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On Being with Krista Tippett

Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning ? spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett. New conversations every Thursday, with occasional extras.

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The Question ?Who Am I,? and Movies We Love

So many of us have been getting through this year by watching movies at home by ourselves, or with friends on Zoom, inventing new ways to grieve and to hope, to keep ourselves laughing, all through the simple act of watching stories unfold on our screens. Movies have the power to unearth the many layers of our identities; to help us answer the question: Who am I? And that is what we trace, by way of a few beloved movies including The Color Purple, The Fly, and Blockers, in this episode.

Danez Smith ? is a Black, queer, HIV-positive writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota. They are the author of Homie and Don?t Call Us Dead, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Tony Banout ? is the Senior Vice President of Interfaith Youth Core. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, where he studied at the Divinity School and was a Martin Marty Center and Provost fellow.

Shea Serrano ?  is an author, journalist, and former teacher whose work has been featured in The Ringer and Grantland. He?s the author of The Rap Year Book, Basketball (and Other Things), and Movies (and Other Things).

Emily VanDerWerff ? is a writer and the Critic at Large for Vox.

Virgie Tovar ? is an author, activist, and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on weight-based discrimination and body image. She is the author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat and The Self-Love Revolution, and hosts the podcast Rebel Eaters Club.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

2021-02-25
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Ariel Burger ? Be a Blessing

There is a question rolling around even in the most secular of corners: What do religious people and traditions have to teach as we do the work ahead of repairing, renewing, and remaking our societies, our life together? Krista?s conversation this week with Rabbi Ariel Burger, a student of the late, extraordinary Elie Wiesel, delves into theological and mystical depths that are so much richer and more creative than is often imagined even when that question is raised.

Rabbi Ariel Burger is the author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel?s Classroom, and he?s the co-founder and senior scholar of The Witness Institute.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org

2021-02-18
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[Extended] Ariel Burger with Krista Tippett

There is a question rolling around even in the most secular of corners: What do religious people and traditions have to teach as we do the work ahead of repairing, renewing, and remaking our societies, our life together? Krista?s conversation this week with Rabbi Ariel Burger, a student of the late, extraordinary Elie Wiesel, delves into theological and mystical depths that are so much richer and more creative than is often imagined even when that question is raised.

Rabbi Ariel Burger is the author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel?s Classroom, and he?s the co-founder and senior scholar of The Witness Institute.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Ariel Burger ? Be a Blessing." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2021-02-18
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Alain de Botton ? The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships

As people, and as a culture, Alain de Botton says, we would be much saner and happier if we reexamined our very view of love. His New York Times essay, ?Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person,? is one of their most-read articles in recent years, and this is one of the most popular episodes we?ve ever created. We offer up the anchoring truths he shares amidst a pandemic that has stretched all of our sanity ? and tested the mettle of love in every relationship.

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. He?s also published many books as part of The School of Life?s offerings, including a chapbook created from his essay Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org

This show originally aired on February 9, 2017.

2021-02-11
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[Unedited] Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

As people, and as a culture, Alain de Botton says, we would be much saner and happier if we reexamined our very view of love. His New York Times essay, ?Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person,? is one of their most-read articles in recent years, and this is one of the most popular episodes we?ve ever created. We offer up the anchoring truths he shares amidst a pandemic that has stretched all of our sanity ? and tested the mettle of love in every relationship.

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. He?s also published many books as part of The School of Life?s offerings, including a chapbook created from his essay Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Alain de Botton ? The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2021-02-11
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Living the Questions ? What's our communal equivalent of rubbing each other's feet?

A companion conversation to Parker Palmer?s reflections in this week?s On Being, about the soul in depression. Krista catches up with her friend and teacher in 2021. Plus, Parker learns to use QuickTime.

Parker J. Palmer is a teacher, author, and founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His many books include Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, and On the Brink of Everything. He?s also a contributor to the book, Anchored in the Current: Discovering Howard Thurman as Educator, Activist, Guide, and Prophet

2021-02-05
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The Soul in Depression

We?re increasingly attentive to the many faces of depression and anxiety, and we?re fluent in the languages of psychology and medication. But depression is profound spiritual territory; and that is much harder to speak about. This is an On Being classic. Krista opens up about her own experience of depression and talks with Parker Palmer, Anita Barrows, and Andrew Solomon. We are putting this out on the air again because people tell us it has saved lives, and so many of us are struggling in whole new ways right now.

Andrew Solomon is a journalist and writer of epic books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist  The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.

Anita Barrows is a psychologist, poet and translator. Her most recent poetry collection is We are the Hunger. She has translated several volumes of the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke together with  Joanna Macy, including Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God.

Parker J. Palmer is a teacher, author, and founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His many books include Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, and On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org

This show originally aired January 17, 2003

2021-02-04
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[Unedited] Andrew Solomon with Krista Tippett

This is the unedited conversation Krista had with Andrew Solomon in 2002, which is excerpted within our produced episode ?The Soul in Depression.? That episode also includes the voices of Anita Barrows and Parker Palmer.  Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org. 

Andrew Solomon is a journalist and writer of epic books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist  The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, and Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

2021-02-04
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[Unedited] Anita Barrows with Krista Tippett

This is the unedited conversation Krista had with Anita Barrows in 2002, which is excerpted within our produced episode ?The Soul in Depression.? That episode also includes the voices of Andrew Solomon and Parker Palmer.  Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org. 

Anita Barrows is a psychologist, poet and translator. Her most recent poetry collection is We are the Hunger. She has translated several volumes of the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke together with Joanna Macy, including Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God.

2021-02-04
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[Unedited] Parker Palmer with Krista Tippett

This is the unedited conversation Krista had with Parker Palmer in 2002, which is excerpted within our produced episode ?The Soul in Depression.? That episode also includes the voices of Andrew Solomon and Anita Barrows.  Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org. 

Parker J. Palmer is a teacher, author, and founder and senior partner emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal. His many books include Healing the Heart of Democracy, Let Your Life Speak, and On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old.

2021-02-04
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Drew Lanham reads his poem ?Love for a Song?

Ornithologist Drew Lanham reads his poem, ?Love for a Song.? Krista?s conversation with him is our episode, ?I Worship Every Bird that I See.?

2021-02-01
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Drew Lanham reads from his book.

This is an excerpt from a chapter called ?New Religion? in 'The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature.'

There's also a video designed around this reading on our YouTube channel. Krista's conversation with Drew is our episode ?I Worship Every Bird that I See.?

2021-02-01
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Drew Lanham ? "I Worship Every Bird that I See"

The ornithologist Drew Lanham is lyrical in the languages of science, humans, and birds. He?s a professor of wildlife ecology, a self-described ?hunter-conservationist,? and author of the celebrated book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man?s Love Affair with Nature. His way of seeing and hearing and noticing the present and the history that birds traverse - through our backyards and beyond - is a revelatory way to be present to the world and to life in our time.

J. Drew Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Master Teacher, and Certified Wildlife Biologist at Clemson University. He?s the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man?s Love Affair with Nature and a forthcoming collection of poetry and meditations, Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

2021-01-28
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[Unedited] Drew Lanham with Krista Tippett

The ornithologist Drew Lanham is lyrical in the languages of science, humans, and birds. He?s a professor of wildlife ecology, a self-described ?hunter-conservationist,? and author of the celebrated book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man?s Love Affair with Nature. His way of seeing and hearing and noticing the present and the history that birds traverse - through our backyards and beyond - is a revelatory way to be present to the world and to life in our time.

J. Drew Lanham is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Master Teacher, and Certified Wildlife Biologist at Clemson University. He?s the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man?s Love Affair with Nature and a forthcoming collection of poetry and meditations, Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Drew Lanham ? ?I Worship Every Bird that I See?." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2021-01-28
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Katherine May Reads from 'Wintering'

This passage of Katherine May's book, read by her in our latest show, is so lovely that we decided to offer it up as its own meditation. There's also a beautiful video designed around it on our YouTube channel. And hear Krista's whole conversation with Katherine - and more reading - in the full episode How 'Wintering' Replenishes

2021-01-25
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Katherine May ? How 'Wintering' Replenishes

In so many stories and fables that shape us, cold and snow, the closing in of the light ? these have deep psychological as much as physical reality. This is ?wintering,? as the English writer Katherine May illuminates in her beautiful, meditative book of that title ? wintering as at once a season of the natural world, a respite our bodies require, and a state of mind. It?s one way to describe our pandemic year: as one big extended communal experience of wintering. Some of us are laboring harder than ever on its front lines and also on its home front of parenting. All of us are exhausted. This conversation with Katherine May helps.

Katherine May is an author of fiction and memoir whose titles include Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, The Electricity of Every Living Thing, and Burning Out. She is also the editor of an anthology of essays about motherhood, called The Best, Most Awful Job.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org

2021-01-21
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[Unedited] Katherine May with Krista Tippett

In so many stories and fables that shape us, cold and snow, the closing in of the light ? these have deep psychological as much as physical reality. This is ?wintering,? as the English writer Katherine May illuminates in her beautiful, meditative book of that title ? wintering as at once a season of the natural world, a respite our bodies require, and a state of mind. It?s one way to describe our pandemic year: as one big extended communal experience of wintering. Some of us are laboring harder than ever on its front lines and also on its home front of parenting. All of us are exhausted. This conversation with Katherine May helps.

Katherine May ? is an author of fiction and memoir whose titles include Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, The Electricity of Every Living Thing, and Burning Out. She is also the editor of an anthology of essays about motherhood, called The Best, Most Awful Job.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Katherine May ? How ?Wintering? Replenishes.? Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2021-01-21
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Living the Questions: A Civil Rights Elder on Exhaustion and Rest, Spiritual Practice, and the Necessity of Loving Community

Our colleague Lucas Johnson catches up with one of his mentors, Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons. Now a member of the National Council of Elders, she was a teenager when she joined the Mississippi Freedom Summer. She shares what she has learned about exhaustion and self-care, spiritual practice and community, while engaging in civil rights organizing and deep social healing. Dr. Simmons was raised Christian and later converted to the Sufi tradition of Islam.

Lucas Johnson leads The On Being Project's work in social healing as Executive Director of Civil Conversations and Social Healing. He is a community organizer, writer, and a minister in the American Baptist Churches. Read his full bio here.

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons is assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida and 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 in the book, Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.

 

2021-01-18
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Nikki Giovanni ? 'We Go Forward With a Sanity and a Love'

It feels good and right this week to sit with the beloved writer Nikki Giovanni?s signature mix of high seriousness, sweeping perspective, and insistent pleasure. In the 1960s, she was a poet of the Black Arts Movement that nourished civil rights. She?s also a professor at Virginia Tech, where she brought beauty and courage after the 2007 shooting there. And she?s an adored voice to a new generation ? an enthusiastic elder to us all ? at home in her body and in the world of her lifetime even while she sees and delights in the beyond of it.

Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor in the English department at Virginia Tech. She has written and edited numerous books of poetry and works for children, including Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgment, and The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni. Her latest work is Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

This show originally aired on March 17, 2016.

2021-01-14
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[Unedited] Nicki Giovanni with Krista Tippett

It feels good and right this week to sit with the beloved writer Nikki Giovanni?s signature mix of high seriousness, sweeping perspective, and insistent pleasure. In the 1960s, she was a poet of the Black Arts Movement that nourished civil rights. She?s also a professor at Virginia Tech, where she brought beauty and courage after the 2007 shooting there. And she?s an adored voice to a new generation ? an enthusiastic elder to us all ? at home in her body and in the world of her lifetime even while she sees and delights in the beyond of it.

Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor in the English department at Virginia Tech. She has written and edited numerous books of poetry and works for children, including Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, Black Feeling, Black Talk/Black Judgment, and The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni. Her latest work is Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode Nikki Giovanni ? ?We go forward with a sanity and a love? Find more at onbeing.org.

This show originally aired on March 17, 2016.

2021-01-14
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Frank Wilczek ? Beauty as a Compass for Truth

?Having tasted beauty at the heart of the world, we hunger for more.? These are words from Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek in his book, A Beautiful Question. It?s a winsome, joyful meditation on the question: Do cosmic realities embody beautiful ideas? ? probing the world, by way of science, as a work of art. He reminds us that time and space, mystery and order, are so much stranger and more generous than we can comprehend. He?s now written a wonderful new book, Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality.

Frank Wilczek is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004, he received the Nobel Prize in physics. His books include A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature?s Deep Design and The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces. His new book is Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

This show originally aired June 14, 2018.

 

2021-01-07
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[Unedited] Frank Wilczek with Krista Tippett

?Having tasted beauty at the heart of the world, we hunger for more.? These are words from Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek in his book, A Beautiful Question. It?s a winsome, joyful meditation on the question: Do cosmic realities embody beautiful ideas? ? probing the world, by way of science, as a work of art. He reminds us that time and space, mystery and order, are so much stranger and more generous than we can comprehend. He?s now written a wonderful new book, Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality.

Frank Wilczek is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004, he received the Nobel Prize in physics. His books include A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature?s Deep Design and The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces. His new book is Fundamentals: Ten Keys to Reality.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Frank Wilczek ? Beauty as a Compass for Truth." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2021-01-07
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Mary Catherine Bateson ? Living as an Improvisational Art

Underpinning all the great challenges of our time there is the human drama, the human condition. And as we move beyond 2020, we turn to Mary Catherine Bateson to help us understand the puzzle of being ourselves, of rising to our best capacities and gifts, in all of our complexity and strangeness. She is the daughter of the great anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and she is a linguist and anthropologist herself.

Mary Catherine Bateson - is Professor Emerita at George Mason University. Her books include a memoir of her life with her parents Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson called With a Daughter's Eye, as well as her bestselling book Composing a Life. Most recently, she is the co-author of Thinking Race: Social Myths and Biological Realities, published nearly 50 years after her mother?s A Rap on Race with James Baldwin.

This show originally aired in October, 2015.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org

2020-12-31
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[Unedited] Mary Catherine Bateson with Krista Tippett

Underpinning all the great challenges of our time there is the human drama, the human condition. And as we move beyond 2020, we turn to Mary Catherine Bateson to help us understand the puzzle of being ourselves, of rising to our best capacities and gifts, in all of our complexity and strangeness. She is the daughter of the great anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and she is a linguist and anthropologist herself.

Mary Catherine Bateson - is Professor Emerita at George Mason University. Her books include a memoir of her life with her parents Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson called With a Daughter's Eye, as well as her bestselling book Composing a Life. Most recently, she is the co-author of Thinking Race: Social Myths and Biological Realities, published nearly 50 years after her mother?s A Rap on Race with James Baldwin.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Mary Catherine Bateson ?Living as an Improvisational Art." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-12-31
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Gaelynn Lea?s Voice and Violin

Gaelynn Lea?s voice and violin land like a balm ? an offering of both clarity and gladness that can still be mustered in this midwinter, this upended Christmas season. She first came to the attention of many when she won NPR Music?s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. This fiddler and singer-songwriter moves through the world in an electric wheelchair, and plays the violin like a cello because of the disability she was born with ? a genetic condition that has made her bones more breakable. So much of what she?s learned through life in her body lands as wisdom, right now.

Gaelynn Lea -- is a violinist and singer-songwriter from Duluth, Minnesota. Her albums include All the Roads that Lead Us Home, Learning How to Stay, and most recently, The Living Room Sessions: Gaelynn Lea LIVE.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

2020-12-23
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[Unedited] Gaelynn Lea with Krista Tippett

Gaelynn Lea?s voice and violin land like a balm ? an offering of both clarity and gladness that can still be mustered in this midwinter, this upended Christmas season. She first came to the attention of many when she won NPR Music?s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. This fiddler and singer-songwriter moves through the world in an electric wheelchair, and plays the violin like a cello because of the disability she was born with ? a genetic condition that has made her bones more breakable. So much of what she?s learned through life in her body lands as wisdom, right now.

Gaelynn Lea -- is a violinist and singer-songwriter from Duluth, Minnesota. Her albums include All the Roads that Lead Us Home, Learning How to Stay, and most recently, The Living Room Sessions: Gaelynn Lea LIVE.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Gaelynn Lea?s Voice and Violin.? Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-12-23
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Jennifer Michael Hecht ? 'We Believe Each Other Into Being'

?We are indebted to one another and the debt is a kind of faith ? a beautiful, difficult, strange faith. We believe each other into being.? That?s the message the philosopher, poet, and historian, Jennifer Michael Hecht, puts at the center of her unusual writing about suicide. She?s traced how Western civilization has, at times, demonized those who died by suicide, and, at times, celebrated it as a moral freedom. She has struggled with suicidal places in her life and lost friends to it. She proposes a new cultural understanding based on our essential need for each other.

Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, Doubt: A History, and Who Said.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

This show originally aired on March 26, 2014.

2020-12-17
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[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett

?We are indebted to one another and the debt is a kind of faith ? a beautiful, difficult, strange faith. We believe each other into being.? That?s the message the philosopher, poet, and historian, Jennifer Michael Hecht, puts at the center of her unusual writing about suicide. She?s traced how Western civilization has, at times, demonized those who died by suicide, and, at times, celebrated it as a moral freedom. She has struggled with suicidal places in her life and lost friends to it. She proposes a new cultural understanding based on our essential need for each other.

Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of 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 On Being episode "Jennifer Michael Hecht ? ?We Believe Each Other Into Being?" Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-12-17
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Bishop Michael Curry & Dr. Russell Moore ? Spiritual Bridge People

We?re in a tender spiritual moment, widely feeling our need for re-grounding both alone and together. By way of the Almighty force of Zoom, Krista engages a forward-looking conversation with two religious thinkers and spiritual leaders from very different places on the U.S. Christian and cultural spectrum: Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through their friendship as much as their words, they model what they preach. The Washington National Cathedral and the National Institute for Civil Discourse brought us all together.

The Most Rev. Michael Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the author of Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. He gained a global following after his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Dr. Russell Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency ?of the nation?s largest Protestant denomination. He is the author of The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your Soul.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org

2020-12-10
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[Unedited] Bishop Michael Curry & Dr. Russell Moore with Krista Tippett

We?re in a tender spiritual moment, widely feeling our need for re-grounding both alone and together. By way of the Almighty force of Zoom, Krista engages a forward-looking conversation with two religious thinkers and spiritual leaders from very different places on the U.S. Christian and cultural spectrum: Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through their friendship as much as their words, they model what they preach. The Washington National Cathedral and the National Institute for Civil Discourse brought us all together.

The Most Rev. Michael Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the author of Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times. He gained a global following after his sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

Dr. Russell Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency ?of the nation?s largest Protestant denomination. He is the author of The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your Soul.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Bishop Michael Curry & Dr. Russell Moore ? Spiritual Bridge People." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-12-10
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Bryan Stevenson ? Love is the Motive

How to embrace what?s right and corrective, redemptive and restorative ? and an insistence that each of us is more than the worst thing we?ve done ? these are gifts Bryan Stevenson offers with his life. He?s brought the language of mercy and redemption into American culture in recent years, growing out of his work as a lawyer to people unfairly on death row, people who are mentally ill and incarcerated, and children tried as adults. Krista draws out his spirit and his moral imagination.

Bryan Stevenson  ? is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama and Aronson Family Professor of Criminal Justice at New York University School of Law. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

2020-12-03
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[Unedited] Bryan Stevenson with Krista Tippett

How to embrace what?s right and corrective, redemptive and restorative ? and an insistence that each of us is more than the worst thing we?ve done ? these are gifts Bryan Stevenson offers with his life. He?s brought the language of mercy and redemption into American culture in recent years, growing out of his work as a lawyer to people unfairly on death row, people who are mentally ill and incarcerated, and children tried as adults. Krista draws out his spirit and his moral imagination.

Bryan Stevenson  ? is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama and Aronson Family Professor of Criminal Justice at New York University School of Law. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Bryan Stevenson ?Love is the Motive." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-12-03
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Agustín Fuentes ? This Species Moment

We?ve realized in 2020 that the way we?ve organized culture ? from the economy to race to work ? could be done radically differently. We?ve been modeling our life together on ?survival of the fittest? long after science itself moved on from that. And we?re learning to see that in every sphere of life we inhabit ecosystems. Agustín Fuentes brings spacious insight into all of this as a biological and evolutionary anthropologist, exploring how humans behave, function, and change together. In this conversation, he is full of refreshingly creative and practical fodder for the necessary reinvention ahead. 

Agustín Fuentes is a professor of anthropology at Princeton University. He?s authored or edited more than 20 books, most recently Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

2020-11-25
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[Unedited] Agusti?n Fuentes with Krista Tippett

We?ve realized in 2020 that the way we?ve organized culture ? from the economy to race to work ? could be done radically differently. We?ve been modeling our life together on ?survival of the fittest? long after science itself moved on from that. And we?re learning to see that in every sphere of life we inhabit ecosystems. Agustín Fuentes brings spacious insight into all of this as a biological and evolutionary anthropologist, exploring how humans behave, function, and change together. In this conversation, he is full of refreshingly creative and practical fodder for the necessary reinvention ahead. 

Agustín Fuentes is a professor of anthropology at Princeton University. He?s authored or edited more than 20 books, most recently Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Agustín Fuentes ? This Species Moment" Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-11-25
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Richard Blanco ? How to Love a Country

The Cuban American civil engineer turned writer, Richard Blanco, straddles the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to make home and belonging ? personal and communal. The most recent ? and very resonant ? question he?s asked by way of poetry is: how to love a country? At Chautauqua, Krista invited him to speak and read from his books. Blanco?s wit, thoughtfulness, and elegance captivated the crowd. 

Richard Blanco  ? practiced civil engineering for more than 20 years. He is now an associate professor of creative writing at his alma mater, Florida International University. His books of non-fiction and poetry include Looking for the Gulf Motel and, most recently, How to Love a Country.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

This show originally aired in November, 2019.

2020-11-19
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[Unedited] Richard Blanco with Krista Tippett

The Cuban American civil engineer turned writer, Richard Blanco, straddles the many ways a sense of place merges with human emotion to make home and belonging ? personal and communal. The most recent ? and very resonant ? question he?s asked by way of poetry is: how to love a country? At Chautauqua, Krista invited him to speak and read from his books. Blanco?s wit, thoughtfulness, and elegance captivated the crowd.

Richard Blanco  ? practiced civil engineering for more than 20 years. He is now an associate professor of creative writing at his alma mater, Florida International University. His books of non-fiction and poetry include Looking for the Gulf Motel and, most recently, How to Love a Country.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Richard Blanco ? How to Love a Country." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

This show originally aired in November, 2019.

2020-11-19
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Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

Rabbi Sacks was one of the world?s deepest thinkers on religion and the challenges of modern life. He died last week after a short battle with cancer. When Krista spoke with him in 2010, he modeled a life-giving, imagination-opening faithfulness to what some might see as contradictory callings: How to be true to one?s own convictions while also honoring the sacred and civilizational calling to shared life ? indeed, to love the stranger?

Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for 22 years. He taught and spoke all over the world, with appointments at King?s College London and at New York University and Yeshiva University in the U.S. His many books include The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning, and most recently, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

This show originally aired in November, 2010.

2020-11-12
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[Unedited] Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with Krista Tippett

Rabbi Sacks was one of the world?s deepest thinkers on religion and the challenges of modern life. He died last week after a short battle with cancer. When Krista spoke with him in 2010, he modeled a life-giving, imagination-opening faithfulness to what some might see as contradictory callings: How to be true to one?s own convictions while also honoring the sacred and civilizational calling to shared life ? indeed, to love the stranger?

Jonathan Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth for 22 years. He taught and spoke all over the world, with appointments at King?s College London and at New York University and Yeshiva University in the U.S. His many books include The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning, and most recently, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode ?Remembering Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-11-12
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Karen Murphy ? The Long View, II: On Who We Can Become

We are called to consider who we want to be as a people and what kind of world we will build with and for our children. Karen Murphy has been gathering wisdom for this juncture, as she?s worked around the world with teachers and educators in societies moving toward repair after histories of violence. We learn from her about how to prepare ourselves in the U.S. for the civic healing that we are called to ahead.

Karen Murphy creates curricula, trains teachers, and leads global gatherings for Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that partners with over 100,000 teachers and their classrooms around the world. A hallmark of this work is trusting the moral and civic intelligence of middle and high school students. Karen has worked from Rwanda to Colombia, from South Africa to Northern Ireland, and she grew up in Illinois.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org

2020-11-05
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[Unedited] Karen Murphy with Krista Tippett

We are called to consider who we want to be as a people and what kind of world we will build with and for our children. Karen Murphy has been gathering wisdom for this juncture, as she?s worked around the world with teachers and educational systems in societies moving toward repair after histories of violence. We learn from her about how to prepare ourselves in the U.S. for the civic healing that we are called to ahead.

Karen Murphy creates curricula, trains teachers, and leads global gatherings for Facing History and Ourselves, an organization that partners with over 100,000 teachers and their classrooms around the world. A hallmark of this work is trusting the moral and civic intelligence of middle and high school students. Karen has worked from Rwanda to Colombia, from South Africa to Northern Ireland, and she grew up in Illinois.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Karen Murphy ? The Long View, II: On Who We Can Become." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

 

2020-11-05
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Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver reads her poem, ?Wild Geese.? This poem is included in our ?Taking the Long View? playlist on Spotify, which we created to get grounded in reflection that will be with us the day after the U.S. election and far beyond, whoever wins. Find more of Mary?s poems on our website, where we?ve recently launched an entirely new way to Experience Poetry.

2020-10-30
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Ars Poetica #100: I Believe by Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander reads her poem, ?Ars Poetica #100: I Believe.? This poem is included in our ?Taking the Long View? playlist on Spotify, which we created to get grounded in reflection that will be with us the day after the U.S. election and far beyond, whoever wins. Find more of Elizabeth?s poems on our website, where we?ve recently launched an entirely new way to Experience Poetry.

2020-10-30
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The Facts of Life by Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama reads his poem, ?The Facts of Life.? This poem is included in our ?Taking the Long View? playlist on Spotify, which we created to get grounded in reflection that will be with us the day after the U.S. election and far beyond, whoever wins. Find more of Pádraig?s poems on our website, where we?ve recently launched an entirely new way to Experience Poetry.

2020-10-30
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This is what was bequeathed us by Gregory Orr

Gregory Orr reads his poem, ?This is what was bequeathed us.? This poem is included in our ?Taking the Long View? playlist on Spotify, which we created to get grounded in reflection that will be with us the day after the U.S. election and far beyond, whoever wins. Find more of Gregory?s poems on our website, where we?ve recently launched an entirely new way to Experience Poetry.

2020-10-30
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America the Beautiful Again by Richard Blanco

Richard Blanco reads his poem, ?America the Beautiful Again.? This poem is included in our ?Taking the Long View? playlist on Spotify, which we created to get grounded in reflection that will be with us the day after the U.S. election and far beyond, whoever wins. Find more of Richard?s poems on our website, where we?ve recently launched an entirely new way to Experience Poetry.

2020-10-30
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John Biewen ? The Long View, I: On Being White

The U.S. election will be over soon but this year has surfaced deep human challenges that remain our callings ? and possibilities for growth ? for the foreseeable future. So this week and next, we?re taking the long view ? first with journalist John Biewen, on the stories of our families and hometowns, what it means to be human, and what it means to be white. This conversation between Krista and John starts simply ? tracing the racial story of our time through the story of a single life. It?s an exercise each of us can do. And it is a step toward a more whole and humane world, starting with ourselves.

John Biewen is audio program director at Duke University?s Center for Documentary Studies and host of the audio documentary podcast, Scene on Radio. In that series, John has explored whiteness, masculinity, and democracy. During a 30-year career, he has told stories from 40 American states and from Europe, Japan, and India.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

2020-10-29
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[Unedited] John Biewen with Krista Tippett

The U.S. election will be over soon but this year has surfaced deep human challenges that remain our callings ? and possibilities for growth ? for the foreseeable future. So this week and next, we?re taking the long view ? first with journalist John Biewen, on the stories of our families and hometowns, what it means to be human, and what it means to be white. This conversation between Krista and John starts simply ? tracing the racial story of our time through the story of a single life. It?s an exercise each of us can do. And it is a step toward a more whole and humane world, starting with ourselves.

John Biewen is audio program director at Duke University?s Center for Documentary Studies and host of the audio documentary podcast, Scene on Radio. In that series, John has explored whiteness, masculinity, and democracy. During a 30-year career, he has told stories from 40 American states and from Europe, Japan, and India.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "John Biewen ? The Long View, I: On Being White." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org.

2020-10-29
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Sharon Salzberg ? Shelter for the Heart and Mind

How can we keep walking forward, and even find renewal along the way, in this year of things blown apart? How can we hold to our sense of what is whole and true and undamaged, even in the face of loss? These are some of the questions the renowned Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg has been taking up in virtual retreats which have helped ground many ? including Krista ? through this year?s many hard days. She teaches how to stay present to the world while learning kindness toward yourself.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

Sharon Salzberg is one of the most esteemed teachers of meditation in the world. As co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society, she?s credited as one of the founding three who introduced Buddhist practices to mainstream Western culture in the 1970s ? its psychological acuity, contemplative depths, and practical tools for living. Sharon helps far-flung people apply these in everyday life and at extreme edges of reality; she?s had a sustained presence to the families of Parkland, Florida since the school shooting there. 

Find her upcoming virtual retreat offerings with Joseph Goldstein at Dharma.org. Her newest book is Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World.

 

2020-10-22
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[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg with Krista Tippett

How can we keep walking forward, and even find renewal along the way, in this year of things blown apart? How can we hold to our sense of what is whole and true and undamaged, even in the face of loss? These are some of the questions the renowned Buddhist meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg has been taking up in virtual retreats which have helped ground many ? including Krista ? through this year?s many hard days. She teaches how to stay present to the world while learning kindness toward yourself.

Sharon Salzberg is one of the most esteemed teachers of meditation in the world. And she?s credited as one of the founding three who introduced Buddhist practices to mainstream Western culture in the 1970s ? its psychological acuity, contemplative depths, and practical tools for living. Sharon helps far-flung people apply these in everyday life and at extreme edges of reality; she?s had a sustained presence to the families of Parkland, Florida since the school shooting there. 

Sharon Salzberg is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Find her upcoming virtual retreat offerings with Joseph Goldstein, her co-founder and another wonderful teacher, at Dharma.org. Her newest book is Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World.

This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Sharon Salzberg ? Shelter for the Heart and Mind." Find the transcript for that show at onbeing.org

2020-10-22
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Rev. Otis Moss III ? The Sound of the Genuine: Traversing 2020 with 'the Mystic of the Movement' Howard Thurman

An hour to sit with, and be filled. Two voices ? one from the last century, one from ours ? who inspire inward contemplation as an essential part of meeting the challenges in the world. Howard Thurman?s book Jesus and the Disinherited, it was said, was carried by Martin Luther King Jr. alongside the Bible and the U.S. Constitution. Thurman is remembered as a philosopher and theologian, a moral anchor, a contemplative, a prophet, and pastor to the civil rights leaders. Rev. Otis Moss III, himself the son of one of those leaders, is a bridge to Thurman?s resonance in the present day, and between the Black freedom movements then and now.

Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.

Rev. Otis Moss III is senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He was born in 1970 and grew up with legendary civil rights figures in and out of his family home, from Fannie Lou Hamer to Andrew Young, and his parents were married by Martin Luther King Jr. His father, Otis Moss Jr., was an influential pastor and civil rights leader based in Cleveland. Otis Moss III is the author of several books and one of the voices in the documentary Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story.

Howard Thurman was born in 1899 and died in 1981 in San Francisco, where he co-founded the first fully intentional cross-racial church in the U.S., the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples. Thurman insisted on a place for spiritual nurture at the heart of social activism, and he brought a searching theology of Jesus to that. He was, at the same time meditating in the early 20th century ? traveling to India, bringing the teachings of Gandhi and Thich Nhat Hanh to the civil rights leaders, even influencing Jewish mysticism. Howard Thurman?s books include Jesus and the Disinherited. His meditations and sermons can be found at Morehouse College and Boston University.

 

2020-10-15
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