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On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista



Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:46:18 CST

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Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST

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Singing is able to touch and join human beings in ways few other arts can. Alice Parker is a wise and joyful thinker and writer on this truth, and has been a hero in the universe of choral music as a composer, conductor, and teacher for most of her 90 years. She began as a young woman, studying conducting with Robert Shaw at Juilliard, and collaborated with him on arrangements of folk songs, spirituals, and hymns that are still performed around the world today.


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[Unedited] Alice Parker with Krista Tippett

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Alice Parker is the artistic director of the non-profit Melodious Accord and is the author of "Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church." She collaborated with the Robert Shaw Chorale for 20 years and has composed operas, cantatas and suites for chamber ensembles, as well as hundreds of anthems and songs. CDs of her compositions and arrangements include "My Love and I" and "Take Me to the Water." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts." Find more at onbeing.org.


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James Martin — Finding God in All Things

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:00:00 CST

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Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, to “find God in all things” — and for him that means being a writer of books, an editor of America magazine, and a wise and witty presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To delve into Fr. Martin's way of being in the world is to discover the "spiritual exercises" St. Ignatius designed to be accessible to everyone more than six centuries ago.


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[Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) James Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large of "America" magazine. He’s the author of several books including "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything," "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," and most recently "Seven Last Words." Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "James Martin — Finding God in All Things." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST

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They are partners in music and in life — recovering something ancient and deeply American all at once, bringing both beauty and meaning to what they play and how they live. Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa and taken it where no banjo has gone before. Abigail Washburn is a celebrated banjo player and singer, both in English and Chinese. Nashville Public radio brought us together at the Belcourt Theater in their hometown.


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[Unedited] Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. Abigail Washburn is a celebrated banjo player and singer, both in English and Chinese. Their first full album collaboration, "Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn," was awarded the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is the Last Frontier

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST

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Go to the doctor and they won't begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents before you. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson points this out as she reflects on her epic work of narrative non-fiction, The Warmth of Other Suns. She's immersed herself in the stories of the Great Migration, the diaspora of six million African Americans to the north of the U.S. in the 20th century. It's a carrier of untold histories and truths that help make sense of human and social challenges newly visible at the heart of our life together.


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[Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista Tippett

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of "The New York Times" and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2016. Her book "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration," won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is The Last Frontier" Find more at onbeing.org.


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Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CST

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In an unsettled political moment, at the end of a divisive campaign, the late, great civil rights elder Vincent Harding is a voice of calm, wisdom, and perspective. He was wise about how the civil rights vision might speak to 21st-century realities. Just as importantly, he pursued this by way of patient yet passionate cross-cultural, cross-generational relationship. He reminded us that the Civil Rights Movement was spiritually as well as politically vigorous; it aspired to a "beloved community," not merely a tolerant integrated society. He posed and lived a question that is freshly in our midst: Is America possible?


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[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) The late civil rights elder Vincent Harding was chairperson of the Veterans of Hope project at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where he was professor of Religion and Transformation. He posed and lived a question that is freshly in our midst: Is America possible? This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?" Find more at onbeing.org.


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Michael Longley — The Vitality of Ordinary Things

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. He is a voice for all of us now, wise and winsome about the force of words in a society that has moved away from sectarianism in living memory. A profound conversation before an adoring crowd at The MAC Belfast.


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[Unedited] Michael Longley with Krista Tippett

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Michael Longley has written more than 20 books of poetry including "Collected Poems," "Gorse Fires," and his most recent collection, "The Stairwell." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Michael Longley — The Vitality of Ordinary Things." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel — How to Live Beyond This Election

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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This political season has surfaced our need to reimagine and re-weave the very meaning of common life and common good. We take a long, nourishing view of the challenge and promise of this moment with former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and interfaith visionary Eboo Patel. This is the second of two public conversations convened by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis on the eve of the 2016 presidential debate on that campus.


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[Unedited] Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel with Krista Tippett

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Natasha Trethewey was the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. Her books include "Domestic Work," "Native Guard," and "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast." Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. His books include "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America" and "Interfaith Leadership: A Primer." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel — How to Live Beyond This Election." Find more at onbeing.org.


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David Brooks and E.J. Dionne — Sinfulness, Hopefulness, and the Possibility of Politics

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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This is a strange, tumultuous political moment. With columnists David Brooks and E.J. Dionne, we step back from the immediate political gamesmanship. We take public theology as a lens on the challenge and promise we will all be living as citizens, whoever our next president might be. This public conversation was convened by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis, the day before the second presidential debate on that campus.


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[Unedited] David Brooks and E.J. Dionne with Krista Tippett

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times. His books include "The Social Animal" and "The Road to Character." E.J. Dionne is a columnist for The Washington Post. His books include "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith in Politics after the Religious Right" and "Why The Right Went Wrong." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Sinfulness, Hopefulness and the Possibility of Politics." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Mary Karr — Astonished by the Human Comedy

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.” Mary Karr is beloved for her salty memoirs in which she traces her harrowing childhood in southeast Texas with a mother who once tried to kill her with a butcher’s knife and her own adult struggles with alcoholism and breakdown. She has a captivating ability to give voice to what is funny and wild in life’s most heartbreaking moments. Mary Karr embodies this wryness and wildness in her lesser-known spiritual practice as a devout Catholic — an unexpected move she made in mid-life.


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[Unedited] Mary Karr with Krista Tippett

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Mary Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. Her books include “The Liars’ Club,” “Lit,” and “Now Go Out There: (and Get Curious.)” Her celebrated guide, “The Art of Memoir,” is now in paperback. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Mary Karr — Astonished by the Human Comedy" Find more at onbeing.org.


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Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Fundamental forces of physics somehow determine everything that happens, “from the birth of a child to the birth of a galaxy.” Yet physicist Leonard Mlodinow has an intriguing perspective on the gap between theory and reality — and the fascinating interplay between a life in science and life in the world. As the child of two Holocaust survivors, he asks questions about our capacity to create our lives, while reflecting on extreme human cruelty — and courage.


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[Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista Tippett

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Leonard Mlodinow is a physicist, and the author of several books including "The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives" and "Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life." He's also written for television, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. He says that the most boring question you can ask of any religion is whether it is true. But how to live, how to die, what is good, and what is bad — these are questions religion has sophisticated ways of addressing. So he’s created The School of Life — where people young and old explore ritual, community, beauty, and wisdom. He explains why these ideas shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.


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[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Alain de Botton is the founder and chairman of The School of Life. His books include “Religion for Atheists” and “How Proust Can Change Your Life.” His new book is a novel, “The Course of Love.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists " Find more at onbeing.org.


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Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin — The Inner Life of Rebellion

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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The history of rebellion is rife with excess and burnout. But new generations have a distinctive commitment to be reflective and activist at once, to be in service as much as in charge, and to learn from history while bringing very new realities into being. Quaker wise man Parker Palmer and journalist and entrepreneur Courtney Martin come together for a cross-generational conversation about the inner work of sustainable, resilient social change.


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[Unedited] Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin with Krista Tippett

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Parker Palmer is founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. He’s the author of bestselling books including “Let Your Life Speak,” “The Courage to Teach,” “A Hidden Wholeness,” and “Healing the Heart of Democracy.” Courtney Martin is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She’s the author of six books including “Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists” and most recently, “The New Better Off.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin — The Inner Life of Rebellion" Find more at onbeing.org.


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Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Where does it hurt? That’s a question the civil rights icon Ruby Sales learned to ask during the days of that movement. It’s a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now, but it gets at human dynamics that we are living and reckoning with. At a convening of 20 theologians seeking to reimagine the public good of theology for this century, Ruby Sales unsettles some of what we think we know about the force of religion in civil rights history, and names a “spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of this time.


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[Unedited] Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Ruby Sales is the founder and director of the Spirit House Project. She is one of 50 African Americans to be spotlighted in the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Ruby Sales — Where Does it Hurt" Find more at onbeing.org.


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Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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In the 15 years since its inception, Wikipedia has become as much a global community as a business venture — a living organism with a mission statement to make “the sum of all human knowledge available to every person in the world.” And a conversation with co-founder Jimmy Wales — one of the architects of that philosophy and the world-changing project that has grown up around it — is full of surprises. What Wikipedia is learning has resonance for our wider public life — about the imperfect but gratifying work of navigating truth amidst difference, ongoing learning, and dynamic belonging.


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[Unedited] Jimmy Wales with Krista Tippett

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Jimmy Wales is the co-founder and promoter of Wikipedia and chair emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge" Find more at onbeing.org.


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Mirabai Bush — Search Inside Yourself: Contemplation in Life and Work

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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She works at an emerging 21st century intersection of industry, social healing, and diverse contemplative practices. Raised Catholic with Joan of Arc as her hero, Mirabai Bush is one of the people who brought Buddhism to the West from India in the 1970s. She is called in to work with educators and judges, social activists and soldiers. She helped create Google’s popular employee program, Search Inside Yourself. Mirabai Bush’s life tells a fascinating narrative of our time: the rediscovery of contemplative practices, in many forms and from many traditions, in the secular thick of modern culture.


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[Unedited] Mirabai Bush with Krista Tippett

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Mirabai Bush co-founded the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is the co-author of "Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Mirabai Bush — Search Inside Yourself: Contemplation in Life and Work." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Movies, for some of us, are a form of modern church. The Argentinian composer and musician Gustavo Santaolalla creates cinematic landscapes — movie soundtracks that become soundtracks for life. He's won back-to-back Academy Awards for his original scores for Brokeback Mountain and Babel. We experience his humanity and creative philosophy behind a kind of music that moves us like no other.


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[Unedited] Gustavo Santaolalla with Krista Tippett

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Gustavo Santaolalla has composed film scores for over a dozen features including "Amores Perros," "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Brokeback Mountain," "Babel," "On the Road," and "Wild Tales." His latest solo album is called "Camino." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al. — Running as Spiritual Practice

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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For the Summer Olympics, we explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends; running as an interplay between competition and contemplation; running and body image and survival and healing.


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Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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A philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy’s path wound from the CIA to Tibetan Buddhism, to translating the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that exquisite poetry as a lens on her wisdom on the great dramas of our time: ecological, political, personal. Now in her 80s, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history — with possibilities of unraveling, or of creating, a life-sustaining human society.


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[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and a scholar of Buddhism. Her translations include Rilke's "Book of Hours: Love Poems to God," "A Year with Rilke," and the recently re-released "In Praise of Mortality." She is the co-author of "Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 400 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.


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[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Paulo Coelho is the author of many books including "The Pilgrimage," "Veronika Decides to Die" and "The Alchemist." His new book is "Adultery." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Growing up, the poet Naomi Shihab Nye lived in Ferguson, Missouri and on the road between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Her father was a refugee Palestinian journalist, and through her poetry, she carries forward his hopeful passion, his insistence, that language must be a way out of cycles of animosity.


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[Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista Tippett

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Naomi Shihab Nye’s books include "19 Varieties of Gazelle," "You & Yours," "Words Under Words," "A Maze Me: Poems for Girls," and "Transfer." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Xavier Le Pichon, one of the world's leading geophysicists, helped create the field of plate tectonics. A devout Catholic and spiritual thinker, he raised his family in intentional communities centered around people with mental disabilities. He shares his rare perspective on the meaning of humanity — a perspective equally informed by his scientific and personal encounters with fragility as a fundament of vital, evolving systems. Le Pichon has come to think of caring attention to weakness as an essential quality that allowed humanity to evolve.


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[Unedited] Xavier Le Pichon with Krista Tippett

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Xavier Le Pichon is Honorary Professor at Collège de France in Paris. He founded La Maison Thomas Philippe that provides retreats for families, including those struggling with mental illness. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Being Peace in a World of Trauma

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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The Vietnamese Zen master, whom Martin Luther King nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, is a voice of power and wisdom in this time of tumult in the world. We visited Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.


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[Unedited] Thich Nhat Hanh with Krista Tippett

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen monk, poet, and peacemaker. He co-founded the An Quang Buddhist Institute, the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Vietnam, and Plum Village, a Buddhist training monastery in France. He is the author of many books, including "Being Peace," "The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation," "The Art of Communicating," "Fragrant Palm Leaves: Journals 1962–1966," and "The Long Road Turns to Joy — A Guide to Walking Meditation." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism." Find more at onbeing.org.


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[Unedited] Cheri Maples with Krista Tippett

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Cheri Maples served in the criminal justice system for 25 years, including as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and as a police officer with the City of Madison Police Department. She is a licensed attorney, a clinical social worker, and co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Justice in Madison, Wisconsin. She was ordained as a dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism." Find more at onbeing.org.


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[Unedited] Larry Ward with Krista Tippett

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Larry Ward is co-director of the Lotus Institute in Encinitas, California and an ordained Baptist minister. He also owned a management consultant firm for Fortune 500 companies. He co-authored a book with his wife, "Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Elizabeth Gilbert — Choosing Curiosity Over Fear

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Her name is synonymous with her fantastically best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love. But through the disorienting process of becoming a global celebrity, Elizabeth Gilbert has also reflected deeply on the gift and challenge of inhabiting a creative life. Creativity, as she defines it, is about choosing curiosity over fear — not to be confused with the more familiar trope to "follow your passion,” but rather as something accessible to us all and good for our life together.


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[Unedited] Elizabeth Gilbert with Krista Tippett

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of seven books, including "Eat Pray Love," the novel "The Signature of All Things," and most recently "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Elizabeth Gilbert — Choosing Curiosity Over Fear." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music. Cherished by fans and fellow musicians alike, he’s produced a dozen albums of his own and for an array of artists, including Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, and Billy Bragg. And he’s written songs together with Rosanne Cash and Madonna. With Joe Henry, we probe the mystery and adventure of discovering life through music.


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[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Joe Henry is a Grammy Award-winning producer and singer-songwriter. He's recorded 13 albums and produced dozens of other artists. He's the co-author of "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him." His albums include "Invisible Hour" and the forthcoming "Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad" — a collaboration with Billy Bragg.


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Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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There is no such thing as closure. Family therapist Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure in fact leads us astray — it’s a myth we need to put aside, like the idea we’ve accepted that grief has five linear stages and we come out the other side done with it. She coined the term “ambiguous loss,” creating a new field in family therapy and psychology. And she has wisdom for the complicated griefs and losses in all of our lives and in how we best approach the losses of others — including those very much in our public midst right now.


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[Unedited] Pauline Boss with Krista Tippett

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Pauline Boss is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of "Loss, Trauma and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss," "Loving Someone Who Has Dementia," and "Ambiguous Loss." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, et al. — Revealing Ramadan

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.


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Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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The emerging science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji is one of its primary architects. She understands the mind as a “difference-seeking machine” that helps us order and navigate the overwhelming complexity of reality. But this gift also creates blind spots and biases, as we fill in what we don’t know with the limits of what we do know. This is science that takes our grappling with difference out of the realm of guilt, and into the realm of transformative good.


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[Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista Tippett

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Mahzarin Banaji is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the department of psychology at Harvard University. She is the co-author of "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People," and co-founder of the implicit bias research organization Project Implicit. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Jonathan Haidt and Melvin Konner — Capitalism and Moral Evolution: A Civil Provocation

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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It was supposed to be a discussion about "culture and conscience" with two social scientists, as part of a public gathering of the Center for Humans and Nature at the American Museum of Natural History. But Jonathan Haidt is studying the relationship between capitalism and moral evolution, and our conversation took off from there in surprising directions. The liberal view of capitalism as essentially exploitative may remain alive and well, Haidt says. But the ironic truth of history is that capitalism actually generates liberal values as it takes root in societies. Our conversation preceded this American cultural-political season but offers provocative perspective on it.


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[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt + Melvin Konner with Krista Tippett

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His books include "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" and, forthcoming in 2017, "Three Stories about Capitalism: The moral psychology of economic life." Melvin Konner is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University. His books include "The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit" and "The Evolution of Childhood." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Jonathan Haidt and Melvin Konner — Capitalism and Moral Evolution: A Civil Provocation." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together

Thu, 26 May 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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A singular writer and thinker, Rebecca Solnit celebrates the unpredictable and incalculable events that so often redeem our lives both solitary and public. She searches for the hidden, transformative histories inside events we chronicle merely as disasters, in places like post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. She writes that, so often, "when all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers' keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedness bring joy even amidst death, chaos, fear, and loss."


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[Unedited] Rebecca Solnit with Krista Tippett

Thu, 26 May 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Rebecca Solnit is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and a regular writer for publications including The Guardian and The London Review of Books. Her books include "A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster" and "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into

Thu, 19 May 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Kevin Kling is part funny guy, part poet and playwright, part wise man. A treasured figure on the national storytelling circuit, his voice inhabits an unusual space — where a homegrown Minnesota wit meets Dante and Shakespeare. Born with a disabled left arm, he lost the use of his right one after a motorcycle accident nearly killed him. He shares his special angle on life's humor and its ruptures — and why we turn loss into story.


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[Unedited] Kevin Kling with Krista Tippett

Thu, 19 May 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Kevin Kling is a performer and an advisory council member of Interact. His plays include "21A" and "Lloyd's Prayer." His books include "The Dog Says How." The new PBS documentary about his life and work is called "Kevin Kling: Lost and Found." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into." Find more at onbeing.org.


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David Isay — Listening as an Act of Love

Thu, 12 May 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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"The soul is contained in the human voice," says David Isay, founder of StoryCorps. He sees the StoryCorps booth — a setting where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask each other — as a sacred space. He shares his wisdom about listening as an act of love, and how eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.


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[Unedited] David Isay with Krista Tippett

Thu, 12 May 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) David Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant and 2015 TED Prize. His new StoryCorps book is "Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work". This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "David Isay — Listening as an Act of Love. Find more at http://www.onbeing.org/program/david-isay-listening-as-an-act-of-love/6268


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Krista Tippett — The Mystery and Art of Living

Thu, 05 May 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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This episode, a “theft of the dial.” Writer and traveler Pico Iyer turns the tables on our host Krista Tippett by asking her the questions. Her latest book, Becoming Wise, chronicles what she’s learned through her conversations with the most extraordinary voices across time and generations, across disciplines and denominations. An illuminating conversation on the mystery and art of living.


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[Unedited] Krista Tippett with Pico Iyer

Thu, 05 May 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Krista Tippett is a journalist and host of On Being. She is the New York Times bestselling author of "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living" and "Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit." She won a Peabody Award and received the National Humanities Medal for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Krista Tippett — An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Frank Wilczek — Why Is the World So Beautiful?

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book, A Beautiful Question, is a long meditation on the question: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” He’s the unusual scientist willing to analogize his discoveries about the deep structure of reality with deep meaning in the human everyday.


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[Unedited] Frank Wilczek with Krista Tippett

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Frank Wilczek is the Herman Feshbach professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include "The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces," and "A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design." This interview is edited and produced with music in the On Being episode "Frank Wilczek — Why Is the World So Beautiful?" Find more at onbeing.org.


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Michelle Alexander — Who We Want to Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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The civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander is one of the people who is waking us up to history we don't remember, and structures most of us can't fathom intending to create. She calls the punitive culture that has emerged the "new Jim Crow," and is making it visible in the name of a fierce hope and belief in our collective capacity to engender the transformation to which this moment is calling.


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[Unedited] Michelle Alexander with Krista Tippett

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, and has served as the director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California. Her book is "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Michelle Alexander — Who We Want to Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Craig Minowa — Music and The Ritual of Performance

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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The band Cloud Cult is hard to categorize — both musically and lyrically — though it's been called an "orchestral indie rock collective." Less in question is the profound and life-giving force of its music. Cloud Cult's trajectory was altered the day its co-founder and singer-songwriter, Craig Minowa, and his wife woke up to find that their two-year-old son had mysteriously died in his sleep. Live from our studios on Loring Park, we explore the art that has emerged ever since — spanning the human experience from the rawest grief to the fiercest hope.


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[Unedited] Craig Minowa with Krista Tippett

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Craig Minowa is the founder, singer, and songwriter of the alternative rock band Cloud Cult, whose albums include "Light Chasers," the acoustic live album "Unplug," and "The Seeker," released in February 2016. He holds a degree in environmental science from the University of Minnesota, and is the founder of the environmental non-profit and record label Earthology.


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David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too small for you.”

David Whyte is a poet and philosopher who believes in the power of a “beautiful question” amidst the drama of work as well as the drama of life — amidst the ways the two overlap, whether we want them to or not. He shared a deep friendship with the late Irish philosopher John O’Donohue. They were, David Whyte says, like “two bookends.” More recently, he’s written about the consolation, nourishment, and underlying meaning of everyday words.


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[Unedited] David Whyte with Krista Tippett

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. His books include "The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America," "River Flow: New & Selected Poems," and "Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment, and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Tiffany Shlain — Growing Up the Internet

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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When Tiffany Shlain thinks of her favorite quote from naturalist John Muir, she thinks of the internet: "When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it's attached to everything else." As a filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards — the "Oscars of the internet" — she is committed to reframing technology as an expression of the best of what humanity is capable, with all the complexity that entails. With her young family, she has helped popularize the practice of the "tech shabbat" — 24 unplugged hours each week. Her perspective on our technology-enhanced lives is ultimately a purposeful and enriching one: the internet is our global brain, towards which we can apply all the wisdom we are gaining about the brains in our heads and the character in our lives.


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[Unedited] Tiffany Shlain with Krista Tippett

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Tiffany Shlain is the founder of the Webby Awards and a co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. She has directed and co-written 28 films, some with accompanying books, including “The Science of Character,” “Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks,” and the feature-length documentary “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology.” This interview is produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Tiffany Shlain — Growing Up the Internet." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Nathan Schneider — The Wisdom of Millennials

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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There’s a kind of brilliance that flashes up in early adulthood: an ability to see the world whole. Nathan Schneider has been able to articulate and sustain that far-seeing eye of young adulthood. He’s also a gifted writer, chronicling the world he and his compatriots are helping to make — spiritual, technological, and communal. At the Chautauqua Institution, we explore the wisdom of a millennial generation public intellectual on the emerging fabric of human identity.


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[Unedited] Nathan Schneider with Krista Tippett

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Nathan Schneider is a scholar-in-residence of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the author of "God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet" and "Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse." He is a regular columnist for Vice magazine and America, the national Catholic weekly. He is currently co-editing a book on democratic business models for online platforms. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Nathan Schneider — The Wisdom of Millennials." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Nikki Giovanni — Soul Food, Sex, and Space

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:00:00 CDT

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In the 1960s, Nikki Giovanni was a revolutionary poet of the Black Arts Movement that nourished civil rights. She had a famous dialogue with James Baldwin in Paris in 1971. Now a professor at Virginia Tech, she brought beauty and courage by way of poetry after the shooting there. Today, she is a self-proclaimed space freak and a delighted elder — an adored voice to hip-hop artists and the new forms of social change this generation is creating.


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[Unedited] Nikki Giovanni with Krista Tippett

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:59:00 CDT

(image) Nikki Giovanni is a Distinguished Professor in the English department at Virginia Tech. She has written and edited numerous books of poetry and works for children, including "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea," "Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment," and "The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni." Her latest work is "Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Nikki Giovanni — Soul Food, Sex, and Space." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:00:00 CST

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The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah is a rich, magnetic world of thought and teaching. It has resonance with modern understandings of reality — and describes a cosmic significance to the practical moral call to tikkun olam, "repair the world." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah. We speak with him in honor of the 20th-century historian Gershom Scholem, who resurrected this tradition from obscurity and made it accessible to modern people.


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[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Lawrence Kushner is a scholar-in-residence at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. His many books include "God Was In This Place & I, i Did Not Know," "Kabbalah: A Love Story," and "I’m God, You’re Not." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 06:00:00 CST

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The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma is a citizen artist and a forensic musicologist, decoding the work of musical creators across time and space. In his art, Yo-Yo Ma resists fixed boundaries, and would like to rename classical music just “music” — born in improvisation, and traversing territory as vast and fluid as the world we inhabit. In this generous and intimate conversation, he shares his philosophy of curiosity about life, and of performance as hospitality.


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[Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista Tippett

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Yo-Yo Ma has won 17 Grammy Awards, and has received the National Medal of Arts, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the 2014 Fred Rogers Legacy Award. He's also the founder of the Silk Road Project. His new album with the Silk Road Ensemble, Sing Me Home, will be released in April 2016. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:00:00 CST

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“Why is the world so beautiful?” This is a question Robin Wall Kimmerer pursues as a botanist and also as a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.” An expert in moss — a bryologist — she describes mosses as the “coral reefs of the forest.” Her work opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as “inanimate.” She says that as our knowledge about plant life unfolds, human vocabulary and imaginations must adapt.


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[Unedited] Robin Wall Kimmerer with Krista Tippett

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Robin Wall Kimmerer is the State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She is founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Her books include "Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses" and "Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross — The Resilient World We're Building Now

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 06:00:00 CST

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We’ve heard a lot about Black Lives Matter, but you may never have heard one of its founders reflect outside a moment of crisis. Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the resilient world we’re making now. She joins Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and a leader who is helping redefine public health in terms of human wholeness, in a cross-generational conversation. They give voice to the generative potential in this moment we inhabit — its courage and creativity, its seeds in trauma and resilience, and its possibility for all of our growth as individuals and community.


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[Unedited] Patrisse Cullors and Robert K. Ross with Krista Tippett

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Patrisse Cullors is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Robert Ross is president of the California Endowment. This interview was edited and produced in the On Being episode "Patrisse Cullors and Robert K. Ross — The Resilient World We're Building Now." Find more at onbeing.org.


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James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:00:00 CST

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Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in the throes of a hardscrabble, perilous childhood, he wandered into a magic shop and met a woman named Ruth who taught him what she called “another kind of magic” that freed him from being a victim of the circumstances of his life, and that he now investigates through science.


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[Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) James Doty is a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. He is the author of "Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Jean Berko Gleason — Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:00:00 CST

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Jean Berko Gleason is a living legend in the field of psycholinguistics — how language emerges, and what it tells us about how we think and who we are. She has helped to illustrate the remarkable ordinary human capacity to begin to speak, and she’s continued to break new ground in exploring what this may teach us about adults as about the children we’re raising. We keep learning about the human gift, as she puts it, to be conscious of ourselves and to comment on that. For her, the exploration of language is a frontier every bit as important and thrilling as exploring outer space or the deep sea.


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[Unedited] Jean Berko Gleason with Krista Tippett

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Jean Berko Gleason is Professor Emerita of psychology at Boston University. This interview was edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Jean Berko Gleason — Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life." Find more at onbeing.org.


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B.J. Miller — Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don’t Control

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:00:00 CST

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“Let death be what takes us,” Dr. BJ Miller has written, “not a lack of imagination.” As a palliative care physician, he brings a design sensibility to the matter of living until we die. And he’s largely redesigned his sense of own physical presence after an accident at college left him without both of his legs and part of one arm. He offers a transformative reframing on our imperfect bodies, the ways we move through the world, and all that we don’t control.


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[Unedited] B.J. Miller with Krista Tippett

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) B.J. Miller is executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending specialist for the Symptom Management Service of the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "B.J. Miller — Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don't Control." Find more at onbeing.org


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David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 06:00:00 CST

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Now nearing 90, Brother David Steindl-Rast has lived through a world war, the end of an empire, and the fascist takeover of his country. He's given a TED talk, viewed over five million times, on the subject of gratitude — a practice increasingly interrogated by scientists and physicians as a key to human well-being. He was also an early pioneer, together with Thomas Merton, of dialogue between Christian and Buddhist monastics. In this conversation from our visit to the Gut Aich Priory monastery in St. Gilgen, Austria, he speaks of mysticism as the birthright of every human being, and of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, reality-based, and redeeming.


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[Unedited] David Steindl-Rast with Krista Tippett

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Brother David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk, teacher, and author. He is the founder and senior advisor for A Network for Grateful Living. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Br. David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude." Find more at www.onbeing.org.


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Stephen Batchelor — The Limits of Belief, The Massiveness of the Questions

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:00:00 CST

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Stephen Batchelor’s “secular Buddhism” speaks to the mystery and vitality of spiritual life in every form. For him, secularism opens to doubt and questioning as a radical basis for spiritual life. Above all, he understands Buddhism without transcendent beliefs like “karma” or “reincarnation” to become something urgent to do, not to believe in.


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[Unedited] Stephen Batchelor with Krista Tippett

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Stephen Batchelor is a teacher and writer. His books include "Buddhism Without Beliefs," "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist," and "The Faith to Doubt." His newest book is "After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Stephen Batchelor — The Limits of Belief, The Massiveness of the Questions." Find more at onbeing.org.


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Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 06:00:00 CST

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One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words and intelligence continue to enliven 21st-century life on the color line and beyond it. We bring Du Bois’ life and ideas into relief — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.


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[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Maya Angelou was a poet, educator, and activist. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts in 2000, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. She is most well-known for her series of seven autobiographies, including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, and Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul." Find more at onbeing.org.


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[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Elizabeth Alexander is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies at Yale University. She wrote and delivered "Praise Song for the Day" at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. Her memoir, "The Light of the World," was published in 2015. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, & Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul." Find more at onbeing.org.


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[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:59:00 CST

(image) Arnold Rampersad is emeritus professor of English at Stanford University and author of The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. Du Bois. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2010. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, & Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul." Find more at onbeing.org.


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