On Being Blog

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 21:45
Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 04:02
Friday, October 2, 2009 - 14:13

Colleen Scheck, Producer

I’m intrigued by the wildfire surrounding Dan Brown’s new novel. Frugal people I know who detest buying hardcover books have already purchased The Lost Symbol, have finished reading it, and are now wondering what hairstyle Tom Hanks will sport in the movie version. Even our own host — among illness, travel, multiple interviews, and other production duties — already has read it. Much to her surprise, she sent an enthusiastic e-mail to staff about the book saying we should consider a program on noetics, which she said is not uninteresting, just never well articulated beyond stereotypical New Age speak.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 20:45

Our associate producer reflects on observing the Jewish holidays in new ways, with new people, in new places.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 15:53

Krista Tippett Chats with Cognitive Neuroscientist Adele Diamond
(photo: Trent Gilliss)

Time: 2:00 pm CST
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

On the heels of Krista’s morning interview with Matthieu Ricard, we’re going to live stream video of her conversation with cognitive researcher Adele Diamond. The live video will only appear real-time and then we will substitute it with higher-resolution produced video at a later date.

Update: The live video stream only aired during the period of the interview and is currently not available. I’ve substituted a photo until I can replace it with a full produced video taken with our HD cameras!


Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 11:42

Matthieu Ricard and Krista Tippett Post-Interview
(photo: Trent Gilliss)

Time: 10 am CST
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada)

Hello all. The ethernet connection in this hotel isn’t fast, but we’re going to try and bring you Krista’s interview with Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who is in Canada for the Vancouver Peace Summit, along with the Dalai Lama and many Nobel laureates and great thinkers.

I hope you enjoy and rest assured that we’ll have a high-quality recorded version for your viewing.

Update: The live video stream only aired during the period of the interview and is currently not available. I’ve substituted a photo until I can replace it with a full produced video taken with our HD cameras!


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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 06:07

A New York Times article features Adele Diamond's work the weekend before our interview.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 04:09

A phrase that came up in our cuts-n-copy for this program, and eventually mad it into the title.

Sunday, September 27, 2009 - 04:00

“Next to being the children of God our greatest privilege is being the brothers of each other.”
—Martin Buber

Rabbi Aaron SpiegelWe in the religion world use the word interfaith much too often. And in my opinion, most of what passes for interfaith dialogue is not dialogue at all — it’s a lecture about why I’m right and you’re wrong. It’s not that we’re all religious zealots, but most often the forum for these dialogues are set up to create division rather than civil discourse. Put simply, we’re much better at talking than listening.

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