On Being with Krista Tippett

On Being with Krista Tippett

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On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers, some you know and others you’ll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett.
[Unedited] Matthieu Ricard with Krista Tippett
Jul 20 • 92 min
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 his writing and in his life, he…
Matthieu Ricard — Happiness As Human Flourishing
Jul 20 • 52 min
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 his writing and in his life, he…
Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid for Spiritual Seekers
Jul 13 • 52 min
Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forceful embodiment of this…
[Unedited] Amichai Lau-Lavie with Krista Tippett
Jul 13 • 97 min
Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forceful embodiment of this…
Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al. — Running as Spiritual Practice
Jul 6 • 52 min
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. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents…
Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar — Are We Actually Citizens Here?
Jun 29 • 52 min
In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public…
[Unedited] Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar with Krista Tippett
Jun 29 • 77 min
In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public…
Martin Sheen — Spirituality of Imagination
Jun 22 • 52 min
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 legally named Ramón Estévez, has had…
[Unedited] Martin Sheen with Krista Tippett
Jun 22 • 93 min
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 legally named Ramón Estévez, has had…
Enrique Martínez Celaya — The Whisper of the Order of Things
Jun 15 • 52 min
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 “whispers” beneath the surface of things.…
[Unedited] Enrique Martínez Celaya with Krista Tippett
Jun 15 • 88 min
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 “whispers” beneath the surface of things.…
Hari Kondabolu, Lindy West, et al. — Humor as a Tool for Survival
Jun 8 • 51 min
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 meaningful, it’s complex and nuanced — it can be fortifying or damaging, depending on how we wield it. But…
[Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista Tippett
Jun 1 • 84 min
A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the multiverse to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific…
Brian Greene — Reimagining the Cosmos
Jun 1 • 51 min
A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the multiverse to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific…
[Unedited] Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross with Krista Tippett
May 25 • 100 min
Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient world in the making. She joins Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and philanthropist on the cutting edge of learning…
Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross — The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter
May 25 • 51 min
Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient world in the making. She joins Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and philanthropist on the cutting edge of learning…
Lyndsey Stonebridge — Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now
May 18 • 51 min
Along with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” and wrote towering works like The Origins of Totalitarianism. She was concerned with the human essence…
[Unedited] Lyndsey Stonebridge with Krista Tippett
May 18 • 91 min
Along with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” and wrote towering works like The Origins of Totalitarianism. She was concerned with the human essence…
Glenn Beck — What You Do Will Be a Pivot Point
May 11 • 51 min
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 politics. But it is essential in life, and it must be part of common life, too. If we’re going to create…
[Unedited] Glenn Beck with Krista Tippett
May 11 • 94 min
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 uncomfortably, just to soften what is possible between us. We need to be ready to let others surprise us,…
Marie Howe — The Power of Words to Save Us
May 4 • 51 min
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,” about her brother’s death at 28 from AIDS. Now she has a new book, “Magdalene.” Poetry is her exuberant…
[Unedited] Marie Howe with Krista Tippett
May 4 • 112 min
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,” about her brother’s death at 28 from AIDS. Now she has a new book, “Magdalene.” Poetry is her exuberant…
Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant — Resilience After Unimaginable Loss
Apr 24 • 51 min
Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of “Lean In.” She joins us, frank and vulnerable, together with the psychologist Adam Grant. His friendship — and his research on resilience — helped her survive…
[Unedited] Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
Apr 24 • 78 min
Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of “Lean In.” She joins us, frank and vulnerable, together with the psychologist Adam Grant. His friendship — and his research on resilience — helped her survive…
[Unedited] Helen Fisher with Krista Tippett
Apr 20 • 89 min
As an anthropologist on the frontier of seeing inside our brains, Helen Fisher explores the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. In the research she does for Match.com and her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people,…
Helen Fisher — This Is Your Brain on Sex
Apr 20 • 51 min
As an anthropologist on the frontier of seeing inside our brains, Helen Fisher explores the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. In the research she does for Match.com and her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people,…
Richard Rohr — Living in Deep Time
Apr 13 • 51 min
Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: male formation…
[Unedited] Richard Rohr with Krista Tippett
Apr 13 • 80 min
Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: male formation…
[Unedited] Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe with Krista Tippett
Apr 6 • 64 min
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 and Heather McGhee show us how. He’s…
Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe — Repairing the Breach
Apr 6 • 51 min
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 and Heather McGhee show us how. He’s…
Layli Long Soldier — The Freedom of Real Apologies
Mar 30 • 52 min
A single voice of integrity and searching can be a window into a whole world. Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the U.S. and of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Her book of poetry, “WHEREAS,” is an innovative response to the congressional…
[Unedited] Layli Long Soldier with Krista Tippett
Mar 30 • 120 min
A single voice of integrity and searching can be a window into a whole world. Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the U.S. and of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Her book of poetry, “WHEREAS,” is an innovative response to the congressional…
Joy Ladin — Transgender Amid Orthodoxy: I Am Who I Will Be
Mar 23 • 52 min
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 the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through Joy Ladin’s story of…
[Unedited] Joy Ladin with Krista Tippett
Mar 23 • 98 min
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 the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through Joy Ladin’s story of…
Carlo Rovelli — All Reality Is Interaction
Mar 16 • 52 min
Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — “quanta,” “grains of space,” time and the heat of black holes” — and condenses them into spare, beautiful words that render them newly explicable and moving. He is the scientist…
[Unedited] Carlo Rovelli with Krista Tippett
Mar 16 • 81 min
Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — “quanta,” “grains of space,” “time and the heat of black holes” — and condenses them into spare, beautiful words that render them newly explicable and moving. He is the scientist…
Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body
Mar 9 • 52 min
Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of…
[Unedited] Bessel van der Kolk with Krista Tippett
Mar 9 • 79 min
Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of…
[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama with Krista Tippett
Mar 2 • 101 min
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good…
Pádraig Ó Tuama — Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both
Mar 2 • 52 min
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good…
[Unedited] Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett
Feb 23 • 114 min
Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten people from history, shining a light on the complicated ancestry that can help us in what she calls “communal…
Marilyn Nelson — Communal Pondering in a Noisy World
Feb 23 • 51 min
Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten people from history, shining a light on the complicated ancestry that can help us in what she calls “communal…
Margaret Wertheim — The Grandeur and Limits of Science
Feb 16 • 51 min
A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self. Her Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles reveals evocative, visceral…
[Unedited] Margaret Wertheim with Krista Tippett
Feb 16 • 90 min
A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self across history and culture. Her Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles reveals…
[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett
Feb 9 • 92 min
How different would our relationships be if the question we asked on an early date were, “How are you crazy? I’m crazy like this”? A conversation with writer and philosopher Alain de Botton about the true hard work of love. This interview is edited and…
Alain de Botton — The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships
Feb 9 • 51 min
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, amazingly, the most-read article in The New York Times in the…
Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne — How to Be a Christian Citizen: Three Evangelicals Debate
Feb 2 • 51 min
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 on abortion. This conversation…
[Unedited] Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne with Krista Tippett
Feb 2 • 90 min
This conversation about Christianity and politics with three generations of evangelical leaders — Shane Claiborne, Greg Boyd, and the late Chuck Colson – feels more relevant in the wake of the 2016 election than it did when we first taped it. White…
[Unedited] John Lewis with Krista Tippett
Jan 26 • 59 min
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 produced with music and other features in…
John Lewis — Love in Action
Jan 26 • 51 min
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 confrontation with themselves - and…
Eula Biss — Let’s Talk About Whiteness
Jan 19 • 51 min
Could we learn to talk about whiteness? The writer Eula Biss has been thinking and writing about being white and raising white children in a multi-racial world for a long time. She helpfully opens up words and ideas like “complacence,” “guilt,” and…
[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett
Jan 19 • 119 min
Eula Biss is a professor in the English Department at Northwestern University. Her writing includes “On Immunity: An Inoculation” and “Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays.” This conversation was inspired by her New York Times article “White Debt.”…
[Unedited] Anil Dash with Krista Tippett
Jan 12 • 89 min
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 of Science, which collaborated with…
Anil Dash — Tech’s Moral Reckoning
Jan 12 • 51 min
A wildly popular blogger, tech entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley influencer, Anil Dash has been an early activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere — an aspiration which has now become an urgent task. We explore the unprecedented power, the…
[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett
Jan 5 • 80 min
Maria Popova is the creator and editor of brainpickings.org and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital…
Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age
Jan 5 • 51 min
She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in…
[Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista Tippett
Dec 29, 2016 • 89 min
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 Hempton — Silence and the Presence…
Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence of Everything
Dec 29, 2016 • 51 min
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 Earth, as he knows it, is a “solar-powered jukebox.” Quiet is a “think tank of the soul.” We take in the world…
[Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista Tippett
Dec 22, 2016 • 82 min
Eugene Peterson served as a pastor for 29 years. He is the author of over 30 books including “Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer,” “The Pastor: A Memoir,” and “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.” This interview is edited and…
Eugene Peterson — Entering Into What Is There
Dec 22, 2016 • 51 min
“Prayers are tools not for doing or getting, but for being and becoming.” These are words of the legendary biblical interpreter, teacher, and pastor Eugene Peterson. Frustrated with the unimaginative way he found his congregants treating their Bibles, he…
[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett
Dec 15, 2016 • 99 min
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 Meditation” and “Real Happiness at…
Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman — Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering
Dec 15, 2016 • 51 min
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 conversation filled with laughter and…
[Unedited] Alice Parker with Krista Tippett
Dec 6, 2016 • 90 min
Alice Parker is the artistic director of the non-profit Melodious Accord and is the author of “Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church.” She collaborated with the Robert Shaw Chorale for 20 years and has composed operas, cantatas and suites for chamber…
Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts
Dec 6, 2016 • 51 min
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 has been a hero in the universe of choral music as a composer, conductor, and teacher for most of her 90…
James Martin — Finding God in All Things
Dec 1, 2016 • 51 min
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 founder of the Jesuit order, to “find God in all things” — and in 21st-century forms. To delve into Fr. Martin’s…
[Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett
Dec 1, 2016 • 90 min
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 Spiritual Life,” and most recently “Jesus:…
[Unedited] Abigail Washburn + Béla Fleck with Krista Tippett
Nov 24, 2016 • 84 min
Béla Fleck has recorded over 40 albums, most famously with The Flecktones and New Grass Revival. His albums include “Flight of the Cosmic Hippo,” “UFO Tofu,” “Rocket Science,” and “The Sparrow Quartet EP.” Abigail Washburn is a banjo player and singer.…
Béla Fleck + Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo
Nov 24, 2016 • 51 min
They are partners in music and in life — recovering something ancient and deeply American all at once, bringing both beauty and meaning to what they play and how they live. Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed…
Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is the Last Frontier
Nov 17, 2016 • 51 min
Go to the doctor and they won’t begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents before you. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson points this out as she reflects on her epic work…
[Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista Tippett
Nov 17, 2016 • 110 min
Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of “The New York Times” and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2016. Her book “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great…
[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett
Nov 10, 2016 • 84 min
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 professor of Religion and Transformation. He posed and lived a question that is freshly in our midst: Is…
Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?
Nov 10, 2016 • 51 min
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, and perspective. He was wise about how the civil rights vision might speak to 21st-century realities. Just…
[Unedited] Michael Longley with Krista Tippett
Nov 3, 2016 • 81 min
Michael Longley has written more than 20 books of poetry including “Collected Poems,” “Gorse Fires,” and his most recent collection, “The Stairwell.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Michael…
Michael Longley — The Vitality of Ordinary Things
Nov 3, 2016 • 51 min
To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. He is a voice for all of us now,…
[Unedited] Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel with Krista Tippett
Oct 27, 2016 • 69 min
Natasha Trethewey was the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. Her books include “Domestic Work,” “Native Guard,” and “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. His books include…
Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel — How to Live Beyond This Election
Oct 27, 2016 • 51 min
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 view of the challenge and promise of this moment with former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and…
[Unedited] David Brooks and E.J. Dionne with Krista Tippett
Oct 20, 2016 • 70 min
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 The Washington Post. His books include “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith in Politics after the Religious…
David Brooks and E.J. Dionne — Sinfulness, Hopefulness, and the Possibility of Politics
Oct 20, 2016 • 51 min
This is a strange, tumultuous political moment. With columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, we step back from the immediate political gamesmanship. We take public theology as a lens on the challenge and promise we will all be living as citizens, whoever…
[Unedited] Mary Karr with Krista Tippett
Oct 13, 2016 • 72 min
Mary Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. Her books include “The Liars’ Club,” “Lit,” and “Now Go Out There: (and Get Curious.)” Her celebrated guide, “The Art of Memoir,” is now in paperback. This…
Mary Karr — Astonished by the Human Comedy
Oct 13, 2016 • 51 min
“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Mary Karr is beloved for her salty memoirs in which she traces her harrowing childhood in southeast Texas with a mother who once tried to kill her with a butcher’s knife and her own…
Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice
Oct 6, 2016 • 51 min
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 reality — and the fascinating…
[Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista Tippett
Oct 6, 2016 • 74 min
Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist, and the author of several books including “The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives” and “Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life.” He’s also written for television, including “Star Trek:…
[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett
Sep 29, 2016 • 71 min
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.” His new book is a novel, “The Course of Love.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other…
Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists
Sep 29, 2016 • 51 min
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 good, and what is bad — these are…
Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin — The Inner Life of Rebellion
Sep 22, 2016 • 51 min
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 bringing very new realities into…
[Unedited] Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin with Krista Tippett
Sep 22, 2016 • 70 min
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 Speak,” “The Courage to Teach,” “A Hidden Wholeness,” and “Healing the Heart of Democracy.” Courtney Martin is…
Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?
Sep 15, 2016 • 74 min
Ruby Sales is the founder and director of the Spirit House Project. She is one of 50 African Americans to be spotlighted in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. This interview is edited and…
Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?
Sep 15, 2016 • 51 min
Where does it hurt? That’s a question the civil rights icon Ruby Sales learned to ask during the days of that movement. It’s a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now, but it gets at human dynamics that we are living and reckoning with. At…
Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge
Sep 8, 2016 • 51 min
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 in the world.” And a conversation…
[Unedited] Jimmy Wales with Krista Tippett
Sep 8, 2016 • 64 min
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 of All Human Knowledge” Find more at…
[Unedited] Mirabai Bush with Krista Tippett
Sep 1, 2016 • 94 min
Mirabai Bush co-founded the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is the co-author of “Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Mirabai…
Mirabai Bush — Search Inside Yourself: Contemplation in Life and Work
Sep 1, 2016 • 51 min
She works at an emerging 21st century intersection of industry, social healing, and diverse contemplative practices. Raised Catholic with Joan of Arc as her hero, Mirabai Bush is one of the people who brought Buddhism to the West from India in the 1970s.…
[Unedited] Gustavo Santaolalla with Krista Tippett
Aug 25, 2016 • 70 min
Gustavo Santaolalla has composed film scores for over a dozen features including “Amores Perros,” “The Motorcycle Diaries,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Babel,” “On the Road,” and “Wild Tales.” His latest solo album is called “Camino.” This interview is edited…
Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us
Aug 25, 2016 • 51 min
Movies, for some of us, are a form of modern church. The Argentinian composer and musician Gustavo Santaolalla creates cinematic landscapes — movie soundtracks that become soundtracks for life. He’s won back-to-back Academy Awards for his original scores…
[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett
Aug 11, 2016 • 87 min
Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and a scholar of Buddhism. Her translations include Rilke’s “Book of Hours: Love Poems to God,” “A Year with Rilke,” and the recently re-released “In Praise of Mortality.” She is the co-author of “Coming Back to…
Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World
Aug 11, 2016 • 51 min
A philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy’s path wound from the CIA to Tibetan Buddhism, to translating the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that exquisite poetry as a lens on her wisdom on the great dramas of our time: ecological, political, personal.…
[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett
Aug 4, 2016 • 62 min
Paulo Coelho is the author of many books including “The Pilgrimage,” “Veronika Decides to Die” and “The Alchemist.” His new book is “Adultery.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Paulo Coelho — The…
Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage
Aug 4, 2016 • 51 min
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 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation,…
[Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista Tippett
Jul 28, 2016 • 93 min
Naomi Shihab Nye’s books include “19 Varieties of Gazelle,” “You & Yours,” “Words Under Words,” “A Maze Me: Poems for Girls,” and “Transfer.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Naomi Shihab Nye —…
Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem
Jul 28, 2016 • 51 min
Growing up, the poet Naomi Shihab Nye lived in Ferguson, Missouri and on the road between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Her father was a refugee Palestinian journalist, and through her poetry, she carries forward his hopeful passion, his insistence, that…
Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity
Jul 21, 2016 • 51 min
Xavier Le Pichon, one of the world’s leading geophysicists, helped create the field of plate tectonics. A devout Catholic and spiritual thinker, he raised his family in intentional communities centered around people with mental disabilities. He shares his…
[Unedited] Xavier Le Pichon with Krista Tippett
Jul 21, 2016 • 83 min
Xavier Le Pichon is Honorary Professor at Collège de France in Paris. He founded La Maison Thomas Philippe that provides retreats for families, including those struggling with mental illness. This interview is edited and produced with music and other…
[Unedited] Thich Nhat Hanh with Krista Tippett
Jul 14, 2016 • 40 min
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 is the author of many books,…
Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Being Peace in a World of Trauma
Jul 14, 2016 • 51 min
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 world. We visited Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal…
[Unedited] Cheri Maples with Krista Tippett
Jul 14, 2016 • 21 min
Cheri Maples served in the criminal justice system for 25 years, including as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and as a police officer with the City of Madison Police Department. She is a licensed attorney, a clinical…
[Unedited] Larry Ward with Krista Tippett
Jul 14, 2016 • 19 min
Larry Ward is co-director of the Lotus Institute in Encinitas, California and an ordained Baptist minister. He also owned a management consultant firm for Fortune 500 companies. He co-authored a book with his wife, “Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful…
Elizabeth Gilbert — Choosing Curiosity Over Fear
Jul 7, 2016 • 51 min
Her name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir “Eat Pray Love.” But through the disorienting process of becoming a global celebrity, Elizabeth Gilbert has also reflected deeply on the gift and challenge of inhabiting a creative life.…
[Unedited] Elizabeth Gilbert with Krista Tippett
Jul 7, 2016 • 95 min
Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of seven books, including “Eat Pray Love,” the novel “The Signature of All Things,” and most recently “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On…
Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting
Jun 30, 2016 • 51 min
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 alike, he’s produced a dozen albums of…
[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett
Jun 30, 2016 • 99 min
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 of “Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him.” His albums include “Invisible Hour” and the…
[Unedited] Pauline Boss with Krista Tippett
Jun 23, 2016 • 88 min
Pauline Boss is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of “Loss, Trauma and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss,” “Loving Someone Who Has Dementia,” and “Ambiguous Loss.” This interview is edited and produced…
Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure
Jun 23, 2016 • 51 min
There is no such thing as closure. Family therapist Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure in fact leads us astray — it’s a myth we need to put aside, like the idea we’ve accepted that grief has five linear stages and we come out the other side done…
Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, et al. — Revealing Ramadan
Jun 16, 2016 • 51 min
Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam’s holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the…
Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine
Jun 9, 2016 • 51 min
The emerging science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji is one of its primary architects. She understands the mind as a…
[Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista Tippett
Jun 9, 2016 • 92 min
Mahzarin Banaji is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the department of psychology at Harvard University. She is the co-author of “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” and co-founder of the implicit bias research organization Project…
[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt + Melvin Konner with Krista Tippett
Jun 2, 2016 • 75 min
Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His books include “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” and, forthcoming in 2017, “Three Stories…
Jonathan Haidt and Melvin Konner — Capitalism and Moral Evolution: A Civil Provocation
Jun 2, 2016 • 51 min
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 and Nature at the American Museum of Natural History. But Jonathan Haidt is studying the relationship…
Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together
May 26, 2016 • 51 min
A singular writer and thinker, Rebecca Solnit celebrates the unpredictable and incalculable events that so often redeem our lives both solitary and public. She searches for the hidden, transformative histories inside events we chronicle merely as…
[Unedited] Rebecca Solnit with Krista Tippett
May 26, 2016 • 92 min
Rebecca Solnit is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and a regular writer for publications including “The Guardian” and “The London Review of Books.” Her books include “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in…
Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into
May 19, 2016 • 51 min
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 Shakespeare. Born with a disabled left…
[Unedited] Kevin Kling with Krista Tippett
May 19, 2016 • 105 min
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 Kling: Lost and Found.” This…
David Isay — Listening as an Act of Love
May 12, 2016 • 51 min
“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 questions they’ve always wanted to ask each other — as a sacred space. He shares his wisdom about…
[Unedited] David Isay with Krista Tippett
May 12, 2016 • 72 min
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 music and other features in the On…
[Unedited] Krista Tippett with Pico Iyer
May 5, 2016 • 93 min
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 the Human Spirit.” She won a Peabody…
Krista Tippett — An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living
May 5, 2016 • 51 min
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 conversations with the most…
[Unedited] Frank Wilczek with Krista Tippett
Apr 28, 2016 • 81 min
Frank Wilczek is the Herman Feshbach professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include “The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces,” and “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design.” This…
Frank Wilczek — Why is the World So Beautiful?
Apr 28, 2016 • 51 min
Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book, “A Beautiful Question,” is a long meditation on the question: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” He’s the unusual scientist willing to analogize his…
Michelle Alexander — Who We Want to Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow
Apr 21, 2016 • 51 min
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 fathom intending to create. She calls the punitive culture that has emerged the “new Jim Crow,” and is making…
[Unedited] Michelle Alexander with Krista Tippett
Apr 21, 2016 • 87 min
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 State University, and has served as the director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern…
[Unedited] Craig Minowa with Krista Tippett
Apr 14, 2016 • 89 min
Craig Minowa is the founder, singer, and songwriter of the alternative rock band Cloud Cult, whose albums include “Light Chasers,” the acoustic live album “Unplug,” and “The Seeker,” released in February 2016. He holds a degree in environmental science…
Craig Minowa — Music and the Ritual of Performance
Apr 14, 2016 • 51 min
The band Cloud Cult is hard to categorize — both musically and lyrically — though it’s been called an “orchestral indie rock collective.” Less in question is the profound and life-giving force of its music. Cloud Cult’s trajectory was altered the day its…
David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality
Apr 7, 2016 • 51 min
“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too small for you.” David Whyte is a poet and philosopher who believes in the power of a “beautiful question”…
[Unedited] David Whyte with Krista Tippett
Apr 7, 2016 • 86 min
David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. His books include “The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America,” “River Flow: New & Selected Poems,” and “Consolations: The Solace,…
Tiffany Shlain — Growing Up the Internet
Mar 31, 2016 • 51 min
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 founder of the Webby Awards — the…
[Unedited] Tiffany Shlain with Krista Tippett
Mar 31, 2016 • 89 min
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 Science of Character,” “Brain Power: From…
[Unedited] Nathan Schneider with Krista Tippett
Mar 24, 2016 • 75 min
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 Search from the Ancients to the Internet” and “Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse.” He…
Nathan Schneider — The Wisdom of Millennials
Mar 24, 2016 • 51 min
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 sustain that far-seeing eye of young adulthood. He’s also a gifted writer, chronicling the world he and…
Nikki Giovanni — Soul Food, Sex, and Space
Mar 17, 2016 • 51 min
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 Baldwin in Paris in 1971. Now a professor at Virginia Tech, she brought beauty and courage by way of poetry…
[Unedited] Nikki Giovanni with Krista Tippett
Mar 17, 2016 • 86 min
Nikki Giovanni is a Distinguished Professor in the English department at Virginia Tech. She has written and edited numerous books of poetry and works for children, including “Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea,” “Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment,” and…
[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett
Mar 10, 2016 • 86 min
Lawrence Kushner is a scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. His many books include “God Was In This Place & I, i Did Not Know,” “Kabbalah: A Love Story,” and “I’m God, You’re Not.” This interview is edited and produced with music…
Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God
Mar 10, 2016 • 51 min
The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah is a rich, magnetic world of thought and teaching. It has resonance with modern understandings of reality — and describes a cosmic significance to the practical moral call to “tikkun olam,” “repair the world.”…
[Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista Tippett
Mar 3, 2016 • 98 min
Yo-Yo Ma has won 17 Grammy Awards, and has received the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the 2014 Fred Rogers Legacy Award. He’s also the founder of the Silk Road Project. His new album with the Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me…
Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes
Mar 3, 2016 • 51 min
The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a citizen artist and a forensic musicologist, decoding the work of musical creators across time and space. In his art, Yo-Yo Ma resists fixed boundaries, and would like to rename classical music just “music” — born in…
[Unedited] Robin Wall Kimmerer with Krista Tippett
Feb 25, 2016 • 86 min
Robin Wall Kimmerer is the State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She is founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her books…
Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life
Feb 25, 2016 • 51 min
“Why is the world so beautiful?” This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and…
James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain
Feb 11, 2016 • 51 min
Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and…
[Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett
Feb 11, 2016 • 99 min
James Doty is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. He is the author of “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of…
Jean Berko Gleason — Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life
Feb 4, 2016 • 51 min
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 are. She has helped to illustrate the remarkable ordinary human capacity to begin to speak, and she’s…
[Unedited] Jean Berko Gleason with Krista Tippett
Feb 4, 2016 • 84 min
Jean Berko Gleason is Professor Emerita of psychology at Boston University. This interview was edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Jean Berko Gleason — Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life.” Find more at onbeing.org.
B.J. Miller — Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don’t Control
Jan 28, 2016 • 51 min
“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 sense of own physical presence after…
[Unedited] B.J. Miller with Krista Tippett
Jan 28, 2016 • 85 min
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 the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive…
David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude
Jan 21, 2016 • 51 min
Now nearing 90, Brother David Steindl-Rast has lived through a world war, the end of an empire, and the fascist takeover of his country. He’s given a TED talk, viewed over five million times, on the subject of gratitude — a practice increasingly…
[Unedited] David Steindl-Rast with Krista Tippett
Jan 21, 2016 • 75 min
Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk, teacher, and author. He is the founder and senior advisor for A Network for Grateful Living. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Br. David…
Stephen Batchelor — The Limits of Belief, The Massiveness of the Questions
Jan 14, 2016 • 51 min
Stephen Batchelor’s “secular Buddhism” speaks to the mystery and vitality of spiritual life in every form. For him, secularism opens to doubt and questioning as a radical basis for spiritual life. Above all, he understands Buddhism without transcendent…
[Unedited] Stephen Batchelor with Krista Tippett
Jan 14, 2016 • 83 min
Stephen Batchelor is a teacher and writer. His books include “Buddhism Without Beliefs,” “Confession of a Buddhist Atheist,” and “The Faith to Doubt.” His newest book is “After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.” This interview is edited…
[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett
Jan 7, 2016 • 69 min
Whitney Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of “Black Feminist Archaeology.” This interview accompanies the On Being…
Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul
Jan 7, 2016 • 51 min
One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil…
[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett
Jan 7, 2016 • 46 min
Elizabeth Alexander is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. She wrote and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. Her memoir, “The Light of the World,” was published in…
[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett
Jan 7, 2016 • 60 min
Arnold Rampersad is emeritus professor of English at Stanford University and author of The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2010. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in…
[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett
Jan 7, 2016 • 8 min
Maya Angelou was a poet, educator, and activist. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. She is most well-known for her series of seven autobiographies, including “I Know Why the Caged Bird…
Carrie Newcomer — A Conversation with Music
Dec 31, 2015 • 51 min
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 folk singer-songwriter who’s been…
[Unedited] Carrie Newcomer with Krista Tippett
Dec 31, 2015 • 92 min
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 with music and other features in the…
[Unedited] Paul Muldoon with Krista Tippett
Dec 23, 2015 • 76 min
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 since 2007. He is the author of 12 major collections of poetry, including “Horse Latitudes,” “Hay,” and “One…
Paul Muldoon — A Conversation with Verse
Dec 23, 2015 • 51 min
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 rock band. He visited us for a magical day at the On Being studios on Loring Park in Minneapolis, including a…
Jennifer Michael Hecht — Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves
Dec 10, 2015 • 51 min
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, demonized those who commit suicide, and, at…
[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett
Dec 10, 2015 • 80 min
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 with music and other features in the On…
Mark Hyman, James Gordon, and Penny George — The Evolution of Medicine
Dec 3, 2015 • 51 min
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 is an expert in using mind-body…
[Unedited] Penny George, Mark Hyman, and James Gordon with Krista Tippett
Dec 3, 2015 • 95 min
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. James Gordon is the founder and…
[Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett
Nov 25, 2015 • 48 min
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are singer-songwriters who have been making music together as the Indigo Girls for 30 years. Their latest album, “One Lost Day,” was released in June 2015. Emily Saliers is also the co-author of “A Song to Sing, A Life to Live:…
Indigo Girls — Music and Finding God in Church and Smoky Bars
Nov 25, 2015 • 51 min
The folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but long before they became the Indigo Girls, they were singing in church choirs. They see music as a continuum…
Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share
Nov 19, 2015 • 51 min
The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually…
[Unedited] Ann Hamilton with Krista Tippett
Nov 19, 2015 • 87 min
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 in the On Being episode “Ann…
[Unedited] Lisa Randall with Krista Tippett
Nov 12, 2015 • 71 min
Lisa Randall is the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. Her new book is “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe.” She’s also the author of “Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of…
Lisa Randall — Dark Matter and the Astounding Interconnectedness of Everything
Nov 12, 2015 • 51 min
“Our world is rich,” Lisa Randall has written, “so rich that two of the most important questions particle physicists ask are: Why this richness? How is all the matter that I see related?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working…
Adam Gopnik — Practicing Doubt, Redrawing Faith
Nov 5, 2015 • 51 min
The wise and lyrical writer Adam Gopnik muses on the ironies of spiritual life in a secular age through the lens of his many fascinations — from parenting, to the arts, to Darwin. He touches on all these things in a conversation inspired by his foreword…
[Unedited] Adam Gopnik with Krista Tippett
Nov 5, 2015 • 97 min
Adam Gopnik is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He is the author of several books, including “Paris to the Moon” and “Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life.” He wrote the foreword for “The Good Book,” edited by…
Jonathan Sacks — The Dignity of Difference
Oct 29, 2015 • 51 min
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 a new book, “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence.” In this intimate conversation with…
[Unedited] Jonathan Sacks with Krista Tippett
Oct 29, 2015 • 69 min
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 and the Kressel and Ephrat Family…
[Unedited] Adam Grant with Krista Tippett
Oct 22, 2015 • 80 min
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 highest rated professor. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times. He has consulted for numerous…
Adam Grant — Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work
Oct 22, 2015 • 51 min
The organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who many know from his New York Times columns, describes three orientations of which we are all capable: the givers, the takers, and the matchers. These influence whether organizations are joyful or toxic for…
Mary Oliver — Listening to the World
Oct 15, 2015 • 51 min
Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She’s just released a new volume, “Felicity,” at the age of 80. And so we’re revisiting the interview she granted us earlier this year on the wisdom of the…
[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett
Oct 15, 2015 • 92 min
Mary Oliver has received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She has published over 25 books of poetry and prose including “Dream Work,” “A Thousand Mornings,” and “A Poetry Handbook.” Her latest book of poetry is “Felicity.” This…
[Unedited] Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard with Krista Tippett
Oct 8, 2015 • 90 min
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 recognized for helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society that…
Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard — Beyond the Ivory Tower
Oct 8, 2015 • 51 min
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 education in the communities they inhabit? How can and should they nurture students as citizens and leaders…
Mary Catherine Bateson — Composing a Life
Oct 1, 2015 • 51 min
The wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson explores the matter of life as an improvisational art, at every age. As the daughter of the iconic anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, she’s had an ability to move through the…
[Unedited] Mary Catherine Bateson with Krista Tippett
Oct 1, 2015 • 94 min
Mary Catherine Bateson is a visiting scholar at the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Her books include “With a Daughter’s Eye,” “Composing a Life,” and “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom.” This interview is edited and…
[Unedited] Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne with Krista Tippett
Sep 24, 2015 • 87 min
Brother Guy Consolmagno is director of the Vatican Observatory, appointed in this post in September, 2015 by Pope Francis. Previously he was curator of meteorites. His books include “Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist” and “Would You…
Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne — Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God
Sep 24, 2015 • 51 min
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 in history, including Ignatius of Loyola, have had asteroids named after them – Brother Guy Consolmagno…
Louis Newman — The Refreshing Practice of Repentance
Sep 17, 2015 • 51 min
The High Holy Days create an annual ritual of repentance, both individual and collective. Louis Newman, who has explored repentance as an ethicist and a person in recovery, opens this up as a refreshing practice for every life, even beyond the lifetime of…
[Unedited] Louis Newman with Krista Tippett
Sep 17, 2015 • 100 min
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 books on Jewish ethics and theology, including “Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah.” This…
[Unedited] Ellen Langer with Krista Tippett
Sep 10, 2015 • 88 min
Ellen Langer is a social psychologist and a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Her books include “Mindfulness” and “Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility.” This interview is edited and produced with music…
Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness
Sep 10, 2015 • 51 min
Ellen Langer is a social psychologist who some have dubbed “the mother of mindfulness.” But she defines mindfulness with counterintuitive simplicity: the simple act of actively noticing things — with a result of increased health, competence, and…
Mike Rose — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Work, and the Human Core of All Education that Matters
Sep 3, 2015 • 51 min
“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 physical work.” In all our debates…
[Unedited] Mike Rose with Krista Tippett
Sep 3, 2015 • 89 min
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 Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker,” “Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All…
Grace Lee Boggs — A Century in the World
Aug 27, 2015 • 51 min
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 story inside Detroit’s evolution from economic collapse to rebirth. We traveled in 2011 to meet her and her…
[Unedited] Grace Lee Boggs with Krista Tippett
Aug 27, 2015 • 61 min
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 music and other features in the On…
Rex Jung — Creativity and the Everyday Brain
Aug 20, 2015 • 51 min
Few features of humanity are more fascinating than creativity; and few fields are more dynamic now than neuroscience. Rex Jung is a neuropsychologist who puts the two together. He’s working on a cutting edge of science, exploring the differences and…
[Unedited] Rex Jung and Krista Tippett
Aug 20, 2015 • 80 min
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 interview is edited and produced…
[Unedited] Katy Payne with Krista Tippett
Aug 13, 2015 • 70 min
Katy Payne is a visiting fellow with the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology. She was part of the research team that produced the original recording “Songs of the Humpback Whale.” Her book is “Silent Thunder: In…
Katy Payne — In the Presence of Elephants and Whales
Aug 13, 2015 • 51 min
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 with a Quaker sensibility. And she’s found her astonishment in listening to two of the world’s most exotic…
[Unedited] John O’Donohue with Krista Tippett
Aug 6, 2015 • 98 min
John O’Donohue was a poet and philosopher. He authored several books, including “Anam Ċara,” “Beauty,” and “Echoes of Memory,” a collection of blessings published posthumously. He died on January 4, 2008. This interview is edited and produced with music…
John O’Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty
Aug 6, 2015 • 51 min
The Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue was beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articulated a Celtic imagination…
Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations
Jul 30, 2015 • 51 min
Genetics describes DNA sequencing, but epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can…
[Unedited] Rachel Yehuda with Krista Tippett
Jul 30, 2015 • 93 min
Rachel Yehuda is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and the director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Rachel…
Elizabeth Alexander — Words That Shimmer
Jul 23, 2015 • 51 min
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 that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of…
[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett
Jul 23, 2015 • 93 min
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 author of several books of essays…
[Unedited] Rami Nashashibi with Krista Tippett
Jul 9, 2015 • 71 min
Rami Nashashibi is founder and executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He is a visiting assistant professor of Sociology of Religion and Muslim Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. This interview is edited and produced with…
Rami Nashashibi — A New Coming Together
Jul 9, 2015 • 51 min
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, while he was still a college…
john a. powell — Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging
Jun 25, 2015 • 50 min
“Race is a little bit like gravity,” john powell says: experienced by all, understood by the few. He is an esteemed legal scholar and thinker who counsels all kinds of people and projects on the front lines of our present racial anguish and longings. Race…
[Unedited] john powell with Krista Tippett
Jun 25, 2015 • 88 min
john a. powell is the director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley. He previously directed the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University and the Institute…
[Unedited] Mario Livio with Krista Tippett
Jun 18, 2015 • 90 min
Mario Livio is a senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. His books include: “Is God a Mathematician?” and “Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of…
Mario Livio — Mysteries of an Expanding Universe
Jun 18, 2015 • 51 min
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 makes possible, studying things like dark energy, extrasolar planets, and white dwarf stars. He’s fascinated…
[Unedited] Simone Campbell with Krista Tippett
Jun 11, 2015 • 91 min
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 features in the On Being episode “Simone…
Simone Campbell — How to Be Spiritually Bold
Jun 11, 2015 • 51 min
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 “crafting a faithful budget that…
Pico Iyer — The Art of Stillness
Jun 4, 2015 • 51 min
Pico Iyer is one of our most eloquent explorers of what he calls the “inner world” — in himself and in the 21st century world at large. The journalist and novelist travels the globe from Ethiopia to North Korea and lives in Japan. But he also experiences…
[Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista Tippett
Jun 4, 2015 • 85 min
Pico Iyer is a journalist and writer. He’s written over a dozen books including “The Global Soul: Jet Lag,” “Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home,” “The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,” and “The Art of Stillness: Adventures…
Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness
May 28, 2015 • 51 min
The philosopher and Catholic social innovator Jean Vanier is a teacher of the wisdom of tenderness. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, centers around people with mental disabilities and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. We experience…
[Unedited] Jean Vanier with Krista Tippett
May 28, 2015 • 150 min
Jean Vanier is a philosopher and the founder of L’Arche. He lives full-time in the original community in Trosly-Breuil, France. He’s also the recipient of the 2015 Templeton Prize. His books include “Befriending the Stranger,” “The Story of L’Arche,” and…
Jane Gross — The Far Shore of Aging
May 7, 2015 • 51 min
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 has grounded advice and practical…
[Unedited] Jane Gross with Krista Tippett
May 7, 2015 • 86 min
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 features in the On Being episode “Jane…
[Unedited] Mohammed Fairouz with Krista Tippett
Apr 30, 2015 • 81 min
Mohammed Fairouz is a composer whose opera and symphonies have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. His 11 albums include “Native Informant,” “In The Shadow of No Towers,” “Poems and Prayers,” and, most recently,…
Mohammed Fairouz — The World in Counterpoint
Apr 30, 2015 • 51 min
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 compositions. He sees “illustrious…
David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch — The Future of Marriage
Apr 16, 2015 • 51 min
What would it take to make our national encounter with gay marriage redemptive rather than divisive? David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch came to the gay marriage debate from very different directions — but with a shared concern about the institution of…
[Unedited] David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch with Krista Tippett
Apr 16, 2015 • 83 min
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 the Brookings Institution and…
danah boyd — Online Reflections of Our Offline Lives
Apr 9, 2015 • 51 min
Steeped in the cutting edge of research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the changes it’s making to life and relationship. She has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled…
[Unedited] danah boyd with Krista Tippett
Apr 9, 2015 • 84 min
danah boyd is principal researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder of Data & Society Research Institute. She’s also a visiting professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a faculty affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman…
Greg Boyle — The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship
Apr 2, 2015 • 51 min
A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation of…
[Unedited] Greg Boyle with Krista Tippett
Apr 2, 2015 • 117 min
Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder / executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. His memoir is “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features…
[Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista Tippett
Mar 26, 2015 • 99 min
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 of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, where he served on…
Bruce Kramer — Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS
Mar 26, 2015 • 51 min
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 this show. His words hold abiding…
[Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista Tippett
Mar 19, 2015 • 88 min
Alan Dienstag is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and Westchester County. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer’s and the Spiritual Terrain of…
Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer’s and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory
Mar 19, 2015 • 51 min
Alzheimer’s disease has been described as “the great unlearning.” But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? Alan Dienstag is a psychologist who has led support groups with early Alzheimer’s patients, as…
Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough — Mind and Morality: A Dialogue`
Mar 12, 2015 • 51 min
For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes. Research psychologist Michael McCullough believes that…
[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough
Mar 12, 2015 • 92 min
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. His books include “Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love” and “The Heart of…
Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer
Mar 5, 2015 • 52 min
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 Monologues,” has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls. But she herself also had a…
[Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett
Mar 5, 2015 • 74 min
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 is “In the Body of the World.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the…
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward
Feb 19, 2015 • 52 min
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 practice of nonviolence into a new century, for new generations. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original…
[Unedited] Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett
Feb 19, 2015 • 94 min
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons is assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the National Council of Elders. Her account of her work as an activist in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is featured…
[Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett
Jan 29, 2015 • 87 min
Brené Brown is Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her books include: “The Gifts of Imperfection” and “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.” This…
Brené Brown — The Courage to Be Vulnerable
Jan 29, 2015 • 51 min
Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and “wholeheartedness” shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live, parent, and…
[Unedited] Seth Godin with Krista Tippett
Dec 4, 2014 • 86 min
Seth Godin is an internet thought leader and entrepreneur, and founder of several companies including Squidoo.com. He’s the author of many books, including “Tribes,” “The Icarus Deception,” and most recently, “What to Do When It’s Your Turn.” This…
Seth Godin — The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating
Dec 4, 2014 • 51 min
We live in a world that is recreating itself one life and one digital connection at a time. On this landscape for which there are no maps, Seth Godin is a singular thought leader and innovator in what he describes as our post-industrial “connection…
Reza Aslan — Islam’s Reformation
Nov 20, 2014 • 53 min
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 history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS. His…
[Unedited] Reza Aslan with Krista Tippett
Nov 20, 2014 • 93 min
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 religions, he is currently professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. His books…
[Unedited] Bernard Chazelle with Krista Tippett
Nov 13, 2014 • 92 min
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 Memorial Foundation, and a member of…
Bernard Chazelle — Discovering the Cosmology of Bach
Nov 13, 2014 • 66 min
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, so, he says, Bach set out to…
Nadia Bolz-Weber — Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace
Oct 23, 2014 • 51 min
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 bicycles, and serious liturgy come together. She’s a face of the Emerging Church — redefining what church is,…
[Unedited] Nadia Bolz-Weber with Krista Tippett
Oct 23, 2014 • 76 min
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 Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other…
[Unedited] Scott Atran with Krista Tippett
Oct 16, 2014 • 87 min
Scott Atran is director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, visiting professor at the University of Michigan, senior fellow at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University and research professor at the John Jay College…
Scott Atran — Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear
Oct 16, 2014 • 51 min
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. He explores the human dynamics of what we analyze as “breeding grounds for terrorism” — why some young…
Michel Martin — The Fabric of Our Identity
Oct 2, 2014 • 51 min
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 labeled as “diversity” or “minority”…
[Unedited] Michel Martin with Krista Tippett
Oct 2, 2014 • 79 min
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 2007-2014. This interview is edited and…
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Et. Al. — Pursuing Happiness
Sep 25, 2014 • 51 min
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 Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary…
[Unedited] The Dalai Lama, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr with Krista Tippett
Sep 25, 2014 • 114 min
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 Millennium.” Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British…
Richard Rodriguez — The Fabric of Our Identity
Sep 18, 2014 • 51 min
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 airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox…
[Unedited] Richard Rodriguez with Krista Tippett
Sep 18, 2014 • 73 min
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 of Richard Rodriguez,” “Brown: The…
[Unedited] Imani Perry with Krista Tippett
Sep 11, 2014 • 72 min
Imani Perry is a professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. Her scholarly books include “Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop” and “More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality…
Imani Perry — The Fabric of Our Identity
Sep 11, 2014 • 51 min
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 racial equality. She writes, “That may very well be true, but it is also true that extraordinary things have…
Dan Barber — Driven By Flavor
Aug 21, 2014 • 51 min
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 place vis-à-vis our bodies, our ecologies and our economies. And he would do this by resurrecting our natural…
[Unedited] Dan Barber with Krista Tippett
Aug 21, 2014 • 93 min
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 interview is edited and produced with music…
[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett
Aug 7, 2014 • 68 min
Adele Diamond is a professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention.” Find more…
Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention
Aug 7, 2014 • 51 min
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 reflection. What nourishes the human…
[Unedited] Anita Desai with Krista Tippett
Aug 6, 2014 • 55 min
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 the On Being episode “Anita Desai and…
[Unedited] Andrew Robinson with Krista Tippett
Aug 6, 2014 • 59 min
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 —…
Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson — The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore
Aug 6, 2014 • 52 min
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. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a…
Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action
Jul 31, 2014 • 51 min
Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn takes us inside the…
[Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista Tippett
Jul 31, 2014 • 90 min
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, Meditation in Action.” Find more at…
[Unedited] Dario Robleto with Krista Tippett
Jul 24, 2014 • 87 min
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 the Menil Collection in Houston. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in…
Dario Robleto — Sculptor of Memory
Jul 24, 2014 • 51 min
Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills meaning at once social,…
[Unedited] Steven Waldman with Krista Tippett
Jul 3, 2014 • 86 min
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 interview is edited and produced with…
Philip Hamburger and Steven Waldman — The Long Experiment of American Democracy (July 3, 2014)
Jul 3, 2014 • 51 min
For the Fourth of July, a refreshing reality check about the long road of American democracy. We remember forgotten but fascinating, useful history as we contemplate how we might help young democracies on their own tumultuous paths now.
Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse — The Evolution of the Science-Religion Debate
Jun 26, 2014 • 51 min
We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. With mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse, we trace a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay —…
[Unedited] Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse with Krista Tippett
Jun 26, 2014 • 87 min
Jim Bradley is professor emeritus of mathematics at Calvin College. He’s currently helping lead a multi-year project called Randomness and Divine Providence. Michael Ruse is a professor of philosophy at Florida State University. His books include “The…
Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character
Jun 19, 2014 • 51 min
Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as “pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity.” Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents…
[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett
Jun 19, 2014 • 76 min
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 Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.” This interview is edited and produced with music and…
Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology Behind Morality
Jun 12, 2014 • 51 min
The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s research. “When it comes to moral judgments,” he says, “we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions…
[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt with Krista Tippett
Jun 12, 2014 • 109 min
Jonathan Haidt is the author of the bestselling book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.” He is Professor of Ethical Leadership at The Stern School of Business at New York University. This interview is edited and…
[Unedited] Rosanne Cash with Krista Tippett
Jun 5, 2014 • 85 min
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 episode “Rosanne Cash — Time Traveler.”…
Rosanne Cash, Time Traveler
Jun 5, 2014 • 51 min
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 and mathematical ways to think about…
Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales are for Adults Again
May 8, 2014 • 51 min
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 Maria Tatar, by adapting across…
[Unedited] Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett
May 8, 2014 • 67 min
Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where she also chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology. Her books include “Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood” and “The Annotated…
[Unedited] Jaroslav Pelikan With Krista Tippett
Apr 24, 2014 • 74 min
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 with music and other features in the…
Jaroslav Pelikan — The Need for Creeds
Apr 24, 2014 • 51 min
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 insisted that strong statements of belief…
Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharoah, Moses, and God
Apr 10, 2014 • 51 min
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 movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God,…
[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett
Apr 10, 2014 • 71 min
Avivah Zornberg is a scholar of Torah and rabbinic literature, and author of several books including “The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Avivah…
Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth
Apr 3, 2014 • 51 min
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 boundaries where mathematics presses on…
[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista Tippett
Apr 3, 2014 • 76 min
Janna Levin is an astrophysicist and writer. She has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is the author of “A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines,” which won…
Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises
Mar 20, 2014 • 51 min
“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 God and humanity has unfolded through…
[Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett
Mar 20, 2014 • 75 min
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 “The Book of Forgiving.” This…
[Unedited] Brian McLaren with Krista Tippett
Mar 13, 2014 • 79 min
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 Walking.” This interview is edited and…
Brian McLaren — The Equation of Change
Mar 13, 2014 • 51 min
“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 encounters?” Brian McLaren on the evolution of…
Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit
Mar 6, 2014 • 51 min
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 him, pondering death was a way of wondering at life — and the infinite variety of processes that maintain…
[Unedited] Sherwin Nuland with Krista Tippett
Mar 6, 2014 • 53 min
Sherwin Nuland was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, where he also taught bioethics and medical history. His books include “How We Die,” “Lost in America,” “Maimonides,” and “How We Live: The Wisdom of the Body.” This interview is edited…
[Unedited] Bobby McFerrin with Krista Tippett
Feb 27, 2014 • 74 min
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 interview is edited and produced with music…
Bobby McFerrin — Catching Song (Feb 27, 2014)
Feb 27, 2014 • 51 min
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, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin?
[Unedited] Paul Elie with Krista Tippett
Feb 20, 2014 • 95 min
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 books include “The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage” and “Reinventing Bach.” This…
Paul Elie — Faith Fired by Literature
Feb 20, 2014 • 51 min
The writers Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, social activist Dorothy Day, and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton — all four shared a complex Catholic faith. Paul Elie takes us on a kind of literary pilgrimage through a Catholic imagination that still…
[Unedited] David Hartman with Krista Tippett
Feb 6, 2014 • 83 min
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 with music and other features in…
David Hartman — Hope in a Hopeless God
Feb 6, 2014 • 51 min
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 remember his window into the unfolding of…
[Unedited] Ursula King with Krista Tippett
Jan 23, 2014 • 90 min
Ursula King is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloan Wilson — Teilhard de…
Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloan Wilson — Teilhard de Chardin’s Planetary Mind and Our Spiritual Evolution
Jan 23, 2014 • 51 min
The coming stage of evolution, Teilhard de Chardin said, won’t be driven by physical adaptation but by human consciousness, creativity, and spirit. We visit with his biographer Ursula King, and we experience his ideas energizing New York Times Dot Earth…
[Unedited] Patrick Bellegarde-Smith with Krista Tippett
Jan 9, 2014 • 84 min
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 “Patrick Bellegarde-Smith — Living…
Patrick Bellegarde-Smith — Living Vodou
Jan 9, 2014 • 51 min
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 ancestral religions in Africa. We walk through this mysterious tradition — one with dramatic rituals of trances…
[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett
Jan 2, 2014 • 77 min
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 astrophysicist and professor at Dartmouth College. Krista Tippett spoke with them on October 15, 2012 at a…
Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are
Jan 2, 2014 • 51 min
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] Joan Halifax with Krista Tippett
Dec 26, 2013 • 91 min
In this unedited interview, Roshi Joan Halifax and Krista Tippett talk in front of a live audience at the Chautauqua Institution. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bad news and horrific pictures in the world. This is a form of empathy, Joan Halifax…
Joan Halifax — Compassion’s Edge States and Caring Better
Dec 26, 2013 • 51 min
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bad news and horrific pictures in the world. This is a form of empathy, Joan Halifax says, that works against us. The Zen abbot and medical anthropologist has bracing, nourishing thoughts on finding buoyancy rather…
[Unedited] Walter Brueggemann with Krista Tippett
Dec 19, 2013 • 70 min
Krista Tippett’s complete and unedited conversation with theologian Walter Brueggemann. He is professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. Krista spoke with him in our studios in May 2011. The people we later recognize as prophets, says…
Walter Brueggemann — The Prophetic Imagination
Dec 19, 2013 • 51 min
The people we later recognize as prophets, says Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann, are also poets. They reframe what is at stake in chaotic times. Hear a very special voice in conversation to address our changing lives and the deepest meaning of hope this…
Phil Donahue — Transformation, On-Screen and Off
Dec 12, 2013 • 52 min
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 transformations on race, gender roles, and parenting in the dramatic era he captured on television.
[Unedited] Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista Tippett
Dec 12, 2013 • 86 min
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 race, gender roles, and parenting in…
Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle — Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World
Nov 28, 2013 • 51 min
What might words like repentance or forgiveness mean, culturally, in this moment? These are questions of the emerging church, a loosely-defined movement that crosses generations, theologies and social ideologies in the hope of reimagining Christianity.…
[Unedited] Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle with Krista Tippett
Nov 28, 2013 • 88 min
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 politically incorrect conversation…
Martin Rees — Cosmic Origami and What We Don’t Know
Nov 21, 2013 • 52 min
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…
[Unedited] Lord Martin Rees with Krista Tippett
Nov 21, 2013 • 87 min
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.” Astrophysicist Martin Rees paints a…
[Unedited] Ira Byock with Krista Tippett
Nov 7, 2013 • 141 min
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 learning, repair, and completion of our lives. Krista Tippett interviewed Dr. Ira Byock on March 2, 2012.…
Ira Byock — Contemplating Mortality
Nov 7, 2013 • 51 min
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 in the United States. He says we lose sight of “the remarkable value” of the time of life we call dying…
[Unedited] Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett
Oct 24, 2013 • 84 min
Krista Tippett spoke with immunologist Esther Sternberg on March 30, 2012. This unedited interview is included in our show, “The Science of Healing Places.” Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.
Esther Sternberg — The Science of Healing Places
Oct 24, 2013 • 51 min
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 Sternberg explains the scientific research revealing how physical spaces create stress and make us sick — and…
[Unedited] David Sloan Wilson with Krista Tippett
Oct 17, 2013 • 141 min
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 together. He’s taken what he’s learned in studying evolution in animals and is now applying it to the…
David Sloan Wilson — Evolving a City
Oct 17, 2013 • 51 min
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 together. He’s taken what he’s learned in studying evolution in animals and is now applying it to the…
Keith Devlin — The Joy of Math: Learning and What It Means To Be Human
Sep 19, 2013 • 51 min
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 technology may free more of us to discover the wonder of mathematical thinking — as a reflection of the…
[Unedited] Keith Devlin with Krista Tippett
Sep 19, 2013 • 86 min
Keith Devlin is a mathematician and executive director of H-STAR at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Krista Tippett spoke with him on July 11, 2013. This interview is included in our show “The Joy of Math.” Download the mp3 of the produced…
[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc with Krista Tippett
Sep 12, 2013 • 51 min
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 we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside. This is Krista Tippett’s…
Arthur Zajonc — Holding Life Consciously
Sep 12, 2013 • 51 min
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 we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside.
Natalie Batalha — Exoplanets and Love: Science That Connects Us to One Another
Aug 29, 2013 • 51 min
A mission scientist with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life. She speaks about unexpected connections between things like love and dark energy, science…
[Unedited] Natalie Batalha with Krista Tippett
Aug 29, 2013 • 76 min
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 our show “On Exoplanets and Love:…
Kwame Anthony Appiah — Sidling Up to Difference: Social Change and Moral Revolutions
Aug 15, 2013 • 51 min
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 moment in American life, he has…
[Unedited] Kwame Anthony Appiah with Krista Tippett
Aug 15, 2013 • 99 min
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 http://www.onbeing.org/program/sidling-difference/175
[Unedited] Sylvia Earle with Krista Tippett
Aug 8, 2013 • 84 min
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle has done something no one else has — walked solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She tells what she saw — and what she has learned — about the giant living system that is the ocean.
Sylvia Earle — Her Deepness
Aug 8, 2013 • 51 min
Sylvia Earle has done something no one else has — walked solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She tells what she saw — and what she has learned — about the giant living system that is the ocean. And she explains why seeing a shark…
[Unedited] David Montgomery with Krista Tippett
Aug 1, 2013 • 78 min
Krista Tippett interviewed geologist David R. Montgomery on July 3, 2013. This interview is included in the show ‘Reading the Rocks.’ Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.
David Montgomery — Reading the Rocks: Flood Stories and Deep Time
Aug 1, 2013 • 51 min
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; instead he discovered this biblical story was the plate tectonics of its day. He tells us how the evolution…
David Gushee and Frances Kissling — Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dialogue
Jul 25, 2013 • 51 min
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 Christian ethicist who advocates a “consistent ethic of life” and an abortion-rights activist reveal what they…
[Unedited] David Gushee and Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett
Jul 25, 2013 • 95 min
Krista Tippett spoke with Christian ethicist David P. Gushee and abortion-rights activist Frances Kissling on September 26, 2012 in front of a live, public audience at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis, MN.
Meredith Monk’s Voice
Jun 27, 2013 • 76 min
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 practice. Through music as through meditation, the longtime Buddhist practitioner pushes the boundaries of…
[Unedited] Meredith Monk and Krista Tippett
Jun 27, 2013 • 87 min
Krista Tippett’s unedited interview with Meredith Monk, award-winning, composer, singer, director and choreographer. She spoke with her on January 11, 2012 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, Minnesota. Meredith Monk was in a private recording studio in…
Sarah Kay’s Way with Words
Jun 13, 2013 • 51 min
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 how she works with words to make connections — inside people and between them.
[Unedited] Sarah Kay and Krista Tippett
Jun 13, 2013 • 71 min
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
Jun 6, 2013 • 81 min
Krista Tippett interviewed S. James Gates Jr., Toll Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland in College Park, on January 25, 2012 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, MN. Gates was in the…
S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality
Jun 6, 2013 • 51 min
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 30, 2013 • 87 min
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, Meditation, and Technology.”…
Tami Simon — Inner Life at Work: Business, Meditation, and Technology
May 30, 2013 • 51 min
You might call Tami Simon a spiritual entrepreneur. She’s built a successful multimedia publishing company with a mission to disseminate “spiritual wisdom” by diverse teachers and thinkers like Pema Chödrön and Eckhart Tolle, Daniel Goleman and Brené…
Christian Wiman — A Call to Doubt and Faith, and Remembering God
May 23, 2013 • 51 min
The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively…
[Unedited] Christian Wiman with Krista Tippett
May 23, 2013 • 90 min
Krista Tippett interviewed poet Christian Wiman on March 21, 2012. Mr. Wiman is a poet and editor of Poetry magazine, and he’s the author of several volumes of poetry including ‘Every Riven Thing.’ This interview is included in the show “A Call to Doubt…
Andrew Zolli — A Shift to Humility: Resilience and Expanding the Edge of Change
May 15, 2013 • 51 min
Disruption is around every corner by way of globally connected economies, inevitable superstorms, and technology’s endless reinvention. But most of us were born into a culture which aspired to solve all problems. How do we support people and create…
Sylvia Boorstein — What We Nurture
May 9, 2013 • 51 min
The best way to nurture children’s inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom of the celebrated Jewish-Buddhist…
[Unedited] Sylvia Boorstein and Krista Tippett
May 9, 2013 • 90 min
The best way to nurture children’s inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom of the celebrated Jewish-Buddhist…
[Unedited] Alan Rabinowitz with Krista Tippett
Apr 18, 2013 • 89 min
A profound stutter as a child left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate and to prefer animals to people. He became a wildlife biologist and made his name as an explorer in some of the world’s last wild places — discovering new animal species,…
Alan Rabinowitz — A Voice for the Animals
Apr 18, 2013 • 51 min
A profound stutter as a child left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate and to prefer animals to people. Now a conservationist of tigers and jaguars, an explorer of the world’s last wild places, he has extraordinary insight into both animals…
Lawrence Krauss — Our Origins and the Weight of Space
Apr 9, 2013 • 51 min
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 energy and the Higgs Boson particle. Science literacy matters, and, more importantly, he suggests we should…
Lawrence Krauss with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]
Apr 9, 2013 • 74 min
This is Krista Tippett’s unabridged interview with physicist Lawrence Krauss. 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 energy and the Higgs Boson…
Thupten Jinpa — Translating the Dalai Lama
Feb 21, 2013 • 51 min
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 a husband and father of two…
[Unedited] Thupten Jinpa with Krista Tippett
Feb 21, 2013 • 76 min
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 a husband and father of two…
Jon Kabat-Zinn — Opening to Our Lives
Dec 27, 2012 • 51 min
Jon Kabat-Zinn has learned, through science and experience, about mindfulness as a way of life. This is wisdom with immediate relevance to the ordinary and extreme stresses of our time — from economic peril, to parenting, to life in a digital age.
[Unedited] Kabat-Zinn and Krista Tippett
Dec 27, 2012 • 84 min
Jon Kabat-Zinn has learned, through science and experience, about mindfulness as a way of life. This is wisdom with immediate relevance to the ordinary and extreme stresses of our time — from economic peril, to parenting, to life in a digital age. See…
[Unedited] Kate Braestrup with Krista Tippett
Dec 13, 2012 • 108 min
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, decency and beauty intertwine. Hear…
Kate Braestrup — A Presence in the Wild
Dec 13, 2012 • 51 min
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, decency and beauty intertwine. Hear…
[Unedited] Arnold Eisen with Krista Tippett
Dec 6, 2012 • 78 min
Rabbi Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., famously reporting that he felt like his legs were praying. Heschel practiced what he called “radical amazement” in his work with religious others. “The opposite of good is not evil,” he said, “it is…
Arnold Eisen — The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel
Dec 6, 2012 • 51 min
Rabbi Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., famously reporting that he felt like his legs were praying. Heschel practiced what he called “radical amazement” in his work with religious others. “The opposite of good is not evil,” he said, “it is…
Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awaad — No More Taking Sides
Nov 29, 2012 • 52 min
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 to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more violence, they’ve decided to understand the…
[Unedited] Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad with Krista Tippett
Nov 29, 2012 • 127 min
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 spokesman and project manager for…
Sherry Turkle — Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology
Nov 15, 2012 • 51 min
Each of us, in our everyday interactions, chooses between letting technology shape us and shaping it towards human purposes, even towards honoring what we hold dear. Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, is full of usable…
[Unedited] Sherry Turkle with Krista Tippett
Nov 15, 2012 • 88 min
Each of us, in our everyday interactions, chooses between letting technology shape us and shaping it towards human purposes, even towards honoring what we hold dear. Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, is full of usable…
Sen. Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin — Political Bridge People
Oct 25, 2012 • 51 min
A veteran Republican senator and Democratic economist are political bridge people who’ve brought differing approaches and shared love of country to generations of economic policy. In this tense political moment, they offer straight talk and wise…
[Unedited] Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin with Krista Tippett
Oct 25, 2012 • 91 min
A veteran Republican senator and Democratic economist are political bridge people who’ve brought differing approaches and shared love of country to generations of economic policy. In this tense political moment, they offer straight talk and wise…
[Unedited] Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons with Krista Tippett
Sep 20, 2012 • 83 min
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 Good and author of The Next…
Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons — The Next Christians
Sep 20, 2012 • 51 min
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 conversation addresses subjects like gay…
Joanna Brooks — Mormons Demystified
Aug 23, 2012 • 51 min
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 revealing conversation with the Ask…
[Unedited] Joanna Brooks with Krista Tippett
Aug 23, 2012 • 81 min
Joanna Brooks is chair and associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She’s also blogs at Religion Dispatches and Ask Mormon Girl.
Fr. Alberto Ambrosio and Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis — Spiritual Boundaries in Modern Turkey
Aug 2, 2012 • 51 min
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, an Eastern Orthodox bishop is creating what he calls a “dialogue of life” as a religious minority in this…
[Unedited] Fr. Alberto Ambrosio with Krista Tippett
Aug 2, 2012 • 78 min
Fr. Alberto Ambrosio is a Dominican friar and scholar of Sufism. Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis is the Metropolitan of Bursa in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Terry Tempest Williams — The Vitality of the Struggle
Jul 19, 2012 • 51 min
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 draws political, spiritual, and creative inspiration from her experience of the interior American West. She…
[Unedited] Terry Tempest Williams with Krista Tippett
Jul 19, 2012 • 86 min
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 draws political, spiritual, and creative inspiration from her experience of the interior American West. She…
[Unedited] Mustafa Akyol with Krista Tippett
Jul 12, 2012 • 78 min
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 Liberty.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode…
Mustafa Akyol — Religion, Democracy, and the New Turkey
Jul 12, 2012 • 51 min
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 gives a fresh perspective on this new model of religion and democracy.
[Unedited] Jacob Needleman with Krista Tippett
Jun 28, 2012 • 60 min
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” of democracy — the conscience that…
Jacob Needleman — The Inward Work of Democracy
Jun 28, 2012 • 51 min
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” of democracy — the conscience that…
Richard Davidson — Investigating Healthy Minds
Jun 14, 2012 • 51 min
Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually “rewire” our brains. He’s studied the brains of meditating Buddhist monks, and now he’s using his research with children and adolescents to look at things like ADHD,…
[Unedited] Richard Davidson with Krista Tippett
Jun 14, 2012 • 70 min
Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually “rewire” our brains. He’s studied the brains of meditating Buddhist monks, and now he’s using his research with children and adolescents to look at things like ADHD,…
Michael McCullough — Getting Revenge and Forgiveness
May 24, 2012 • 53 min
Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, science is also revealing that human beings are more instinctively equipped for forgiveness than we’ve perhaps…
[Unedited] Michael McCullough with Krista Tippett
May 24, 2012 • 108 min
Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, science is also revealing that human beings are more instinctively equipped for forgiveness than we’ve perhaps…
Matthew Sanford — The Body’s Grace
May 3, 2012 • 53 min
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 in the face of illness, aging, and…
[Unedited] Matthew Sanford with Krista Tippett
May 3, 2012 • 68 min
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 in the face of illness, aging, and…
Ernie LaPointe and Cedric Good House — Reimagining Sitting Bull, Tatanka Iyotake
Apr 19, 2012 • 53 min
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 threads of the legacy of this complex leader and American icon. And we’ll explore why his spiritual character…
[Unedited] Ernie LaPointe with Krista Tippett
Apr 19, 2012 • 123 min
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 threads of the legacy of this complex leader and American icon. And we’ll explore why his spiritual character…
[Unedited] Vigen Guroian with Krista Tippett
Apr 5, 2012 • 98 min
An understanding of Easter from inside the Armenian Orthodox tradition that is at once mystical and literally down to earth. Vigen Guroian is a theologian who experiences Easter as a call to our senses. He is passionate about the meaning of grand ideas…
Vigen Guroian — Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter
Apr 5, 2012 • 51 min
An understanding of Easter from inside the Armenian Orthodox tradition that is at once mystical and literally down to earth. Vigen Guroian is a theologian who experiences Easter as a call to our senses. He is passionate about the meaning of grand ideas…
[Unedited] Fatemeh Keshavarz with Krista Tippett
Mar 8, 2012 • 85 min
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 language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his…
Fatemeh Keshavarz — The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi
Mar 8, 2012 • 51 min
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 language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his…
Nicholas Kristof — Journalism and Compassion
Feb 9, 2012 • 51 min
Can journalism be a humanitarian art? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has learned that reportage can deaden rather than awaken the consciousness, much less the hearts, of his readers. He shares his wide ethical lens he’s gained on human life in…
[Unedited] Nicholas Kristof with Krista Tippett
Feb 9, 2012 • 85 min
Can journalism be a humanitarian art? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has learned that reportage can deaden rather than awaken the consciousness, much less the hearts, of his readers. He shares his wide ethical lens he’s gained on human life in…
[Unedited] Tiya Miles with Krista Tippett
Feb 2, 2012 • 51 min
Krista Tippett’s unedited interview with Tiya Miles, Chair and Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She spoke with her on November 16, 2011 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, MN.…
Tiya Miles — Toward Living Memory
Feb 2, 2012 • 51 min
For Black History Month: a MacArthur “genius” who’s unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting history of African-Americans and Native Americans, and the little-known narratives that Cherokee landowners held…
John Paul Lederach — The Art of Peace
Jan 12, 2012 • 51 min
What happens when people transcend violence while living in it? John Paul Lederach has spent three decades mediating peace and change in 25 countries — from Nepal to Colombia and Sierra Leone. He shifts the language and lens of the very notion of conflict…
[Unedited] John Paul Lederach with Krista Tippett
Jan 12, 2012 • 107 min
What happens when people transcend violence while living in it? John Paul Lederach has spent three decades mediating peace and change in 25 countries — from Nepal to Colombia and Sierra Leone.. He shifts the language and lens of the very notion of…
[Unedited] Scott-Martin Kosofsky with Krista Tippett
Dec 15, 2011 • 93 min
Scott-Martin Kosofsky is a book composer, typographer, and author of “The Book of Customs.” Krista Tippett spoke with him on November 2, 2004 from the studios of APM in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Mr. Kosofsky was in a studio of WGBH in Boston. This interview…
Scott-Martin Kosofsky — Legends to Live By
Dec 15, 2011 • 59 min
Could a Yiddish text from the Middle Ages serve as a guide to living now? Book composer and typographer Scott-Martin Kosofsky revives unlikely sources of “customs” for leading a modern life and marking sacred time. For Hanukkah and all the seasons upon us.
Diane Winston — Monsters We Love: TV’s Pop Culture Theodicy
Dec 1, 2011 • 51 min
Amoral zombies. Loving vampires. Righteous serial killers. And lots of God. That’s all in the new TV season — a place where great writers and actors are telling the story of our time — playfully, violently, soulfully.
[Unedited] Diane Winston with Krista Tippett
Dec 1, 2011 • 101 min
Diane Winston is the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication + Journalism at the University of Southern California. Krista Tippett spoke with her on November 2, 2011 from the studios of APM in Saint Paul, Minnesota;…
[Unedited] Ellen Davis with Krista Tippett
Nov 24, 2011 • 88 min
More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. And the experience of…
Ellen Davis — The Poetry of Creatures (with Wendell Berry)
Nov 24, 2011 • 51 min
How we see the world is how we value it, says Ellen Davis. And poetry is a way to rediscover the lost art of being creatures. An hour of learning and slowing down, with the “Mad Farmer” poems of Wendell Berry and a new way to take in the “poetry” of…
[Unedited] Paul Raushenbush with Krista Tippett
Nov 17, 2011 • 83 min
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Senior Religion Editor for the Huffington Post. Krista Tippett spoke with him on October 5, 2011 from the studios of APM in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Paul Brandeis Raushenbush was in the Argot Studios in New York City. This…
Paul Raushenbush — Occupying the Gospel
Nov 17, 2011 • 51 min
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush opens up a hidden but possibly re-emerging influence in the DNA of American Christianity, reaching back to the Social Gospel movement at the turn of the 20th century. And, the Huffington Post religion editor shares what he’s…
[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett
Oct 6, 2011 • 63 min
Avivah Zornberg is a celebrated, literary teacher of the Torah. We spoke with her on April 7, 2005, from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was in a private recording studio in Jerusalem. This interview is included in our…
Avivah Zornberg — The Genesis of Desire
Oct 6, 2011 • 51 min
What may one of the great literary teachers of Torah and midrash — the Jewish tradition of reading between the lines of the Bible to uncover hidden layers of meaning — teach us about our own human longings? Hear what happens when she takes on Noah and the…
[Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett
Sep 29, 2011 • 85 min
This unedited interview with Wangari Maathai was recorded in 2006 and is included in our show, “Planting the Future.” Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.
Wangari Maathai — Planting the Future
Sep 29, 2011 • 51 min
A remarkable Kenyan woman and environmentalist speaks from experience about the links between ecology, human flourishing, war and peace, and democracy. And she shares her thoughts on where God resides.
Sari Nusseibeh — The Evolution of Change
Sep 15, 2011 • 51 min
We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh. His personal story is steeped in layers of identity and, as he says, living legend, which shape…
[Unedited] Sari Nusseibeh with Krista Tippett
Sep 15, 2011 • 78 min
We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh. His personal story is steeped in layers of identity and, as he says, living legend, which shape…
Hendrik Hertzberg, Pankaj Mishra and Serene Jones — Remembering Forward Ten Years after 9/11
Sep 8, 2011 • 51 min
In the days and months after 9/11, St. Paul’s Chapel became the hub where thousands of volunteers and rescue workers received round-the-clock care. It was a moving setting to explore how 9/11 changed us as a people — and to ponder the inward work of…
[Unedited] Hendrik Hertzberg, Serene Jones, and Pankaj Mishra with Krista Tippett
Sep 8, 2011 • 94 min
In the days and months after 9/11, St. Paul’s Chapel became the hub where thousands of volunteers and rescue workers received round-the-clock care. It was a moving setting to explore how 9/11 changed us as a people — and to ponder the inward work of…
[Unedited] Richard Mouw with Krista Tippett (Restoring Political Civility)
Aug 18, 2011 • 84 min
Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse. He offers historical as well as spiritual perspective on American Evangelicals’ navigation of disagreement, fear, and truth. See more at…
Richard Mouw — Restoring Political Civility: An Evangelical View
Aug 18, 2011 • 51 min
Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse. He offers historical as well as spiritual perspective on American Evangelicals’ navigation of disagreement, fear, and truth.
Frances Kissling — Listening Beyond Life and Choice
Aug 11, 2011 • 51 min
Frances Kissling is known for her longtime activism on the abortion issue but has devoted her energy more in recent years to real relationship and new conversations across that bitter divide. She’s learned, she’s written, about the courage to be…
[Unedited] Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett (Listening Beyond Life and Choice)
Aug 11, 2011 • 89 min
Frances Kissling is president of the Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy. She was the president of Catholics for Choice from 1982 until 2007.
Paul Collins and Jennifer Elder — Autism and Humanity
Jul 14, 2011 • 53 min
One child in every 110 in the U.S. is now diagnosed to be somewhere on the spectrum of autism. We step back from public controversies over causes and cures and explore the mystery and meaning of autism in one family’s life, and in history and society. Our…
[Unedited] Paul Collins and Jennifer Elder with Krista Tippett
Jul 14, 2011 • 110 min
One child in every 110 in the U.S. is now diagnosed to be somewhere on the spectrum of autism. We step back from public controversies over causes and cures and explore the mystery and meaning of autism in one family’s life, and in history and society. Our…
[Unedited] Amahl Bishara with Krista Tippett
Jul 7, 2011 • 46 min
Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you’ll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal…
Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq — Pleasure More Than Hope
Jul 7, 2011 • 46 min
Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you’ll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal…
[Unedited] Nidal Al-Azraq with Krista Tippett
Jul 7, 2011 • 40 min
Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you’ll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal…
[Unedited] Anthea Butler with Krista Tippett
Jun 9, 2011 • 63 min
A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considered…
Anthea Butler and Arlene Sánchez-Walsh — Reviving Sister Aimee
Jun 9, 2011 • 52 min
A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considered…
[Unedited] Arlene Sanchez-Walsh with Krista Tippett
Jun 9, 2011 • 61 min
A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considered…
[Unedited] Margaret Paloma with Krista Tippett
Jun 9, 2011 • 23 min
A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considered…
Yossi Klein Halevi — Thin Places, Thick Realities
May 12, 2011 • 52 min
A new show from Jerusalem with American-Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who says Jerusalem is a place where the essential human story plays itself out with particular intensity.
[Unedited] Yossi Klein Halevi with Krista Tippett
May 12, 2011 • 70 min
A new show from Jerusalem with American-Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who says Jerusalem is a place where the essential human story plays itself out with particular intensity. This is the unedited interview of the produced show “Thin Places,…
[Unedited] Mohammad Darawshe with Krista Tippett
Apr 28, 2011 • 59 min
Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel’s population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle…
Mohammad Darawshe — Children of Both Identities
Apr 28, 2011 • 52 min
Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel’s population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle…
[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett (Exodus, Cargo of Hidden Stories)
Apr 14, 2011 • 71 min
Avivah Zornberg is a celebrated, literary teacher of the Torah. We spoke with her on April 7, 2005, from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was in a private recording studio in Jerusalem. This interview is included in our…
Avivah Zornberg — Exodus, Cargo of Hidden Stories
Apr 14, 2011 • 51 min
The biblical Exodus story has inspired believers and non-believers, Jews and Christians — and more than a few Hollywood movies. But this is no simple story of heroes and villains; it is a complex picture of the possibilities and ironies of human passion…
John Polkinghorne — Quarks and Creation
Jan 13, 2011 • 51 min
Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the…
[Unedited] John Polkinghorne with Krista Tippett
Jan 13, 2011 • 58 min
This unedited interview with John Polkinghorne was recorded in 2005 and is included in our show, “Quarks and Creation.” Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? Physicist…
Evolving “Faith”
Dec 30, 2010 • 51 min
At the turn of the year, we look at how American culture’s encounter with religious ideas and people has evolved in the past decade — and this radio project with it.
[Unedited] Joe Carter with Krista Tippett
Dec 23, 2010 • 145 min
The African-American spiritual is the source from which gospel, jazz, blues, and hip-hop evolved. We celebrate the life of Joe Carter, who explored the meaning of the Negro spiritual in word and song — through its hidden meanings, as well as its beauty,…
Joe Carter — The Legacy of the African-American Spiritual
Dec 23, 2010 • 51 min
Born in slavery, the Negro spiritual conveys a generous understanding of the nature of God and of human life. A celebration in word and song — through its hidden meanings, as well as its beauty, lament, and hope.
[Unedited] Darius Rejali with Krista Tippett
Nov 4, 2010 • 109 min
One of the world’s leading experts on torture, Iranian-American political scientist Darius Rejali discusses, in particular, how democracies change torture and are changed by it. In the wake of Wikileaks revelations about torture in U.S.-occupied Iraq, we…
Darius Rejali — The Long Shadow of Torture
Nov 4, 2010 • 51 min
One of the world’s leading experts on torture, Iranian-American political scientist Darius Rejali discusses, in particular, how democracies change torture and are changed by it. In the wake of Wikileaks revelations about torture in U.S.-occupied Iraq, we…
Doris Taylor — Stem Cells, Untold Stories
Sep 30, 2010 • 52 min
Using stem cells, Doris Taylor brought the heart of a dead animal back to life and might one day revolutionize human organ transplantation. She takes us beyond lightning rod issues and into an unfolding frontier where science is learning how stem cells…
[Unedited] Doris Taylor with Krista Tippett
Sep 30, 2010 • 93 min
Using stem cells, Doris Taylor brought the heart of a dead animal back to life and might one day revolutionize human organ transplantation. She takes us beyond lightning rod issues and into an unfolding frontier where science is learning how stem cells…
Sharon Brous — Days of Awe
Sep 2, 2010 • 52 min
We delve into the world and meaning of the Jewish High Holy Days — ten days that span the new year of Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur’s rituals of atonement. A young rabbi in L.A. is one voice in a Jewish spiritual renaissance that is taking many forms…
[Unedited] Sharon Brous with Krista Tippett
Sep 2, 2010 • 89 min
We’ll delve into the world and meaning of the approaching Jewish High Holy Days — ten days that span the new year of Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur’s rituals of atonement. Sharon Brous, a young rabbi in L.A., is one voice in a Jewish spiritual…
Jacqueline Novogratz — A Different Kind of Capitalism
Aug 19, 2010 • 51 min
The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the world’s poor. Jacqueline Novogratz, whose…
[Unedited] Jacqueline Novogratz with Krista Tippett
Aug 19, 2010 • 85 min
The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the world’s poor. Jacqueline Novogratz, whose…
[Unedited] Bill McKibben with Krista Tippett
Aug 5, 2010 • 91 min
We had to cut some great segments from Krista’s conversation with Bill McKibben. Here you can listen to it all, and tell us what you think of our edits from our produced show “Bill McKibben on The Moral Math of Climate Change.” A conversation about…
Bill McKibben — The Moral Math of Climate Change
Aug 5, 2010 • 51 min
A conversation about climate change and moral imagination with a leading environmentalist and writer who has been ahead of the curve on this issue since he wrote The End of Nature in 1989. We explore his evolving perspective on human responsibility in a…
Rachel Naomi Remen — Listening Generously
Jul 29, 2010 • 52 min
Rachel Naomi Remen’s lifelong struggle with chronic illness has shaped her philosophy and practice of medicine. She speaks about the art of listening to patients and other physicians, the difference between curing and healing, and how our losses help us…
[Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen with Krista Tippett
Jul 29, 2010 • 88 min
This unedited interview with Rachel Naomi Remen is included in our program “Rachel Naomi Remen on Listening Generously.” Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen’s lifelong struggle with a debilitating illness has shaped the way she practices medicine, and her views about…
Barbara Kingsolver — The Ethics of Eating
Jul 15, 2010 • 53 min
Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen and mother more than an expert, she turned her life towards questions many of us are asking. Food, she says,…
[Unedited] Barbara Kingsolver with Krista Tippett
Jul 15, 2010 • 58 min
Barbara Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen and mother more than an expert, she turned her life towards questions many of us are asking. Food, she…
[Unedited] Shane Claiborne with Krista Tippett
Jul 1, 2010 • 86 min
Shane Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of Evangelical Christianity, they are patterning their lives in response to the needs of the poor — and the detachment they see…
Shane Claiborne — A Monastic Revolution
Jul 1, 2010 • 52 min
Shane Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of Evangelical Christianity, they are patterning their lives in response to the needs of the poor — and the detachment they see…
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso — The Spirituality of Parenting
Jun 17, 2010 • 53 min
More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. And the experience of…
[Unedited] Sandy Eisenberg Sasso with Krista Tippett
Jun 17, 2010 • 54 min
More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, or find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. We sense that there is a spiritual aspect to our children’s natures and wonder…
[Unedited] Andrew Freear with Krista Tippett
Jun 3, 2010 • 103 min
Auburn’s Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the poorest counties. They’re creating beautiful and economical structures that are not only unique but nurture…
Andrew Freear — An Architecture of Decency
Jun 3, 2010 • 52 min
Auburn’s Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the poorest counties. They’re creating beautiful and economical structures that are not only unique but nurture…
[Unedited] Getatchew Haile with Krista Tippett
May 6, 2010 • 67 min
Columba Stewart is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Getatchew Haile is a MacArthur Fellow and the curator of the Ethiopian Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint…
[Unedited] Fr. Columba Stewart with Krista Tippett
May 6, 2010 • 90 min
Columba Stewart is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Getatchew Haile is a MacArthur Fellow and the curator of the Ethiopian Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint…
Columba Stewart and Getatchew Haile — Preserving Words and Worlds
May 6, 2010 • 52 min
Saint John’s University and Abbey in rural Minnesota houses a monastic library that rescues writings from across the centuries and across the world. There are worlds in this place on palm leaf and papyrus, in microfilm and pixels. And the relevance of the…
Mercedes Doretti — Laying the Dead to Rest
Apr 15, 2010 • 52 min
With an Argentinean scientist, we explore the human landscape of forensic sciences and its emergence as a tool for human rights. Doretti has unearthed bones and stories of the dead and “the disappeared” in more than 30 countries, including victims of…
[Unedited] Mercedes Doretti with Krista Tippett
Apr 15, 2010 • 81 min
Mercedes Doretti is co-founder and senior researcher of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). She received a MacArthur “genius” grant for her work in 2007.
Mayfair Yang — China’s Hidden Spiritual Landscape
Apr 8, 2010 • 52 min
A filmmaker and scholar gives us a parallel story to the ubiquitous news of China’s economy and politics. Mayfair Yang discusses the ancient and reemerging traditions of reverence and ritual — revealing background to its approach to Tibet. And, she tells…
[Unedited] Mayfair Yang with Krista Tippett
Apr 8, 2010 • 93 min
Mayfair Yang is Director of the East Asia Center at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She has produced two films about China and is the author of Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and State Formation.
Dr. Oz — Heart and Soul
Mar 18, 2010 • 53 min
The word “healing” means “to make whole.” But historically, Western medicine has taken a divided view of human health. It has stressed medical treatments of biological ailments. That may be changing. Mehmet Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon, is part of a new…
[Unedited] Mehmet Oz with Krista Tippett
Mar 18, 2010 • 73 min
The word “healing” means “to make whole.” But historically, Western medicine has taken a divided view of human health. It has stressed medical treatments of biological ailments. That may be changing — Mehmet Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon, is part of a new…
[Unedited] Robert Wright with Krista Tippett
Mar 4, 2010 • 90 min
Robert Wright charts an intellectual path beyond the faith versus reason debate. He takes a relentlessly logical look at the history of religion, exposing its contradictions. Yet Wright also traces something “revelatory” moving through human history. In…
Robert Wright — The Evolution of God
Mar 4, 2010 • 52 min
Robert Wright charts an intellectual path beyond the faith versus reason debate. He takes a relentlessly logical look at the history of religion, exposing its contradictions. Yet Wright also traces something “revelatory” moving through human history. In…
[Unedited] Freeman Dyson with Krista Tippett
Feb 25, 2010 • 61 min
Albert Einstein’s quip that “God does not play dice with the universe,” was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of “the order deeply hidden behind everything.” With…
[Unedited] Priyamvada Natarajan With Krista Tippett
Feb 25, 2010 • 54 min
Albert Einstein’s quip that “God does not play dice with the universe,” was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of “the order deeply hidden behind everything.” With…
[Unedited] Paul Davies with Krista Tippett
Feb 25, 2010 • 59 min
Albert Einstein’s quip that “God does not play dice with the universe,” was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of “the order deeply hidden behind everything.” With…
Freeman Dyson and Paul Davies — Einstein’s God
Feb 25, 2010 • 52 min
Part two of this series delves into Einstein’s Jewish identity, his passionate engagement around issues of war and race, and modern extensions of his ethical and scientific perspectives.
E. Ethelbert Miller — Black and Universal
Feb 11, 2010 • 52 min
A poet and self-described literary activist, E. Ethelbert Miller attended Howard University in 1968 — the age in which Black Power was finding its voice. He has remained there ever since, observing and making sense of the trajectory of black history and…
[Unedited] E. Ethelbert Miller with Krista Tippett
Feb 11, 2010 • 87 min
A poet and self-described literary activist, E. Ethelbert Miller attended Howard University in 1968 — the age in which Black Power was finding its voice. He has remained there ever since, observing and making sense of the trajectory of black history and…
Ed Husain — Reflections of a Former Islamist Extremist
Jan 14, 2010 • 52 min
British activist Ed Husain was seduced, at the age of 16, by revolutionary Islamist ideals that flourished at the heart of educated British culture. Yet he later shrank back from radicalism after coming close to a murder and watching people he loved…
[Unedited] Ed Husain with Krista Tippett
Jan 14, 2010 • 82 min
British activist Ed Husain was seduced, at the age of 16, by revolutionary Islamist ideals that flourished at the heart of educated British culture. Yet he later shrank back from radicalism after coming close to a murder and watching people he loved…
Anoushka Shankar, Stephen Mitchell, and Roberta Bondi — Approaching Prayer
Dec 31, 2009 • 53 min
Americans are religious and non-religious, devout and irreverent. But in astonishing numbers, across that spectrum, most of us say that we pray. We explore the subject of prayer, how it sounds, and what it means in three different traditions and lives.
[Unedited] Stephen Mitchell with Krista Tippett
Dec 31, 2009 • 45 min
In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with author and translator Stephen Mitchell. She interviewed him on April 22, 2002 from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota; he was at his home in California. This interview is included in our…
[Unedited] Anoushka Shankar with Krista Tippett
Dec 31, 2009 • 25 min
In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with musician Anoushka Shankar from a Minneapolis hotel while she was touring in 2002. This interview is included in our program Approaching Prayer. Americans are religious and non-religious, devout and irreverent. But…
[Unedited] Roberta Bondi with Krista Tippett
Dec 31, 2009 • 30 min
In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with Roberta Bondi, a professor of Church History Emeritus at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Krista interviewed her in April 2002 in a New York City hotel where they were both attending a conference.…
[Unedited] Karen Armstrong with Krista Tippett
Nov 5, 2009 • 86 min
In this unedited conversation, Krista speaks with Karen Armstrong, a best-selling author, scholar, and Catholic nun. Hear their complete conversation as Armstrong tells the story behind her developing ideas about God. Karen Armstrong speaks about her…
Karen Armstrong — Freelance Monotheism
Nov 5, 2009 • 53 min
Karen Armstrong speaks about her progression from a disillusioned and damaged young nun into, in her words, a “freelance monotheist.” She’s a formidable thinker and scholar, but as a theologian she calls herself an amateur — noting that the Latin root of…
Malka Haya Fenyvesi and Aziza Hasan — Curiosity Over Assumptions
Oct 15, 2009 • 52 min
We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They’re innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions and conflict, yet resolve not to be…
[Unedited] Malka Haya Fenyvesi and Aziza Hasan with Krista Tippett
Oct 15, 2009 • 80 min
We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They’re innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions and conflict, yet resolve not to be…
Eckhart Tolle — The Power of Now
Oct 8, 2009 • 52 min
One of today’s most influential spiritual teachers shares his youthful experience of depression and despair — suffering that led him to his own spiritual breakthrough, and ultimately, freedom and peace of mind. He also explicates his view of what he calls…
[Unedited] Eckhart Tolle With Krista Tippett
Oct 8, 2009 • 95 min
This unedited conversation with Eckhart Tolle comes from our produced show “Eckhart Tolle on the Power of Now.” One of today’s most influential spiritual teachers shares his youthful experience of depression and despair — suffering that led him to his own…
David Treuer — Language and Meaning, an Ojibwe Story
Oct 1, 2009 • 53 min
Language is a carrier of human identity. It is a vehicle by which we understand and express our very sense of self. Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding…
[Unedited] David Treuer with Krista Tippett
Oct 1, 2009 • 97 min
Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding experience of how language forms what makes us human. Some memories and realities, he has found, can only be carried…
Living Islam
Sep 24, 2009 • 52 min
Nine Muslims, in their own words, reveal a creative convergence of Islamic spirituality and American identity that is unfolding, largely unnoticed, in the United States. A lawyer turned playwright, a teacher who’s a lesbian, a retired federal prosecutor —…
[Unedited] Binyavanga Wainaina With Krista Tippett
Aug 27, 2009 • 100 min
We explore the complex ethics of global aid with a young writer from Kenya, Binyavanga Wainaina. He is among a rising generation of African voices who bring a cautionary perspective to the morality and efficacy behind many Western initiatives to abolish…
Binyavanga Wainaina — The Ethics of Aid: One Kenyan’s Perspective
Aug 27, 2009 • 52 min
We explore the complex ethics of global aid with a young writer from Kenya, Binyavanga Wainaina. He is among a rising generation of African voices who bring a cautionary perspective to the morality and efficacy behind many Western initiatives to abolish…
Mary Doria Russell — The Novelist as God
Aug 20, 2009 • 52 min
Our guest has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned — in the act of creating a new universe — about God and about dilemmas of evil, doubt, and free will. The ultimate moral of any life and…
[Unedited] Mary Doria Russell With Krista Tippett
Aug 20, 2009 • 104 min
This unedited conversation with Mary Doria Russell comes from our produced show “Mary Doria Russell on the Novelist as God.” Mary Doria Russell has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned — in…
David Brooks and E.J. Dionne — Obama’s Theologian: Reinhold Niebuhr and the American Present
Aug 13, 2009 • 52 min
President Obama has cited Reinhold Niebuhr’s teachings as significant in shaping his ideas about politics and governance. In a public conversation, we discuss the great public theologian’s legacy and ideas — and what influence they may play in the future…
[Unedited] David Brooks And E.J. Dionne With Krista Tippett
Aug 13, 2009 • 90 min
This unedited conversation with David Brooks and E.J. Dionne comes from our produced show “David Brooks and E. J. Dionne on Obama’s Theologian: Neibuhr and the American Present.” President Obama has cited Reinhold Niebuhr’s teachings as significant in…
James Prosek — Fishing with Mystery
Aug 6, 2009 • 53 min
James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God “through the theater of nature.” From a young age he has been fascinated by trout and now eel - which he sees as “mystical creatures” - and…
[Unedited] James Prosek With Krista Tippett
Aug 6, 2009 • 94 min
This unedited conversation is part of the radio program, “James Prosek on Fishing with Mystery.” James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God “through the theater of nature.” From a…
[Unedited] Anchee Min with Krista Tippett (Repossessing Virtue: Repairing the American Individual)
Jul 30, 2009 • 16 min
Novelist Anchee Min grew up during the Cultural Revolution in Mao’s China. Living in the United States for several decades, she offers a challenging assessment of American reactions to these times based on her harsher experiences. Last fall we began to…
[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)
Jul 30, 2009 • 9 min
The Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg reflects on our current culture and its inability to acknowledge the inevitability of suffering. We hide from it, and hide it from others. She argues that we need not fear this, but look to others for…
[Unedited] Prabhu Guptara with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)
Jul 30, 2009 • 14 min
As promised, we continue our SOF First Person project by turning to Swiss banking expert, Prabhu Guptara. Several years ago, Krista spoke with Guptara when the fallout of the Enron scandal was wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy and shaking investor…
[Unedited] Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett (On the Economic Crisis in Biological Terms)
Jul 30, 2009 • 12 min
SOF First Person continues its series on the economic downturn with Dr. Esther Sternberg, a rheumatologist and stress researcher. She doesn’t see the financial crisis in moral terms in so much as biological ones. She elaborates on these scientific points…