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.

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

[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

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] 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

Indigo Girls — No Separation: On Music and Transcendence


Indigo Girls — No Separation: On Music and Transcendence

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

Jerry Colonna — Can You Really Bring Your Whole Self to Work?


Jerry Colonna — Can You Really Bring Your Whole Self to Work?

We still work with the old idea that we should check the messy parts of ourselves at the door of our professional lives. But Jerry Colonna says doing so cuts us off from the source of our creativit...

Jun-20-2019

[Unedited] Jerry Colonna with Krista Tippett


[Unedited] Jerry Colonna with Krista Tippett

We still work with the old idea that we should check the messy parts of ourselves at the door of our professional lives. But Jerry Colonna says doing so cuts us off from the source of our creativit...

Jun-20-2019

[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

[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

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

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] 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

[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

[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

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] 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

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