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.

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4 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.


Pieces

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What if the first question we asked on a date were, "How are you crazy? I'm crazy like this"? Philosopher and writer Alain de Botton's essay "Why Y...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2018
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We don’t really reward or allow our politicians, good or bad, to be searching, or to change their minds and grow — to admit their human frailty. So...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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“The rocks are beyond slow, beyond strong, and yet yielding to a soft green breath as powerful as a glacier, the mosses wearing away their surfaces...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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The wonderful writer Luis Alberto Urrea says that a deep truth of our time is that “we miss each other.” We have this drive to erect barriers betwe...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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The great civil rights elder Vincent Harding said that Lucas Johnson embodies the genius of nonviolence for our century — nonviolence not as a with...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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Nothing is helping us more right now, as we watch human tragedies unfold on the U.S. Mexican border and elsewhere, than a conversation Krista had l...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book, A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Des...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure. It’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.” America Ferrera is a cu...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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Maria Shriver’s life is often summarized in fairy tale terms. A child of the Kennedy clan in the Camelot aura of the early 1960s. Daughter of Eunic...

  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 58:00