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] Patrick Bellegarde-Smith with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Patrick Bellegarde-Smith with Krista TippettThe word "Vodou" evokes images of sorcery and sticking pins into dolls. In fact, it's a living tradition wherever Haitians are found based on ancestral religions in Africa. We walk through this mysterious tradition — one with dramatic rituals of trances and dreaming and of belief in spirits, who speak through human beings, with both good and evil potential.

Krista's unedited conversation with Patrick Bellegarde-Smith. He is a professor of Africology at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Krista spoke with him on May 16, 2007 from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was in the studios of public radio station WHAD in Milwaukee. This interview is included in our program "Patrick Bellegarde-Smith on Living Vodou."

See more at: www.onbeing.org/program/living-vodou/128

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson + Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson + Marcelo Gleiser with Krista TippettThis is On Being’s unedited conversation with Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser. She’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist. He’s an astrophysicist and professor at Dartmouth College. I spoke with them on October 15, 2012 at a public event in Philadelphia, “The Mystery We Are.” Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson + Marcelo Gleiser with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Marilynne Robinson + Marcelo Gleiser with Krista TippettThis is On Being’s unedited conversation with Marilynne Robinson and Marcelo Gleiser. She’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist. He’s an astrophysicist and professor at Dartmouth College. I spoke with them on October 15, 2012 at a public event in Philadelphia, “The Mystery We Are.” Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

Joan Halifax on Compassion's Edge States and Caring Better (Encore).

Joan Halifax on Compassion's Edge States and Caring Better

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bad news and horrific pictures in the world. This is a form of empathy, Joan Halifax says, that works against us. The Zen abbot and medical anthropologist has bracing, nourishing thoughts on finding buoyancy rather than burnout in how we work, live, and care.


[Unedited] Joan Halifax with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Joan Halifax with Krista TippettIn this unedited interview, Roshi Joan Halifax and Krista Tippett talk in front of a live audience at the Chautauqua Institution. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the bad news and horrific pictures in the world. This is a form of empathy, Joan Halifax says, that works against us. The Zen abbot and medical anthropologist has bracing, nourishing thoughts on finding buoyancy rather than burnout in how we work, live, and care.