On Being

On Being with Krista Tippett takes up the big questions with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.

Recent Episodes

[Unedited] Enrique Martínez Celaya with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Enrique Martínez Celaya with Krista TippettA philosopher’s questioning and a scientist’s eye shape Enrique Martínez Celaya’s original approach to art and to life. A world-renowned painter who trained as a physicist, he’s fascinated by the deeper order that “whispers” beneath the surface of things. Works of art that endure, he says, possess their own form of consciousness. And a quiet life of purpose is a particular form of prophecy. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Enrique Martínez Celaya — The Whisper of the Order of Things." Find more at onbeing.org.

Enrique Martínez Celaya — The Whisper of the Order of Things

Enrique Martínez Celaya — The Whisper of the Order of ThingsA philosopher’s questioning and a scientist’s eye shape Enrique Martínez Celaya’s original approach to art and to life. A world-renowned painter who trained as a physicist, he’s fascinated by the deeper order that “whispers” beneath the surface of things. Works of art that endure, he says, possess their own form of consciousness. And a quiet life of purpose is a particular form of prophecy.

Hari Kondabolu, Lindy West, et al. — Humor as a Tool for Survival

Hari Kondabolu, Lindy West, et al. — Humor as a Tool for SurvivalHumor lifts us up but it also underscores what’s already great; it connects us with others and also brings us home to ourselves. And like everything meaningful, it’s complex and nuanced — it can be fortifying or damaging, depending on how we wield it. But as a tool for survival, humor is elemental. We explore this idea with a rabbi who started out in drag, comedians, an NPR host, writers of sci-fi fantasy, social commentary, and the TV show Veep.

[Unedited] Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross with Krista TippettBlack Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient world in the making. She joins Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and philanthropist on the cutting edge of learning how trauma can be healed in bodies and communities, on the evolving nature of social change. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross — The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter." Find more at onbeing.org.

Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross — The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter

Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross — The Spiritual Work of Black Lives MatterBlack Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient world in the making. She joins Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and philanthropist on the cutting edge of learning how trauma can be healed in bodies and communities. A cross-generational reflection on evolving social change.

[Unedited] Lyndsey Stonebridge with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Lyndsey Stonebridge with Krista TippettAlong with George Orwell, the 20th-century political theorist Hannah Arendt is a new bestseller. She famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil” and wrote towering works like The Origins of Totalitarianism. She was concerned with the human essence of events that we analyze as historical and political. Totalitarianism she described as “organized loneliness,” and loneliness as the “common ground for terror.” The historian, she said, always knows how vulnerable facts are. And thinking is not something for elites; it is the human power to keep possibility alive. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Lyndsey Stonebridge — Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now." Find more at onbeing.org.