On Being with Krista Tippett

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On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

On Being is the home of the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to new conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. On Being’s listeners, readers, and online communities cross boundaries that separate them in the culture at large: generational, socioeconomic, political, religious. They report that On Being equips them to relate in fresh, new ways to different others, and emboldens them to engage in new kinds of service.

Krista first created the show — originally called Speaking of Faith — at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media. It launched on weekly, public radio stations across the U.S. in 2003. In 2013, On Being transitioned to an independent production (Krista Tippett Public Productions) on Loring Park in Minneapolis.

On Being airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and is distributed by the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Our podcast reaches a global audience via SoundCloud — where we have over a million followers — and has 1.3. million podcast downloads on iTunes monthly. We keep finding new ways to listen to our listeners and online communities, and they keep pointing new ways forward for this adventure.

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On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, a publisher and public event convener. On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.

Caption: Becoming Wise, Credit: On Being Studios
16 Pieces

The "Becoming Wise" podcast offers depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world.

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7 Pieces

Stations airing "On Being" can download fundraising materials for air - not the weekly episodes.

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182 Pieces

On Being host/executive producer Krista Tippett was awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Obama for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. " On Being is the only program in American media dedicated to the large questions at the center of human existence and how these questions of meaning find practical resonance in our lives. Each week the show takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. On Being is broadcast 499 times on 406 public radio stations – including in 9 of the top 11 markets — and has 1.3. million podcast downloads on iTunes monthly. On Being is available by annual carriage fee. Please contact Sean Nesbitt at sean.nesbitt@prx.org for more information or help in subscribing to the series.


Pieces

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“Our discomfort and our grappling is not a sign of failure,” America Ferrera says, “it’s a sign that we’re living at the edge of our imaginations.”...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Lennon Flowers and Rev. Jennifer Bailey embody a particular wisdom of millennials around grief, loss, and faith. Together they created The People’s...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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David Treuer’s book, "The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee," has been nominated for a National Book Award. When Krista Tippett spoke with him in 2008, Tre...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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We'd heard Derek Black, the former white-power heir apparent, interviewed before about his past, but never about the friendships with other people ...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Imani Perry writes this in her book "Breathe": "In the Catholic tradition, there is a form of grace, the sanctifying one, that is the stuff of your...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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The science writer Erik Vance says that present-day brain scientists are like the astronomers of old: They unsettled humanity’s sense of itself by...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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This special edition of "On Being" features two different sets of materials for fundraising that stations may use. First is an episode that mirro...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 44:17
  • Purchases: 8
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Ta-Nehisi Coates says we must love our country the way we love our friends — and not spare the hard truths. “Can you get to a place where citizens ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Movies can be whimsical, terrifying, life-altering, culture-changing experiences where the big ideas we take up at "On Being" show up in the heart ...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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To: Program Directors, News Directors, Ops Fr: Marie Sambilay, On Being Studios Dt: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Re: Timings/Cues: “On Being” with Kr...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:00