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

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.


Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, & Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul

Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, & Arnold Rampersad — W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words speak to all of us navigating the ever-unfolding, unfinished business of civil rights. We bring Du Bois' life and ideas into relief for the 21st century — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.


[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with the late Dr. Maya Angelou comes from our produced show "W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul."

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words speak to all of us navigating the ever-unfolding, unfinished business of civil rights. We bring Du Bois' life and ideas into relief for the 21st century — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/arnold-rampersad-elizabeth-alexander-and-maya-angelou-the-soul-of-web-du-bois/6442

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Elizabeth Alexander with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with the poet Elizabeth Alexander comes from our produced show "W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul."

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words speak to all of us navigating the ever-unfolding, unfinished business of civil rights. We bring Du Bois' life and ideas into relief for the 21st century — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/arnold-rampersad-elizabeth-alexander-and-maya-angelou-the-soul-of-web-du-bois/6442

[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Arnold Rampersad with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Arnold Rampersad comes from our produced show "W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul."

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words speak to all of us navigating the ever-unfolding, unfinished business of civil rights. We bring Du Bois' life and ideas into relief for the 21st century — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/arnold-rampersad-elizabeth-alexander-and-maya-angelou-the-soul-of-web-du-bois/6442

[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Whitney Battle-Baptiste with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with archaeologist Whitney Battle-Baptiste comes from our produced show "W.E.B. Du Bois and the American Soul."

One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that "the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line." He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words speak to all of us navigating the ever-unfolding, unfinished business of civil rights. We bring Du Bois' life and ideas into relief for the 21st century — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/arnold-rampersad-elizabeth-alexander-and-maya-angelou-the-soul-of-web-du-bois/6442