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.

Ruby Sales — Where Does it Hurt?


Civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask “Where does it hurt?” because it’s a question that drives to the heart of the matter — and a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now. S...

Jan-16-2020

[Unedited] Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett


Civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask “Where does it hurt?” because it’s a question that drives to the heart of the matter — and a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now. S...

Jan-16-2020

Joe Henry — Welcoming Flies at the Picnic


Joe Henry faced his mortality in 2018 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and told he might only have months to live. Now in remission, the singer-songwriter and producer has created...

Jan-09-2020

[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett


Joe Henry faced his mortality in 2018 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and told he might only have months to live. Now in remission, the singer-songwriter and producer has created...

Jan-09-2020

Brené Brown — Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart


Brené Brown says our belonging to each other can’t be lost, but it can be forgotten. Her research has reminded the world in recent years of the uncomfortable, life-giving link between vulnerability...

Jan-02-2020

[Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett


Brené Brown says our belonging to each other can’t be lost, but it can be forgotten. Her research has reminded the world in recent years of the uncomfortable, life-giving link between vulnerability...

Jan-02-2020

Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body


Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is an innovator in treating the effects of overwhelming experiences. We call this “trauma” when we encounter it in life and news, and we tend to leap to address it ...

Dec-26-2019

[Unedited] Bessel van der Kolk with Krista Tippett


Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is an innovator in treating the effects of overwhelming experiences. We call this “trauma” when we encounter it in life and news, and we tend to leap to address it ...

Dec-26-2019

Greg Boyle — The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship


Fr. Greg Boyle makes amazingly winsome connections between things like service and delight, compassion and awe. He landed as an idealistic young Jesuit in a gang-heavy neighborhood of Los Angeles t...

Dec-19-2019

[Unedited] Greg Boyle with Krista Tippett


Fr. Greg Boyle makes amazingly winsome connections between things like service and delight, compassion and awe. He landed as an idealistic young Jesuit in a gang-heavy neighborhood of Los Angeles t...

Dec-19-2019

"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