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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 conversations every Thursday, with occasional extras.

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    • 4.6 • 7.8K Ratings

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 conversations every Thursday, with occasional extras.

    Kate Bowler and Wajahat Ali — The Future of Hope

    Kate Bowler and Wajahat Ali — The Future of Hope

    An irreverent conversation about hope between journalist Wajahat Ali and theologian Kate Bowler. They speak to this moment we’re in through the friendship they found on the edge of life and death that is cancer — Wajahat through his young daughter; and Kate with a stage 4 diagnosis at the age of 35 that she’s chronicled in a beloved memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved). Their conversation is rich with practical wisdom for facing uncertainty and mortality, losses we did not foresee, and new beginnings we would not have chosen.

    This is the first in a new series, The Future of Hope — a beautiful array of voices, former guests on this show, having the conversations they want to be hearing in this time.

    • 51 min
    The Future of Hope — Trailer

    The Future of Hope — Trailer

    This past year has held layers of loss and grief and rupture as well as tectonic shifts of opening and learning and possibility. We walk into a world trying to open up, fitfully, that we must in many ways remake. At On Being, we’re feeling called to walk alongside others listening, asking and leading. So in the year ahead we are going to be bringing a stunning array of
    voices having the conversations they want to be hearing now.

    We’re calling this series The Future of Hope: Wajahat Ali with Kate Bowler; Darnell Moore with dream hampton; Pico Iyer and Elizabeth Gilbert; Ai-jen Poo with Tarana Burke, plus David Treuer, Claudia Rankine, Brother Guy Consolmagno, Katherine May, and many more.

    Follow us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Overcast, or wherever you listen.

    • 3 min
    Suzanne Simard — Forests Are Wired For Wisdom

    Suzanne Simard — Forests Are Wired For Wisdom

    Suzanne Simard is the forest ecologist who has proven, beyond doubt, that trees communicate with each other — that a forest is a single organism wired for wisdom and care. Simard found that the processes that make for a high-functioning forest mirror the maps of the human brain that we’re also just now drawing. All of this turns out to be catching up with intelligence long held in aboriginal science. She calls the mature hub trees in a forest “Mother Trees” — parenting, eldering, in a mode of mutuality and reciprocity, modeling what we also know to be true of genuinely flourishing human ecosystems.

    • 50 min
    [Unedited] Suzanne Simard with Krista Tippett

    [Unedited] Suzanne Simard with Krista Tippett

    Suzanne Simard is the forest ecologist who has proven, beyond doubt, that trees communicate with each other — that a forest is a single organism wired for wisdom and care. Simard found that the processes that make for a high-functioning forest mirror the maps of the human brain that we’re also just now drawing. All of this turns out to be catching up with intelligence long held in aboriginal science. She calls the mature hub trees in a forest “Mother Trees” — parenting, eldering, in a mode of mutuality and reciprocity, modeling what we also know to be true of genuinely flourishing human ecosystems.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Truth, Beauty, Banjo

    Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – Truth, Beauty, Banjo

    We are digging into the archives to celebrate some of the conversations listeners have loved the most and that have shaped this project. Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa, and he’s taken it where no banjo has gone before. Abigail Washburn is a celebrated banjo player and singer, both in English and Chinese. These two are partners in music and in life — recovering something ancient and deeply American all at once, bringing both beauty and refreshment to what they play and how they live.

    • 50 min
    [Unedited] Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett

    [Unedited] Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett

    We are digging into the archives to celebrate some of the conversations listeners have loved the most and that have shaped this project. Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa, and he’s taken it where no banjo has gone before. Abigail Washburn is a celebrated banjo player and singer, both in English and Chinese. These two are partners in music and in life — recovering something ancient and deeply American all at once, bringing both beauty and refreshment to what they play and how they live.

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.8K Ratings

7.8K Ratings

Beehivesteph ,

Opened up my world

I love this show! I’ve delved deeper, discovered new writers, rediscovered my love for poetry, and built wonder for the world and our journey in it despite the chaos of what’s happening around us right now. Thank you for all you do, share, and ask.

teachtherainbow ,

Love the guests, wish the host would slow down

I’ve been a loyal listener for a while and will absolutely continue to be one! This podcast gets you through the tough days, each guest is a gift.

AND the host often talks over or interjects with her amazing guests, and I always find myself wishing she’d slow down and give them more space to just… be! I wish she’d give herself more time to just be! I get the vibe she plans what she wants to say ahead of time, rather than being present with her brilliant guests and letting them share. I felt this super acutely with Mary Oliver and Sharon Salzburg… give these brilliant women some more airtime to slowly share, I want to hear what they have to say!

That being said, I recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to slow down and reflect. I am very grateful for it.

soulrockerTLee ,

Most interviews…

Most of the interviews are interesting, but have a hard time enduring Krista’s proclivity for sounding affected and condescending or patronizing, and the odd points she laughs and tries to sound self-deprecating or falsely humble. Had to resort to this program after New Dimensions host Tom passed.

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