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

David Sloan Wilson with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

David Sloan Wilson with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]Krista Tippett interviewed evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson on May 15, 2012 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, Minnesota. David Sloan Wilson was in the studio of WSKG in Binghamton, NY. This interview is included in the show "Evolving a City." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.

Alain de Botton on a School of Life for Atheists (Encore).

Alain de Botton on a School of Life for Atheists

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London. He explains why wisdom and ritual shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.


Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

 Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]Krista Tippett's unedited conversation with Alain de Botton. He's a philosopher and author of "Religion for Atheists." Krista spoke with him on May 3, 2012 from the studios of American Public Media in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was in the studios of the BBC in London, England.

Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism (Encore).

Thich Nhat Hanh on Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism

Zen master and poet Thich Nhat Hanh was forcibly exiled from his native country of Vietnam more than 40 years ago. We visited the Buddhist monk at a Christian conference center in a lakeside setting of rural Wisconsin. Here, Thich Nhat Hanh offers stark, gentle wisdom for living in a world of anger and violence. He discusses the concepts of "engaged Buddhism," "being peace," and "mindfulness."