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 - Walter Brueggemann with Krista Tippett

Unedited - Walter Brueggemann with Krista TippettKrista Tippett's complete and unedited conversation with theologian Walter Brueggemann. He is professor emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. Krista spoke with him in our studios in May 2011.

The people we later recognize as prophets, says Walter Brueggemann, are also poets who reframe what is at stake in chaotic times. A special voice addressing our changing lives and the deepest meaning of hope this season. This interview was produced for the On Being episode "Walter Brueggemann on The Prophetic Imagination."

Phil Donahue on Transformation, On-Screen and Off

Phil Donahue on Transformation, On-Screen and Off

Oprah Winfrey has said there would have been no Oprah without Donahue. His show was the original daytime talk show focused on issues, and he was a pioneer in audience participation. He offers his lens on an entire era of social, personal and political transformation in the United States — on who we were then, and who we are now.


Phil Donahue on Transformation, On-Screen and Off

Phil Donahue on Transformation, On-Screen and Off

Talk show pioneer Phil Donahue opens up on his remarkable perspective on the last half century of America and who we are now. He shares his personal transformations on race, gender roles, and parenting in the dramatic era he captured on television.


Unedited Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista Tippett

Unedited Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista TippettIn this unedited interview, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue opens up on his remarkable perspective on the last half century of America and who we are now. He shares with Krista Tippett his personal transformations on race, gender roles, and parenting in the dramatic era he captured on television.

Unedited Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista Tippett

Unedited Interview with Phil Donahue and Krista TippettIn this unedited interview, talk show pioneer Phil Donahue opens up on his remarkable perspective on the last half century of America and who we are now. He shares with Krista Tippett his personal transformations on race, gender roles, and parenting in the dramatic era he captured on television.

Brené Brown on Deep Shame and the Courage to be Vulnerable (Encore).

Brené Brown on Deep Shame and the Courage to be Vulnerable

Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live, parent, and navigate relations with members of the opposite gender.