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On Being with Krista Tippett

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Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett, new every Thursday....Show More
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Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

52:37 | Feb 7th

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in ...Show More
Carlo Rovelli — All Reality Is Interaction

52:15 | Apr 26th, 2018

“We don’t understand the world as made by stones — by things. We understand the world made by kisses, or things like kisses: happenings.” Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — “quanta,” “grains of space,” “time and t...Show More
Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body

52:05 | Mar 9th, 2017

Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of go...Show More
Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid for Spiritual Seekers

51:38 | Aug 1st

Forms of religious devotion are shifting — and there’s a new world of creativity toward crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forceful embodiment of this evolution. Born into an eminent ...Show More
Ross Gay — Tending Joy and Practicing Delight

51:31 | Jul 25th

There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can we not be joyful, especially in a moment like this?” He says joy has nothing to do with ease and “every...Show More
Esther Perel — The Erotic Is an Antidote to Death

51:35 | Jul 11th

Therapist Esther Perel has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom with her TED talks, books, and singular podcast, “Where Should We Begin?”, in which listeners are invited into emotionally raw therapy sessions she conducts with couples s...Show More
Richard Rohr — Growing Up Men

51:30 | Jun 13th

Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: from male for...Show More
Atul Gawande — What Matters in the End

51:38 | May 2nd

“What does a good day look like?” That question — when asked of both terminally-ill and healthy people — has transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. A citizen physician and writer, Gawande is on the frontiers of human agency and meaning in l...Show More
Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

52:12 | Apr 25th

A Buddhist philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining human society. Now entering her 90s, Macy has lived adventurously by any definition. She worked with...Show More
Wangari Maathai — Marching with Trees

52:06 | Apr 18th

The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was born under British colonial occupation and schooled by Catholic missionaries. But when she looked back on her childhood near t...Show More
Pádraig Ó Tuama — Belonging Creates and Undoes Us

52:07 | Apr 11th

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good ...Show More
Teju Cole — Sitting Together in the Dark

52:44 | Feb 28th

Writer and photographer Teju Cole says he is “intrigued by the continuity of places, by the singing line that connects them all.” He attends to the border, overlap and interplay of things — from Brahms and Baldwin to daily technologies like Google. T...Show More
Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach — Un-becoming

51:29 | Jan 24th

The topic of the day was “courage,” with two singular, admired women (who happen to be married to each other): soccer icon Abby Wambach and writer/philanthropist Glennon Doyle. Abby is an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion. Glennon entered ...Show More
Mary Oliver — Listening to the World

51:31 | Jan 17th

Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she described poetry as a sacred community ritual. “When you write a poem, you write it for anybody and ev...Show More
David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

51:55 | Dec 27th, 2018

The poet-philosopher. To ask beautiful questions in unbeautiful moments. “Your great mistake is to act the drama / as if you were alone.” Rest as the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. The underlying meaning of everyday wo...Show More
[Unedited] David Whyte with Krista Tippett

1:27:13 | Dec 27th, 2018

The poet-philosopher. To ask beautiful questions in unbeautiful moments. “Your great mistake is to act the drama / as if you were alone.” Rest as the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be. The underlying meaning of everyday wo...Show More
Walter Brueggemann — The Prophetic Imagination

51:58 | Dec 20th, 2018

The great scholar and preacher. “The task is reframing so that we can re-experience the social realities that are right in front of us, from a different angle.” Prophets are also always poets. “A society finally cannot live without the quality of mer...Show More
[Unedited] Tracy K. Smith with Krista Tippett

1:29:27 | Nov 1st, 2018

The U.S. Poet Laureate. “There’s this whole other narrative unfolding.” How history “which once felt so remote, feels closer and active and unresolved.” Listening for the spaces that are under-imagined. “Little leaps of imagination” that can restore ...Show More
Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson — Relationship Across Rupture

52:03 | Oct 11th, 2018

What happens when you call your Internet trolls. The peril of forgetting our next door neighbors. “You don’t have to love people to not hate them.” “People believe things that are mutually contradictory; I think we all do. I know I do.” — Erick Erick...Show More
Seth Godin — Life, the Internet, and Everything

51:33 | Sep 20th, 2018

“We are flying too low. We built this universe, this technology, these connections, this society, and all we can do with it is make junk? All we can do with it is put on stupid entertainments? I’m not buying it.” Seth Godin is wise and infectiously c...Show More
Alain de Botton — The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships

51:33 | Aug 2nd, 2018

The philosopher and creator of The School of Life. The question we should ask on an early date is, “How are you crazy? I’m crazy like this…” The real work of love that is in the stumbling and evolving, skill and surviving — not in the falling. The jo...Show More
Frank Wilczek — Why Is the World So Beautiful?

52:08 | Jun 14th, 2018

Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” is a long meditation on the question: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” He’s the unusual sc...Show More
Elizabeth Gilbert — Choosing Curiosity Over Fear

52:02 | May 24th, 2018

Her name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir “Eat Pray Love.” But through the disorienting process of becoming a celebrity, Elizabeth Gilbert has also reflected deeply on the gift and challenge of inhabiting a creative life. Crea...Show More
[Unedited] john a. powell with Krista Tippett

1:29:14 | May 10th, 2018

“Race is a little bit like gravity,” john powell says: experienced by all, understood by few. He is a refreshing, redemptive thinker who counsels all kinds of people and projects on the front lines of our present racial longings. Race is relational, ...Show More
Nature, Joy, and Human Becoming

52:15 | May 3rd, 2018

“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us,” Michael McCarthy writes, “may well be the most serious business of all.” He is a naturalist and journalist, and this is his delightful and galvanizing call — th...Show More
The Vitality of Ordinary Things

51:52 | Apr 12th, 2018

To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. He is a voice for all of us no...Show More
This Is Your Brain on Sex

51:51 | Apr 5th, 2018

Anthropologist Helen Fisher explores the biological workings of our intimate passions, the brew of chemicals, hormones, and neurotransmitters that make the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. In the research she does for match...Show More
[Unedited] Helen Fisher with Krista Tippett

1:29:06 | Apr 5th, 2018

Anthropologist Helen Fisher explores the biological workings of our intimate passions, the brew of chemicals, hormones, and neurotransmitters that make the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. In the research she does for match...Show More
Maria Popova and Natalie Batalha — Cosmic Imagining, Civic Pondering

51:51 | Mar 29th, 2018

A literary thinker with a “telescopic view of time”; an astrophysicist with an eye to “cultural evolution towards good.” What unfolds between these two is joyous, dynamic, and unexpectedly vulnerable — rich with cosmic imagining, civic pondering, and...Show More
Brené Brown — Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart

52:05 | Feb 8th, 2018

“When we’re our best selves with each other, I don’t think that’s what’s possible between people; I believe that’s what’s true between people.” A wise thinker and writer, and a sought out teacher by leaders in many fields, Brené Brown is turning her ...Show More
Kevin Kelly — The Universe Is a Question

52:11 | Jan 18th, 2018

“It’s very likely that the universe is really a kind of a question, rather than the answer to anything,” says philosopher technologist Kevin Kelly. He was the founding editor of WIRED and is an original thinker on shaping the character and spiritual ...Show More
Christian Wiman — How Does One Remember God?

52:10 | Jan 4th, 2018

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger and challenge of being religious now. He had a charismatic Texas Christian upbringing, and was later agnostic. He became actively religious again as he found love in his mid 30s, and was diagnose...Show More
Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

52:10 | Oct 5th, 2017

With his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in economics for helping to create the field of behavior...Show More
Maira Kalman — The Normal, Daily Things We Fall in Love With

51:56 | Sep 7th, 2017

To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and think by Maira Kalman’s illustrated revision of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style or a New York Times bl...Show More
[Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista Tippett

1:24:42 | Jun 1st, 2017

A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the multiverse to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific r...Show More
[Unedited] Bessel van der Kolk with Krista Tippett

1:19:29 | Mar 9th, 2017

Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of go...Show More
Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash — Called and Conflicted

51:29 | Aug 15th

Spiritual border-crossing and social creativity were themes in a conversation between Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash, two people who have lived with some discomfort within the religious groups they continue to love. Ghobash is a diplomat of th...Show More
[Unedited] Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash with Krista Tippett

1:41:26 | Aug 15th

Spiritual border-crossing and social creativity were themes in a conversation between Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash, two people who have lived with some discomfort within the religious groups they continue to love. Ghobash is a diplomat of th...Show More
Darnell Moore — Self-Reflection and Social Evolution

51:32 | Aug 8th

Darnell Moore says honest, uncomfortable conversations are a sign of love — and that self-reflection goes hand-in-hand with culture shift and social evolution. A writer and activist, he’s grown wise through his work on successful and less successful ...Show More
[Unedited] Darnell Moore with Krista Tippett

1:12:30 | Aug 8th

Darnell Moore says honest, uncomfortable conversations are a sign of love — and that self-reflection goes hand-in-hand with culture shift and social evolution. A writer and activist, he’s grown wise through his work on successful and less successful ...Show More
[Unedited] Amichai Lau-Lavie with Krista Tippett

1:33:16 | Aug 1st

Forms of religious devotion are shifting — and there’s a new world of creativity toward crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forceful embodiment of this evolution. Born into an eminent ...Show More
[Unedited] Ross Gay with Krista Tippett

1:04:27 | Jul 25th

There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can we not be joyful, especially in a moment like this?” He says joy has nothing to do with ease and “every...Show More
[Unedited] Jonathan Rowson with Krista Tippett

1:18:02 | Jul 18th

Applied philosopher Jonathan Rowson insists on holding a deeper appreciation for how our inner worlds influence our outer worlds. His research organization, Perspectiva, examines how social change happens across “systems, souls, and society.” “If we ...Show More
Jonathan Rowson — Integrating Our Souls, Systems, and Society

51:37 | Jul 18th

Applied philosopher Jonathan Rowson insists on holding a deeper appreciation for how our inner worlds influence our outer worlds. His research organization, Perspectiva, examines how social change happens across “systems, souls, and society.” “If we ...Show More
[Unedited] Esther Perel with Krista Tippett

1:30:36 | Jul 11th

Therapist Esther Perel has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom with her TED talks, books, and singular podcast, “Where Should We Begin?”, in which listeners are invited into emotionally raw therapy sessions she conducts with couples s...Show More
[Unedited] Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar with Krista Tippett

1:17:02 | Jul 4th

We must shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventure in this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference. Gordon-Ree...Show More
Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar — Are We Actually Citizens Here?

51:38 | Jul 4th

We must shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventure in this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference. Gordon-Ree...Show More
Indigo Girls — No Separation: On Music and Transcendence

51:35 | Jun 27th

The folk-rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but long before they became the Indigo Girls, they were singing in church choirs. They see music as a cont...Show More
[Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett

48:56 | Jun 27th

The folk-rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but long before they became the Indigo Girls, they were singing in church choirs. They see music as a cont...Show More
[Unedited] Jerry Colonna with Krista Tippett

1:35:19 | Jun 20th

We still work with the old idea that we should check the messy parts of ourselves at the door of our professional lives. But Jerry Colonna says doing so cuts us off from the source of our creativity. “The result is that our organizations are actually...Show More
Jerry Colonna — Can You Really Bring Your Whole Self to Work?

51:30 | Jun 20th

We still work with the old idea that we should check the messy parts of ourselves at the door of our professional lives. But Jerry Colonna says doing so cuts us off from the source of our creativity. “The result is that our organizations are actually...Show More
[Unedited] Richard Rohr with Krista Tippett

1:20:17 | Jun 13th

Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: from male for...Show More
Jericho Brown — Small Truths and Other Surprises

51:30 | Jun 6th

The poet Jericho Brown reminds us to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience, to interrogate the proximity of violence to love, and to look and listen closer so that we might uncover the small truths and surprises in life. His presence...Show More
[Unedited] Jericho Brown with Krista Tippett

1:09:57 | Jun 6th

The poet Jericho Brown reminds us to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience, to interrogate the proximity of violence to love, and to look and listen closer so that we might uncover the small truths and surprises in life. His presence...Show More
Gregory Orr — Shaping Grief With Language

51:31 | May 30th

There are places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short but where poetry can find a way in. Gregory Orr has used lyric poetry to wrest gentle, healing, life-giving words from one of the most terrible traumas imaginable. On a hunt...Show More
[Unedited] Gregory Orr with Krista Tippett

1:04:26 | May 30th

There are places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short but where poetry can find a way in. Gregory Orr has used lyric poetry to wrest gentle, healing, life-giving words from one of the most terrible traumas imaginable. On a hunt...Show More
[Unedited] Denise Pope and Abraham Verghese with Krista Tippett

1:31:07 | May 23rd

Today young people are trying to balance the question of “What do I want to do when I grow up?” with the question of “Who and how do I want to be in the world?” Physician and writer Abraham Verghese and education researcher Denise Pope argue that’s b...Show More
Abraham Verghese and Denise Pope — How Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

51:36 | May 23rd

Today young people are trying to balance the question of “What do I want to do when I grow up?” with the question of “Who and how do I want to be in the world?” Physician and writer Abraham Verghese and education researcher Denise Pope argue that’s b...Show More
[Unedited] Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

1:18:07 | May 16th

Community organizers Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson have much to teach us about using love — the most reliable muscle of human transformation — as a practical public good. Nashashibi is the founder of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, a force ...Show More
Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson — Community Organizing as a Spiritual Practice

51:37 | May 16th

Community organizers Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson have much to teach us about using love — the most reliable muscle of human transformation — as a practical public good. Nashashibi is the founder of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, a force ...Show More
Sylvia Boorstein — What We Nurture

51:39 | May 9th

Sylvia Boorstein says spirituality doesn’t have to look like sitting down and meditating. A Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, Boorstein says spirituality can be as simple as “folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the peop...Show More
[Unedited] Sylvia Boorstein and Krista Tippett

1:30:47 | May 9th

Sylvia Boorstein says spirituality doesn’t have to look like sitting down and meditating. A Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, Boorstein says spirituality can be as simple as “folding the towels in a sweet way and talking kindly to the peop...Show More
[Unedited] Atul Gawande with Krista Tippett

1:21:21 | May 2nd

“What does a good day look like?” That question — when asked of both terminally-ill and healthy people — has transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. A citizen physician and writer, Gawande is on the frontiers of human agency and meaning in l...Show More
[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

1:27:43 | Apr 25th

A Buddhist philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining human society. Now entering her 90s, Macy has lived adventurously by any definition. She worked with...Show More
[Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett

1:25:55 | Apr 18th

The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was born under British colonial occupation and schooled by Catholic missionaries. But when she looked back on her childhood near t...Show More
[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama with Krista Tippett

1:41:39 | Apr 11th

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good ...Show More
[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

47:13 | Apr 4th

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was born three years after the end of the Civil War and die...Show More
Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul

52:07 | Apr 4th

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was born three years after the end of the Civil War and die...Show More
[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

1:00:29 | Apr 4th

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was born three years after the end of the Civil War and die...Show More
[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

1:10:08 | Apr 4th

This interview accompanies the On Being episode “Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul.” Find more at onbeing.org.
[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

09:19 | Apr 4th

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was born three years after the end of the Civil War and die...Show More
‘Becoming Wise’ With Tools for the Art of Living

51:32 | Mar 28th

Over the years, listeners have asked for shorter-form distillations of On Being — something to listen to while making a cup of tea. Becoming Wise is this offering, designed to help you reset your day and replenish your sense of yourself and the world...Show More
[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett

1:26:41 | Mar 21st

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. Kushner says mysticism tends to appear when religion — whatever the tradition — becomes too formal and logical. “T...Show More
Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and Everyday Mysticism

51:31 | Mar 21st

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. Kushner says mysticism tends to appear when religion — whatever the tradition — becomes too formal and logical. “T...Show More
Sharon Olds — Odes to the *****

51:31 | Mar 14th

When the wise and whimsical Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most — like diaphragms. “The politeness and the prudity of the world I grew up in meant that there were things that were i...Show More
[Unedited] Sharon Olds with Krista Tippett

1:09:27 | Mar 14th

When the wise and whimsical Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most — like diaphragms. “The politeness and the prudity of the world I grew up in meant that there were things that were i...Show More
Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness

51:32 | Mar 7th

A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, centers around people with mental disabilities. The dozens of L’Arche communities around the world have be...Show More
[Unedited] Jean Vanier with Krista Tippett

1:35:36 | Mar 7th

A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, centers around people with mental disabilities. The dozens of L’Arche communities around the world have be...Show More
[Unedited] Teju Cole with Krista Tippett

1:27:57 | Feb 28th

Writer and photographer Teju Cole says he is “intrigued by the continuity of places, by the singing line that connects them all.” He attends to the border, overlap and interplay of things — from Brahms and Baldwin to daily technologies like Google. T...Show More
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

51:32 | Feb 21st

Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa, and he’s taken it where no banjo has gone before. Abigail Washburn i...Show More
[Unedited] Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett

1:23:49 | Feb 21st

Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa, and he’s taken it where no banjo has gone before. Abigail Washburn i...Show More
[Unedited] Richard Davidson with Krista Tippett

1:35:35 | Feb 14th

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich interplay between things we saw as separate not that long ago: body, mind, spirit, emotion, behavior and ge...Show More
Richard Davidson — A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning

52:36 | Feb 14th

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich interplay between things we saw as separate not that long ago: body, mind, spirit, emotion, behavior and ge...Show More
[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett

1:21:39 | Feb 7th

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in ...Show More
Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

52:37 | Jan 31st

With his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in economics for helping to create the field of behavi...Show More
[Unedited] Daniel Kahneman with Krista Tippett

1:38:30 | Jan 31st

With his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in economics for helping to create the field of behavi...Show More
[Unedited] Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach with Krista Tippett

1:08:45 | Jan 24th

The topic of the day was “courage,” with two singular, admired women (who happen to be married to each other): soccer icon Abby Wambach and writer/philanthropist Glennon Doyle. Abby is an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion. Glennon entered ...Show More
[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett

1:33:18 | Jan 17th

Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she described poetry as a sacred community ritual. “When you write a poem, you write it for anybody and ev...Show More
Claudia Rankine — How Can I Say This So We Can Stay in This Car Together?

51:32 | Jan 10th

The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to talk about it, even when it gets uncomfortable. Her be...Show More
[Unedited] Claudia Rankine with Krista Tippett

1:29:38 | Jan 10th

The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to talk about it, even when it gets uncomfortable. Her be...Show More
Maira Kalman — Daily Things to Fall in Love With

51:32 | Jan 3rd

Writer and illustrator Maira Kalman is well known for her books for children and adults, her love of dogs, and her “New Yorker” covers. Her words and pictures bring life’s intrinsic quirkiness and whimsy into relief right alongside life’s intrinsic s...Show More
[Unedited] Maira Kalman with Krista Tippett

1:00:53 | Jan 3rd

To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and think by her illustrated revision of Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” or a “New York Times” blog or h...Show More
[Unedited] Walter Brueggemann with Krista Tippett

1:10:59 | Dec 20th, 2018

The great scholar and preacher. “Reframing so that we can re-experience the social realities that are right in front of us, from a different angle.” The disarming use of language. “A society finally cannot live without the quality of mercy.” Walter B...Show More
[Unedited] Pauline Boss with Krista Tippett

1:29:36 | Dec 13th, 2018

The family therapist who created the field of “ambiguous loss” — loss without closure. Complicated grief: parents, divorce, addiction, dementia, aging. “You love somebody. And when they’re lost, you still care about them. You can’t just turn it off.”...Show More
Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure

51:58 | Dec 13th, 2018

The family therapist who created the field of “ambiguous loss” — loss without closure. Complicated grief: parents, divorce, addiction, dementia, aging. “You love somebody. And when they’re lost, you still care about them. You can’t just turn it off.”...Show More
Rebecca Traister and Avi Klein — #MeToo Through a Solutions Lens

51:58 | Dec 6th, 2018

The feminist journalist and the psychotherapist. “It’s partners and lovers and spouses…fathers and brothers and sons and friends.” The difference between apology and forgiveness. “Men are used to trying to fix things.” Trauma, and also healing. What ...Show More
[Unedited] Rebecca Traister and Avi Klein with Krista Tippett

1:04:22 | Dec 6th, 2018

The feminist journalist and the psychotherapist. “It’s partners and lovers and spouses…fathers and brothers and sons and friends.” The difference between apology and forgiveness. “Men are used to trying to fix things.” Trauma, and also healing. What ...Show More
Living the Questions: What does civility actually mean, and is it enough?

17:04 | Dec 3rd, 2018

A question from Kevin: “I have been hearing a lot of deconstruction of the word ‘civility.’ The debate around this word has become, like so many other things, binary. ‘Civility’ is either a tool of oppressors to silence those on the margins, or it is...Show More
Pico Iyer — The Urgency of Slowing Down

51:56 | Nov 29th, 2018

Absorption as a definition of happiness. “To bring that calm into the motion, the commotion of the world.” Traveling not in order to move around but in order to be moved. His friend Leonard Cohen. Stillness & silence as a recharging station for the s...Show More
[Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista Tippett

1:26:38 | Nov 29th, 2018

Absorption as a definition of happiness. “To bring that calm into the motion, the commotion of the world.” Traveling not in order to move around but in order to be moved. His friend Leonard Cohen. Stillness & silence as a recharging station for the s...Show More
[Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen with Krista Tippett

1:28:34 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The wise physician and lyrical author. How our losses actually help us to live. Perfection as the booby prize in life. “Wholeness is never lost, it is only forgotten.” “Stories are the flesh we put on the bones of the facts of our lives.” Listening G...Show More
Rachel Naomi Remen — The Difference Between Fixing and Healing

51:58 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The wise physician and lyrical author. How our losses actually help us to live. Perfection as the booby prize in life. “Wholeness is never lost, it is only forgotten.” “Stories are the flesh we put on the bones of the facts of our lives.” Listening g...Show More
Anand Giridharadas — When the Market Is Our Only Language

51:33 | Nov 15th, 2018

We Americans revere the creation of wealth. Anand Giridharadas wants us to examine this and how it shapes our life together. This is a challenging conversation but a generative one: about the implicit moral equations behind a notion like “win-win”— a...Show More
[Unedited] Anand Giridharadas with Krista Tippett

1:34:04 | Nov 15th, 2018

We Americans revere the creation of wealth. Anand Giridharadas wants us to examine this and how it shapes our life together. This is a challenging conversation but a generative one: about the implicit moral equations behind a notion like “win-win” — ...Show More
James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain

52:15 | Nov 8th, 2018

A brain surgeon. “The brain is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” The science of compassion. The baggage of evolution. The two way street of “neural innovation that comes from the brain stem into the heart.” Brain surgeon James Doty ...Show More
[Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett

1:40:57 | Nov 8th, 2018

A brain surgeon. “The brain is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” The science of compassion. The baggage of evolution. The two way street of “neural innovation that comes from the brain stem into the heart.” Brain surgeon James Doty ...Show More
Tracy K. Smith — love is a language / Few practice, but all, or near all speak

52:16 | Nov 1st, 2018

The U.S. Poet Laureate. “There’s this whole other narrative unfolding.” How history “which once felt so remote, feels closer and active and unresolved.” Listening for the spaces that are under-imagined. “Little leaps of imagination” that can restore ...Show More
Mirabai Bush — Contemplation, Life, and Work

52:15 | Oct 25th, 2018

Co-creator of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. “There is a calming, quieting, centering practice that leads to insight in every tradition.” Contemplative practice and social change. Mindful emailing. Creative, relational, ritual, cyclica...Show More
[Unedited] Mirabai Bush with Krista Tippett

1:35:25 | Oct 25th, 2018

Co-creator of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. “There is a calming, quieting, centering practice that leads to insight in every tradition.” Contemplative practice and social change. Mindful emailing. Creative, relational, ritual, cyclica...Show More
[Unedited] Arlie Hochschild with Krista Tippett

1:27:55 | Oct 18th, 2018

A creator of the field of the sociology of emotion. Treating emotion seriously in our life together. “I could see what they couldn’t see but not what I couldn’t see.” Our stories as “felt” not merely factual. Caring is not the same as capitulating. O...Show More
Arlie Hochschild — The Deep Stories of Our Time

52:04 | Oct 18th, 2018

A creator of the field of the sociology of emotion. Treating emotion seriously in our life together. “I could see what they couldn’t see but not what I couldn’t see.” Our stories as “felt” not merely factual. Caring is not the same as capitulating. O...Show More
David Whyte — Poetry from the On Being Gathering (Closing Words)

12:01 | Oct 15th, 2018

“The sense of having walked from far inside yourself / out into the revelation, to have risked yourself / for something that seemed to stand both inside you / and far beyond you, that called you back” David Whyte sent us out into the world at the end...Show More
[Unedited] Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson with Krista Tippett

1:38:01 | Oct 11th, 2018

“People believe things that are mutually contradictory; I think we all do. I know I do.” — Erick Erickson Earlier this year, the University of Montana invited On Being to attempt an outside the box civil conversation between two political pundits on ...Show More
Living the Questions: Can conversation make any difference at a moment like this?

22:03 | Oct 8th, 2018

“Conversation is not just about words passing between mouths and ears. It’s about shared life. Listening is about bringing our lives into conversation.” About the Living the Questions series, from Krista Tippett: “I think of a good conversation as an...Show More
[Unedited] Layli Long Soldier with Krista Tippett

2:00:08 | Oct 4th, 2018

The Oglala Lakota poet. “I wanted as much as possible to avoid this nostalgic portraiture of a Native life.” The reward and joy of patience. The difference between guilt, shame, and freedom from denial. When apologies are done well. Layli Long Soldie...Show More
Layli Long Soldier — The Freedom of Real Apologies

51:33 | Oct 4th, 2018

The Oglala Lakota poet. “I wanted as much as possible to avoid this nostalgic portraiture of a Native life.” The reward and joy of patience. The difference between guilt, shame, and freedom from denial. When apologies are done well. Layli Long Soldie...Show More
Poetry From the On Being Gathering — John Paul Lederach

15:38 | Oct 1st, 2018

A series of haikus from peacemaker John Paul Lederach on the fourth day of our On Being Gathering. This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together of the On Being community for reflection, conversati...Show More
Frances Kissling — What Is Good in the Position of the Other

51:33 | Sep 27th, 2018

From abortion activist to bridge person. Questions to break out of intractable polarization. Wisdom beyond the news cycle. “What is it in your own position that gives you trouble? What is it in the position of the other that you are attracted to?” Th...Show More
[Unedited] Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett

1:29:20 | Sep 27th, 2018

From abortion activist to bridge person. Questions to break out of intractable polarization. Wisdom beyond the news cycle. “What is it in your own position that gives you trouble? What is it in the position of the other that you are attracted to?” Th...Show More
Poetry From the On Being Gathering — Marilyn Nelson

20:49 | Sep 24th, 2018

A morning of poetry with Marilyn Nelson from the third day of our On Being Gathering. This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together of the On Being community for reflection, conversation, and compa...Show More
[Unedited] Seth Godin with Krista Tippett

1:26:18 | Sep 20th, 2018

“We are flying too low. We built this universe, this technology, these connections, this society, and all we can do with it is make junk? All we can do with it is put on stupid entertainments? I’m not buying it.” Seth Godin is wise and infectiously c...Show More
Poetry from the On Being Gathering — Naomi Shihab Nye

13:57 | Sep 17th, 2018

A morning of poetry with Naomi Shihab Nye from the second day of our On Being Gathering. This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together of the On Being community for reflection, conversation, and co...Show More
Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

51:33 | Sep 13th, 2018

“If you can’t talk about something, you can’t think about something. I’ve worked with students who could barely let themselves think, they were so scared of thinking the wrong thing.” This conversation was inspired by Eula Biss’s stunning New York Ti...Show More
[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett

2:00:05 | Sep 13th, 2018

“If you can’t talk about something, you can’t think about something. I’ve worked with students who could barely let themselves think, they were so scared of thinking the wrong thing.” This conversation was inspired by Eula Biss’s stunning New York Ti...Show More
Poetry From the On Being Gathering — David Whyte (Opening Night)

33:33 | Sep 10th, 2018

An evening of poetry with David Whyte from the first day of our On Being Gathering. This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together of the On Being community for reflection, conversation, and compani...Show More
Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson — Choosing Words That Deepen the Argument of Being Alive

51:33 | Sep 6th, 2018

Two poet/contemplative/social creatives. To make sense in times of senselessness. Prayer is words and shape and art around desperation and delight and disappointment and desire. “Shame’s first language is the body.” Dignifying the desires we wish to ...Show More
[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett

1:23:24 | Sep 6th, 2018

Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson are beloved teachers to many. To bring them together at the On Being Gathering was a delight and a balm. Marilyn is a poet and professor and contemplative, an excavator of stories that would rather stay hidden yet l...Show More
[Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista Tippett

1:22:56 | Aug 30th, 2018

A beloved pastor and biblical interpreter. The poetry of the Bible as what keeps it alive to the world. The spirituality of loving books. Reimagining God. Prayers as tools not for doing and getting but for being and becoming. “Prayers are tools not f...Show More
Eugene Peterson — The Bible, Poetry, and Active Imagination

51:33 | Aug 30th, 2018

A beloved pastor and biblical interpreter. The poetry of the Bible as what keeps it alive to the world. The spirituality of loving books. Reimagining God. Prayers as tools not for doing and getting but for being and becoming. “Prayers are tools not f...Show More
[Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista Tippett

1:32:40 | Aug 23rd, 2018

The science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji is one of its primary architects. She understands the mind as a “difference-see...Show More
Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine

51:33 | Aug 23rd, 2018

An architect of the science of implicit bias. How our conscious minds are ahead of our less conscious minds. Letting go of “I’m a bad human being” — moving out of the realm of guilt, into the realm of good. How fast can we lose fear? The science of i...Show More
Alan Rabinowitz — We Are All Wildlife

51:33 | Aug 16th, 2018

How to get to the heart of the human experience without speaking? This question drove Alan Rabinowitz, after a childhood with a severe stutter, to become a wildlife biologist and explorer — “the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation.” He died this m...Show More
[Unedited] Alan Rabinowitz with Krista Tippett

1:29:47 | Aug 16th, 2018

How to get to the heart of the human experience without speaking? This question drove Alan Rabinowitz, after a childhood with a severe stutter, to become a wildlife biologist and explorer — “the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation.” He died this m...Show More
Joe Carter — The Spirituals

51:32 | Aug 9th, 2018

“Magic, shining songs.” Reaching back to the ancestors. How do we survive when the worst happens? Transcendence and code: “Steal Away,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Music as a secret door. The roots of gospel, jazz, hip-hop, the blues. An exuberant ex...Show More
[Unedited] Joe Carter with Krista Tippett

2:19:51 | Aug 9th, 2018

An exuberant experience of conversation and singing. There are nearly 5,000 spirituals in existence. Their organizing concept is not the melody of Europe, but the rhythm of Africa. They were composed by slaves, bards whose names we will never know, a...Show More
Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #4

08:49 | Aug 6th, 2018

How can we embrace vulnerability in ourselves and in our culture? Krista reflects on how vulnerability can bring us closer to ourselves and each other. The fourth installment of “Living the Questions” this summer. We’ll be back to answer more of your...Show More
[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

1:22:40 | Aug 2nd, 2018

What if the first question we asked on a date were, “How are you crazy? I’m crazy like this”? Philosopher and writer Alain de Botton’s essay “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” was one of the most-read articles in The New York Times in recent years...Show More
Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #3

08:59 | Jul 30th, 2018

“If my kids ever said ‘I’m bored,’ I would say, ‘That is great. I’m so glad to hear that. Maybe you’re gonna get creative right now.’” On mental downtime as a place of rest and refuge. Living the Questions is an occasional On Being segment where Kris...Show More
[Unedited] Cory Booker with Krista Tippett

1:27:36 | Jul 26th, 2018

We don’t really reward or allow our politicians, good or bad, to be searching, or to change their minds and grow — to admit their human frailty. So it’s surprising to hear Cory Booker say that the best thing that’s happened to him is “being broken, t...Show More
Cory Booker — Civic Spiritual Evolution

51:33 | Jul 26th, 2018

The U.S. Senator. From merely tolerating each other to manifesting love. “Hope confronts.” Self-care in a world “so elegantly designed to distract you.” Making your bed as a spiritual practice. “We’re all more fragile than we let on.” We don’t really...Show More
Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #2

10:45 | Jul 23rd, 2018

How can we help young people feel like they have a voice in the world? Krista reflects on the voice and agency of young people and the importance of fostering intergenerational relationships. The second installment of “Living the Questions” — a new f...Show More
Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

51:33 | Jul 19th, 2018

The problem with calling another living being “it.” Photosynthesis envy. The renewal of the world for the privilege of breath. Mosses as a celebration of the power of smallness. The science of why goldenrod and asters look so beautiful together. “The...Show More
[Unedited] Robin Wall Kimmerer with Krista Tippett

1:26:49 | Jul 19th, 2018

“The rocks are beyond slow, beyond strong, and yet yielding to a soft green breath as powerful as a glacier, the mosses wearing away their surfaces, grain by grain bringing them slowly back to sand. There is an ancient conversation going on between m...Show More
Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #1

09:37 | Jul 16th, 2018

How can we stay present to what’s happening in the world without giving in to despair and hopelessness? Good conversation is an adventure. A few weeks ago, Krista asked on social media for the questions you’ve been asking in your own lives. Your resp...Show More
Luis Alberto Urrea — What Borders Are Really About, and What We Do With Them

51:32 | Jul 12th, 2018

A border as liminal space, an imposed metaphor on the family, a place of crossing, a place of pressure. “There is no them. There is only us.” The fullness of what it is to be Mexican (and American). Evolving into enjoying each other more. The wonderf...Show More
[Unedited] Luis Alberto Urrea with Krista Tippett

1:24:29 | Jul 12th, 2018

The wonderful writer Luis Alberto Urrea says that a deep truth of our time is that “we miss each other.” We have this drive to erect barriers between ourselves and yet this makes us a little crazy. He is singularly wise about the deep meaning and the...Show More
[Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista Tippett

1:39:12 | Jul 5th, 2018

The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a citizen artist and a forensic musicologist, decoding the work of musical creators across time and space. In his art, Yo-Yo Ma resists fixed boundaries, and would like to rename classical music just “music” — born in im...Show More
Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes

51:32 | Jul 5th, 2018

The great cellist shares his philosophy of living. Turning fear into joy. Performance as hospitality and communal witnessing. Beauty as a transfer of life. Sound as visual. How music makes us better. And being a firm believer in accidental meetings. ...Show More
Getting Proximate to Pain, and Holding to the Power of Love — Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson

51:33 | Jun 28th, 2018

We were introduced to Lucas Johnson by the great civil rights elder Vincent Harding. He said that this young man embodies the genius of nonviolence for our century — nonviolence not as a withholding of violence, but as a way of being present. And it ...Show More
[Unedited] Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

1:18:08 | Jun 28th, 2018

We were introduced to Lucas Johnson by the great civil rights elder Vincent Harding. He said that this young man embodies the genius of nonviolence for our century — nonviolence not as a withholding of violence, but as a way of being present. And it ...Show More
The Moral World in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now — Lyndsey Stonebridge

51:33 | Jun 21st, 2018

Nothing is helping us more right now, as we watch human tragedies unfold on the U.S.-Mexican border and elsewhere, than a conversation Krista had last year with literary historian Lyndsey Stonebridge — on thinking and friendship in dark times. She ap...Show More
[Unedited] Lyndsey Stonebridge with Krista Tippett

1:31:30 | Jun 21st, 2018

Nothing is helping us more right now, as we watch human tragedies unfold on the U.S.-Mexican border and elsewhere, than a conversation Krista had last year with literary historian Lyndsey Stonebridge — on thinking and friendship in dark times. She ap...Show More
[Unedited] Frank Wilczek with Krista Tippett

1:22:15 | Jun 14th, 2018

Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” is a long meditation on the question: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” He’s the unusual sc...Show More
America Ferrera and John Paul Lederach — How Change Happens, In Generational Time

52:08 | Jun 7th, 2018

“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, “it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.” She is a culture-shifting artist. John Paul Lederach is one of our greatest living architects of socia...Show More
[Unedited] America Ferrera and John Paul Lederach with Krista Tippett

1:35:57 | Jun 7th, 2018

“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, “it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.” She is a culture-shifting artist. John Paul Lederach is one of our greatest living architects of socia...Show More
Maria Shriver — Finding My “I Am”

52:07 | May 31st, 2018

Maria Shriver’s life is often summarized in fairy tale terms. A child of the Kennedy clan in the Camelot aura of the early 1960s. Daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, and Sargent Shriver, who helped found the Peace Co...Show More
[Unedited] Maria Shriver with Krista Tippett

1:17:56 | May 31st, 2018

Maria Shriver’s life is often summarized in fairy tale terms. A child of the Kennedy clan in the Camelot aura of the early 1960s. Daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, and Sargent Shriver, who founded the Peace Corps. ...Show More
[Unedited] Elizabeth Gilbert with Krista Tippett

1:36:39 | May 24th, 2018

Her name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir “Eat Pray Love.” But through the disorienting process of becoming a celebrity, Elizabeth Gilbert has also reflected deeply on the gift and challenge of inhabiting a creative life. Crea...Show More
[Unedited] Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson with Krista Tippett

1:04:03 | May 17th, 2018

Derek Black grew up the heir apparent of a prominent white nationalist family. David Duke was his godfather. When Derek was 11, he designed the kids’ page for what is known as the first major internet hate site, created by his father. But after his i...Show More
How Friendship and Quiet Conversations Transformed a White Nationalist

52:15 | May 17th, 2018

Derek Black grew up the heir apparent of a prominent white nationalist family. David Duke was his godfather. When Derek was 11, he designed the kids’ page for what is known as the first major internet hate site, created by his father. But after his i...Show More
john a. powell — Opening to the Question of Belonging

52:15 | May 10th, 2018

“Race is a little bit like gravity,” john powell says: experienced by all, understood by few. He is a refreshing, redemptive thinker who counsels all kinds of people and projects on the front lines of our present racial longings. Race is relational, ...Show More
Introducing The On Being Project

30:46 | May 7th, 2018

What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other? These questions have been at the heart of On Being from the start — as it grew from a radio project into a thriving public space for delving into the big questions o...Show More
[Unedited] Michael McCarthy with Krista Tippett

1:37:17 | May 3rd, 2018

“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us,” Michael McCarthy writes, “may well be the most serious business of all.” He is a naturalist and journalist, and this is his delightful and galvanizing call — th...Show More
[Unedited] Carlo Rovelli with Krista Tippett

1:21:03 | Apr 26th, 2018

“We don’t understand the world as made by stones — by things. We understand the world made by kisses, or things like kisses: happenings. Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — “quanta,” “grains of space,” “time and th...Show More
angel Kyodo williams — The World Is Our Field of Practice

51:45 | Apr 19th, 2018

She’s one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. angel Kyodo williams is an esteemed Zen priest and the second black woman ever recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. To sink into conversati...Show More
[Unedited] angel Kyodo williams with Krista Tippett

1:27:20 | Apr 19th, 2018

She’s one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. angel Kyodo williams is an esteemed Zen priest and the second black woman ever recognized as a teacher in the Japanese Zen lineage. To sink into conversati...Show More
[Unedited] Michael Longley with Krista Tippett

1:22:07 | Apr 12th, 2018

To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. He is a voice for all of us no...Show More
[Unedited] Maria Popova and Natalie Batalha with Krista Tippett

1:06:46 | Mar 29th, 2018

A literary thinker with a “telescopic view of time”; an astrophysicist with an eye to “cultural evolution towards good.” What unfolds between these two is joyous, dynamic, and unexpectedly vulnerable — rich with cosmic imagining, civic pondering, and...Show More
[Unedited] Parker Palmer with Krista Tippett

55:02 | Mar 22nd, 2018

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is also spiritual territory. It is a shadow side of human vitality and as such teaches us about vitality. I...Show More
[Unedited] Andrew Solomon with Krista Tippett

46:24 | Mar 22nd, 2018

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is also spiritual territory. It is a shadow side of human vitality and as such teaches us about vitality. I...Show More
[Unedited] Anita Barrows with Krista Tippett

1:00:19 | Mar 22nd, 2018

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is also spiritual territory. It is a shadow side of human vitality and as such teaches us about vitality. I...Show More
The Soul in Depression

51:50 | Mar 22nd, 2018

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is also spiritual territory. It is a shadow side of human vitality and as such teaches us about vitality. A...Show More
Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem

51:55 | Mar 15th, 2018

“When you’re in a very quiet place, when you’re remembering, when you’re savoring an image, when you’re allowing your mind calmly to leap from one thought to another, that’s a poem.” Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness” has traveled around the world. S...Show More
[Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista Tippett

1:34:33 | Mar 15th, 2018

“When you’re in a very quiet place, when you’re remembering, when you’re savoring an image, when you’re allowing your mind calmly to leap from one thought to another, that’s a poem.” Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness” has traveled around the world. S...Show More
Nathalie Joachim — Song of Haiti’s Women

52:15 | Mar 8th, 2018

Flutist and vocalist Nathalie Joachim is a magnetic voice of one of the unexpected aspects of our globalized world — new generations reclaiming and falling in love anew with the places their parents left. In an odyssey through songs of women, Nathali...Show More
[Unedited] Nathalie Joachim with Krista Tippett

1:44:11 | Mar 8th, 2018

Flutist and vocalist Nathalie Joachim is a magnetic voice of one of the unexpected aspects of our globalized world — new generations reclaiming and falling in love anew with the places their parents left. In an odyssey through the songs of women, Nat...Show More
[Unedited] Stephen Batchelor with Krista Tippett

1:24:26 | Mar 1st, 2018

Stephen Batchelor’s secular Buddhism speaks to the mystery and vitality of spiritual life in every form. For him, secularism opens to doubt and questioning as a radical basis for spiritual life. Above all, he understands Buddhism without transcendent...Show More
Stephen Batchelor — Wondrous Doubt

52:14 | Mar 1st, 2018

Stephen Batchelor’s secular Buddhism speaks to the mystery and vitality of spiritual life in every form. For him, secularism opens to doubt and questioning as a radical basis for spiritual life. Above all, he understands Buddhism without transcendent...Show More
[Unedited] Sylvia Earle with Krista Tippett

1:25:29 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle was the first person to walk solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She has watched humanity’s enduring fascination with “outer space” while she has delighted in “inner space” — the alien and increasi...Show More
Sylvia Earle — Her Deepness

52:04 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle was the first person to walk solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She has watched humanity’s enduring fascination with “outer space” while she has delighted in “inner space” — the alien and increasi...Show More
Rubén Blades, Ashley C. Ford, David Greene, et al. — This Movie Changed Me

52:03 | Feb 14th, 2018

Movies delight and inspire and repel. They’re places the big questions we take up at On Being land in the heart of our lives. They change our lives and our life together. Get out the popcorn for this show, and immerse yourself in film scores and icon...Show More
[Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett

1:19:01 | Feb 8th, 2018

“When we’re our best selves with each other, I don’t think that’s what’s possible between people; I believe that’s what’s true between people.” A wise thinker and writer, and a sought out teacher by leaders in many fields, Brené Brown is turning her ...Show More
Sarah Bassin and Abdullah Antepli — Holy Envy

52:04 | Feb 1st, 2018

The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. One of them is that all over this country, synagogues and mosques, Muslims and Jews, have been coming t...Show More
[Unedited] Sarah Bassin and Abdullah Antepli with Krista Tippett

1:28:33 | Feb 1st, 2018

The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. One of them is that all over this country, synagogues and mosques, Muslims and Jews, have been coming t...Show More
Mary Karr — Astonished by the Human Comedy

52:10 | Jan 25th, 2018

“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Mary Karr has a captivating ability to give voice to what is funny in life’s most heartbreaking moments. She is beloved for her salty memoirs in which she traces her harrowing ch...Show More
[Unedited] Mary Karr with Krista Tippett

1:13:12 | Jan 25th, 2018

“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Mary Karr has a captivating ability to give voice to what is funny in life’s most heartbreaking moments. She is beloved for her salty memoirs in which she traces her harrowing ch...Show More
[Unedited] Kevin Kelly with Krista Tippett

1:31:51 | Jan 18th, 2018

“It’s very likely that the universe is really a kind of a question, rather than the answer to anything,” says philosopher technologist Kevin Kelly. He was the founding editor of WIRED and is an original thinker on shaping the character and spiritual ...Show More
[Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista Tippett

1:50:42 | Jan 11th, 2018

Go to the doctor and they won’t begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents before you. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson points this out as she reflects on her epic ...Show More
Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is the Last Frontier

52:11 | Jan 11th, 2018

Go to the doctor and they won’t begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents before you. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson points this out as she reflects on her epic ...Show More
[Unedited] Christian Wiman with Krista Tippett

1:31:30 | Jan 4th, 2018

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger and challenge of being religious now. He had a charismatic Texas Christian upbringing, and was later agnostic. He became actively religious again as he found love in his mid 30s, and was diagnose...Show More
Claire Danes, Ellen Burstyn, Tracy K. Smith, et al. — Stories About Mystery

51:51 | Dec 28th, 2017

We often find ourselves talking to poets and writers about the vivid connections between art and faith. This special hour came out of a live collaboration between On Being and Selected Shorts at Symphony Space in New York. Claire Danes, Ellen Burstyn...Show More
[Unedited] David Steindl-Rast with Krista Tippett

1:16:28 | Dec 21st, 2017

Mysticism is the birthright of every human being, says Br. David Steindl-Rast. He speaks of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming. Now in his 90s, he has lived through a world war, the end of an empire, a...Show More
David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude

51:52 | Dec 21st, 2017

Mysticism is the birthright of every human being, says Br. David Steindl-Rast. He speaks of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming. Now in his 90s, he has lived through a world war, the end of an empire, a...Show More
[Unedited] Rebecca Solnit with Krista Tippett

1:32:43 | Dec 14th, 2017

A singular writer and thinker, Rebecca Solnit celebrates the unpredictable and incalculable events that so often redeem our lives both solitary and public. She searches for the hidden, transformative histories inside events we chronicle merely as dis...Show More
Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together

51:52 | Dec 14th, 2017

“When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss.” A singular writer and thinker, Rebecca Solnit ...Show More
[Unedited] Adam Gopnik with Krista Tippett

1:38:01 | Dec 7th, 2017

The wise and lyrical writer Adam Gopnik muses on the ironies of spiritual life in a secular age through the lens of his many fascinations — from parenting, to the arts, to Darwin. He touches on all these things in a conversation inspired by his forew...Show More
Adam Gopnik — Practicing Doubt, Redrawing Faith

51:52 | Dec 7th, 2017

The wise and lyrical writer Adam Gopnik muses on the ironies of spiritual life in a secular age through the lens of his many fascinations — from parenting, to the arts, to Darwin. He touches on all these things in a conversation inspired by his forew...Show More
Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe — The Call to Community in a Changed World

52:10 | Nov 30th, 2017

No challenge before us is more important — and more potentially life-giving — than that we come to see and know our fellow citizens, our neighbors, who have become strangers. Journalist Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe of the Rural Assembly...Show More
[Unedited] Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe with Krista Tippett

1:15:52 | Nov 30th, 2017

No challenge before us is more important — and more potentially life-giving — than that we come to see and know our fellow citizens, our neighbors, who have become strangers. Journalist Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe of the Rural Assembly...Show More
Greg Boyle — The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship

52:11 | Nov 22nd, 2017

A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation ...Show More
[Unedited] Greg Boyle with Krista Tippett

1:17:22 | Nov 22nd, 2017

A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation ...Show More
[Unedited] Ta-Nehisi Coates with Krista Tippett

1:22:47 | Nov 16th, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a poetic journalist and a defining voice of our times. He’s with us in a conversation that is joyful and hard and kind, soaring and down to earth all at once. He spoke with Krista as part of the 2017 Chicago Humanities Festival be...Show More
Ta-Nehisi Coates — Imagining a New America

51:57 | Nov 16th, 2017

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a poetic journalist and a defining voice of our times. He’s with us in a conversation that is joyful and hard and kind, soaring and down-to-earth all at once. He spoke with Krista as part of the 2017 Chicago Humanities Festival be...Show More
Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

52:10 | Nov 9th, 2017

The new field of epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can transmit biologically, b...Show More
[Unedited] Rachel Yehuda with Krista Tippett

1:24:34 | Nov 9th, 2017

The new field of epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can transmit biologically, b...Show More
[Unedited] Ellen Langer with Krista Tippett

1:29:07 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Her unconventional studies have long suggested what neuroscience is now revealing: our experiences are formed by the words and ideas we attach to them. Naming something play rather than work — or exercise rather than labor — can mean the difference b...Show More
Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness

52:11 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Her unconventional studies have long suggested what neuroscience is now revealing: Our experiences are formed by the words and ideas we attach to them. Naming something play rather than work — or exercise rather than labor — can mean the difference b...Show More
[Unedited] Atul Gawande with Krista Tippett

1:22:00 | Oct 26th, 2017

“What does a good day look like?” That question — when asked of both terminally-ill and healthy people — has transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. A citizen physician and writer, Gawande is on the frontiers of human agency and meaning in l...Show More
Atul Gawande — What Matters in the End

52:11 | Oct 26th, 2017

“What does a good day look like?” That question — when asked of both terminally-ill and healthy people — has transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. A citiz