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.
Natalie Batalha is a research astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center and a mission scientist with the Kepler Space Telescope. Krista Tippett spoke with her on December 13, 2012 via ISDN. This interview is included in our show "On Exoplanets and Love: Natalie Batalha on Science That Connects Us to One Another." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.
Considered by some to be a living saint, Jean Vanier created L'Arche. This model of community for people with mental disabilities celebrates power in smallness and light in the darkness of human existence. The French Canadian philosopher and Catholic social innovator speaks about his understanding of humanity and God that has been shaped by Aristotle, Mother Teresa, and people who would once have been locked away from society.
In October 2007, Krista Tippett interviewed Jean Vanier at the Bishop Claggett Center in rural Maryland. Listen to the entire show, "The Wisdom of Tenderness" at onbeing.org.
Our Civil Conversations Project continues with the Ghanaian-British-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah. His parents' marriage helped inspire the movie Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. He's studied ethics in a world of strangers and how unimaginable social change happens. We explore his erudite yet down-to-earth take on disarming moral hostilities in America now.
Krista Tippett's unedited interview with Kwame Anthony Appiah was recorded in 2011 and is included in our show, "Sidling Up to Difference." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.
Sylvia Earle has done something no one else has — walked solo on the bottom of the sea, under a quarter mile of water. She tells what she saw — and what she has learned — about the giant, living system that is the ocean. And, she explains why seeing a shark is a sign for hope.