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.
This is the unedited version of On Being's produced show, "Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World." Emerging church elder Phyllis Tickle and civil rights veteran Vincent Harding in an honest and sometimes politically incorrect conversation on coming to terms with racial identity in the church and in the world.
Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. But these are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and atheist who spends his life contemplating such things.
Lord Martin Rees is Master of Trinity College and Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. Krista Tippett spoke with him on May 9, 2011 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lord Rees was in a recording studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This interview is included in our show "Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know." Download the mp3 of the produced show at on being.org.
Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, The Vagina Monologues, has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls. But she herself also had a violent childhood. And it turns out that she herself was like so many of us western women, obsessed by our bodies and yet not inhabiting them — without even knowing we're not inhabiting them. Until she got cancer.
This is On Being’s Unheard Cuts with Even Ensler and Krista Tippett. Eve Ensler is a writer and an activist best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues.” Krista spoke with her on September 27th, 2013, at the Nantucket Project in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Download the mp3 of the produced show with Eve Ensler at on being.org.
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.