On Being Blog

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 08:57

Our capsule of inspiration for the week includes a new way forward for visualizing our work, fantasy, Epiphany, and the sage words of a French Buddhist monk.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 12:28

The second installment in our sketchnotes series that teases out the highlights of Krista's conversation with an American Muslim activist making a difference in Chicago.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 04:13

A photographic tour of the biggest holiday for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. The religious relic known as the Ark of the Covenant holds a special role in this celebration.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 05:04

This week's On Being roundup: Learning to be of interest to each other from Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander, a guided meditation, and Twitter conversation about what the rise of "Nones" really says about America's religious landscape.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 03:21

A "sketchnoter" offers a new way to visualize our own conversations. When what you see lures you to listen and read.

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 21:31

A Jewish Arbor Day, this Jewish holiday is experiencing new life as Jews become more ecologically concerned.

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 13:40

An evolving conversation thread about the "Nones" who are the subject of so much discussion and media coverage nowadays. Add your two bits and help us flesh out this story!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 05:36

On the 40th anniversary of the momentous court decision, a telling graphic on public thinking around abortion rights.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 10:26

What better way to follow up our show with poet Elizabeth Alexander than to listen to the redemptive words of his second inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. A true pleasure.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 08:17

Martin Marty on the public consequences of divorce when churches and families relegate it as a private matter.

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April 17, 2014

"The soul is contained in the voice."

StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.

April 10, 2014

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

April 3, 2014

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

March 27, 2014

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how Western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

March 20, 2014

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.