On Being

On Being is a conversation about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit.

Recent Episodes

Imani Perry — The Fabric of Our Identity

Imani Perry — The Fabric of Our Identity

The first in a four-part series on "The American Consciousness."


Imani Perry is a scholar of law, culture, race — and hip hop. She acknowledges wise voices who say that we will never get to the promised land of racial equality. She writes, “That may very well be true, but it also true that extraordinary things have happened and keep happening in our history. The question is, how do we prepare for and precipitate them?” We took her up on this emboldening question at the Chautauqua Institution, on the cusp of yet a new collective reckoning with the racial fabric of American life.


[Unedited] Imani Perry with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Imani Perry with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Imani Perry comes from the produced show "The Fabric of Our Identity."

The first in a four-part series on "The American Consciousness."

Imani Perry is a scholar of law, culture, race — and hip hop. She acknowledges wise voices who say that we will never get to the promised land of racial equality. She writes, “That may very well be true, but it also true that extraordinary things have happened and keep happening in our history. The question is, how do we prepare for and precipitate them?” We took her up on this emboldening question at the Chautauqua Institution, on the cusp of yet a new collective reckoning with the racial fabric of American life.

Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes

Yo-Yo Ma — Music Happens Between the Notes

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most famous musicians in the world. In this generous and intimate conversation, he shares his philosophy of curiosity about life and of performance as hospitality. With the Silk Road Ensemble, he traverses territory as vast and fluid as the world we inhabit.


[Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Yo-Yo Ma with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with cellist Yo-Yo Ma comes from the produced show "Music Happens Between the Notes."

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is one of the most famous musicians in the world. In this generous and intimate conversation, he shares his philosophy of curiosity about life and of performance as hospitality. With the Silk Road Ensemble, he traverses territory as vast and fluid as the world we inhabit.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/yo-yo-ma-music-happens-between-the-notes/6641

Marie Howe — The Poetry of Ordinary Time [remix]

Marie Howe — The Poetry of Ordinary Time

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us. The moral life, she says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do — and so words have a power to save us.


[Unedited] Marie Howe and Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Marie Howe and Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with poet Marie Howe comes from the produced show "The Poetry of Ordinary Time."

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us. The moral life, she says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do — and so words have a power to save us.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/the-poetry-of-ordinary-time-with-marie-howe/5301