On Being on IPR News and Studio One

Sundays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Krista Tippett

On Being is a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit.

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Podcasts

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:00am
    Dave Isay — The Everyday Art of Listening

    "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.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 5:59am
    [Unedited] Dave Isay with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with StoryCorps founder David Isay comes from our produced show "David Isay — The Everyday Art of Listening." "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.
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:00am
    Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God

    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.

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014 5:59am
    [Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with master of midrash Avivah Zornberg comes from our produced show "Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God." 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. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/avivah-zornberg-the-transformation-of-pharaoh-moses-and-god/6258
  • Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:00am
    Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth

    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.