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Getting Started: Step-By-Step Instructions

For those new to the podcasting universe, we've provided the following detailed instructions with accompanying screenshots to help you along the way. So, away we go. Three things are required in order to subscribe to the On Being podcast: a computer, podcasting software (we recommend iTunes), and an Internet connection (a faster connection means a faster download). Complete the following steps to subscribe to the On Being podcast:

1. Download iTunes to your computer (PC or Mac).

2. Install iTunes on your computer.

3. Open the iTunes application.

4. In the horizontal menu appearing at the top of the page, click "File."

5. After the drop-down menu displays, click the ninth line item, "Subscribe to Podcast..."

6. After a dialogue box pops up, enter the following URL (don't include the quotation marks), "http://onbeing.org/podcast/podcast.xml" into the text area. Click "OK" and you have successfully subscribed to the podcast!

7. Click on the "Podcasts" button in the left navigation bar of iTunes. In the podcast directory to its right, you will find the title of the podcast, "On Being." By default, the latest program should be downloading to your computer.

8. Once the program is finished downloading, select the program you'd like to listen to. Then, you can either double-click the program title or click on the play button at the top of the application window and your show will begin playing.

9. By default, the next time you open iTunes, the application will automatically check to see if the latest On Being podcast is available for download. If you wish to change this or other settings for the On Being podcast, click the "Settings" icon next to the podcast title and play button button at the top of the podcast screen in iTunes. You can configure a variety of settings for your podcasts, including the frequency to check for new episodes, what to do when a new episode is available, and how many downloaded episodes to keep in your library. Now, you're dialed in to each week's show with Krista Tippett. Listen to the latest On Being program on your computer, on your mp3 player, burn it to CD — and take it anywhere you want!

On Being Podcasting Defined

The On Being podcast offers a way for you, the listener, to schedule the download of audio copies (in mp3 format) of each week's show directly to your computer. The On Being podcast is free and anyone can subscribe to it using intermediate software applications such as Apple's iTunes.On Being also offers downloads (in mp3 format) and streaming audio (via SoundCloud) so that you can directly access each week's episode on its companion website. The difference between the On Being podcast and downloading or streaming the audio boils down to one thing: the On Being podcast is automatically delivered to your computer, whereas downloading or streaming requires that you go to the web page to retrieve the audio.

What's the Advantage?
There are many reasons why our listeners aren't able to listen to On Being on the radio — inconvenient time of day, limited amount of time for listening, unavailable on your local public radio station. Subscribing to the On Being podcast allows you to listen to our program during a time and at a place most convenient for you. And, even streaming the audio from the web page may prove difficult because you, the listener, have to be tethered to your computer in order to hear it, which means you can't listen to the program in your car, on the bus, on the train, or sometimes even at your office.

Do I Need an iPod to Listen to the On Being Podcast?

Not at all. All On Being podcasts are encoded as mp3 files, the most universal format for listening on various devices. You can listen to each podcast using almost any application. And, if you like, you can burn it to a CD so you can listen to Krista Tippett and On Being in your car or at home on your stereo. Of course, portability is the name of the game, so the On Being podcast works wonderfully on portable media devices like the iPod or other mp3 players — and also on iPhones, iPads, and other mp3-enabled smart phones.

Ways to Listen

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Recent Shows

November 25, 2015

The folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been making music for over 25 years. They’re known for their social activism on-stage and off, but long before they became the Indigo Girls, they were singing in church choirs. They see music as a continuum of human existence, intertwined with spiritual life in a way that can’t be pinned down.

November 19, 2015

The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually astounding and surprisingly intimate, and meet a longing many of us share, as she puts it, to be alone together.

November 12, 2015

“Our world is rich,” Lisa Randall has written, “so rich that two of the most important questions particle physicists ask are: Why this richness? How is all the matter that I see related?” As one of the most influential theoretical physicists working today, she's increasingly interested in the interconnectedness between fields that have previously operated more autonomously: astronomy, biology, and paleontology. She’s pursuing a theory that “dark matter” might have created the cosmic event that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs — and hence humanity’s rise as a species. We explore what she’s discovering, as well as the human questions and takeaways her work throws into relief.

November 5, 2015

The wise and lyrical writer Adam Gopnik muses on the ironies of spiritual life in a secular age through the lens of his many fascinations — from parenting, to the arts, to Darwin. He touches on all these things in a conversation inspired by his foreword to The Good Book, in which novelists, essayists, and activists who are not known as religious thinkers write about their favorite biblical passages. Our ancestors acknowledged doubt while practicing faith, he says; we moderns are drawn to faith while practicing doubt.

October 29, 2015

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and one of the world’s deep thinkers on religion in our age. He’s just released a new book, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. In this intimate conversation with Krista, he speaks about how Jewish and other religious ideas can inform modern challenges. Rabbi Sacks says that the faithful can and must cultivate their own deepest truths — while finding God in the face of the stranger and the religious other.