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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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 befo...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger and challenge of being religious now. He had a charismatic Texas Christian upbringing, and w...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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We often find ourselves talking to poets and writers about the vivid connections between art and faith. This special hour came out of a live collab...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Mysticism is the birthright of every human being, says Br. David Steindl-Rast. He speaks of the anatomy and practice of gratitude as full-blooded, ...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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"When all the ordinary divides and patterns are shattered, people step up to become their brothers' keepers. And that purposefulness and connectedn...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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The wise and lyrical writer Adam Gopnik muses on the ironies of spiritual life in a secular age through the lens of his many fascinations — from pa...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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No challenge before us is more important — and more potentially life-giving — than that we come to see and know our fellow citizens, our neighbors,...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a poetic journalist and a defining voice of our times. He’s with us in a conversation that is joyful and hard and kind, soaring...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
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The new field of epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2017
  • Length: 58:00