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.

Craig Minowa & Cloud Cult — Music As Medicine


Music is a source of solace and nourishment in the best of times and the hardest of times. It has been for so many of us in this year of pandemic, and Cloud Cult is on every playlist Krista makes....

Sep-17-2020

[Unedited] Craig Minowa and Cloud Cult with Krista Tippett


Music is a source of solace and nourishment in the best of times and the hardest of times. It has been for so many of us in this year of pandemic, and Cloud Cult is on every playlist Krista makes....

Sep-17-2020

angel Kyodo williams – The World Is Our Field of Practice


This prophetic conversation, which Rev. angel Kyodo williams had with Krista in 2018, is an invitation to imagine and nourish the transformative potential of this moment — toward human wholeness. ...

Sep-10-2020

Living the Questions: Why 2020 hasn’t taken Rev. angel by surprise


A companion conversation to this week’s On Being episode — Krista catches up with Rev. angel Kyodo williams on how she’s keeping her fearlessness alive through pandemic and rupture.

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Sep-10-2020

[Unedited] angel Kyodo williams with Krista Tippett


This prophetic conversation, which Rev. angel Kyodo williams had with Krista in 2018, is an invitation to imagine and nourish the transformative potential of this moment — toward human wholeness. ...

Sep-10-2020

Mary Oliver – Listening to the World


Amid the harshness of life, Mary Oliver found redemption in the natural world and in beautiful, precise language. Oliver, who died in 2019, was one of the most beloved poets of modern times. She s...

Sep-03-2020

[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett


Amid the harshness of life, Mary Oliver found redemption in the natural world and in beautiful, precise language. Oliver, who died in 2019, was one of the most beloved poets of modern times. She s...

Sep-03-2020

Michael McCarthy — Nature, Joy, and Human Becoming


“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us may well be the most serious business of all,” Michael McCarthy writes. He is a naturalist and journalist wi...

Aug-27-2020

[Unedited] Michael McCarthy with Krista Tippett


“The sudden passionate happiness which the natural world can occasionally trigger in us may well be the most serious business of all,” Michael McCarthy writes. He is a naturalist and journalist wi...

Aug-27-2020

Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence of Plants


As a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer joins science’s ability to “polish the art of seeing” with her personal, civilizational lineage of listening to plant...

Aug-20-2020

[Unedited] Robin Wall Kimmerer with Krista Tippett


As a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer joins science’s ability to “polish the art of seeing” with her personal, civilizational lineage of listening to plant...

Aug-20-2020

Dario Robleto — Sculptor of Time and Loss


Dario Robleto has been called a sculptural artist, a philosopher, and a “materialist poet.” He works with unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils and meteorites to pulverized vintage reco...

Aug-13-2020

[Unedited] Dario Robleto with Krista Tippett


Dario Robleto has been called a sculptural artist, a philosopher, and a “materialist poet.” He works with unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils and meteorites to pulverized vintage reco...

Aug-13-2020

Jane Goodall on What it Means to Be Human


Jane Goodall’s early research studying chimpanzees helped shape the self-understanding of our species and recalled modern western science to the fact that we are a part of nature not separate from...

Aug-06-2020

[Unedited] Jane Goodall with Krista Tippett


Jane Goodall’s early research studying chimpanzees helped shape the self-understanding of our species and recalled modern western science to the fact that we are a part of nature not separate from...

Aug-06-2020

Marilyn Nelson — Communal Pondering in a Noisy World


Marilyn Nelson is a storytelling poet who has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and West Point cadets. She brings a contemplative eye to ordinary goodness in the present...

Jul-30-2020

[Unedited] Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett


Marilyn Nelson is a storytelling poet who has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and West Point cadets. She brings a contemplative eye to ordinary goodness in the present...

Jul-30-2020

Remembering John Lewis


An extraordinary conversation with the late congressman John Lewis, taped in Montgomery, Alabama, during a pilgrimage 50 years after the March on Washington. It offers a rare look inside his wisdo...

Jul-23-2020

[Unedited] John Lewis with Krista Tippett


An extraordinary conversation with the late congressman John Lewis, taped in Montgomery, Alabama, during a pilgrimage 50 years after the March on Washington. It offers a rare look inside his wisdo...

Jul-23-2020

Pauline Boss — Navigating Loss Without Closure


Pauline Boss coined the term “ambiguous loss” and invented a new field within psychology to name the reality that every loss does not hold a promise of anything like resolution. Amid this pandemic...

Jul-16-2020

[Unedited] Pauline Boss with Krista Tippett


Pauline Boss coined the term “ambiguous loss” and invented a new field within psychology to name the reality that every loss does not hold a promise of anything like resolution. Amid this pandemic...

Jul-16-2020

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 ga...

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 p...

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 p...

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 L...

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 L...

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 ...

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 ...

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 reck...

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 reck...

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 Quest...

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 ...

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 ...

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 tra...

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 tra...

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 w...

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 w...

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 Ramada...

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 Tibeta...

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 Tibeta...

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 w...

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 w...

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 c...

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 o...

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 o...

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