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I began listening toOnBeing on the radio. Every Sunday as my dog and I were returning home from weekly hikes it jus happened to be on. I was hooked by the questions and dialogue the show offered. Then when I heard the talks with Brene Brown and Tich Nat Hahn I subscribed to the podcast. I try to listen to every show and have listened to that Brene Brown cast at least three times.

The weekly podcast is a breath of fresh air and food for thought in this cynical, harried world.

-I download and listen to episodes online.
-I have trouble with my version of the app crashing, but would like to listen to more episodes in the car through the app.
-I have recently been reading and enjoying the articles posted on the blog.
-I have been proselytizing OnBeing to many of my friends. The website is a nice place to refer them.

On Being is an extraordinary venue that enables me to get out of my head long enough to understand other people are addressing the same concerns as I, while inviting me to dig deeper into my own belief systems to question and/or validate my own conclusions. It is an ocean of perspectives within which to dip, knowing that shortly another gentle wave will lap against my mind, nudging me into a new stream of thought to explore.

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Being delivers stories and ideas with a seriousness and intimacy that is rare for any media. The "unedited" version provides a more fleshed-out feel to the conversation. I had a mixture of shredded wheat and bran flakes with some lactose-free milk for my breakfast. Thanks.

…your show is one of the few things that regularly calls me forward in creating, inspires me to look at other readings/listenings..its sourced a painting, now series of paintings in 2009 that continues to unfold, they are more meditations, maybe teachings, on being is part of the wallpaper of life, so intrinsic as my sister, may express appreciation less than it is, so apart of living, unable to imagine 'life' with the dialogs, pulling up relistening to the shows that inspire, the reliability soul will be renewed and heart opened..its the best training ground for empathy and compassion…..thank you, am grateful for the (on going) contribution..

I have listened"religiously" to Tippett from her first shows on air. I now subscribe to the podcasts and listen to the UNEDITED. Fabulous. Valuable. Most memorable:Jean Vanier, Sean Corn, Mlodinow, Kling.

I tend to not enjoy the shows featuring "artists." This is not Tippett's zone. Several artists whom I like their work were not the people I expected them to be. McFerrin, was such an ungenerous person, and his sounds are so generous. Monk, Cash, were not interesting like the divinity/science shows are.

The only interview that put me off Tippett for a few weeks was with David Isay. She stooped to an ingratiating level with a person that ironically did not fit with the StoryCorp image. I was surprised how much I disliked him and disliked Tippett fawning over him. StoryCorp is great but not the creator. Ironic.

Don't get me wrong I like what On Being is doing and look forward to the show weekly.

Keep up the good work.

I first heard On Being in its "Faith" version when visisitinga close friend in the East. It was with Nuland. An hour on Religion and Death! I have listened ever since. I am a Radio Host and apart from my own hunger for genuine conversation embracing all the varietals of our Cultural garden, you nourish my own work on the radio and my making of poems.

As I am visually impaired, I appreciate the ease with which I may click on "Listen" and access your web site in general. I do yearn for some audio blogs, even a few a week, as my yes tire! intend to be more engaged in your comments section this winter. The Atran was compelling and I was moved with how you heard him, got in touch because you needed to know more and let us listen in o your conversation. I have found many of my guests for womenspeak with a similar sense of urgency!

Have you thought of having on over the coming year one or two seminal women thinkers who are also authors. Susan Griffin being one who is unconscionably over looked. It woul She alo saved myd be fascinating to hear her response to Atra's "Enemies"" idea. I did several interviews with her and she is not only vibrantly lucid but deeply open minded and compassionate. Chorus of Stones is a seminal book on the need too humanize our enemies by placing them in the context of their story. She also saved my life when I was given the gift of doing a brief period of counseling with her.

Thank you, oh thank you Christa. I forget my age when I feel apart of your conversation. You empower me! Nancy Ryan .

I listen to your archived programs online. Many of the ideas,the history and beliefs that I hear on On Being are woven into my thoughts my conversations even my interactions with others. Thanks

I listen to podcast soften when I can't fall asleep at night . No, they don't put me to sleep, instead they enrich my awake time.

I listen to Krista Tippett pod-casts on my cell phone often. Think she's a great interviewer, which is definitely an art. Love the show.

As a woman who deals with the challenges of MS, I love listening to the podcasts and the peacefulness it brings me on spending time exploring the interesting interviews. There is something very calming about the way Krista directs her interviews. I have learned so much about faith, life and living. I often share the shows with others. Thank you for giving us a quiet place to stop and listen in a world filled with hurry.

I listen to archived programs online, using my computer. I am often stretching or quilting as I listen. Some episodes are wonderful and inspiring, others rather blah or even poor as the connection between interviewer and interviewee sometimes is wonderful and other times, doesn't pan out.

Your work inspires me to bring light into the world. Thanks.

I love engaging with you guys through Twitter, Podcasts and your blog. I'm deeply influenced by your work. Thank you for your support for Healthcare Leaders Tweet chat when we discussed the work of Dr. Esther Sternberg (The Science of Healing Places). I would have never known about Dr. Sternberg's work without your interview.
The blog, podcast, website, etc combine both function and design. You have set the bar very high for the rest of us. While bias I think/believe that a tweet chat would be another way to for your community to ponder and further reflect on each of your shows.

Thank you,
Lisa Fields

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Hi Lisa. Thanks for your encouragement and suggestion. I'd love to hear more of your thinking on how we might best experiment with a tweet chat.

I listen to On Being podcasts while I exercise or clean the house. They are usually inspiring and I find myself mentioning insights or facts gained to various people in my life. I count on Krista to round out my spiritual nourishment, along with taking classes at the Jung Center, attending a UU church, a UU women's sacred circle, wa

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I value the opportunity to download transcripts of the varied weekly commentaries. I listen and can refer back to the podcast, but I also make an effort to clear away distractions and listen to the radio broadcast. As now an older person, I like the way this broadcast helps me touch my own identity and relate to others'.

I listen to your broadcast through Feedly. It let's me know when there is a new program to listen to. It enables me to listen to it in my own time; sometimes in more than a single session.
I love what you do and I'm grateful for it. Thank you all.
Love,
Bernard

I began listening with the Paul Elie interview, and I would download the unedited version and listen to the interviews repeatedly while I worked out. With each interview I found a connection to DANTE and The Divine Comedy and I entitle my workshop at Salve Regina University, Living Dante, because I juxtapose the disciples of Dante today based on the people you interview. All of the people you interview in some way connect, and I encourage participants to listen to your interview and share it with others in the workshop.
Some go back to earlier interviews. Having done this connective link in class I am trying to do it more formally in a free book to try to share Dante's work with yours, and mine.
Peace,
Len DeAngelis

I engage with On Being each Sunday morning at 7 A.M. on WNYC. In turn, I post each episode on my Facebook wall and often promote those programs that have special relevance to individual friends. For example, the December 5 episode had special appeal because on Wednesday, December 2nd, I hosted a presentation of Mindfulness to my community, which includes several elderly residents who suffer depression, diabetes, arthritis, and other illnesses. For reinforcement of the exercises we demonstrated, I will refer all those who attended to On Being.

I am unable to access the survey-maybe it's overwhelmed with responses!

I have been listening to On Being/Speaking of Faith via radio in the kitchen (93.9 in New York City) for many years. It airs at 7am on Sundays here...a bit earlier than I might be up on Sundays but which I make a point of doing just to listen to it. I often find myself jotting down quotes or ideas that I sometimes go back to confirm or read more about the speakers in the transcripts. These snippets of insight, inspiration or new ideas get woven into my lectures or writing, or shared with others.

For example, I'm currently working on a book about cities adapting coastal conditions such as sea level rise while conserving and supporting the ocean ecosystem. This morning's session included two intriguing ideas : 1) a quote from Sun Simiao, a founding father of Chinese medicine: “A superior physician doesn’t just treat disease, but teaches society and helps form the intentions of humanity.” and 2) Functional medicine--a new vision which is not focused on disease, but on health.

Here's an idea of how I might transfer these concepts from On Being to my own work on coastal cities: We’ve been approaching issues of "resiliency" as though the ocean and its normal activities- rising and falling, building beaches through movement of sediment especially during storms, etc, are threatening us like a disease- when actually WE are not only threatening IT, but killing it. If we conserve coastal environments in a responsible way (ie, building our vulnerable rigid structures elsewhere than that fluid, dynamic setting), the threat will go away as part of the process. Shifting focus from protection of, say, our foolishly-located highrise hotels on beaches while formerly abundant fish populations crash, to the intention to live and build communities, focusing on the restoration of healthier, cleaner natural coasts applies/transfers some ideas from Functional Medicine to urban design-- an emphasis on wellness.

Hi, I just started listening to the podcast of the unedited cuts of this week's episode. At the beginning, Krista said that there is a two-minute survey on the website's homepage -- but there isn't. I searched for "survey" on the site and found this page. The "share your input" link above is broken -- it goes to a URL which doesn't exist.

disregard previous note. I found it on the homepage on a second look after submitting previous note.

I listen to the radio show broadcast on my local public station. Would love to have some more discussion of the mechanics of meditation/prayer, especially traditional music. Think you might find some spiritual folks who are not Judeo-Christian. maybe Edna Deerunner (Dine) in British Columbia.

I receive your weekly newsletter and subscribe on iTunes. I listen to you via my iMac. I do not listen to every episode, but have never felt my time was wasted in the listening, and only once or twice have I ever turned it off after starting. My life experience is enhanced, made larger and lovelier by what I hear in your programs. What would I like in the future? More of the same, I suppose. Engage with people who have lived deeply, journeyed farther than most of us and have known both the agony and the ecstacy of the human condition. Keep teaching me what I need to learn, inspiring me to be all that I can be and motivating me to keep on trying when I want to give up. Thank you!

My alarm clock is programmed to play our local NPR station every morning. It takes my brain a while to wake up, so I am not quite sure when in the past year I started noticing that 7:30 on Sunday mornings I was waking up in the middle of a show that was speaking directly to me. (I do recall the Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman episode in January very vividly, when Robert talked about our relationship with time--the dimension of our existence with which I have a very difficult relationship.)

I trained as a neurologist and neuroscientist, and over the past 8 years of my career I have been exploring what it really means to take care of people with Parkinson disease. My secular upbringing and training as a scientist and physician left me completely unprepared for the deeply spiritual aspects of my work. OnBeing has become an important beacon of light in my journey to understand the purpose of my work, the purpose of my life.

I thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the scope of the content, from art to quantum physics to religion -- all of the ways that humanity has tried to understand itself and its place in the universe. Krista's questions get to the heart of the matter; she understands what is truly at the core of our confusion about what "being" really is all about, and draws out of her guests so many diverse, shining threads of insight with which we can weave a new perspective on our existence.

Your most recent 2 programs affected me deeply. I downloaded the podcast of Mark Hyman, James Gordon, and Penny George so I could listen to the whole thing--preaching to the choir! The last minutes of Jennifer Michael Hecht's program that I heard last Sunday ... it was as if you knew what I needed to hear, right in that moment. I have re-programmed my alarm to go of at 7AM on Sundays so that I can hear the whole program, and subscribed on my iPad to download dozens of past episodes for my listening pleasure the next time I am on a long car ride.

Thank you for the beautiful work you do. In the world of short attention spans, tweets, spin, and all the other superficial desperate clambering we do to try to assuage the loneliness that is inherent to life as a human, your show rings a gong of truth and depth that reliably reconnects me to the universal Everything we are all a part of. Please don't change a thing.

listen every Sunday morning to the radio edition and almost always find the conversations informative and interesting...don't stop!

we do not go beyond this to the blogs or other postings, podcasts and the like...other activities take up our time

I listen to the program Sunday AM, For the most part I find its guests to be too much like Ted Talkers. They seem to live in a world where their lives and needs are met, which gives them a lot of time to think about life and how to be one with themselves or gaining inner peace. Too few of the guests appear to have much involvement with helping others, especially helping those in need. Its all about their journey in life and their vantage point. I suppose this is the same gripe I have contemplative religious organizations. Too much ME too little YOU

I listen to On Being podcasts when convenient to me, mostly as I work and while on the move, (and have done for many years now). I am surprised you still do only a single hourly podcast a week. I would have thought there is ample demand for more, and shorter ones, like contributors articles which I don't have time to read online, but would greatly and gladly enjoy listening to. I find myself getting impatient for new material, given the relatively high number of repeat programmes over the last two years. Less is not more in this case and more new episodes would be far better than more repeats which I can access anyway from the archives. Shorter round the table programs with discussions, or 5-7 minute episodes where contributors read their articles as mini audio podcasts would be a far more useful format for me. Another interesting "listen" would be an audio podcast reviewing the various points of view, (approving and discursive) expressed in all the feedback you get to the weekly shows, read and discussed by your own team of people. A once a week show seems like a "hangover premium air-time habit" from your public radio only thinking days... I deal with my faith and beliefs daily, and I download many other podcasts daily. The BBC have a great 3 minute show every day called "thought for the day" why not offer your own version here ? Thanks for the very quality of your hourly shows... More please... G

Been listening about 6 years. Great insights, suggestions for further self-study. A program that reflects the best of being human with hints for further progress in a desert of self-centeredness.

I listen to the Podcast. I listen to both the unedited and edited version. Very provocative and current. I tell everyone to listen. Thanks

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I'm a fairly new listener, having discovered this program on public radio only about 6 months ago. I try to listen to the show "live" on Sundays when I can, but I am "religious" about downloading the Podcasts and listening to the show during my one-hour commute in the car. If I particularly like a topic or an interviewee, I go back online and download the unedited version to hear even more. And I'm gradually making my way through old episodes that I missed at the time. Such a treasure trove!

I never know quite what to expect from each program. Many lead me in completely new directions. As a case in point, the recent show on W.E.B. DuBois was very eye-opening. I'd grown up in Atlanta and certainly knew his name, but after listening to the discussion, I immediately downloaded "The Souls of Black Folk" on my Kindle and read it with great interest. But that wasn't all. I'd also been intrigued with the commentary and voice of Elizabeth Alexander, so next I downloaded and read her memoir, "The Light of the World," totally devastated by the story of the death of her Eritrean husband. All of those strands from a single program.

It happens over and over. I'm now reading "The Myth of Sisyphus"! And thinking about the powerful voice of Dr. B.J. Miller whom I just listened to this morning.

Thank you to Krista and all of you who put this amazing program together, including Trent Gillis, whose weekly e-newsletter I read closely and always look forward to. I wish you'd come out to Hawaii to do a program!!

I listen faithfully every week, to the broadcast most often. And I also download the mp3 to listen to again, and also the unedited of favorites for all the details--and as a professional journalist to experience the fullness of Krista's wonderful interviewing skill. I regularly refer clients (I am also a spiritual life coach), friends, and members of my religious community (Quaker) to the site. I've been a fan since the early days of Speaking of Faith. One note: Recently--and this is new in the few months--I've encountered a few shows where the focus was less on being and more on arguments of science. When the topics and interviewees move away from the deep issues of values, belief, connection, relationships, service and being human, into the field of scientists arguing for their point of view, I'm less nourished and informed. I worry that you're running out of people to interview, but that seems impossible. On the whole, though, On Being is my favorite radio program.

I live in the North East England and began listening to OnBeing after a recommendation from a journalist friend. The first episode for me was Bessel van Der Kalk ' Restoring The body...'. I am an academic with dyslexia, my short term memory is very short term and so I listen to episodes over and over again, continually getting the buzz from the uplifting, enlightening conversations you broadcast. Nourishing a view of the world that has always been important to me. Giving me words and ways of being that support and develop a philosophy that is essentially human connectedness. I listen in the car to work, from my laptop and phone app. Thank you for all of your effort and energy in bringing these inspirational conversations to our minds.