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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.

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.

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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.

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

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Decisions for building this studio are not over. Sound-rated doors and ceiling slats. What’s required? I and II, and degrees of III.
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Decisions for building this studio are not over. Sound-rated doors and ceiling slats. What’s required? I and II, and degrees of III.

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In the end, we came up with a solution. Every “joist” was coped. All the rubber U channels affixed and batting placed in the floating floor. An air gap separates the interior studio walls from the exterior studio wall. This studio better be awfully quiet.
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In the end, we came up with a solution. Every “joist” was coped. All the rubber U channels affixed and batting placed in the floating floor. An air gap separates the interior studio walls from the exterior studio wall. This studio better be awfully quiet.

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Hey, check out this 3D rendering of the storefront of our new office on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis. The building is located near Loring Park, which is the religious and cultural hub of the city — with the Basilica of St. Mary directly across the street, the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden a block away, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College just up the street.
The space pictured in the image above will be an intimate live events space. We can seat 25-60 (I prefer to keep it below 25) and we plan on having Krista Tippett (our host) conduct interviews next to the 17-foot library wall. But, we also hope to make it available for the community to hold informal salons and cultural exchanges that deepen our connection with the community. It’s a place of exchange and reciprocity, in which we as journalists and the media get a chance to learn and remember why we’re in this profession.
Here are two more renderings from different perspectives. From the front of the house looking into the space, you can see our studio with the herringbone pattern wrapped in Douglas fir:

And, from the back of the space looking toward Hennepin Avenue:


~Trent Gilliss, chief content officer

Hey, check out this 3D rendering of the storefront of our new office on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis. The building is located near Loring Park, which is the religious and cultural hub of the city — with the Basilica of St. Mary directly across the street, the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden a block away, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and Minneapolis Community & Technical College just up the street.

The space pictured in the image above will be an intimate live events space. We can seat 25-60 (I prefer to keep it below 25) and we plan on having Krista Tippett (our host) conduct interviews next to the 17-foot library wall. But, we also hope to make it available for the community to hold informal salons and cultural exchanges that deepen our connection with the community. It’s a place of exchange and reciprocity, in which we as journalists and the media get a chance to learn and remember why we’re in this profession.

Here are two more renderings from different perspectives. From the front of the house looking into the space, you can see our studio with the herringbone pattern wrapped in Douglas fir:

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And, from the back of the space looking toward Hennepin Avenue:

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~Trent Gilliss, chief content officer

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From our chief of content trentgilliss:

Mapping On Being’s future with some brilliant folks: Will Rosenzweig, Krista Tippett, Graham Griffith, Mikel Ellcessor, Lily Percy, and Chris Heagle. I’m unembodied in the photo but my laptop stood in for me. (at Open Book in Minneapolis)

From our chief of content trentgilliss:

Mapping On Being’s future with some brilliant folks: Will Rosenzweig, Krista Tippett, Graham Griffith, Mikel Ellcessor, Lily Percy, and Chris Heagle. I’m unembodied in the photo but my laptop stood in for me. (at Open Book in Minneapolis)

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Which wood species do you prefer for wrapping our studio exterior, bookshelves, and kitchen cabinets? Leave me a note, and I’ll tell you how it turns out.

Which wood species do you prefer for wrapping our studio exterior, bookshelves, and kitchen cabinets? Leave me a note, and I’ll tell you how it turns out.

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We’re fascinated with outer space, but there’s a place on earth that’s just as alien — and just as mysterious. It’s the bottom of the ocean, and Sylvia Earle has walked there:

"[I walked] on the bottom, two and a half hours, and I later spoke with an astronaut friend, Buzz Aldrin, and he said, ‘Well, that’s about as long as we had to walk on the moon, two and a half hours.’ But what they did not have on the moon, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong and those who came later, they didn’t have just this avalanche of life, this great diversity all around. Everywhere you looked, there were little fish with lights down the side. Of course, the corals themselves are alive. There were little burrows of creatures that were dwelling in the sediments on the sea floor. The water itself is like minestrone, except all the little bits are alive."

And that life of the ocean sustains all life on earth. Sylvia Earle takes us there with singular urgency and passion.

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The lease is signed! On Being is now the proud tenant of 1619 Hennepin on Loring Park. A party will ensue. Yes, that’s Krista Tippett and Tom Fletcher (the landlord).

trentgilliss:

The lease is signed! On Being is now the proud tenant of 1619 Hennepin on Loring Park. A party will ensue. Yes, that’s Krista Tippett and Tom Fletcher (the landlord).

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