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.

Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem: In Conversation


The show we released with Minneapolis-based trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem in the weeks after George Floyd’s killing has become one of our most popular episodes, and has touched listeners and gal...

Jul-09-2020

Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?


Vincent Harding was wise about how the vision of the civil rights movement might speak to 21st-century realities. He reminded us that the movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s was spiritually as well as po...

Jul-02-2020

[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett


Vincent Harding was wise about how the vision of the civil rights movement might speak to 21st-century realities. He reminded us that the movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s was spiritually as well as po...

Jul-02-2020

Jason Reynolds — Fortifying Imagination


Books that fortify the young also have a power to help heal adults; so, too, does this conversation with writer Jason Reynolds. He is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature of the Li...

Jun-25-2020

[Unedited] Jason Reynolds with Krista Tippett


Books that fortify the young also have a power to help heal adults; so, too, does this conversation with writer Jason Reynolds. He is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature of the Li...

Jun-25-2020

Isabel Wilkerson — This History is Long; This History Is Deep


Go to the doctor and they won’t begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents before you. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel W...

Jun-18-2020

[Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista Tippett


Go to the doctor and they won’t begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents before you. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel W...

Jun-18-2020

Eula Biss — Talking About Whiteness


You can’t think about something if you can’t talk about it, says Eula Biss. The writer helpfully opens up lived words and ideas like complacence, guilt, and opportunity hoarding for an urgent recko...

Jun-11-2020

[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett


You can’t think about something if you can’t talk about it, says Eula Biss. The writer helpfully opens up lived words and ideas like complacence, guilt, and opportunity hoarding for an urgent recko...

Jun-11-2020

Race and Healing: A Body Practice


Therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word “race.” “Your body — all of ou...

Jun-09-2020

Living the Questions: When no question seems big enough


With our colleague Rev. Lucas Johnson, Krista talks through the question of what questions matter for this moment. Can anyone use the word “we”?  And how to begin walking forward?

Living the Questio...

Jun-05-2020

Resmaa Menakem — ’Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence’


The best laws and diversity training have not gotten us anywhere near where we want to go. Therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and very new science about our b...

Jun-04-2020

[Unedited] Resmaa Menakem with Krista Tippett


The best laws and diversity training have not gotten us anywhere near where we want to go. Therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with old wisdom and very new science about our b...

Jun-04-2020

Gregory Orr — Shaping Grief With Language


We often explore on this show the places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short. The poet Gregory Orr has wrested gentle, healing, life-giving words from extreme grief and trau...

May-28-2020

[Unedited] Gregory Orr with Krista Tippett


We often explore on this show the places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short. The poet Gregory Orr has wrested gentle, healing, life-giving words from extreme grief and trau...

May-28-2020

Jacqueline Novogratz — Towards a Moral Revolution


Moral reckonings are being driven to the surface of our life together: What are politics for? What is an economy for? Jacqueline Novogratz says the simplistic ways we take up such questions — if we...

May-21-2020

[Unedited] Jacqueline Novogratz with Krista Tippett 2020


Moral reckonings are being driven to the surface of our life together: What are politics for? What is an economy for? Jacqueline Novogratz says the simplistic ways we take up such questions — if we...

May-21-2020

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, et al. — Revealing Ramadan


This year Muslims are experiencing a Ramadan like no other. The month is usually a period of both intimacy and great community. Now Muslims are improvising, as in many places the rituals of Ramadan...

May-14-2020

Devendra Banhart — ‘When Things Fall Apart’


In this “spiritual book club” edition of the show, Krista and musician/artist Devendra Banhart read favorite passages and discuss When Things Fall Apart, a small book of great beauty by the Tibetan...

May-07-2020

[Unedited] Devendra Banhart with Krista Tippett


In this “spiritual book club” edition of the show, Krista and musician/artist Devendra Banhart read favorite passages and discuss When Things Fall Apart, a small book of great beauty by the Tibetan...

May-07-2020

Ocean Vuong — A Life Worthy of Our Breath


Krista interviewed the writer Ocean Vuong on March 8 in a joyful room full of podcast makers at On Air Fest in Brooklyn. None of us would have guessed that within a handful of days such an event wo...

Apr-30-2020

[Unedited] Ocean Vuong with Krista Tippett


Krista interviewed the writer Ocean Vuong on March 8 in a joyful room full of podcast makers at On Air Fest in Brooklyn. None of us would have guessed that within a handful of days such an event wo...

Apr-30-2020

Living the Questions: How can we balance connection with disconnection?


To a question from listener Vanessa Parfett in Melbourne, Krista reflects on "Zoomzaustion" and relearning the primacy of our bodies. Also, how this helps explain poetry's rise in our midst, and ca...

Apr-28-2020

Stephen Batchelor — Finding Ease in Aloneness


One of the great challenges of life is to learn to be alone peaceably, at home in oneself. And now, by way of a virus, we have been sent inside physically and emotionally, even if we’re not home on...

Apr-23-2020

[Unedited] Stephen Batchelor with Krista Tippett


One of the great challenges of life is to learn to be alone peaceably, at home in oneself. And now, by way of a virus, we have been sent inside physically and emotionally, even if we’re not home on...

Apr-23-2020

Wendell Berry and Ellen Davis — The Art of Being Creatures


In this intimate conversation between Krista and one of her beloved teachers, we ponder the world and our place in it, through sacred text, with fresh eyes. We’re accompanied by the meditative and ...

Apr-16-2020

“The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry reads his poem “The Peace of Wild Things”

Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Apr-16-2020

“How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)” by Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry reads his poem “How to Be a Poet (to remind myself)”

Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.

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Apr-16-2020

“Sabbaths – 1985, I” by Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry reads his poem “Sabbaths – 1985, I”

Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Apr-16-2020

“Sabbaths – 1979, IV” by Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry reads his poem “Sabbaths – 1979, IV”

Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Apr-16-2020

“The Man Born to Farming” by Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry reads his poem “The Man Born to Farming”

Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.

Apr-16-2020

“The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer” by Wendell Berry


Wendell Berry reads his poem “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”

Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.

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Apr-16-2020

[Unedited] Ellen Davis with Krista Tippett


In this intimate conversation between Krista and one of her beloved teachers, we ponder the world and our place in it, through sacred text, with fresh eyes. In the edited version of this conversati...

Apr-16-2020

Living the Questions: How can I find my footing in a shifting world?


To a question from listener Elena Rivera of Colorado Springs, Krista reflects on seeing this as a collective moment of transition (which is always stressful in human life) and ponders what we might...

Apr-14-2020

David Steindl-Rast — How to Be Grateful in Every Moment (But Not for Everything)


We’re in a season of renewal in the natural world and in spiritual traditions; both Easter and Passover this year are utterly transformed. It’s drawing us back to the wisdom of Br. David Steindl-Ra...

Apr-09-2020

[Unedited] Brother David Steindl-Rast with Krista Tippett


We’re in a season of renewal in the natural world and in spiritual traditions; both Easter and Passover this year are utterly transformed. It’s drawing us back to the wisdom of Br. David Steindl-Ra...

Apr-09-2020

A Poem in Gratitude for Health Care Workers


In Leanne O’Sullivan’s poem “Leaving Early,” the poet writes to her ill husband, entrusting him into the care of a nurse named Fionnuala. As the novel coronavirus sweeps the globe, many of us can’t...

Apr-03-2020

Ai-jen Poo — This Is Our (Caring) Revolution


Ai-jen Poo is a next-generation labor organizer who co-founded a beautiful and muscular movement with caregivers and those who employ them: The National Domestic Workers Alliance. For over two deca...

Apr-02-2020

[Unedited] Ai-jen Poo with Krista Tippett


Ai-jen Poo is a next-generation labor organizer who co-founded a beautiful and muscular movement with caregivers and those who employ them: The National Domestic Workers Alliance. For over two deca...

Apr-02-2020

Living the Questions: At home, frustrated and stressed — is 'just being' worthy right now?


“If I believe that we are all inherently worthy just by being human, how can I feel that way when I feel I’m doing ‘nothing?’” — Anna Bondoc from Los Angeles

So many of us are raised to believe that...

Mar-31-2020

Ross Gay — Tending Joy and Practicing Delight


In this unsettled moment, we’re returning to the shows we’re longing to hear again. Among them is this 2019 conversation with writer Ross Gay. The ephemeral nature of our being allows him to find d...

Mar-26-2020

[Unedited] Ross Gay with Krista Tippett


In this unsettled moment, we’re returning to the shows we’re longing to hear again. Among them is this 2019 conversation with writer Ross Gay. The ephemeral nature of our being allows him to find d...

Mar-26-2020

Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together


“When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers,” Rebecca Solnit writes. “And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst...

Mar-19-2020

[Unedited] Rebecca Solnit with Krista Tippett


“When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers’ keepers,” Rebecca Solnit writes. “And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst...

Mar-19-2020

Carlo Rovelli — All Reality Is Interaction


Physicist Carlo Rovelli says humans don’t understand the world as made by things, “we understand the world made by kisses, or things like kisses — happenings.” This everyday truth is as scientific ...

Mar-12-2020

[Unedited] Carlo Rovelli with Krista Tippett


Physicist Carlo Rovelli says humans don’t understand the world as made by things, “we understand the world made by kisses, or things like kisses — happenings.” This everyday truth is as scientific ...

Mar-12-2020

Nicholas Christakis — How We’re Wired for Goodness


Sociologist Nicholas Christakis says we come to social goodness as naturally as we come to our bloodier inclinations. Research out of his Human Nature Lab at Yale shows that capacities like friends...

Mar-05-2020

[Unedited] Nicholas Christakis with Krista Tippett


Sociologist Nicholas Christakis says we come to social goodness as naturally as we come to our bloodier inclinations. Research out of his Human Nature Lab at Yale shows that capacities like friends...

Mar-05-2020

Jill Tarter — It Takes a Cosmos to Make a Human


The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — or SETI — goes beyond hunting for E.T. and habitable planets. Scientists in the field are using telescopes and satellites looking for signs of outrigh...

Feb-27-2020