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

Contemplating Mortality (Encore).

Contemplating Mortality

What if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock is a leading figure in palliative care and hospice in the United States. He says we lose sight of "the remarkable value" of the time of life we call dying if we forget that it's always a personal and human event, and not just a medical one. From his place on this medical frontier, he shares how we can understand dying as a time of learning, repair, and completion of our lives.


Unedited Interview with Ira Byock

Unedited Interview with Ira ByockWhat if we understand death as a developmental stage — like adolescence or mid-life? Dr. Ira Byock shares how we can understand dying as a time of learning, repair, and completion of our lives. Krista Tippett interviewed Dr. Ira Byock on March 2, 2012. This interview is included in the show "Contemplating Mortality." Download the produced show at onbeing.org.

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]This is On Being’s Unheard Cuts. This is Krista Tippett's unedited conversation with Buddhist teachers Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg. Thurman is professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, and Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. I spoke with them on July 30th, 2013, from the studios of APM in St. Paul, Minnesota. They were at Argot Studios in New York. Download the mp3 of the produced show, "Embracing Our Enemies and Our Suffering" at onbeing.org.

The Science of Healing Places with Esther Sternberg (Encore).

The Science of Healing Places with Esther Sternberg

The light and smells in places like hospitals can often depress us. And, our favorite room at home keeps us sane. But why? Immunologist Esther Sternberg explains the scientific research revealing how physical spaces create stress and make us sick — and how good design can trigger our "brain’s internal pharmacies" and help heal us.


Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Esther Sternberg with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]Krista Tippett spoke with immunologist Esther Sternberg on March 30, 2012. This unedited interview is included in our show, "The Science of Healing Places." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.