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.

"Close" by David Whyte read by Krista Tippett


"Close" by David Whyte read by Krista Tippett

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...

Dec-12-2019

Serene Jones — On Grace


Serene Jones describes theology as the place and story you think of when you ask yourself about the meaning of your life, the world, and the possibility of God. For her, that place is a “dusty piec...

Dec-05-2019

[Unedited] Serene Jones with Krista Tippett


Serene Jones describes theology as the place and story you think of when you ask yourself about the meaning of your life, the world, and the possibility of God. For her, that place is a “dusty piec...

Dec-05-2019

Richard Blanco — How to Love a Country


As a longtime civil engineer by day and a poet by night, Cuban American writer Richard Blanco has straddled the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to form the meaning of home and ...

Nov-27-2019

[Unedited] Richard Blanco with Krista Tippett


As a longtime civil engineer by day and a poet by night, Cuban American writer Richard Blanco has straddled the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to form the meaning of home and ...

Nov-27-2019

Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are


Novelist Marilynne Robinson and physicist Marcelo Gleiser are both passionate about the majesty of science, and they share a caution about what they call our modern “piety” toward science. They con...

Nov-21-2019

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett


Novelist Marilynne Robinson and physicist Marcelo Gleiser are both passionate about the majesty of science, and they share a caution about what they call our modern “piety” toward science. They con...

Nov-21-2019

Robert Macfarlane — The Hidden Human Depths of the Underland


Robert Macfarlane is an explorer and linguist of landscape. His newest book, “Underland: A Deep Time Journey,” is an odyssey that’s full of surprises — from caves and catacombs under land, under ci...

Nov-14-2019

[Unedited] Robert Macfarlane with Krista Tippett


Robert Macfarlane is an explorer and linguist of landscape. His newest book, “Underland: A Deep Time Journey,” is an odyssey that’s full of surprises — from caves and catacombs under land, under ci...

Nov-14-2019

Joy Ladin — Finding a Home in Yourself


For as far back as Joy Ladin can remember, her body didn’t match her soul. In her mid-40s, Ladin transitioned from male to female identity and later became the first openly transgender professor at...

Nov-07-2019

[Unedited] Joy Ladin with Krista Tippett


For as far back as Joy Ladin can remember, her body didn’t match her soul. In her mid-40s, Ladin transitioned from male to female identity and later became the first openly transgender professor at...

Nov-07-2019

angel Kyodo williams — The World Is Our Field of Practice


angel Kyodo williams is one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. She is an esteemed Zen priest and the second black woman recognized as a teacher in ...

Oct-31-2019

[Unedited] angel Kyodo williams with Krista Tippett


angel Kyodo williams is one of our wisest voices on social evolution and the spiritual aspect of social healing. She is an esteemed Zen priest and the second black woman recognized as a teacher in ...

Oct-31-2019

America Ferrera and John Paul Lederach — The Ingredients of Social Courage


“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, “it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.” She is a culture-shifting actor and artist. John ...

Oct-24-2019

[Unedited] America Ferrera and John Paul Lederach with Krista Tippett


“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, “it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.” She is a culture-shifting actor and artist. John ...

Oct-24-2019

David Treuer — Language Carries More Than Words


Writer David Treuer’s work tells a story that is richer and more multi-dimensional than the American history most of us learned in school. Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern M...

Oct-10-2019

[Unedited] David Treuer with Krista Tippett


Writer David Treuer’s work tells a story that is richer and more multi-dimensional than the American history most of us learned in school. Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern M...

Oct-10-2019

Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson — Befriending Radical Disagreement


We’d heard Derek Black, the former white-power heir apparent, interviewed before about his past, but never about the college friendships that changed him. After Derek’s ideology was outed at the Ne...

Oct-03-2019

[Unedited] Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson with Krista Tippett


We’d heard Derek Black, the former white-power heir apparent, interviewed before about his past, but never about the college friendships that changed him. After Derek’s ideology was outed at the Ne...

Oct-03-2019

Imani Perry — More Beautiful


James Baldwin said, “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” Imani Perry embodies that prism. For the past ...

Sep-26-2019

[Unedited] Imani Perry with Krista Tippett - 2019


James Baldwin said, “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” Imani Perry embodies that prism. For the past ...

Sep-26-2019

Erik Vance — The Drugs Inside Your Head


Science writer and reporter Erik Vance says today’s brain scientists are like astronomers of old: They’ve unsettled humanity’s sense of itself by redrawing our picture of the cosmos within our own ...

Sep-19-2019

[Unedited] Erik Vance with Krista Tippett


Science writer and reporter Erik Vance says today’s brain scientists are like astronomers of old: They’ve unsettled humanity’s sense of itself by redrawing our picture of the cosmos within our own ...

Sep-19-2019

Ta-Nehisi Coates — Imagining a New America


Ta-Nehisi Coates says we must love our country the way we love our friends — and not spare the hard truths. “Can you get to a place where citizens are encouraged to see themselves critically, where...

Sep-12-2019

[Unedited] Ta-Nehisi Coates with Krista Tippett


Ta-Nehisi Coates says we must love our country the way we love our friends — and not spare the hard truths. “Can you get to a place where citizens are encouraged to see themselves critically, where...

Sep-12-2019

‘This Movie Changed Me’ Is Back


Movies can be whimsical, terrifying, life-altering, culture-changing experiences where the big ideas we take up at “On Being” show up in the heart of our lives. This hour we experience this through...

Sep-05-2019

Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence of Everything


Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton collects sounds from around the world. He’s recorded inside Sitka spruce logs in the Pacific Northwest, thunder in the Kalahari Desert, and dawn breaking across si...

Aug-29-2019

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista Tippett


Gordon Hempton is the founder of the One Square Inch of Silence Foundation, which recently expanded to become Quiet Parks International with the mission to “save quiet for the benefit of all life.”...

Aug-29-2019

Katy Payne — In the Presence of Elephants and Whales


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. She’s found her astonish...

Aug-22-2019

[Unedited] Katy Payne with Krista Tippett


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. She’s found her astonish...

Aug-22-2019

Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash — Called and Conflicted


Spiritual border-crossing and social creativity were themes in a conversation between Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash, two people who have lived with some discomfort within the religious grou...

Aug-15-2019

[Unedited] Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash with Krista Tippett


Spiritual border-crossing and social creativity were themes in a conversation between Shane Claiborne and Omar Saif Ghobash, two people who have lived with some discomfort within the religious grou...

Aug-15-2019

Darnell Moore — Self-Reflection and Social Evolution


Darnell Moore says honest, uncomfortable conversations are a sign of love — and that self-reflection goes hand-in-hand with culture shift and social evolution. A writer and activist, he’s grown wis...

Aug-08-2019

[Unedited] Darnell Moore with Krista Tippett


Darnell Moore says honest, uncomfortable conversations are a sign of love — and that self-reflection goes hand-in-hand with culture shift and social evolution. A writer and activist, he’s grown wis...

Aug-08-2019

Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid for Spiritual Seekers


Forms of religious devotion are shifting — and there’s a new world of creativity toward crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forcefu...

Aug-01-2019

[Unedited] Amichai Lau-Lavie with Krista Tippett


Forms of religious devotion are shifting — and there’s a new world of creativity toward crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forcefu...

Aug-01-2019

Ross Gay — Tending Joy and Practicing Delight


There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can we not be joyful, especially in a moment like this...

Jul-25-2019

[Unedited] Ross Gay with Krista Tippett


There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can we not be joyful, especially in a moment like this...

Jul-25-2019

Jonathan Rowson — Integrating Our Souls, Systems, and Society


Applied philosopher Jonathan Rowson insists on holding a deeper appreciation for how our inner worlds influence our outer worlds. His research organization, Perspectiva, examines how social change ...

Jul-18-2019

[Unedited] Jonathan Rowson with Krista Tippett


Applied philosopher Jonathan Rowson insists on holding a deeper appreciation for how our inner worlds influence our outer worlds. His research organization, Perspectiva, examines how social change ...
Jul-18-2019

Esther Perel — The Erotic Is an Antidote to Death


Esther Perel — The Erotic Is an Antidote to Death

Therapist Esther Perel has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom with her TED talks, books, and singular podcast, “Where Should We Begin?”, in which listeners are invited into emotion...

Jul-11-2019

[Unedited] Esther Perel with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Esther Perel with Krista Tippett

Therapist Esther Perel has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom with her TED talks, books, and singular podcast, “Where Should We Begin?”, in which listeners are invited into emotion...

Jul-11-2019

[Unedited] Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar with Krista Tippett

We must shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventure in this conversation at...

Jul-04-2019

Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar — Are We Actually Citizens Here?


Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar  — Are We Actually Citizens Here?

We must shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventure in this conversation at...

Jul-04-2019

[Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett

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 we...

Jun-27-2019