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Path of freedom

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In the harsh environment of a Rhode Island men’s prison, fifty inmates are transforming their lives through the practice of mindfulness meditation. The program is the work of former inmate Fleet Maull, who visits with convicted felons to share his strategies for surviving on the inside. This film offers a rare glimpse into the inner lives of men who are reaching for peace and forgiveness, and some form of freedom behind bars.

Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Producer: Dorothée Royal-Hedinger

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Experience the eerie serenity of 100,000 asteroids in orbit

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American secular

The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?

by Sam Haselby

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A beleaguered Britain takes comfort in nostalgia for empire

by Paul Harris

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Pyramiden: population 6. The Soviet ghost town frozen in time high in the Arctic

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Magic bowls of antiquity

Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market

by Samuel Thrope

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Why decriminalising sex work is better for everyone

by Maria Laura Di Tommaso & Marina Della Giusta

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From identity politics to medicine, the DNA revolution demands a new bioethics

Interview  •  6 minutes