to Heal

Jackie Lantry - Rehoboth, Massachusetts
As heard on Morning Edition, August 1, 2005

Several years ago, Jackie Lantry found herself in a Chinese hotel room with a terrified young boy. Today, her adopted son Luke is a happy member of her Massachusetts family thanks to the power of love.

Living Life With 'Grace And Elegant Treeness'

Ruth Kamps - Waukesha, Wisconsin
As heard on Morning Edition, August 15, 2005

After being transplanted from a vibrant city life to the isolation of a small town, retired school teacher Ruth Kamps found solace in nature and inspiration in the pine tree growing outside her kitchen window.

Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing

Cecilia Muñoz - Washington, District of Columbia
As heard on Morning Edition, September 26, 2005

For Cecilia Muñoz, a childhood memory of anger has inspired a career in activism. She believes that early outrage fuels her work on behalf of Hispanic immigrants for the National Council of La Raza.

An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man

Albert Einstein - Princeton, New Jersey
As heard on All Things Considered, 2005

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein finds beauty in life's mysteries, and says the fate of mankind depends on individuals choosing public service over private gain.

The Power of Presence

Debbie Hall - Escondido, California
As heard on All Things Considered, December 26, 2005

Psychologist Debbie Hall believes in being present with people. She says those intimate moments when we bear witness to a passage or help someone carry an emotional burden are vital in our busy world.

The Power And Mystery Of Naming Things

Eve Ensler - New York, New York
As heard on All Things Considered, March 20, 2006

The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler believes in speaking up. She says when we name the things that make us uncomfortable or afraid, then demons are faced, silences are broken, and freedom is won.