Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in the throes of a hardscrabble, perilous childhood, he wandered into a magic shop and met a woman named Ruth who taught him what she called “another kind of magic” that freed him from being a victim of the circumstances of his life, and that he now investigates through science.

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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.

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."
» 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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