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On Being with Krista Tippett is a public radio project delving into the human side of news stories + issues. Curated + edited by senior editor Trent Gilliss.

We publish guest contributions. We edit long; we scrapbook. We do big ideas + deep meaning. We answer questions.

We've even won a couple of Webbys + a Peabody Award.


Merry Christmas to all celebrating! For a holiday treat, Neil Gaiman reads  ”A Christmas Carol” from Charles Dickens's only surviving “prompt copy” – a special performance script, which Dickens created by taking apart the existing novella, cutting and pasting select sections into a blank-leaf book, then filleting the text by highlighting the most dramatic scenes and annotating them with reading cues and stage directions. This, in other words, is “A Christmas Carol” read exactly as Dickens wanted it read – and it’s one of the greatest writers of our time reading one of the greatest writers of all time.

Backstory on the unusual artifact here.