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] Andrew Robinson with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Andrew Robinson with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Andrew Robinson comes from the produced show "The Modern Resonance of Rabindranath Tagore."

He bestowed the title “Mahatma” on Gandhi. He debated the deepest nature of reality with Einstein. He was championed by Yeats and Pound to become the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Rabindranath Tagore was a polymath — a writer and a painter, a philosopher and a musician, and a social innovator — but much of his poetry and prose is virtually untranslatable (or inaccessibly translated) for modern minds. We pull back the "dusty veils" that have hidden his memory from history.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/anita-desai-and-andrew-robinson-rabindranath-tagore/6342

Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action [remix]

Seane Corn — Yoga, Meditation in Action

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn takes us inside the practicalities and power of yoga. She describes how it helps her face the darkness in herself and the world, and how she’s come to see yoga as a form of body prayer.


[Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Seane Corn with Krista TippettThis unedited interview with Seane Corn comes from our produced show "Yoga, Meditation in Action."

Yoga has infiltrated law schools and strip malls, churches and hospitals. This 5,000-year-old spiritual technology is converging with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn takes us inside the practicalities and power of yoga. She describes how it helps her face the darkness in herself and the world, and how she’s come to see yoga as a form of body prayer.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/yoga-meditation-action/248

Dario Robleto — Sculptor of Memory

Dario Robleto — Sculptor of Memory

Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills meaning at once social, poetic, and scientific. He reveals how objects can become meditations on love, war, and healing.


[Unedited] Dario Robleto with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Dario Robleto with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Dario Robleto comes from our produced show "Dario Robleto — Sculptor of Memory."

Sculptural artist Dario Robleto is famous for spinning and shaping unconventional materials — from dinosaur fossils to pulverized vintage records, from swamp root to cramp bark. He joins words and objects in a way that distills meaning at once social, poetic, and scientific. He reveals how objects can become meditations on love, war, and healing.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/dario-robleto-sculptor-of-memory/6640

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan

Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.