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Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett, new every Thursday.

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Groundbreaking Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning — spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and the arts. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett, new every Thursday.

    Alison Gopnik — The Evolutionary Power of Children and Teenagers

    Alison Gopnik — The Evolutionary Power of Children and Teenagers

    Alison Gopnik understands babies and children as the R&D division of humanity. From her cognitive science lab at the University of California, -Berkeley, she investigates the “evolutionary paradox” of the long human childhood. When she first trained in philosophy and developmental psychology, the minds of children were treated as blank slates. But her research is helping us see how even the most mundane facts of a toddler or a teenager — from fantasy play to rebelliousness — tell us what it means to be human.

    • 51 min
    [Unedited] Alison Gopnik with Krista Tippett

    [Unedited] Alison Gopnik with Krista Tippett

    Alison Gopnik understands babies and children as the R&D division of humanity. From her cognitive science lab at the University of California, -Berkeley, she investigates the “evolutionary paradox” of the long human childhood. When she first trained in philosophy and developmental psychology, the minds of children were treated as blank slates. But her research is helping us see how even the most mundane facts of a toddler or a teenager — from fantasy play to rebelliousness — tell us what it means to be human.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    Ruby Sales — Where Does it Hurt?

    Ruby Sales — Where Does it Hurt?

    Civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask “Where does it hurt?” because it’s a question that drives to the heart of the matter — and a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now. Sales says we must be as clear about what we love as about what we hate if we want to make change. And even as she unsettles some of what we think we know about the force of religion in civil rights history, she names a “spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of today.

    • 52 min
    [Unedited] Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett

    [Unedited] Ruby Sales with Krista Tippett

    Civil rights legend Ruby Sales learned to ask “Where does it hurt?” because it’s a question that drives to the heart of the matter — and a question we scarcely know how to ask in public life now. Sales says we must be as clear about what we love as about what we hate if we want to make change. And even as she unsettles some of what we think we know about the force of religion in civil rights history, she names a “spiritual crisis of white America” as a calling of today.

    • 2 hrs 15 min
    Joe Henry — Welcoming Flies at the Picnic

    Joe Henry — Welcoming Flies at the Picnic

    Joe Henry faced his mortality in 2018 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and told he might only have months to live. Now in remission, the singer-songwriter and producer has created a gorgeous new album, The Gospel According to Water. Henry’s wisdom on living — and the loss that strangely defines it — ran all the way through this conversation, recorded before cancer in 2015. Beloved by fellow musicians as much as by his fans, he’s produced a over a dozen albums of his own and written and produced for other artists, from Elvis Costello to Madonna.

    • 51 min
    [Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

    [Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

    Joe Henry faced his mortality in 2018 when he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer and told he might only have months to live. Now in remission, the singer-songwriter and producer has created a gorgeous new album, The Gospel According to Water. Henry’s wisdom on living — and the loss that strangely defines it — ran all the way through this conversation, recorded before cancer in 2015. Beloved by fellow musicians as much as by his fans, he’s produced a over a dozen albums of his own and written and produced for other artists, from Elvis Costello to Madonna.

    • 1 hr 40 min

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This is my go-to podcast. I travel a lot and so I have a lot of podcast listening hours, but On Being is always first.
Not only that, but I’ve sent many friends episodes of this show, and now they are regular listeners too.

Krista is an inquisitive and gentle host, and the guests have exceptional insight into life and humanity.

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