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

[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

Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises [remix]

Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."


South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.


[Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista TippettThis is On Being's Unheard Cuts. Krista Tippett interviewed Desmond Tutu on March 12, 2010 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This interview is included in the show "Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises."

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/desmond-tutus-god-surprises/85

Brian McLaren — The Equation of Change

Brian McLaren — The Equation of Change

How can people rediscover faith as a series of stories and encounters rather than being reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs? An influential voice in the worlds of progressive Evangelicalism and “emerging” Christianity, Brian McLaren envisions a community where diversity no longer means division. A provocative conversation on the meaning and future of Church in a 21st-century world.


[Unedited] Brian McLaren with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Brian McLaren with Krista TippettBrian McLaren is an influential voice in the worlds of progressive Evangelicalism and what has been called “emerging” Christianity. In a provocative conversation on the meaning and future of Church, he envisions a community where diversity no longer means division.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/brian-mclaren-the-equation-of-change/6175

Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit (Encore).

Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit

Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known through his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994. But pondering death was for him a way of wondering at life. He reflected on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology.