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.

[Unedited] Richard Rohr with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Richard Rohr with Krista Tippett

Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves...

Jun-13-2019

Richard Rohr — Growing Up Men


Richard Rohr — Growing Up Men

Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves...

Jun-13-2019

[Unedited] Jericho Brown with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Jericho Brown with Krista Tippett

The poet Jericho Brown reminds us to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience, to interrogate the proximity of violence to love, and to look and listen closer so that we might uncover...

Jun-06-2019

Jericho Brown — Small Truths and Other Surprises


Jericho Brown — Small Truths and Other Surprises

The poet Jericho Brown reminds us to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience, to interrogate the proximity of violence to love, and to look and listen closer so that we might uncover...

Jun-06-2019

Gregory Orr — Shaping Grief With Language


Gregory Orr — Shaping Grief With Language

There are places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short but where poetry can find a way in. Gregory Orr has used lyric poetry to wrest gentle, healing, life-giving words from o...

May-30-2019

[Unedited] Gregory Orr with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Gregory Orr with Krista Tippett

There are places in the human experience where ordinary language falls short but where poetry can find a way in. Gregory Orr has used lyric poetry to wrest gentle, healing, life-giving words from o...

May-30-2019

[Unedited] Denise Pope and Abraham Verghese with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Denise Pope and Abraham Verghese with Krista Tippett

Today young people are trying to balance the question of “What do I want to do when I grow up?” with the question of “Who and how do I want to be in the world?” Physician and writer Abraham Verghes...

May-23-2019

Abraham Verghese and Denise Pope — How Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?


Abraham Verghese and Denise Pope — How Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Today young people are trying to balance the question of “What do I want to do when I grow up?” with the question of “Who and how do I want to be in the world?” Physician and writer Abraham Verghes...

May-23-2019

[Unedited] Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

Community organizers Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson have much to teach us about using love — the most reliable muscle of human transformation — as a practical public good. Nashashibi is the foun...

May-16-2019

Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson — Community Organizing as a Spiritual Practice


Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson — Community Organizing as a Spiritual Practice

Community organizers Rami Nashashibi and Lucas Johnson have much to teach us about using love — the most reliable muscle of human transformation — as a practical public good. Nashashibi is the foun...

May-16-2019

Sylvia Boorstein — What We Nurture


Sylvia Boorstein — What We Nurture

Sylvia Boorstein says spirituality doesn’t have to look like sitting down and meditating. A Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, Boorstein says spirituality can be as simple as “folding the...

May-09-2019

[Unedited] Sylvia Boorstein and Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Sylvia Boorstein and Krista Tippett

Sylvia Boorstein says spirituality doesn’t have to look like sitting down and meditating. A Jewish-Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, Boorstein says spirituality can be as simple as “folding the...

May-09-2019

[Unedited] Atul Gawande with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Atul Gawande with Krista Tippett

“What does a good day look like?” That question — when asked of both terminally-ill and healthy people — has transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. A citizen physician and writer, Gawande...

May-02-2019

Atul Gawande — What Matters in the End


Atul Gawande — What Matters in the End

“What does a good day look like?” That question — when asked of both terminally-ill and healthy people — has transformed Atul Gawande’s practice of medicine. A citizen physician and writer, Gawande...

May-02-2019

[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

A Buddhist philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining human society. Now entering her 90s, Macy has l...

Apr-25-2019

Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World


Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

A Buddhist philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history with the possibility to unravel or create a life-sustaining human society. Now entering her 90s, Macy has l...

Apr-25-2019

Wangari Maathai — Marching with Trees


Wangari Maathai — Marching with Trees

The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was born under British colonial occupation and schooled by Catholic missionar...

Apr-18-2019

[Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett

The late Wangari Maathai was a biologist, environmentalist, and the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was born under British colonial occupation and schooled by Catholic missionar...

Apr-18-2019

[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama with Krista Tippett

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent di...

Apr-11-2019

Pádraig Ó Tuama — Belonging Creates and Undoes Us


Pádraig Ó Tuama — Belonging Creates and Undoes Us

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent di...

Apr-11-2019

[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

This interview accompanies the On Being episode “Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul.” Find more at onbeing.org.

Apr-04-2019

[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was bo...

Apr-04-2019

Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul


Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was bo...

Apr-04-2019

[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was bo...

Apr-04-2019

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

A prolific writer on sociology, history, economics, and politics, W.E.B. Du Bois was one of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history. His life traced an incredible arc; he was bo...

Apr-04-2019

‘Becoming Wise’ With Tools for the Art of Living


‘Becoming Wise’ With Tools for the Art of Living

Over the years, listeners have asked for shorter-form distillations of On Being — something to listen to while making a cup of tea. Becoming Wise is this offering, designed to help you reset your d...

Mar-28-2019

[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. Kushner says mysticism tends to appear when religion — whatev...

Mar-21-2019

Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and Everyday Mysticism


Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and Everyday Mysticism

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. Kushner says mysticism tends to appear when religion — whatev...

Mar-21-2019

Sharon Olds — Odes to the *****


Sharon Olds — Odes to the *****

When the wise and whimsical Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most — like diaphragms. “The politeness and the prudity of the world ...

Mar-14-2019

[Unedited] Sharon Olds with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Sharon Olds with Krista Tippett

When the wise and whimsical Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most — like diaphragms. “The politeness and the prudity of the world ...

Mar-14-2019

[Unedited] Jean Vanier with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Jean Vanier with Krista Tippett

A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, centers around people with mental disabilities. The d...

Mar-07-2019

Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness


Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness

A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, centers around people with mental disabilities. The d...

Mar-07-2019

[Unedited] Teju Cole with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Teju Cole with Krista Tippett

Writer and photographer Teju Cole says he is “intrigued by the continuity of places, by the singing line that connects them all.” He attends to the border, overlap and interplay of things — from Br...

Feb-28-2019

Teju Cole — Sitting Together in the Dark


Teju Cole — Sitting Together in the Dark

Writer and photographer Teju Cole says he is “intrigued by the continuity of places, by the singing line that connects them all.” He attends to the border, overlap and interplay of things — from Br...

Feb-28-2019

[Unedited] Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett

Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa, and he’s taken ...

Feb-21-2019

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo


Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa, and he’s taken ...

Feb-21-2019

Richard Davidson — A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning


Richard Davidson —  A Neuroscientist on Love and Learning

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich interplay between things we saw as separate not that l...

Feb-14-2019

[Unedited] Richard Davidson with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Richard Davidson with Krista Tippett

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich interplay between things we saw as separate not that l...

Feb-14-2019

Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age


Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each da...

Feb-07-2019

[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each da...

Feb-07-2019

[Unedited] Daniel Kahneman with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Daniel Kahneman with Krista Tippett

With his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize i...

Jan-31-2019

Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other


Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

With his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize i...

Jan-31-2019

Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach — Un-becoming


Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach — Un-becoming

The topic of the day was “courage,” with two singular, admired women (who happen to be married to each other): soccer icon Abby Wambach and writer/philanthropist Glennon Doyle. Abby is an Olympic g...

Jan-24-2019

[Unedited] Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach with Krista Tippett

The topic of the day was “courage,” with two singular, admired women (who happen to be married to each other): soccer icon Abby Wambach and writer/philanthropist Glennon Doyle. Abby is an Olympic g...

Jan-24-2019

Mary Oliver — Listening to the World


Mary Oliver — Listening to the World

Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she described poetry as a sacred community ritual. “W...

Jan-17-2019

[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett

Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she described poetry as a sacred community ritual. “W...

Jan-17-2019

[Unedited] Claudia Rankine with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Claudia Rankine with Krista Tippett

The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to t...

Jan-10-2019

Claudia Rankine — How Can I Say This So We Can Stay in This Car Together?


Claudia Rankine — How Can I Say This So We Can Stay in This Car Together?

The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to t...

Jan-10-2019

[Unedited] Maira Kalman with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Maira Kalman with Krista Tippett

To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and think by her illustrated revision of Strunk and White’...

Jan-03-2019

Maira Kalman — Daily Things to Fall in Love With


Maira Kalman — Daily Things to Fall in Love With

Writer and illustrator Maira Kalman is well known for her books for children and adults, her love of dogs, and her “New Yorker” covers. Her words and pictures bring life’s intrinsic quirkiness and ...

Jan-03-2019