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On Being with Krista Tippett

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On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

On Being is the home of the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to new conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. On Being’s listeners, readers, and online communities cross boundaries that separate them in the culture at large: generational, socioeconomic, political, religious. They report that On Being equips them to relate in fresh, new ways to different others, and emboldens them to engage in new kinds of service.

Krista first created the show — originally called Speaking of Faith — at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. It launched on weekly, public radio stations across the U.S. in 2003. In 2013, On Being transitioned to an independent production (Krista Tippett Public Productions) on Loring Park in Minneapolis.

On Being airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Our podcast reaches a global audience via SoundCloud — where we have over a million followers — and has 1.3. million podcast downloads on iTunes monthly. We keep finding new ways to listen to our listeners and online communities, and they keep pointing new ways forward for this adventure.

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

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and thin...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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The civil rights icon Ruby Sales names "a spiritual crisis of white America" as a calling of this time. During the days of the movement, she learne...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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No conversation we’ve ever done has been more beloved than this one. This Irish poet, theologian, and philosopher insisted on beauty as a human cal...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 ...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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This is a special fundraising edition of "On Being" featuring Pico Iyer interviewing Krista Tippett. In this episode, a “theft of the dial.” Writer...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2017
  • Length: 43:21
  • Purchases: 12
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The band Cloud Cult is hard to categorize — both musically and lyrically — though it’s been called an “orchestral indie rock collective.” Less in q...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Life as an improvisational art, at every age. This idea animates the wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, whose book Composing ...

  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Steeped in cutting edge research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the changes i...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual li...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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....

  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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, h...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 ...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 wh...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 everythin...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 multiver...

  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient wo...

  • Added: May 24, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Along with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of ev...

  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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He is a complicated person in American life, and he’s acknowledging his role in the damaged state we’re in. To create the world we want our childre...

  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:00