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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.

Pieces

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

  • Added: Apr 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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As an anthropologist on the frontier of seeing inside our brains, Helen Fisher explores the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and ...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 conv...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this publi...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — "quanta," "grains of space," time and the heat of black holes" — and conden...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, the psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk has come to see human memory as a sensory ex...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Pádraig Ó Tuama is an extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He’s the leader of Corrymeela, a community that helped bring peace to Northern...

  • Added: Mar 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten peop...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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This is a special fundraising edition of "On Being" featuring Krista Tippett’s conversation with Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser. Marcelo ...

Bought by Hawaii Public Radio, KMXT, WNYC, WNPR, Troy Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 17, 2017
  • Length: 43:14
  • Purchases: 14
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A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 Y...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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White Evangelical Christians helped secure the election of President Trump. Many said that his views on abortion were decisive, overriding concerns...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Nonviolence is an intricate art, and a discipline. The extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis gives us a rare look inside the civil rights ...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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-...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

Bought by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, KALW, WLPR, KSFR, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jan 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 13
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The technologist and social media influencer Anil Dash has been an early, vocal activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere, including adv...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really de...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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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 Ea...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2016
  • Length: 58:00