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

Arthur Zajonc on Holding Life Consciously (Encore).

Arthur Zajonc on Holding Life Consciously

What happens when you bring together science and poetry on something like color or light? Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative. And he says we can all investigate life as vigorously from the inside as from the outside.


Arthur Zajonc with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Arthur Zajonc with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]Arthur Zajonc is emeritus professor of physics at Amherst College and president of the Dalai Lama's The Mind and Life Institute. Krista Tippett spoke with him on May 4, 2010 from the studios of APM in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Arthur Zajonc was in a private recording studio in Berkeley, California. This interview is included in our show "Holding Life Consciously." Download the mp3 of the produced show at onbeingdot.org.

Nadia Bolz-Weber with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Nadia Bolz-Weber with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]Nadia Bolz-Weber is pastor and founder of House of All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. Krista Tippett spoke with her on August 9th, 2013 at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Download the mp3 of the produced show, "Seeing the Underside and Seeing God" at onbeing.org.

On Exoplanets and Love: Natalie Batalha on Science That Connects Us to One Another (Encore).

On Exoplanets and Love: Natalie Batalha on Science That Connects Us to One Another

A mission scientist with NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, Natalie Batalha hunts for exoplanets — Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life. She speaks about unexpected connections between things like love and dark energy, science and gratitude, and how "exploring the heavens" brings the beauty of the cosmos and the exuberance of scientific discovery closer to us all.


Natalie Batalha with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Natalie Batalha with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]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.