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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6 Pieces

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

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152 Pieces

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


Pieces

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Over the years, listeners have asked for short-form distillations of On Being — something to listen to while making a cup of tea. Our podcast Becom...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
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Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. Kushner say...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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When the wise and whimsical Sharon Olds started writing poetry over 40 years ago, she explored the subjects that interested her most — like diaphra...

  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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A philosopher and Catholic social innovator, Jean Vanier is one of the great elders in our world today. There is a palpable wisdom of tenderness in...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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“I am intrigued by the continuity of places, by the singing line that connects them all.” Writer and photographer Teju Cole attends to the border, ...

  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instr...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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This special edition of "On Being" features two different sets of materials for fundraising that stations may use. First is an episode which mirror...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 41:46
  • Purchases: 3
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Neuroscientist Richard Davidson is one of the central people who’s helped us begin to see inside our brains. His work has illuminated the rich inte...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really de...

  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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With his book "Thinking, Fast and Slow," Daniel Kahneman emerged as one of the most intriguing voices on the complexity of human thought and behavi...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 58:00