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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 • 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.

    Michael Pollan and Katherine May - The Future of Hope 4

    Michael Pollan and Katherine May - The Future of Hope 4

    Michael Pollan is one of our most revelatory explorers of the interaction between the human and natural worlds — especially the plants with which we have, as he says, co-evolved — from food to caffeine to psychedelics. In this episode of our series, The Future of Hope, Wintering’s Katherine May draws him out on the burgeoning human inquiry and science to which he’s now given himself over — the transformative applications of altered states for healing trauma and depression, for end-of-life care — and the thrilling matter of grasping what consciousness is for. This is an informative, intriguing, utterly uncategorizable conversation.

    You may know Katherine May from her On Being conversation with Krista about “wintering” as a season in the natural world — and a recurrent season in every human life. She too operates out of a deep curiosity about the human mind — the remarkable complexity of mental states and well-being — informed in part by her own welcome mid-life diagnosis of autism and her love of cold-water swimming. Her books of fiction and memoir include: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, The Electricity of Every Living Thing, and Burning Out. She is also the editor of an anthology of essays about motherhood, called The Best, Most Awful Job. Her podcast is The Wintering Sessions.

    Michael Pollan is a professor at the University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His many bestselling books include The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, and most recently, This Is Your Mind on Plants. In 2020, he co-founded the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics.

    • 50 min
    Oliver Burkeman – Time Management for Mortals

    Oliver Burkeman – Time Management for Mortals

    Journalist Oliver Burkeman has made a delightful and important philosophical, spiritual, and practical investigation of all that is truly at stake in what we blithely refer to as “time management.” At this time of year, many of us are making plans and resolutions — treating time as part bully, part resource — something we could fit everything we want into if only we had the discipline. This conversation is offered up to release you from that illusion. He invites us into a new relationship with time, our technologies, and the power of limits — and thus with our mortality and with life itself.

    • 50 min
    [Unedited] Oliver Burkeman with Krista Tippett

    [Unedited] Oliver Burkeman with Krista Tippett

    Journalist Oliver Burkeman has made a delightful and important philosophical, spiritual, and practical investigation of all that is truly at stake in what we blithely refer to as “time management.” At this time of year, many of us are making plans and resolutions — treating time as part bully, part resource — something we could fit everything we want into if only we had the discipline. This conversation is offered up to release you from that illusion. He invites us into a new relationship with time, our technologies, and the power of limits — and thus with our mortality and with life itself.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Befriend Your Body: A Compassionate Body Scan

    Befriend Your Body: A Compassionate Body Scan

    In a time of stress, uncertainty, and isolation, Dr. Christine Runyan turns our attention to what often evades our awareness — the response of our nervous systems. As part of On Being's 2021 Midwinter Gathering, she offered this brief, practical, gently guided practice as an invitation to befriend your pandemic-beleaguered body, to “blanket it with a little bit of tenderness, a little bit of kindness.”

    Delve more deeply into Dr. Runyan’s wisdom in her On Being conversation with Krista, "What's Happening In Our Nervous Systems?", and in our Wisdom app course, Finding Replenishment.

    • 11 min
    Remembering Desmond Tutu

    Remembering Desmond Tutu

    The remarkable Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and Nobel Laureate died in the closing days of 2021. He helped galvanize South Africa's improbably peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy. He was a leader in the religious drama that transfigured South African Christianity. And he continued to engage conflict well into his retirement, in his own country and in the global Anglican communion. Krista explored all of these things with him in this warm, soaring 2010 conversation — and how Desmond Tutu's understanding of God and humanity unfolded through the history he helped to shape.

    • 50 min
    [Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett

    [Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett

    The remarkable Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and Nobel Laureate died in the closing days of 2021. He helped galvanize South Africa's improbably peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy. He was a leader in the religious drama that transfigured South African Christianity. And he continued to engage conflict well into his retirement, in his own country and in the global Anglican communion. Krista explored all of these things with him in this warm, soaring 2010 conversation — and how Desmond Tutu's understanding of God and humanity unfolded through the history he helped to shape.

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8K Ratings

8K Ratings

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Understanding what it means to be human through conversations with the best minds of our age .

Great minds. If you crave connection with a variety of disciplines and perspectives on what it means to survey our inner human selves, this podcast is both a home and a hub for these types of connections.
Nourishment for seekers of all kinds.

peacegarden365 ,

Lifelines to soul and sanity

Krista is a master conversationalist and one of my favorite interviewers . These podcasts have been my lifeline to all that is good, sane and nourishing in the world for a few years now. Liz Gilbert speaking with Pico Iyler (The Future of Hope 3--Nov 18 2021) validated and gave voice to much that has similarly happened in my life in these past months . And still now , as we ALL sit, tenderly rebuilding from--as Pico named it--the Realm of the Small . Such clear and calming wisdom from both of these beloved humans -- I've relistened countless times. Blessings & deep gratitude to you all ♥️♥️♥️

Inspired to Listen ,

On Being with Krista Tippett

I love Krista Tippett’s show and have listened for years. I’m wondering, however, why there have been no shows since November 2021. Many of the recent shows have been guest hosted, which is fine, but I prefer to listen to Krista’s take on subjects. I hope that she will soon resume her podcast.

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