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

Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God

Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.


[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with master of midrash Avivah Zornberg comes from our produced show "Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God."

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/avivah-zornberg-the-transformation-of-pharaoh-moses-and-god/6258

Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth [remix]

Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth

An astrophysicist who’s also explored her science by way of a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions helped create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.


[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista TippettAn astrophysicist who’s also explored her science by way of a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing. Both pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions helped create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

This unedited conversation with astrophysicist and author Janna Levin comes from our produced show "Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth."

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/mathematics-purpose-and-truth/130

Jennifer Michael Hecht — Hope for Our Future Selves

Jennifer Michael Hecht — Hope for Our Future Selves

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."


Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.


[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Jennifer Michael Hecht with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Jennifer Michael Hecht comes from the produced show " Jennifer Michael Hecht — Hope for our Future Selves."

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/jennifer-michael-hecht-hope-for-our-future-selves/6187