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.

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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.

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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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

Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg are icons of American Buddhism, and they are joyful, longtime friends. They challenge us to reframe our anger by...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:45
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of our wisest models on the territory of reckoning with past wrongs that infuse and haunt the present. In the 1980s,...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 05:56
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The physicist Leonard Mlodinow changes how we think about the agency we have in shaping our own destinies. As a scientist, he works with principles...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:38
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Public theologian Ruby Sales opens up what it was like to be a teenaged participant in the civil rights movement — including the impatience she had...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:34
Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
Naturalist Terry Tempest Williams brings meaning and direction to the grief around ecological loss and climate change. She's a self-described "citi...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 05:48
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Father James Martin is a beloved Jesuit writer and teacher who says desire is not selfish, but rather a path to understanding our callings in life....

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 06:23
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Matthieu Ricard is helping us redefine happiness in a culture convinced that it's a passive experience. The French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk refra...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 06:59
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Astronomer Natalie Batalha embodies a planetary sense of what "love" is and means. She says her experience searching the universe for exoplanets — ...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 05:38
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A civil rights elder and speechwriter for Martin Luther King, Jr., the late Vincent Harding brought the wisdom of the movement to young people in h...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2019
  • Length: 06:46
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Rami Nashashibi is a champion for how art can make humans visible to each other. He brings a new energy to Islam's core commitment to beauty and hu...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2019
  • Length: 05:48
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