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.

Agustín Fuentes — This Species Moment


We’ve realized in 2020 that the way we’ve organized culture — from the economy to race to work — could be done radically differently. We’ve been modeling our life together on “survival of the fitt...

Nov-25-2020

[Unedited] Agustín Fuentes with Krista Tippett


We’ve realized in 2020 that the way we’ve organized culture — from the economy to race to work — could be done radically differently. We’ve been modeling our life together on “survival of the fitt...

Nov-25-2020

Richard Blanco — How to Love a Country


The Cuban American civil engineer turned writer, Richard Blanco, straddles the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to make home and belonging — personal and communal. The most rec...

Nov-19-2020

[Unedited] Richard Blanco with Krista Tippett


The Cuban American civil engineer turned writer, Richard Blanco, straddles the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to make home and belonging — personal and communal. The most rec...

Nov-19-2020

Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks


Rabbi Sacks was one of the world’s deepest thinkers on religion and the challenges of modern life. He died last week after a short battle with cancer. When Krista spoke with him in 2010, he modele...

Nov-12-2020

[Unedited] Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with Krista Tippett


Rabbi Sacks was one of the world’s deepest thinkers on religion and the challenges of modern life. He died last week after a short battle with cancer. When Krista spoke with him in 2010, he modele...

Nov-12-2020

Karen Murphy — The Long View, II: On Who We Can Become


We are called to consider who we want to be as a people and what kind of world we will build with and for our children. Karen Murphy has been gathering wisdom for this juncture, as she’s worked ar...

Nov-05-2020

[Unedited] Karen Murphy with Krista Tippett


We are called to consider who we want to be as a people and what kind of world we will build with and for our children. Karen Murphy has been gathering wisdom for this juncture, as she’s worked ar...

Nov-05-2020

John Biewen — The Long View, I: On Being White


The U.S. election will be over soon but this year has surfaced deep human challenges that remain our callings — and possibilities for growth — for the foreseeable future. So this week and next, we...

Oct-29-2020

[Unedited] John Biewen with Krista Tippett


The U.S. election will be over soon but this year has surfaced deep human challenges that remain our callings — and possibilities for growth — for the foreseeable future. So this week and next, we...

Oct-29-2020

Sharon Salzberg — Shelter for the Heart and Mind


How can we keep walking forward, and even find renewal along the way, in this year of things blown apart? How can we hold to our sense of what is whole and true and undamaged, even in the face of ...

Oct-22-2020

[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg with Krista Tippett


How can we keep walking forward, and even find renewal along the way, in this year of things blown apart? How can we hold to our sense of what is whole and true and undamaged, even in the face of ...

Oct-22-2020

[Unedited] Rev. Otis Moss III with Krista Tippett


An hour to sit with, and be filled. Two voices — one from the last century, one from ours — who inspire inward contemplation as an essential part of meeting the challenges in the world. Howard Thu...

Oct-15-2020

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 uncove...

Oct-01-2020

[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 uncove...

Oct-01-2020

From Poetry Unbound: Ada Limón — “Wonder Woman”


We’re happy to share the first episode of the new season of Poetry Unbound with host Pádraig Ó Tuama. This poem by Ada Limón tells the story of a person living with invisible chronic pain who find...

Sep-28-2020

‘Poetry Unbound’ Returns, With Wisdom For Living Now


Poetry rises up in human societies in times of crisis when official words fail us and we lose sight of how to find our way back to one another; how to hear each other’s voices. This week we offer ...

Sep-24-2020

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