On Being with Krista Tippett

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On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

On Being is the home of the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to new conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. On Being’s listeners, readers, and online communities cross boundaries that separate them in the culture at large: generational, socioeconomic, political, religious. They report that On Being equips them to relate in fresh, new ways to different others, and emboldens them to engage in new kinds of service.

Krista first created the show — originally called Speaking of Faith — at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. It launched on weekly, public radio stations across the U.S. in 2003. In 2013, On Being transitioned to an independent production (Krista Tippett Public Productions) on Loring Park in Minneapolis.

On Being airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Our podcast reaches a global audience via SoundCloud — where we have over a million followers — and has 1.3. million podcast downloads on iTunes monthly. We keep finding new ways to listen to our listeners and online communities, and they keep pointing new ways forward for this adventure.

Series

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4 Pieces

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
16 Pieces

The "Becoming Wise" podcast offers depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world.

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8 Pieces

Stations airing "On Being" can download fundraising materials for air - not the weekly episodes.

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200 Pieces

On Being host/executive producer Krista Tippett was awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Obama for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. " On Being is the only program in American media dedicated to the large questions at the center of human existence and how these questions of meaning find practical resonance in our lives. Each week the show takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. On Being is broadcast 499 times on 406 public radio stations – including in 9 of the top 11 markets — and has 1.3. million podcast downloads on iTunes monthly. On Being is available by annual carriage fee. Please contact Sean Nesbitt at sean.nesbitt@prx.org for more information or help in subscribing to the series.


Pieces

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NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, is often thought of in the light of science fiction. But it’s not a search for E.T. or fo...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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The wise and beloved Vatican astronomer Father George Coyne died last week. He studied the composition of meteorites and the life and death of star...

  • Added: Feb 19, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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"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...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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Ezra Klein embodies an admirable willingness to stretch thoughtfully out of his comfort zone with a real desire to understand aspects of American l...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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This special edition of "On Being" features two different sets of materials for fundraising that stations may use. First is an episode of "On Being...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 40:46
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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 an...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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Alison Gopnik understands babies and children as the R&D division of humanity. From her cognitive science lab at U.C. Berkeley, she investigates th...

  • Added: Jan 22, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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The civil rights icon Ruby Sales names “a spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of this time. During the days of the movement, she learne...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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Joe Henry faced his mortality this past year with stage IV cancer; having been told he might have months to live, he’s now in remission and has cre...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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“When we’re our best selves with each other, I don’t think that’s what’s possible between people; I believe that’s what’s true between people.” A w...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:00