Lily Percy

Lily Percy

is senior producer at On Being. Lily studied English Literature and Film Studies at Florida International University. She has worked as an associate editor at MovieMaker magazine, and as a producer for StoryCorps and NPR's "All Things Considered" on the weekends, where she produced the series "Movies I've Seen A Million Times." Her work has also been featured on NPR's Latino USA, WNYC's Soundcheck, and Esquire. In 2012, she received the Religion Newswriters Association Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award for her profile of four Roman Catholic Womenpriests.
BY Lily Percy
June 24, 2016

“Running challenges people to see me from a different perspective.” In the Sikh tradition there is a duty to “hone the spiritual body in the same way that we hone our spiritual selves.” Simran Jeet Singh holds that in his practice as a runner.

BY Lily Percy
June 19, 2016

“I cannot even begin to push myself to the extent that God can help me to push myself.” Christy Marvin is the mother of three boys and a mountain runner. She’s won 6 different Alaska mountain races. For Christy, running is a spiritual practice.

BY Lily Percy
June 10, 2016

“You're running often side-by-side, or one person in back of the other, rather than looking somebody in the eyes as you're being vulnerable with them.” John Cary is an architect, a father, and a marathon runner. For him, running is a spiritual practice.

BY Lily Percy
June 05, 2016

“Running has helped me become more present.” Some people turn to prayer or meditation or yoga as a way to slow down and make sense of their lives. Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!, found that in running.

BY Lily Percy
May 29, 2016

“Once I started running it was really hard to be angry at my body in the same way.” Teacher, writer, and Mexipina Christina Torres on how running helps her deal with anxiety, body image, and understanding her deepest sense of self.

BY Lily Percy
May 20, 2016

Gold medalist Billy Mills tells his redemptive story of how running healed his "broken soul" and saved his life. And he shares a mystical story uniting his father's words with Lakota wisdom as he crossed the finish line.

BY Lily Percy
September 10, 2015

For World Suicide Prevention Day, a story of a son's loss of his father by suicide. The writer Eric Marcus talks about family silence, learning to share his story, and discovering compassion for his father and healing for himself.

BY Lily Percy
September 26, 2014

Emma Watson's challenging and inspirational speech creates an opening for our senior producer to reflect, reframe, and reclaim her sense of feminism.

BY Lily Percy
June 28, 2014

As part of the Your Audio Selfie project, the founder of I'm From Driftwood on how collecting LGBTQ stories has changed him.

BY Lily Percy
April 03, 2014

A documentary about an intrepid and curious man inspires this reflection on failure, giving up too soon, and pursuing curiosity rather than success.

BY Lily Percy
February 28, 2014

In a breakout year for black film, "12 Years a Slave" invited both dialogue and accolade. Yet films like "Fruitvale Station," about the life of a black man today, get passed over. A contemplation on race, Hollywood, and the conversations we aren't having.

BY Lily Percy
February 09, 2014

The daughter of an evangelical pastor finds comfort in the questions of an Orthodox rabbi — and his ability to change his mind on women's issues because of his relationship with his daughter.

BY Lily Percy
January 17, 2014

On Being gone hip-hop? Well, not really. But our closing credits gain a small bit of street cred with this behind-the-scenes look at crafting the show.

BY Lily Percy
January 15, 2014

Spike Jonze’s latest film is a contemplative meditation on how we connect with one another, and the role that technology plays in searching for that connection every time we turn on our electronic devices.

BY Lily Percy
January 04, 2014

Nicole Holofcener's film is funny, raw, and intimate — and it does what very few films do: it gets women right.

BY Lily Percy
November 22, 2013

Geneticist and Anglican priest Lindon Eaves offers insight on how he's able to take comfort in what he does not know, in both science and religion — something we could all learn from.

BY Lily Percy
November 16, 2013

A moving affirmation of the power we have to affect one another simply by being ourselves.

BY Lily Percy
November 02, 2013

Alfonso Cuarón's sci-fi thriller Gravity is more than just a vehicle for snazzy special effects. It's also a love letter to life.