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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Paul Zak — The Science of Trust: Economics and Virtue

2020-10-03

In a few breathtaking months, we’ve culturally moved from seeing Wall Street as an icon of thriving civil society to discussing its workings with book titles like “House of Cards” and “Animal Spirits.” As part of our ongoing Repossessing Virtue series, we look at what science is learning about trust, fair play, and empathy — and what these qualities have to do with human character and economics.
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Eckhart Tolle — The Power of Now

2020-10-03

One of today’s most influential spiritual teachers shares his youthful experience of depression and despair — suffering that led him to his own spiritual breakthrough, and ultimately, freedom and peace of mind. He also explicates his view of what he calls “the pain body” — the accumulated emotional pain that may influence us and our relationships in negative ways. And Tolle talks about spirit and God, and what those concepts mean to him.
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E. Ethelbert Miller — Black and Universal

2020-10-03

A poet and self-described literary activist, E. Ethelbert Miller attended Howard University in 1968 — the age in which Black Power was finding its voice. He has remained there ever since, observing and making sense of the trajectory of black history and culture. He pushes at the parameters within which mainstream America routinely sees what he calls “blackness.”
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Robert Wright — The Evolution of God

2020-10-03

Robert Wright charts an intellectual path beyond the faith versus reason debate. He takes a relentlessly logical look at the history of religion, exposing its contradictions. Yet Wright also traces something “revelatory” moving through human history. In this public conversation — recorded before a live audience — we explore the story he tells, the import he sees in it for our culture, and where it has personally taken him.
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Ed Husain — Reflections of a Former Islamist Extremist

2020-10-03

British activist Ed Husain was seduced, at the age of 16, by revolutionary Islamist ideals that flourished at the heart of educated British culture. Yet he later shrank back from radicalism after coming close to a murder and watching people he loved become suicide bombers. He dug deeper into Islamic spirituality, and now offers a fresh and daring perspective on the way forward.
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Freeman Dyson and Paul Davies — Einstein's God

2020-10-03

Part two of this series delves into Einstein’s Jewish identity, his passionate engagement around issues of war and race, and modern extensions of his ethical and scientific perspectives.
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Mohammad Darawshe — Children of Both Identities

2020-10-03

An Arab citizen of Israel, Mohammad Darawshe is a leader and a moderate who opens an unexpected way into seeing the Israeli-Palestinian present and future. His very identity contradicts the narrative of conflict so familiar from this land. He brings an un
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John Polkinghorne — Quarks and Creation

2020-10-03

Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the universe might make space for prayer.
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Sherry Turkle — Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology

2020-10-03

We reflect on the inner effects of the digital objects that are transforming life as we know it. We'll explore how, in our daily interactions and especially in our families, we can shape technology to honor human purposes.
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Mercedes Doretti — Laying the Dead to Rest

2020-10-03

With an Argentinean scientist, we explore the human landscape of forensic sciences and its emergence as a tool for human rights. Doretti has unearthed bones and stories of the dead and “the disappeared” in more than 30 countries, including victims of Argentina’s Dirty War, over two decades. She shares her perspective on reparation, the need to bury our dead, and the many facets of justice.
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Jacob Needleman — The Inward Work of Democracy

2020-10-03

As young democracies emerge around the world, we take a long view of the ingredients that formed this democracy well beyond July 4, 1776.
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Sandy Eisenberg Sasso — The Spirituality of Parenting

2020-10-03

More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. And the experience of parenting tends to raise spiritual questions anew. We sense that there is a spiritual aspect to our children’s natures and wonder how to support and nurture that. The spiritual life, our guest says, begins not in abstractions, but in concrete everyday experiences. And children need our questions as much as our answers.
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Darius Rejali — The Long Shadow of Torture

2020-10-03

One of the world’s leading experts on torture, Iranian-American political scientist Darius Rejali discusses, in particular, how democracies change torture and are changed by it. In the wake of Wikileaks revelations about torture in U.S.-occupied Iraq, we explore how his knowledge might deepen our public discourse about such practices — and inform our collective reckoning with consequences yet to unfold.
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Keith Devlin — The Joy of Math: Learning and What It Means To Be Human

2020-10-03

Mathematical equations are like sonnets says Keith Devlin. What most of us learn in school, he says, doesn’t begin to convey what mathematics is. And technology may free more of us to discover the wonder of mathematical thinking — as a reflection of the i
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Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention

2020-10-03

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization, and reflection.
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Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises

2020-10-03

“There’s no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love.” South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he’s lived and shaped.
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Thupten Jinpa — Translating the Dalai Lama

2020-10-03

Thupten Jinpa, a Buddhist scholar and former monk, is the Dalai Lama's chief English translator. He shares the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhism that can't be conveyed in public teachings.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Et. Al. — Pursuing Happiness

2020-10-03

Before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary life with The Dalai Lama and three global spiritual leaders: a Muslim scholar, a chief rabbi, and a presiding bishop.
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Jericho Brown – Small Truths and Other Surprises

2020-10-03

The magnetic 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner who reminds us to look and listen closer, and to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience.
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Craig Minowa & Cloud Cult — Music As Medicine

2020-09-23

Taking in music as solace and sustenance in the best of times and the hardest of times.
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Michael McCarthy — Nature, Joy, and Human Becoming

2020-08-30

The naturalist and journalist on offering up our joy in nature as its best defense.
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Remembering John Lewis

2020-08-14

The legendary late civil rights elder and congressman, with lived wisdom for the culture of protest and common life today.
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Marilyn Nelson — Communal Pondering in a Noisy World

2020-08-01

On ordinary goodness, our complicated ancestries, and summoning silence as “the source of so much of what we need to get through our lives.”
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Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem: In Conversation

2020-07-13

The author of “White Fragility” and an expert on racialized trauma together — a deep dive into the calling of our lifetimes.
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Race and Healing: A Body Practice

2020-06-11

This short, simple body practice is from Resmaa Menakem’s conversation with Krista on the On Being episode, 'Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence.'
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Resmaa Menakem — ’Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence’

2020-06-05

The therapist and trauma specialist with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word “race.”
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Gregory Orr — Shaping Grief With Language

2020-05-29

The poet who has wrested life-giving words out of grief and trauma — and teaches us to do the same.
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Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, et al. — Revealing Ramadan

2020-05-16

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam’s holiest month.
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Jennifer Bailey and Lennon Flowers — An Invitation to Brave Space

2020-05-13

The co-founders of The People’s Supper on how relationships move at the speed of trust and why we need to be willing to be wrong to move forward.
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Devendra Banhart — ‘When Things Fall Apart’

2020-05-09

In this “spiritual book club,” Krista and musician/artist Devendra Banhart read from and reflect on Pema Chödrön’s small book of great beauty.
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