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

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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 fascinating picture of how we might be changed by what we do not yet know.

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Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash — Called and Conflicted

August 15th, 2019

51:29

Spiritual border-crossing and social creativity were themes in a conversation between Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash, two people who have lived with some discomfort within the religious groups they continue to …

[Unedited] Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash with Krista Tippett

August 15th, 2019

1:41:26

Spiritual border-crossing and social creativity were themes in a conversation between Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash, two people who have lived with some discomfort within the religious groups they continue to …

Darnell Moore — Self-Reflection and Social Evolution

August 8th, 2019

51:32

Darnell Moore says honest, uncomfortable conversations are a sign of love — and that self-reflection goes hand-in-hand with culture shift and social …

[Unedited] Darnell Moore with Krista Tippett

August 8th, 2019

1:12:30

Darnell Moore says honest, uncomfortable conversations are a sign of love — and that self-reflection goes hand-in-hand with culture shift and social …

Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid for Spiritual Seekers

August 1st, 2019

51:33

Forms of religious devotion are shifting — and there’s a new world of creativity toward crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of …

[Unedited] Amichai Lau-Lavie with Krista Tippett

August 1st, 2019

1:36:08

Forms of religious devotion are shifting — and there’s a new world of creativity toward crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of …

Ross Gay — Tending Joy and Practicing Delight

July 25th, 2019

51:26

There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can we …

[Unedited] Ross Gay with Krista Tippett

July 25th, 2019

1:04:21

There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can we …

Jonathan Rowson — Integrating Our Souls, Systems, and Society

July 18th, 2019

51:32

Applied philosopher Jonathan Rowson insists on holding a deeper appreciation for how our inner worlds influence our outer worlds. His research …

[Unedited] Jonathan Rowson with Krista Tippett

July 18th, 2019

1:17:55

Applied philosopher Jonathan Rowson insists on holding a deeper appreciation for how our inner worlds influence our outer worlds. His research …

Esther Perel — The Erotic Is an Antidote to Death

July 11th, 2019

51:30

Therapist Esther Perel has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom with her TED talks, books, and singular podcast, “Where Should We …

[Unedited] Esther Perel with Krista Tippett

July 11th, 2019

1:30:23

Therapist Esther Perel has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom with her TED talks, books, and singular podcast, “Where Should We …

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

July 4th, 2019

1:16:55

We must shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventure in this conversation at the Citizen …

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

July 4th, 2019

51:33

We must shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventure in this conversation at the Citizen …

Indigo Girls — No Separation: On Music and Transcendence

June 27th, 2019

51:31

The folk-rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but …

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

June 27th, 2019

48:49

The folk-rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but …

[Unedited] Jerry Colonna with Krista Tippett

June 20th, 2019

1:35:06

We still work with the old idea that we should check the messy parts of ourselves at the door of our professional lives. But Jerry Colonna says doing …

Jerry Colonna — Can You Really Bring Your Whole Self to Work?

June 20th, 2019

51:26

We still work with the old idea that we should check the messy parts of ourselves at the door of our professional lives. But Jerry Colonna says doing …

[Unedited] Richard Rohr with Krista Tippett

June 13th, 2019

1:20:10

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

Richard Rohr — Growing Up Men

June 13th, 2019

51:26

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

Jericho Brown — Small Truths and Other Surprises

June 6th, 2019

51:26

The poet Jericho Brown reminds us to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience, to interrogate the proximity of violence to love, and to …

[Unedited] Jericho Brown with Krista Tippett

June 6th, 2019

1:09:47

The poet Jericho Brown reminds us to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience, to interrogate the proximity of violence to love, and to …

Gregory Orr — Shaping Grief With Language

May 30th, 2019

51:27

There are places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short but where poetry can find a way in. Gregory Orr has used lyric poetry to wrest gentle, healing, life-giving words from one of the most …

[Unedited] Gregory Orr with Krista Tippett

May 30th, 2019

1:04:20

There are places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short but where poetry can find a way in. Gregory Orr has used lyric poetry to wrest gentle, healing, life-giving words from one of the most …

[Unedited] Denise Pope and Abraham Verghese with Krista Tippett

May 23rd, 2019

1:30:58

Today young people are trying to balance the question of “What do I want to do when I grow up?” with the question of “Who and how do I want to be in the world?” Physician and writer Abraham Verghese and education …

Abraham Verghese and Denise Pope — How Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

May 23rd, 2019

51:31

Today young people are trying to balance the question of “What do I want to do when I grow up?” with the question of “Who and how do I want to be in the world?” Physician and writer Abraham Verghese and education …

[Unedited] Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

May 16th, 2019

1:17:56

Community organizers Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson have much to teach us about using love — the most reliable muscle of human transformation — as a practical public good. Nashashibi is the founder of the Inner-City …

Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson — Community Organizing as a Spiritual Practice

May 16th, 2019

51:32

Community organizers Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson have much to teach us about using love — the most reliable muscle of human transformation — as a practical public good. Nashashibi is the founder of the Inner-City …

Sylvia Boorstein — What We Nurture

May 9th, 2019

51:35

Sylvia Boorstein says spirituality doesn’t have to look like sitting down and meditating. A Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, Boorstein …

[Unedited] Sylvia Boorstein and Krista Tippett

May 9th, 2019

1:30:39

Sylvia Boorstein says spirituality doesn’t have to look like sitting down and meditating. A Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, Boorstein …

Atul Gawande — What Matters in the End

May 2nd, 2019

51:33

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

[Unedited] Atul Gawande with Krista Tippett

May 2nd, 2019

1:21:14

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

[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

April 25th, 2019

1:27:30

A Buddhist philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining …

Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

April 25th, 2019

52:07

A Buddhist philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining …

Wangari Maathai — Marching with Trees

April 18th, 2019

52:01

The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was born under British …

[Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett

April 18th, 2019

1:25:43

The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was born under British …

Pádraig Ó Tuama — Belonging Creates and Undoes Us

April 11th, 2019

52:03

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

[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama with Krista Tippett

April 11th, 2019

1:41:25

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

[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

April 4th, 2019

1:10:01

This interview accompanies the On Being episode “Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul.” …

[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

April 4th, 2019

1:00:24

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global …

[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

April 4th, 2019

9:19

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global …

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

April 4th, 2019

52:03

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global …

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

April 4th, 2019

47:09

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global …

‘Becoming Wise’ With Tools for the Art of Living

March 28th, 2019

51:27

Over the years, listeners have asked for shorter-form distillations of On Being — something to listen to while making a cup of tea. Becoming Wise is this offering, designed to help you reset your day and replenish your …

[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett

March 21st, 2019

1:26:29

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. Kushner says …

Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and Everyday Mysticism

March 21st, 2019

51:27

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. Kushner says …

[Unedited] Sharon Olds with Krista Tippett

March 14th, 2019

1:09:21

When the wise and whimsical Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most — like …

Sharon Olds — Odes to the *****

March 14th, 2019

51:27

When the wise and whimsical Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most — like …

Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness

March 7th, 2019

51:28

A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, …

[Unedited] Jean Vanier with Krista Tippett

March 7th, 2019

1:35:27

A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, …

[Unedited] Teju Cole with Krista Tippett

February 28th, 2019

1:27:49

Writer and photographer Teju Cole says he is “intrigued by the continuity of places, by the singing line that connects them all.” He attends to the …

Teju Cole — Sitting Together in the Dark

February 28th, 2019

52:39

Writer and photographer Teju Cole says he is “intrigued by the continuity of places, by the singing line that connects them all.” He attends to the …

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

February 21st, 2019

51:31

Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots …

[Unedited] Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett

February 21st, 2019

1:23:46

Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots …

Richard Davidson — A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning

February 14th, 2019

52:31

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich interplay between things we saw as separate not that long ago: body, mind, …

[Unedited] Richard Davidson with Krista Tippett

February 14th, 2019

1:35:26

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich interplay between things we saw as separate not that long ago: body, mind, …

Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

February 7th, 2019

52:32

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the …

[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett

February 7th, 2019

1:21:31

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the …

Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

January 31st, 2019

52:33

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

January 31st, 2019

1:38:16

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

Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach — Un-becoming

January 24th, 2019

51:25

The topic of the day was “courage,” with two singular, admired women (who happen to be married to each other): soccer icon Abby Wambach and …

[Unedited] Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach with Krista Tippett

January 24th, 2019

1:08:39

The topic of the day was “courage,” with two singular, admired women (who happen to be married to each other): soccer icon Abby Wambach and …

[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett

January 17th, 2019

1:33:05

Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she described poetry as a sacred community ritual. “When you write a poem, …

Mary Oliver — Listening to the World

January 17th, 2019

51:27

Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she described poetry as a sacred community ritual. “When you write a poem, …

[Unedited] Claudia Rankine with Krista Tippett

January 10th, 2019

1:29:30

The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to talk about it, even …

Claudia Rankine — How Can I Say This So We Can Stay in This Car Together?

January 10th, 2019

51:28

The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to talk about it, even …

[Unedited] Maira Kalman with Krista Tippett

January 3rd, 2019

1:00:44

To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and think by her illustrated revision of Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style” …

Maira Kalman — Daily Things to Fall in Love With

January 3rd, 2019

51:27

Writer and illustrator Maira Kalman is well known for her books for children and adults, her love of dogs, and her “New Yorker” covers. Her words and …

David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

December 27th, 2018

51:01

The poet-philosopher. To ask beautiful questions in unbeautiful moments. “Your great mistake is to act the drama / as if you were alone.” Rest as the …

[Unedited] David Whyte with Krista Tippett

December 27th, 2018

1:27:01

The poet-philosopher. To ask beautiful questions in unbeautiful moments. “Your great mistake is to act the drama / as if you were alone.” Rest as the …

Walter Brueggemann — The Prophetic Imagination

December 20th, 2018

51:54

The great scholar and preacher. “The task is reframing so that we can re-experience the social realities that are right in front of us, from a …

[Unedited] Walter Brueggemann with Krista Tippett

December 20th, 2018

1:10:49

The great scholar and preacher. “Reframing so that we can re-experience the social realities that are right in front of us, from a different angle.” …

Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure

December 13th, 2018

51:01

The family therapist who created the field of “ambiguous loss” — loss without closure. Complicated grief: parents, divorce, addiction, dementia, aging. “You love somebody. And when they’re lost, you still care about …

[Unedited] Pauline Boss with Krista Tippett

December 13th, 2018

1:29:24

The family therapist who created the field of “ambiguous loss” — loss without closure. Complicated grief: parents, divorce, addiction, dementia, aging. “You love somebody. And when they’re lost, you still care about …

Rebecca Traister and Avi Klein — #MeToo Through a Solutions Lens

December 6th, 2018

51:53

The feminist journalist and the psychotherapist. “It’s partners and lovers and spouses…fathers and brothers and sons and friends.” The difference …

[Unedited] Rebecca Traister and Avi Klein with Krista Tippett

December 6th, 2018

1:04:14

The feminist journalist and the psychotherapist. “It’s partners and lovers and spouses…fathers and brothers and sons and friends.” The difference …

Living the Questions: What does civility actually mean, and is it enough?

December 3rd, 2018

17:02

A question from Kevin: “I have been hearing a lot of deconstruction of the word ‘civility.’ The debate around this word has become, like so many …

[Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista Tippett

November 29th, 2018

1:26:26

Absorption as a definition of happiness. “To bring that calm into the motion, the commotion of the world.” Traveling not in order to move around but in order to be moved. His friend Leonard Cohen. Stillness & …

Pico Iyer — The Urgency of Slowing Down

November 29th, 2018

51:52

Absorption as a definition of happiness. “To bring that calm into the motion, the commotion of the world.” Traveling not in order to move around but in order to be moved. His friend Leonard Cohen. Stillness & …

Rachel Naomi Remen — The Difference Between Fixing and Healing

November 22nd, 2018

51:54

The wise physician and lyrical author. How our losses actually help us to live. Perfection as the booby prize in life. “Wholeness is never lost, it …

[Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen with Krista Tippett

November 22nd, 2018

1:28:21

The wise physician and lyrical author. How our losses actually help us to live. Perfection as the booby prize in life. “Wholeness is never lost, it …

Anand Giridharadas — When the Market Is Our Only Language

November 15th, 2018

51:29

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 …

[Unedited] Anand Giridharadas with Krista Tippett

November 15th, 2018

1:33:51

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 …

[Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett

November 8th, 2018

1:40:43

A brain surgeon. “The brain is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” The science of compassion. The baggage of evolution. The two way …

James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain

November 8th, 2018

52:11

A brain surgeon. “The brain is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” The science of compassion. The baggage of evolution. The two way …

[Unedited] Tracy K. Smith with Krista Tippett

November 1st, 2018

1:29:19

The U.S. Poet Laureate. “There’s this whole other narrative unfolding.” How history “which once felt so remote, feels closer and active and …

Tracy K. Smith — love is a language / Few practice, but all, or near all speak

November 1st, 2018

52:11

The U.S. Poet Laureate. “There’s this whole other narrative unfolding.” How history “which once felt so remote, feels closer and active and …

Mirabai Bush — Contemplation, Life, and Work

October 25th, 2018

52:11

Co-creator of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. “There is a calming, quieting, centering practice that leads to insight in every …

[Unedited] Mirabai Bush with Krista Tippett

October 25th, 2018

1:35:11

Co-creator of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. “There is a calming, quieting, centering practice that leads to insight in every …

[Unedited] Arlie Hochschild with Krista Tippett

October 18th, 2018

1:27:43

A creator of the field of the sociology of emotion. Treating emotion seriously in our life together. “I could see what they couldn’t see but not what …

Arlie Hochschild — The Deep Stories of Our Time

October 18th, 2018

51:59

A creator of the field of the sociology of emotion. Treating emotion seriously in our life together. “I could see what they couldn’t see but not what …

David Whyte — Poetry from the On Being Gathering (Closing Words)

October 15th, 2018

12:00

“The sense of having walked from far inside yourself / out into the revelation, to have risked yourself / for something that seemed to stand both inside you / and far beyond you, that called you back”

David Whyte sent …

[Unedited] Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson with Krista Tippett

October 11th, 2018

1:37:48

“People believe things that are mutually contradictory; I think we all do. I know I do.” — Erick Erickson

Earlier this year, the University of Montana invited On Being to attempt an outside the box civil conversation …

Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson — Relationship Across Rupture

October 11th, 2018

51:58

What happens when you call your Internet trolls. The peril of forgetting our next door neighbors. “You don’t have to love people to not hate them.”

Living the Questions: Can conversation make any difference at a moment like this?

October 8th, 2018

22:05

“Conversation is not just about words passing between mouths and ears. It’s about shared life. Listening is about bringing our lives into conversation.”

About the Living the Questions series, from Krista Tippett:

“I …

Layli Long Soldier — The Freedom of Real Apologies

October 4th, 2018

51:28

The Oglala Lakota poet. “I wanted as much as possible to avoid this nostalgic portraiture of a Native life.” The reward and joy of patience. The …

[Unedited] Layli Long Soldier with Krista Tippett

October 4th, 2018

1:59:51

The Oglala Lakota poet. “I wanted as much as possible to avoid this nostalgic portraiture of a Native life.” The reward and joy of patience. The …

Poetry From the On Being Gathering — John Paul Lederach

October 1st, 2018

15:36

A series of haikus from peacemaker John Paul Lederach on the fourth day of our On Being Gathering.

This year, we were thrilled to host our very first …

Frances Kissling — What Is Good in the Position of the Other

September 27th, 2018

51:28

From abortion activist to bridge person. Questions to break out of intractable polarization. Wisdom beyond the news cycle. “What is it in your own …

[Unedited] Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett

September 27th, 2018

1:29:08

From abortion activist to bridge person. Questions to break out of intractable polarization. Wisdom beyond the news cycle. “What is it in your own …

Poetry From the On Being Gathering — Marilyn Nelson

September 24th, 2018

20:47

A morning of poetry with Marilyn Nelson from the third day of our On Being Gathering.

This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together of the On Being community for …

[Unedited] Seth Godin with Krista Tippett

September 20th, 2018

1:26:06

“We are flying too low. We built this universe, this technology, these connections, this society, and all we can do with it is make junk? All we can …

Seth Godin — Life, the Internet, and Everything

September 20th, 2018

51:28

“We are flying too low. We built this universe, this technology, these connections, this society, and all we can do with it is make junk? All we can …

Poetry from the On Being Gathering — Naomi Shihab Nye

September 17th, 2018

13:56

A morning of poetry with Naomi Shihab Nye from the second day of our On Being Gathering.

This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together of the On Being community for …

[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett

September 13th, 2018

1:59:48

“If you can’t talk about something, you can’t think about something. I’ve worked with students who could barely let themselves think, they were so …

Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

September 13th, 2018

51:28

“If you can’t talk about something, you can’t think about something. I’ve worked with students who could barely let themselves think, they were so …

Poetry From the On Being Gathering — David Whyte (Opening Night)

September 10th, 2018

33:29

An evening of poetry with David Whyte from the first day of our On Being Gathering.

This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together of the On Being community for …

[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett

September 6th, 2018

1:23:12

Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson are beloved teachers to many. To bring them together at the On Being Gathering was a delight and a balm. Marilyn is a poet and professor and contemplative, an excavator of stories that …

Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson — Choosing Words That Deepen the Argument of Being Alive

September 6th, 2018

51:29

Two poet/contemplative/social creatives. To make sense in times of senselessness. Prayer is words and shape and art around desperation and delight and disappointment and desire. “Shame’s first language is the body.” …

Eugene Peterson — The Bible, Poetry, and Active Imagination

August 30th, 2018

51:29

A beloved pastor and biblical interpreter. The poetry of the Bible as what keeps it alive to the world. The spirituality of loving books. Reimagining …

[Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista Tippett

August 30th, 2018

1:22:45

A beloved pastor and biblical interpreter. The poetry of the Bible as what keeps it alive to the world. The spirituality of loving books. Reimagining …

[Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista Tippett

August 23rd, 2018

1:32:27

The science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The social …

Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine

August 23rd, 2018

51:28

An architect of the science of implicit bias. How our conscious minds are ahead of our less conscious minds. Letting go of “I’m a bad human being” — moving out of the realm of guilt, into the realm of good. How fast can …

[Unedited] Alan Rabinowitz with Krista Tippett

August 16th, 2018

1:28:51

How to get to the heart of the human experience without speaking? This question drove Alan Rabinowitz, after a childhood with a severe stutter, to …

Alan Rabinowitz — We Are All Wildlife

August 16th, 2018

51:28

How to get to the heart of the human experience without speaking? This question drove Alan Rabinowitz, after a childhood with a severe stutter, to …

[Unedited] Joe Carter with Krista Tippett

August 9th, 2018

2:19:32

An exuberant experience of conversation and singing. There are nearly 5,000 spirituals in existence. Their organizing concept is not the melody of Europe, but the rhythm of Africa. They were composed by slaves, bards …

Joe Carter — The Spirituals

August 9th, 2018

51:28

“Magic, shining songs.” Reaching back to the ancestors. How do we survive when the worst happens? Transcendence and code: “Steal Away,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Music as a secret door. The roots of gospel, jazz, …

Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #4

August 6th, 2018

8:48

How can we embrace vulnerability in ourselves and in our culture?

Krista reflects on how vulnerability can bring us closer to ourselves and each …

Alain de Botton — The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships

August 2nd, 2018

51:28

The philosopher and creator of The School of Life. The question we should ask on an early date is, “How are you crazy? I’m crazy like this…” The real …

[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

August 2nd, 2018

1:32:30

What if the first question we asked on a date were, “How are you crazy? I’m crazy like this”? Philosopher and writer Alain de Botton’s essay “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” was one of the most-read articles in The …

Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #3

July 30th, 2018

8:58

“If my kids ever said ‘I’m bored,’ I would say, ‘That is great. I’m so glad to hear that. Maybe you’re gonna get creative right now.’”

On mental …

[Unedited] Cory Booker with Krista Tippett

July 26th, 2018

1:27:24

We don’t really reward or allow our politicians, good or bad, to be searching, or to change their minds and grow — to admit their human frailty. So …

Cory Booker — Civic Spiritual Evolution

July 26th, 2018

51:29

The U.S. Senator. From merely tolerating each other to manifesting love. “Hope confronts.” Self-care in a world “so elegantly designed to distract …

Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #2

July 23rd, 2018

10:43

How can we help young people feel like they have a voice in the world?

Krista reflects on the voice and agency of young people and the importance of fostering intergenerational relationships. The second installment of …

[Unedited] Robin Wall Kimmerer with Krista Tippett

July 19th, 2018

1:26:37

“The rocks are beyond slow, beyond strong, and yet yielding to a soft green breath as powerful as a glacier, the mosses wearing away their surfaces, …

Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

July 19th, 2018

51:29

The problem with calling another living being “it.” Photosynthesis envy. The renewal of the world for the privilege of breath. Mosses as a …

Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #1

July 16th, 2018

9:36

How can we stay present to what’s happening in the world without giving in to despair and hopelessness?

Good conversation is an adventure. A few weeks ago, Krista asked on social media for the questions you’ve been …

Luis Alberto Urrea — What Borders Are Really About, and What We Do With Them

July 12th, 2018

51:28

A border as liminal space, an imposed metaphor on the family, a place of crossing, a place of pressure. “There is no them. There is only us.” The …

[Unedited] Luis Alberto Urrea with Krista Tippett

July 12th, 2018

1:24:17

The wonderful writer Luis Alberto Urrea says that a deep truth of our time is that “we miss each other.” We have this drive to erect barriers between …

Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes

July 5th, 2018

51:28

The great cellist shares his philosophy of living. Turning fear into joy. Performance as hospitality and communal witnessing. Beauty as a transfer of life. Sound as visual. How music makes us better. And being a firm …

[Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista Tippett

July 5th, 2018

1:38:59

The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a citizen artist and a forensic musicologist, decoding the work of musical creators across time and space. In his art, …

The Moral World in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now — Lyndsey Stonebridge

June 21st, 2018

51:29

Nothing is helping us more right now, as we watch human tragedies unfold on the U.S.-Mexican border and elsewhere, than a conversation Krista had …

[Unedited] Lyndsey Stonebridge with Krista Tippett

June 21st, 2018

1:31:17

Nothing is helping us more right now, as we watch human tragedies unfold on the U.S.-Mexican border and elsewhere, than a conversation Krista had …

[Unedited] Frank Wilczek with Krista Tippett

June 14th, 2018

1:22:04

Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep …

Frank Wilczek — Why Is the World So Beautiful?

June 14th, 2018

52:03

Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep …

America Ferrera and John Paul Lederach — How Change Happens, In Generational Time

June 7th, 2018

52:03

“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, “it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.” …

[Unedited] America Ferrera and John Paul Lederach with Krista Tippett

June 7th, 2018

1:35:58

“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, “it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.” …

Maria Shriver — Finding My “I Am”

May 31st, 2018

52:02

Maria Shriver’s life is often summarized in fairy tale terms. A child of the Kennedy clan in the Camelot aura of the early 1960s. Daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, and Sargent …

[Unedited] Maria Shriver with Krista Tippett

May 31st, 2018

1:17:45

Maria Shriver’s life is often summarized in fairy tale terms. A child of the Kennedy clan in the Camelot aura of the early 1960s. Daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics, and Sargent …

[Unedited] Elizabeth Gilbert with Krista Tippett

May 24th, 2018

1:36:39

Her name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir “Eat Pray Love.” But through the disorienting process of becoming a celebrity, Elizabeth Gilbert has also reflected deeply on the gift and challenge of …

Elizabeth Gilbert — Choosing Curiosity Over Fear

May 24th, 2018

52:02

Her name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir “Eat Pray Love.” But through the disorienting process of becoming a celebrity, Elizabeth Gilbert has also reflected deeply on the gift and challenge of …

How Friendship and Quiet Conversations Transformed a White Nationalist

May 17th, 2018

52:10

Derek Black grew up the heir apparent of a prominent white nationalist family. David Duke was his godfather. When Derek was 11, he designed the kids’ page for what is known as the first major internet hate site, created …

[Unedited] Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson with Krista Tippett

May 17th, 2018

1:03:54

Derek Black grew up the heir apparent of a prominent white nationalist family. David Duke was his godfather. When Derek was 11, he designed the kids’ page for what is known as the first major internet hate site, created …

[Unedited] john a. powell with Krista Tippett

May 10th, 2018

1:29:02

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

john a. powell — Opening to the Question of Belonging

May 10th, 2018

52:10

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

Introducing The On Being Project

May 7th, 2018

30:42

What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? Who will we be to each other? These questions have been at the heart of On Being from the start — as it grew from a radio project into a thriving public space for …

[Unedited] Michael McCarthy with Krista Tippett

May 3rd, 2018

1:37:04

“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us,” Michael McCarthy writes, “may well be the most serious business of all.” He is a naturalist and journalist, and this is his …

Nature, Joy, and Human Becoming

May 3rd, 2018

52:10

“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us,” Michael McCarthy writes, “may well be the most serious business of all.” He is a naturalist and journalist, and this is his …

Carlo Rovelli — All Reality Is Interaction

April 26th, 2018

52:10

“We don’t understand the world as made by stones — by things. We understand the world made by kisses, or things like kisses: happenings.” Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — “quanta,” …

[Unedited] Carlo Rovelli with Krista Tippett

April 26th, 2018

1:20:52

“We don’t understand the world as made by stones — by things. We understand the world made by kisses, or things like kisses: happenings. Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — “quanta,” …

[Unedited] angel Kyodo williams with Krista Tippett

April 19th, 2018

1:27:19

She’s one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. angel Kyodo williams is an esteemed Zen priest and the …

angel Kyodo williams — The World Is Our Field of Practice

April 19th, 2018

51:45

She’s one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. angel Kyodo williams is an esteemed Zen priest and the …

The Vitality of Ordinary Things

April 12th, 2018

51:52

To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. …

[Unedited] Michael Longley with Krista Tippett

April 12th, 2018

1:22:07

To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. …

This Is Your Brain on Sex

April 5th, 2018

51:51

Anthropologist Helen Fisher explores the biological workings of our intimate passions, the brew of chemicals, hormones, and neurotransmitters that …

[Unedited] Helen Fisher with Krista Tippett

April 5th, 2018

1:29:06

Anthropologist Helen Fisher explores the biological workings of our intimate passions, the brew of chemicals, hormones, and neurotransmitters that …

[Unedited] Maria Popova and Natalie Batalha with Krista Tippett

March 29th, 2018

1:06:46

A literary thinker with a “telescopic view of time”; an astrophysicist with an eye to “cultural evolution towards good.” What unfolds between these …

Maria Popova and Natalie Batalha — Cosmic Imagining, Civic Pondering

March 29th, 2018

51:51

A literary thinker with a “telescopic view of time”; an astrophysicist with an eye to “cultural evolution towards good.” What unfolds between these …

[Unedited] Parker Palmer with Krista Tippett

March 22nd, 2018

55:03

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is …

The Soul in Depression

March 22nd, 2018

51:50

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is …

[Unedited] Anita Barrows with Krista Tippett

March 22nd, 2018

1:00:19

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is …

[Unedited] Andrew Solomon with Krista Tippett

March 22nd, 2018

46:25

We’re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication, but the word “depression” does not do justice to this human experience. Depression is …

Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem

March 15th, 2018

51:55

“When you’re in a very quiet place, when you’re remembering, when you’re savoring an image, when you’re allowing your mind calmly to leap from one thought to another, that’s a poem.” Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness” …

[Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista Tippett

March 15th, 2018

1:34:33

“When you’re in a very quiet place, when you’re remembering, when you’re savoring an image, when you’re allowing your mind calmly to leap from one thought to another, that’s a poem.” Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Kindness” …

Nathalie Joachim — Song of Haiti’s Women

March 8th, 2018

52:15

Flutist and vocalist Nathalie Joachim is a magnetic voice of one of the unexpected aspects of our globalized world — new generations reclaiming and falling in love anew with the places their parents left. In an odyssey …

[Unedited] Nathalie Joachim with Krista Tippett

March 8th, 2018

1:44:11

Flutist and vocalist Nathalie Joachim is a magnetic voice of one of the unexpected aspects of our globalized world — new generations reclaiming and falling in love anew with the places their parents left. In an odyssey …

Stephen Batchelor — Wondrous Doubt

March 1st, 2018

52:15

Stephen Batchelor’s secular Buddhism speaks to the mystery and vitality of spiritual life in every form. For him, secularism opens to doubt and …

[Unedited] Stephen Batchelor with Krista Tippett

March 1st, 2018

1:24:26

Stephen Batchelor’s secular Buddhism speaks to the mystery and vitality of spiritual life in every form. For him, secularism opens to doubt and …

[Unedited] Sylvia Earle with Krista Tippett

February 22nd, 2018

1:25:29

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle was the first person to walk solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She has watched humanity’s …

Sylvia Earle — Her Deepness

February 22nd, 2018

52:04

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle was the first person to walk solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She has watched humanity’s …

Rubén Blades, Ashley C. Ford, David Greene, et al. — This Movie Changed Me

February 14th, 2018

52:03

Movies delight and inspire and repel. They’re places the big questions we take up at On Being land in the heart of our lives. They change our lives and our life together. Get out the popcorn for this show, and immerse …

[Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett

February 8th, 2018

1:19:01

“When we’re our best selves with each other, I don’t think that’s what’s possible between people; I believe that’s what’s true between people.” A wise thinker and writer, and a sought out teacher by leaders in many …

Brené Brown — Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart

February 8th, 2018

52:05

“When we’re our best selves with each other, I don’t think that’s what’s possible between people; I believe that’s what’s true between people.” A wise thinker and writer, and a sought out teacher by leaders in many …

Sarah Bassin and Abdullah Antepli — Holy Envy

February 1st, 2018

52:04

The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. …

[Unedited] Sarah Bassin and Abdullah Antepli with Krista Tippett

February 1st, 2018

1:28:33

The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. …

[Unedited] Mary Karr with Krista Tippett

January 25th, 2018

1:13:13

“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Mary Karr has a captivating ability to give voice to what is funny in life’s most heartbreaking moments. She is beloved for her salty memoirs in …

Mary Karr — Astonished by the Human Comedy

January 25th, 2018

52:10

“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Mary Karr has a captivating ability to give voice to what is funny in life’s most heartbreaking moments. She is beloved for her salty memoirs in …

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 Kelly. …

[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 Kelly. …

[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 before …

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 before …

[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 love …

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 love …

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

December 28th, 2017

51:52

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 …

[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 full-blooded, …

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 full-blooded, …

[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 and …

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 …

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 Whitney …

[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 Whitney …

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 former …

[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 former …

[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, soaring …

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, soaring …

Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

November 9th, 2017

52:11

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

1:34:34

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 than …

[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 than …

[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt with Krista Tippett

October 19th, 2017

1:50:09

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

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 arrived at …

[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 works …

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] 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 interconnectedness …

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 interconnectedness …

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., famously …

[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., famously …

[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 words …

Junot Díaz — Radical Hope Is Our Best Weapon

September 14th, 2017

51:55

“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 words …

[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 …

John O'Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty

August 31st, 2017

52:05

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] 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 James …

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 James …

[Unedited] Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett

August 17th, 2017

2:15:44

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 scarcely …

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 scarcely …

[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 in …

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 in …

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 “Composing a …

[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 “Composing a …

[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 changes …

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 changes …

[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 label. In …

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 label. In …

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: running. …

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 still …

[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 still …

Enrique Martínez Celaya — The Whisper of the Order of Things

June 15th, 2017

52:01

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 everything …

[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 multiverse …

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 multiverse …

[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 …

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] Glenn Beck with Krista Tippett

May 11th, 2017

1:34:40

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 probably …

Glenn Beck — What You Do Will Be a Pivot Point

May 11th, 2017

51:49

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 often in …

[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 Do,” …

Marie Howe — The Power of Words to Save Us

May 4th, 2017

51:54

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 Do,” …

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, …

[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 Kibbe …

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 Kibbe …

[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 to …

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 to …

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, he …

[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, he …

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 people …

[Unedited] Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett

February 23rd, 2017

1:54:42

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

[Unedited] Margaret Wertheim with Krista Tippett

February 16th, 2017

1:31:22

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

Margaret Wertheim — The Grandeur and Limits of Science

February 16th, 2017

51:47

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

[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 …

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, even …

John Lewis — Love in Action

January 26th, 2017

51:22

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’ spiritual …

[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

51:22

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

[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 Advancement …

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 “Gordon …

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

December 15th, 2016

51:00

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 a …

[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett

December 15th, 2016

1:39:12

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 of …

[Unedited] Alice Parker with Krista Tippett

December 7th, 2016

1:18:46

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

Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts

December 7th, 2016

50:59

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, and …

[Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett

December 1st, 2016

1:29:51

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 …

James Martin — Finding God in All Things

December 1st, 2016

51:00

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 …

Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?

November 10th, 2016

51:01

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, wisdom, …

[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

51:00

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, nourishing …

[Unedited] Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel with Krista Tippett

October 27th, 2016

1:09:07

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

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

October 20th, 2016

1:10:05

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 columnist for …

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

October 20th, 2016

51:00

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

[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 …

Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

October 6th, 2016

51:01

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 and …

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, what is …

[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

September 29th, 2016

1:11:15

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 Life.” …

[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 …

Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin — The Inner Life of Rebellion

September 22nd, 2016

51:01

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 while …

Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge

September 8th, 2016

51:01

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 person …

[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 Sum …

[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 Mountain,” …

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 — movie …

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

August 4th, 2016

51:00

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 400 …

[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.” This …

[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, …

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, he …

[Unedited] Thich Nhat Hanh with Krista Tippett

July 14th, 2016

40:10

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. He …

[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 consultant …

[Unedited] Cheri Maples with Krista Tippett

July 14th, 2016

21:51

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

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 the …

Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

June 30th, 2016

51:01

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 co-author …

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

June 16th, 2016

50:59

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

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

June 2nd, 2016

50:59

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 Humans …

[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 “Kevin …

[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 with …

David Isay — Listening as an Act of Love

May 12th, 2016

51:01

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

[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 and …

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

May 5th, 2016

51:01

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 her …

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

April 21st, 2016

51:01

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 can’t …

[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 Ohio …

[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 …

Tiffany Shlain — Growing Up the Internet

March 31st, 2016

51:01

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 and …

Nathan Schneider — The Wisdom of Millennials

March 24th, 2016

51:01

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 and …

[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 of a …

[Unedited] Jean Berko Gleason with Krista Tippett

February 4th, 2016

1:24:59

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

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 we …

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

January 28th, 2016

51:01

“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 his …

[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 Service of …

[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 produced …

Carrie Newcomer — A Conversation with Music

December 31st, 2015

51:01

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 born …

[Unedited] Paul Muldoon with Krista Tippett

December 23rd, 2015

1:16:58

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 Yorker …

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 a …

[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett

December 10th, 2015

1:20:12

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 produced …

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

December 10th, 2015

51:01

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, …

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

December 3rd, 2015

51:01

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 Gordon …

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

December 3rd, 2015

1:35:21

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 author. …

Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share

November 19th, 2015

51:01

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

[Unedited] Ann Hamilton with Krista Tippett

November 19th, 2015

1:27:06

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 features …

[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 University …

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 released …

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

October 22nd, 2015

51:01

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

[Unedited] Adam Grant with Krista Tippett

October 22nd, 2015

1:20:55

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

Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard — Beyond the Ivory Tower

October 8th, 2015

51:01

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 higher …

[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 widely …

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

September 24th, 2015

1:27:27

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

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

September 24th, 2015

51:01

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 Jesuits …

Louis Newman — The Refreshing Practice of Repentance

September 17th, 2015

51:01

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

[Unedited] Louis Newman with Krista Tippett

September 17th, 2015

1:40:25

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 several …

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

September 3rd, 2015

51:01

“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 do …

[Unedited] Mike Rose with Krista Tippett

September 3rd, 2015

1:29:29

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

Grace Lee Boggs — A Century in the World

August 27th, 2015

51:01

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 hidden …

[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 with …

[Unedited] Rex Jung and Krista Tippett

August 20th, 2015

1:20:28

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. This …

Rex Jung — Creativity and the Everyday Brain

August 20th, 2015

51:01

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

[Unedited] Katy Payne with Krista Tippett

August 13th, 2015

1:10:58

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

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 biologist …

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 language …

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

July 23rd, 2015

1:33:48

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 the …

[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 Sociology …

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 youth, …

Mario Livio — Mysteries of an Expanding Universe

June 18th, 2015

51:01

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 “Brilliant …

[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 …

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 wage,” and …

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” blog. She …

[Unedited] Jane Gross with Krista Tippett

May 7th, 2015

1:26:23

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 other …

[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 albums …

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] David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch with Krista Tippett

April 16th, 2015

1:23:48

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 fellow at …

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 to the …

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 production on …

[Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista Tippett

March 26th, 2015

1:29:02

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 Dean …

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

1:28:46

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

[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 2012. …

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 …

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 memoir …

[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 Elders. …

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 and …

[Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett

January 29th, 2015

1:27:23

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

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 perfectionist …

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 view of …

[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 …

[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 Guggenheim …

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 equations, …

[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: The …

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] 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, senior …

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 Egypt. …

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 often …

[Unedited] Michel Martin with Krista Tippett

October 2nd, 2014

1:19:25

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 audience in …

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

September 25th, 2014

1:54:31

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 onto …

[Unedited] Richard Rodriguez with Krista Tippett

September 18th, 2014

1:13:41

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 Education …

[Unedited] Imani Perry with Krista Tippett

September 11th, 2014

1:12:14

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

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 of …

[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 …

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 rightful …

[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett

August 7th, 2014

1:08:12

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

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] 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 in …

[Unedited] Andrew Robinson with Krista Tippett

August 6th, 2014

59:15

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 episode …

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 1913. …

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 21st-century …

[Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista Tippett

July 31st, 2014

1:31:09

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 — Yoga, …

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 records, …

[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,” is at …

[Unedited] Steven Waldman with Krista Tippett

July 3rd, 2014

1:26:49

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 …

Philip Hamburger and Steven Waldman — The Long Experiment of American Democracy

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 history …

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 Jim …

[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 Divine …

[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett

June 19th, 2014

1:16:05

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 …

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] 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 Being …

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 creativity …

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, says …

[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 Folklore …

[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 produced …

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] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett

April 10th, 2014

1:11:48

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

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 at the …

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

52:09

“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 of …

[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,” and …

[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 …

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] 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 “How We …

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. For …

[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 …

Bobby McFerrin — Catching Song

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 revelations, …

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 Catholic …

[Unedited] Paul Elie with Krista Tippett

February 20th, 2014

1:35:30

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

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

1:23:34

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 produced …

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

January 23rd, 2014

51:00

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

[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 music and …

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 …

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett

January 2nd, 2014

1:17:01

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

Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are

January 2nd, 2014

51:00

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] 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 on …

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 personal …

[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 sometimes …

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] 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

51:00

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 hospice …

[Unedited] Ira Byock with Krista Tippett

November 7th, 2013

1:41:21

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 of …

Esther Sternberg — The Science of Healing Places

October 24th, 2013

51:00

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 Healing …

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 live …

[Unedited] David Sloan Wilson with Krista Tippett

October 17th, 2013

1:41:07

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 live …

[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 on …

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 is. And …

[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc with Krista Tippett

September 12th, 2013

1:29:32

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

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 says …

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 might …

[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 in …

[Unedited] Kwame Anthony Appiah with Krista Tippett

August 15th, 2013

1:39:59

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

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

August 15th, 2013

51:00

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 tense …

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 Flood; …

[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 the …

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

July 25th, 2013

51:25

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 live, …

Meredith Monk's Voice

June 27th, 2013

51:41

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 with …

[Unedited] Meredith Monk and Krista Tippett

June 27th, 2013

1:16:00

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

Sarah Kay's Way with Words

June 13th, 2013

51:59

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 shares …

[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.

[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 University …

S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality

June 6th, 2013

51:45

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 Tami Simon with Krista Tippett

May 30th, 2013

1:27:01

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 Business, …

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 “spiritual …

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

May 15th, 2013

51:00

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

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 Lawrence …

Lawrence Krauss — Our Origins and the Weight of Space

April 9th, 2013

51:00

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 …

Thupten Jinpa — Translating the Dalai Lama

February 21st, 2013

51:00

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, now …

[Unedited] Thupten Jinpa with Krista Tippett

February 21st, 2013

1:16:16

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, now …

Jon Kabat-Zinn — Opening to Our Lives

December 27th, 2012

51:00

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

51:00

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, disaster, …

[Unedited] Kate Braestrup with Krista Tippett

December 13th, 2012

1:47:41

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, disaster, …

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

November 29th, 2012

2:06:33

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 is a …

Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad — No More Taking Sides

November 29th, 2012

51:00

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 clinging …

[Unedited] Sherry Turkle with Krista Tippett

November 15th, 2012

1:28:15

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

Sherry Turkle — Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology

November 15th, 2012

51:00

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

Sen. Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin — Political Bridge People

October 25th, 2012

51:00

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

[Unedited] Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin with Krista Tippett

October 25th, 2012

1:31:35

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

Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons — The Next Christians

September 20th, 2012

51:00

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 Common …

[Unedited] Joanna Brooks with Krista Tippett

August 23rd, 2012

1:22:00

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.

Joanna Brooks — Mormons Demystified

August 23rd, 2012

51:00

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 and …

[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 …

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

August 2nd, 2012

51:00

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

[Unedited] Terry Tempest Williams with Krista Tippett

July 19th, 2012

1:26:52

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. She …

Terry Tempest Williams — The Vitality of the Struggle

July 19th, 2012

51:00

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. She …

[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 Case For …

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 Akyol …

Jacob Needleman — The Inward Work of Democracy

June 28th, 2012

51:00

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 work” …

[Unedited] Jacob Needleman with Krista Tippett

June 28th, 2012

1:00:28

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 work” …

[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 …

Richard Davidson — Investigating Healthy Minds

June 14th, 2012

51:00

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually “rewire” our brains. He’s studied the brains of meditating …

[Unedited] Michael McCullough with Krista Tippett

May 24th, 2012

1:48:20

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

Michael McCullough — Getting Revenge and Forgiveness

May 24th, 2012

51:00

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

51:00

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 even …

[Unedited] Matthew Sanford with Krista Tippett

May 3rd, 2012

1:10:48

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 even …

[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 …

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

April 19th, 2012

51:00

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] Vigen Guroian with Krista Tippett

April 5th, 2012

1:38:24

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

Vigen Guroian — Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter

April 5th, 2012

51:00

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

51:00

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 …

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