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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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She works at an emerging 21st century intersection of industry, social healing, and diverse contemplative practices. Raised Catholic with Joan of A...

  • Added: Aug 19, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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Movies, for some of us, are a form of modern church. The Argentinian composer and musician Gustavo Santaolalla creates cinematic landscapes — movie...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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For the Summer Olympics, we’re breaking format to explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force in all kinds of lives, and a ...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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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 ...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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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 w...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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Growing up, the poet Naomi Shihab Nye lived in Ferguson, Missouri and on the road between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Her father was a refugee Palestin...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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Xavier Le Pichon, one of the world's leading geophysicists, helped create the field of plate tectonics. A devout Catholic and spiritual thinker, he...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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This hour, a conversation between David Isay and Krista Tippett, about the art of listening, and the impact of stories. You may have heard snippets...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. A treasured figure on the national storytelling circuit, his life and art a...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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Rebecca Solnit is a singular thinker - a contributing editor for Harper's and an author of books intertwining personal nuance with a reverence for ...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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A public civil conversation on capitalism and moral evolution at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Biological anthropologist Melv...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:57
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Social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji is a pioneer of the science of implicit bias. She understands the mind as a “difference-seeking machine” that h...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musing...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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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...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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Elizabeth Gilbert’s name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir "Eat Pray Love." But through the disorienting process of becoming...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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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 ...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
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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 put as...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2016
  • Length: 57:58
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“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 c...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 7
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We’ve heard a lot about Black Lives Matter, but you may never have heard one of its co-founders reflect outside a moment of crisis, presenting a lu...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KSFR, KSKA, WESM 91.3 FM, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 9
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The emerging science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The soc...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2016
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 8