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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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Some of the biggest philosophical and ethical questions of this century may be raised on scientific frontiers — as we gain a better understanding of the deep structure of space and time and the wilder “microworld.” Astrophysicist Martin Rees paints a fascinating picture of how we might be changed by what we do not yet know:

"If science teaches me anything, it teaches me that even simple things like an atom are fairly hard to understand. And that makes me skeptical of anyone who claims to have the last word or complete understanding of any deep aspect of reality."

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"When people would talk to me about you’re gonna beat this or you’re gonna slay cancer or you’re gonna — I would say what I’m gonna do hopefully is become more of who I was meant to be. And cancer has given me this huge, dramatic, turbulent opportunity to do that."

Eve Ensler is the playwright and performer who brought The Vagina Monologues into the world. She’s famous for giving voice to disruptive, healing stories of women’s bodies and women’s lives. But it was cancer that helped her make peace with her own.

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Julie Zelle and Mikel Ellcessor share a lighter moment before our first board meeting in On Being’s new offices. Golden.
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Julie Zelle and Mikel Ellcessor share a lighter moment before our first board meeting in On Being’s new offices. Golden.

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The incomparable Jay Cowles and Krista Tippett emerge from a tour of our new studios before our first board meeting in the new Loring Park space. Love their postures.
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The incomparable Jay Cowles and Krista Tippett emerge from a tour of our new studios before our first board meeting in the new Loring Park space. Love their postures.

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What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence, or midlife? Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and hospice in the U.S. He says we lose sight of “the remarkable value” of the time of life we call dying if we forget that it is always a personal and human event, and not just a medical one:

"I don’t want to romanticize it. Nobody looks forward to it. But we shouldn’t assume that it’s only about suffering and its avoidance or its suppression. That in addition to, concurrent with the unwanted difficult physical and emotional social strains that illness and dying impose, there is also experiences, interactions, opportunities that are of profound value for individuals and all who love them."

Krista Tippett’s interview with Ira Byock on “contemplating mortality.”

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Hatred and non-hatred. Transforming our relationships with our own selves and those we’re at odds with. Most everybody thinks about these things during the day. But how do we do it? How do we work with our outer and inner enemies?

A few months back I picked up a book. The title, Love Our Enemies. It’s quite remarkable because of the friendship of the two authors, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman. They ground each other in usefulness and big-picture thinking. 

So I pitched them for the podcast. But only as a pairing. It worked. Brilliantly. Listen in and I guarantee they’ll bring you joy and some solutions to breaking the cycle of hurt, anger, and revenge.

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Atheists and believers alike will find something useful in this conversation. I promise.

"Religion for Atheists” is Alain de Botton’s prescription for people who don’t believe, but may respect and miss experiences of faith. This cradle-atheist is dissatisfied with popular dismissals of religion, and he’s giving voice to a new way.

He says that the most boring question you can ask of any religion is whether it is true. But how to live, how to die, what is good, and what is bad — these are questions religion has sophisticated ways of addressing. And he feels that secular society has emptied public spaces of religious messaging, only to fill them with commercial proselytizing that may impoverish us morally. And so Alain de Botton has created something called The School of Life, where people young and old explore ritual, community, beauty and wisdom.

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Music and metaphysics from Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. Yeah, that’s right, the Indigo Girls get down to some serious talk about God and religion, spirituality in performance and the lost art of protests songs.

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