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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.
You don’t need another person, place, or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.
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Maya Angelou, as told to Oprah Winfrey in this month’s issue of O magazine.

Hear the great Dr. Angelou talk about one of her mentors, W.E.B. Du Bois, in this public radio episode.

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"The impeded stream is the one that sings." —Wendell Berry

"The impeded stream is the one that sings." —Wendell Berry

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Working late and feeling the love of Alicia Keys and Adam Levine’s unplugged duet of “Wild Horses.” Just what Big Daddy G needed.

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How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, neuroscientist Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality.

"With intelligence, there’s the analogy I’ve used is there’s this superhighway in the brain that allows you to get from point A to point B. With creativity, it’s a slower, more meandering process where you want to take the side roads and even the dirt roads to get there."

One of our most popular interviews in which Dr. Jung unsettles some old assumptions — and suggests some new connections between creativity and family life, creativity and aging, and creativity and purpose.

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"Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone.
Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
~Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus
Photo by Courtney Carmody/Flickr, cc by 2.0

"Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone.

Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

~Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

Photo by Courtney Carmody/Flickr, cc by 2.0

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Doug Neill, a self-professed “sketchnoter” from Portland, Oregon, showed me a new way forward for visualizing our own work at On Being. While listening to our interview with Seth Godin, Doug did some real-time, visual note taking and created this sketchnote of the conversation. A most delightful and unexpected surprise.

Doug Neill, a self-professed “sketchnoter” from Portland, Oregon, showed me a new way forward for visualizing our own work at On Being. While listening to our interview with Seth Godin, Doug did some real-time, visual note taking and created this sketchnote of the conversation. A most delightful and unexpected surprise.

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"You have to show the Muse you’re serious."
~Rosanne Cash, quoting Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art in her interview with Krista Tippett
Photo of Gabriel Royal playing cello in the New York subway by Dan Nguyen. (distributed with Instagram)

"You have to show the Muse you’re serious."

~Rosanne Cash, quoting Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art in her interview with Krista Tippett

Photo of Gabriel Royal playing cello in the New York subway by Dan Nguyen. (distributed with Instagram)

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