Krista Tippett, Host
I can’t afford — personally or production-wise — to be on the road much of the time. But Kate and I are on a thoroughly energizing, enjoyable trip right now. And there is something amazingly wonderful about getting out like this every once in a while and looking out, while I speak, at a room full of bodies and faces.
The radio program has grown so much in reach and carriage these past years, yet what we do doesn’t change much. We just keep trying to get better and better at our craft. We create these hours of radio and pages of web content, put them up on the Internet and satellite, and move on to the next topic.
We know from e-mails that people receive our work and use and apply it — those e-mails helps keep me going every day. But to actually be in a room full of listeners is a pleasure and affirmation at a different level. I love radio as an intimate and mysterious medium. Seeing our listeners, on the road, adds another layer of discovery and mystery for me.
In the Lions’ Den
Krista with Paul Holdengraber and Stuart Brown at the New York Public Library
Kate Moos, Managing Producer
Krista and I are back on the ground in frigid Minnesota. Last night a capacity crowd of nearly 250 people filled this lecture hall at the historic New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan. Krista and Stuart (of the National Institute for Play) were elegantly and playfully interviewed by Paul, who is the host of the NYPL’s ongoing LIVE series. The topic, approximately, was: how does the life of the spirit relate to the human capacity and need for play? And, Krista then signed the new paperback edition of Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters—and How to Talk About It.
We were touched that several people from Penguin actually came along for the event (after all they can see authors whenever and wherever they want to), and this after we had been warmly welcomed and lunched and looked after by Carolyn Carlson, Krista’s editor, and Lindsay Prevette, her publicist.
Some friends of the show also appeared to say hello: Majora Carter, of Sustainable South Bronx, Margaret Mockbee, the daughter of Samuel Mockbee (founder of Rural Studio at Auburn University), Paul Ruest, our friend from the Argot Network, and others. A delight.