On Being

What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett.

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Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer

2020-10-03

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.
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Reza Aslan — Islam's Reformation

2020-10-03

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.
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Jane Gross — The Far Shore of Aging

2020-10-03

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 wisdom about caring for our loved ones and ourselves on the far shore of aging.
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Adam Grant — Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work

2020-10-03

The organizational psychologist Adam Grant describes three human orientations, of which we are all capable: the givers, the takers, and the matchers. These also influence whether organizations are joyful or toxic for human beings.
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Jonathan Sacks — The Dignity of Difference

2020-10-03

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain, speaks about how the faithful can and must cultivate their own deepest truths while finding God in the face of the stranger and the religious other.
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Brené Brown — The Courage to Be Vulnerable

2020-10-03

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 n
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Louis Newman — The Refreshing Practice of Repentance

2020-10-03

Louis Newman, who has explored repentance as a ethicist and a person in recovery, opens this up as a refreshing practice for every life, even beyond the lifetime of those to whom we would make amends.
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Jennifer Michael Hecht — Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves

2020-10-03

Philosopher, poet, and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht has struggled with suicidal places in her life and lost friends to it. As a scholar, she's now proposing a new cultural reckoning with suicide based on our essential need for each other.
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B.J. Miller — Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don’t Control

2020-10-03

As a palliative care physician, B.J. Miller brings a design sensibility to the matter of living until we die. He offers a transformative reframing on our imperfect bodies, the ways we move through the world, and all that we don’t control.
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Tiffany Shlain — Growing Up the Internet

2020-10-03

Tiffany Shlain reframes technology as an expression of the best of what humanity is capable. The internet is our global brain, towards which we can apply all the wisdom we are gaining about the brains in our heads and the character in our lives.
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Kevin Kling — The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into

2020-10-03

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

2020-10-03

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. An illuminating conversation on the mystery and art of living.
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Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity

2020-10-03

French Geophysicist Xavier Le Pichon helped discover the field of plate tectonics. He is also a spiritual thinker, who raised his family in communities caring for people and families facing disability.
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Jean Berko Gleason — Unfolding Language, Unfolding Life

2020-10-03

Jean Berko Gleason is a legend in the field of psycholinguistics — how language emerges, and what it tells us about how we think and who we are. We keep learning about the human gift, as she puts it, to be conscious of ourselves and to comment on that.
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David Isay — Listening as an Act of Love

2020-10-03

"The soul is contained in the human voice," says David Isay, founder of StoryCorps. He shares his wisdom about listening as a sacred act of love, and how eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.
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Jonathan Haidt and Melvin Konner — Capitalism and Moral Evolution: A Civil Provocation

2020-10-03

The liberal view of capitalism as essentially exploitative may remain alive and well, Jonathan Haidt says. But the ironic truth of history is that capitalism actually generates liberal values as it takes root in societies.
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Alain de Botton — A School of Life for Atheists

2020-10-03

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created a global secular community — The School of Life. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.
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Anil Dash — Tech's Moral Reckoning

2020-10-03

Anil Dash is a technologist, social media influencer, and vocal activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere. He believes that we can all contribute to the humane potential of technology in this moment.
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Joan Halifax — Finding Buoyancy Amidst Despair

2020-10-03

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 has nourishing wisdom as we face suffering in the world.
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Rachel Yehuda — How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations

2020-10-03

The new field of 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 transmit biologically, beyond cataclysmic events, to the next generation. She has studied the children of Holocaust survivors and of pregnant women who survived the 9/11 attacks. But her science is a form of power for flourishing beyond the traumas large and small that mark each of our lives and those of our families and communities.
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Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts

2020-10-03

Singing is able to touch and join human beings in ways few other arts can. Alice Parker is a wise, 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 years.
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Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology of Self-Righteousness

2020-10-03

“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 Jonathan Haidt’s research. He explains “liberal” and “conservative” not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types — ways of moving through the world. His self-described “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies.
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Nathalie Joachim — Song of Haiti’s Women

2020-10-03

Flutist and vocalist Nathalie Joachim is a magnetic voice of one of the unexpected aspects of our globalized world — new generations reclaiming and falling in love anew with the places their parents left. In an odyssey through songs of women, Nathalie Joachim is immersing in Haiti’s ecological and political traumas, as well as its beauty and its promise. She is co-founder of the urban art pop duo Flutronix and is based in Brooklyn.
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Frank Wilczek — Why Is the World So Beautiful?

2020-10-03

Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book “A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature’s Deep Design” is a long meditation on the question: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” He’s the unusual scientist willing to analogize his discoveries about the deep structure of reality with deep meaning in the human everyday. Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.
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This Is Your Brain on Sex

2020-10-03

Anthropologist Helen Fisher explores the biological workings of our intimate passions, the brew of chemicals, hormones, and neurotransmitters that make 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, she wields science as an entertaining, if sobering, lens on what feel like the most meaningful encounters of our lives. In this deeply personal conversation, she shows how it is possible to take on this knowledge as a form of wisdom and power.
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The Moral World in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now — Lyndsey Stonebridge

2020-10-03

Nothing is helping us more right now, as we watch human tragedies unfold on the U.S.-Mexican border and elsewhere, than a conversation Krista had last year with literary historian Lyndsey Stonebridge — on thinking and friendship in dark times. She applies the moral clarity of the 20th-century philosopher Hannah Arendt to now — an invitation to dwell on the human essence of events we analyze as political and economic. Our dramas of exile and displacement are existential, she says — about who we will all be as people and political community. What Arendt called the “banality of evil” was at root an inability to hear another voice. Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.
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Cory Booker — Civic Spiritual Evolution

2020-10-03

The U.S. Senator. From merely tolerating each other to manifesting love. “Hope confronts.” Self-care in a world “so elegantly designed to distract you.” Making your bed as a spiritual practice. “We’re all more fragile than we let on.” We don’t really reward or allow our politicians, good or bad, to be searching, or to change their minds and grow — to admit their human frailty. So it’s surprising to hear Cory Booker say that the best thing that’s happened to him is “being broken, time and time again.” He’s taken flack for talking about politics as “manifesting love.” He speaks with Krista about the inadequacy of tolerance, strengthening the “muscle” of hope, and making your bed as a spiritual practice. Cory Booker is a senator for New Jersey and the former mayor of Newark. He serves the U.S. Senate committees on Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, the Judiciary, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He was a varsity football player for Stanford University and a Rhodes Scholar. He’s the author of “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good.”
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Alain de Botton — The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships

2020-10-03

The philosopher and creator of The School of Life. The question we should ask on an early date is, “How are you crazy? I’m crazy like this…” The real work of love that is in the stumbling and evolving, skill and surviving — not in the falling. The joy of flirting. 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 one of the most-read articles in The New York Times in recent years. As people and as a culture, he says, we would be much saner and happier if we reexamined our very view of love. Nowhere do we realistically teach ourselves and our children how love deepens and stumbles, survives and evolves over time, and how that process has much more to do with ourselves than with what is right or wrong about our partner. The real work of love is not in the falling, but in what comes after. Alain de Botton is the founder and chairman of The School of Life. His books include “Religion for Atheists,” “How Proust Can Change Your Life,” and the novel “The Course of Love.”
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Pico Iyer — The Urgency of Slowing Down

2020-10-03

Absorption as a definition of happiness. “To bring that calm into the motion, the commotion of the world.” Traveling not in order to move around but in order to be moved. His friend Leonard Cohen. Stillness & silence as a recharging station for the soul. 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 a remote Benedictine hermitage as his second home, retreating there many times each year. In this intimate conversation, we explore the discoveries he’s making and his practice of “the art of stillness.” 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 in Going Nowhere.” He has two books on Japan upcoming in 2019: “Autumn Light” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Japan.” Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.
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Layli Long Soldier — The Freedom of Real Apologies

2020-10-03

The Oglala Lakota poet. “I wanted as much as possible to avoid this nostalgic portraiture of a Native life.” The reward and joy of patience. The difference between guilt, shame, and freedom from denial. When apologies are done well. Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She has a way of opening up this part of her life, and of American life, to inspire self-searching and tenderness. Her award-winning first book of poetry, WHEREAS, is a response to the U.S. government’s official apology to Native peoples in 2009, which was done so quietly, with no ceremony, that it was practically a secret. Layli Long Soldier offers entry points for us all — to events that are not merely about the past, and to the freedom real apologies might bring. Layli Long Soldier is the recipient of the 2015 Lannan Fellowship for Poetry and a 2015 National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Her first book of poetry, WHEREAS, is a winner of the multiple awards including the Whiting Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Find the transcript for this show at onbeing.org.
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‘Becoming Wise’ With Tools for the Art of Living

2020-10-03

Over the years, listeners have asked for shorter-form distillations of On Being — something to listen to while making a cup of tea. Becoming Wise is this offering, designed to help you reset your day and replenish your sense of yourself and the world, ten minutes at a time. A taste of the second season, which launched this week, curated from hundreds of big conversations Krista has had with wise and graceful lives — including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, astronomer Natalie Batalha, and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle. To receive an episode every Monday morning, subscribe at onbeing.org or wherever podcasts are found.
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Living the Questions: What does civility actually mean, and is it enough?

2020-10-03

“I have been hearing a lot of deconstruction of ‘civility’... I’d love to hear something about this word — what it actually means, in what contexts can it be helpful, in what contexts can it be used as a tool to silence anger.”
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Robert Pollack, Rami Nashashibi, Lisa Lampman, Leon Weinstein, and M. Scott Peck — The Problem of Evil

2020-10-03

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.
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Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence of Plants

2020-10-03

The botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation on heeding the languages of the natural world.
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Where Was God?

2020-10-03

Great religious minds reflect on the tragedies surrounding Sept. 11, 2001. This show explores theological and spiritual reflection for the long haul with provocative reflections across a broad spectrum of faith.
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Khaled Abou El Fadl, Richard J. Mouw, and Yossi Klein Halevi — The Power of Fundamentalism (Aug 19, 2004)

2020-10-03

Krista speaks with three people-Muslim, Christian, and Jewish; a lawyer; a seminary president, and a journalist-who have experienced religious fundamentalism from the inside.
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Bruce Feiler — Children of Abraham

2020-10-03

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 Christianity. We explore the story of Abraham in several traditions and why he might be important for people in our time. The hour also includes readings from the Bible and the Qur’an as well as music from the likes of Bob Dylan and Benjamin Britten on the figure of Abraham.
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Peter J. Gomes, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Chris Hedges — Religion in a Time of War

2020-10-03

More than any crisis in modern memory, the War on Terror-including the curent U.S. military presence in Iraq-is being debated in religious, usually Christian, terms.
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Sharon Salzberg, Lawrence Kushner, Anne Lamott, and Omid Safi — The Meaning of Faith

2020-10-03

We examine what it means to be a person of faith with a diverse group of religious writers and thinkers. Born-again Christian and writer Anne Lamott says "Faith is a verb," while...
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Rebecca Chopp, Kecia Ali, and Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen — Women, Marriage, and Religion

2020-10-03

In this program, three devout women who also call themselves feminist. They are mainline Christian, evangelical and Muslim. They discuss the changing nature of marriage, partnership and their tradition.
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Laurie Zoloth — A Theological Perspective on Cloning

2020-10-03

Jewish bioethicist Laurie Zoloth examines the moral implications of human cloning and raises provocative questions about what's at stake for our society.
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Coleen Rowley and Tim McGuire — Work and Conscience

2020-10-03

Host Krista Tippett explores the practical implications of spirituality at work with FBI special agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley and syndicated columnist Tim McGuire.
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Luke Timothy Johnson and Bernadette Brooten — Deciphering the Da Vinci Code

2020-10-03

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 New Testament scholars who say that the story is simpler and much more interesting than conspiracy theories suggest.
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Mariane Pearl — A Spirit of Defiance

2020-10-03

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 the future.
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Ahmed H. al-Rahim — A Perspective on Islam in Iraq

2020-10-03

What role will Islam play in the future of Iraq? In the wake of this week's approval of an interim Iraqi constitution, host Krista Tippett explores the religious geography of post-war Iraq with Iraqi-American educator Ahmed al-Rahim.
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Joseph L. Price — In Praise Of Play

2020-10-03

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

2020-10-03

We speak with a spectrum of American Muslims who describe themselves as devout and progressive: Omid Safi, Kecia Ali, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad...
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Joan Halifax — A Midwife to the Dying

2020-10-03

The Terri Schiavo case 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 differently...
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Isabel Mukonyora — Sacred Wilderness, An African Story

2020-10-03

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 ancient Jewish and Christian pull to the wilderness. Through her stories we explore modern African spirituality, diaspora, and finding meaning, as Mukonyora says, “in the margins.”
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Anchee Min — Surviving the Religion of Mao

2020-10-03

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 tells us what she learned about the human spirit in the forced labor camp in which she spent her teenage years, and how she’s found healing in America.
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Omid Safi and Seemi Bushra Ghazi — The Spirit of Islam

2020-10-03

We experience the religious thought and spiritual vitality of two Muslims — male and female — both American and both with roots in ancient Islamic cultural, intellectual, and spiritual traditions. They reveal how sound, music, and...
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S. James Gates and Thomas Levenson — Einstein's Ethics

2020-10-03

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

2020-10-03

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

2020-10-03

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 and Palestinian, identify deeply with the story and suffering of their own people. They are also individuals who from across tumultuous recent history have reached out to the other side. They find themselves embittered at the failure of the Oslo peace process, reeling from recent events, and uncertain about the future. We explore their unresolved questions and despair, and probe the deep longing for peace that remains within each of them and how they are imagining a future within new political realities.
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Ingrid Jordt — Burma: Buddhism and Power

2020-10-03

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.
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Robert Coles — The Inner Lives of Children

2020-10-03
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 honestly, searchingly and courageously if we let them.
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Jennifer Michael Hecht — A History of Doubt

2020-10-03

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 religious and secular belief systems. She suggests that only in modern time has doubt been narrowly equated with a complete rejection of faith, or a broader sense of mystery.
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Mohammed Abu-Nimer + Sami Adwan — Two Narratives, Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present (part 2)

2020-10-03

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Greg Epstein — Exploring a New Humanism

2020-10-03

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 tradition of humanism. He is passionate about articulating an atheist identity that is not driven by a stance against religion but by positive ethical beliefs and actions.
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Vali Nasr — The Sunni-Shia Divide and the Future of Islam

2020-10-03

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 power in Iraq, the U.S. has changed the religions dynamics of the Middle East.
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Paul Zak — The Science of Trust: Economics and Virtue

2020-10-03

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, we look at what science is learning about trust, fair play, and empathy — and what these qualities have to do with human character and economics.
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Eckhart Tolle — The Power of Now

2020-10-03

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 calls “the pain body” — the accumulated emotional pain that may influence us and our relationships in negative ways. And Tolle talks about spirit and God, and what those concepts mean to him.
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E. Ethelbert Miller — Black and Universal

2020-10-03

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 culture. He pushes at the parameters within which mainstream America routinely sees what he calls “blackness.”
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Robert Wright — The Evolution of God

2020-10-03

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 this public conversation — recorded before a live audience — we explore the story he tells, the import he sees in it for our culture, and where it has personally taken him.
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Ed Husain — Reflections of a Former Islamist Extremist

2020-10-03

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 become suicide bombers. He dug deeper into Islamic spirituality, and now offers a fresh and daring perspective on the way forward.
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Freeman Dyson and Paul Davies — Einstein's God

2020-10-03

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.
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Mohammad Darawshe — Children of Both Identities

2020-10-03

An Arab citizen of Israel, Mohammad Darawshe is a leader and a moderate who opens an unexpected way into seeing the Israeli-Palestinian present and future. His very identity contradicts the narrative of conflict so familiar from this land. He brings an un
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John Polkinghorne — Quarks and Creation

2020-10-03

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 universe might make space for prayer.
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Sherry Turkle — Alive Enough? Reflecting on Our Technology

2020-10-03

We reflect on the inner effects of the digital objects that are transforming life as we know it. We'll explore how, in our daily interactions and especially in our families, we can shape technology to honor human purposes.
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Mercedes Doretti — Laying the Dead to Rest

2020-10-03

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 Argentina’s Dirty War, over two decades. She shares her perspective on reparation, the need to bury our dead, and the many facets of justice.
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Jacob Needleman — The Inward Work of Democracy

2020-10-03

As young democracies emerge around the world, we take a long view of the ingredients that formed this democracy well beyond July 4, 1776.
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Sandy Eisenberg Sasso — The Spirituality of Parenting

2020-10-03

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 parenting tends to raise spiritual questions anew. We sense that there is a spiritual aspect to our children’s natures and wonder how to support and nurture that. The spiritual life, our guest says, begins not in abstractions, but in concrete everyday experiences. And children need our questions as much as our answers.
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Darius Rejali — The Long Shadow of Torture

2020-10-03

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 explore how his knowledge might deepen our public discourse about such practices — and inform our collective reckoning with consequences yet to unfold.
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Keith Devlin — The Joy of Math: Learning and What It Means To Be Human

2020-10-03

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 i
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Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention

2020-10-03

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.
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Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises

2020-10-03

“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 through the history he’s lived and shaped.
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Thupten Jinpa — Translating the Dalai Lama

2020-10-03

Thupten Jinpa, a Buddhist scholar and former monk, is the Dalai Lama's chief English translator. He shares the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhism that can't be conveyed in public teachings.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Et. Al. — Pursuing Happiness

2020-10-03

Before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary life with The Dalai Lama and three global spiritual leaders: a Muslim scholar, a chief rabbi, and a presiding bishop.
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Jericho Brown – Small Truths and Other Surprises

2020-10-03

The magnetic 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner who reminds us to look and listen closer, and to bear witness to the complexity of the human experience.
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Craig Minowa & Cloud Cult — Music As Medicine

2020-09-23

Taking in music as solace and sustenance in the best of times and the hardest of times.
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Michael McCarthy — Nature, Joy, and Human Becoming

2020-08-30

The naturalist and journalist on offering up our joy in nature as its best defense.
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Remembering John Lewis

2020-08-14

The legendary late civil rights elder and congressman, with lived wisdom for the culture of protest and common life today.
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Marilyn Nelson — Communal Pondering in a Noisy World

2020-08-01

On ordinary goodness, our complicated ancestries, and summoning silence as “the source of so much of what we need to get through our lives.”
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Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem: In Conversation

2020-07-13

The author of “White Fragility” and an expert on racialized trauma together — a deep dive into the calling of our lifetimes.
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Race and Healing: A Body Practice

2020-06-11

This short, simple body practice is from Resmaa Menakem’s conversation with Krista on the On Being episode, 'Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence.'
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Resmaa Menakem — ’Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence’

2020-06-05

The therapist and trauma specialist with old wisdom and very new science about our bodies and nervous systems, and all we condense into the word “race.”
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Gregory Orr — Shaping Grief With Language

2020-05-29

The poet who has wrested life-giving words out of grief and trauma — and teaches us to do the same.
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Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, et al. — Revealing Ramadan

2020-05-16

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam’s holiest month.
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Jennifer Bailey and Lennon Flowers — An Invitation to Brave Space

2020-05-13

The co-founders of The People’s Supper on how relationships move at the speed of trust and why we need to be willing to be wrong to move forward.
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Devendra Banhart — ‘When Things Fall Apart’

2020-05-09

In this “spiritual book club,” Krista and musician/artist Devendra Banhart read from and reflect on Pema Chödrön’s small book of great beauty.
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Ocean Vuong — A Life Worthy of Our Breath

2020-05-01

The exquisite writer, with wisdom for the world we’ve entered — its heartbreak, its poetry, and its possibilities of both destroying and saving.
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Living the Questions: How can we balance connection with disconnection?

2020-04-29

Krista reflects on “Zoomzaustion,” and coming up against the primacy of our being.
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Stephen Batchelor — Finding Ease in Aloneness

2020-04-25

Wisdom for the vast experiment we’re in — whether on our own or with others — on the difficulty and possibilities of solitude.
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“The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry

2020-04-21

Wendell Berry reads his poem “The Peace of Wild Things” Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, and environmentalist who has published more than 40 books. He lives in Port Royal, Kentucky.
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Living the Questions: How can I find my footing in a shifting world?

2020-04-15

Krista reflects on this moment as one of collective transition and ponders what we might integrate into the people we become on the other side of it.
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David Steindl-Rast — How to Be Grateful in Every Moment (But Not for Everything)

2020-04-11

The Benedictine monk on gratefulness as a full-blooded, reality-based practice and choice.
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A Poem in Gratitude for Health Care Workers

2020-04-06

Leanne O’Sullivan’s “Leaving Early” and honoring the care, skill, and presence of health care workers facing the novel coronavirus.
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Living the Questions: At home, frustrated and stressed — is 'just being' worthy right now?

2020-04-06

Krista reflects on the problem with the phrase "just being" — and how settling inside ourselves is a gift to the world we want to make beyond this crisis.
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Ezra Klein — How We Walked Int

2020-03-30
The journalist on how this p
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Jill Tarter — It Takes a Cosmos to Make a Human

2020-03-30

The pioneering astronomer on what’s relevant now in the ancient question: “Are we alone in the universe?”
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Sandra Cisneros — A House of H

2020-03-28
The Mexican American author
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Ross Gay — Tending Joy and Pra

2020-03-27
The writer (and community ga
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Rebecca Solnit — Falling Together

2020-03-20

The singular writer and thinker on how kindness and compassion can blossom in times of emergency.
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Carlo Rovelli — All Reality Is Interaction

2020-03-16

The physicist and author on why our senses convey a picture of reality that narrows our understanding of its fullness.
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Nicholas Christakis — How We’re Wired for Goodness

2020-03-06

The sociologist on the evolutionary power of social goodness, from friendship and love to teaching and cooperation.
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George Coyne and Guy Consolmagno — Asteroids, Stars, and the Love of God

2020-02-25

The Vatican astronomers on holding a spacious understanding of life, faith and the universe.
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Pбdraig У Tuama and Marilyn Ne

2020-02-01
The poet-teachers on choosin
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Alison Gopnik — The Evolutionary Power of Children and Teenagers

2020-01-26

The cognitive scientist on the creativity of the young human brain and how it keeps us growing as a species.
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Joe Henry — Welcoming Flies at

2020-01-10
The singer-songwriter on bri
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Brené Brown — Strong Back, Soft Front, Wild Heart

2020-01-07

The wise thinker and writer on what’s possible between us and why our belonging to each other can’t be lost.
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Bessel van der Kolk — How Trauma Lodges in the Body

2020-01-07

The psychiatrist on the complexity of memory, our need for others, and how our brains take care of our bodies.
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Greg Boyle — The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship

2020-01-03

The Jesuit priest on why service is not an end in itself, but a beginning toward finding real kinship with others.
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David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

2019-12-13

The poet and philosopher on the power of a “beautiful question” amid the drama of work and life and the ways the two overlap.
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Serene Jones — On Grace

2019-12-12
The public theologian on gra
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Richard Blanco — How to Love a

2019-11-28
The Cuban American writer on
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Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser — The Mystery We Are

2019-11-22

A novelist and physicist on connecting the dots between the cosmos and the new territory of understanding our own minds.
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Joy Ladin — Finding a Home in Yourself

2019-11-14

The author and professor on what she’s learned about gender and the very syntax of being.
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angel Kyodo williams — The Wor

2019-11-05
The esteemed Zen priest on h
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America Ferrera and John Paul Lederach — The Ingredients of Social Courage

2019-10-29

A culture-shifting artist and a peacemaker on how change happens in generational time.
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Amichai Lau-Lavie — First Aid for Spiritual Seekers

2019-10-16

The rabbi on applying creativity to spiritual life, recovering the sacred and reinventing the very meaning of “we.”
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Richard Rohr — Growing Up Men

2019-10-12
The Franciscan priest and la
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Darnell Moore — Self-Reflection and Social Evolution

2019-10-12

Darnell Moore — Self-Reflection and Social Evolution
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Esther Perel — The Erotic Is an Antidote to Death

2019-10-12

The therapist on why eroticism is more than sexuality and why we need it to connect with life itself.
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Jonathan Rowson — Integrating Our Souls, Systems, and Society

2019-10-12

The applied philosopher and chess grandmaster on how our inner worlds influence society and politics.
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David Treuer — Language Carries More Than Words

2019-10-11

The writer on why the recovery of tribal languages and names is part of a fuller recovery of our national
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Derek Black and Matthew Stevenson — Befriending Radical Disagreement

2019-10-04

What can friendship offer in the face of gaping ideological difference?
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Imani Perry — More Beautiful

2019-09-27
The writer and scholar on sl
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Erik Vance — The Drugs Inside Your Head

2019-09-23

The science writer and reporter on the placebo effect and healing power within stories and the “theater of medicine” (white coats included).
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