On Being with Krista Tippett

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On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

On Being is the home of the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to new conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. On Being’s listeners, readers, and online communities cross boundaries that separate them in the culture at large: generational, socioeconomic, political, religious. They report that On Being equips them to relate in fresh, new ways to different others, and emboldens them to engage in new kinds of service.

Krista first created the show — originally called Speaking of Faith — at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. It launched on weekly, public radio stations across the U.S. in 2003. In 2013, On Being transitioned to an independent production (Krista Tippett Public Productions) on Loring Park in Minneapolis.

On Being airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Our podcast reaches a global audience via SoundCloud — where we have over a million followers — and has 1.3. million podcast downloads on iTunes monthly. We keep finding new ways to listen to our listeners and online communities, and they keep pointing new ways forward for this adventure.

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On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

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5 Pieces

Stations airing "On Being" can download fundraising materials for air - not the weekly episodes.

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On Being host/executive producer Krista Tippett was awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Obama for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. " On Being is the only program in American media dedicated to the large questions at the center of human existence and how these questions of meaning find practical resonance in our lives. Each week the show takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. On Being is broadcast 499 times on 406 public radio stations – including in 9 of the top 11 markets — and has 1.3. million podcast downloads on iTunes monthly. On Being is available by annual carriage fee. Please contact Sean Nesbitt at sean.nesbitt@prx.org for more information or help in subscribing to the series.


Pieces

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The topic of the day was “courage,” with two singular, admired women (who happen to be married to each other): soccer icon Abby Wambach and writer/...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
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Mary Oliver was one of our greatest and most beloved poets. She is often quoted by people across ages and backgrounds — and it’s fitting, since she...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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The poet, essayist and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and ...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Writer and illustrator Maira Kalman is well known for her books for children and adults, her love of dogs, and her New Yorker covers. Her words and...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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“Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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Walter Brueggemann is one of the world’s great teachers about the prophets who both anchor the Hebrew Bible and have transcended it across history....

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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There is no such thing as closure. Family therapist Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure, in fact, leads us astray — it’s a myth we need to p...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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What we are naming with the impetus of #MeToo is, at best, an opening to a long-term cultural reckoning to grow up humanity; to make our society mo...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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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 journal...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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Rachel Naomi Remen’s lifelong struggle with Crohn’s disease has shaped her practice of medicine, and she in turn is helping to reshape the art of h...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:00