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

Marie Howe — The Poetry of Ordinary Time [remix]

Marie Howe — The Poetry of Ordinary Time

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us. The moral life, she says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do — and so words have a power to save us.


[Unedited] Marie Howe and Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Marie Howe and Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with poet Marie Howe comes from the produced show "The Poetry of Ordinary Time."

An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us. The moral life, she says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do — and so words have a power to save us.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/the-poetry-of-ordinary-time-with-marie-howe/5301

Dan Barber — Driven By Flavor [remix]

Dan Barber — Driven By Flavor

Dan Barber is a celebrated young chef — but his passionate ethics and intellect have made him much more. He's out to restore food to its rightful place vis-à-vis our bodies, our ecologies and our economies. And he would do this by resurrecting our natural insistence on flavor.


Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 300 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.


[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Paulo Coelho comes from the produced show "The Alchemy of Pilgrimage."

The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 300 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/paulo-coelho-the-alchemy-of-pilgrimage/6639

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention [remix]

Adele Diamond — The Science of Attention

What Adele Diamond is learning about the brain challenges basic assumptions in modern education. Her work is scientifically illustrating the educational power of things like play, sports, music, memorization, and reflection. What nourishes the human spirit, the whole person, it turns out, also hones our minds.