Xavier Le Pichon, one of the world's leading geophysicists, helped create the field of plate tectonics. A devout Catholic and spiritual thinker, he raised his family in intentional communities centered around people with mental disabilities. He shares his rare perspective on the meaning of humanity — a perspective equally informed by his scientific and personal encounters with fragility as a fundament of vital, evolving systems. Le Pichon has come to think of caring attention to weakness as an essential quality that allowed humanity to evolve.

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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.

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Becoming Wise


Find out more about Krista's New York Times best-selling book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. And check out our podcast Becoming Wise, too!

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» iTunes lists On Being podcast as "Best of 2015."
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» 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."

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