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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.
"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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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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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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Wally is the electrician who has wired every square inch of On Being's new offices on Loring Park. He's always upbeat, never kvetches, and has a can-do attitude.
Take this photo, for example. Here he is on a lift 17 feet in the air changing the location of an electrical box for the third time. (The HVAC installer ran his duct work right over the top of where a pendant light is supposed to hang.) Not a word. Just a slight smile and he forges ahead. Deep respect.
Wally is the electrician who has wired every square inch of On Being's new offices on Loring Park. He's always upbeat, never kvetches, and has a can-do attitude.
Take this photo, for example. Here he is on a lift 17 feet in the air changing the location of an electrical box for the third time. (The HVAC installer ran his duct work right over the top of where a pendant light is supposed to hang.) Not a word. Just a slight smile and he forges ahead. Deep respect.

Wally is the electrician who has wired every square inch of On Being's new offices on Loring Park. He's always upbeat, never kvetches, and has a can-do attitude.

Take this photo, for example. Here he is on a lift 17 feet in the air changing the location of an electrical box for the third time. (The HVAC installer ran his duct work right over the top of where a pendant light is supposed to hang.) Not a word. Just a slight smile and he forges ahead. Deep respect.

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If you’re looking for a whole new perspective on the value of mathematics, Stanford University’s Keith Devlin shall provide. With his wonderfully lilting English (Yorkshire?) accent and as sharp of a mind as you can imagine, he compares mathematical equations to sonnets and says that what most of us learn in school doesn’t begin to convey what mathematics is. That technology may free more of us to discover the wonder of mathematical thinking — as a reflection of the inner world of our minds.

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These are gates from an old elevator shaft in our building that I want to repurpose as a scrim + overhead trellis for On Being’s green room. Constraints can be good.
These are gates from an old elevator shaft in our building that I want to repurpose as a scrim + overhead trellis for On Being’s green room. Constraints can be good.

These are gates from an old elevator shaft in our building that I want to repurpose as a scrim + overhead trellis for On Being’s green room. Constraints can be good.

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A studio with a view (of the tracking room). Our offices on Loring Park are coming along nicely. Can’t wait to start recording Krista’s interviews here!
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A studio with a view (of the tracking room). Our offices on Loring Park are coming along nicely. Can’t wait to start recording Krista’s interviews here!
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A studio with a view (of the tracking room). Our offices on Loring Park are coming along nicely. Can’t wait to start recording Krista’s interviews here!

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From our head content honcho trentgilliss:

This sculpture by Nicolas Africano greets me each time I enter RKMC’s law offices this past week.

Bill Manning and his staff have been absolute peaches during our buildout and transition to Loring Park.
From our head content honcho trentgilliss:

This sculpture by Nicolas Africano greets me each time I enter RKMC’s law offices this past week.

Bill Manning and his staff have been absolute peaches during our buildout and transition to Loring Park.

From our head content honcho trentgilliss:

This sculpture by Nicolas Africano greets me each time I enter RKMC’s law offices this past week.

Bill Manning and his staff have been absolute peaches during our buildout and transition to Loring Park.

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The studio is in motion. Things are being built. This is all becoming very concrete and very real. On Being will be recording and editing from our new digs in Loring Park in October, for sure.
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The studio is in motion. Things are being built. This is all becoming very concrete and very real. On Being will be recording and editing from our new digs in Loring Park in October, for sure.
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The studio is in motion. Things are being built. This is all becoming very concrete and very real. On Being will be recording and editing from our new digs in Loring Park in October, for sure.

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Krista Tippett’s not-so-little boy Sebastian and his friends were kind enough to help us move over to Minneapolis today. #heightenvy
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Krista Tippett’s not-so-little boy Sebastian and his friends were kind enough to help us move over to Minneapolis today. #heightenvy
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Krista Tippett’s not-so-little boy Sebastian and his friends were kind enough to help us move over to Minneapolis today. #heightenvy

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Our technical director Chris Heagle explains the thinking behind a double-walled structure for On Being’s new sound studio.

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