On Being Podcast

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 — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista Tippett. Discover more at onbeing.org. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, Becoming Wise, Creating Our Own Lives, and more to come.

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


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

The feminist journalist and the psychotherapist. “It’s partners and lovers and spouses…fathers and brothers and sons and friends.” The difference between apology and forgiveness. “Men are used to t...

Dec-06-2018

[Unedited] Rebecca Traister and Avi Klein with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Rebecca Traister and Avi Klein with Krista Tippett

The feminist journalist and the psychotherapist. “It’s partners and lovers and spouses…fathers and brothers and sons and friends.” The difference between apology and forgiveness. “Men are used to t...

Dec-06-2018

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


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

A question from Kevin: “I have been hearing a lot of deconstruction of the word ‘civility.’ The debate around this word has become, like so many other things, binary. ‘Civility’ is either a tool of...

Dec-03-2018

Pico Iyer — The Urgency of Slowing Down


Pico Iyer — The Urgency of Slowing Down

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

Nov-29-2018

[Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista Tippett

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

Nov-29-2018

[Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen with Krista Tippett

The wise physician and lyrical author. How our losses actually help us to live. Perfection as the booby prize in life. "Wholeness is never lost, it is only forgotten." "Stories are the flesh we put...

Nov-22-2018

Rachel Naomi Remen — The Difference Between Fixing and Healing


Rachel Naomi Remen — The Difference Between Fixing and Healing

The wise physician and lyrical author. How our losses actually help us to live. Perfection as the booby prize in life. "Wholeness is never lost, it is only forgotten." "Stories are the flesh we put...

Nov-22-2018

[Unedited] Anand Giridharadas with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Anand Giridharadas with Krista Tippett

We Americans revere the creation of wealth. Anand Giridharadas wants us to examine this and how it shapes our life together. This is a challenging conversation but a generative one: about the impli...

Nov-15-2018

Anand Giridharadas — When the Market Is Our Only Language


Anand Giridharadas — When the Market Is Our Only Language

We Americans revere the creation of wealth. Anand Giridharadas wants us to examine this and how it shapes our life together. This is a challenging conversation but a generative one: about the impli...

Nov-15-2018

[Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett

A brain surgeon. “The brain is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” The science of compassion. The baggage of evolution. The two way street of “neural innovation that comes from the ...

Nov-08-2018

James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain


James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain

A brain surgeon. “The brain is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.” The science of compassion. The baggage of evolution. The two way street of “neural innovation that comes from the ...

Nov-08-2018

[Unedited] Tracy K. Smith with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Tracy K. Smith with Krista Tippett

The U.S. Poet Laureate. “There’s this whole other narrative unfolding.” How history “which once felt so remote, feels closer and active and unresolved.” Listening for the spaces that are under-imag...

Nov-01-2018

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


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

The U.S. Poet Laureate. “There’s this whole other narrative unfolding.” How history “which once felt so remote, feels closer and active and unresolved.” Listening for the spaces that are under-imag...

Nov-01-2018

Mirabai Bush — Contemplation, Life, and Work


Mirabai Bush — Contemplation, Life, and Work

Co-creator of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. “There is a calming, quieting, centering practice that leads to insight in every tradition.” Contemplative practice and social change. Mi...

Oct-25-2018

[Unedited] Mirabai Bush with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Mirabai Bush with Krista Tippett

Co-creator of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. “There is a calming, quieting, centering practice that leads to insight in every tradition.” Contemplative practice and social change. Mi...

Oct-25-2018

Arlie Hochschild — The Deep Stories of Our Time


Arlie Hochschild — The Deep Stories of Our Time

A creator of the field of the sociology of emotion. Treating emotion seriously in our life together. “I could see what they couldn’t see but not what I couldn’t see.” Our stories as “felt” not mere...

Oct-18-2018

[Unedited] Arlie Hochschild with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Arlie Hochschild with Krista Tippett

A creator of the field of the sociology of emotion. Treating emotion seriously in our life together. “I could see what they couldn’t see but not what I couldn’t see.” Our stories as “felt” not mere...

Oct-18-2018

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


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

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

Oct-15-2018

Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson — Relationship Across Rupture


Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson — Relationship Across Rupture

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

“People believe things that are mutually contradi...

Oct-11-2018

[Unedited] Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Sally Kohn and Erick Erickson with Krista Tippett

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

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

Oct-11-2018

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


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

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

About the Living the Questions series, from ...

Oct-08-2018

Layli Long Soldier — The Freedom of Real Apologies


Layli Long Soldier — The Freedom of Real Apologies

The Oglala Lakota poet. “I wanted as much as possible to avoid this nostalgic portraiture of a Native life.” The reward and joy of patience. The difference between guilt, shame, and freedom from de...

Oct-04-2018

[Unedited] Layli Long Soldier with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Layli Long Soldier with Krista Tippett

The Oglala Lakota poet. “I wanted as much as possible to avoid this nostalgic portraiture of a Native life.” The reward and joy of patience. The difference between guilt, shame, and freedom from de...

Oct-04-2018

Poetry From the On Being Gathering — John Paul Lederach


Poetry From the On Being Gathering — John Paul Lederach

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

This year, we were thrilled to host our very first On Being Gathering — a four-day coming-together...

Oct-01-2018

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


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

From abortion activist to bridge person. Questions to break out of intractable polarization. Wisdom beyond the news cycle. “What is it in your own position that gives you trouble? What is it in the...

Sep-27-2018

[Unedited] Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett

From abortion activist to bridge person. Questions to break out of intractable polarization. Wisdom beyond the news cycle. “What is it in your own position that gives you trouble? What is it in the...

Sep-27-2018

Poetry From the On Being Gathering — Marilyn Nelson


Poetry From the On Being Gathering — Marilyn Nelson

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

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

Sep-24-2018

Seth Godin — Life, the Internet, and Everything


Seth Godin — Life, the Internet, and Everything

“We are flying too low. We built this universe, this technology, these connections, this society, and all we can do with it is make junk? All we can do with it is put on stupid entertainments? I'm ...

Sep-20-2018

[Unedited] Seth Godin with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Seth Godin with Krista Tippett

“We are flying too low. We built this universe, this technology, these connections, this society, and all we can do with it is make junk? All we can do with it is put on stupid entertainments? I'm ...

Sep-20-2018

Poetry From the On Being Gathering — Naomi Shihab Nye


Poetry From the On Being Gathering — Naomi Shihab Nye

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

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

Sep-17-2018

Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness


Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

“If you can’t talk about something, you can’t think about something. I've worked with students who could barely let themselves think, they were so scared of thinking the wrong thing.”

This conversa...

Sep-13-2018

[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett

“If you can’t talk about something, you can’t think about something. I've worked with students who could barely let themselves think, they were so scared of thinking the wrong thing.”

This conversa...

Sep-13-2018

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


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

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

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

Sep-10-2018

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


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

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

Sep-06-2018

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


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

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

Sep-06-2018

[Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista Tippett

"Prayers are tools not for doing or getting but for being and becoming." These are words of the legendary pastor and writer Eugene Peterson, whose biblical imagination has formed generations of pre...

Aug-30-2018

Eugene Peterson — The Bible, Poetry, and Active Imagination


Eugene Peterson — The Bible, Poetry, and Active Imagination

A beloved pastor and biblical interpreter. The poetry of the Bible as what keeps it alive to the world. The spirituality of loving books. Reimagining God. Prayers as tools not for doing and getting...

Aug-30-2018

Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine


Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine

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

Aug-23-2018

[Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista Tippett

The 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 arch...

Aug-23-2018

Alan Rabinowitz — We Are All Wildlife


Alan Rabinowitz — We Are All Wildlife

Remembering “the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation.” The wildness that we don't feel during our everyday lives. “I was a fluent stutterer and that opened up a whole new avenue in my life.” Esc...

Aug-16-2018

[Unedited] Alan Rabinowitz with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Alan Rabinowitz with Krista Tippett

How to get to the heart of the human experience without speaking? This question drove Alan Rabinowitz, after a childhood with a severe stutter, to become a wildlife biologist and explorer — “the In...

Aug-16-2018

“Let the Work That I’ve Done Speak for Me” performed by Joe Carter


“Let the Work That I’ve Done Speak for Me” performed by Joe Carter

Joe Carter’s live recording of “Let the Work That I’ve Done Speak for Me” from the On Being episode “Joe Carter — The Spirituals.” These songs were never made available as an album in his lifetime....

Aug-13-2018

“Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen” performed by Joe Carter


“Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen” performed by Joe Carter

Joe Carter’s live recording of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen” from the On Being episode “Joe Carter — The Spirituals.” These songs were never made available as an album in his lifetime. All t...

Aug-13-2018

“Wade in the Water” performed by Joe Carter


“Wade in the Water” performed by Joe Carter

Joe Carter’s live recording of “Wade in the Water” from the On Being episode “Joe Carter — The Spirituals.” These songs were never made available as an album in his lifetime. All tracks were record...

Aug-13-2018

“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” performed by Joe Carter


“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” performed by Joe Carter

Joe Carter’s live recording of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” from the On Being episode “Joe Carter — The Spirituals.” These songs were never made available as an album in his lifetime. All tracks were...

Aug-13-2018

“Motherless Child” performed by Joe Carter


“Motherless Child” performed by Joe Carter

Joe Carter’s live recording of “Motherless Child” from the On Being episode “Joe Carter — The Spirituals.” These songs were never made available as an album in his lifetime. All tracks were recorde...

Aug-13-2018

“Steal Away” performed by Joe Carter


“Steal Away” performed by Joe Carter

Joe Carter’s live recording of “Steal Away” from the On Being episode “Joe Carter — The Spirituals.” These songs were never made available as an album in his lifetime. All tracks were recorded in s...

Aug-13-2018

[Unedited] Joe Carter with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Joe Carter with Krista Tippett

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

Aug-09-2018

Joe Carter — The Spirituals


Joe Carter — The Spirituals

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

Aug-09-2018

Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #4


Living the Questions with Krista Tippett — #4

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

Krista reflects on how vulnerability can bring us closer to ourselves and each other. The fourth installment of “Living the Questio...

Aug-06-2018