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Anand Giridharadas — When the Market Is Our Only Language

Episode description

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"— and the moral compromises in a cultural consensus we’ve reached, without reflecting on it, about what and who can save us.

Anand Giridharadas is a journalist and writer. He is a former columnist and foreign correspondent for "The New York Times" and a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He is the author of "India Calling," "The True American," and "Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World."

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

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1:13:12

“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 …

Kevin Kelly — The Universe Is a Question

January 18th, 2018

52:11

“It’s very likely that the universe is really a kind of a question, rather than the answer to anything,” says philosopher technologist Kevin …

[Unedited] Kevin Kelly with Krista Tippett

January 18th, 2018

1:31:51

“It’s very likely that the universe is really a kind of a question, rather than the answer to anything,” says philosopher technologist Kevin …

Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is the Last Frontier

January 11th, 2018

52:11

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 …

[Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista Tippett

January 11th, 2018

1:50:42

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 …

Christian Wiman — How Does One Remember God?

January 4th, 2018

52:10

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 …

[Unedited] Christian Wiman with Krista Tippett

January 4th, 2018

1:31:30

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 …

Claire Danes, Ellen Burstyn, Tracy K. Smith, et al. — Stories About Mystery

December 28th, 2017

51:51

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 …

David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude

December 21st, 2017

51:52

Mysticism is the birthright of every human being, says Br. David Steindl-Rast. He speaks of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as …

[Unedited] David Steindl-Rast with Krista Tippett

December 21st, 2017

1:16:28

Mysticism is the birthright of every human being, says Br. David Steindl-Rast. He speaks of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as …

Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together

December 14th, 2017

51:52

"When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers' keepers. And that purposefulness and …

[Unedited] Rebecca Solnit with Krista Tippett

December 14th, 2017

1:32:43

A singular writer and thinker, Rebecca Solnit celebrates the unpredictable and incalculable events that so often redeem our lives both solitary …

Adam Gopnik — Practicing Doubt, Redrawing Faith

December 7th, 2017

51:52

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 …

[Unedited] Adam Gopnik with Krista Tippett

December 7th, 2017

1:38:01

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 …

Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe — The Call to Community in a Changed World

November 30th, 2017

52:10

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 …

[Unedited] Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe with Krista Tippett

November 30th, 2017

1:15:52

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 …

Greg Boyle — The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship

November 22nd, 2017

52:11

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 …

[Unedited] Greg Boyle with Krista Tippett

November 22nd, 2017

1:17:22

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 …

Ta-Nehisi Coates — Imagining a New America

November 16th, 2017

51:57

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, …

[Unedited] Ta-Nehisi Coates with Krista Tippett

November 16th, 2017

1:22:47

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, …

Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

November 9th, 2017

52:10

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 …

[Unedited] Rachel Yehuda with Krista Tippett

November 9th, 2017

1:24:34

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 …

Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness

November 2nd, 2017

52:11

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 …

[Unedited] Ellen Langer with Krista Tippett

November 2nd, 2017

1:29:07

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 …

Atul Gawande — What Matters in the End

October 26th, 2017

52:11

What does a good day look like? This is the question that transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. He’s a citizen physician on frontiers …

[Unedited] Atul Gawande with Krista Tippett

October 26th, 2017

1:22:00

What does a good day look like? This is the question that transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. He’s a citizen physician on frontiers …

Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology of Self-Righteousness

October 19th, 2017

52:09

“When it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we …

[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt with Krista Tippett

October 19th, 2017

1:50:10

“When it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we …

Joan Halifax — Buoyancy Rather Than Burnout in Our Lives

October 12th, 2017

52:11

It’s easy to despair at all the bad news and horrific pictures that come at us daily. But Roshi Joan Halifax says this is a form of empathy that …

[Unedited] Joan Halifax with Krista Tippett

October 12th, 2017

1:31:59

It’s easy to despair at all the bad news and horrific pictures that come at us daily. But Roshi Joan Halifax say this is a form of empathy that …

Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

October 5th, 2017

52:10

With his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and …

[Unedited] Daniel Kahneman with Krista Tippett

October 5th, 2017

1:38:02

With his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and …

Lisa Randall — Dark Matter, Dinosaurs, and Extra Dimensions

September 28th, 2017

52:10

“When it comes to the world around us,” Lisa Randall has written, “is there any choice but to explore?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she’s interested in the …

[Unedited] Lisa Randall with Krista Tippett

September 28th, 2017

1:12:01

“When it comes to the world around us,” Lisa Randall has written, “is there any choice but to explore?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she’s interested in the …

Arnold Eisen — The Opposite of Good Is Indifference

September 21st, 2017

52:12

“In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., …

[Unedited] Arnold Eisen with Krista Tippett

September 21st, 2017

1:19:23

“In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., …

Junot Díaz — Radical Hope Is Our Best Weapon

September 14th, 2017

51:54

“From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.” These are the …

[Unedited] Junot Díaz with Krista Tippett

September 14th, 2017

1:06:41

“From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.” These are the …

Maira Kalman — The Normal, Daily Things We Fall in Love With

September 7th, 2017

51:56

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 …

[Unedited] Maira Kalman with Krista Tippett

September 7th, 2017

1:01:13

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 …

John O'Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty

August 31st, 2017

51:00

No conversation we’ve ever done has been more beloved than this one. This Irish poet, theologian, and philosopher insisted on beauty as a human …

[Unedited] John O'Donohue with Krista Tippett

August 31st, 2017

1:39:21

No conversation we’ve ever done has been more beloved than this one. This Irish poet, theologian, and philosopher insisted on beauty as a human …

Nikki Giovanni — Soul Food, Sex, and Space

August 24th, 2017

51:59

In the 1960s, Nikki Giovanni was a revolutionary poet of the Black Arts Movement that nourished civil rights. She had a famous dialogue with …

[Unedited] Nikki Giovanni with Krista Tippett

August 24th, 2017

1:27:33

In the 1960s, Nikki Giovanni was a revolutionary poet of the Black Arts Movement that nourished civil rights. She had a famous dialogue with …

Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?

August 17th, 2017

52:00

The civil rights icon Ruby Sales names "a spiritual crisis of white America" as a calling of this time. During the days of the movement, she learned to ask the question, "Where does it hurt?" It’s a question we …

[Unedited] Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett

August 17th, 2017

1:14:44

The civil rights icon Ruby Sales names "a spiritual crisis of white America" as a calling of this time. During the days of the movement, she learned to ask the question, "Where does it hurt?" It’s a question we …

Cloud Cult — Music Is Medicine

August 10th, 2017

52:06

The band Cloud Cult is hard to categorize — both musically and lyrically — though it’s been called an “orchestral indie rock collective.” Less …

[Unedited] Cloud Cult with Krista Tippett

August 10th, 2017

1:30:07

The band Cloud Cult is hard to categorize — both musically and lyrically — though it’s been called an “orchestral indie rock collective.” Less …

Mary Catherine Bateson — Composing a Life

August 3rd, 2017

52:05

Life as an improvisational art, at every age. This idea animates the wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, whose book …

[Unedited] Mary Catherine Bateson with Krista Tippett

August 3rd, 2017

1:35:07

Life as an improvisational art, at every age. This idea animates the wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, whose book …

danah boyd — The Internet of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

July 27th, 2017

52:05

Steeped in cutting edge research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the …

[Unedited] danah boyd with Krista Tippett

July 27th, 2017

1:25:25

Steeped in cutting edge research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the …

Matthieu Ricard — Happiness As Human Flourishing

July 20th, 2017

52:24

A French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk and a central figure in the Dalai Lama's dialogue with scientists, Matthieu Ricard was dubbed "The Happiest Man in the World" after his brain was imaged. But he resists this …

[Unedited] Matthieu Ricard with Krista Tippett

July 20th, 2017

1:32:41

A French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk and a central figure in the Dalai Lama's dialogue with scientists, Matthieu Ricard was dubbed "The Happiest Man in the World" after his brain was imaged. But he resists this …

Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid for Spiritual Seekers

July 13th, 2017

52:23

Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie …

[Unedited] Amichai Lau-Lavie with Krista Tippett

July 13th, 2017

1:37:06

Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie …

Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al. — Running as Spiritual Practice

July 6th, 2017

52:24

We explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: …

Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar — Are We Actually Citizens Here?

June 29th, 2017

52:00

In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an …

[Unedited] Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar with Krista Tippett

June 29th, 2017

1:17:18

In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an …

Martin Sheen — Spirituality of Imagination

June 22nd, 2017

52:01

The renowned actor as you’ve never heard him before. He has appeared in over 100 films, including Apocalypse Now. He’s best known on television as President Bartlet in The West Wing. But Martin Sheen, born and …

[Unedited] Martin Sheen with Krista Tippett

June 22nd, 2017

1:33:34

The renowned actor as you’ve never heard him before. He has appeared in over 100 films, including Apocalypse Now. He’s best known on television as President Bartlet in “The West Wing.” But Martin Sheen, born and …

Enrique Martínez Celaya — The Whisper of the Order of Things

June 15th, 2017

52:00

A philosopher’s questioning and a scientist’s eye shape Enrique Martínez Celaya’s original approach to art and to life. A world-renowned painter who trained as a physicist, he’s fascinated by the deeper order that …

[Unedited] Enrique Martínez Celaya with Krista Tippett

June 15th, 2017

1:28:31

A philosopher’s questioning and a scientist’s eye shape Enrique Martínez Celaya’s original approach to art and to life. A world-renowned painter who trained as a physicist, he’s fascinated by the deeper order that …

Hari Kondabolu, Lindy West, et al. — Humor as a Tool for Survival

June 8th, 2017

51:49

Humor lifts us up but it also underscores what’s already great; it connects us with others and also brings us home to ourselves. And like …

Brian Greene — Reimagining the Cosmos

June 1st, 2017

51:49

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 …

[Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista Tippett

June 1st, 2017

1:24:42

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 …

Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross — The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter

May 25th, 2017

51:49

Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient …

[Unedited] Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross with Krista Tippett

May 25th, 2017

1:40:38

Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient …

Glenn Beck — What You Do Will Be a Pivot Point

May 11th, 2017

51:48

We need to be ready to let others surprise us, offer forgiveness, and ask hard questions of our own part in this moment. This doesn’t happen …

[Unedited] Glenn Beck with Krista Tippett

May 11th, 2017

1:34:41

If we’re going to create the world we want our children to inhabit, we’re going to have to find ways to hold more complexity peaceably, and …

Marie Howe — The Power of Words to Save Us

May 4th, 2017

51:53

The moral life, Marie Howe says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do. She became known for her poetry collection "What the Living …

[Unedited] Marie Howe with Krista Tippett

May 4th, 2017

1:52:56

The moral life, Marie Howe says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do. She became known for her poetry collection "What the Living …

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant — Resilience After Unimaginable Loss

April 24th, 2017

51:52

Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of "Lean In." She joins us, frank and vulnerable, …

[Unedited] Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

April 24th, 2017

1:18:28

Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of "Lean In." She joins us, frank and vulnerable, …

Richard Rohr — Living in Deep Time

April 13th, 2017

51:54

Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the …

[Unedited] Richard Rohr with Krista Tippett

April 13th, 2017

1:20:48

Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the …

Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe — Repairing the Breach

April 6th, 2017

51:49

It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this public conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, Matt …

[Unedited] Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe with Krista Tippett

April 6th, 2017

1:04:05

It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this public conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, Matt …

Joy Ladin — Transgender Amid Orthodoxy: I Am Who I Will Be

March 23rd, 2017

52:10

For as far back as Joy Ladin can remember, her body didn’t match her soul. Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related …

[Unedited] Joy Ladin with Krista Tippett

March 23rd, 2017

1:38:49

For as far back as Joy Ladin can remember, her body didn’t match her soul. Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related …

Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body

March 9th, 2017

52:05

Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, …

[Unedited] Bessel van der Kolk with Krista Tippett

March 9th, 2017

1:19:29

Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, …

Pádraig Ó Tuama — Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both

March 2nd, 2017

52:02

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, …

[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama with Krista Tippett

March 2nd, 2017

1:41:45

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, …

Marilyn Nelson — Communal Pondering in a Noisy World

February 23rd, 2017

51:47

Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten …

[Unedited] Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett

February 23rd, 2017

1:54:43

Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten …

Margaret Wertheim — The Grandeur and Limits of Science

February 16th, 2017

51:00

A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell …

[Unedited] Margaret Wertheim with Krista Tippett

February 16th, 2017

1:30:56

A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell …

Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne — How to Be a Christian Citizen: Three Evangelicals Debate

February 2nd, 2017

51:21

White Evangelical Christians helped secure the election of President Trump. Many said that his views on abortion were decisive, overriding concerns they had on other matters. But to be Evangelical is not one thing, …

[Unedited] Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne with Krista Tippett

February 2nd, 2017

1:30:49

This conversation about Christianity and politics with three generations of evangelical leaders — Shane Claiborne, Greg Boyd, and the late Chuck …

John Lewis — Love in Action

January 26th, 2017

51:21

We take in the extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis on what happened in Selma on Bloody Sunday and beyond - and how it might inform common life today. A rare look inside the civil rights leaders’ …

[Unedited] John Lewis with Krista Tippett

January 26th, 2017

59:50

The extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis. A rare look inside the civil rights leaders’ spiritual confrontation with themselves - and their intricate art of "love in action." This interview is edited and …

Anil Dash — Tech's Moral Reckoning

January 12th, 2017

51:21

A wildly popular blogger, tech entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley influencer, Anil Dash has been an early activist for moral imagination in the …

[Unedited] Anil Dash with Krista Tippett

January 12th, 2017

1:29:37

Anil Dash is the CEO of Fog Creek Software. He also founded Makerbase, Activate, and the non-profit Expert Labs, a research initiative backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the American Association for the …

Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

January 5th, 2017

51:21

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 …

[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett

January 5th, 2017

1:20:09

Maria Popova is the creator and editor of brainpickings.org and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Maria Popova — …

Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence of Everything

December 29th, 2016

51:21

Silence is an endangered species, says Gordon Hempton. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The …

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista Tippett

December 29th, 2016

1:29:16

Gordon Hempton is founder and vice president of The One Square Inch of Silence Foundation, based in Joyce, Washington. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode …

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman — Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering

December 15th, 2016

51:36

Two legendary Buddhist teachers shine a light on the lofty ideal of loving your enemies and bring it down to Earth. How can that be realistic, and what do we have to do inside ourselves to make it more possible? In …

[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett

December 15th, 2016

1:39:48

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the co-author of "Love Your Enemies." Her other books include "Real Happiness: The Power …

Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts

December 7th, 2016

51:00

Singing is able to touch and join human beings in ways few other arts can. Alice Parker is a wise and joyful thinker and writer on this truth, …

[Unedited] Alice Parker with Krista Tippett

December 7th, 2016

1:30:10

Alice Parker is the artistic director of the non-profit Melodious Accord and is the author of "Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church." She …

James Martin — Finding God in All Things

December 1st, 2016

51:36

Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the …

[Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett

December 1st, 2016

1:30:27

James Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America magazine. His books include "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything," "Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the …

Béla Fleck + Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

November 24th, 2016

51:36

They are partners in music and in life — recovering something ancient and deeply American all at once, bringing both beauty and meaning to what they play and how they live. Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living …

[Unedited] Abigail Washburn + Béla Fleck with Krista Tippett

November 24th, 2016

1:24:00

Béla Fleck has recorded over 40 albums, most famously with The Flecktones and New Grass Revival. His albums include "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo," "UFO Tofu," "Rocket Science," and "The Sparrow Quartet EP." Abigail …

Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?

November 10th, 2016

51:00

In an unsettled political moment, at the end of a divisive campaign, the late, great civil rights elder Vincent Harding is a voice of calm, …

[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett

November 10th, 2016

1:24:20

The late civil rights elder Vincent Harding was chairperson of the Veterans of Hope project at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where he was …

Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel — How to Live Beyond This Election

October 27th, 2016

51:18

This political season has surfaced our need to reimagine and re-weave the very meaning of common life and common good. We take a long, …

[Unedited] Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel with Krista Tippett

October 27th, 2016

1:09:26

Natasha Trethewey was the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. Her books include "Domestic Work," "Native Guard," and "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the …

David Brooks and E.J. Dionne — Sinfulness, Hopefulness, and the Possibility of Politics

October 20th, 2016

51:19

This is a strange, tumultuous political moment. With columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, we step back from the immediate political …

[Unedited] David Brooks and E.J. Dionne with Krista Tippett

October 20th, 2016

1:10:23

David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times. His books include "The Social Animal" and "The Road to Character." E.J. Dionne is a …

Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

October 6th, 2016

51:00

Fundamental forces of physics somehow determine everything that happens, “from the birth of a child to the birth of a galaxy.” Yet physicist Leonard Mlodinow has an intriguing perspective on the gap between theory …

[Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista Tippett

October 6th, 2016

1:14:20

Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist, and the author of several books including "The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" and "Feynman’s …

Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

September 29th, 2016

51:00

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. He says that the most boring question you can ask of any religion is whether it is true. But how to live, how to die, …

[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

September 29th, 2016

1:11:14

Alain de Botton is the founder and chairman of The School of Life. His books include “Religion for Atheists” and “How Proust Can Change Your …

Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin — The Inner Life of Rebellion

September 22nd, 2016

51:00

The history of rebellion is rife with excess and burnout. But new generations have a distinctive commitment to be reflective and activist at once, to be in service as much as in charge, and to learn from history …

[Unedited] Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin with Krista Tippett

September 22nd, 2016

1:10:49

Parker Palmer is founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal. He’s the author of bestselling books including “Let Your Life …

Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge

September 8th, 2016

51:00

In the 15 years since its inception, Wikipedia has become as much a global community as a business venture — a living organism with a mission statement to make “the sum of all human knowledge available to every …

[Unedited] Jimmy Wales with Krista Tippett

September 8th, 2016

1:04:20

Jimmy Wales is the co-founder and promoter of Wikipedia and chair emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Jimmy Wales — The …

Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us

August 25th, 2016

51:11

Movies, for some of us, are a form of modern church. The Argentinian composer and musician Gustavo Santaolalla creates cinematic landscapes — …

[Unedited] Gustavo Santaolalla with Krista Tippett

August 25th, 2016

1:10:29

Gustavo Santaolalla has composed film scores for over a dozen features including "Amores Perros," "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Brokeback …

Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

August 11th, 2016

51:00

A philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy’s path wound from the CIA to Tibetan Buddhism, to translating the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take …

[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

August 11th, 2016

1:27:40

Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and a scholar of Buddhism. Her translations include Rilke's "Book of Hours: Love Poems to God," "A Year …

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

August 4th, 2016

51:01

The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book "The Alchemist" — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over …

[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett

August 4th, 2016

1:02:01

Paulo Coelho is the author of many books including "The Pilgrimage," "Veronika Decides to Die" and "The Alchemist." His new book is "Adultery." …

Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity

July 21st, 2016

51:00

Xavier Le Pichon, one of the world's leading geophysicists, helped create the field of plate tectonics. A devout Catholic and spiritual thinker, …

[Unedited] Xavier Le Pichon with Krista Tippett

July 21st, 2016

1:23:14

Xavier Le Pichon is Honorary Professor at Collège de France in Paris. He founded La Maison Thomas Philippe that provides retreats for families, …

Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Being Peace in a World of Trauma

July 14th, 2016

51:00

The Vietnamese Zen master, whom Martin Luther King nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, is a voice of power and wisdom in this time of tumult in …

[Unedited] Thich Nhat Hanh with Krista Tippett

July 14th, 2016

40:09

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen monk, poet, and peacemaker. He co-founded the An Quang Buddhist Institute, the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Vietnam, and Plum Village, a Buddhist training monastery in France. …

[Unedited] Cheri Maples with Krista Tippett

July 14th, 2016

21:50

Cheri Maples served in the criminal justice system for 25 years, including as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of …

[Unedited] Larry Ward with Krista Tippett

July 14th, 2016

19:36

Larry Ward is co-director of the Lotus Institute in Encinitas, California and an ordained Baptist minister. He also owned a management …

Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

June 30th, 2016

51:00

In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music. Cherished by fans and fellow musicians …

[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

June 30th, 2016

1:39:47

Joe Henry is a Grammy Award-winning producer and singer-songwriter. He's recorded 13 albums and produced dozens of other artists. He's the …

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, et al. — Revealing Ramadan

June 16th, 2016

51:00

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted …

Jonathan Haidt and Melvin Konner — Capitalism and Moral Evolution: A Civil Provocation

June 2nd, 2016

51:00

It was supposed to be a discussion about "culture and conscience" with two social scientists, as part of a public gathering of the Center for …

[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt + Melvin Konner with Krista Tippett

June 2nd, 2016

1:15:04

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His books include "The …

Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into

May 19th, 2016

51:01

Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. A treasured figure on the national storytelling circuit, his voice inhabits an unusual space — where a homegrown Minnesota wit meets Dante and …

[Unedited] Kevin Kling with Krista Tippett

May 19th, 2016

1:45:08

Kevin Kling is a performer and an advisory council member of Interact. His plays include "21A" and "Lloyd's Prayer." His books include "The Dog Says How." The new PBS documentary about his life and work is called …

David Isay — Listening as an Act of Love

May 12th, 2016

51:00

"The soul is contained in the human voice," says David Isay, founder of StoryCorps. He sees the StoryCorps booth — a setting where two people …

[Unedited] David Isay with Krista Tippett

May 12th, 2016

1:12:44

David Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant and 2015 TED Prize. His new StoryCorps book is "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work". This interview is edited and produced …

Krista Tippett — An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

May 5th, 2016

51:00

This episode, a “theft of the dial.” Writer and traveler Pico Iyer turns the tables on our host Krista Tippett by asking her the questions. Her latest book, "Becoming Wise," chronicles what she’s learned through …

[Unedited] Krista Tippett with Pico Iyer

May 5th, 2016

1:33:43

Krista Tippett is a journalist and host of On Being. She is the New York Times bestselling author of "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living" and "Einstein's God: Conversations About Science …

Michelle Alexander — Who We Want to Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow

April 21st, 2016

51:00

The civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander is one of the people who is waking us up to history we don't remember, and structures most of us …

[Unedited] Michelle Alexander with Krista Tippett

April 21st, 2016

1:27:45

Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at …

David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

April 7th, 2016

51:01

“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too small for you.”

David Whyte is a poet and philosopher who believes …

[Unedited] David Whyte with Krista Tippett

April 7th, 2016

1:26:20

David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. His books include "The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the …

Tiffany Shlain — Growing Up the Internet

March 31st, 2016

51:00

When Tiffany Shlain thinks of her favorite quote from naturalist John Muir, she thinks of the internet: "When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it's attached to everything else." As a filmmaker …

[Unedited] Tiffany Shlain with Krista Tippett

March 31st, 2016

1:29:19

Tiffany Shlain is the founder of the Webby Awards and a co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. She has directed and co-written 28 films, some with accompanying books, including “The …

Nathan Schneider — The Wisdom of Millennials

March 24th, 2016

51:00

There’s a kind of brilliance that flashes up in early adulthood: an ability to see the world whole. Nathan Schneider has been able to articulate …

[Unedited] Nathan Schneider with Krista Tippett

March 24th, 2016

1:15:59

Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the author of "God in Proof: The Story …

Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God

March 10th, 2016

51:00

The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah is a rich, magnetic world of thought and teaching. It has resonance with modern understandings of reality — and describes a cosmic significance to the practical moral call …

[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett

March 10th, 2016

1:26:17

Lawrence Kushner is a scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. His many books include "God Was In This Place & I, i …

James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain

February 11th, 2016

51:00

Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and …

[Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett

February 11th, 2016

1:39:46

James Doty is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. He is the author of "Into the Magic Shop: A …

Jean Berko Gleason — Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life

February 4th, 2016

51:00

Jean Berko Gleason is a living legend in the field of psycholinguistics — how language emerges, and what it tells us about how we think and who …

[Unedited] Jean Berko Gleason with Krista Tippett

February 4th, 2016

1:24:58

Jean Berko Gleason is Professor Emerita of psychology at Boston University. This interview was edited and produced with music and other features …

B.J. Miller — Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don’t Control

January 28th, 2016

51:00

“Let death be what takes us,” Dr. BJ Miller has written, “not a lack of imagination.” As a palliative care physician, he brings a design sensibility to the matter of living until we die. And he’s largely redesigned …

[Unedited] B.J. Miller with Krista Tippett

January 28th, 2016

1:25:58

B.J. Miller is executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending specialist for the Symptom Management …

Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul

January 7th, 2016

51:00

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that “the problem of the Twentieth …

[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

January 7th, 2016

8:59

Maya Angelou was a poet, educator, and activist. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. She is most well-known for her series of seven …

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

January 7th, 2016

46:56

Elizabeth Alexander is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. She wrote and delivered "Praise Song for the Day" at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. Her memoir, …

[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

January 7th, 2016

1:00:12

Arnold Rampersad is emeritus professor of English at Stanford University and author of The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois. He was awarded …

[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

January 7th, 2016

1:09:58

Whitney Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of …

Carrie Newcomer — A Conversation with Music

December 31st, 2015

51:00

Something of a celebrity in Quaker circles, Carrie Newcomer is best known for her story-songs that get at the raw and redemptive edges of human reality. This week, a musical conversation with the Indiana-based and …

[Unedited] Carrie Newcomer with Krista Tippett

December 31st, 2015

1:32:27

Carrie Newcomer is a singer-songwriter. Her albums include "Betty’s Diner," "The Gathering of Spirits," and "A Permeable Life," which has an accompanying book of poetry and essays. This interview is edited and …

Paul Muldoon — A Conversation with Verse

December 23rd, 2015

51:01

The Irish poet and "New Yorker" poetry editor Paul Muldoon has won the Pulitzer Prize, written for other media from radio to song, and plays in …

[Unedited] Paul Muldoon with Krista Tippett

December 23rd, 2015

1:16:57

Paul Muldoon holds the Howard G.B. Clark chair in the Humanities at Princeton University. He has served as the poetry editor at the The New …

Jennifer Michael Hecht — Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves

December 10th, 2015

51:00

Stay. That’s the message that philosopher, poet, and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht puts at the center of her unusual writing about suicide. She’s traced how the history of Western civilization has, at times, …

[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett

December 10th, 2015

1:20:31

Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, and historian. Her books include "Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It," "Doubt: A History," and "Who Said." This interview is edited and …

Mark Hyman, James Gordon, and Penny George — The Evolution of Medicine

December 3rd, 2015

51:00

A transformation of medicine is underway, a transition from a science of treating disease to a science of health. Mark Hyman is a family physician and a pioneer in the new discipline of functional medicine. James …

[Unedited] Penny George, Mark Hyman, and James Gordon with Krista Tippett

December 3rd, 2015

1:35:41

Mark Hyman is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center. He’s a practicing family physician and a best-selling …

Indigo Girls — Music and Finding God in Church and Smoky Bars

November 25th, 2015

51:00

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, …

[Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett

November 25th, 2015

48:41

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are singer-songwriters who have been making music together as the Indigo Girls for 30 years. Their latest album, "One Lost Day," was released in June 2015. Emily Saliers is also the …

Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share

November 19th, 2015

51:00

The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works …

[Unedited] Ann Hamilton with Krista Tippett

November 19th, 2015

1:27:05

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist and self-described maker. She is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University. This interview is edited and produced with music and other …

Jonathan Sacks — The Dignity of Difference

October 29th, 2015

51:01

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and one of the world’s deep thinkers on religion in our age. He’s just …

[Unedited] Jonathan Sacks with Krista Tippett

October 29th, 2015

1:09:48

Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth for 22 years. He is now the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York …

Adam Grant — Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work

October 22nd, 2015

51:00

The organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who many know from his New York Times columns, describes three orientations of which we are all …

[Unedited] Adam Grant with Krista Tippett

October 22nd, 2015

1:20:54

Adam Grant is a professor of psychology at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the youngest tenured …

Mary Oliver — Listening to the World

October 15th, 2015

51:01

Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She’s just released a new volume, "Felicity," …

[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett

October 15th, 2015

1:32:54

Mary Oliver has received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She has published over 25 books of poetry and prose …

Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard — Beyond the Ivory Tower

October 8th, 2015

51:00

When we talk about the relationship between colleges and the world, we tend to focus on economics. But what is the place of institutions of …

[Unedited] Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard with Krista Tippett

October 8th, 2015

1:30:10

Nancy Cantor is a social psychologist and the chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, one of the most diverse institutions in the U.S. She is …

Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne — Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God

September 24th, 2015

51:00

More than 30 objects on the moon are named after the Jesuits who mapped it. A Jesuit was one of the founders of modern astrophysics. And four …

[Unedited] Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne with Krista Tippett

September 24th, 2015

1:27:26

Brother Guy Consolmagno is director of the Vatican Observatory, appointed in this post in September, 2015 by Pope Francis. Previously he was …

Louis Newman — The Refreshing Practice of Repentance

September 17th, 2015

51:00

The High Holy Days create an annual ritual of repentance, both individual and collective. Louis Newman, who has explored repentance as an …

[Unedited] Louis Newman with Krista Tippett

September 17th, 2015

1:40:24

Louis Newman is an Associate Dean of Carleton College and John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies. He is the author of …

Mike Rose — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Work, and the Human Core of All Education that Matters

September 3rd, 2015

51:00

“I grew up a witness,” Mike Rose writes, “to the intelligence of the waitress in motion, the reflective welder, the strategy of the guy on the assembly line. This then is something I know: the thought it takes to …

[Unedited] Mike Rose with Krista Tippett

September 3rd, 2015

1:29:28

Mike Rose is a research professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He’s the author of several books, including …

Grace Lee Boggs — A Century in the World

August 27th, 2015

51:00

Chinese-American philosopher and civil rights legend Grace Lee Boggs turned 100 this summer. She has been at the heart and soul of a largely …

[Unedited] Grace Lee Boggs with Krista Tippett

August 27th, 2015

1:01:21

Grace Lee Boggs was a philosopher and a civil rights leader and a founder of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center. She authored the book "Living for Change: An Autobiography." This interview is edited and produced …

Rex Jung — Creativity and the Everyday Brain

August 20th, 2015

51:00

Few features of humanity are more fascinating than creativity; and few fields are more dynamic now than neuroscience. Rex Jung is a …

[Unedited] Rex Jung and Krista Tippett

August 20th, 2015

1:20:27

Rex Jung is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He's a Distinguished Senior Advisor to the Positive Neuroscience Project, based at the University of Pennsylvania. …

Katy Payne — In the Presence of Elephants and Whales

August 13th, 2015

51:01

We were made and set here, the writer Annie Dillard once wrote, "to give voice to our astonishments." Katy Payne is a renowned acoustic …

[Unedited] Katy Payne with Krista Tippett

August 13th, 2015

1:10:57

Katy Payne is a visiting fellow with the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology. She was part of the …

Elizabeth Alexander — Words That Shimmer

July 23rd, 2015

51:01

Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for …

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

July 23rd, 2015

1:33:47

Elizabeth Alexander is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. She's the author of a new memoir, "The Light of the World." She's also …

Rami Nashashibi — A New Coming Together

July 9th, 2015

51:00

Rami Nashashibi uses graffiti, calligraphy, and hip-hop in his work as a healing force on the South Side of Chicago. A Palestinian-American, he started his activism with at-risk urban Muslim families, especially …

[Unedited] Rami Nashashibi with Krista Tippett

July 9th, 2015

1:11:53

Rami Nashashibi is founder and executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He is a visiting assistant professor of …

Mario Livio — Mysteries of an Expanding Universe

June 18th, 2015

51:00

The Hubble Space Telescope, which turns 25 this year, has brought the beauty of the cosmos into our lives. Mario Livio works with discoveries it …

[Unedited] Mario Livio with Krista Tippett

June 18th, 2015

1:30:26

Mario Livio is a senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. His books include: "Is God a Mathematician?" and …

Simone Campbell — How to Be Spiritually Bold

June 11th, 2015

51:00

She became a national figure as the face of the "Nuns on the Bus." Sr. Simone Campbell is a lawyer, lobbyist, poet, and Zen contemplative working on issues such as “mending the wealth gap,” “enacting a living …

[Unedited] Simone Campbell with Krista Tippett

June 11th, 2015

1:31:42

Sr. Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK. She is the author of "A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community." This interview is edited and produced with music and other …

Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness

May 28th, 2015

51:00

The philosopher and Catholic social innovator Jean Vanier is a teacher of the wisdom of tenderness. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, …

[Unedited] Jean Vanier with Krista Tippett

May 28th, 2015

2:30:35

Jean Vanier is a philosopher and the founder of L'Arche. He lives full-time in the original community in Trosly-Breuil, France. He's also the …

Jane Gross — The Far Shore of Aging

May 7th, 2015

51:01

It is a story of our time — the new landscape of living longer, and of dying more slowly too. Jane Gross has explored this as a daughter and as a journalist, and as creator of the New York Times’ “New Old Age” …

[Unedited] Jane Gross with Krista Tippett

May 7th, 2015

1:26:22

Jane Gross is the creator of "The New Old Age" blog at The New York Times and author of "A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves." This interview is edited and produced with music and …

Mohammed Fairouz — The World in Counterpoint

April 30th, 2015

51:01

He’s been called a post-millennial Schubert. Mohammed Fairouz has composed four symphonies and an opera while still in his 20s. He invokes John F. Kennedy and Anwar Sadat, Seamus Heaney and Yehuda Amichai in his …

[Unedited] Mohammed Fairouz with Krista Tippett

April 30th, 2015

1:21:13

Mohammed Fairouz is a composer whose opera and symphonies have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. His 11 …

David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch — The Future of Marriage

April 16th, 2015

51:00

What would it take to make our national encounter with gay marriage redemptive rather than divisive? David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch came …

[Unedited] David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch with Krista Tippett

April 16th, 2015

1:23:47

David Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute of American Values. He's also co-director of The Marriage Opportunity Council. His books include "The Future of Marriage." Jonathan Rauch is a senior …

Bruce Kramer — Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS

March 26th, 2015

51:00

From the moment of his diagnosis with ALS, Bruce Kramer began writing — openly, deeply, and spiritually — about his struggle, as he puts it, to live while dying. He died on March 23, 2015, while we were in …

[Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista Tippett

March 26th, 2015

1:39:02

Bruce Kramer was the creator of “The Dis Ease Diary” a blog about his life with ALS and "We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying." He was the …

Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory

March 19th, 2015

51:00

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when …

[Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista Tippett

March 19th, 2015

1:28:45

Alan Dienstag is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and Westchester County. This interview is edited and produced with …

Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough — Mind and Morality: A Dialogue`

March 12th, 2015

51:00

For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes. Research …

[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough

March 12th, 2015

1:32:28

Arthur Zajonc is president of the Mind and Life Institute. He is emeritus professor of physics at Amherst College, where he taught from 1978 to …

Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer

March 5th, 2015

52:30

Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina …

[Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett

March 5th, 2015

1:14:02

Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist. She is the author of "The Vagina Monologues" and "The Good Body." Her …

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward

February 19th, 2015

52:30

Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own. Lucas Johnson is bringing the art …

[Unedited] Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

February 19th, 2015

1:34:48

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons is assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the National Council of …

Brené Brown — The Courage to Be Vulnerable

January 29th, 2015

51:53

Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the …

[Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett

January 29th, 2015

1:27:22

Brené Brown is Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her books include: "The Gifts of Imperfection" …

Reza Aslan — Islam's Reformation

November 20th, 2014

53:40

In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer …

[Unedited] Reza Aslan with Krista Tippett

November 20th, 2014

1:33:33

Reza Aslan is the founder of Aslan Media, a social media network for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world. A scholar of …

Bernard Chazelle — Discovering the Cosmology of Bach

November 13th, 2014

1:06:06

Computer scientist Bernard Chazelle has an original take on what music works in us — especially the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Just as mathematicians talk about discovering rather than inventing great …

[Unedited] Bernard Chazelle with Krista Tippett

November 13th, 2014

1:32:52

Bernard Chazelle is Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the John Simon …

Nadia Bolz-Weber — Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace

October 23rd, 2014

51:26

She’s the tattooed, Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where a chocolate fountain, a blessing of the …

[Unedited] Nadia Bolz-Weber with Krista Tippett

October 23rd, 2014

1:16:33

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the pastor and founder of the Denver-based church the House for All Sinners and Saints. Her spiritual memoir is "Pastrix: …

Scott Atran — Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear

October 16th, 2014

51:27

For over a decade, the French-American anthropologist Scott Atran has been listening to the hopes and dreams of young people from Indonesia to …

[Unedited] Scott Atran with Krista Tippett

October 16th, 2014

1:27:59

Scott Atran is director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, visiting professor at the University of Michigan, …

Michel Martin — The Fabric of Our Identity

October 2nd, 2014

51:00

If journalism is a primary way we tell the story of ourselves and our time, Michel Martin is a person helping us tell that story — and take part in it — more completely. Her daily NPR program "Tell Me More" was …

[Unedited] Michel Martin with Krista Tippett

October 2nd, 2014

1:19:24

Michel Martin is a journalist with NPR. She previously reported for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and ABC’s “Nightline.” She was the creator and host of the NPR program Tell Me More, which ran from …

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Et. Al. — Pursuing Happiness

September 25th, 2014

51:00

The XIV Dalai Lama seems to many to embody happiness — happiness against the odds, a virtue that is acquired and practiced. Before a live …

[Unedited] The Dalai Lama, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr with Krista Tippett

September 25th, 2014

1:54:30

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. He is the author of many books, including "Ethics for a New …

Richard Rodriguez — The Fabric of Our Identity

September 18th, 2014

51:00

After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped …

[Unedited] Richard Rodriguez with Krista Tippett

September 18th, 2014

1:13:40

Richard Rodriguez is a journalist and essayist. He won a Peabody Award for his original commentary on The NewsHour and received the National Humanities Medal in 1993. His books include "Hunger Of Memory: The …

Imani Perry — The Fabric of Our Identity

September 11th, 2014

51:00

Imani Perry is a scholar of law, culture, race — and hip hop. She acknowledges wise voices who say that we will never get to the promised land …

[Unedited] Imani Perry with Krista Tippett

September 11th, 2014

1:12:13

Imani Perry is a professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. Her scholarly books include "Prophets of the Hood: Politics and …

Dan Barber — Driven By Flavor

August 21st, 2014

51:00

Dan Barber is a celebrated young chef — but his passionate ethics and intellect have made him much more. He's out to restore food to its …

[Unedited] Dan Barber with Krista Tippett

August 21st, 2014

1:33:25

Dan Barber is chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. He's received James Beard Awards for best chef in 2006 and 2009, and was named one of the world's most influential people by Time. This …

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention

August 7th, 2014

51:00

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization, and …

[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett

August 7th, 2014

1:08:11

Adele Diamond is a professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. This interview is edited and …

Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson — The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore

August 6th, 2014

52:42

He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in …

[Unedited] Anita Desai with Krista Tippett

August 6th, 2014

55:34

Anita Desai is an Indian novelist of Bengali descent. Her novels include "Clear Light of Day," "The Village by the Sea," and "Fasting, Feasting." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features …

[Unedited] Andrew Robinson with Krista Tippett

August 6th, 2014

59:14

Andrew Robinson is a biographer and writer. He is the co-author of "The Myriad-Minded Man," a biography of Rabindranath Tagore. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being …

Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action

July 31st, 2014

51:00

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with …

[Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista Tippett

July 31st, 2014

1:30:51

Seane Corn is the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS and cofounder of “Off the Mat, Into the World.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Seane Corn — …

Dario Robleto — Sculptor of Memory

July 24th, 2014

51:00

Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage …

[Unedited] Dario Robleto with Krista Tippett

July 24th, 2014

1:27:52

Dario Robleto is a sculptural artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. His most recent exhibit, “The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed,” …

Philip Hamburger and Steven Waldman — The Long Experiment of American Democracy (July 3, 2014)

July 3rd, 2014

51:00

For the Fourth of July, a refreshing reality check about the long road of American democracy. We remember forgotten but fascinating, useful …

[Unedited] Steven Waldman with Krista Tippett

July 3rd, 2014

1:26:48

Steven Waldman is the author of "Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty." He is the founder and former editor of Beliefnet and now heads Daily Bridge Media. This …

Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse — The Evolution of the Science-Religion Debate

June 26th, 2014

51:00

We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. With mathematician …

[Unedited] Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse with Krista Tippett

June 26th, 2014

1:27:13

Jim Bradley is professor emeritus of mathematics at Calvin College. He’s currently helping lead a multi-year project called Randomness and …

Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character

June 19th, 2014

51:00

Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently …

[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett

June 19th, 2014

1:16:04

Stuart Brown is founder and president of the National Institute for Play near Monterey, California. He is co-author of "Play: How It Shapes the …

Rosanne Cash, Time Traveler

June 5th, 2014

51:00

As the daughter of Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes her life as "circumscribed by music." But, it's through her love of language and quantum mechanics that she's finding new sources of …

[Unedited] Rosanne Cash with Krista Tippett

June 5th, 2014

1:25:39

Rosanne Cash is a Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and author of several books. Her latest album is "The River & the Thread." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On …

Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales are for Adults Again

May 8th, 2014

51:00

Fairy tales don't only belong to the domain of childhood. Their overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood," "Grimm" and "Once Upon a Time." These stories survive, …

[Unedited] Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett

May 8th, 2014

1:07:05

Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where she also chairs the Program in …

Jaroslav Pelikan — The Need for Creeds

April 24th, 2014

51:17

The idea of reciting an unchanging creed sounds suspicious to modern ears. But the late, great historian Jaroslav Pelikan illuminated ancient tradition in order to enliven faith in the present and the future. He …

[Unedited] Jaroslav Pelikan With Krista Tippett

April 24th, 2014

1:14:06

Jaroslav Pelikan was professor of history at Yale University for four decades. He authored many books "Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine" and "Credo." This interview is edited and …

Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharoah, Moses, and God

April 10th, 2014

51:00

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched …

[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett

April 10th, 2014

1:11:47

Avivah Zornberg is a scholar of Torah and rabbinic literature, and author of several books including "The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on …

Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth

April 3rd, 2014

51:00

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at …

[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista Tippett

April 3rd, 2014

1:16:00

Janna Levin is an astrophysicist and writer. She has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and …

Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises

March 20th, 2014

51:00

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love." South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding …

[Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett

March 20th, 2014

1:15:16

Desmond Tutu is an Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He has written many books, including, "Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference," …

Brian McLaren — The Equation of Change

March 13th, 2014

51:00

“Let's go back and look at our faith before it was reduced to a system, before it was reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs. How can we rediscover our faith as a series of stories and as a series of …

[Unedited] Brian McLaren with Krista Tippett

March 13th, 2014

1:19:02

Brian McLaren is a leading Evangelical pastor and author of several books including "A Generous Orthodoxy," "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?," and the forthcoming "We Make the Road by …

Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit

March 6th, 2014

51:00

Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known for his first book, "How We Die," which won the National Book Award. …

[Unedited] Sherwin Nuland with Krista Tippett

March 6th, 2014

53:50

Sherwin Nuland was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, where he also taught bioethics and medical history. His books include …

Bobby McFerrin — Catching Song (Feb 27, 2014)

February 27th, 2014

51:00

He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its …

[Unedited] Bobby McFerrin with Krista Tippett

February 27th, 2014

1:14:18

Bobby McFerrin is a ten-time Grammy Award winner. He is one of the world's best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, and a passionate spokesman for music education. This …

Paul Elie — Faith Fired by Literature

February 20th, 2014

51:00

The writers Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, social activist Dorothy Day, and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton — all four shared a complex …

[Unedited] Paul Elie with Krista Tippett

February 20th, 2014

1:35:29

Paul Elie is a senior fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the director of the American Pilgrimage Project. …

David Hartman — Hope in a Hopeless God

February 6th, 2014

51:00

David Hartman died a year ago this week. The Orthodox rabbi was a charismatic and challenging figure in Israeli society, called a “public philosopher for the Jewish people” and a “champion of adaptive Judaism.” We …

[Unedited] David Hartman with Krista Tippett

February 6th, 2014

1:23:42

David Hartman was an Orthodox rabbi and founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He authored many books, including "A Heart of Many Rooms" and "The God Who Hates Lies." This interview is edited and …

Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloan Wilson — Teilhard de Chardin's Planetary Mind and Our Spiritual Evolution

January 23rd, 2014

51:09

The coming stage of evolution, Teilhard de Chardin said, won't be driven by physical adaptation but by human consciousness, creativity, and …

[Unedited] Ursula King with Krista Tippett

January 23rd, 2014

1:30:34

Ursula King is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol. This interview is edited and produced with …

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith — Living Vodou

January 9th, 2014

51:00

The word "Vodou" evokes images of sorcery and sticking pins into dolls. In fact, it's a living tradition wherever Haitians are found based on …

[Unedited] Patrick Bellegarde-Smith with Krista Tippett

January 9th, 2014

1:24:10

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and author of many books about Vodou. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode …

Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are

January 2nd, 2014

51:09

What do a fiction writer and an astrophysicist have in common? Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser connect the dots between the cosmos, our minds, and all the ways we discover the story of where we came from.

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett

January 2nd, 2014

1:17:22

This is On Being’s unedited conversation with Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser. She’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist. He’s …

Walter Brueggemann — The Prophetic Imagination

December 19th, 2013

51:09

The people we later recognize as prophets, says Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann, are also poets. They reframe what is at stake in chaotic …

[Unedited] Walter Brueggemann with Krista Tippett

December 19th, 2013

1:10:02

Krista Tippett's complete and unedited conversation with theologian Walter Brueggemann. He is professor emeritus at Columbia Theological …

Phil Donahue — Transformation, On-Screen and Off

December 12th, 2013

52:09

Talk show pioneer Phil Donahue opens up on his remarkable perspective on the last half century of America and who we are now. He shares his …

[Unedited] Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista Tippett

December 12th, 2013

1:26:47

In this unedited interview, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue opens up on his remarkable perspective on the last half century of America and who we are now. He shares with Krista Tippett his personal transformations …

Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle — Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World

November 28th, 2013

51:00

What might words like repentance or forgiveness mean, culturally, in this moment? These are questions of the emerging church, a loosely-defined …

[Unedited] Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle with Krista Tippett

November 28th, 2013

1:28:16

This is the unedited version of On Being's produced show, "Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World." Emerging church elder Phyllis Tickle and civil rights veteran Vincent Harding in an honest and …

Martin Rees — Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know

November 21st, 2013

52:02

Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. These are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and self-professed atheist who paints a …

[Unedited] Lord Martin Rees with Krista Tippett

November 21st, 2013

1:27:41

Some of the biggest philosophical and ethical questions of this century may be raised on scientific frontiers — as we gain a better understanding of the deep structure of space and time and the wilder "microworld." …

Ira Byock — Contemplating Mortality

November 7th, 2013

51:09

What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and …

[Unedited] Ira Byock with Krista Tippett

November 7th, 2013

2:21:20

What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock shares how we can understand dying as a time …

Esther Sternberg — The Science of Healing Places

October 24th, 2013

51:07

The light and smells in places like hospitals can often depress us. And, our favorite room at home keeps us sane. But why? Immunologist Esther …

[Unedited] Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett

October 24th, 2013

1:24:20

Krista Tippett spoke with immunologist Esther Sternberg on March 30, 2012. This unedited interview is included in our show, "The Science of …

David Sloan Wilson — Evolving a City

October 17th, 2013

51:00

David Sloan Wilson believes that evolution is not just a description of how we got here. He says it can also be a tool kit for improving how we …

[Unedited] David Sloan Wilson with Krista Tippett

October 17th, 2013

2:21:06

David Sloan Wilson believes that evolution is not just a description of how we got here. He says it can also be a tool kit for improving how we …

Keith Devlin — The Joy of Math: Learning and What It Means To Be Human

September 19th, 2013

51:00

Mathematical equations are like sonnets says Keith Devlin. What most of us learn in school, he says, doesn’t begin to convey what mathematics …

[Unedited] Keith Devlin with Krista Tippett

September 19th, 2013

1:26:27

Keith Devlin is a mathematician and executive director of H-STAR at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Krista Tippett spoke with him …

Arthur Zajonc — Holding Life Consciously

September 12th, 2013

51:00

What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he …

[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc with Krista Tippett

September 12th, 2013

51:00

What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he …

Natalie Batalha — Exoplanets and Love: Science That Connects Us to One Another

August 29th, 2013

51:00

A mission scientist with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that …

[Unedited] Natalie Batalha with Krista Tippett

August 29th, 2013

1:16:31

Natalie Batalha is a research astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center and a mission scientist with the Kepler Space Telescope. Krista Tippett spoke with her on December 13, 2012 via ISDN. This interview is included …

Kwame Anthony Appiah — Sidling Up to Difference: Social Change and Moral Revolutions

August 15th, 2013

51:09

How can unimaginable social change happen in a world of strangers? Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher who studies ethics and his parents' marriage helped inspire the movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." In a …

[Unedited] Kwame Anthony Appiah with Krista Tippett

August 15th, 2013

1:39:41

Krista Tippett's unedited interview with Kwame Anthony Appiah was recorded in 2011 and is included in our show, "Kwame Anthony Appiah — Sidling Up to Difference." See more at …

David Montgomery — Reading the Rocks: Flood Stories and Deep Time

August 1st, 2013

51:00

The push and pull between religion and science has shaped advances in geology from the beginning. David Montgomery set out to debunk Noah’s …

[Unedited] David Montgomery with Krista Tippett

August 1st, 2013

1:18:27

Krista Tippett interviewed geologist David R. Montgomery on July 3, 2013. This interview is included in the show 'Reading the Rocks.' Download …

David Gushee and Frances Kissling — Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dialogue

July 25th, 2013

51:23

No issue is more intractable than abortion. Or is it? Most Americans fall somewhere between the absolute poles of “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” A …

[Unedited] David Gushee and Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett

July 25th, 2013

1:35:47

Krista Tippett spoke with Christian ethicist David P. Gushee and abortion-rights activist Frances Kissling on September 26, 2012 in front of a …

Meredith Monk's Voice

June 27th, 2013

1:16:00

A kind of archeologist of the human voice, singer and composer Meredith Monk says that "the voice could be like the body" — flexible and fluid …

[Unedited] Meredith Monk and Krista Tippett

June 27th, 2013

1:27:59

Krista Tippett's unedited interview with Meredith Monk, award-winning, composer, singer, director and choreographer. She spoke with her on …

Sarah Kay's Way with Words

June 13th, 2013

51:43

Sarah Kay says that listening is the better part of speaking. A spoken word poet who’s become a role model for teenagers around the world, she …

[Unedited] Sarah Kay and Krista Tippett

June 13th, 2013

1:11:38

Krista Tippett interviewed spoken word poet Sarah Kay on April 12, 2012. This interview is included in the show 'Sarah Kay's Way with Words.' Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality

June 6th, 2013

51:09

Are we in the matrix? Physicist James Gates reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the nature of reality. Also, how failure makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.

[Unedited] S. James Gates Jr. and Krista Tippett

June 6th, 2013

1:21:16

Krista Tippett interviewed S. James Gates Jr., Toll Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the …

Tami Simon — Inner Life at Work: Business, Meditation, and Technology

May 30th, 2013

51:00

You might call Tami Simon a spiritual entrepreneur. She's built a successful multimedia publishing company with a mission to disseminate …

[Unedited Tami Simon with Krista Tippett

May 30th, 2013

1:27:25

Krista Tippett interviewed entrepreneur Tami Simon on April 4, 2013 via ISDN. Ms. Simon is publisher, CEO, and founder of Sounds True. This interview is included in the show "Inner Life at Work: Tami Simon on …

Andrew Zolli — A Shift to Humility: Resilience and Expanding the Edge of Change

May 15th, 2013

51:07

Disruption is around every corner by way of globally connected economies, inevitable superstorms, and technology’s endless reinvention. But most …

Sylvia Boorstein — What We Nurture

May 9th, 2013

51:09

The best way to nurture children's inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom …

[Unedited] Sylvia Boorstein and Krista Tippett

May 9th, 2013

1:30:55

The best way to nurture children's inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom …

Lawrence Krauss — Our Origins and the Weight of Space

April 9th, 2013

51:09

One of the values of science is to make us uncomfortable says Lawrence Krauss. The particle physicist explains why we should all care about dark …

Lawrence Krauss with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

April 9th, 2013

1:14:14

This is Krista Tippett's unabridged interview with physicist Lawrence Krauss. One of the values of science is to make us uncomfortable says …

Thupten Jinpa — Translating the Dalai Lama

February 21st, 2013

51:09

Esoteric teachings on reincarnation and consciousness; simple teachings on compassion and ethics. Geshe Thupten Jinpa is a man who finishes the Dalai Lama’s English sentences. Meet this philosopher and former monk, …

[Unedited] Thupten Jinpa with Krista Tippett

February 21st, 2013

1:16:15

Esoteric teachings on reincarnation and consciousness; simple teachings on compassion and ethics. Geshe Thupten Jinpa is a man who finishes the Dalai Lama’s English sentences. Meet this philosopher and former monk, …

Jon Kabat-Zinn — Opening to Our Lives

December 27th, 2012

51:09

Jon Kabat-Zinn has learned, through science and experience, about mindfulness as a way of life. This is wisdom with immediate relevance to the …

[Unedited] Kabat-Zinn and Krista Tippett

December 27th, 2012

1:24:54

Jon Kabat-Zinn has learned, through science and experience, about mindfulness as a way of life. This is wisdom with immediate relevance to the …

Kate Braestrup — A Presence in the Wild

December 13th, 2012

51:09

Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to game wardens, often on search and rescue missions, in the wilds of Maine. She works, as she puts it, at hinges of human experience when lives alter unexpectedly — where loss, …

[Unedited] Kate Braestrup with Krista Tippett

December 13th, 2012

1:48:11

Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to game wardens, often on search and rescue missions, in the wilds of Maine. She works, as she puts it, at hinges of human experience when lives alter unexpectedly — where loss, …

Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awaad — No More Taking Sides

November 29th, 2012

52:01

Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of …

[Unedited] Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad with Krista Tippett

November 29th, 2012

2:07:09

Robi Damelin is an Israeli who lives in Tel Aviv. She speaks with community groups about her experiences as part of the Parents Circle – Families Forum. Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian who lives in the West Bank. He …

Sherry Turkle — Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology

November 15th, 2012

51:09

Each of us, in our everyday interactions, chooses between letting technology shape us and shaping it towards human purposes, even towards …

[Unedited] Sherry Turkle with Krista Tippett

November 15th, 2012

1:28:00

Each of us, in our everyday interactions, chooses between letting technology shape us and shaping it towards human purposes, even towards …

Sen. Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin — Political Bridge People

October 25th, 2012

51:07

A veteran Republican senator and Democratic economist are political bridge people who've brought differing approaches and shared love of country …

[Unedited] Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin with Krista Tippett

October 25th, 2012

1:31:36

A veteran Republican senator and Democratic economist are political bridge people who've brought differing approaches and shared love of country …

Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons — The Next Christians

September 20th, 2012

51:07

Two Christian leaders are working to restore Christian engagement in the world. Gabe Lyons and Jim Daly discuss how they who are reshaping their part in common life, and the common good. This often surprising …

[Unedited] Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons with Krista Tippett

September 20th, 2012

1:23:38

Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family. He’s also a Christian radio broadcaster and author of several books, including ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Heart. Gabe Lyons is founder of Q: Ideas for …

Joanna Brooks — Mormons Demystified

August 23rd, 2012

51:09

From "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to CNN, Joanna Brooks has become a go-to voice during our national inspection of Mormonism in this presidential campaign. As Mitt Romney makes history, we revisit our personal …

[Unedited] Joanna Brooks with Krista Tippett

August 23rd, 2012

1:21:59

Joanna Brooks is chair and associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She’s also blogs at Religion Dispatches and Ask Mormon Girl.

Fr. Alberto Ambrosio and Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis — Spiritual Boundaries in Modern Turkey

August 2nd, 2012

51:07

The second show from our recent trip to Istanbul. We meet a Dominican friar whose Christianity is inspired by the mystical tradition of Islam. …

[Unedited] Fr. Alberto Ambrosio with Krista Tippett

August 2nd, 2012

1:18:48

Fr. Alberto Ambrosio is a Dominican friar and scholar of Sufism. Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis is the Metropolitan of Bursa in the …

Terry Tempest Williams — The Vitality of the Struggle

July 19th, 2012

51:09

Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist and writer, a biologist by training with a literary mind, who comes from a long Mormon lineage in Utah. …

[Unedited] Terry Tempest Williams with Krista Tippett

July 19th, 2012

1:26:51

Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist and writer, a biologist by training with a literary mind, who comes from a long Mormon lineage in Utah. …

Mustafa Akyol — Religion, Democracy, and the New Turkey

July 12th, 2012

51:00

There's a country between Europe's debt crisis and the Arab Spring, where democracy is valued and the economy is growing. It's Turkey. Mustafa …

[Unedited] Mustafa Akyol with Krista Tippett

July 12th, 2012

1:18:53

Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish columnist for the English-language Hürriyet Daily News. He’s also the author of "Islam without Extremes: A Muslim …

Jacob Needleman — The Inward Work of Democracy

June 28th, 2012

51:07

Krista Tippett speaks with philosopher Jacob Needleman. As new democracies are struggling around the world, it’s easy to forget that U.S. democracy was shaped by trial and error. A conversation about the “inward …

[Unedited] Jacob Needleman with Krista Tippett

June 28th, 2012

1:00:29

Krista Tippett speaks with philosopher Jacob Needleman. As new democracies are struggling around the world, it’s easy to forget that U.S. democracy was shaped by trial and error. A conversation about the “inward …

Richard Davidson — Investigating Healthy Minds

June 14th, 2012

51:09

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually “rewire” our brains. He’s studied the brains of meditating Buddhist monks, and now he’s using his research with children and …

[Unedited] Richard Davidson with Krista Tippett

June 14th, 2012

1:10:18

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually “rewire” our brains. He’s studied the brains of meditating Buddhist monks, and now he’s using his research with children and …

Michael McCullough — Getting Revenge and Forgiveness

May 24th, 2012

53:09

Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, …

[Unedited] Michael McCullough with Krista Tippett

May 24th, 2012

1:48:23

Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, …

Matthew Sanford — The Body's Grace

May 3rd, 2012

53:09

An unusual take on the mind-body connection with author and yoga teacher Matthew Sanford. He's been a paraplegic since the age of 13. He shares his wisdom for us all on knowing the strength and grace of our bodies …

[Unedited] Matthew Sanford with Krista Tippett

May 3rd, 2012

1:08:26

An unusual take on the mind-body connection with author and yoga teacher Matthew Sanford. He's been a paraplegic since the age of 13. He shares his wisdom for us all on knowing the strength and grace of our bodies …

Ernie LaPointe and Cedric Good House — Reimagining Sitting Bull, Tatanka Iyotake

April 19th, 2012

53:09

As some Lakota make an annual pilgrimage on horseback to Wounded Knee in memory of Sitting Bull's death, we'll pull out some of the lesser known …

[Unedited] Ernie LaPointe with Krista Tippett

April 19th, 2012

2:03:47

As some Lakota make an annual pilgrimage on horseback to Wounded Knee in memory of Sitting Bull's death, we'll pull out some of the lesser known …

Vigen Guroian — Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter

April 5th, 2012

51:09

An understanding of Easter from inside the Armenian Orthodox tradition that is at once mystical and literally down to earth. Vigen Guroian is a …

[Unedited] Vigen Guroian with Krista Tippett

April 5th, 2012

1:38:00

An understanding of Easter from inside the Armenian Orthodox tradition that is at once mystical and literally down to earth. Vigen Guroian is a …

Fatemeh Keshavarz — The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

March 8th, 2012

51:09

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new …

[Unedited] Fatemeh Keshavarz with Krista Tippett

March 8th, 2012

1:25:41

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new …

Nicholas Kristof — Journalism and Compassion

February 9th, 2012

51:09

Can journalism be a humanitarian art? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has learned that reportage can deaden rather than awaken the …

[Unedited] Nicholas Kristof with Krista Tippett

February 9th, 2012

1:25:14

Can journalism be a humanitarian art? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has learned that reportage can deaden rather than awaken the …

Tiya Miles — Toward Living Memory

February 2nd, 2012

51:09

For Black History Month: a MacArthur "genius" who's unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting …

[Unedited] Tiya Miles with Krista Tippett

February 2nd, 2012

51:09

Krista Tippett's unedited interview with Tiya Miles, Chair and Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She spoke with her on November 16, 2011 …

John Paul Lederach — The Art of Peace

January 12th, 2012

51:09

What happens when people transcend violence while living in it? John Paul Lederach has spent three decades mediating peace and change in 25 …

[Unedited] John Paul Lederach with Krista Tippett

January 12th, 2012

1:47:58

What happens when people transcend violence while living in it? John Paul Lederach has spent three decades mediating peace and change in 25 …

Scott-Martin Kosofsky — Legends to Live By

December 15th, 2011

59:09

Could a Yiddish text from the Middle Ages serve as a guide to living now? Book composer and typographer Scott-Martin Kosofsky revives unlikely …

[Unedited] Scott-Martin Kosofsky with Krista Tippett

December 15th, 2011

1:33:57

Scott-Martin Kosofsky is a book composer, typographer, and author of "The Book of Customs." Krista Tippett spoke with him on November 2, 2004 …

Diane Winston — Monsters We Love: TV's Pop Culture Theodicy

December 1st, 2011

51:09

Amoral zombies. Loving vampires. Righteous serial killers. And lots of God. That's all in the new TV season — a place where great writers and …

[Unedited] Diane Winston with Krista Tippett

December 1st, 2011

1:41:49

Diane Winston is the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication + Journalism at the University of Southern …

Ellen Davis — The Poetry of Creatures (with Wendell Berry)

November 24th, 2011

51:09

How we see the world is how we value it, says Ellen Davis. And poetry is a way to rediscover the lost art of being creatures. An hour of learning and slowing down, with the "Mad Farmer" poems of Wendell Berry and a …

[Unedited] Ellen Davis with Krista Tippett

November 24th, 2011

1:28:56

More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no …

Paul Raushenbush — Occupying the Gospel

November 17th, 2011

51:09

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush opens up a hidden but possibly re-emerging influence in the DNA of American Christianity, reaching back to the Social …

[Unedited] Paul Raushenbush with Krista Tippett

November 17th, 2011

1:23:27

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Senior Religion Editor for the Huffington Post. Krista Tippett spoke with him on October 5, 2011 from the …

Avivah Zornberg — The Genesis of Desire

October 6th, 2011

51:09

What may one of the great literary teachers of Torah and midrash — the Jewish tradition of reading between the lines of the Bible to uncover hidden layers of meaning — teach us about our own human longings? Hear …

[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett

October 6th, 2011

1:03:42

Avivah Zornberg is a celebrated, literary teacher of the Torah. We spoke with her on April 7, 2005, from the studios of American Public Media in …

Wangari Maathai — Planting the Future

September 29th, 2011

51:09

A remarkable Kenyan woman and environmentalist speaks from experience about the links between ecology, human flourishing, war and peace, and …

[Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett

September 29th, 2011

1:25:32

This unedited interview with Wangari Maathai was recorded in 2006 and is included in our show, "Planting the Future." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

Sari Nusseibeh — The Evolution of Change

September 15th, 2011

51:09

We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher …

[Unedited] Sari Nusseibeh with Krista Tippett

September 15th, 2011

1:18:56

We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher …

Hendrik Hertzberg, Pankaj Mishra and Serene Jones — Remembering Forward Ten Years after 9/11

September 8th, 2011

51:08

In the days and months after 9/11, St. Paul's Chapel became the hub where thousands of volunteers and rescue workers received round-the-clock …

[Unedited] Hendrik Hertzberg, Serene Jones, and Pankaj Mishra with Krista Tippett

September 8th, 2011

1:34:42

In the days and months after 9/11, St. Paul's Chapel became the hub where thousands of volunteers and rescue workers received round-the-clock …

Richard Mouw — Restoring Political Civility: An Evangelical View

August 18th, 2011

51:09

Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse. He offers historical as well as spiritual perspective on American Evangelicals' navigation of disagreement, fear, and …

[Unedited] Richard Mouw with Krista Tippett (Restoring Political Civility)

August 18th, 2011

1:24:47

Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse. He offers historical as well as spiritual perspective on American Evangelicals' navigation of disagreement, fear, and …

Paul Collins and Jennifer Elder — Autism and Humanity

July 14th, 2011

53:09

One child in every 110 in the U.S. is now diagnosed to be somewhere on the spectrum of autism. We step back from public controversies over causes and cures and explore the mystery and meaning of autism in one …

[Unedited] Paul Collins and Jennifer Elder with Krista Tippett

July 14th, 2011

1:50:24

One child in every 110 in the U.S. is now diagnosed to be somewhere on the spectrum of autism. We step back from public controversies over causes and cures and explore the mystery and meaning of autism in one …

Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq — Pleasure More Than Hope

July 7th, 2011

46:17

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life …

[Unedited] Amahl Bishara with Krista Tippett

July 7th, 2011

46:17

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life …

[Unedited] Nidal Al-Azraq with Krista Tippett

July 7th, 2011

40:57

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life …

Anthea Butler and Arlene Sánchez-Walsh — Reviving Sister Aimee

June 9th, 2011

52:30

A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple …

[Unedited] Anthea Butler with Krista Tippett

June 9th, 2011

1:03:14

A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple …

[Unedited] Arlene Sanchez-Walsh with Krista Tippett

June 9th, 2011

1:01:59

A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple …

[Unedited] Margaret Paloma with Krista Tippett

June 9th, 2011

23:34

A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple …

Yossi Klein Halevi — Thin Places, Thick Realities

May 12th, 2011

52:32

A new show from Jerusalem with American-Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who says Jerusalem is a place where the essential human story …

[Unedited] Yossi Klein Halevi with Krista Tippett

May 12th, 2011

1:10:21

A new show from Jerusalem with American-Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who says Jerusalem is a place where the essential human story …

Mohammad Darawshe — Children of Both Identities

April 28th, 2011

52:32

Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, …

[Unedited] Mohammad Darawshe with Krista Tippett

April 28th, 2011

59:28

Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, …

Avivah Zornberg — Exodus, Cargo of Hidden Stories

April 14th, 2011

51:09

The biblical Exodus story has inspired believers and non-believers, Jews and Christians — and more than a few Hollywood movies. But this is no …

[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett (Exodus, Cargo of Hidden Stories)

April 14th, 2011

1:11:49

Avivah Zornberg is a celebrated, literary teacher of the Torah. We spoke with her on April 7, 2005, from the studios of American Public Media in …

John Polkinghorne — Quarks and Creation

January 13th, 2011

51:09

Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the …

[Unedited] John Polkinghorne with Krista Tippett

January 13th, 2011

58:58

This unedited interview with John Polkinghorne was recorded in 2005 and is included in our show, "Quarks and Creation." Science and religion are …

Evolving "Faith"

December 30th, 2010

51:09

At the turn of the year, we look at how American culture's encounter with religious ideas and people has evolved in the past decade — and this …

Darius Rejali — The Long Shadow of Torture

November 4th, 2010

51:09

One of the world's leading experts on torture, Iranian-American political scientist Darius Rejali discusses, in particular, how democracies …

[Unedited] Darius Rejali with Krista Tippett

November 4th, 2010

1:49:26

One of the world's leading experts on torture, Iranian-American political scientist Darius Rejali discusses, in particular, how democracies …

Doris Taylor — Stem Cells, Untold Stories

September 30th, 2010

52:07

Using stem cells, Doris Taylor brought the heart of a dead animal back to life and might one day revolutionize human organ transplantation. She …

[Unedited] Doris Taylor with Krista Tippett

September 30th, 2010

1:33:43

Using stem cells, Doris Taylor brought the heart of a dead animal back to life and might one day revolutionize human organ transplantation. She …

Sharon Brous — Days of Awe

September 2nd, 2010

52:09

We delve into the world and meaning of the Jewish High Holy Days — ten days that span the new year of Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur's rituals …

[Unedited] Sharon Brous with Krista Tippett

September 2nd, 2010

1:29:02

We'll delve into the world and meaning of the approaching Jewish High Holy Days -- ten days that span the new year of Rosh Hashanah through Yom …

Jacqueline Novogratz — A Different Kind of Capitalism

August 19th, 2010

51:09

The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the …

[Unedited] Jacqueline Novogratz with Krista Tippett

August 19th, 2010

1:25:06

The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the …

Bill McKibben — The Moral Math of Climate Change

August 5th, 2010

51:09

A conversation about climate change and moral imagination with a leading environmentalist and writer who has been ahead of the curve on this …

[Unedited] Bill McKibben with Krista Tippett

August 5th, 2010

1:31:55

We had to cut some great segments from Krista's conversation with Bill McKibben. Here you can listen to it all, and tell us what you think of our edits from our produced show "Bill McKibben on The Moral Math of …

Rachel Naomi Remen — Listening Generously

July 29th, 2010

52:09

Rachel Naomi Remen's lifelong struggle with chronic illness has shaped her philosophy and practice of medicine. She speaks about the art of listening to patients and other physicians, the difference between curing …

[Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen with Krista Tippett

July 29th, 2010

1:28:21

This unedited interview with Rachel Naomi Remen is included in our program "Rachel Naomi Remen on Listening Generously." Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen's lifelong struggle with a debilitating illness has shaped the way she …

Barbara Kingsolver — The Ethics of Eating

July 15th, 2010

53:09

Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen …

[Unedited] Barbara Kingsolver with Krista Tippett

July 15th, 2010

58:42

Barbara Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a …

Shane Claiborne — A Monastic Revolution

July 1st, 2010

52:09

Shane Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of Evangelical Christianity, they are patterning their lives in response to the needs …

[Unedited] Shane Claiborne with Krista Tippett

July 1st, 2010

1:26:23

Shane Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of Evangelical Christianity, they are patterning their lives in response to the needs …

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso — The Spirituality of Parenting

June 17th, 2010

53:09

More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no …

[Unedited] Sandy Eisenberg Sasso with Krista Tippett

June 17th, 2010

54:00

More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, or find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. We sense that there is a spiritual …

Andrew Freear — An Architecture of Decency

June 3rd, 2010

52:09

Auburn's Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the …

[Unedited] Andrew Freear with Krista Tippett

June 3rd, 2010

1:43:00

Auburn's Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the …

Columba Stewart and Getatchew Haile — Preserving Words and Worlds

May 6th, 2010

52:09

Saint John's University and Abbey in rural Minnesota houses a monastic library that rescues writings from across the centuries and across the world. There are worlds in this place on palm leaf and papyrus, in …

[Unedited] Fr. Columba Stewart with Krista Tippett

May 6th, 2010

1:30:55

Columba Stewart is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Getatchew Haile is a …

[Unedited] Getatchew Haile with Krista Tippett

May 6th, 2010

1:07:28

Columba Stewart is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Getatchew Haile is a …

Mercedes Doretti — Laying the Dead to Rest

April 15th, 2010

52:10

With an Argentinean scientist, we explore the human landscape of forensic sciences and its emergence as a tool for human rights. Doretti has …

[Unedited] Mercedes Doretti with Krista Tippett

April 15th, 2010

1:21:35

Mercedes Doretti is co-founder and senior researcher of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). She received a MacArthur “genius” grant …

Mayfair Yang — China's Hidden Spiritual Landscape

April 8th, 2010

52:09

A filmmaker and scholar gives us a parallel story to the ubiquitous news of China's economy and politics. Mayfair Yang discusses the ancient and …

[Unedited] Mayfair Yang with Krista Tippett

April 8th, 2010

1:33:38

Mayfair Yang is Director of the East Asia Center at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She has produced two films about China and is the author of Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and …

Dr. Oz — Heart and Soul

March 18th, 2010

53:09

The word "healing" means "to make whole." But historically, Western medicine has taken a divided view of human health. It has stressed medical …

[Unedited] Mehmet Oz with Krista Tippett

March 18th, 2010

1:13:40

The word "healing" means "to make whole." But historically, Western medicine has taken a divided view of human health. It has stressed medical …

Robert Wright — The Evolution of God

March 4th, 2010

52:09

Robert Wright charts an intellectual path beyond the faith versus reason debate. He takes a relentlessly logical look at the history of religion, exposing its contradictions. Yet Wright also traces something …

[Unedited] Robert Wright with Krista Tippett

March 4th, 2010

1:30:37

Robert Wright charts an intellectual path beyond the faith versus reason debate. He takes a relentlessly logical look at the history of religion, exposing its contradictions. Yet Wright also traces something …

Freeman Dyson and Paul Davies — Einstein's God

February 25th, 2010

52:09

Part two of this series delves into Einstein's Jewish identity, his passionate engagement around issues of war and race, and modern extensions of his ethical and scientific perspectives.

[Unedited] Paul Davies with Krista Tippett

February 25th, 2010

59:36

Albert Einstein's quip that "God does not play dice with the universe," was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of "the …

[Unedited] Freeman Dyson with Krista Tippett

February 25th, 2010

1:01:00

Albert Einstein's quip that "God does not play dice with the universe," was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of "the …

[Unedited] Priyamvada Natarajan With Krista Tippett

February 25th, 2010

54:31

Albert Einstein's quip that "God does not play dice with the universe," was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of "the …

E. Ethelbert Miller — Black and Universal

February 11th, 2010

52:09

A poet and self-described literary activist, E. Ethelbert Miller attended Howard University in 1968 — the age in which Black Power was finding its voice. He has remained there ever since, observing and making sense …

[Unedited] E. Ethelbert Miller with Krista Tippett

February 11th, 2010

1:27:45

A poet and self-described literary activist, E. Ethelbert Miller attended Howard University in 1968 — the age in which Black Power was finding its voice. He has remained there ever since, observing and making sense …

Ed Husain — Reflections of a Former Islamist Extremist

January 14th, 2010

52:09

British activist Ed Husain was seduced, at the age of 16, by revolutionary Islamist ideals that flourished at the heart of educated British …

[Unedited] Ed Husain with Krista Tippett

January 14th, 2010

1:22:37

British activist Ed Husain was seduced, at the age of 16, by revolutionary Islamist ideals that flourished at the heart of educated British …

Anoushka Shankar, Stephen Mitchell, and Roberta Bondi — Approaching Prayer

December 31st, 2009

53:00

Americans are religious and non-religious, devout and irreverent. But in astonishing numbers, across that spectrum, most of us say that we pray. We explore the subject of prayer, how it sounds, and what it means in …

[Unedited] Anoushka Shankar with Krista Tippett

December 31st, 2009

25:33

In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with musician Anoushka Shankar from a Minneapolis hotel while she was touring in 2002. This interview is …

[Unedited] Roberta Bondi with Krista Tippett

December 31st, 2009

30:09

In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with Roberta Bondi, a professor of Church History Emeritus at the Candler School of Theology at Emory …

[Unedited] Stephen Mitchell with Krista Tippett

December 31st, 2009

45:14

In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with author and translator Stephen Mitchell. She interviewed him on April 22, 2002 from the studios of …

Karen Armstrong — Freelance Monotheism

November 5th, 2009

53:09

Karen Armstrong speaks about her progression from a disillusioned and damaged young nun into, in her words, a "freelance monotheist." She's a …

[Unedited] Karen Armstrong with Krista Tippett

November 5th, 2009

1:26:00

In this unedited conversation, Krista speaks with Karen Armstrong, a best-selling author, scholar, and Catholic nun. Hear their complete …

Malka Haya Fenyvesi and Aziza Hasan — Curiosity Over Assumptions

October 15th, 2009

52:09

We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They're innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions …

[Unedited] Malka Haya Fenyvesi and Aziza Hasan with Krista Tippett

October 15th, 2009

1:20:33

We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They're innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions …

Eckhart Tolle — The Power of Now

October 8th, 2009

52:09

One of today's most influential spiritual teachers shares his youthful experience of depression and despair — suffering that led him to his own …

[Unedited] Eckhart Tolle With Krista Tippett

October 8th, 2009

1:35:51

This unedited conversation with Eckhart Tolle comes from our produced show "Eckhart Tolle on the Power of Now." One of today's most influential …

David Treuer — Language and Meaning, an Ojibwe Story

October 1st, 2009

53:09

Language is a carrier of human identity. It is a vehicle by which we understand and express our very sense of self. Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the …

[Unedited] David Treuer with Krista Tippett

October 1st, 2009

1:37:10

Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding …

Living Islam

September 24th, 2009

52:09

Nine Muslims, in their own words, reveal a creative convergence of Islamic spirituality and American identity that is unfolding, largely …

Binyavanga Wainaina — The Ethics of Aid: One Kenyan's Perspective

August 27th, 2009

52:09

We explore the complex ethics of global aid with a young writer from Kenya, Binyavanga Wainaina. He is among a rising generation of African voices who bring a cautionary perspective to the morality and efficacy …

[Unedited] Binyavanga Wainaina With Krista Tippett

August 27th, 2009

1:40:31

We explore the complex ethics of global aid with a young writer from Kenya, Binyavanga Wainaina. He is among a rising generation of African voices who bring a cautionary perspective to the morality and efficacy …

Mary Doria Russell — The Novelist as God

August 20th, 2009

52:08

Our guest has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned -- in the act of creating a new universe -- about God and about dilemmas of evil, doubt, and free …

[Unedited] Mary Doria Russell With Krista Tippett

August 20th, 2009

1:44:31

This unedited conversation with Mary Doria Russell comes from our produced show "Mary Doria Russell on the Novelist as God." Mary Doria Russell has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the …

David Brooks and E.J. Dionne — Obama's Theologian: Reinhold Niebuhr and the American Present

August 13th, 2009

52:09

President Obama has cited Reinhold Niebuhr's teachings as significant in shaping his ideas about politics and governance. In a public …

[Unedited] David Brooks And E.J. Dionne With Krista Tippett

August 13th, 2009

1:30:55

This unedited conversation with David Brooks and E.J. Dionne comes from our produced show "David Brooks and E. J. Dionne on Obama's Theologian: …

James Prosek — Fishing with Mystery

August 6th, 2009

53:09

James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God "through the theater of nature." From a young age he has been fascinated by trout and now eel - …

[Unedited] James Prosek With Krista Tippett

August 6th, 2009

1:34:10

This unedited conversation is part of the radio program, "James Prosek on Fishing with Mystery." James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God …

Repossessing Virtue: Wise Voices from Religion, Science, Industry, and the Arts

July 30th, 2009

52:09

As the global economic crisis began to unfold this past fall, we wanted to respond immediately, in our way. We began to conduct an online …

[Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen (On Repossessing Virtue: Economic Crisis as Spiritual Journey)

July 30th, 2009

23:20

Our SOF First Person series continues with physician Rachel Naomi Remen, author of "Kitchen Table Wisdom." She sees these fiscally hard times as an opportunity to find our way back to the largeness of our …

[Unedited] Prabhu Guptara with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)

July 30th, 2009

14:33

As promised, we continue our SOF First Person project by turning to Swiss banking expert, Prabhu Guptara. Several years ago, Krista spoke with Guptara when the fallout of the Enron scandal was wreaking havoc on the …

[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)

July 30th, 2009

9:16

The Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg reflects on our current culture and its inability to acknowledge the inevitability of suffering. …

[Unedited] Martin Marty with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue: Trust in Uncertain Times)

July 30th, 2009

14:46

The SOF First Person project kicks off with our search for fresh ways to talk about the current economic crisis -- beginning with reflections …

[Unedited] Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett (On the Economic Crisis in Biological Terms)

July 30th, 2009

12:28

SOF First Person continues its series on the economic downturn with Dr. Esther Sternberg, a rheumatologist and stress researcher. She doesn't …

[Unedited] Anchee Min with Krista Tippett (Repossessing Virtue: Repairing the American Individual)

July 30th, 2009

16:47

Novelist Anchee Min grew up during the Cultural Revolution in Mao's China. Living in the United States for several decades, she offers a …

[Unedited] Majora Carter with Krista Tippett (Repossessing Virtue: Being More Deliberately Joyful)

July 30th, 2009

8:46

Activist Majora Carter says she doesn't think of her work at Sustainable South Bronx as a moral endeavor, but a pragmatic one. Nevertheless she …

Parker Palmer — Repossessing Virtue: Economic Crisis, Morality, and Meaning

July 23rd, 2009

52:09

We explore human and spiritual aspects of economic downturn with a wise public intellectual of our time, the Quaker author and educator Parker Palmer. He works with people from all walks of life at the intersection …

[Unedited] Parker Palmer With Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)

July 23rd, 2009

1:43:23

This unedited conversation with Parker Palmer comes from our produced show "Parker Palmer on Repossessing Virtue: Economic Crisis, Morality, and Meaning." We explore human and spiritual aspects of economic downturn …

Diane Winston — TV and Parables of Our Time

July 16th, 2009

52:09

Diane Winston appreciates good television, studies it, and brings many of its creators into her religion and media classes at the University of Southern California. In what some have called a renaissance in …

[Unedited] Diane Winston with Krista Tippett

July 16th, 2009

1:23:26

Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of …

Paul Zak — The Science of Trust: Economics and Virtue

July 9th, 2009

52:09

In a few breathtaking months, we've culturally moved from seeing Wall Street as an icon of thriving civil society to discussing its workings …

[Unedited] Paul Zak with Krista Tippett

July 9th, 2009

1:18:45

Paul Zak is professor of Economics and director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. He’s …

Joshua DuBois — Obama's Faith-Based Office

May 28th, 2009

53:09

The very words "faith-based" became controversial during the Bush administration, yet Barack Obama has retained the faith-based centers in 11 federal agencies that his predecessor created. And within weeks of …

[Unedited] Joshua DuBois With Krista Tippett

May 28th, 2009

1:20:40

In this unedited conversation, we meet Joshua DuBois, the 26-year-old political strategist, Pentecostal minister, and trusted associate of the …

Vali Nasr — The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam

May 21st, 2009

53:09

We seek fresh insight into the history and the human and religious dynamics of Islam's Sunni-Shia divide. Our guest says that it is not so different from dynamics in periods of Western Christian history. But he …

[Unedited] Vali Nasr with Krista Tippett

May 21st, 2009

1:27:35

In this unedited conversation, we seek fresh insight into the history and the human and religious dynamics of Islam's Sunni-Shia divide. Our guest says that it is not so different from dynamics in periods of …

Repossessing Virtue: Living Differently, Beyond Economic Crisis

May 14th, 2009

52:09

We're bringing the voices of our listeners into the conversation we've been building online and on-air since the economic downturn began last …

James Moore — Evolution and Wonder: Understanding Charles Darwin

February 5th, 2009

52:08

We'll take a fresh and thought-provoking look at Darwin's life and ideas. He did not argue against God but against a simple understanding of the …

[Unedited] James Moore with Krista Tippett

February 5th, 2009

1:31:59

In this unedited conversation with James Moore, we'll take a fresh and thought-provoking look at Darwin's life and ideas. He did not argue against God but against a simple understanding of the world — its beauty, …

Pankaj Mishra — The Buddha in the World

January 22nd, 2009

52:09

A few years ago, journalist Pankaj Mishra pursued the social relevance of the Buddha's thought across India and Europe, Afghanistan and America. …

[Unedited] Pankaj Mishra With Krista Tippett

January 22nd, 2009

1:24:41

This unedited conversation comes from the produced show "Pankaj Mishra on the Buddha in the World." Journalist Pankaj Mishra pursued the social relevance of the Buddha's thought across India and Europe, Afghanistan …

[Unedited] Pankaj Mishra On The Backdrop Of The Buddha

January 22nd, 2009

18:06

This unheard cut on "The Backdrop of the Buddha" comes from our produced show 'Pankaj Mishra on the Buddha in the World." See more at onbeing.org/program/buddha-world/186

Jennifer Michael Hecht — A History of Doubt

January 8th, 2009

52:09

Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht says that as a scholar she always noticed the "shadow history" of doubt out of the corner of her eye. …

Unedited Interview with Jennifer Michael Hecht

January 8th, 2009

1:18:50

In this unedited conversation poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht says that as a scholar she always noticed the "shadow history" of doubt …

Robert Coles — The Inner Lives of Children

January 1st, 2009

52:09

Psychiatrist Robert Coles has spent his career exploring the inner lives of children. He says children are witnesses to the fullness of our …

[Unedited] Robert Coles With Krista Tippett

January 1st, 2009

1:07:28

Psychiatrist Robert Coles has spent his career exploring the inner lives of children. In this unedited interview, he says children are witnesses …

Studs Terkel — Life, Faith, and Death

November 13th, 2008

53:09

We remember Studs Terkel, who recently died at the age of 96. The legendary interviewer chronicled decades of ordinary life and tumultuous …

[Unedited] Studs Terkel with Krista Tippett

November 13th, 2008

52:35

We remember Studs Terkel, who recently died at the age of 96. The legendary interviewer chronicled decades of ordinary life and tumultuous …

Steven Waldman — Liberating the Founders

October 30th, 2008

53:09

Americans remain divided about how much religion they want in their political life. As we elect a new president, we return to an evocative, …

[Unedited] Steven Waldman with Krista Tippett (On Liberating the Founders)

October 30th, 2008

1:26:27

In this unedited conversation, Krista interviewed Steve Waldman, journalist and founder of Beliefnet, for the produced show "Steven Waldman on Liberating the Founders." Listen to their complete, unedited …

Vashti McKenzie — African American, Woman, Leader

October 23rd, 2008

53:09

The current U.S. presidential election has illustrated how gender, race, and religion can become lightning rods, and may be seen as potential stumbling blocks to leadership. Vashti McKenzie is a pioneering figure …

[Unedited] Vashti McKenzie with Krista Tippett

October 23rd, 2008

1:40:04

In this unedited conversation Krista Tippett interviews Vashti McKenzie, first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, for the produced show "Vashti McKenzie: African American. Woman. Leader." The …

Rod Dreher — The Faith Life of the Party: Part II, The Right

October 9th, 2008

53:09

The second part of our examination of religious energies below the surface of the 2008 presidential campaign. Conservative columnist Rod Dreher …

[Unedited] Rod Dreher with Krista Tippett

October 9th, 2008

50:11

This unedited conversation with Rod Dreher comes from the second part of our series "The Faith Life of the Party." A conservative columnist, Rod …

Amy Sullivan — The Faith Life of the Party: Part I, The Left

October 2nd, 2008

53:09

The Religious Right has gotten a fair amount of coverage in recent years, while the political Left has rarely been represented with a religious …

[Unedited] Amy Sullivan with Krista Tippett

October 2nd, 2008

1:01:22

This unedited conversation with Amy Sullivan comes from the first part of our series "The Faith Life of the Party." She's a national …

Mel Robeck — Spiritual Tidal Wave: The Origins and Impact of Pentecostalism

September 18th, 2008

53:18

The birth of the Pentecostal movement began 100 years ago on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. We'll be taking our show on the road to cover this …

[Unedited] Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. With Krista Tippett

September 18th, 2008

1:09:47

This unedited conversation with Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. took place on April 22, 2006 at The Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and comes from our produced show Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. and Arlene Sanchez-Walsh on The Origins …

Esther Sternberg — Stress and the Balance Within

September 4th, 2008

53:09

The American experience of stress has spawned a multi-billion dollar self-help industry. Wary of this, Esther Sternberg says that, until …

[Unedited] Esther Sternberg With Krista Tippett (On Stress And The Balance Within)

September 4th, 2008

1:20:03

This unedited conversation with Esther Sternberg comes from our produced show "Esther Sternberg on the Balance Within." The American experience …

Rick and Kay Warren — At Saddleback

August 21st, 2008

53:09

In this program we revisit a 2007 conversation with evangelical leaders Rick and Kay Warren — exploring where they came from and what motivates them. Rick Warren hosted the first post-primary joint appearance of …

Jonathan Greenblatt — The Business of Doing Good

July 31st, 2008

53:09

The news has been marked in recent years, at regular intervals, by the moral and practical downfall of prominent businesses. Jonathan Greenblatt …

[Unedited] Jonathan Greenblatt with Krista Tippett

July 31st, 2008

1:33:03

The news has been marked in recent years, at regular intervals, by the moral and practical downfall of prominent businesses. Jonathan Greenblatt …

Adrian Ivakhiv — Pagans, Ancient and Modern

June 12th, 2008

53:09

An environmentalist who pursued the ecological impulse of Paganism, from its ancient roots to its modern revival in Europe and North America, …

[Unedited] Adrian Ivakhiv with Krista Tippett

June 12th, 2008

1:25:37

An environmentalist who pursued the ecological impulse of Paganism, from its ancient roots to its modern revival in Europe and North America, …

Susan Cheever and Kevin Griffen — The Spirituality of Addiction and Recovery

May 15th, 2008

53:21

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson once said that the program he helped create is, "utter simplicity which encases a complete mystery." …

[Unedited] Susan Cheever with Krista Tippett

May 15th, 2008

1:09:10

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson once said that the program he helped create is, "utter simplicity which encases a complete mystery." …

The Beauty and Challenge of Being Catholic - Hearing the Faithful

May 1st, 2008

53:09

We received hundreds of essays in response to our query about what anchors and unsettles our Catholic audience. So we asked some of you to speak …

[Unedited] Fr. Donald Senior With Krista Tippett

May 1st, 2008

1:49:05

This unedited conversation with Fr. Donald Senior comes from our produced show "The Beauty and Challenge of Being Catholic: Hearing the …

Greg Epstein — Exploring a New Humanism

March 27th, 2008

53:28

In a recent Pew poll, 16 percent of Americans identified themselves as "unaffiliated" — atheist, agnostic, or most prominently "nothing in …

Ingrid Mattson — A New Voice for Islam

March 6th, 2008

53:28

Ingrid Mattson, the first woman and first convert to lead the Islamic Society of North America, describes her experience of Islamic …

[Unedited] Ingrid Mattson With Krista Tippett

March 6th, 2008

1:28:14

Ingrid Mattson, the first woman and first convert to lead the Islamic Society of North America, describes her experience of Islamic …

Krista Tippett — Remembering Forward

January 31st, 2008

53:01

Before a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, Krista reads from her book, "Speaking of Faith." She traces the …

[Unedited] Krista Tippett — Remembering Forward

January 31st, 2008

59:06

Before a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, Krista reads from her book, "Speaking of Faith." She traces the …

Robert Millet — Inside Mormon Faith

January 24th, 2008

53:00

Americans have been hearing a lot about Mormonism in the context of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. But much of the public discussion of this faith of 13 million people has focused on controversies in the …

[Unedited] Robert Millet With Krista Tippett

January 24th, 2008

1:36:34

Americans have been hearing a lot about Mormonism in the context of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. But much of the public discussion of this faith of 13 million people has focused on controversies in the …

Cal DeWitt and Majora Carter — Discovering Where We Live: Reimagining Environmentalism

January 17th, 2008

53:00

Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. We discover two …

[Unedited] Cal DeWitt With Krista Tippett

January 17th, 2008

56:06

Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. We discover two …

[Unedited] Interview with Majora Carter

January 17th, 2008

56:06

Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. We discover two …

Douglas Johnston — Diplomacy and Religion in the 21st Century

January 3rd, 2008

53:01

The greatest threat in the post-Cold War world, says Douglas Johnston, is the prospective marriage of religious extremism with weapons of mass …

[Unedited] Douglas Johnston with Krista Tippett

January 3rd, 2008

1:23:25

In this unedited conversation, Krista interviews Douglas Johnston, president and founder of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. We're making the entire, unedited conversation available for the …

Rick and Kay Warren — The New Evangelical Leaders, Part II

December 6th, 2007

53:00

The second program in our series on guiding figures in what some are calling the "post Religious Right era." This program's guests are conservative Evangelicals who are increasingly being watched by a new …

[Unedited] Rick and Kay Warren with Krista Tippett

December 6th, 2007

1:27:38

Evangelical Christianity has no single, central authority, but it does have guiding figures in every generation. Progressive social activist Jim Wallis has become something of a national celebrity, proposing a new …

Jim Wallis — The New Evangelical Leaders, Part I

November 29th, 2007

53:01

The first in a two-part series on influential leaders who are reshaping Evangelical Christianity from within progressive and conservative circles. Jim Wallis founded "Sojourners" and now advises presidential …

[Unedited] Jim Wallis With Krista Tippett

November 29th, 2007

1:27:38

Evangelical Christianity has no single, central authority, but it does have guiding figures in every generation. Progressive social activist Jim Wallis has become something of a national celebrity, proposing a new …

Varadaraja V. Raman — The Heart's Reason: Hinduism and Science

November 22nd, 2007

53:01

U.S. culture's clash between religion and science is almost exclusively driven by Christian instincts and arguments. Hindu physicist V.V. Raman …

[Unedited] Varadaraja V. Raman With Krista Tippett

November 22nd, 2007

53:00

U.S. culture's clash between religion and science is almost exclusively driven by Christian instincts and arguments. Hindu physicist V.V. Raman …

Nathan Dungan — Money and Moral Balance

November 8th, 2007

53:01

The sales are starting, the stores are open late, and many of us are gearing up to spend more money than we actually have in a holiday season …

Ingrid Jordt — Burma: Buddhism and Power

November 1st, 2007

53:01

A look inside the spiritual culture of Burma, exploring the meaning of monks taking to the streets there in September, the way in which religion …

[Unedited] Ingrid Jordt With Krista Tippett

November 1st, 2007

1:21:47

Former Burmese Buddhist nun and anthropologist Ingrid Jordt takes us inside the spiritual culture of Burma, exploring the meaning of monks …

Paul Elie, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Robin Lovin — Moral Man and Immoral Society: Rediscovering Reinhold Niebuhr

October 25th, 2007

53:01

We explore the ideas and present-day relevance of 20th century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, an influential, boundary-crossing voice in American …

Harvey Cox, Jr. — Beyond the Atheism-Religion Divide

October 18th, 2007

53:01

In 1965, a young Harvard professor became the best-selling voice of secularism in America with his book The Secular City. He sees the old …

Matthew Sanford — The Body's Grace

October 11th, 2007

53:09

An unusual take on the mind-body connection with author and yoga teacher Matthew Sanford. He's been a paraplegic since the age of 13. He shares his wisdom for us all on knowing the strength and grace of our bodies …

Sister Joan Chittister — Obedience and Action

October 4th, 2007

53:01

In over 50 years as a Benedictine nun, Sister Joan Chittister has emerged as a powerful and uncomfortable voice in Roman Catholicism and in …

[Unedited] Sister Joan Chittister With Krista Tippett

October 4th, 2007

1:22:23

In over 50 years as a Benedictine nun, Sister Joan Chittister has emerged as a powerful and uncomfortable voice in Roman Catholicism and in …

Anchee Min — Surviving the Religion of Mao

September 13th, 2007

53:00

Author Anchee Min has won acclaim for her memoir of growing up in China under Mao Zedong. She's also written several works of fiction in which she explores the human hunger to survive against extreme social …

[Unedited] Anchee Min With Krista Tippett (On Surviving The Religion Of Mao)

September 13th, 2007

1:25:55

Anchee Min has recently published the second book in her fictional account of the last Chinese imperial court and its empress. In her personal story and in her writing, Anchee Min offers a window into spiritual …

Eboo Patel — Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young

August 16th, 2007

53:01

A 30-year-old, Indian-American Muslim and former Rhodes Scholar is setting out to change the way young people relate to their own religious …

[Unedited] Eboo Patel With Krista Tippett

August 16th, 2007

1:23:09

We revisit Krista's 2005 conversation with Eboo Patel, who calls al-Qaeda the most effective youth organization in the world. But contrary to …

Jean Vanier and Jo Anne Horstmann — L'Arche: A Community of Brokenness and Beauty

August 2nd, 2007

53:01

Forty years ago in France, philosopher Jean Vanier founded an international movement, L'Arche. The L'Arche community in Clinton, Iowa is part of this movement — people of faith living and worshipping alongside …

Manuel Vasquez — Latino Migrations and the Changing Face of Religion in the Americas

July 26th, 2007

53:01

Vásquez believes that in the global age, religious dynamics may have a boomerang effect across the Americas with dramatic consequences. We …

[Unedited] Marie Friedmann Marquardt With Krista Tippett

July 26th, 2007

1:04:01

This unedited conversation with Marie Friedmann Marquardt comes from our produced show "Marie Friedmann Marquardt and Manuel A. Vasquez on Latino Migrations and the Changing Face of Religion in the Americas." See …

Elliot Dorff and Luke Timothy Johnson — Marriage, Family, and Divorce

July 5th, 2007

53:08

American ideals and rituals of marriage, family, and divorce are infused with biblical messages. But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries as the institution of marriage …

[Unedited] Elliot Dorff With Krista Tippett

July 5th, 2007

1:01:06

American ideals of courtship and marriage echo with Biblical imagery — "bone of my bones" "flesh of my flesh." But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries in which the …

[Unedited] Luke Timothy Johnson With Krista Tippett (On Marriage, Family, And Divorce)

July 5th, 2007

48:19

American ideals of courtship and marriage echo with Biblical imagery — "bone of my bones" "flesh of my flesh." But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries in which the …

Mariane Pearl — A Spirit of Defiance

June 21st, 2007

53:08

In this close-up look at the human dynamics of the war on terror, our guest speaks about her husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Pakistan shortly after 9/11. She talks about Buddhism, her ethic of …

[Unedited] Mariane Pearl With Krista Tippett

June 21st, 2007

1:02:57

In this close-up look at the human dynamics of the war on terror, our guest speaks about her husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Pakistan shortly after 9/11. She talks about Buddhism, her ethic of …

Major John Morris — The Soul of War

May 24th, 2007

53:08

With Iraq veteran and chaplain Major John Morris, we explore how war challenges the human spirit and the core tenets of a life of faith. The War on Terror, he says, presents its own spiritual challenges. He is …

George F. R. Ellis — Science and Hope

May 10th, 2007

53:18

Our guest straddles the worlds of cosmology and social activism. During a live audience interview in Philadelphia, he tells us how he unites …

The Private Faith of Jimmy Carter

April 26th, 2007

53:08

Jimmy Carter -- former president and Nobel Laureate, author and global humanitarian -- speaks of his born-again faith with a directness that is …

Richard Cizik — The Evolution of American Evangelicalism

April 12th, 2007

53:08

Last month, conservative Christian leaders demanded that Richard Cizik be silenced or removed from his post. They charged that his concerns about climate change and torture have shifted attention away from moral …

Charles Villa-Vicencio and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela — Truth and Reconciliation

March 22nd, 2007

53:18

South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held public sessions from 1996 to 1998, and concluded its work in 2004. In an attempt to rebuild its society without retribution, the Commission created a …

S. James Gates and Thomas Levenson — Einstein's Ethics

March 15th, 2007

53:18

Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God.

[Unedited] S. James Gates with Krista Tippett (On Einstein's Ethics)

March 15th, 2007

1:14:43

Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God. See more at …

[Unedited] Thomas Levenson with Krista Tippett (On Einstein's Ethics)

March 15th, 2007

1:15:21

Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God. See more at …

Freeman Dyson and Paul Davies — Einstein's God

March 8th, 2007

52:09

Part two of this series delves into Einstein's Jewish identity, his passionate engagement around issues of war and race, and modern extensions of his ethical and scientific perspectives.

Isabel Mukonyora — Sacred Wilderness, An African Story

February 22nd, 2007

53:19

Isabel Mukonyora has followed and studied a religious movement of her Shona people, the Masowe Apostles, that embraces Christian tradition while …

Bruce Feiler — Children of Abraham

February 8th, 2007

53:18

The sacred story of Abraham traverses the geography of the most bitter political conflict in the modern world — beginning in what is now …

Leila Ahmed — Muslim Women and Other Misunderstandings

December 7th, 2006

53:19

Is there such a thing as the Muslim world? Is the "veil" a sign of submission or courage? Is our Western concern about women in Islam really a concern for the well-being of women? Our guest, Egyptian-American Leila …

Martin Marty — America's Changing Religious Landscape

November 2nd, 2006

51:00

A great public theologian and historian, Martin Marty offers personal and historical perspective on religion in modern life — including the …

[Unedited] Martin Marty With Krista Tippett (On America's Changing Religious Landscape)

November 2nd, 2006

1:38:25

A great public theologian and historian, Martin Marty offers personal and historical perspective on religion in modern life — including the …

Peter Berger and Rosabeth Moss Kanter — Globalization and the Rise of Religion

October 12th, 2006

53:19

Experts once predicted that as the world grew more modern, religion would decline. Precisely the opposite has proven true; religious movements …

John Danforth — Conservative Politics and Moderate Religion

September 14th, 2006

53:12

Politics driven by a religious agenda, Danforth says, is true neither to his understanding of Christian faith nor to the traditional values of …

Seyyed Hossein Nasr — Hearing Muslim Voices Since 9/11

September 7th, 2006

53:12

An Iranian man sits on the ground after weekly Friday prayers at Tehran University in the Iranian capital, 02 June 2006. An Iranian cleric today …

David Hilfiker — Seeing Poverty After Katrina

August 24th, 2006

53:18

Hurricane Katrina brought urban poverty in America into all of our living rooms. In this program, David Hilfiker tells the story of how poverty …

Richard Mouw and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott — Gay Marriage: Broken or Blessed? Two Evangelical Views

August 3rd, 2006

53:19

Our culture's acrimonious debate on the morality of gay marriage has been framed in religious — largely conservative Christian — terms. We go …

Basil Brave Heart and Susan Cheever — Spirituality and Recovery

July 27th, 2006

53:18

Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson once said that the program he helped create is, "utter simplicity which encases a complete mystery." …

Elie Wiesel — The Tragedy of the Believer

July 13th, 2006

53:10

A survivor of the Holocaust, in which he lost most of his family, Wiesel was a seminal chronicler of that event and its meaning. Wiesel shares …

Luke Timothy Johnson and Bernadette Brooten — Deciphering the Da Vinci Code

June 1st, 2006

53:19

The wildly popular novel turned movie reimagines the New Testament, in part, as a cover-up. What really happened in the fluid early years of …

Dan and Sue Hanson — Room for J: One Family's Struggle with Schizophrenia

May 4th, 2006

53:19

Joel Hanson has schizophrenia and believes he is God. His parents reflect on living with their son and how they have learned to see mental …

Mohammed Abu-Nimer + Sami Adwan — Two Narratives, Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present (part 2)

March 16th, 2006

53:19

As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land …

Yossi Klein Halevi — Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present, Part 1

March 9th, 2006

53:18

As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land …

Prabhu Guptara — The Gods of Business

February 23rd, 2006

53:18

In an age of Enron and WorldCom, how can we imagine a place for business ethics, much less religious virtue, in the global economy? We speak with a Hindu international business analyst who offers learned, …

Vincent Cornell — The Face of the Prophet: Cartoons and Chasm

February 16th, 2006

53:19

Our guest, an American Muslim and religious scholar, helps untangle the knot of violent and bewildered reactions to cartoons depicting the …

Martin Doblmeier — Ethics and the Will of God: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

February 2nd, 2006

53:18

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose life spanned the rise and fall of Hitler's Germany, offers us a model of personal morality and conscience in the most …

Joan Halifax — A Midwife to the Dying

December 1st, 2005

51:00

The Terri Schiavo case earlier this year raised ethical and medical issues that remain with us today. But missing in that debate was a real attention to the quality and the meaning of death. Joan Halifax tells us …

Don Saliers and Edward Foley — The Meaning of Communion: At the Table

November 24th, 2005

51:00

What are the origins of communion, and what is its deepest social relevance? Two leading theologians of communion describe a ritual that is not …

Joan Brown Campbell and Thomas Hoyt, Jr. — Living Reconciliation: Two Ecumenical Pioneers

November 3rd, 2005

51:00

Two people with unique perspectives both discovered ecumenism — the movement to reconcile Christian churches — during the Civil Rights era. They'll describe what they've learned about grappling with vexing clashes …

James Smith and Nancey Murphy — Evangelicals, Out of the Box

October 20th, 2005

51:00

Stereotypes tell us this: Evangelical Christians are politically conservative, closed-minded, morally judgmental, and anti-science. We speak …

Miroslav Volf — Religion and Violence

August 4th, 2005

53:00

Religious extremism drives some of the most intractable conflicts around the world. Our guest knows this shadow side of the Christian faith in his personal history. We'll speak about what goes wrong when religion …

Kecia Ali, Omid Safi, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, and Michael Wolfe — Progressive Islam in America

July 28th, 2005

52:00

In the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, scrutiny of the religion of Islam has become part and parcel of our public life. In forums of all kinds, often guided by non-Muslim pundits, we ask, …

Joseph L. Price — In Praise Of Play

June 30th, 2005

52:00

If sport is an American religion, is that bad for us? What is the metaphysic of baseball? In this show, we'll speak with a theologian and sports …

Khaled Abou El Fadl and Harold M. Schulweis — Religion and Our World in Crisis

June 9th, 2005

52:00

In this personal exchange between a Jewish rabbi and Islamic scholar, host Krista Tippett explores the integrity of religious faith and openness …

Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad — Serving Country, Serving Allah

May 26th, 2005

52:00

There are an estimated 4,000 Muslim soldiers in the U.S. military, though some counts place that number much higher. We'll speak with the first …

Helen Prejean, Debbie Morris, and Elie Spitz — Reflections on the Death Penalty in America

April 14th, 2005

52:00

The American public supports the principle of capital punishment, but there is a growing consensus among Jewish and Christian thinkers — across …

Jelle De Boer and Ursula Goodenough — The Morality of Nature

April 7th, 2005

52:00

We explore the human and religious implications of natural disasters through the eyes of two scientists steeped in the workings of the natural …

Sylvia Poggioli, Donald Cozzens, and Margaret A. Farley — The Religious Legacy of John Paul II

April 2nd, 2005

52:00

John Paul II's papacy was dramatic and historic on many fronts. We explore some of the critical religious issues of his 26 years as pontiff and …

Joel Marcus — The Jewish Roots of the Christian Story

March 24th, 2005

52:00

New Testament writings about Jews may sound inflammatory in modern ears. A New Testament scholar with ties to both Judaism and Christianity …

Laurie Zoloth — A Theological Perspective on Cloning

March 3rd, 2005

52:02

Dr. Jing Kang, from the Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School sits in his lab in Boston, …

Richard Wightman Fox, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Robin Lovin — Moral Man and Immoral Society: Rediscovering Reinhold Niebuhr

February 10th, 2005

53:01

We explore the ideas and present-day relevance of 20th century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, an influential, boundary-crossing voice in American …

Phyllis Tickle and Lynn Schofield Clark — A Return to the Mystery: Religion, Fantasy, and Entertainment

February 3rd, 2005

52:00

During the past decade, there has been an explosion of films and television programs containing religious and spiritual themes. Mel Gibson's The "Passion of the Christ" was only the tip of the iceberg. As new …

Steven Waldman — The Future of Moral Values

January 20th, 2005

52:00

We deconstruct the phrase "moral values," which has confused and divided Americans since November's election. As the second term of George W. …

Omid Safi and Seemi Bushra Ghazi — The Spirit of Islam

January 6th, 2005

52:00

We experience the religious thought and the spiritual vitality of two Muslims—male and female—both American and both with roots in ancient …

Robert Coles, Diane Komp, and Carol Dittberner — Children and God (Dec 16, 2004)

December 16th, 2004

52:00

Maria Montessori, the great 20th-century educational pioneer, observed that children have an intuition for religious life at an early age that is matched only by their capacity to acquire language. During this …

Muqtedar Khan and Cheryl Sanders — The Other Religious America in Election 2004

October 21st, 2004

52:00

In this show, we speak with an African American Christian and an American Muslim and explore the perspectives of two religious communities which defy the broad stereotypes of this election year. We'll seek to gain …

Sharon Salzberg, Lawrence Kushner, Anne Lamott, and Omid Safi — The Meaning of Faith

October 7th, 2004

51:59

In our time, some associate the word "religion" with rigid dogma and the excesses of institutions. The word "spirituality" on the other hand can seem to have little substance or form. The word "faith" can appear as …

Vincent Cornell — Violence and Crisis in Islam

September 30th, 2004

52:00

Many Americans received a violent introduction to Islam in September 2001. And yet, only one quarter of Americans told pollsters then that they …

Carl Feit, Anne Foerst, and Lindon Eaves — Science and Being

September 23rd, 2004

52:00

Many of history's greatest scientists considered their work to be a religious endeavor, a direct search for God. Pioneers like Newton, …

Steven Waldman — Beyond the God Gap

September 16th, 2004

52:00

The theory of the "God gap"—often broadly suggesting that religious Americans are conservative and will vote Republican while non-religious Americans are liberal and will vote Democratic—has been prominent in press …

Khaled Abou El Fadl, Richard J. Mouw, and Yossi Klein Halevi — The Power of Fundamentalism (Aug 19, 2004)

August 19th, 2004

53:00

Religious fundamentalism has reshaped our view of world events. In this show, host Krista Tippett explores the appeal of fundamentalism in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, as experienced from the inside. Three …

Joseph Califano — Religion and Politics

July 15th, 2004

52:00

We speak with Washington insider Joseph Califano, a devout, lifelong Catholic, who held key positions inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter …

Robert Franklin and Margaret Poloma — Pentecostalism in America (June 10, 2004)

June 10th, 2004

52:00

Pentecostalism began on the American frontier, and it has become one of the largest expressions of global Christianity. In less than a century, it has grown to hundreds of millions of adherents. Today, …

David Fox-Benton and Bruce Weigl — Sacrifice and Reconciliation

May 27th, 2004

52:00

In remembering the legacy of four World War II chaplains -- Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish -- who went down together with their torpedoed ship …

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Richard Hays, and Linda Loving — Passover and Easter (April 8, 2004)

April 8th, 2004

52:00

In the coinciding seasons of Passover and Easter, two world religions celebrate their core stories in ritual and worship. Each of these sacred …

Ahmed H. al-Rahim — A Perspective on Islam in Iraq (March 4, 2004)

March 4th, 2004

52:00

The religious landscape of Iraq is complex and somewhat enigmatic to the western world. Nearly 97% of Iraq's 25 million people are Muslim, and a majority of Iraqis are Shiite rather than Sunni. What does that mean? …

Coleen Rowley and Tim McGuire — Work and Conscience (February 12, 2004)

February 12th, 2004

52:00

Host Krista Tippett explores the practical implications of spirituality at work with Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent and …

Michael Cromartie and E. J. Dionne — Religion on the Campaign Trail

January 22nd, 2004

52:00

Religious pronouncements seem to have become mandatory for the Democratic candidates in this election. Yet it's been easy to deride the …

Charles Haynes, Philip Hamburger, and Cheryl Crazy Bull — Religious Liberty in America: The Legacy of Church and State

January 15th, 2004

52:00

At the center of our history of church and state is a troublesome irony. What began as an attempt to guarantee religious tolerance in the new …

Roberta Bondi, Gregory Plotnikoff, Michele Balamani, Anoushka Shankar, and Stephen Mitchell — Patterns of Prayer

November 27th, 2003

52:00

In recent years, the practices of prayer have been evolving for many religious traditions. Even western medicine is looking at prayer as it …

Omid Safi and Seemi Bushra Ghazi — The Spirit of Islam

November 13th, 2003

52:00

We experience the religious thought and the spiritual vitality of two Muslims—male and female—both American and both with roots in ancient …

John Lipscomb and Catherine Roskam — Homosexuality and the Divided Church

August 8th, 2003

52:00

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church has sharpened our culture's intensifying focus on homosexuality. In a year of political and …

Rebecca Chopp, Kecia Ali, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen — Women, Marriage, and Religion

August 1st, 2003

52:00

Over the last four decades, women's roles have changed dramatically — at home, in the work force and in religious institutions as well. In …

Thomas Moore, Debra Haffner, and Anthony Ugolnik — Spirituality and Sexuality

June 27th, 2003

52:00

Christian scripture and tradition have overwhelmingly shaped American attitudes toward sexuality. And in the past year, our national attention …

Peter J. Gomes, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Chris Hedges — Religion in a Time of War

April 25th, 2003

52:00

More than any crisis in modern memory, the War on Terror—including the current U.S. military presence in Iraq—is being debated in religious, usually Christian, terms. We explore the nuances of that debate with a …

Mario Cuomo and Mark Souder — Faith and Politics in America

February 20th, 2003

52:00

Even among deeply religious Americans, there's no consensus on the proper role of religion in politics. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public …

Parker Palmer, Phyllis Tickle, Linda Loving, Ingrid Mattson, Barry Cytron, and Tom Faulkner — The Spiritual Fallout of 9/11

September 5th, 2002

52:00

In this program, we delve into uncomfortable religious and moral questions that the September 2001 terrorist attacks raised—questions of meaning that Americans have only begun to ponder one year later.

This hour …

Robert Pollack, Rami Nashashibi, Lisa Lampman, Leon Weinstein, and M. Scott Peck — The Problem of Evil

February 15th, 2002

52:00

Many around the world labeled the events of September 11 as "evil." President Bush in his recent State of the Union speech described "an axis of evil." But what does the word mean? It is a subject of enduring …

Jean Bethke Elshtain, John Paul Lederach, and Michael Orange — Justice and a Just War

November 9th, 2001

51:24

Just-war theory was set in motion in the 5th century as St. Augustine agonized over how to reconcile Christianity's high ethical ideals with the devastating world realities which were bringing about the fall of …

Where Was God?

September 22nd, 2001

51:56

Great religious minds reflect on tragedies surrounding September 11, 2001. As America moves beyond raw emotion and religious sentiment, this …

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