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

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 300 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.


[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Paulo Coelho comes from the produced show "The Alchemy of Pilgrimage."

The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 300 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/paulo-coelho-the-alchemy-of-pilgrimage/6639

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention [remix]

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization, and reflection. What nourishes the human spirit, the whole person, it turns out, also hones our minds.


[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Adele Diamond with Krista TippettWhat Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization and reflection. What nourishes the human spirit, the whole person, it turns out, also hones our minds.

This unedited from a hotel room in Vancouver - Krista and Diamond met face-to-face to discuss education, cognitive neuroscience, the importance of play, and more. Here's your chance to be in the room and listen to it all.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/learning-doing-being-new-science-education/121

Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson — The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore

Anita Desai and Andrew Robinson — The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore

He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a writer and a painter, a philosopher and a musician, and a social innovator — but much of his poetry and prose is virtually untranslatable (or inaccessibly translated) for modern minds. We pull back the "dusty veils" that have hidden his memory from history.


[Unedited] Anita Desai with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Anita Desai with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Anita Desai comes from the produced show "The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore."

He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a writer and a painter, a philosopher and a musician, and a social innovator — but much of his poetry and prose is virtually untranslatable (or inaccessibly translated) for modern minds. We pull back the "dusty veils" that have hidden his memory from history.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/anita-desai-and-andrew-robinson-rabindranath-tagore/6342