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.

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

[Unedited] Jill Tarter with Krista Tippett


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

George Coyne and Guy Consolmagno — Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God


The wise and beloved Vatican astronomer Father George Coyne died last week. Like most of the Vatican astronomers across history, he was a Jesuit. More than 30 objects on the moon are named after th...

Feb-20-2020

[Unedited] George Coyne and Guy Consolmagno with Krista Tippett


The wise and beloved Vatican astronomer Father George Coyne died last week. Like most of the Vatican astronomers across history, he was a Jesuit. More than 30 objects on the moon are named after th...

Feb-20-2020

Sandra Cisneros — A House of Her Own


The House on Mango Street by Mexican American writer Sandra Cisneros has been taught in high schools across the U.S. for decades. A poetic writer of many genres, she’s received a MacArthur “genius ...

Feb-13-2020

[Unedited] Sandra Cisneros with Krista Tippett


The House on Mango Street by Mexican American writer Sandra Cisneros has been taught in high schools across the U.S. for decades. A poetic writer of many genres, she’s received a MacArthur “genius ...

Feb-13-2020

Ezra Klein — How We Walked Into This and How We Can Walk Out


Journalist Ezra Klein has been widely interviewed about his new book, Why We're Polarized. In this conversation, he's frank and reflective about what's at stake in human terms in this political mom...

Feb-06-2020

[Unedited] Ezra Klein with Krista Tippett


Journalist Ezra Klein has been widely interviewed about his new book, Why We're Polarized. In this conversation, he's frank and reflective about what's at stake in human terms in this political mom...

Feb-06-2020

Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson — A New Imagination of Prayer


Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson are beloved teachers to many; to bring them together was a delight and a balm. Nelson is a poet and professor and contemplative, an excavator of stories that woul...

Jan-30-2020

Introducing ‘Poetry Unbound’


We’re excited to share the first episode of our new podcast, Poetry Unbound. It’s your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative a...

Jan-30-2020

[Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett


Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson are beloved teachers to many; to bring them together was a delight and a balm. Nelson is a poet and professor and contemplative, an excavator of stories that woul...

Jan-30-2020

Alison Gopnik — The Evolutionary Power of Children and Teenagers


Alison Gopnik understands babies and children as the R&D division of humanity. From her cognitive science lab at the University of California, -Berkeley, she investigates the “evolutionary paradox”...

Jan-23-2020

[Unedited] Alison Gopnik with Krista Tippett


Alison Gopnik understands babies and children as the R&D division of humanity. From her cognitive science lab at the University of California, -Berkeley, she investigates the “evolutionary paradox”...

Jan-23-2020

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