Podcast: On Being


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

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Recent Episodes

  • Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology of Self-Righteousness

    “When it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonatha...

  • [Unedited] Jonathan Haidt with Krista Tippett

    “When it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonatha...

  • Joan Halifax — Buoyancy Rather Than Burnout in Our Lives

    It’s easy to despair at all the bad news and horrific pictures that come at us daily. But Roshi Joan Halifax says this is a form of empathy that works against us. There’s such a thing as pathological altruism. This zen abbot and medical anthropologist ha...

  • [Unedited] Joan Halifax with Krista Tippett

    It’s easy to despair at all the bad news and horrific pictures that come at us daily. But Roshi Joan Halifax say this is a form of empathy that works against us. There’s such a thing as pathological altruism. This zen abbot and medical anthropologist has...

  • Daniel Kahneman — Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

    With his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in economics for helping to create the field of behavioral e...

  • [Unedited] Daniel Kahneman with Krista Tippett

    With his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavior. He is a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize in economics, for helping to create the field of behaviora...

  • Lisa Randall — Dark Matter, Dinosaurs, and Extra Dimensions

    “When it comes to the world around us,” Lisa Randall has written, “is there any choice but to explore?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she’s interested in the interconnectedness between fields that have previously o...

  • [Unedited] Lisa Randall with Krista Tippett

    “When it comes to the world around us,” Lisa Randall has written, “is there any choice but to explore?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she’s interested in the interconnectedness between fields that have previously o...

  • Arnold Eisen — The Opposite of Good Is Indifference

    “In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., famously saying afterwards that he felt his leg...

  • [Unedited] Arnold Eisen with Krista Tippett

    “In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.” A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., famously saying afterwards that he felt his leg...

  • Junot Díaz — Radical Hope Is Our Best Weapon

    “From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.” These are the words of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz. His hope is fiercely reality-based,...

  • [Unedited] Junot Díaz with Krista Tippett

    “From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.” These are the words of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz. His hope is fiercely reality-based,...

  • Maira Kalman — The Normal, Daily Things We Fall in Love With

    To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and think by Maira Kalman’s illustrated revision of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style or a New York Times blog o...

  • [Unedited] Maira Kalman with Krista Tippett

    To be in conversation with Maira Kalman is like wandering into one of her cartoons in The New Yorker. Millions have been prompted to smile and think by Maira Kalman’s illustrated revision of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style or a New York Times blog o...

  • John O'Donohue — The Inner Landscape of Beauty

    No conversation we’ve ever done has been more beloved than this one. This Irish poet, theologian, and philosopher insisted on beauty as a human calling. He had a very Celtic, lifelong fascination with the inner landscape of our lives and with what he cal...

  • [Unedited] John O'Donohue with Krista Tippett

    No conversation we’ve ever done has been more beloved than this one. This Irish poet, theologian, and philosopher insisted on beauty as a human calling. He had a very Celtic, lifelong fascination with the inner landscape of our lives and with what he cal...

  • Nikki Giovanni — Soul Food, Sex, and Space

    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. As a professor at Virginia Tech, she brought beauty and courage by the way of poe...

  • [Unedited] Nikki Giovanni with Krista Tippett

    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. As a professor at Virginia Tech, she brought beauty and courage by the way of poe...

  • Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?

    The civil rights icon Ruby Sales names "a spiritual crisis of white America" as a calling of this time. During the days of the movement, she learned to ask the question, "Where does it hurt?" It’s a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now...

  • [Unedited] Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett

    The civil rights icon Ruby Sales names "a spiritual crisis of white America" as a calling of this time. During the days of the movement, she learned to ask the question, "Where does it hurt?" It’s a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now...

  • Cloud Cult — Music Is Medicine

    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...

  • [Unedited] Cloud Cult with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Mary Catherine Bateson — Composing a Life

    Life as an improvisational art, at every age. This idea animates the wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, whose book "Composing a Life" has touched many. Since her childhood as the daughter of the iconic anthropologists Margaret Mead...

  • [Unedited] Mary Catherine Bateson with Krista Tippett

    Life as an improvisational art, at every age. This idea animates the wise linguist and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, whose book "Composing a Life" has touched many. Since her childhood as the daughter of the iconic anthropologists Margaret Mead...

  • danah boyd — The Internet of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Steeped in cutting edge research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the changes it’s making to life and relationship. She has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gap...

  • [Unedited] danah boyd with Krista Tippett

    Steeped in cutting edge research around the social lives of networked teens, danah boyd demystifies technology while being wise about the changes it’s making to life and relationship. She has intriguing advice on the technologically-fueled generation gap...

  • Matthieu Ricard — Happiness As Human Flourishing

    A French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk and a central figure in the Dalai Lama's dialogue with scientists, Matthieu Ricard was dubbed "The Happiest Man in the World" after his brain was imaged. But he resists this label. In his writing and in his life, he ex...

  • [Unedited] Matthieu Ricard with Krista Tippett

    A French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk and a central figure in the Dalai Lama's dialogue with scientists, Matthieu Ricard was dubbed "The Happiest Man in the World" after his brain was imaged. But he resists this label. In his writing and in his life, he ex...

  • Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid for Spiritual Seekers

    Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forceful embodiment of thi...

  • [Unedited] Amichai Lau-Lavie with Krista Tippett

    Forms of religious devotion are shifting just like every institution right now. But there’s a new world of creativity towards crafting spiritual life while exploring the depths of tradition. Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is a fun and forceful embodiment of thi...

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

    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...

  • Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar — Are We Actually Citizens Here?

    In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventu...

  • [Unedited] Annette Gordon-Reed and Titus Kaphar with Krista Tippett

    In life, in families, we shine a light on the past to live more abundantly now. In this conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, historian Annette Gordon-Reed and painter Titus Kaphar lead us in an exploration of that as a public adventu...

  • Martin Sheen — Spirituality of Imagination

    The renowned actor as you’ve never heard him before. He has appeared in over 100 films, including Apocalypse Now. He’s best known on television as President Bartlet in The West Wing. But Martin Sheen, born and still legally named Ramón Estévez, has had a...

  • [Unedited] Martin Sheen with Krista Tippett

    The renowned actor as you’ve never heard him before. He has appeared in over 100 films, including Apocalypse Now. He’s best known on television as President Bartlet in “The West Wing.” But Martin Sheen, born and still legally named Ramón Estévez, has had...

  • Enrique Martínez Celaya — The Whisper of the Order of Things

    A philosopher’s questioning and a scientist’s eye shape Enrique Martínez Celaya’s original approach to art and to life. A world-renowned painter who trained as a physicist, he’s fascinated by the deeper order that “whispers” beneath the surface of things...

  • [Unedited] Enrique Martínez Celaya with Krista Tippett

    A philosopher’s questioning and a scientist’s eye shape Enrique Martínez Celaya’s original approach to art and to life. A world-renowned painter who trained as a physicist, he’s fascinated by the deeper order that “whispers” beneath the surface of things...

  • Hari Kondabolu, Lindy West, et al. — Humor as a Tool for Survival

    Humor lifts us up but it also underscores what’s already great; it connects us with others and also brings us home to ourselves. And like everything meaningful, it’s complex and nuanced — it can be fortifying or damaging, depending on how we wield it. Bu...

  • Brian Greene — Reimagining the Cosmos

    A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the multiverse to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific reali...

  • [Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista Tippett

    A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the multiverse to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific reali...

  • Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross — The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter

    Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient world in the making. She joins Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and philanthropist on the cutting edge of learnin...

  • [Unedited] Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross with Krista Tippett

    Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient world in the making. She joins Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and philanthropist on the cutting edge of learnin...

  • Lyndsey Stonebridge — Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now

    Along with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” and wrote towering works like The Origins of Totalitarianism. She was concerned with the human essence...

  • [Unedited] Lyndsey Stonebridge with Krista Tippett

    Along with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” and wrote towering works like The Origins of Totalitarianism. She was concerned with the human essence...

  • Glenn Beck — What You Do Will Be a Pivot Point

    We need to be ready to let others surprise us, offer forgiveness, and ask hard questions of our own part in this moment. This doesn’t happen often in politics. But it is essential in life, and it must be part of common life, too. If we’re going to create...

  • [Unedited] Glenn Beck with Krista Tippett

    If we’re going to create the world we want our children to inhabit, we’re going to have to find ways to hold more complexity peaceably, and probably uncomfortably, just to soften what is possible between us. We need to be ready to let others surprise us,...

  • Marie Howe — The Power of Words to Save Us

    The moral life, Marie Howe says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do. She became known for her poetry collection "What the Living Do," about her brother’s death at 28 from AIDS. Now she has a new book, "Magdalene." Poetry is her exuberant a...

  • [Unedited] Marie Howe with Krista Tippett

    The moral life, Marie Howe says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do. She became known for her poetry collection "What the Living Do," about her brother’s death at 28 from AIDS. Now she has a new book, "Magdalene." Poetry is her exuberant a...

  • Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant — Resilience After Unimaginable Loss

    Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of "Lean In." She joins us, frank and vulnerable, together with the psychologist Adam Grant. His friendship — and his research on resilience — helped her survive...

  • [Unedited] Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

    Sheryl Sandberg is synonymous with Facebook, and Silicon Valley success, and she’s the voice of "Lean In." She joins us, frank and vulnerable, together with the psychologist Adam Grant. His friendship — and his research on resilience — helped her survive...

  • Helen Fisher — This Is Your Brain on Sex

    As an anthropologist on the frontier of seeing inside our brains, Helen Fisher explores the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. In the research she does for Match.com and her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people,...

  • [Unedited] Helen Fisher with Krista Tippett

    As an anthropologist on the frontier of seeing inside our brains, Helen Fisher explores the thrilling and sometimes treacherous realms of love and sex. In the research she does for Match.com and her TED talks that have been viewed by millions of people,...

  • Richard Rohr — Living in Deep Time

    Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: male formation...

  • [Unedited] Richard Rohr with Krista Tippett

    Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way in to spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope of his ideas: male formation...

  • Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe — Repairing the Breach

    It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this public conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee show us how. He's...

  • [Unedited] Heather McGhee and Matt Kibbe with Krista Tippett

    It’s hard to imagine honest, revelatory, even enjoyable conversation between people on distant points of American life right now. But in this public conversation at the Citizen University annual conference, Matt Kibbe and Heather McGhee show us how. He's...

  • Layli Long Soldier — The Freedom of Real Apologies

    A single voice of integrity and searching can be a window into a whole world. Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the U.S. and of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Her book of poetry, "WHEREAS," is an innovative response to the congressional r...

  • [Unedited] Layli Long Soldier with Krista Tippett

    A single voice of integrity and searching can be a window into a whole world. Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the U.S. and of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Her book of poetry, "WHEREAS," is an innovative response to the congressional r...

  • Joy Ladin — Transgender Amid Orthodoxy: I Am Who I Will Be

    For as far back as Joy Ladin can remember, her body didn’t match her soul. Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through Joy Ladin's story of tra...

  • [Unedited] Joy Ladin with Krista Tippett

    For as far back as Joy Ladin can remember, her body didn’t match her soul. Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through Joy Ladin's story of tra...

  • Carlo Rovelli — All Reality Is Interaction

    Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — "quanta," "grains of space," time and the heat of black holes" — and condenses them into spare, beautiful words that render them newly explicable and moving. He is the scientist behi...

  • [Unedited] Carlo Rovelli with Krista Tippett

    Carlo Rovelli offers vast, complex ideas beyond most of our imagining — "quanta," "grains of space," "time and the heat of black holes" — and condenses them into spare, beautiful words that render them newly explicable and moving. He is the scientist beh...

  • Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body

    Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodne...

  • [Unedited] Bessel van der Kolk with Krista Tippett

    Human memory is a sensory experience, says psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk. Through his longtime research and innovation in trauma treatment, he shares what he’s learning about how bodywork like yoga or eye movement therapy can restore a sense of goodne...

  • Pádraig Ó Tuama — Belonging Creates and Undoes Us Both

    Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good Frid...

  • [Unedited] Pádraig Ó Tuama with Krista Tippett

    Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet, theologian, and extraordinary healer in our world of fracture. He leads the Corrymeela community of Northern Ireland, a place that has offered refuge since the violent division that defined that country until the 1998 Good Frid...

  • Marilyn Nelson — Communal Pondering in a Noisy World

    Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten people from history, shining a light on the complicated ancestry that can help us in what she calls “communal p...

  • [Unedited] Marilyn Nelson with Krista Tippett

    Marilyn Nelson has taught poetry and contemplative practice to college students and to West Point cadets. She gives winsome voice to forgotten people from history, shining a light on the complicated ancestry that can help us in what she calls “communal p...

  • Margaret Wertheim — The Grandeur and Limits of Science

    A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self. Her Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles reveals evocative, visceral conne...

  • [Unedited] Margaret Wertheim with Krista Tippett

    A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self across history and culture. Her Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles reveal...

  • Alain de Botton — The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships

    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 You Will Marry the Wrong Person" was, amazingly, the most-read article in The New York Times in the news-dre...

  • [Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

    How different would our relationships be if the question we asked on an early date were, "How are you crazy? I'm crazy like this"? A conversation with writer and philosopher Alain de Botton about the true hard work of love. This interview is edited and p...

  • Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne — How to Be a Christian Citizen: Three Evangelicals Debate

    White Evangelical Christians helped secure the election of President Trump. Many said that his views on abortion were decisive, overriding concerns they had on other matters. But to be Evangelical is not one thing, even on abortion. This conversation abo...

  • [Unedited] Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne with Krista Tippett

    This conversation about Christianity and politics with three generations of evangelical leaders — Shane Claiborne, Greg Boyd, and the late Chuck Colson – feels more relevant in the wake of the 2016 election than it did when we first taped it. White Evang...

  • John Lewis — Love in Action

    We take in the extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis on what happened in Selma on Bloody Sunday and beyond - and how it might inform common life today. A rare look inside the civil rights leaders’ spiritual confrontation with themselves - and th...

  • [Unedited] John Lewis with Krista Tippett

    The extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis. A rare look inside the civil rights leaders’ spiritual confrontation with themselves - and their intricate art of "love in action." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in...

  • Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

    Could we learn to talk about whiteness? The writer Eula Biss has been thinking and writing about being white and raising white children in a multi-racial world for a long time. She helpfully opens up words and ideas like “complacence,” “guilt,” and somet...

  • [Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett

    Eula Biss is a professor in the English Department at Northwestern University. Her writing includes "On Immunity: An Inoculation" and "Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays." This conversation was inspired by her New York Times article “White Debt.”...

  • Anil Dash — Tech's Moral Reckoning

    A wildly popular blogger, tech entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley influencer, Anil Dash has been an early activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere — an aspiration which has now become an urgent task. We explore the unprecedented power, the lear...

  • [Unedited] Anil Dash with Krista Tippett

    Anil Dash is the CEO of Fog Creek Software. He also founded Makerbase, Activate, and the non-profit Expert Labs, a research initiative backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which collaborated with...

  • Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

    She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in new-...

  • [Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett

    Maria Popova is the creator and editor of brainpickings.org and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Ag...

  • Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence of Everything

    Silence is an endangered species, says Gordon Hempton. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox." Quiet is a "think tank of the soul." We take in the worl...

  • [Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista Tippett

    Gordon Hempton is founder and vice president of The One Square Inch of Silence Foundation, based in Joyce, Washington. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence...

  • Eugene Peterson — Entering Into What Is There

    "Prayers are tools not for doing or getting, but for being and becoming." These are words of the legendary biblical interpreter, teacher, and pastor Eugene Peterson. Frustrated with the unimaginative way he found his congregants treating their Bibles, he...

  • [Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista Tippett

    Eugene Peterson served as a pastor for 29 years. He is the author of over 30 books including "Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer," "The Pastor: A Memoir," and "The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language." This interview is edited and prod...

  • Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman — Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering

    Two legendary Buddhist teachers shine a light on the lofty ideal of loving your enemies and bring it down to Earth. How can that be realistic, and what do we have to do inside ourselves to make it more possible? In a conversation filled with laughter and...

  • [Unedited] Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett

    Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the co-author of "Love Your Enemies." Her other books include "Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation" and "Real Happiness at Wor...

  • Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts

    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 ye...

  • [Unedited] Alice Parker with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • James Martin — Finding God in All Things

    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 in 21st-century forms. To delve into Fr. Martin'...

  • [Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett

    James Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor at large of America magazine. His books include "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything," "Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life," and most recently "Jesus...

  • Béla Fleck + Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

    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 followe...

  • [Unedited] Abigail Washburn + Béla Fleck with Krista Tippett

    Béla Fleck has recorded over 40 albums, most famously with The Flecktones and New Grass Revival. His albums include "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo," "UFO Tofu," "Rocket Science," and "The Sparrow Quartet EP." Abigail Washburn is a banjo player and singer. H...

  • Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is the Last Frontier

    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...

  • [Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?

    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...

  • [Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett

    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 Ameri...

  • Michael Longley — The Vitality of Ordinary Things

    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, w...

  • [Unedited] Michael Longley with Krista Tippett

    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 Lon...

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

    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 interf...

  • [Unedited] Natasha Trethewey and Eboo Patel with Krista Tippett

    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 "S...

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

    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, whoeve...

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

    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 Rig...

  • Mary Karr — Astonished by the Human Comedy

    “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...

  • [Unedited] Mary Karr with Krista Tippett

    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 inte...

  • Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

    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 interp...

  • [Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista Tippett

    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:...

  • Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

    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...

  • [Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin — The Inner Life of Rebellion

    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 bei...

  • [Unedited] Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin with Krista Tippett

    Parker Palmer is founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage and 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 i...

  • Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge

    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 wi...

  • [Unedited] Jimmy Wales with Krista Tippett

    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 a...

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

    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....

  • [Unedited] Mirabai Bush with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us

    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...

  • [Unedited] Gustavo Santaolalla with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

    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....

  • [Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

    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 Li...

  • Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

    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...

  • [Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett

    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 — Th...

  • Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem

    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 langu...

  • [Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista Tippett

    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 —...

  • Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity

    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 hi...

  • [Unedited] Xavier Le Pichon with Krista Tippett

    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 fea...

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

    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 crimina...

  • [Unedited] Thich Nhat Hanh with Krista Tippett

    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, includi...

  • [Unedited] Cheri Maples with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • [Unedited] Larry Ward with Krista Tippett

    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 Rela...

  • Elizabeth Gilbert — Choosing Curiosity Over Fear

    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. C...

  • [Unedited] Elizabeth Gilbert with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

    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 h...

  • [Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure

    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...

  • [Unedited] Pauline Boss with Krista Tippett

    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 wi...

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

    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 wo...

  • Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine

    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 “differenc...

  • [Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista Tippett

    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...

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

    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 bet...

  • [Unedited] Jonathan Haidt + Melvin Konner with Krista Tippett

    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 a...

  • Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together

    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 disaste...

  • [Unedited] Rebecca Solnit with Krista Tippett

    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 Disaste...

  • Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into

    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...

  • [Unedited] Kevin Kling with Krista Tippett

    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 inter...

  • David Isay — Listening as an Act of Love

    "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 listen...

  • [Unedited] David Isay with Krista Tippett

    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 Bei...

  • Krista Tippett — An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

    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 extraordin...

  • [Unedited] Krista Tippett with Pico Iyer

    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...

  • Frank Wilczek — Why is the World So Beautiful?

    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...

  • [Unedited] Frank Wilczek with Krista Tippett

    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...

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

    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 makin...

  • [Unedited] Michelle Alexander with Krista Tippett

    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 C...

  • David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

    “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”...

  • [Unedited] David Whyte with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Tiffany Shlain — Growing Up the Internet

    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 "Osc...

  • [Unedited] Tiffany Shlain with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Nathan Schneider — The Wisdom of Millennials

    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 h...

  • [Unedited] Nathan Schneider with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God

    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." Ra...

  • [Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett

    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 musi...

  • Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes

    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 improv...

  • [Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista Tippett

    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 H...

  • Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

    “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...

  • [Unedited] Robin Wall Kimmerer with Krista Tippett

    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 inclu...

  • James Doty — The Magic Shop of the Brain

    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...

  • [Unedited] James Doty with Krista Tippett

    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 o...

  • Jean Berko Gleason — Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life

    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 conti...

  • [Unedited] Jean Berko Gleason with Krista Tippett

    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.

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

    “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 afte...

  • [Unedited] B.J. Miller with Krista Tippett

    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 Comprehensiv...

  • David Steindl-Rast — Anatomy of Gratitude

    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 interrog...

  • [Unedited] David Steindl-Rast with Krista Tippett

    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-...

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

    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 b...

  • [Unedited] Stephen Batchelor with Krista Tippett

    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...

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

    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 R...

  • [Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

    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 S...

  • [Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • [Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • [Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

    Whitney Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist and an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of "Black Feminist Archaeology." This interview accompanies the On Being epi...

  • Carrie Newcomer — A Conversation with Music

    Something of a celebrity in Quaker circles, Carrie Newcomer is best known for her story-songs that get at the raw and redemptive edges of human reality. This week, a musical conversation with the Indiana-based and born folk singer-songwriter who’s been c...

  • [Unedited] Carrie Newcomer with Krista Tippett

    Carrie Newcomer is a singer-songwriter. Her albums include "Betty’s Diner," "The Gathering of Spirits," and "A Permeable Life," which has an accompanying book of poetry and essays. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in th...

  • Paul Muldoon — A Conversation with Verse

    The Irish poet and "New Yorker" poetry editor Paul Muldoon has won the Pulitzer Prize, written for other media from radio to song, and plays in a rock band. He visited us for a magical day at the On Being studios on Loring Park in Minneapolis, including...

  • [Unedited] Paul Muldoon with Krista Tippett

    Paul Muldoon holds the Howard G.B. Clark chair in the Humanities at Princeton University. He has served as the poetry editor at the The New Yorker since 2007. He is the author of 12 major collections of poetry, including "Horse Latitudes," "Hay," and "On...

  • Jennifer Michael Hecht — Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves

    Stay. That’s the message that philosopher, poet, and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht puts at the center of her unusual writing about suicide. She’s traced how the history of Western civilization has, at times, demonized those who commit suicide, and, at...

  • [Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett

    Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, and historian. Her books include "Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It," "Doubt: A History," and "Who Said." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the O...

  • Mark Hyman, James Gordon, and Penny George — The Evolution of Medicine

    A transformation of medicine is underway, a transition from a science of treating disease to a science of health. Mark Hyman is a family physician and a pioneer in the new discipline of functional medicine. James Gordon is an expert in using mind-body me...

  • [Unedited] Penny George, Mark Hyman, and James Gordon with Krista Tippett

    Mark Hyman is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center. He’s a practicing family physician and a best-selling author. James Gordon is the founder and exec...

  • Indigo Girls — Music and Finding God in Church and Smoky Bars

    The folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but long before they became the Indigo Girls, they were singing in church choirs. They see music as a continuu...

  • [Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett

    Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are singer-songwriters who have been making music together as the Indigo Girls for 30 years. Their latest album, "One Lost Day," was released in June 2015. Emily Saliers is also the co-author of "A Song to Sing, A Life to Live:...

  • Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share

    The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually...

  • [Unedited] Ann Hamilton with Krista Tippett

    Ann Hamilton is a visual artist and self-described maker. She is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Ann Hamilt...

  • Adam Gopnik — Practicing Doubt, Redrawing Faith

    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 parenting, to the arts, to Darwin. He touches on all these things in a conversation inspired by his foreword...

  • [Unedited] Adam Gopnik with Krista Tippett

    Adam Gopnik is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. He is the author of several books, including "Paris to the Moon" and "Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life." He wrote the foreword for "The Good Book," edited by A...

  • Jonathan Sacks — The Dignity of Difference

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and one of the world’s deep thinkers on religion in our age. He’s just released a new book, "Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence." In this intimate conversation with Krist...

  • [Unedited] Jonathan Sacks with Krista Tippett

    Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth for 22 years. He is now the Ingeborg and Ira Rennert Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University and the Kressel and Ephrat Family U...

  • Adam Grant — Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work

    The organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who many know from his New York Times columns, describes three orientations of which we are all capable: the givers, the takers, and the matchers. These influence whether organizations are joyful or toxic for h...

  • [Unedited] Adam Grant with Krista Tippett

    Adam Grant is a professor of psychology at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the youngest tenured and highest rated professor. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times. He has consulted for numerous or...

  • Mary Oliver — Listening to the World

    Often quoted, but rarely interviewed, Mary Oliver is one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She’s just released a new volume, "Felicity," at the age of 80. And so we’re revisiting the interview she granted us earlier this year on the wisdom of the w...

  • [Unedited] Mary Oliver with Krista Tippett

    Mary Oliver has received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She has published over 25 books of poetry and prose including "Dream Work," "A Thousand Mornings," and "A Poetry Handbook." Her latest book of poetry is "Felicity." This...

  • Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard — Beyond the Ivory Tower

    When we talk about the relationship between colleges and the world, we tend to focus on economics. But what is the place of institutions of higher education in the communities they inhabit? How can and should they nurture students as citizens and leaders...

  • [Unedited] Nancy Cantor and Christopher Howard with Krista Tippett

    Nancy Cantor is a social psychologist and the chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, one of the most diverse institutions in the U.S. She is widely recognized for helping forge a new understanding of the role of universities in society that re-emphasiz...

  • Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne — Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God

    More than 30 objects on the moon are named after the Jesuits who mapped it. A Jesuit was one of the founders of modern astrophysics. And four Jesuits in history, including Ignatius of Loyola, have had asteroids named after them – Brother Guy Consolmagno...

  • [Unedited] Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne with Krista Tippett

    Brother Guy Consolmagno is director of the Vatican Observatory, appointed in this post in September, 2015 by Pope Francis. Previously he was curator of meteorites. His books include "Brother Astronomer: Adventures of a Vatican Scientist" and "Would You B...

  • Louis Newman — The Refreshing Practice of Repentance

    The High Holy Days create an annual ritual of repentance, both individual and collective. Louis Newman, who has explored repentance as an ethicist and a person in recovery, opens this up as a refreshing practice for every life, even beyond the lifetime o...

  • [Unedited] Louis Newman with Krista Tippett

    Louis Newman is an Associate Dean of Carleton College and John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies. He is the author of several books on Jewish ethics and theology, including "Repentance: The Meaning and Practice of Teshuvah." This...

  • Ellen Langer — Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness

    Ellen Langer is a social psychologist who some have dubbed “the mother of mindfulness.” But she defines mindfulness with counterintuitive simplicity: the simple act of actively noticing things — with a result of increased health, competence, and happines...

  • [Unedited] Ellen Langer with Krista Tippett

    Ellen Langer is a social psychologist and a professor in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. Her books include "Mindfulness" and "Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility." This interview is edited and produced with musi...

  • Mike Rose — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Work, and the Human Core of All Education that Matters

    “I grew up a witness,” Mike Rose writes, “to the intelligence of the waitress in motion, the reflective welder, the strategy of the guy on the assembly line. This then is something I know: the thought it takes to do physical work.” In all our debates abo...

  • [Unedited] Mike Rose with Krista Tippett

    Mike Rose is a research professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He’s the author of several books, including "The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker," "Why School?: Reclaiming Education for Al...

  • Grace Lee Boggs — A Century in the World

    Chinese-American philosopher and civil rights legend Grace Lee Boggs turned 100 this summer. She has been at the heart and soul of a largely hidden story inside Detroit’s evolution from economic collapse to rebirth. We traveled in 2011 to meet her and he...

  • [Unedited] Grace Lee Boggs with Krista Tippett

    Grace Lee Boggs was a philosopher and a civil rights leader and a founder of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center. She authored the book "Living for Change: An Autobiography." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On...

  • Rex Jung — Creativity and the Everyday Brain

    Few features of humanity are more fascinating than creativity; and few fields are more dynamic now than neuroscience. Rex Jung is a neuropsychologist who puts the two together. He's working on a cutting edge of science, exploring the differences and inte...

  • [Unedited] Rex Jung and Krista Tippett

    Rex Jung is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He's a Distinguished Senior Advisor to the Positive Neuroscience Project, based at the University of Pennsylvania. This interview is edited and produced wi...

  • Katy Payne — In the Presence of Elephants and Whales

    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 with a Quaker sensibility. And she’s found her astonishment in listening to two of the world’s most exotic c...

  • [Unedited] Katy Payne with Krista Tippett

    Katy Payne is a visiting fellow with the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology. She was part of the research team that produced the original recording "Songs of the Humpback Whale." Her book is "Silent Thunder: I...

  • Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

    Genetics describes DNA sequencing, but epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel Yehuda is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can transm...

  • [Unedited] Rachel Yehuda with Krista Tippett

    Rachel Yehuda is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and the director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Rachel...

  • Elizabeth Alexander — Words That Shimmer

    Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of...

  • [Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

    Elizabeth Alexander is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. She's the author of a new memoir, "The Light of the World." She's also the author of several books of essays a...

  • Rami Nashashibi — A New Coming Together

    Rami Nashashibi uses graffiti, calligraphy, and hip-hop in his work as a healing force on the South Side of Chicago. A Palestinian-American, he started his activism with at-risk urban Muslim families, especially youth, while he was still a college studen...

  • [Unedited] Rami Nashashibi with Krista Tippett

    Rami Nashashibi is founder and executive director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He is a visiting assistant professor of Sociology of Religion and Muslim Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. This interview is edited and produced with...

  • john a. powell — Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging

    “Race is a little bit like gravity,” john powell says: experienced by all, understood by the few. He is an esteemed legal scholar and thinker who counsels all kinds of people and projects on the front lines of our present racial anguish and longings. Rac...

  • [Unedited] john powell with Krista Tippett

    john a. powell is the director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California at Berkeley. He previously directed the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University and the Institute...

  • Mario Livio — Mysteries of an Expanding Universe

    The Hubble Space Telescope, which turns 25 this year, has brought the beauty of the cosmos into our lives. Mario Livio works with discoveries it makes possible, studying things like dark energy, extrasolar planets, and white dwarf stars. He's fascinated...

  • [Unedited] Mario Livio with Krista Tippett

    Mario Livio is a senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. His books include: "Is God a Mathematician?" and "Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding o...

  • Simone Campbell — How to Be Spiritually Bold

    She became a national figure as the face of the "Nuns on the Bus." Sr. Simone Campbell is a lawyer, lobbyist, poet, and Zen contemplative working on issues such as “mending the wealth gap,” “enacting a living wage,” and “crafting a faithful budget that b...

  • [Unedited] Simone Campbell with Krista Tippett

    Sr. Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK. She is the author of "A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Simone C...

  • Pico Iyer — The Art of Stillness

    Pico Iyer is one of our most eloquent explorers of what he calls the "inner world" — in himself and in the 21st century world at large. The journalist and novelist travels the globe from Ethiopia to North Korea and lives in Japan. But he also experiences...

  • [Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista Tippett

    Pico Iyer is a journalist and writer. He's written over a dozen books including "The Global Soul: Jet Lag," "Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home," "The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama," and "The Art of Stillness: Adventures...

  • Jean Vanier — The Wisdom of Tenderness

    The philosopher and Catholic social innovator Jean Vanier is a teacher of the wisdom of tenderness. The L’Arche movement, which he founded, centers around people with mental disabilities and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. We experience h...

  • [Unedited] Jean Vanier with Krista Tippett

    Jean Vanier is a philosopher and the founder of L'Arche. He lives full-time in the original community in Trosly-Breuil, France. He's also the recipient of the 2015 Templeton Prize. His books include "Befriending the Stranger," "The Story of L’Arche," and...

  • Jane Gross — The Far Shore of Aging

    It is a story of our time — the new landscape of living longer, and of dying more slowly too. Jane Gross has explored this as a daughter and as a journalist, and as creator of the New York Times’ “New Old Age” blog. She has grounded advice and practical...

  • [Unedited] Jane Gross with Krista Tippett

    Jane Gross is the creator of "The New Old Age" blog at The New York Times and author of "A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents — and Ourselves." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Jan...

  • Mohammed Fairouz — The World in Counterpoint

    He’s been called a post-millennial Schubert. Mohammed Fairouz has composed four symphonies and an opera while still in his 20s. He invokes John F. Kennedy and Anwar Sadat, Seamus Heaney and Yehuda Amichai in his compositions. He sees "illustrious languag...

  • [Unedited] Mohammed Fairouz with Krista Tippett

    Mohammed Fairouz is a composer whose opera and symphonies have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. His 11 albums include "Native Informant," "In The Shadow of No Towers," "Poems and Prayers," and, most recently, "Foll...

  • David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch — The Future of Marriage

    What would it take to make our national encounter with gay marriage redemptive rather than divisive? David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch came to the gay marriage debate from very different directions — but with a shared concern about the institution of...

  • [Unedited] David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch with Krista Tippett

    David Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute of American Values. He's also co-director of The Marriage Opportunity Council. His books include "The Future of Marriage." Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-d...

  • Greg Boyle — The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship

    A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation of b...

  • [Unedited] Greg Boyle with Krista Tippett

    Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder / executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. His memoir is "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features...

  • Bruce Kramer — Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS

    From the moment of his diagnosis with ALS, Bruce Kramer began writing — openly, deeply, and spiritually — about his struggle, as he puts it, to live while dying. He died on March 23, 2015, while we were in production on this show. His words hold abiding...

  • [Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista Tippett

    Bruce Kramer was the creator of “The Dis Ease Diary” a blog about his life with ALS and "We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying." He was the Dean of the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas, where he served o...

  • Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory

    Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? Alan Dienstag is a psychologist who has led support groups with early Alzheimer's patients, a...

  • [Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista Tippett

    Alan Dienstag is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City and Westchester County. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Me...

  • Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough — Mind and Morality: A Dialogue`

    For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes. Research psychologist Michael McCullough believes that u...

  • [Unedited] Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough

    Arthur Zajonc is president of the Mind and Life Institute. He is emeritus professor of physics at Amherst College, where he taught from 1978 to 2012. His books include "Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry: When Knowing Becomes Love" and "The Heart of Hig...

  • Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer

    Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina Monologues," has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls. But she herself also had a v...

  • [Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett

    Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist. She is the author of "The Vagina Monologues" and "The Good Body." Her memoir is "In the Body of the World." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the...

  • Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward

    Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own. Lucas Johnson is bringing the art and practice of nonviolence into a new century, for new generations. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original...

  • [Unedited] Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

    Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons is assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the National Council of Elders. Her account of her work as an activist in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) is featured...

  • Brené Brown — The Courage to Be Vulnerable

    Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live, parent, and...

  • [Unedited] Brené Brown with Krista Tippett

    Brené Brown is Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her books include: "The Gifts of Imperfection" and "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead." This...

  • Seth Godin — The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating

    We live in a world that is recreating itself one life and one digital connection at a time. On this landscape for which there are no maps, Seth Godin is a singular thought leader and innovator in what he describes as our post-industrial "connection econo...

  • [Unedited] Seth Godin with Krista Tippett

    Seth Godin is an internet thought leader and entrepreneur, and founder of several companies including Squidoo.com. He’s the author of many books, including "Tribes," "The Icarus Deception," and most recently, "What to Do When It's Your Turn." This interv...

  • Reza Aslan — Islam's Reformation

    In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS. Hi...

  • [Unedited] Reza Aslan with Krista Tippett

    Reza Aslan is the founder of Aslan Media, a social media network for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world. A scholar of religions, he is currently professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. His books i...

  • Bernard Chazelle — Discovering the Cosmology of Bach

    Computer scientist Bernard Chazelle has an original take on what music works in us — especially the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Just as mathematicians talk about discovering rather than inventing great equations, so, he says, Bach set out to “discove...

  • [Unedited] Bernard Chazelle with Krista Tippett

    Bernard Chazelle is Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and a member of...

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber — Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace

    She’s the tattooed, Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where a chocolate fountain, a blessing of the bicycles, and serious liturgy come together. She's a face of the Emerging Church — redefining what church is, wi...

  • [Unedited] Nadia Bolz-Weber with Krista Tippett

    Nadia Bolz-Weber is the pastor and founder of the Denver-based church the House for All Sinners and Saints. Her spiritual memoir is "Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint." This interview is edited and produced with music and other f...

  • Scott Atran — Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear

    For over a decade, the French-American anthropologist Scott Atran has been listening to the hopes and dreams of young people from Indonesia to Egypt. He explores the human dynamics of what we analyze as “breeding grounds for terrorism” — why some young p...

  • [Unedited] Scott Atran with Krista Tippett

    Scott Atran is director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, visiting professor at the University of Michigan, senior fellow at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University and research professor at the John Jay College...

  • Michel Martin — The Fabric of Our Identity

    If journalism is a primary way we tell the story of ourselves and our time, Michel Martin is a person helping us tell that story — and take part in it — more completely. Her daily NPR program "Tell Me More" was often labeled as “diversity” or “minority”...

  • [Unedited] Michel Martin with Krista Tippett

    Michel Martin is a journalist with NPR. She previously reported for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and ABC’s “Nightline.” She was the creator and host of the NPR program Tell Me More, which ran from 2007-2014. This interview is edited and...

  • His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Et. Al. — Pursuing Happiness

    The XIV Dalai Lama seems to many to embody happiness — happiness against the odds, a virtue that is acquired and practiced. Before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary li...

  • [Unedited] The Dalai Lama, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr with Krista Tippett

    His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet. He is the author of many books, including "Ethics for a New Millennium." Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonw...

  • Richard Rodriguez — The Fabric of Our Identity

    After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox a...

  • [Unedited] Richard Rodriguez with Krista Tippett

    Richard Rodriguez is a journalist and essayist. He won a Peabody Award for his original commentary on The NewsHour and received the National Humanities Medal in 1993. His books include "Hunger Of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez," "Brown: The L...

  • Imani Perry — The Fabric of Our Identity

    Imani Perry is a scholar of law, culture, race — and hip hop. She acknowledges wise voices who say that we will never get to the promised land of racial equality. She writes, “That may very well be true, but it is also true that extraordinary things have...

  • [Unedited] Imani Perry with Krista Tippett

    Imani Perry is a professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. Her scholarly books include "Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop" and "More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality...

  • Dan Barber — Driven By Flavor

    Dan Barber is a celebrated young chef — but his passionate ethics and intellect have made him much more. He's out to restore food to its rightful place vis-à-vis our bodies, our ecologies and our economies. And he would do this by resurrecting our natura...

  • [Unedited] Dan Barber with Krista Tippett

    Dan Barber is chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. He's received James Beard Awards for best chef in 2006 and 2009, and was named one of the world's most influential people by Time. This interview is edited and produced with music...

  • Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention

    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. What nourishes the human spir...

  • [Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett

    Adele Diamond is a professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention." Find more...

  • Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson — The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore

    He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a...

  • [Unedited] Anita Desai with Krista Tippett

    Anita Desai is an Indian novelist of Bengali descent. Her novels include "Clear Light of Day," "The Village by the Sea," and "Fasting, Feasting." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Anita Desai and...

  • [Unedited] Andrew Robinson with Krista Tippett

    Andrew Robinson is a biographer and writer. He is the co-author of "The Myriad-Minded Man," a biography of Rabindranath Tagore. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson —...

  • Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action

    Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn takes us inside the prac...

  • [Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista Tippett

    Seane Corn is the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS and cofounder of “Off the Mat, Into the World.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action." Find more at o...

  • Dario Robleto — Sculptor of Memory

    Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills meaning at once social,...

  • [Unedited] Dario Robleto with Krista Tippett

    Dario Robleto is a sculptural artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. His most recent exhibit, “The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed,” is at the Menil Collection in Houston. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in...

  • Philip Hamburger and Steven Waldman — The Long Experiment of American Democracy (July 3, 2014)

    For the Fourth of July, a refreshing reality check about the long road of American democracy. We remember forgotten but fascinating, useful history as we contemplate how we might help young democracies on their own tumultuous paths now.

  • [Unedited] Steven Waldman with Krista Tippett

    Steven Waldman is the author of "Founding Faith: How Our Founding Fathers Forged a Radical New Approach to Religious Liberty." He is the founder and former editor of Beliefnet and now heads Daily Bridge Media. This interview is edited and produced with m...

  • Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse — The Evolution of the Science-Religion Debate

    We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. With mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse, we trace a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay —...

  • [Unedited] Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse with Krista Tippett

    Jim Bradley is professor emeritus of mathematics at Calvin College. He’s currently helping lead a multi-year project called Randomness and Divine Providence. Michael Ruse is a professor of philosophy at Florida State University. His books include "The Da...

  • Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character

    Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity." Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents...

  • [Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett

    Stuart Brown is founder and president of the National Institute for Play near Monterey, California. He is co-author of "Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul." This interview is edited and produced with music and...

  • Rosanne Cash, Time Traveler

    As the daughter of Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes her life as "circumscribed by music." But, it's through her love of language and quantum mechanics that she's finding new sources of creativity and mathematical ways to think about...

  • [Unedited] Rosanne Cash with Krista Tippett

    Rosanne Cash is a Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and author of several books. Her latest album is "The River & the Thread." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Rosanne Cash — Time Traveler....

  • Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales are for Adults Again

    Fairy tales don't only belong to the domain of childhood. Their overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood," "Grimm" and "Once Upon a Time." These stories survive, says Maria Tatar, by adapting across cultur...

  • [Unedited] Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett

    Maria Tatar is the John L. Loeb Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, where she also chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology. Her books include "Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood" and "The Annotate...

  • Jaroslav Pelikan — The Need for Creeds

    The idea of reciting an unchanging creed sounds suspicious to modern ears. But the late, great historian Jaroslav Pelikan illuminated ancient tradition in order to enliven faith in the present and the future. He insisted that strong statements of belief...

  • [Unedited] Jaroslav Pelikan With Krista Tippett

    Jaroslav Pelikan was professor of history at Yale University for four decades. He authored many books "Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine" and "Credo." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the...

  • Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharoah, Moses, and God

    With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God,...

  • [Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett

    Avivah Zornberg is a scholar of Torah and rabbinic literature, and author of several books including "The Particulars of Rapture: Reflections on Exodus." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Avivah...

  • Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth

    An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on gr...

  • [Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista Tippett

    Janna Levin is an astrophysicist and writer. She has contributed to an understanding of black holes, the cosmology of extra dimensions, and gravitational waves in the shape of spacetime. She is the author of "A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines," which wo...

  • Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises

    "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 throug...

  • [Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett

    Desmond Tutu is an Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He has written many books, including, "Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference," and "The Book of Forgiving." This intervi...

  • Brian McLaren — The Equation of Change

    “Let's go back and look at our faith before it was reduced to a system, before it was reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs. How can we rediscover our faith as a series of stories and as a series of encounters?” Brian McLaren on the evolution o...

  • [Unedited] Brian McLaren with Krista Tippett

    Brian McLaren is a leading Evangelical pastor and author of several books including "A Generous Orthodoxy," "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?," and the forthcoming "We Make the Road by Walking." This interview is edited and...

  • Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit

    Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known for his first book, "How We Die," which won the National Book Award. For him, pondering death was a way of wondering at life — and the infinite variety of processes that maintain hu...

  • [Unedited] Sherwin Nuland with Krista Tippett

    Sherwin Nuland was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, where he also taught bioethics and medical history. His books include "How We Die," "Lost in America," "Maimonides," and "How We Live: The Wisdom of the Body." This interview is edite...

  • Bobby McFerrin — Catching Song (Feb 27, 2014)

    He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin...

  • [Unedited] Bobby McFerrin with Krista Tippett

    Bobby McFerrin is a ten-time Grammy Award winner. He is one of the world's best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor, and a passionate spokesman for music education. This interview is edited and produced with music...

  • Paul Elie — Faith Fired by Literature

    The writers Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, social activist Dorothy Day, and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton — all four shared a complex Catholic faith. Paul Elie takes us on a kind of literary pilgrimage through a Catholic imagination that still res...

  • [Unedited] Paul Elie with Krista Tippett

    Paul Elie is a senior fellow with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the director of the American Pilgrimage Project. His books include "The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage" and "Reinventing Bach." This in...

  • David Hartman — Hope in a Hopeless God

    David Hartman died a year ago this week. The Orthodox rabbi was a charismatic and challenging figure in Israeli society, called a “public philosopher for the Jewish people” and a “champion of adaptive Judaism.” We remember his window into the unfolding o...

  • [Unedited] David Hartman with Krista Tippett

    David Hartman was an Orthodox rabbi and founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He authored many books, including "A Heart of Many Rooms" and "The God Who Hates Lies." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in t...

  • Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloan Wilson — Teilhard de Chardin's Planetary Mind and Our Spiritual Evolution

    The coming stage of evolution, Teilhard de Chardin said, won't be driven by physical adaptation but by human consciousness, creativity, and spirit. We visit with his biographer Ursula King, and we experience his ideas energizing New York Times Dot Earth...

  • [Unedited] Ursula King with Krista Tippett

    Ursula King is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Ursula King, Andrew Revkin, and David Sloan Wilson — Teilhard de...

  • Patrick Bellegarde-Smith — Living Vodou

    The word "Vodou" evokes images of sorcery and sticking pins into dolls. In fact, it's a living tradition wherever Haitians are found based on ancestral religions in Africa. We walk through this mysterious tradition — one with dramatic rituals of trances...

  • [Unedited] Patrick Bellegarde-Smith with Krista Tippett

    Patrick Bellegarde-Smith is a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and author of many books about Vodou. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Patrick Bellegarde-Smith — Living Vodou...

  • Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are

    What do a fiction writer and an astrophysicist have in common? Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser connect the dots between the cosmos, our minds, and all the ways we discover the story of where we came from.

  • [Unedited] Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett

    This is On Being’s unedited conversation with Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser. She’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist. He’s an astrophysicist and professor at Dartmouth College. Krista Tippett spoke with them on October 15, 2012 at a...

  • Walter Brueggemann — The Prophetic Imagination

    The people we later recognize as prophets, says Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann, are also poets. They reframe what is at stake in chaotic times. Hear a very special voice in conversation to address our changing lives and the deepest meaning of hope this...

  • [Unedited] Walter Brueggemann with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett's complete and unedited conversation with theologian Walter Brueggemann. He is professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. Krista spoke with him in our studios in May 2011. The people we later recognize as prophets, sa...

  • Phil Donahue — Transformation, On-Screen and Off

    Talk show pioneer Phil Donahue opens up on his remarkable perspective on the last half century of America and who we are now. He shares his personal transformations on race, gender roles, and parenting in the dramatic era he captured on television.

  • [Unedited] Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista Tippett

    In this unedited interview, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue opens up on his remarkable perspective on the last half century of America and who we are now. He shares with Krista Tippett his personal transformations on race, gender roles, and parenting in t...

  • Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle — Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World

    What might words like repentance or forgiveness mean, culturally, in this moment? These are questions of the emerging church, a loosely-defined movement that crosses generations, theologies and social ideologies in the hope of reimagining Christianity. W...

  • [Unedited] Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle with Krista Tippett

    This is the unedited version of On Being's produced show, "Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World." Emerging church elder Phyllis Tickle and civil rights veteran Vincent Harding in an honest and sometimes politically incorrect conversation...

  • Martin Rees — Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know

    Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. These are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and self-professed atheist who paints a fascinating picture of how we might be changed...

  • [Unedited] Lord Martin Rees with Krista Tippett

    Some of the biggest philosophical and ethical questions of this century may be raised on scientific frontiers — as we gain a better understanding of the deep structure of space and time and the wilder "microworld." Astrophysicist Martin Rees paints a fas...

  • Ira Byock — Contemplating Mortality

    What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and hospice in the United States. He says we lose sight of "the remarkable value" of the time of life we call dying...

  • [Unedited] Ira Byock with Krista Tippett

    What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock shares how we can understand dying as a time of learning, repair, and completion of our lives. Krista Tippett interviewed Dr. Ira Byock on March 2, 2012. T...

  • Esther Sternberg — The Science of Healing Places

    The light and smells in places like hospitals can often depress us. And, our favorite room at home keeps us sane. But why? Immunologist Esther Sternberg explains the scientific research revealing how physical spaces create stress and make us sick — and h...

  • [Unedited] Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett spoke with immunologist Esther Sternberg on March 30, 2012. This unedited interview is included in our show, "The Science of Healing Places." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

  • David Sloan Wilson — Evolving a City

    David Sloan Wilson believes that evolution is not just a description of how we got here. He says it can also be a tool kit for improving how we live together. He’s taken what he’s learned in studying evolution in animals and is now applying it to the beh...

  • [Unedited] David Sloan Wilson with Krista Tippett

    David Sloan Wilson believes that evolution is not just a description of how we got here. He says it can also be a tool kit for improving how we live together. He’s taken what he’s learned in studying evolution in animals and is now applying it to the beh...

  • Keith Devlin — The Joy of Math: Learning and What It Means To Be Human

    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...

  • [Unedited] Keith Devlin with Krista Tippett

    Keith Devlin is a mathematician and executive director of H-STAR at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Krista Tippett spoke with him on July 11, 2013. This interview is included in our show "The Joy of Math." Download the mp3 of the produced s...

  • Arthur Zajonc — Holding Life Consciously

    What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he says we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside.

  • [Unedited] Arthur Zajonc with Krista Tippett

    What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he says we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside. This is Krista Tippett's...

  • Natalie Batalha — Exoplanets and Love: Science That Connects Us to One Another

    A mission scientist with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life. She speaks about unexpected connections between things like love and dark energy, science a...

  • [Unedited] Natalie Batalha with Krista Tippett

    Natalie Batalha is a research astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center and a mission scientist with the Kepler Space Telescope. Krista Tippett spoke with her on December 13, 2012 via ISDN. This interview is included in our show "On Exoplanets and Love: Na...

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah — Sidling Up to Difference: Social Change and Moral Revolutions

    How can unimaginable social change happen in a world of strangers? Kwame Anthony Appiah is a philosopher who studies ethics and his parents' marriage helped inspire the movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." In a tense moment in American life, he has refr...

  • [Unedited] Kwame Anthony Appiah with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett's unedited interview with Kwame Anthony Appiah was recorded in 2011 and is included in our show, "Kwame Anthony Appiah — Sidling Up to Difference." See more at http://www.onbeing.org/program/sidling-difference/175

  • Sylvia Earle — Her Deepness

    Sylvia Earle has done something no one else has — walked solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She tells what she saw — and what she has learned — about the giant living system that is the ocean. And she explains why seeing a shar...

  • [Unedited] Sylvia Earle with Krista Tippett

    Oceanographer Sylvia Earle has done something no one else has — walked solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She tells what she saw — and what she has learned — about the giant living system that is the ocean.

  • David Montgomery — Reading the Rocks: Flood Stories and Deep Time

    The push and pull between religion and science has shaped advances in geology from the beginning. David Montgomery set out to debunk Noah’s Flood; instead he discovered this biblical story was the plate tectonics of its day. He tells us how the evolution...

  • [Unedited] David Montgomery with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett interviewed geologist David R. Montgomery on July 3, 2013. This interview is included in the show 'Reading the Rocks.' Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

  • David Gushee and Frances Kissling — Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dialogue

    No issue is more intractable than abortion. Or is it? Most Americans fall somewhere between the absolute poles of “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” A Christian ethicist who advocates a "consistent ethic of life" and an abortion-rights activist reveal what the...

  • [Unedited] David Gushee and Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett spoke with Christian ethicist David P. Gushee and abortion-rights activist Frances Kissling on September 26, 2012 in front of a live, public audience at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Meredith Monk's Voice

    A kind of archeologist of the human voice, singer and composer Meredith Monk says that "the voice could be like the body" — flexible and fluid with practice. Through music as through meditation, the longtime Buddhist practitioner pushes the boundaries of...

  • [Unedited] Meredith Monk and Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett's unedited interview with Meredith Monk, award-winning, composer, singer, director and choreographer. She spoke with her on January 11, 2012 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, Minnesota. Meredith Monk was in a private recording studio in...

  • Sarah Kay's Way with Words

    Sarah Kay says that listening is the better part of speaking. A spoken word poet who’s become a role model for teenagers around the world, she shares how she works with words to make connections — inside people and between them.

  • [Unedited] Sarah Kay and Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett interviewed spoken word poet Sarah Kay on April 12, 2012. This interview is included in the show 'Sarah Kay's Way with Words.' Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

  • S. James Gates — Uncovering the Codes for Reality

    Are we in the matrix? Physicist James Gates reveals why string theory stretches our imaginations about the nature of reality. Also, how failure makes us more complete, and imagination makes us more knowledgeable.

  • [Unedited] S. James Gates Jr. and Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett interviewed S. James Gates Jr., Toll Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland in College Park, on January 25, 2012 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, MN. Gates was in th...

  • Tami Simon — Inner Life at Work: Business, Meditation, and Technology

    You might call Tami Simon a spiritual entrepreneur. She's built a successful multimedia publishing company with a mission to disseminate "spiritual wisdom" by diverse teachers and thinkers like Pema Chödrön and Eckhart Tolle, Daniel Goleman and Brené Bro...

  • [Unedited Tami Simon with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett interviewed entrepreneur Tami Simon on April 4, 2013 via ISDN. Ms. Simon is publisher, CEO, and founder of Sounds True. This interview is included in the show "Inner Life at Work: Tami Simon on Business, Meditation, and Technology." Downlo...

  • Christian Wiman — A Call to Doubt and Faith, and Remembering God

    The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively...

  • [Unedited] Christian Wiman with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett interviewed poet Christian Wiman on March 21, 2012. Mr. Wiman is a poet and editor of Poetry magazine, and he's the author of several volumes of poetry including 'Every Riven Thing.' This interview is included in the show "A Call to Doubt...

  • Andrew Zolli — A Shift to Humility: Resilience and Expanding the Edge of Change

    Disruption is around every corner by way of globally connected economies, inevitable superstorms, and technology’s endless reinvention. But most of us were born into a culture which aspired to solve all problems. How do we support people and create syste...

  • Sylvia Boorstein — What We Nurture

    The best way to nurture children's inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom of the celebrated Jewish-Buddhist teach...

  • [Unedited] Sylvia Boorstein and Krista Tippett

    The best way to nurture children's inner lives, Sylvia Boorstein says, is by taking care of our own inner selves for their sake. At a public event in suburban Detroit, Krista Tippett draws out the warmth and wisdom of the celebrated Jewish-Buddhist teach...

  • Alan Rabinowitz — A Voice for the Animals

    A profound stutter as a child left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate and to prefer animals to people. Now a conservationist of tigers and jaguars, an explorer of the world's last wild places, he has extraordinary insight into both animals a...

  • [Unedited] Alan Rabinowitz with Krista Tippett

    A profound stutter as a child left Alan Rabinowitz virtually unable to communicate and to prefer animals to people. He became a wildlife biologist and made his name as an explorer in some of the world's last wild places -- discovering new animal species,...

  • Lawrence Krauss — Our Origins and the Weight of Space

    One of the values of science is to make us uncomfortable says Lawrence Krauss. The particle physicist explains why we should all care about dark energy and the Higgs Boson particle. Science literacy matters, and, more importantly, he suggests we should t...

  • Lawrence Krauss with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

    This is Krista Tippett's unabridged interview with physicist Lawrence Krauss. One of the values of science is to make us uncomfortable says Lawrence Krauss. The particle physicist explains why we should all care about dark energy and the Higgs Boson part...

  • Thupten Jinpa — Translating the Dalai Lama

    Esoteric teachings on reincarnation and consciousness; simple teachings on compassion and ethics. Geshe Thupten Jinpa is a man who finishes the Dalai Lama’s English sentences. Meet this philosopher and former monk, now a husband and father of two daughte...

  • [Unedited] Thupten Jinpa with Krista Tippett

    Esoteric teachings on reincarnation and consciousness; simple teachings on compassion and ethics. Geshe Thupten Jinpa is a man who finishes the Dalai Lama’s English sentences. Meet this philosopher and former monk, now a husband and father of two daughte...

  • Jon Kabat-Zinn — Opening to Our Lives

    Jon Kabat-Zinn has learned, through science and experience, about mindfulness as a way of life. This is wisdom with immediate relevance to the ordinary and extreme stresses of our time — from economic peril, to parenting, to life in a digital age.

  • [Unedited] Kabat-Zinn and Krista Tippett

    Jon Kabat-Zinn has learned, through science and experience, about mindfulness as a way of life. This is wisdom with immediate relevance to the ordinary and extreme stresses of our time — from economic peril, to parenting, to life in a digital age. See m...

  • Kate Braestrup — A Presence in the Wild

    Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to game wardens, often on search and rescue missions, in the wilds of Maine. She works, as she puts it, at hinges of human experience when lives alter unexpectedly — where loss, disaster, decency and beauty intertwine. Hear h...

  • [Unedited] Kate Braestrup with Krista Tippett

    Kate Braestrup is a chaplain to game wardens, often on search and rescue missions, in the wilds of Maine. She works, as she puts it, at hinges of human experience when lives alter unexpectedly — where loss, disaster, decency and beauty intertwine. Hear h...

  • Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awaad — No More Taking Sides

    Robi Damelin lost her son David to a Palestinian sniper. Ali Abu Awwad lost his older brother Yousef to an Israeli soldier. But, instead of clinging to traditional ideologies and turning their pain into more violence, they've decided to understand the ot...

  • [Unedited] Robi Damelin and Ali Abu Awwad with Krista Tippett

    Robi Damelin is an Israeli who lives in Tel Aviv. She speaks with community groups about her experiences as part of the Parents Circle – Families Forum. Ali Abu Awwad is a Palestinian who lives in the West Bank. He is a spokesman and project manager for...

  • Sherry Turkle — Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology

    Each of us, in our everyday interactions, chooses between letting technology shape us and shaping it towards human purposes, even towards honoring what we hold dear. Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, is full of usable...

  • [Unedited] Sherry Turkle with Krista Tippett

    Each of us, in our everyday interactions, chooses between letting technology shape us and shaping it towards human purposes, even towards honoring what we hold dear. Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, is full of usable...

  • Sen. Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin — Political Bridge People

    A veteran Republican senator and Democratic economist are political bridge people who've brought differing approaches and shared love of country to generations of economic policy. In this tense political moment, they offer straight talk and wise perspect...

  • [Unedited] Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin with Krista Tippett

    A veteran Republican senator and Democratic economist are political bridge people who've brought differing approaches and shared love of country to generations of economic policy. In this tense political moment, they offer straight talk and wise perspect...

  • Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons — The Next Christians

    Two Christian leaders are working to restore Christian engagement in the world. Gabe Lyons and Jim Daly discuss how they who are reshaping their part in common life, and the common good. This often surprising conversation addresses subjects like gay marr...

  • [Unedited] Jim Daly and Gabe Lyons with Krista Tippett

    Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family. He’s also a Christian radio broadcaster and author of several books, including ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Heart. Gabe Lyons is founder of Q: Ideas for Common Good and author of The Next Christ...

  • Joanna Brooks — Mormons Demystified

    From "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to CNN, Joanna Brooks has become a go-to voice during our national inspection of Mormonism in this presidential campaign. As Mitt Romney makes history, we revisit our personal and revealing conversation with the Ask...

  • [Unedited] Joanna Brooks with Krista Tippett

    Joanna Brooks is chair and associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She’s also blogs at Religion Dispatches and Ask Mormon Girl.

  • Fr. Alberto Ambrosio and Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis — Spiritual Boundaries in Modern Turkey

    The second show from our recent trip to Istanbul. We meet a Dominican friar whose Christianity is inspired by the mystical tradition of Islam. And, an Eastern Orthodox bishop is creating what he calls a “dialogue of life” as a religious minority in this...

  • [Unedited] Fr. Alberto Ambrosio with Krista Tippett

    Fr. Alberto Ambrosio is a Dominican friar and scholar of Sufism. Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis is the Metropolitan of Bursa in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

  • Terry Tempest Williams — The Vitality of the Struggle

    Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist and writer, a biologist by training with a literary mind, who comes from a long Mormon lineage in Utah. She draws political, spiritual, and creative inspiration from her experience of the interior American West. She...

  • [Unedited] Terry Tempest Williams with Krista Tippett

    Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist and writer, a biologist by training with a literary mind, who comes from a long Mormon lineage in Utah. She draws political, spiritual, and creative inspiration from her experience of the interior American West. She...

  • Mustafa Akyol — Religion, Democracy, and the New Turkey

    There's a country between Europe's debt crisis and the Arab Spring, where democracy is valued and the economy is growing. It's Turkey. Mustafa Akyol gives a fresh perspective on this new model of religion and democracy.

  • [Unedited] Mustafa Akyol with Krista Tippett

    Mustafa Akyol is a Turkish columnist for the English-language Hürriyet Daily News. He’s also the author of "Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case For Liberty." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "M...

  • Jacob Needleman — The Inward Work of Democracy

    Krista Tippett speaks with philosopher Jacob Needleman. As new democracies are struggling around the world, it’s easy to forget that U.S. democracy was shaped by trial and error. A conversation about the “inward work” of democracy — the conscience that s...

  • [Unedited] Jacob Needleman with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett speaks with philosopher Jacob Needleman. As new democracies are struggling around the world, it’s easy to forget that U.S. democracy was shaped by trial and error. A conversation about the “inward work” of democracy — the conscience that s...

  • Richard Davidson — Investigating Healthy Minds

    Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually “rewire” our brains. He’s studied the brains of meditating Buddhist monks, and now he’s using his research with children and adolescents to look at things like ADHD, autis...

  • [Unedited] Richard Davidson with Krista Tippett

    Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is revealing that the choices we make can actually “rewire” our brains. He’s studied the brains of meditating Buddhist monks, and now he’s using his research with children and adolescents to look at things like ADHD, autis...

  • Michael McCullough — Getting Revenge and Forgiveness

    Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, science is also revealing that human beings are more instinctively equipped for forgiveness than we've perhaps...

  • [Unedited] Michael McCullough with Krista Tippett

    Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, science is also revealing that human beings are more instinctively equipped for forgiveness than we've perhaps...

  • Matthew Sanford — The Body's Grace

    An unusual take on the mind-body connection with author and yoga teacher Matthew Sanford. He's been a paraplegic since the age of 13. He shares his wisdom for us all on knowing the strength and grace of our bodies even in the face of illness, aging, and...

  • [Unedited] Matthew Sanford with Krista Tippett

    An unusual take on the mind-body connection with author and yoga teacher Matthew Sanford. He's been a paraplegic since the age of 13. He shares his wisdom for us all on knowing the strength and grace of our bodies even in the face of illness, aging, and...

  • Ernie LaPointe and Cedric Good House — Reimagining Sitting Bull, Tatanka Iyotake

    As some Lakota make an annual pilgrimage on horseback to Wounded Knee in memory of Sitting Bull's death, we'll pull out some of the lesser known threads of the legacy of this complex leader and American icon. And we'll explore why his spiritual character...

  • [Unedited] Ernie LaPointe with Krista Tippett

    As some Lakota make an annual pilgrimage on horseback to Wounded Knee in memory of Sitting Bull's death, we'll pull out some of the lesser known threads of the legacy of this complex leader and American icon. And we'll explore why his spiritual character...

  • Vigen Guroian — Restoring the Senses: Gardening and Orthodox Easter

    An understanding of Easter from inside the Armenian Orthodox tradition that is at once mystical and literally down to earth. Vigen Guroian is a theologian who experiences Easter as a call to our senses. He is passionate about the meaning of grand ideas l...

  • [Unedited] Vigen Guroian with Krista Tippett

    An understanding of Easter from inside the Armenian Orthodox tradition that is at once mystical and literally down to earth. Vigen Guroian is a theologian who experiences Easter as a call to our senses. He is passionate about the meaning of grand ideas l...

  • Fatemeh Keshavarz — The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi

    The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his wor...

  • [Unedited] Fatemeh Keshavarz with Krista Tippett

    The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi has long shaped Muslims around the world and has now become popular in the West. Rumi created a new language of love within the Islamic mystical tradition of Sufism. We hear his poetry as we delve into his wor...

  • Nicholas Kristof — Journalism and Compassion

    Can journalism be a humanitarian art? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has learned that reportage can deaden rather than awaken the consciousness, much less the hearts, of his readers. He shares his wide ethical lens he's gained on human life in...

  • [Unedited] Nicholas Kristof with Krista Tippett

    Can journalism be a humanitarian art? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has learned that reportage can deaden rather than awaken the consciousness, much less the hearts, of his readers. He shares his wide ethical lens he's gained on human life in...

  • Tiya Miles — Toward Living Memory

    For Black History Month: a MacArthur "genius" who's unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting history of African-Americans and Native Americans, and the little-known narratives that Cherokee landowners held bl...

  • [Unedited] Tiya Miles with Krista Tippett

    Krista Tippett's unedited interview with Tiya Miles, Chair and Professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She spoke with her on November 16, 2011 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, MN. Ti...

  • John Paul Lederach — The Art of Peace

    What happens when people transcend violence while living in it? John Paul Lederach has spent three decades mediating peace and change in 25 countries — from Nepal to Colombia and Sierra Leone. He shifts the language and lens of the very notion of conflic...

  • [Unedited] John Paul Lederach with Krista Tippett

    What happens when people transcend violence while living in it? John Paul Lederach has spent three decades mediating peace and change in 25 countries — from Nepal to Colombia and Sierra Leone.. He shifts the language and lens of the very notion of confli...

  • Scott-Martin Kosofsky — Legends to Live By

    Could a Yiddish text from the Middle Ages serve as a guide to living now? Book composer and typographer Scott-Martin Kosofsky revives unlikely sources of "customs" for leading a modern life and marking sacred time. For Hanukkah and all the seasons upon u...

  • [Unedited] Scott-Martin Kosofsky with Krista Tippett

    Scott-Martin Kosofsky is a book composer, typographer, and author of "The Book of Customs." Krista Tippett spoke with him on November 2, 2004 from the studios of APM in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Mr. Kosofsky was in a studio of WGBH in Boston. This interview...

  • Diane Winston — Monsters We Love: TV's Pop Culture Theodicy

    Amoral zombies. Loving vampires. Righteous serial killers. And lots of God. That's all in the new TV season — a place where great writers and actors are telling the story of our time — playfully, violently, soulfully.

  • [Unedited] Diane Winston with Krista Tippett

    Diane Winston is the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication + Journalism at the University of Southern California. Krista Tippett spoke with her on November 2, 2011 from the studios of APM in Saint Paul, Minnesota; D...

  • Ellen Davis — The Poetry of Creatures (with Wendell Berry)

    How we see the world is how we value it, says Ellen Davis. And poetry is a way to rediscover the lost art of being creatures. An hour of learning and slowing down, with the "Mad Farmer" poems of Wendell Berry and a new way to take in the "poetry" of Gene...

  • [Unedited] Ellen Davis with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Paul Raushenbush — Occupying the Gospel

    Paul Brandeis Raushenbush opens up a hidden but possibly re-emerging influence in the DNA of American Christianity, reaching back to the Social Gospel movement at the turn of the 20th century. And, the Huffington Post religion editor shares what he's lea...

  • [Unedited] Paul Raushenbush with Krista Tippett

    Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Senior Religion Editor for the Huffington Post. Krista Tippett spoke with him on October 5, 2011 from the studios of APM in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Paul Brandeis Raushenbush was in the Argot Studios in New York City. This...

  • Avivah Zornberg — The Genesis of Desire

    What may one of the great literary teachers of Torah and midrash — the Jewish tradition of reading between the lines of the Bible to uncover hidden layers of meaning — teach us about our own human longings? Hear what happens when she takes on Noah and th...

  • [Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett

    Avivah Zornberg is a celebrated, literary teacher of the Torah. We spoke with her on April 7, 2005, from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was in a private recording studio in Jerusalem. This interview is included in our sh...

  • Wangari Maathai — Planting the Future

    A remarkable Kenyan woman and environmentalist speaks from experience about the links between ecology, human flourishing, war and peace, and democracy. And she shares her thoughts on where God resides.

  • [Unedited] Wangari Maathai with Krista Tippett

    This unedited interview with Wangari Maathai was recorded in 2006 and is included in our show, "Planting the Future." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

  • Sari Nusseibeh — The Evolution of Change

    We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh. His personal story is steeped in layers of identity and, as he says, living legend, which shap...

  • [Unedited] Sari Nusseibeh with Krista Tippett

    We experience a vision of caution and hope planted in a long view of Arab and Palestinian history, culture, and time in Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh. His personal story is steeped in layers of identity and, as he says, living legend, which shap...

  • Hendrik Hertzberg, Pankaj Mishra and Serene Jones — Remembering Forward Ten Years after 9/11

    In the days and months after 9/11, St. Paul's Chapel became the hub where thousands of volunteers and rescue workers received round-the-clock care. It was a moving setting to explore how 9/11 changed us as a people — and to ponder the inward work of livi...

  • [Unedited] Hendrik Hertzberg, Serene Jones, and Pankaj Mishra with Krista Tippett

    In the days and months after 9/11, St. Paul's Chapel became the hub where thousands of volunteers and rescue workers received round-the-clock care. It was a moving setting to explore how 9/11 changed us as a people — and to ponder the inward work of livi...

  • Richard Mouw — Restoring Political Civility: An Evangelical View

    Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse. He offers historical as well as spiritual perspective on American Evangelicals' navigation of disagreement, fear, and truth.

  • [Unedited] Richard Mouw with Krista Tippett (Restoring Political Civility)

    Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse. He offers historical as well as spiritual perspective on American Evangelicals' navigation of disagreement, fear, and truth. See more at http://www.onbeing.org/p...

  • Frances Kissling — Listening Beyond Life and Choice

    Frances Kissling is known for her longtime activism on the abortion issue but has devoted her energy more in recent years to real relationship and new conversations across that bitter divide. She's learned, she's written, about the courage to be vulnerab...

  • [Unedited] Frances Kissling with Krista Tippett (Listening Beyond Life and Choice)

    Frances Kissling is president of the Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy. She was the president of Catholics for Choice from 1982 until 2007.

  • Paul Collins and Jennifer Elder — Autism and Humanity

    One child in every 110 in the U.S. is now diagnosed to be somewhere on the spectrum of autism. We step back from public controversies over causes and cures and explore the mystery and meaning of autism in one family's life, and in history and society. Ou...

  • [Unedited] Paul Collins and Jennifer Elder with Krista Tippett

    One child in every 110 in the U.S. is now diagnosed to be somewhere on the spectrum of autism. We step back from public controversies over causes and cures and explore the mystery and meaning of autism in one family's life, and in history and society. Ou...

  • Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq — Pleasure More Than Hope

    Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al...

  • [Unedited] Amahl Bishara with Krista Tippett

    Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al...

  • [Unedited] Nidal Al-Azraq with Krista Tippett

    Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al...

  • Anthea Butler and Arlene Sánchez-Walsh — Reviving Sister Aimee

    A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considere...

  • [Unedited] Anthea Butler with Krista Tippett

    A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considere...

  • [Unedited] Arlene Sanchez-Walsh with Krista Tippett

    A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considere...

  • [Unedited] Margaret Paloma with Krista Tippett

    A look back at the closest thing the early 20th century may have had to Oprah Winfrey. The flamboyant Pentecostal preacher Aimee Semple McPherson was a multimedia sensation and a powerful female religious leader long before most of Christianity considere...

  • Yossi Klein Halevi — Thin Places, Thick Realities

    A new show from Jerusalem with American-Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who says Jerusalem is a place where the essential human story plays itself out with particular intensity.

  • [Unedited] Yossi Klein Halevi with Krista Tippett

    A new show from Jerusalem with American-Israeli journalist Yossi Klein Halevi, who says Jerusalem is a place where the essential human story plays itself out with particular intensity. This is the unedited interview of the produced show "Thin Places, Th...

  • Mohammad Darawshe — Children of Both Identities

    Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle Easte...

  • [Unedited] Mohammad Darawshe with Krista Tippett

    Mohammad Darawshe is Arab with an Israeli passport — a Muslim Palestinian citizen of the Jewish state. Like 20 percent of Israel's population, he is, as he puts it, a child of both identities. He brings an unexpected way of seeing inside the Middle Easte...

  • Avivah Zornberg — Exodus, Cargo of Hidden Stories

    The biblical Exodus story has inspired believers and non-believers, Jews and Christians — and more than a few Hollywood movies. But this is no simple story of heroes and villains; it is a complex picture of the possibilities and ironies of human passion...

  • [Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett (Exodus, Cargo of Hidden Stories)

    Avivah Zornberg is a celebrated, literary teacher of the Torah. We spoke with her on April 7, 2005, from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was in a private recording studio in Jerusalem. This interview is included in our sh...

  • John Polkinghorne — Quarks and Creation

    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...

  • [Unedited] John Polkinghorne with Krista Tippett

    This unedited interview with John Polkinghorne was recorded in 2005 and is included in our show, "Quarks and Creation." Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? Physicist...

  • Evolving "Faith"

    At the turn of the year, we look at how American culture's encounter with religious ideas and people has evolved in the past decade — and this radio project with it.

  • Joe Carter — The Legacy of the African-American Spiritual

    Born in slavery, the Negro spiritual conveys a generous understanding of the nature of God and of human life. A celebration in word and song — through its hidden meanings, as well as its beauty, lament, and hope.

  • [Unedited] Joe Carter with Krista Tippett

    The African-American spiritual is the source from which gospel, jazz, blues, and hip-hop evolved. We celebrate the life of Joe Carter, who explored the meaning of the Negro spiritual in word and song -- through its hidden meanings, as well as its beauty,...

  • Darius Rejali — The Long Shadow of Torture

    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...

  • [Unedited] Darius Rejali with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Doris Taylor — Stem Cells, Untold Stories

    Using stem cells, Doris Taylor brought the heart of a dead animal back to life and might one day revolutionize human organ transplantation. She takes us beyond lightning rod issues and into an unfolding frontier where science is learning how stem cells w...

  • [Unedited] Doris Taylor with Krista Tippett

    Using stem cells, Doris Taylor brought the heart of a dead animal back to life and might one day revolutionize human organ transplantation. She takes us beyond lightning rod issues and into an unfolding frontier where science is learning how stem cells w...

  • Sharon Brous — Days of Awe

    We delve into the world and meaning of the Jewish High Holy Days — ten days that span the new year of Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur's rituals of atonement. A young rabbi in L.A. is one voice in a Jewish spiritual renaissance that is taking many forms...

  • [Unedited] Sharon Brous with Krista Tippett

    We'll delve into the world and meaning of the approaching Jewish High Holy Days -- ten days that span the new year of Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur's rituals of atonement. Sharon Brous, a young rabbi in L.A., is one voice in a Jewish spiritual renaiss...

  • Jacqueline Novogratz — A Different Kind of Capitalism

    The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the world's poor. Jacqueline Novogratz, whose A...

  • [Unedited] Jacqueline Novogratz with Krista Tippett

    The devastation of the Haiti earthquakes and the lack of infrastructure for responding to the disaster have deepened an ongoing debate over foreign aid, international development, and helping the poorest of the world's poor. Jacqueline Novogratz, whose A...

  • Bill McKibben — The Moral Math of Climate Change

    A conversation about climate change and moral imagination with a leading environmentalist and writer who has been ahead of the curve on this issue since he wrote The End of Nature in 1989. We explore his evolving perspective on human responsibility in a...

  • [Unedited] Bill McKibben with Krista Tippett

    We had to cut some great segments from Krista's conversation with Bill McKibben. Here you can listen to it all, and tell us what you think of our edits from our produced show "Bill McKibben on The Moral Math of Climate Change." A conversation about clim...

  • Rachel Naomi Remen — Listening Generously

    Rachel Naomi Remen's lifelong struggle with chronic illness has shaped her philosophy and practice of medicine. She speaks about the art of listening to patients and other physicians, the difference between curing and healing, and how our losses help us...

  • [Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen with Krista Tippett

    This unedited interview with Rachel Naomi Remen is included in our program "Rachel Naomi Remen on Listening Generously." Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen's lifelong struggle with a debilitating illness has shaped the way she practices medicine, and her views abou...

  • Barbara Kingsolver — The Ethics of Eating

    Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen and mother more than an expert, she turned her life towards questions many of us are asking. Food, she says,...

  • [Unedited] Barbara Kingsolver with Krista Tippett

    Barbara Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves. As a citizen and mother more than an expert, she turned her life towards questions many of us are asking. Food, sh...

  • Shane Claiborne — A Monastic Revolution

    Shane Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of Evangelical Christianity, they are patterning their lives in response to the needs of the poor -- and the detachment they s...

  • [Unedited] Shane Claiborne with Krista Tippett

    Shane Claiborne is a leading spirit in a gathering movement of young people known as the New Monastics. Emerging from the edges of Evangelical Christianity, they are patterning their lives in response to the needs of the poor -- and the detachment they s...

  • Sandy Eisenberg Sasso — The Spirituality of Parenting

    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...

  • [Unedited] Sandy Eisenberg Sasso with Krista Tippett

    More and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, or find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. We sense that there is a spiritual aspect to our children's natures and wonde...

  • Andrew Freear — An Architecture of Decency

    Auburn's Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the poorest counties. They're creating beautiful and economical structures that are not only unique but nurture s...

  • [Unedited] Andrew Freear with Krista Tippett

    Auburn's Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the poorest counties. They're creating beautiful and economical structures that are not only unique but nurture s...

  • Columba Stewart and Getatchew Haile — Preserving Words and Worlds

    Saint John's University and Abbey in rural Minnesota houses a monastic library that rescues writings from across the centuries and across the world. There are worlds in this place on palm leaf and papyrus, in microfilm and pixels. And the relevance of th...

  • [Unedited] Fr. Columba Stewart with Krista Tippett

    Columba Stewart is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Getatchew Haile is a MacArthur Fellow and the curator of the Ethiopian Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint J...

  • [Unedited] Getatchew Haile with Krista Tippett

    Columba Stewart is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Getatchew Haile is a MacArthur Fellow and the curator of the Ethiopian Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint J...

  • Mercedes Doretti — Laying the Dead to Rest

    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 Arg...

  • [Unedited] Mercedes Doretti with Krista Tippett

    Mercedes Doretti is co-founder and senior researcher of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). She received a MacArthur “genius” grant for her work in 2007.

  • Mayfair Yang — China's Hidden Spiritual Landscape

    A filmmaker and scholar gives us a parallel story to the ubiquitous news of China's economy and politics. Mayfair Yang discusses the ancient and reemerging traditions of reverence and ritual — revealing background to its approach to Tibet. And, she tells...

  • [Unedited] Mayfair Yang with Krista Tippett

    Mayfair Yang is Director of the East Asia Center at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She has produced two films about China and is the author of Chinese Religiosities: Afflictions of Modernity and State Formation.

  • Dr. Oz — Heart and Soul

    The word "healing" means "to make whole." But historically, Western medicine has taken a divided view of human health. It has stressed medical treatments of biological ailments. That may be changing. Mehmet Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon, is part of a new...

  • [Unedited] Mehmet Oz with Krista Tippett

    The word "healing" means "to make whole." But historically, Western medicine has taken a divided view of human health. It has stressed medical treatments of biological ailments. That may be changing -- Mehmet Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon, is part of a ne...

  • Robert Wright — The Evolution of God

    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...

  • [Unedited] Robert Wright with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Freeman Dyson and Paul Davies — Einstein's God

    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.

  • [Unedited] Paul Davies with Krista Tippett

    Albert Einstein's quip that "God does not play dice with the universe," was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of "the order deeply hidden behind everything." Wit...

  • [Unedited] Freeman Dyson with Krista Tippett

    Albert Einstein's quip that "God does not play dice with the universe," was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of "the order deeply hidden behind everything." Wit...

  • [Unedited] Priyamvada Natarajan With Krista Tippett

    Albert Einstein's quip that "God does not play dice with the universe," was about quantum physics, not a statement of faith. But he did ponder the relationship between science and religion and his sense of "the order deeply hidden behind everything." Wit...

  • E. Ethelbert Miller — Black and Universal

    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...

  • [Unedited] E. Ethelbert Miller with Krista Tippett

    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...

  • Ed Husain — Reflections of a Former Islamist Extremist

    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 beco...

  • [Unedited] Ed Husain with Krista Tippett

    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 beco...

  • Anoushka Shankar, Stephen Mitchell, and Roberta Bondi — Approaching Prayer

    Americans are religious and non-religious, devout and irreverent. But in astonishing numbers, across that spectrum, most of us say that we pray. We explore the subject of prayer, how it sounds, and what it means in three different traditions and lives.

  • [Unedited] Anoushka Shankar with Krista Tippett

    In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with musician Anoushka Shankar from a Minneapolis hotel while she was touring in 2002. This interview is included in our program Approaching Prayer. Americans are religious and non-religious, devout and irreverent. But...

  • [Unedited] Roberta Bondi with Krista Tippett

    In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with Roberta Bondi, a professor of Church History Emeritus at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Krista interviewed her in April 2002 in a New York City hotel where they were both attending a conference...

  • [Unedited] Stephen Mitchell with Krista Tippett

    In this Unheard Cut, Krista speaks with author and translator Stephen Mitchell. She interviewed him on April 22, 2002 from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota; he was at his home in California. This interview is included in our pr...

  • Karen Armstrong — Freelance Monotheism

    Karen Armstrong speaks about her progression from a disillusioned and damaged young nun into, in her words, a "freelance monotheist." She's a formidable thinker and scholar, but as a theologian she calls herself an amateur — noting that the Latin root of...

  • [Unedited] Karen Armstrong with Krista Tippett

    In this unedited conversation, Krista speaks with Karen Armstrong, a best-selling author, scholar, and Catholic nun. Hear their complete conversation as Armstrong tells the story behind her developing ideas about God. Karen Armstrong speaks about her pr...

  • Malka Haya Fenyvesi and Aziza Hasan — Curiosity Over Assumptions

    We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They're innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions and conflict, yet resolve not to be enemi...

  • [Unedited] Malka Haya Fenyvesi and Aziza Hasan with Krista Tippett

    We shine a light on two young leaders of a new generation of grassroots Muslim-Jewish encounter in Los Angeles. They're innovating templates of practical relationship that work with reality, acknowledge questions and conflict, yet resolve not to be enemi...

  • Eckhart Tolle — The Power of Now

    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 call...

  • [Unedited] Eckhart Tolle With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with Eckhart Tolle comes from our produced show "Eckhart Tolle on the Power of Now." One of today's most influential spiritual teachers shares his youthful experience of depression and despair — suffering that led him to his o...

  • David Treuer — Language and Meaning, an Ojibwe Story

    Language is a carrier of human identity. It is a vehicle by which we understand and express our very sense of self. Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding e...

  • [Unedited] David Treuer with Krista Tippett

    Novelist and translator David Treuer is helping to compile the first practical grammar of the Ojibwe language. He describes an unfolding experience of how language forms what makes us human. Some memories and realities, he has found, can only be carried...

  • Living Islam

    Nine Muslims, in their own words, reveal a creative convergence of Islamic spirituality and American identity that is unfolding, largely unnoticed, in the United States. A lawyer turned playwright, a teacher who's a lesbian, a retired federal prosecutor...

  • Binyavanga Wainaina — The Ethics of Aid: One Kenyan's Perspective

    We explore the complex ethics of global aid with a young writer from Kenya, Binyavanga Wainaina. He is among a rising generation of African voices who bring a cautionary perspective to the morality and efficacy behind many Western initiatives to abolish...

  • [Unedited] Binyavanga Wainaina With Krista Tippett

    We explore the complex ethics of global aid with a young writer from Kenya, Binyavanga Wainaina. He is among a rising generation of African voices who bring a cautionary perspective to the morality and efficacy behind many Western initiatives to abolish...

  • Mary Doria Russell — The Novelist as God

    Our guest has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned -- in the act of creating a new universe -- about God and about dilemmas of evil, doubt, and free will. The ultimate moral of any life and...

  • [Unedited] Mary Doria Russell With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with Mary Doria Russell comes from our produced show "Mary Doria Russell on the Novelist as God." Mary Doria Russell has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned --...

  • David Brooks and E.J. Dionne — Obama's Theologian: Reinhold Niebuhr and the American Present

    President Obama has cited Reinhold Niebuhr's teachings as significant in shaping his ideas about politics and governance. In a public conversation, we discuss the great public theologian's legacy and ideas — and what influence they may play in the future...

  • [Unedited] David Brooks And E.J. Dionne With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with David Brooks and E.J. Dionne comes from our produced show "David Brooks and E. J. Dionne on Obama's Theologian: Neibuhr and the American Present." President Obama has cited Reinhold Niebuhr's teachings as significant in s...

  • James Prosek — Fishing with Mystery

    James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God "through the theater of nature." From a young age he has been fascinated by trout and now eel - which he sees as "mystical creatures" - and...

  • [Unedited] James Prosek With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation is part of the radio program, "James Prosek on Fishing with Mystery." James Prosek is an artist, fly-fisher, author, and environmental activist who has always, as he puts it, found God "through the theater of nature." From a y...

  • Repossessing Virtue: Wise Voices from Religion, Science, Industry, and the Arts

    As the global economic crisis began to unfold this past fall, we wanted to respond immediately, in our way. We began to conduct an online conversation parallel to but distinct from our culture's more sustained focus on economic scenarios. For in each of...

  • [Unedited] Rachel Naomi Remen (On Repossessing Virtue: Economic Crisis as Spiritual Journey)

    Our SOF First Person series continues with physician Rachel Naomi Remen, author of "Kitchen Table Wisdom." She sees these fiscally hard times as an opportunity to find our way back to the largeness of our collective story, which is part of the spiritual...

  • [Unedited] Prabhu Guptara with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)

    As promised, we continue our SOF First Person project by turning to Swiss banking expert, Prabhu Guptara. Several years ago, Krista spoke with Guptara when the fallout of the Enron scandal was wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy and shaking investor confi...

  • [Unedited] Sharon Salzberg with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)

    The Buddhist teacher and author Sharon Salzberg reflects on our current culture and its inability to acknowledge the inevitability of suffering. We hide from it, and hide it from others. She argues that we need not fear this, but look to others for compa...

  • [Unedited] Martin Marty with Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue: Trust in Uncertain Times)

    The SOF First Person project kicks off with our search for fresh ways to talk about the current economic crisis -- beginning with reflections from an acclaimed historian and theologian. He shares a good deal of his "lived theology" -- the personal, daily...

  • [Unedited] Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett (On the Economic Crisis in Biological Terms)

    SOF First Person continues its series on the economic downturn with Dr. Esther Sternberg, a rheumatologist and stress researcher. She doesn't see the financial crisis in moral terms in so much as biological ones. She elaborates on these scientific points...

  • [Unedited] Anchee Min with Krista Tippett (Repossessing Virtue: Repairing the American Individual)

    Novelist Anchee Min grew up during the Cultural Revolution in Mao's China. Living in the United States for several decades, she offers a challenging assessment of American reactions to these times based on her harsher experiences. Last fall we began to...

  • [Unedited] Majora Carter with Krista Tippett (Repossessing Virtue: Being More Deliberately Joyful)

    Activist Majora Carter says she doesn't think of her work at Sustainable South Bronx as a moral endeavor, but a pragmatic one. Nevertheless she looks on this period of economic tumult as a chance for being happy and passing that on to others. Last fall...

  • Parker Palmer — Repossessing Virtue: Economic Crisis, Morality, and Meaning

    We explore human and spiritual aspects of economic downturn with a wise public intellectual of our time, the Quaker author and educator Parker Palmer. He works with people from all walks of life at the intersection of spiritual, professional, and social...

  • [Unedited] Parker Palmer With Krista Tippett (On Repossessing Virtue)

    This unedited conversation with Parker Palmer comes from our produced show "Parker Palmer on Repossessing Virtue: Economic Crisis, Morality, and Meaning." We explore human and spiritual aspects of economic downturn with a wise public intellectual of our...

  • Diane Winston — TV and Parables of Our Time

    Diane Winston appreciates good television, studies it, and brings many of its creators into her religion and media classes at the University of Southern California. In what some have called a renaissance in television drama, we examine how TV is helping...

  • [Unedited] Diane Winston with Krista Tippett

    Diane Winston holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her media and religion blog is called "the SCOOP."

  • Paul Zak — The Science of Trust: Economics and Virtue

    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, w...

  • [Unedited] Paul Zak with Krista Tippett

    Paul Zak is professor of Economics and director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California. He’s editor of Moral Markets: The Critical Role of Values in the Economy.

  • Joshua DuBois — Obama's Faith-Based Office

    The very words "faith-based" became controversial during the Bush administration, yet Barack Obama has retained the faith-based centers in 11 federal agencies that his predecessor created. And within weeks of assuming the presidency, he announced priorit...

  • [Unedited] Joshua DuBois With Krista Tippett

    In this unedited conversation, we meet Joshua DuBois, the 26-year-old political strategist, Pentecostal minister, and trusted associate of the president who will lead this charge. The very words "faith-based" became controversial during the Bush adminis...

  • Vali Nasr — The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam

    We seek fresh insight into the history and the human and religious dynamics of Islam's Sunni-Shia divide. Our guest says that it is not so different from dynamics in periods of Western Christian history. But he says that by bringing the majority Shia to...

  • [Unedited] Vali Nasr with Krista Tippett

    In this unedited conversation, we seek fresh insight into the history and the human and religious dynamics of Islam's Sunni-Shia divide. Our guest says that it is not so different from dynamics in periods of Western Christian history. See more at www.on...

  • Repossessing Virtue: Living Differently, Beyond Economic Crisis

    We're bringing the voices of our listeners into the conversation we've been building online and on-air since the economic downturn began last year. Many are grappling with the shame that comes in American culture with the loss of a job, and many are seek...

  • Parker Palmer, Andrew Solomon, and Anita Barrows — The Soul in Depression

    One in ten Americans, and even more dramatically, about one in four women, will experience clinical depression at some point in their lives. We take an intimate look at the spiritual dimensions of this illness and its aftermath.

  • [Unedited] Parker Palmer With Krista Tippett (On The Soul In Depression)

    This unedited conversation with Parker Palmer comes from our produced show "Parker Palmer, Andrew Solomon, Anita Barrows on the Soul in Depression." See more at www.onbeing.org/program/soul-depression/224

  • James Moore — Evolution and Wonder: Understanding Charles Darwin

    We'll take a fresh and thought-provoking look at Darwin's life and ideas. He did not argue against God but against a simple understanding of the world — its beauty, its brutality, and its unfolding creation.

  • [Unedited] James Moore with Krista Tippett

    In this unedited conversation with James Moore, we'll take a fresh and thought-provoking look at Darwin's life and ideas. He did not argue against God but against a simple understanding of the world — its beauty, its brutality, and its unfolding creation...

  • Pankaj Mishra — The Buddha in the World

    A few years ago, journalist Pankaj Mishra pursued the social relevance of the Buddha's thought across India and Europe, Afghanistan and America. He emerged with a startling critique of Western political economy that is even more resonant today as he purs...

  • [Unedited] Pankaj Mishra With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation comes from the produced show "Pankaj Mishra on the Buddha in the World." Journalist Pankaj Mishra pursued the social relevance of the Buddha's thought across India and Europe, Afghanistan and America. He emerged with a startlin...

  • [Unedited] Pankaj Mishra On The Backdrop Of The Buddha

    This unheard cut on "The Backdrop of the Buddha" comes from our produced show 'Pankaj Mishra on the Buddha in the World." See more at www.onbeing.org/program/buddha-world/186

  • Jennifer Michael Hecht — A History of Doubt

    Poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht says that as a scholar she always noticed the "shadow history" of doubt out of the corner of her eye. She shows how non-belief, skepticism, and doubt have paralleled and at times shaped the world's great religiou...

  • Unedited Interview with Jennifer Michael Hecht

    In this unedited conversation poet and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht says that as a scholar she always noticed the "shadow history" of doubt out of the corner of her eye. She shows how non-belief, skepticism, and doubt have paralleled and at times sha...

  • Robert Coles — The Inner Lives of Children

    Psychiatrist Robert Coles has spent his career exploring the inner lives of children. He says children are witnesses to the fullness of our humanity; they are keenly attuned to the darkness as well as the light of life; and they can teach us about living...

  • [Unedited] Robert Coles With Krista Tippett

    Psychiatrist Robert Coles has spent his career exploring the inner lives of children. In this unedited interview, he says children are witnesses to the fullness of our humanity; they are keenly attuned to the darkness as well as the light of life; and th...

  • Studs Terkel — Life, Faith, and Death

    We remember Studs Terkel, who recently died at the age of 96. The legendary interviewer chronicled decades of ordinary life and tumultuous change in U.S. culture. We visited him in his Chicago home in 2004 and drew out his wisdom and warmth on large exis...

  • [Unedited] Studs Terkel with Krista Tippett

    We remember Studs Terkel, who recently died at the age of 96. The legendary interviewer chronicled decades of ordinary life and tumultuous change in U.S. culture. We visited him in his Chicago home in 2004 and drew out his wisdom and warmth on large exis...

  • Steven Waldman — Liberating the Founders

    Americans remain divided about how much religion they want in their political life. As we elect a new president, we return to an evocative, relevant conversation from earlier this year with journalist Steven Waldman. From his unusual study of the America...

  • [Unedited] Steven Waldman with Krista Tippett (On Liberating the Founders)

    In this unedited conversation, Krista interviewed Steve Waldman, journalist and founder of Beliefnet, for the produced show "Steven Waldman on Liberating the Founders." Listen to their complete, unedited conversation. Here's your chance to observe the ed...

  • Vashti McKenzie — African American, Woman, Leader

    The current U.S. presidential election has illustrated how gender, race, and religion can become lightning rods, and may be seen as potential stumbling blocks to leadership. Vashti McKenzie is a pioneering figure on all these fronts. When she became the...

  • [Unedited] Vashti McKenzie with Krista Tippett

    In this unedited conversation Krista Tippett interviews Vashti McKenzie, first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, for the produced show "Vashti McKenzie: African American. Woman. Leader." The current U.S. presidential election has...

  • Rod Dreher — The Faith Life of the Party: Part II, The Right

    The second part of our examination of religious energies below the surface of the 2008 presidential campaign. Conservative columnist Rod Dreher is an outspoken critic of mainstream Republican economic and environmental ideas and the conduct of the Iraq w...

  • [Unedited] Rod Dreher with Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with Rod Dreher comes from the second part of our series "The Faith Life of the Party." A conservative columnist, Rod Dreher is an outspoken critic of mainstream Republican economic and environmental ideas and the conduct of th...

  • Amy Sullivan — The Faith Life of the Party: Part I, The Left

    The Religious Right has gotten a fair amount of coverage in recent years, while the political Left has rarely been represented with a religious sensibility. Our guest, a national correspondent for Time magazine is a political liberal and an Evangelical C...

  • [Unedited] Amy Sullivan with Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with Amy Sullivan comes from the first part of our series "The Faith Life of the Party." She's a national corespondent for Time magazine, an Evangelical Christian, and an observer of the Democratic Party. The Religious Right h...

  • Mel Robeck — Spiritual Tidal Wave: The Origins and Impact of Pentecostalism

    The birth of the Pentecostal movement began 100 years ago on Azusa Street in Los Angeles. We'll be taking our show on the road to cover this global gathering and revival that is reshaping Christianity, culture, and politics worldwide.

  • [Unedited] Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. took place on April 22, 2006 at The Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and comes from our produced show Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. and Arlene Sanchez-Walsh on The Origins and Impact of Pentecostalism, Spiritual T...

  • Esther Sternberg — Stress and the Balance Within

    The American experience of stress has spawned a multi-billion dollar self-help industry. Wary of this, Esther Sternberg says that, until recently, modern science did not have the tools or the inclination to take emotional stress seriously. She shares fas...

  • [Unedited] Esther Sternberg With Krista Tippett (On Stress And The Balance Within)

    This unedited conversation with Esther Sternberg comes from our produced show "Esther Sternberg on the Balance Within." The American experience of stress has spawned a multi-billion dollar self-help industry. Wary of this, Esther Sternberg says that, un...

  • Rick and Kay Warren — At Saddleback

    In this program we revisit a 2007 conversation with evangelical leaders Rick and Kay Warren — exploring where they came from and what motivates them. Rick Warren hosted the first post-primary joint appearance of Barack Obama and John McCain at his Saddle...

  • Jonathan Greenblatt — The Business of Doing Good

    The news has been marked in recent years, at regular intervals, by the moral and practical downfall of prominent businesses. Jonathan Greenblatt is among a new generation of entrepreneurs who want to lead a fundamental shift in corporate culture as well...

  • [Unedited] Jonathan Greenblatt with Krista Tippett

    The news has been marked in recent years, at regular intervals, by the moral and practical downfall of prominent businesses. Jonathan Greenblatt is among a new generation of entrepreneurs who want to lead a fundamental shift in corporate culture as well...

  • Adrian Ivakhiv — Pagans, Ancient and Modern

    An environmentalist who pursued the ecological impulse of Paganism, from its ancient roots to its modern revival in Europe and North America, discusses his observations about the spirit of Paganism and its influence on everyday Western culture — and even...

  • [Unedited] Adrian Ivakhiv with Krista Tippett

    An environmentalist who pursued the ecological impulse of Paganism, from its ancient roots to its modern revival in Europe and North America, discusses his observations about the spirit of Paganism and its influence on everyday Western culture — and even...

  • Susan Cheever and Kevin Griffen — The Spirituality of Addiction and Recovery

    Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson once said that the program he helped create is, "utter simplicity which encases a complete mystery." Our guests reflect on the Twelve Steps and how they resonate in their personal stories and in Buddhist and Ch...

  • [Unedited] Susan Cheever with Krista Tippett

    Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson once said that the program he helped create is, "utter simplicity which encases a complete mystery." Our guests reflect on the Twelve Steps and how they resonate in their personal stories and in Buddhist and Ch...

  • The Beauty and Challenge of Being Catholic - Hearing the Faithful

    We received hundreds of essays in response to our query about what anchors and unsettles our Catholic audience. So we asked some of you to speak about your tradition. The moving reflections we heard prompted us to depart from our usual format and bring y...

  • [Unedited] Fr. Donald Senior With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with Fr. Donald Senior comes from our produced show "The Beauty and Challenge of Being Catholic: Hearing the Faithful" We received hundreds of essays in response to our query about what anchors and unsettles our Catholic audie...

  • Greg Epstein — Exploring a New Humanism

    In a recent Pew poll, 16 percent of Americans identified themselves as "unaffiliated" — atheist, agnostic, or most prominently "nothing in particular." Greg Epstein, a Humanist chaplain at Harvard, described himself that way until he discovered the tradi...

  • Ingrid Mattson — A New Voice for Islam

    Ingrid Mattson, the first woman and first convert to lead the Islamic Society of North America, describes her experience of Islamic spirituality, which she discovered in her twenties after a Catholic upbringing. We probe her unusual perspective on a tumu...

  • [Unedited] Ingrid Mattson With Krista Tippett

    Ingrid Mattson, the first woman and first convert to lead the Islamic Society of North America, describes her experience of Islamic spirituality, which she discovered in her twenties after a Catholic upbringing. We probe her unusual perspective on a tumu...

  • Krista Tippett — Remembering Forward

    Before a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, Krista reads from her book, "Speaking of Faith." She traces the intersection of human experience and religious ideas in her own life, just as she asks her guests to do each week. Kr...

  • [Unedited] Krista Tippett — Remembering Forward

    Before a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota, Krista reads from her book, "Speaking of Faith." She traces the intersection of human experience and religious ideas in her own life, just as she asks her guests to do each week. Kr...

  • Robert Millet — Inside Mormon Faith

    Americans have been hearing a lot about Mormonism in the context of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. But much of the public discussion of this faith of 13 million people has focused on controversies in the church's history. We'll avoid well-trodden g...

  • [Unedited] Robert Millet With Krista Tippett

    Americans have been hearing a lot about Mormonism in the context of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. But much of the public discussion of this faith of 13 million people has focused on controversies in the church's history. We'll avoid well-trodden g...

  • Cal DeWitt and Majora Carter — Discovering Where We Live: Reimagining Environmentalism

    Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. We discover two people who are transforming the ecology of th...

  • [Unedited] Cal DeWitt With Krista Tippett

    Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. We discover two people who are transforming the ecology of th...

  • [Unedited] Interview with Majora Carter

    Environmentalism and climate change are hot topics; yet they're still often imagined as the territory of scientists, expert activists, and those who can afford to be environmentally conscious. We discover two people who are transforming the ecology of th...

  • Douglas Johnston — Diplomacy and Religion in the 21st Century

    The greatest threat in the post-Cold War world, says Douglas Johnston, is the prospective marriage of religious extremism with weapons of mass destruction. Yet the U.S. spends most of its time, resources, and weapons fighting the symptoms of this threat,...

  • [Unedited] Douglas Johnston with Krista Tippett

    In this unedited conversation, Krista interviews Douglas Johnston, president and founder of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. We're making the entire, unedited conversation available for the first time. Here's your chance to observe th...

  • Rick and Kay Warren — The New Evangelical Leaders, Part II

    The second program in our series on guiding figures in what some are calling the "post Religious Right era." This program's guests are conservative Evangelicals who are increasingly being watched by a new generation of Christian and secular leaders. They...

  • [Unedited] Rick and Kay Warren with Krista Tippett

    Evangelical Christianity has no single, central authority, but it does have guiding figures in every generation. Progressive social activist Jim Wallis has become something of a national celebrity, proposing a new agenda for religion in politics in what...

  • Jim Wallis — The New Evangelical Leaders, Part I

    The first in a two-part series on influential leaders who are reshaping Evangelical Christianity from within progressive and conservative circles. Jim Wallis founded "Sojourners" and now advises presidential candidates and world leaders in what he calls...

  • [Unedited] Jim Wallis With Krista Tippett

    Evangelical Christianity has no single, central authority, but it does have guiding figures in every generation. Progressive social activist Jim Wallis has become something of a national celebrity, proposing a new agenda for religion in politics in what...

  • Varadaraja V. Raman — The Heart's Reason: Hinduism and Science

    U.S. culture's clash between religion and science is almost exclusively driven by Christian instincts and arguments. Hindu physicist V.V. Raman offers another view of religion, the universe, and the complementarity of the questions of science and faith.

  • [Unedited] Varadaraja V. Raman With Krista Tippett

    U.S. culture's clash between religion and science is almost exclusively driven by Christian instincts and arguments. Hindu physicist V.V. Raman offers another view of religion, the universe, and the complementarity of the questions of science and faith....

  • Nathan Dungan — Money and Moral Balance

    The sales are starting, the stores are open late, and many of us are gearing up to spend more money than we actually have in a holiday season with deep roots in religion. We explore the turmoil many of us experience with money in our day-to-day lives — a...

  • Ingrid Jordt — Burma: Buddhism and Power

    A look inside the spiritual culture of Burma, exploring the meaning of monks taking to the streets there in September, the way in which religion and military rule are intertwined, and how Buddhism remains a force in and beyond the current crisis.

  • [Unedited] Ingrid Jordt With Krista Tippett

    Former Burmese Buddhist nun and anthropologist Ingrid Jordt takes us inside the spiritual culture of Burma, exploring the meaning of monks taking to the streets there in September, the way in which religion and military rule are intertwined, and how Budd...

  • Paul Elie, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Robin Lovin — Moral Man and Immoral Society: Rediscovering Reinhold Niebuhr

    We explore the ideas and present-day relevance of 20th century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, an influential, boundary-crossing voice in American public life. Niebuhr created the term "Christian realism:" a middle path between religious idealism and arroga...

  • Harvey Cox, Jr. — Beyond the Atheism-Religion Divide

    In 1965, a young Harvard professor became the best-selling voice of secularism in America with his book The Secular City. He sees the old thinking in the "new atheism" of figures like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. The either/or debates betwee...

  • Sister Joan Chittister — Obedience and Action

    In over 50 years as a Benedictine nun, Sister Joan Chittister has emerged as a powerful and uncomfortable voice in Roman Catholicism and in global politics. If women were ordained in the Catholic Church in our lifetime, some say, Joan Chittister would be...

  • [Unedited] Sister Joan Chittister With Krista Tippett

    In over 50 years as a Benedictine nun, Sister Joan Chittister has emerged as a powerful and uncomfortable voice in Roman Catholicism and in global politics. If women were ordained in the Catholic Church in our lifetime, some say, Joan Chittister would be...

  • Anchee Min — Surviving the Religion of Mao

    Author Anchee Min has won acclaim for her memoir of growing up in China under Mao Zedong. She's also written several works of fiction in which she explores the human hunger to survive against extreme social brutality. In this conversation, Anchee Min tel...

  • [Unedited] Anchee Min With Krista Tippett (On Surviving The Religion Of Mao)

    Anchee Min has recently published the second book in her fictional account of the last Chinese imperial court and its empress. In her personal story and in her writing, Anchee Min offers a window into spiritual instincts and experiences that mark a rapid...

  • Eboo Patel — Religious Passion, Pluralism, and the Young

    A 30-year-old, Indian-American Muslim and former Rhodes Scholar is setting out to change the way young people relate to their own religious traditions and those of others. Al-Qaeda is the most effective youth program in the world, he says, and we neglect...

  • [Unedited] Eboo Patel With Krista Tippett

    We revisit Krista's 2005 conversation with Eboo Patel, who calls al-Qaeda the most effective youth organization in the world. But contrary to the wisdom of secular society, he's working to deepen rather than tame the religious energies of the young acros...

  • Jean Vanier and Jo Anne Horstmann — L'Arche: A Community of Brokenness and Beauty

    Forty years ago in France, philosopher Jean Vanier founded an international movement, L'Arche. The L'Arche community in Clinton, Iowa is part of this movement — people of faith living and worshipping alongside developmentally handicapped adults. There ar...

  • Manuel Vasquez — Latino Migrations and the Changing Face of Religion in the Americas

    Vásquez believes that in the global age, religious dynamics may have a boomerang effect across the Americas with dramatic consequences. We explore how religion will shape the increasing Hispanic population and how religion itself might be changed.

  • [Unedited] Marie Friedmann Marquardt With Krista Tippett

    This unedited conversation with Marie Friedmann Marquardt comes from our produced show "Marie Friedmann Marquardt and Manuel A. Vasquez on Latino Migrations and the Changing Face of Religion in the Americas." See more at www.onbeing.org/program/latino-m...

  • Elliot Dorff and Luke Timothy Johnson — Marriage, Family, and Divorce

    American ideals and rituals of marriage, family, and divorce are infused with biblical messages. But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries as the institution of marriage has changed dramatically and often? A rabb...

  • [Unedited] Elliot Dorff With Krista Tippett

    American ideals of courtship and marriage echo with Biblical imagery — "bone of my bones" "flesh of my flesh." But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries in which the institution of marriage has changed dramatical...

  • [Unedited] Luke Timothy Johnson With Krista Tippett (On Marriage, Family, And Divorce)

    American ideals of courtship and marriage echo with Biblical imagery — "bone of my bones" "flesh of my flesh." But what does the Bible really say, and how has it been taught across the centuries in which the institution of marriage has changed dramatical...

  • Mariane Pearl — A Spirit of Defiance

    In this close-up look at the human dynamics of the war on terror, our guest speaks about her husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Pakistan shortly after 9/11. She talks about Buddhism, her ethic of spiritual defiance, and her hopes for t...

  • [Unedited] Mariane Pearl With Krista Tippett

    In this close-up look at the human dynamics of the war on terror, our guest speaks about her husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered in Pakistan shortly after 9/11. She talks about Buddhism, her ethic of spiritual defiance, and her hopes for t...

  • Major John Morris — The Soul of War

    With Iraq veteran and chaplain Major John Morris, we explore how war challenges the human spirit and the core tenets of a life of faith. The War on Terror, he says, presents its own spiritual challenges. He is working to support the reintegration of Nati...

  • George F. R. Ellis — Science and Hope

    Our guest straddles the worlds of cosmology and social activism. During a live audience interview in Philadelphia, he tells us how he unites his convictions about faith, ethics, and cosmology.

  • The Private Faith of Jimmy Carter

    Jimmy Carter -- former president and Nobel Laureate, author and global humanitarian -- speaks of his born-again faith with a directness that is striking even in today's political culture. He reflects on being commander in chief while following, as he say...

  • Richard Cizik — The Evolution of American Evangelicalism

    Last month, conservative Christian leaders demanded that Richard Cizik be silenced or removed from his post. They charged that his concerns about climate change and torture have shifted attention away from moral issues such as gay marriage and abortion....

  • Charles Villa-Vicencio and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela — Truth and Reconciliation

    South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) held public sessions from 1996 to 1998, and concluded its work in 2004. In an attempt to rebuild its society without retribution, the Commission created a new model for grappling with a history of...

  • S. James Gates and Thomas Levenson — Einstein's Ethics

    Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God.

  • [Unedited] S. James Gates with Krista Tippett (On Einstein's Ethics)

    Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/einsteins-ethics/89

  • [Unedited] Thomas Levenson with Krista Tippett (On Einstein's Ethics)

    Part one of this series takes Einstein's science as a starting point for exploring the great physicist's perspective on ideas such as mystery, eternity, and the mind of God. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/einsteins-ethics/89

  • Isabel Mukonyora — Sacred Wilderness, An African Story

    Isabel Mukonyora has followed and studied a religious movement of her Shona people, the Masowe Apostles, that embraces Christian tradition while addressing the drama of African life and history. The founder of this movement, Johane Masowe, emphasized an...

  • Bruce Feiler — Children of Abraham

    The sacred story of Abraham traverses the geography of the most bitter political conflict in the modern world — beginning in what is now southern Iraq and ending in the West Bank city of Hebron. Yet Abraham is the common patriarch of Judaism, Islam, and...

  • Leila Ahmed — Muslim Women and Other Misunderstandings

    Is there such a thing as the Muslim world? Is the "veil" a sign of submission or courage? Is our Western concern about women in Islam really a concern for the well-being of women? Our guest, Egyptian-American Leila Ahmed, challenges current thought on th...

  • Martin Marty — America's Changing Religious Landscape

    A great public theologian and historian, Martin Marty offers personal and historical perspective on religion in modern life — including the nature of fundamentalism, and the decline of America's mainline Protestant majority as Evangelical Christianity ga...

  • [Unedited] Martin Marty With Krista Tippett (On America's Changing Religious Landscape)

    A great public theologian and historian, Martin Marty offers personal and historical perspective on religion in modern life — including the nature of fundamentalism, and the decline of America's mainline Protestant majority as Evangelical Christianity ga...

  • Peter Berger and Rosabeth Moss Kanter — Globalization and the Rise of Religion

    Experts once predicted that as the world grew more modern, religion would decline. Precisely the opposite has proven true; religious movements are surging and driving "alternative globalizations" across the world. Two leading thinkers offer a penetrating...

  • John Danforth — Conservative Politics and Moderate Religion

    Politics driven by a religious agenda, Danforth says, is true neither to his understanding of Christian faith nor to the traditional values of the Republican party. This veteran politician speaks about the values that have helped him navigate the line be...

  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr — Hearing Muslim Voices Since 9/11

    An Iranian man sits on the ground after weekly Friday prayers at Tehran University in the Iranian capital, 02 June 2006. An Iranian cleric today dismissed US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's warning that the Islamic republic would incur 'great costs...

  • David Hilfiker — Seeing Poverty After Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina brought urban poverty in America into all of our living rooms. In this program, David Hilfiker tells the story of how poverty and racial isolation came to be in cities across America. He lives creatively and realistically with questions...

  • Richard Mouw and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott — Gay Marriage: Broken or Blessed? Two Evangelical Views

    Our culture's acrimonious debate on the morality of gay marriage has been framed in religious — largely conservative Christian — terms. We go behind the rhetoric to explore the human confusion, hopes, and fears this subject arouses. We'll name hard quest...

  • Basil Brave Heart and Susan Cheever — Spirituality and Recovery

    Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson once said that the program he helped create is, "utter simplicity which encases a complete mystery." Our guests reflect on the Twelve Steps and how they resonate in their personal stories and in Buddhist and Ch...

  • Elie Wiesel — The Tragedy of the Believer

    A survivor of the Holocaust, in which he lost most of his family, Wiesel was a seminal chronicler of that event and its meaning. Wiesel shares some of his thoughts on modern-day Israel and Germany, his understanding of God, and his practice of prayer aft...

  • Luke Timothy Johnson and Bernadette Brooten — Deciphering the Da Vinci Code

    The wildly popular novel turned movie reimagines the New Testament, in part, as a cover-up. What really happened in the fluid early years of Christianity? What is the truth about Mary Magdalene? We separate fact from fiction in the story's plot with two...

  • Dan and Sue Hanson — Room for J: One Family's Struggle with Schizophrenia

    Joel Hanson has schizophrenia and believes he is God. His parents reflect on living with their son and how they have learned to see mental illness, normalcy, and religion differently. Is there room in our culture to consider a schizophrenic personality a...

  • Mohammed Abu-Nimer + Sami Adwan — Two Narratives, Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present (part 2)

    As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land that its inhabitants, on both sides of the conflict, consider holy. Our guests in this two-part series, Israeli a...

  • Yossi Klein Halevi — Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present, Part 1

    As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land that its inhabitants, on both sides of the conflict, consider holy. Our guests in this two-part series, Israeli a...

  • Prabhu Guptara — The Gods of Business

    In an age of Enron and WorldCom, how can we imagine a place for business ethics, much less religious virtue, in the global economy? We speak with a Hindu international business analyst who offers learned, fascinating observations about how the world's my...

  • Vincent Cornell — The Face of the Prophet: Cartoons and Chasm

    Our guest, an American Muslim and religious scholar, helps untangle the knot of violent and bewildered reactions to cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

  • Martin Doblmeier — Ethics and the Will of God: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, whose life spanned the rise and fall of Hitler's Germany, offers us a model of personal morality and conscience in the most troubled and immoral of times. His resistance of Nazi ideology, while much of the German church succumbed, is...

  • Joan Halifax — A Midwife to the Dying

    The Terri Schiavo case earlier this year raised ethical and medical issues that remain with us today. But missing in that debate was a real attention to the quality and the meaning of death. Joan Halifax tells us what she's learned and how she lives diff...

  • Don Saliers and Edward Foley — The Meaning of Communion: At the Table

    What are the origins of communion, and what is its deepest social relevance? Two leading theologians of communion describe a ritual that is not just personally meaningful for the believer, but also collectively and ethically challenging for Christians.

  • Joan Brown Campbell and Thomas Hoyt, Jr. — Living Reconciliation: Two Ecumenical Pioneers

    Two people with unique perspectives both discovered ecumenism — the movement to reconcile Christian churches — during the Civil Rights era. They'll describe what they've learned about grappling with vexing clashes of difference, and why reconciliation am...

  • James Smith and Nancey Murphy — Evangelicals, Out of the Box

    Stereotypes tell us this: Evangelical Christians are politically conservative, closed-minded, morally judgmental, and anti-science. We speak with two creative members of a new generation of Evangelical thinkers and teachers, who defy stereotypes and reve...

  • Miroslav Volf — Religion and Violence

    Religious extremism drives some of the most intractable conflicts around the world. Our guest knows this shadow side of the Christian faith in his personal history. We'll speak about what goes wrong when religion turns violent, and why, he believes, the...

  • Kecia Ali, Omid Safi, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, and Michael Wolfe — Progressive Islam in America

    In the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, scrutiny of the religion of Islam has become part and parcel of our public life. In forums of all kinds, often guided by non-Muslim pundits, we ask, what does terrorism have to do with the...

  • Joseph L. Price — In Praise Of Play

    If sport is an American religion, is that bad for us? What is the metaphysic of baseball? In this show, we'll speak with a theologian and sports fan who has spent much of his career studying the religious character of rituals in sporting events and the s...

  • Khaled Abou El Fadl and Harold M. Schulweis — Religion and Our World in Crisis

    In this personal exchange between a Jewish rabbi and Islamic scholar, host Krista Tippett explores the integrity of religious faith and openness to the faiths of others. In a world in which religious experience is implicated in violence, two thinkers dis...

  • Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad — Serving Country, Serving Allah

    There are an estimated 4,000 Muslim soldiers in the U.S. military, though some counts place that number much higher. We'll speak with the first Muslim imam in the US Army Chaplaincy -- Major Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad -- about Iraq, faith, and military servi...

  • Helen Prejean, Debbie Morris, and Elie Spitz — Reflections on the Death Penalty in America

    The American public supports the principle of capital punishment, but there is a growing consensus among Jewish and Christian thinkers — across traditional liberal/conservative lines — that it should be abolished in this country or suspended while the sy...

  • Jelle De Boer and Ursula Goodenough — The Morality of Nature

    We explore the human and religious implications of natural disasters through the eyes of two scientists steeped in the workings of the natural world. We approach the morality of nature from a non-theological angle, tracing how natural disasters have some...

  • Sylvia Poggioli, Donald Cozzens, and Margaret A. Farley — The Religious Legacy of John Paul II

    John Paul II's papacy was dramatic and historic on many fronts. We explore some of the critical religious issues of his 26 years as pontiff and discusses the great and contradictory impact he made on the Catholic Church in America and abroad.

  • Joel Marcus — The Jewish Roots of the Christian Story

    New Testament writings about Jews may sound inflammatory in modern ears. A New Testament scholar with ties to both Judaism and Christianity helps us put these writings in context and look for meaning in the Passion that Hollywood and popular culture can'...

  • Laurie Zoloth — A Theological Perspective on Cloning

    Dr. Jing Kang, from the Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School sits in his lab in Boston, Massachusetts. He collaborated in a study with other scientists from three U.S. universities to create cloned pigs that...

  • Richard Wightman Fox, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Robin Lovin — Moral Man and Immoral Society: Rediscovering Reinhold Niebuhr

    We explore the ideas and present-day relevance of 20th century theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, an influential, boundary-crossing voice in American public life. Niebuhr created the term "Christian realism:" a middle path between religious idealism and arroga...

  • Phyllis Tickle and Lynn Schofield Clark — A Return to the Mystery: Religion, Fantasy, and Entertainment

    During the past decade, there has been an explosion of films and television programs containing religious and spiritual themes. Mel Gibson's The "Passion of the Christ" was only the tip of the iceberg. As new generations of Americans work out their spiri...

  • Steven Waldman — The Future of Moral Values

    We deconstruct the phrase "moral values," which has confused and divided Americans since November's election. As the second term of George W. Bush commences, political analyst Steven Waldman helps explore what these words do and do not convey to liberals...

  • Omid Safi and Seemi Bushra Ghazi — The Spirit of Islam

    We experience the religious thought and the spiritual vitality of two Muslims—male and female—both American and both with roots in ancient Islamic cultural, intellectual, and spiritual traditions. Their stories and ideas, music, and readings, evoke a sen...

  • Robert Coles, Diane Komp, and Carol Dittberner — Children and God (Dec 16, 2004)

    Maria Montessori, the great 20th-century educational pioneer, observed that children have an intuition for religious life at an early age that is matched only by their capacity to acquire language. During this holiday season, Speaking of Faith explores t...

  • Muqtedar Khan and Cheryl Sanders — The Other Religious America in Election 2004

    In this show, we speak with an African American Christian and an American Muslim and explore the perspectives of two religious communities which defy the broad stereotypes of this election year. We'll seek to gain a deeper understanding of the way in whi...

  • Sharon Salzberg, Lawrence Kushner, Anne Lamott, and Omid Safi — The Meaning of Faith

    In our time, some associate the word "religion" with rigid dogma and the excesses of institutions. The word "spirituality" on the other hand can seem to have little substance or form. The word "faith" can appear as a compromise of sorts, pointing to the...

  • Vincent Cornell — Violence and Crisis in Islam

    Many Americans received a violent introduction to Islam in September 2001. And yet, only one quarter of Americans told pollsters then that they considered Islam itself to be more likely than other religions to encourage violence in its believers. In the...

  • Carl Feit, Anne Foerst, and Lindon Eaves — Science and Being

    Many of history's greatest scientists considered their work to be a religious endeavor, a direct search for God. Pioneers like Newton, Copernicus, and Galileo believed that their discoveries told humanity more about God's nature than had been known. Begi...

  • Steven Waldman — Beyond the God Gap

    The theory of the "God gap"—often broadly suggesting that religious Americans are conservative and will vote Republican while non-religious Americans are liberal and will vote Democratic—has been prominent in press reporting and political maneuvering in...

  • Khaled Abou El Fadl, Richard J. Mouw, and Yossi Klein Halevi — The Power of Fundamentalism (Aug 19, 2004)

    Religious fundamentalism has reshaped our view of world events. In this show, host Krista Tippett explores the appeal of fundamentalism in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, as experienced from the inside. Three accomplished men, who were religious extrem...

  • Joseph Califano — Religion and Politics

    We speak with Washington insider Joseph Califano, a devout, lifelong Catholic, who held key positions inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter administrations. Califano provides frank insight into the practical difficulties of applying religious ideals in...

  • Robert Franklin and Margaret Poloma — Pentecostalism in America (June 10, 2004)

    Pentecostalism began on the American frontier, and it has become one of the largest expressions of global Christianity. In less than a century, it has grown to hundreds of millions of adherents. Today, Pentecostalism is pan-denominational. There are char...

  • David Fox-Benton and Bruce Weigl — Sacrifice and Reconciliation

    In remembering the legacy of four World War II chaplains -- Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish -- who went down together with their torpedoed ship in 1943, we speak with David Fox, nephew of one of the chaplains. We also hear interviews with surviving vete...

  • Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Richard Hays, and Linda Loving — Passover and Easter (April 8, 2004)

    In the coinciding seasons of Passover and Easter, two world religions celebrate their core stories in ritual and worship. Each of these sacred holidays is based on a key biblical story of suffering and deliverance. The Christian Holy Week commemorates t...

  • Ahmed H. al-Rahim — A Perspective on Islam in Iraq (March 4, 2004)

    The religious landscape of Iraq is complex and somewhat enigmatic to the western world. Nearly 97% of Iraq's 25 million people are Muslim, and a majority of Iraqis are Shiite rather than Sunni. What does that mean? And how powerful is the prominent cleri...

  • Coleen Rowley and Tim McGuire — Work and Conscience (February 12, 2004)

    Host Krista Tippett explores the practical implications of spirituality at work with Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley and syndicated columnist Tim McGuire. In May 2002, Rowley wrote a now-famous 13-page lett...

  • Michael Cromartie and E. J. Dionne — Religion on the Campaign Trail

    Religious pronouncements seem to have become mandatory for the Democratic candidates in this election. Yet it's been easy to deride the resulting sound bites that are widely repeated—such as Howard Dean's proclamation of his favorite book of the New Test...

  • Charles Haynes, Philip Hamburger, and Cheryl Crazy Bull — Religious Liberty in America: The Legacy of Church and State

    At the center of our history of church and state is a troublesome irony. What began as an attempt to guarantee religious tolerance in the new world has at various times been commandeered by the most chauvinistic movements America has known. In spite of t...

  • Roberta Bondi, Gregory Plotnikoff, Michele Balamani, Anoushka Shankar, and Stephen Mitchell — Patterns of Prayer

    In recent years, the practices of prayer have been evolving for many religious traditions. Even western medicine is looking at prayer as it expands its concept of healing. In this program, we consult several people from a variety of practices about the r...

  • John Lipscomb and Catherine Roskam — Homosexuality and the Divided Church

    The General Convention of the Episcopal Church has sharpened our culture's intensifying focus on homosexuality. In a year of political and religious milestones for gays and lesbians, Gene Robinson became the first openly gay man to be elected an Episcopa...

  • Rebecca Chopp, Kecia Ali, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen — Women, Marriage, and Religion

    Over the last four decades, women's roles have changed dramatically — at home, in the work force and in religious institutions as well. In America, resistance to this is often couched in religious terms. Where there is a backlash against feminism and its...

  • Thomas Moore, Debra Haffner, and Anthony Ugolnik — Spirituality and Sexuality

    Christian scripture and tradition have overwhelmingly shaped American attitudes toward sexuality. And in the past year, our national attention has been riveted on sexual scandal within the Catholic Church. In this program, we crack open the difficult sub...

  • Peter J. Gomes, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Chris Hedges — Religion in a Time of War

    More than any crisis in modern memory, the War on Terror—including the current U.S. military presence in Iraq—is being debated in religious, usually Christian, terms. We explore the nuances of that debate with a former war correspondent, a political theo...

  • Mario Cuomo and Mark Souder — Faith and Politics in America

    Even among deeply religious Americans, there's no consensus on the proper role of religion in politics. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in Washington, D.C., recently invited two veteran politicians to address this issue: former New York Governo...

  • Parker Palmer, Phyllis Tickle, Linda Loving, Ingrid Mattson, Barry Cytron, and Tom Faulkner — The Spiritual Fallout of 9/11

    In this program, we delve into uncomfortable religious and moral questions that the September 2001 terrorist attacks raised—questions of meaning that Americans have only begun to ponder one year later. This hour also features the riveting first-person a...

  • Robert Pollack, Rami Nashashibi, Lisa Lampman, Leon Weinstein, and M. Scott Peck — The Problem of Evil

    Many around the world labeled the events of September 11 as "evil." President Bush in his recent State of the Union speech described "an axis of evil." But what does the word mean? It is a subject of enduring theological debate, even of scientific argume...

  • Jean Bethke Elshtain, John Paul Lederach, and Michael Orange — Justice and a Just War

    Just-war theory was set in motion in the 5th century as St. Augustine agonized over how to reconcile Christianity's high ethical ideals with the devastating world realities which were bringing about the fall of Rome. For 1,600 years, theologians, ethicis...

  • Where Was God?

    Great religious minds reflect on tragedies surrounding September 11, 2001. As America moves beyond raw emotion and religious sentiment, this program explores theological and spiritual reflection for the long haul. A gathering of provocative reflections a...