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Recent Episodes

Richard Rodriguez — The Fabric of Our Identity

Richard Rodriguez — The Fabric of Our Identity

The second in a four-part series, "The American Consciousness."


After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox and promise of the world we inhabit. He is an especially intriguing conversation partner for right now — a life and mind straddling left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual. At the Chautauqua Institution, we mine his wisdom on the emerging fabric of human identity.


[Unedited] Richard Rodriguez with Krista Tippett

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

The second in a four-part series, "The American Consciousness."

After September 11, 2001, Richard Rodriguez traveled to the Middle East to explore his kinship, as a Roman Catholic, with the men who stepped onto airplanes and turned them into weapons of terror. What he learned illuminates some of the deepest paradox and promise of the world we inhabit. He is an especially intriguing conversation partner for right now — a life and mind straddling left and right, religious and secular, immigrant and intellectual. At the Chautauqua Institution, we mine his wisdom on the emerging fabric of human identity.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/richard-rodriguez-the-fabric-of-our-identity/6761

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