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] Steven Waldman with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Steven Waldman with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Steven Waldman comes from our produced show "The Long Experiment of American Democracy."

For the Fourth of July, a refreshing reality check about the long road of American democracy. We remember forgotten but fascinating, useful history as we contemplate how we might help young democracies on their own tumultuous paths now.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/steven-waldman-and-philip-hamburger-the-long-experiment-of-american-democracy/6413

[Unedited] Philip Hamburger with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Philip Hamburger with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Philip Hamburger comes from our produced show "The Long Experiment of American Democracy."

For the Fourth of July, a refreshing reality check about the long road of American democracy. We remember forgotten but fascinating, useful history as we contemplate how we might help young democracies on their own tumultuous paths now.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/steven-waldman-and-philip-hamburger-the-long-experiment-of-american-democracy/6413

Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse — The Evolution of the Science-Religion Debate

Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse — The Evolution of the Science-Religion Debate

We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. We’ve been tracing a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay — not a matter of competing answers, but of complementary questions with room for humanity, nuance, and humor. We step onto this territory with mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse.


[Unedited] Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse with Krista TippettThis unedited interview with Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse comes from our produced show "The Evolution of the Science-Religion Debate."

We tend to frame our cultural conversation about science and religion as a debate — two either/or ways of describing reality. We’ve been tracing a quieter evolution of science and religion in interplay — not a matter of competing answers, but of complementary questions with room for humanity, nuance, and humor. We step onto this territory with mathematician Jim Bradley and philosopher Michael Ruse.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/jim-bradley-and-michael-ruse-the-evolution-of-the-science-religion-debate/6403

Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character [remix]

Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character

Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play -- something the dictionary defines as "pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity." Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.