On Being

What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett.

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‘Becoming Wise’ With Tools for the Art of Living

2020-10-03

Over the years, listeners have asked for shorter-form distillations of On Being — something to listen to while making a cup of tea. Becoming Wise is this offering, designed to help you reset your day and replenish your sense of yourself and the world, ten minutes at a time. A taste of the second season, which launched this week, curated from hundreds of big conversations Krista has had with wise and graceful lives — including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, astronomer Natalie Batalha, and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. To receive an episode every Monday morning, subscribe at onbeing.org or wherever podcasts are found.
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Living the Questions: What does civility actually mean, and is it enough?

2020-10-03

“I have been hearing a lot of deconstruction of ‘civility’... I’d love to hear something about this word — what it actually means, in what contexts can it be helpful, in what contexts can it be used as a tool to silence anger.”
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Robert Pollack, Rami Nashashibi, Lisa Lampman, Leon Weinstein, and M. Scott Peck — The Problem of Evil

2020-10-03

Many around the world labeled the events of September 11 as "evil." President Bush in his recent State of the Union speech described "an axis of evil." But what does the word mean? It is a subject of enduring theological debate.
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Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence of Plants

2020-10-03

The botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation on heeding the languages of the natural world.
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Where Was God?

2020-10-03

Great religious minds reflect on the tragedies surrounding Sept. 11, 2001. This show explores theological and spiritual reflection for the long haul with provocative reflections across a broad spectrum of faith.
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Khaled Abou El Fadl, Richard J. Mouw, and Yossi Klein Halevi — The Power of Fundamentalism (Aug 19, 2004)

2020-10-03

Krista speaks with three people-Muslim, Christian, and Jewish; a lawyer; a seminary president, and a journalist-who have experienced religious fundamentalism from the inside.
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Bruce Feiler — Children of Abraham

2020-10-03

The sacred story of Abraham traverses the geography of the most bitter political conflict in the modern world — beginning in what is now southern Iraq and ending in the West Bank city of Hebron. Yet Abraham is the common patriarch of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We explore the story of Abraham in several traditions and why he might be important for people in our time. The hour also includes readings from the Bible and the Qur’an as well as music from the likes of Bob Dylan and Benjamin Britten on the figure of Abraham.
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Peter J. Gomes, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Chris Hedges — Religion in a Time of War

2020-10-03

More than any crisis in modern memory, the War on Terror-including the curent U.S. military presence in Iraq-is being debated in religious, usually Christian, terms.
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Sharon Salzberg, Lawrence Kushner, Anne Lamott, and Omid Safi — The Meaning of Faith

2020-10-03

We examine what it means to be a person of faith with a diverse group of religious writers and thinkers. Born-again Christian and writer Anne Lamott says "Faith is a verb," while...
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Rebecca Chopp, Kecia Ali, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen — Women, Marriage, and Religion

2020-10-03

In this program, three devout women who also call themselves feminist. They are mainline Christian, evangelical and Muslim. They discuss the changing nature of marriage, partnership and their tradition.
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Laurie Zoloth — A Theological Perspective on Cloning

2020-10-03

Jewish bioethicist Laurie Zoloth examines the moral implications of human cloning and raises provocative questions about what's at stake for our society.
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Coleen Rowley and Tim McGuire — Work and Conscience

2020-10-03

Host Krista Tippett explores the practical implications of spirituality at work with FBI special agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley and syndicated columnist Tim McGuire.
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Luke Timothy Johnson and Bernadette Brooten — Deciphering the Da Vinci Code

2020-10-03

The wildly popular novel turned movie reimagines the New Testament, in part, as a cover-up. What really happened in the fluid early years of Christianity? What is the truth about Mary Magdalene? We separate fact from fiction in the story’s plot with two New Testament scholars who say that the story is simpler and much more interesting than conspiracy theories suggest.
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Mariane Pearl — A Spirit of Defiance

2020-10-03

In this close-up look at the human dynamics of the war on terror, our guest speaks about her husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Pakistan shortly after 9/11. She talks about Buddhism, her ethic of spiritual defiance, and her hopes for the future.
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Ahmed H. al-Rahim — A Perspective on Islam in Iraq

2020-10-03

What role will Islam play in the future of Iraq? In the wake of this week's approval of an interim Iraqi constitution, host Krista Tippett explores the religious geography of post-war Iraq with Iraqi-American educator Ahmed al-Rahim.
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Joseph L. Price — In Praise Of Play

2020-10-03

If sport is an American religion, is that bad for us? What is the metaphysic of baseball? In this show, we'll speak with a theologian and sports fan who has spent much of his career studying the religious character of rituals in sporting events.
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Kecia Ali, Omid Safi, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, and Michael Wolfe — Progressive Islam in America

2020-10-03

We speak with a spectrum of American Muslims who describe themselves as devout and progressive: Omid Safi, Kecia Ali, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad...
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Joan Halifax — A Midwife to the Dying

2020-10-03

The Terri Schiavo case raised ethical and medical issues that remain with us today. But missing in that debate was a real attention to the quality and the meaning of death. Joan Halifax tells us what she's learned and how she lives differently...
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Isabel Mukonyora — Sacred Wilderness, An African Story

2020-10-03

Isabel Mukonyora has followed and studied a religious movement of her Shona people, the Masowe Apostles, that embraces Christian tradition while addressing the drama of African life and history. The founder of this movement, Johane Masowe, emphasized an ancient Jewish and Christian pull to the wilderness. Through her stories we explore modern African spirituality, diaspora, and finding meaning, as Mukonyora says, “in the margins.”
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Anchee Min — Surviving the Religion of Mao

2020-10-03

Author Anchee Min has won acclaim for her memoir of growing up in China under Mao Zedong. She’s also written several works of fiction in which she explores the human hunger to survive against extreme social brutality. In this conversation, Anchee Min tells us what she learned about the human spirit in the forced labor camp in which she spent her teenage years, and how she’s found healing in America.
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Omid Safi and Seemi Bushra Ghazi — The Spirit of Islam

2020-10-03

We experience the religious thought and spiritual vitality of two Muslims — male and female — both American and both with roots in ancient Islamic cultural, intellectual, and spiritual traditions. They reveal how sound, music, and...
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S. James Gates and Thomas Levenson — Einstein's Ethics

2020-10-03

Part one of this series takes Einstein’s science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist’s perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God.
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Don Saliers and Edward Foley — The Meaning of Communion: At the Table

2020-10-03

What are the origins of communion, and what is its deepest social relevance? Two leading theologians of communion describe a ritual that is not just personally meaningful for the believer, but also collectively and ethically challenging for Christians.
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Yossi Klein Halevi — Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present, Part 1

2020-10-03

As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land that its inhabitants, on both sides of the conflict, consider holy. Our guests in this two-part series, Israeli and Palestinian, identify deeply with the story and suffering of their own people. They are also individuals who from across tumultuous recent history have reached out to the other side. They find themselves embittered at the failure of the Oslo peace process, reeling from recent events, and uncertain about the future. We explore their unresolved questions and despair, and probe the deep longing for peace that remains within each of them and how they are imagining a future within new political realities.
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Ingrid Jordt — Burma: Buddhism and Power

2020-10-03

A look inside the spiritual culture of Burma, exploring the meaning of monks taking to the streets there in September, the way in which religion and military rule are intertwined, and how Buddhism remains a force in and beyond the current crisis.
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Robert Coles — The Inner Lives of Children

2020-10-03
Psychiatrist Robert Coles has spent his career exploring the inner lives of children. He says children are witnesses to the fullness of our humanity; they are keenly attuned to the darkness as well as the light of life; and they can teach us about living honestly, searchingly and courageously if we let them.
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Jennifer Michael Hecht — A History of Doubt

2020-10-03

Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht says that as a scholar she always noticed the “shadow history” of doubt out of the corner of her eye. She shows how non-belief, skepticism, and doubt have paralleled and at times shaped the world’s great religious and secular belief systems. She suggests that only in modern time has doubt been narrowly equated with a complete rejection of faith, or a broader sense of mystery.
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Mohammed Abu-Nimer + Sami Adwan — Two Narratives, Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present (part 2)

2020-10-03

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Greg Epstein — Exploring a New Humanism

2020-10-03

In a recent Pew poll, 16 percent of Americans identified themselves as “unaffiliated” — atheist, agnostic, or most prominently “nothing in particular.” Greg Epstein, a Humanist chaplain at Harvard, described himself that way until he discovered the tradition of humanism. He is passionate about articulating an atheist identity that is not driven by a stance against religion but by positive ethical beliefs and actions.
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Vali Nasr — The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam

2020-10-03

We seek fresh insight into the history and the human and religious dynamics of Islam’s Sunni-Shia divide. Our guest says that it is not so different from dynamics in periods of Western Christian history. But he says that by bringing the majority Shia to power in Iraq, the U.S. has changed the religions dynamics of the Middle East.
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