Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book, A Beautiful Question, is a long meditation on the question: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” He’s the unusual scientist willing to analogize his discoveries about the deep structure of reality with deep meaning in the human everyday.

Funding Partners

Healing Our Fractured Civic Spaces

The Civil Conversations Project (CCP)

The Civil Conversations Project is a series of podcasts, live events, and online resources for beginning new conversations in public life at every level. How do we speak the questions we don't know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it? Krista Tippett draws out voices of wisdom, poetry, and practicality, one on one as well as in dialogue. They model a new kind of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

Becoming Wise


Find out more about Krista's new book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, and her tour stops in 12 cities, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Austin, St. Louis, Tulsa, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland. And check out our new podcast Becoming Wise, too!

Poetry Radio Project


April is National Poetry Month. On our Poetry Radio Project, find an archive of poets and poetry you’ve heard on this show, from Wendell Berry to Mary Oliver to Rilke and Rumi.

In the News


» iTunes lists On Being podcast as "Best of 2015."
» Inc. magazine names On Being in "100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better, and Wiser."
» Columnist Omid Safi interviewed on North Carolina Public Radio program "The State of Things."
» President Obama awards Krista Tippett with National Humanities Medal.
» Gawker lists On Being in "8 Smart Podcasts You Should Hear."
» Jane Gross' On Being column featured on RogerEbert.com.

Radio Series

The Civil Conversations Project
In this series of conversations, we draw out fresh ways to disarm dead-end debates on racial and economic isolation, partisanship, and abortion. These wise voices – john a. powell, Sr. Simone Campbell, Jonathan Haidt, John Paul Lederach, and David Gushee and Frances Kissling – model a new kind of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

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