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Wisdom to replenish and orient in a tender, tumultuous time to be alive.

Spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and poetry.

Conversations to live by.

With a 20-year archive featuring luminaries like Mary Oliver, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Desmond Tutu, each episode brings a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett,

Learn more about the On Being Project’s work in the world at onbeing.org.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 9.7K Ratings

Wisdom to replenish and orient in a tender, tumultuous time to be alive.

Spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, and poetry.

Conversations to live by.

With a 20-year archive featuring luminaries like Mary Oliver, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Desmond Tutu, each episode brings a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. Hosted by Krista Tippett,

Learn more about the On Being Project’s work in the world at onbeing.org.

    New From Poetry Unbound: A Series on Conflict and the Human Condition

    New From Poetry Unbound: A Series on Conflict and the Human Condition

    A taste of a special mini-season of Poetry Unbound — bringing contemplative curiosity and the life-nurturing tether of poetry to the very present matter of conflict in our world. In this first offering, Pádraig introduces the intriguing idea of poems as teachers and ponders Wisława Szymborska’s “A Word on Statistics," translated by Joanna Trzeciak. This poem covers statistics of the most human kind — like the number of people in a group of 100 who think they know better, who can admire without envy, or who could do terrible things. Listen, and ask yourself: Which categories do I belong to? Which do I believe?

    • 11 min
    Colette Pichon Battle — On Knowing What We're Called To

    Colette Pichon Battle — On Knowing What We're Called To

    There is an ecological transformation unfolding in the places we love and come from. On a front edge of this reality, which will affect us all, Colette Pichon Battle is a singular model of brilliance and graciousness of mind and spirit and action. And to be with her is to open to the way the stories we tell have blunted us to the courage we’re called to, and the joy we must nurture, as life force and fuel for the work ahead. As a young woman, she left her home state of Louisiana and land to which her family belonged for generations, to go to college and become a powerful lawyer in Washington, D.C. Then in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina made, as she has said, "a crack in the universe," she returned home to a whole new life and calling. Colette Pichon Battle is a vivid embodiment of the new forms societal shift is taking in our world — led by visionary pragmatists close to the ground, in particular places, persistently and lovingly learning and leading the way for us all.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Kate DiCamillo — On Nurturing Capacious Hearts

    Kate DiCamillo — On Nurturing Capacious Hearts

    In her writing, it is Kate DiCamillo's gift to make bearable the fact that joy and sorrow live so close, side by side, in life as it is (if not as we wish it to be). In this conversation, along with good measures of raucous laughter and a few tears, Kate summons us to hearts "capacious enough to contain the complexities and mysteries of ourselves and each other" — qualities these years in the life of the world call forth from all of us, young and old, with ever greater poignancy and vigor.

    • 54 min
    Wisdom, Solace, and Courage for 2024

    Wisdom, Solace, and Courage for 2024

    A special two-month season of On Being starts May 9. Freshly curated conversations from across the On Being archive. Big new conversations and extra offerings.

    • 2 min
    Nick Cave — Loss, Yearning, Transcendence

    Nick Cave — Loss, Yearning, Transcendence

    Here are some experiences to which Nick Cave gives voice and song: the "universal condition" of yearning, and of loss; a "spirituality of rigor"; and the transcendent and moral dimensions of what music is about. This Australian musician, writer, and actor first made a name in the wild world of ’80s post-punk and later with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He also underwent public struggles with addiction and rehab.

    Since the accidental death of his 15-year-old son Arthur in 2015, and a few years later, the death of his eldest child Jethro, he has entered yet another transfigured era, co-created an exquisite book called Faith, Hope and Carnage, and become a frank and eloquent interlocutor on grief. As a human and a songwriter, Nick Cave is an embodiment of a life examined and evolved. He sat with Krista in the On Being studio in Minneapolis, and the gorgeous conversation that followed is woven in this episode with his gorgeous music.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    A Word from Krista

    A Word from Krista

    A little musing on this season, the spectacular finale headed your way — and ways to stay connected in the time ahead.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9.7K Ratings

9.7K Ratings

as398 ,

Consistently Inspiring, Expansive Profound

I learn new ways of being present in the world. Every episode is a spiritual + intellectual calisthenics where I find a new teacher. Thank you, Krista, for your years of excellent interviewing and helping me tap into the best parts of myself

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Humanity c/o Krista

Krista is one of the best interviewers! She knows how to bring out a persons, voice + spirit at the same time - going deep and helping us to feel connected. Her grace and heart are evident in every interview - not to mention her strength in facts, words, and deeds. Krista’s authenticity is palpable.

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A celebration of our shared humanness

Some wonderful conversations. I’m slowly working my way through the archives. Seems to me, no matter what the title of the episode or who the guest is, the ongoing thread of this very worthwhile podcast is simply what it means to be fully human in today’s world. Recommended.

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