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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8 Pieces

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

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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.

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Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.


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Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
"There is a place inside me that is far more powerful than the continuous mental noise," says Eckhart Tolle. The spiritual teacher began to gain at...

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Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
"Imagine yourself alone on this planet. Would anything be the same?" Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, and historian who wants to chan...

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Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
"Who am I?" Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho reframes the practice of pilgrimage as a journey into this mysterious question. "We have every single day...

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Esther Perel has changed our discourse about sexuality and coupledom with her TED talks, her books, and her singular podcast, "Where Should We Begi...

  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, h...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

  • Added: Jun 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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When Jerry Colonna writes about being “presented with the chance to finally, fully grow up,” he’s talking about leadership and our lives at work. T...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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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 conve...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Jericho Brown’s irreverent, magnetic presence is beloved in the worlds of poetry and education. We were joined by Newark high school students for t...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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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 ...

  • Added: May 29, 2019
  • Length: 58:00