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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.

Pondering the relationship between remembering and invention.
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Knitting. Fractals. Twitter. If you haven’t listened to this interview with Rosanne Cash, you should. She’s absolutely delightful. You’ll learn something.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

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Jessica Biel Follows Us!
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
What does Justin Timberlake and On Being have in common? Jessica Biel follows both of us on Twitter. And it gets better. She’s been on Twitter since May 7th and follows four people — one being her fiance.
Well, how did us culture hounds discover this, you ask? Well, Ely, Minnesota’s (at least she was born there…) very own Jessica Biel retweeted us:

"RT This week’s show (“The Last Quiet Places”) is an escapist’s dream, an absolutely immersive experience: http://bit.ly/KOssdO #pubmedia”

Even better, she offers up not only this pleasing endorsement:

"Check out NPR’s On Being podcast. Endlessly interesting."

And then corrects herself and gives our distributor some love too: 

"Oops! I meant APM’s On Being podcast. Still getting used to this twitter thing…"

A needed reprieve after a grueling week of production that put smiles on all our faces. Yes, we get starstruck too!

Jessica Biel Follows Us!

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

What does Justin Timberlake and On Being have in common? Jessica Biel follows both of us on Twitter. And it gets better. She’s been on Twitter since May 7th and follows four people — one being her fiance.

Well, how did us culture hounds discover this, you ask? Well, Ely, Minnesota’s (at least she was born there…) very own Jessica Biel retweeted us:

"RT This week’s show (“The Last Quiet Places”) is an escapist’s dream, an absolutely immersive experience: http://bit.ly/KOssdO #pubmedia”

Even better, she offers up not only this pleasing endorsement:

"Check out NPR’s On Being podcast. Endlessly interesting."

And then corrects herself and gives our distributor some love too: 

"Oops! I meant APM’s On Being podcast. Still getting used to this twitter thing…"

A needed reprieve after a grueling week of production that put smiles on all our faces. Yes, we get starstruck too!

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Brain Researcher Rex Jung: A Twitterscript

by Susan Leem, associate producer

Rex JungNeuropsychologist Rex Jung is asking important questions about the origin and purpose of human creativity. He’s using the latest laboratory techniques to peek inside our mental process with brain imaging. What he has found along the way “unsettles some old assumptions” about intelligence, creativity, personality, and even how we perceive ourselves as aging creatures.

On February 23rd, we live-tweeted highlights of his interview with Krista Tippett and have aggregated them below for those who weren’t able to follow along. Follow us next time at @BeingTweets.

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On Jealousy, Transparency, and Lies: John Moe on Mike Daisey and the This American Life Retraction

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Yesterday Ira Glass sent an email revealing that This American Life's report on Apple's manufacturing supplier in China "contained significant fabrications." Mike Daisey’s story and TAL’s decisions to go to air and later retract the show have sparked a lot of discussion in journalism and public radio circles.

There’s a lot of praising, challenging, and questioning going on. Frankly, much of it feels like punditry and harmless posturing. But, this Saturday afternoon a stream of tweets by Marketplace's John Moe put a human face on this story and some of the underlying ethical issues at stake.

(I’ve kept the format in order to preserve, hopefully, the rhythm of Moe’s thoughts.)

John Moe John Moe @johnmoe

I knew Daisey for many years, although its been several years since I’ve talked to him. But I saw his first audition when he came to Seattle

5:22 PM - 17 Mar 12

John Moe John Moe @johnmoe

It was the best audition I’d ever seen. A monologue about Wrath of Khan. Astounding. Completely improvised, I later learned.

5:23 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

I worked at a temp agency and gave him temp jobs. Mike later worked at Amazon when I did. Then he quit and made a 1-man show about Amazon.

5:25 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

It bugged me that Amazon paid him salary and benefits and then he turned around and ripped them. I was also jealous of his talent & success.

5:26 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

Then he got a book deal! So I was jealous of his talent and success in writing and theater.

5:29 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

In his book, he said things about my department at Amazon that weren’t true or were exaggerated and/or twisted. Which angered me. So…

5:30 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

Over the years I haven’t known how to view his success. Astoundingly talented guy, I questioned his ethics, but I was jealous/petty too.

5:32 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

But this China thing hits me hard. As a tech reporter, I know the Foxconn issue is huge and complex. As a journalist, ethics are critical.

5:33 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

The Foxconn suicides first taught me the word Foxconn. It’s a big issue for me (my brother died of suicide) and I wanted more attn on it.

5:36 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

Then when Daisey became a leading spokesperson for Foxconn issues, I was all jumbled up. How did he get these scoops? I was jealous again.

5:37 PM - 17 Mar 12

John MoeJohn Moe @johnmoe

Now all this. I don’t hate Mike, I wish him well, and I just hope more truth and light and transparency somehow emerge from this mess.

5:39 PM - 17 Mar 12

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Nick Kristof: Red Wine or Vinegar?

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

Twitter Conversation with Nicholas KristofCheck out the friendly repartee we had with Nicholas Kristof this morning. When I first read his tweet, I’ll admit my heart sank a little bit. Krista’s journal reflecting on this week’s show "Journalism and Compassion" begins:

"I wasn’t always a fan of Nicholas Kristof’s columns in The New York Times. I’d found them at times simplistic — seeming to reduce the dramas of entire nations to individual stories of despair and/or hope. But I’ve discovered that there is an art and science to this approach. It was fascinating — and quite inspiring — to sit down and get inside his head on all of this.”

Sure, we’re journalists, but we always want to extend hospitality to guests of On Being. So, I reached out to him in the only way I knew how, with a bit of good humor. And, of course, the hardened journalist took this all in good stride, even acknowledging the bittersweet edge of his reporting.

But do listen to Krista Tippett’s interview with him about his journalism as a form of “humanitarian art.” It’ll give you lots to think about whether you’re a reader or a journalist.

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Judy Atkinson: A Twitterscript

by Anne Breckbill, associate web developer

On August 10, 2010, Krista Tippett interviewed Australian Judy Atkinson, an expert in violence, trauma/healing, and aboriginal people. The following is the complete Twitterscript from that interview.

  1. Krista is starting to interview Australian Judy Atkinson, an expert in violence, trauma and healing, and aboriginals.
  2. Judy Atkinson talks about her history-the story of the Hornet Bank massacre, one of many in Australia during colonization http://is.gd/ecaKr
  3. "A symptom of trauma is to act out — what’s gotten into the deepest part of the soul has to come out again." — Judy Atkinson
  4. "The middle of the cyclone feels safe, but it’s still moving. You have to decide to move through it to come out the other side."
  5. "Cultural art/dance is about taking the pain of human existence and recycling it so when we emerge we become strong…" — Judy Atkinson
  6. "As I think and talk to you I’m creating a future. If I talk to you with anger, distress…then I take that into my future." — Judy Atkinson
  7. Judy Atkinson speaks of discovering Dadirri - Aboriginal deep listening, awareness, and contemplation. http://is.gd/eccs8
  8. "We have to be able to put our hands out to each other, sit with each other, and not push away the stories that need to be told." — Judy Atkinson
  9. "Respond when a person asks for help because that’s the best time you can help a person or community." — Judy Atkinson on helping others
  10. "The more we listen to each other with real intent, the more we understand the richness in our souls that we can share with others." — Judy Atkinson
  11. "It’s from the depths of our pain that we grow — it’s not when everything’s fine and hunky-dory." — Judy Atkinson on sitting with pain
  12. "As we make sense of our [pain] stories, the stories change and we transcend them." — Judy Atkinson
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Show, Don’t Tell: On Our Recent Twitter Spike
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
This weekend’s show provides a good lesson in the power (and simplicity) of demonstrating first and promoting later. As the graph above indicates, the delta of Twitter folks who started following @Beingtweets after we released “Investigating Healthy Minds with Richard Davidson” on June 23rd was significantly steeper than in previous weeks.
Part of the reason? We were live-tweeting Krista’s interview with Davidson (via ISDN) when we forwarded a question from Twitter to our host during the interview:
"I have a question from behind the glass. My producers were tweeting this behind the glass and someone asked on Twitter what the consequences of this practice can be for multitasking, this kind of way we live now."
We make a painstaking effort each week in our radio/podcast script to share what we’re doing online, telling people where we exist outside of our website. We can message with fervor — and this is necessary, to a degree — but the greatest impact is when we demonstrate how we naturally integrate social media with our interviews and production.
When we show, telling isn’t necessary. Doing this is, in my opinion, the smartest, most genuine and considerate way of growing audience on our social media platforms, and therefore doesn’t come off as fabricated or artificial. What do you think? We’re always looking for advice.

Show, Don’t Tell: On Our Recent Twitter Spike

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

This weekend’s show provides a good lesson in the power (and simplicity) of demonstrating first and promoting later. As the graph above indicates, the delta of Twitter folks who started following @Beingtweets after we released “Investigating Healthy Minds with Richard Davidson” on June 23rd was significantly steeper than in previous weeks.

Part of the reason? We were live-tweeting Krista’s interview with Davidson (via ISDN) when we forwarded a question from Twitter to our host during the interview:

"I have a question from behind the glass. My producers were tweeting this behind the glass and someone asked on Twitter what the consequences of this practice can be for multitasking, this kind of way we live now."

We make a painstaking effort each week in our radio/podcast script to share what we’re doing online, telling people where we exist outside of our website. We can message with fervor — and this is necessary, to a degree — but the greatest impact is when we demonstrate how we naturally integrate social media with our interviews and production.

When we show, telling isn’t necessary. Doing this is, in my opinion, the smartest, most genuine and considerate way of growing audience on our social media platforms, and therefore doesn’t come off as fabricated or artificial. What do you think? We’re always looking for advice.

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Dear Friends, I just launched http://t.co/fVHpS9y Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI
- Pope Benedict XVI, who posted his very first tweet on @news_va_en, the Vatican’s Twitter account.
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Interview with Terry Tempest Williams: A Twitterscript

by Susan Leem, associate producer

Terry Tempest WilliamsThis past Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Krista interviewed Terry Tempest Williams for an upcoming show slotted for release on February 3rd. An author and environmentalist, Tempest Williams’ writing and storytelling is imbued with her experience growing up in the American West.

As a wilderness activist who grew up in Utah and teaches at the University of Utah, she bridges the worlds of the oil industry she questions and the members of her family who have made oil their livelihood. We are especially interested in how Tempest Williams navigates these two realms with civil language and an effort to stay at the dinner table, as she puts it.

We live-tweeted highlights of this 90-minute conversation, which we’re aggregating and reposting for those of us who weren’t able to follow along. Krista’s comments follow “KT” and Terry’s follow “TTW, TTWilliams, and @ttwillet.” Follow us next time at @BeingTweets.

  1. Happy MLK day. Having a day off? Join a live tweet of Krista’s interview at 11 am CT w/Terry Tempest Williams. http://bit.ly/2m3aak 10:44 AM Jan 17th
  2. Pre-interview chat as we check for levels focuses on science and religion. Monday, January 17, 2011 11:02:13 AM
  3. TTWilliams: In the American west we see vitriol more than elsewhere, perhaps. Monday, January 17, 2011 11:04:11 AM
  4. TTW: when Brigham Young said this is the place, my family was right there with him. Monday, January 17, 2011 11:05:31 AM
  5. TTWilliams: I come from generations of pipeline workers. They built the infrastructure of the west. The land is spiritual and practical. Monday, January 17, 2011 11:07:07 AM
  6. @TMahady Let’s use #civility. Her name is too long. Monday, January 17, 2011 11:15:27 AM in response to TMahady
  7. TTW: Sense of community is not just human, also rocks, plants, animals. This reflects mystic roots of Mormonism. Monday, January 17, 2011 11:08:52 AM
  8. TTW: the word I play over & over is vitriol. What is it really? It is produced by sulphur dioxide, used to refine petroleum. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:14:07 AM
  9. TTW: I taught writing in Wyoming. Students wanted to create public readings about oil & gas, a big part of the economy. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:18:24 AM
  10. TTW: Drill rigs look like Eiffel towers. Movers & shakers in the coal industry came. We stayed up at these readings till 1 am. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:20:56 AM
  11. @TMahady Thanks for that handle. Monday, January 17, 2011 11:21:46 AM in response to TMahady
  12. @ttwillet: When we tell a story it tells us what it means to human. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:23:33 AM
  13. @ttwillet: how do we build trust in our communities? Often small gestures. Tell a different story. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:25:13 AM
  14. @ttwillet: I understand my neighbor Ray because I grew up with my brothers, held a rifle at 16. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:27:14 AM
  15. @ttwillet: If we can speak of what we are afraid of, we can create a different kind of communion. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:28:22 AM
  16. @ttwillet: 24th anniversary of mother’s death. We are ‘down-winders.’ Nuclear fall- out caused this. Turn anger into sacred rage. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:31:00 AM
  17. @ttwillet: How can I take anger and not become a polemic? How can I heal rather than wound? #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:32:50 AM
  18. KT: You have written about finding comfort in change. Often, change creates fear. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:34:43 AM
  19. @ttwillet: Civil discourse is not enough. It’s not enough to get a smile from your enemy. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:35:45 AM
  20. @ttwillet: I want to know what you really think. We need more than opinion, we need ideas. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:37:46 AM
  21. KT: Where we start again is as neighbors, if our institutions, as you have written, have failed us. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:39:13 AM
  22. @ttwillet: The boundaries we have counted on are dissolving. It is frightening. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:40:49 AM
  23. @ttwillet: When we talk about 9 mill. acres of wilderness, my e. coast friends don’t track. Issues are same. Scale is different. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:48:49 AM
  24. @ttwillet: Writing is solitary. But I write to create community. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:51:16 AM
  25. KT: Your book Finding Beauty In a Broken World : a mosaic is a conversation about what is broken. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:53:08 AM
  26. KT: Maybe in wake of Arizona, mosaic is a good metaphor for what we can be. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:54:04 AM
  27. @ttwillet : A mosaic is a collaborative process. Collaboration creates community. In community anything is possible. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:55:22 AM
  28. Beauty is not optional. It is a strategy for survival. - @ttwillet #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:57:07 AM
  29. KT : In American life where are you looking for beauty? #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 11:58:45 AM
  30. @ttwillet : It begins and ends in the land. The sky as I drove to the studio. After looking at the Gulf oil spill, we saw dolphins mating. Monday, January 17, 2011 12:00:55 PM
  31. They survived. There is an inherent resilience. We can trust that. &mdash @ttwillet #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:01:57 PM
  32. In London I saw a Victorian artifact&mdash it collected the tears of mourners. How can we create a container for our sorrow? @ttwillet #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:04:24 PM
  33. Krista asks if there is something else @ttwillet wishes to talk about. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:12:02 PM
  34. @ttwillet: What do we do? How can I be a better neighbor? The oil that I saw for miles is me, my family’s livelihood. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:13:25 PM
  35. I want to be present. And useful. -@twillet #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:14:42 PM
  36. I worry that we are losing literacy. Who knows the green winged Teal? So how will we know our losses? -@ttwillet #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:19:09 PM
  37. Empathy is rooted in action. When someone dies my father goes to that house the next day. He doesn’t call. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:20:30 PM
  38. @ttwillet : We need just enough light to shine on the next step, to show the way. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:22:06 PM
  39. My mother left me her journals when she died. -@ttwillet All of the journals were empty. What is ‘voice?’ #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:23:48 PM
  40. That concludes our live-tweet. @ttwillet tells Krista to take care, she recognizes there is a cost to Krista’s listening. #civility Monday, January 17, 2011 12:26:16 PM

Correction

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction on January 28, 2011: An earlier version of this article misstated that Terry Tempest Williams currently teaches at the University of Wyoming. It is the University of Utah.

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The Dalai Lama and Compassion Science: A Twitterscript

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor

During our trip to Emory University this past October, we sat in on several conversations between the Dalai Lama and leading scientists. We tweeted some of our favorite comments and now are aggregating them into this transcript:

  1. Excited to be able to tweet scientists (including R. Davidson + Frans de Waal) discussing the latest research on mindfulness with @DalaiLama
    8:33 AM Oct 18th
  2. @DalaiLama conference and had been joking about buying HHDL swag. It ends up there’s a Tibetan Bazaar setup in the lobby!
    8:57 AM Oct 18th
  3. Autistic children yawn as much as other children, but they do not have yawn contagion - Frans de Wall http://is.gd/g6N2N
    8:59 AM Oct 18th
  4. "If you look at Blair and Bush, each time Blair went with Bush to Texas he would walk like a cowboy" - Frans de Waal on human mimicry
    9:01 AM Oct 18th
  5. To get from empathy to compassion, you have to be able to get past the intense emotion empathy creates. - Frans de Waal
    9:21 AM Oct 18th
  6. Davidson shows just two-weeks of compassion practice makes someone behave more altruistically. http://is.gd/g6PZc
    9:42 AM Oct 18th
  7. Compassion is taking empathy into action. - Richard Davidson
    9:43 AM Oct 18th
  8. 6 weeks of loving-kindness meditation improves body’s vagal tone: controls heart rate + creates positive emotions to others -Dr. Fredrickson
    9:57 AM Oct 18th
  9. Science is starting to show the more we love, the healthier we become at a physical level…perhaps also at a wisdom level. -Dr. Fredrickson
    9:59 AM Oct 18th
  10. Mother crocodiles will come to defense if their babies are in trouble…but turtles are not that way - @DalaiLama
    10:20 AM Oct 18th
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Top Twitter Trends of 2010

by Shubha Bala, associate producer

Twitter recently released its top trends of 2010. It’s a relief to see that the Gulf oil spill finished ahead of Justin Bieber. Interestingly, three of the top trends had to do with soccer’s World Cup. (Pulpo Paul was the “psychic” octopus that predicted World Cup match results.)

  1. Gulf Oil Spill
  2. FIFA World Cup
  3. Inception
  4. Haiti Earthquake
  5. Vuvuzela
  6. Apple iPad
  7. Google Android
  8. Justin Bieber
  9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
  10. Pulpo Paul

And if you love top 10 trends, check out Google’s interactive top 10 for 2010.

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Our Twitterscript with Poet Elizabeth Alexander

by Trent Gilliss, senior editor + Shubha Bala, associate producer

Poet Elizabeth AlexanderOn December 1, Krista interviewed Elizabeth Alexander, a poet probably best known for her poem "Praise Song for the Day", which she delivered at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. We’re producing this show for release on January 6, our first show of the new year!

We live-tweeted the 90-minute conversation and have aggregated them here for those of you who don’t do Twitter, or those of you who do but don’t follow @Beingtweets, or those of you who follow us but missed the stream because a) you were working or studying or b) because you follow so many people that your stream flows as rapidly as a spring thaw during flood season:

  1. Krista is starting an interview with Elizabeth Alexander, Obama’s inaugural poet, essayist and teacher http://is.gd/i357R (9:02 AM Dec 1st) 
  2. "Art arrests us. It makes us stop in the midst. It makes us contemplate" - Elizabeth Alexander (9:06 AM Dec 1st)
  3. "I was the proverbial child with the jug ears - I was a listener" - Elizabeth Alexander (9:10 AM Dec 1st)
  4. Poet Elizabeth Alexander on being a voracious reader: “Why would you like to make things you also wouldn’t consume?” (9:18 AM Dec 1st)
  5. "We crave truth tellers. We crave real truth. There is so much bologna all the time." - Elizabeth Alexander (9:20 AM Dec 1st)
  6. "Children know when they’re being bamboozled. And they are drawn towards language that shimmers." - Elizabeth Alexander (9:21 AM Dec 1st)
  7. Elizabeth Alexander tells us about the ‘I’ in poetry by reading us “Ars Poetica #100: I Believe” http://is.gd/i391u (9:24 AM Dec 1st)
  8. "I look at my children and think as much as I know you I do not know what’s in your head..and yet I crave knowing you that deeply" Alexander (9:27 AM Dec 1st)
  9. Elizabeth Alexander shares a story about reading this favorite poem on the Mall for a soundcheck before the inauguration http://is.gd/i3axu (9:33 AM Dec 1st)
  10. "Poems are fantastic spaces to arrive at conundrum-y questions." -poet Elizabeth Alexander (9:36 AM Dec 1st)
  11. There has to be such a thing as love that doesn’t have to preempt grievance. - Elizabeth Alexander (9:37 AM Dec 1st)
  12. "Poems are living organisms - they’re so yeasty. They become more than what they are." - poet Elizabeth Alexander (9:41 AM Dec 1st)
  13. "Much to my amazement I’ve been publishing poems for 20 years. And much to my amazement, I’m a middle-aged woman!" -poet Elizabeth Alexander (9:44 AM Dec 1st)
  14. "We speak out of what we know and what we have lived. Hopefully from that comes something we call universal." -poet Elizabeth Alexander. (9:53 AM Dec 1st)
  15. "My poet self - she’s all intuition.There’s no program. She’s doing as Adrienne Rich said: ‘Diving into the the wreck." -Elizabeth Alexander (9:56 AM Dec 1st)
  16. "Communities, tribes, people have always told the story of who they are in song." - poet Elizabeth Alexander (10:00 AM Dec 1st)
  17. "You can snatch time to make a poem…They are like grass or flowers coming up in the sidewalk cracks." -poet Elizabeth Alexander (10:04 AM Dec 1st)
  18. Elizabeth Alexander describes poetry as “a poor people’s art form.” She says, “You can’t write a novel without a lot of time to yourself.” (10:12 AM Dec 1st)
  19. "We crave radiance in this austere world, light in the spiritual darkness." - poet Elizabeth Alexander reading from "Allegiance." (10:19 AM Dec 1st)
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The Dalai Lama’s Left-Hand Man: A Twitterscript of Geshe Thupten Jinpa Interview

by Shubha Bala, associate producer

While at Emory University for The Summit on Happiness a few weeks ago, Krista sat down with Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s chief English translator, for a one-hour interview. We live-tweeted the conversation and collated them into this Twitterscript for you. Look for our produced show of this interview on our website and podcast this Thursday.

  1. Ten minutes until Krista’s interview starts live video streaming with Thupten Jinpa, the @DalaiLama's chief translator: http://bit.ly/cQCSfc (3:18 PM Oct 18th)
  2. Excited to be live tweeting Krista’s interview with the humble and intelligent Thupten Jinpa (3:44 PM Oct 18th)
  3. From Sanskrit, #meditation is a reflective exercise involving repetition of the mind in a directed way - Thupten Jinpa (3:57 PM Oct 18th)
  4. "In #Buddhism, philosophical inquiry is done through ethical motivation, for a spiritual goal”- Thupten Jinpa (4:00 PM Oct 18th)
  5. We begin with knowledge but need to process it through cultivation so that acting goodly becomes 2nd nature. -Jinpa (4:05 PM Oct 18th)
  6. "One should honor their classmates as much as their teachers." -Jinpa on debate as a main means of education for Tibetan Buddhist monks (4:09 PM Oct 18th)
  7. "The fact that he embodies what he says is what makes his talks so powerful." -Jinpa on the @DalaiLama (4:13 PM Oct 18th)
  8. The fact that murder, etc makes headlines means we don’t expect humans to behave this way. Humans are naturally good. -Thupten Jinpa (4:18 PM Oct 18th)
  9. Krista is conducting a brilliant interview with Thupten Jinpa, the @DalaiLama's chief translator. Watch here: http://bit.ly/cQCSfc #Buddhism (4:19 PM Oct 18th)
  10. "I can’t quite see how in the end consciousness can be entirely reduced to physical processes." - Thupten Jinpa (4:21 PM Oct 18th)
  11. Physical phenomena is characterized by measurability where the mental’s primary characteristic is subjectivity. - Thupten Jinpa (4:27 PM Oct 18th)
  12. I can’t reduce Thupten Jinpa’s explanation of #Buddhist reincarnation to 140 characters. You have to hear it from him. http://bit.ly/cQCSfc (4:35 PM Oct 18th)
  13. "One thing that surprised me a bit was how challenging relationships can be."- Jinpa Thupten who left monastic life to get married (4:42 PM Oct 18th)
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A Twitterscript with the Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth

by Shubha Bala, associate producer

Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksOn October 15, 2010, Krista interviewed Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth, during our trip to Emory University for a conference called “The Pursuit of Happiness” with the Dalai Lama. We are producing an hour-long radio show and podcast of this face-to-face conversation that will be available on Thursday, November 11th.

We streamed live video of this interview and also live-tweeted (@Beingtweets) some of the highlights. We’ve gathered them together for you in the form of a Twitterscript:

  1. Krista is starting a live interview with Chief Rabbi of the Commonwealth @rabbisacks. Watch at onbeing.org and follow our tweets
    2:01 PM Oct 15th
  2. "God never sets us problems that can’t be solved" - Rabbi Sacks on the problems we face in the 21st century
    2:06 PM Oct 15th
  3. "Most people are struck by the history of Jewish suffering. I’m struck by the history of Jewish recovery from suffering" @rabbisacks 
    2:09 PM Oct 15th
  4. Rabbi Sacks has some engaging ideas…that exceed 140 characters. Watch Krista interviewing him right now: onbeing.org/soflive 
    2:14 PM Oct 15th
  5. "I don’t think the logic of scarcity applies to God. A parent doesn’t love just one kid." @rabbisacks on the dignity of religious diversity
    2:19 PM Oct 15th
  6. "Don’t think we can confine God into our categories…God is bigger than religion." -@rabbisacks Watch live at onbeing.org/soflive
    2:23 PM Oct 15th
  7. @rabbisacks on Orthodox Jewish rapper @matisyahu “Everyone can relate to him, Jewish or not, because he’s so unique.” http://bit.ly/as33L8
    2:41 PM Oct 15th
  8. "Any real religious ritual will receive new meaning with every passing age" @rabbisacks explaining Passover rituals’ modern day significance
    2:50 PM Oct 15th
  9. "It’s when you can feel your opponents pain that you begin the path to reconciliation." @rabbisacks on ending violence through communication
    2:55 PM Oct 15th
  10. "We are in an age where we’re solving the mysteries of nature, but not yet of ourselves. That is the challenge God has given us."@rabbisacks
    3:06 PM Oct 15th

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