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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.

Photos I considered for pairing with Parker Palmer’s column, "Memo to Myself: Avoid Domesticating Our Prophets." Which one would you have chosen after reading his commentary?

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Our latest podcast with Imani Perry (a scholar of law, culture, race— and hip hop) and the fabric of our identity is the first in a four-part series, “The American Consciousness.”

Ms. Perry acknowledges wise voices who say that we will never get to the promised land of racial equality, writing, “That may very well be true, but it also true that extraordinary things have happened and keep happening in our history. The question is, how do we prepare for and precipitate them?” We took her up on this emboldening question at the Chautauqua Institution, on the cusp of yet a new collective reckoning with the racial fabric of American life.

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When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

- Kahlil Gibran, from “On Joy and Sorrow” as quoted in response to this magnificent post by Parker Palmer about creating a supple heart.
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We are in the final stages of producing our episode with the classical superstar cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. After more than a decade working on this radio project, I continue to marvel at Krista Tippett’s prowess in creating conversational spaces with the most famous of people and in the magic of the production process. This interview demonstrates how the crafting of a podcast and a radio program can elevate a conversation and elevate the mind. Here’s a two-minute preview to whet the appetite!

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You might know Dan Barber best as the chef of Blue Hill in NYC. But, behind the kitchen maestro, is a big thinker who really gives the farm-to-table movement a whole new meaning. Well worth listening to… especially for the story about the mokkum carrot!

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This quote took. Six degrees of separation seems to be the key here.
This quote took. Six degrees of separation seems to be the key here.

This quote took. Six degrees of separation seems to be the key here.

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How do a NASA scientist working on the Kepler mission and a translator of Rilke come together in this photo? By way an On Being listener:

Pancho heard Joanna Macy and I in interviews with @kristatippett and brought us together. Gratitude. @Beingtweets pic.twitter.com/mPDCdrQsku
— Natalie Batalha (@nbatalha)
July 18, 2014
Thanks, Pancho!
How do a NASA scientist working on the Kepler mission and a translator of Rilke come together in this photo? By way an On Being listener:

Pancho heard Joanna Macy and I in interviews with @kristatippett and brought us together. Gratitude. @Beingtweets pic.twitter.com/mPDCdrQsku
— Natalie Batalha (@nbatalha)
July 18, 2014
Thanks, Pancho!

How do a NASA scientist working on the Kepler mission and a translator of Rilke come together in this photo? By way an On Being listener:

Thanks, Pancho!

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With Pope JPII’s canonization into sainthood on Sunday, a look back. In 2005, we produced a retrospective on the late pope’s religious legacy after his death. Krista speaks with NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli, priest + author Donald Cozzens, and Yale theologian Margaret Farley. Together they explore some of the critical religious issues of his 26 years as pontiff and discusses the great and contradictory impact he made on the Church in America and abroad.

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38.99% Invisible Roman Mars, 39 On Being Krista Tippett
iTunes adjacencies in action.
38.99% Invisible Roman Mars, 39 On Being Krista Tippett
iTunes adjacencies in action.
38.99% Invisible Roman Mars, 39 On Being Krista Tippett
iTunes adjacencies in action.

38.99% Invisible Roman Mars, 39 On Being Krista Tippett

iTunes adjacencies in action.

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trentgilliss:

Graham Griffith (@gwhit) + Lily Percy (@lilmpercy) listen intently to Krista’s interview from the On Being control room. Tagore is in process!
trentgilliss:

Graham Griffith (@gwhit) + Lily Percy (@lilmpercy) listen intently to Krista’s interview from the On Being control room. Tagore is in process!

trentgilliss:

Graham Griffith (@gwhit) + Lily Percy (@lilmpercy) listen intently to Krista’s interview from the On Being control room. Tagore is in process!

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trentgilliss:

Hired two new staff members this week: Mariah (right) and Mary Sue (left) who took a few moments at the end of the day today to admire the Basilica’s bells and the wedding party well-wishers. A really lovely moment at @onbeing.
trentgilliss:

Hired two new staff members this week: Mariah (right) and Mary Sue (left) who took a few moments at the end of the day today to admire the Basilica’s bells and the wedding party well-wishers. A really lovely moment at @onbeing.

trentgilliss:

Hired two new staff members this week: Mariah (right) and Mary Sue (left) who took a few moments at the end of the day today to admire the Basilica’s bells and the wedding party well-wishers. A really lovely moment at @onbeing.

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Yes, that’s Krista Tippett interviewing Amitav Ghosh on Tagore in our new studios! (at On Being on Loring Park)
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Yes, that’s Krista Tippett interviewing Amitav Ghosh on Tagore in our new studios! (at On Being on Loring Park)
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Yes, that’s Krista Tippett interviewing Amitav Ghosh on Tagore in our new studios! (at On Being on Loring Park)

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We’re going to try an experiment tonight… live video streaming with an iPad + a WiFi connection (yes, for realz!). So far the tests look good. At 7pm ET/6 pm CT, we’ll start filming. Join us from afar and listen in on the conversation from NPR's beautiful new building in Washington DC! 

http://www.onbeing.org/blog/nonviolence-vs-no-justice-no-peace-the-civil-conversations-project-live-video/6085

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Yes, Krista Tippett is doing some deep listening in our new studio as we produce her interview with iconic talk show host Phil Donahue. There are some good stories in this one!
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Yes, Krista Tippett is doing some deep listening in our new studio as we produce her interview with iconic talk show host Phil Donahue. There are some good stories in this one!
(via trentgilliss)

Yes, Krista Tippett is doing some deep listening in our new studio as we produce her interview with iconic talk show host Phil Donahue. There are some good stories in this one!

(via trentgilliss)

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What might words like repentance or forgiveness mean, culturally, in this moment? These are questions of the emerging church, a loosely-defined movement that crosses generations, theologies and social ideologies in the hope of reimagining Christianity. With Phyllis Tickle and Vincent Harding, we bring you an honest (and sometimes politically incorrect) conversation on coming to terms with racial identity in the church and in the world:

"The great American experiment with building a multiracial democracy is still in the laboratory. We have got to be willing to see ourselves as part of an experiment that is actively working its way through right now. We stumble. We hold on to each other. We hug each other. We fight with one another in loving ways. But we keep moving and experimenting and trying to figure it out."
"There’s a difference between repentance and forgiveness and there’s a difference between those in grace. And if we do this thing that Vincent’s talking about, if we refashion this country — which we’re going to do — but if we do it without grace, it will be just as clunky and just as unfortunate. And just as many people will get the short end of the stick as has been true in the past."

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