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.

Series

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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.

Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
16 Pieces

The "Becoming Wise" podcast offers depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world.

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6 Pieces

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175 Pieces

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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Movies can be whimsical, terrifying, life-altering, culture-changing experiences where the big ideas we take up at "On Being" show up in the heart ...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2019
  • Length: :00
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To: Program Directors, News Directors, Ops Fr: Marie Sambilay, On Being Studios Dt: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Re: Timings/Cues: “On Being” with Kr...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton collects sounds from around the world. He’s recorded inside Sitka spruce logs in the Pacific Northwest, thunder i...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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We were made and set here, the writer Annie Dillard once wrote, “to give voice to our astonishments.” Katy Payne is a renowned acoustic biologist w...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Darnell Moore embodies an emerging story we’ve barely begun to tell ourselves about new understandings of change and healing in this young century ...

  • Added: Aug 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual li...

  • Added: Jul 30, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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There is a question floating around the world right now: “How can we be joyful in a moment like this?” To which writer Ross Gay responds: “How can ...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Chess grandmaster and applied philosopher Jonathan Rowson says that more and more people are "coming out" of a cultural closet we made and using th...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg are icons of American Buddhism, and they are joyful, longtime friends. They challenge us to reframe our anger by...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 07:45
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of our wisest models on the territory of reckoning with past wrongs that infuse and haunt the present. In the 1980s,...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 05:56
  • Purchases: 1