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

Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces we Share

Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces we Share

The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist and self-described maker Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually astounding and surprisingly intimate, and meet a longing many of us share, as she puts it, to be alone together.


[Unedited] Ann Hamilton with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Ann Hamilton with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Ann Hamilton comes from our produced show "Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces we Share."

The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist and self-described maker Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually astounding and surprisingly intimate, and meet a longing many of us share, as she puts it, to be alone together.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/ann-hamilton-making-and-the-spaces-we-share/6147

David Hartman — Hope in a Hopeless God (Encore).

David Hartman — Hope in a Hopeless God

Rabbi Hartman was a charismatic and challenging figure in Israeli society and a champion of adaptive Judaism. He convened rare encounters of Jews from different backgrounds--men and women--at his institute. We remember his window into the unfolding of his tradition in the modern world - Judaism as a lens on the human condition.


[Unedited] David Hartman with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] David Hartman with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation from our show "David Hartman — Opening Up Windows" took place at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem on March 13, 2011.

Rabbi Hartman was a charismatic and challenging figure in Israeli society and a champion of adaptive Judaism. He convened rare encounters of Jews from different backgrounds--men and women--at his institute. We remember his window into the unfolding of his tradition in the modern world - Judaism as a lens on the human condition.

See more at http://www.onbeing.org/program/david-hartman-hope-in-a-hopeless-god/16

Brian Greene — Reimagining the Cosmos

Brian Greene — Reimagining the Cosmos

A thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science. In a conversation ranging from free will to the meaning of the Higgs boson particle, physicist Brian Greene suggests the deepest scientific realities are hidden from human senses and often defy our best intuition.


[Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Brian Greene with Krista TippettThe discoveries which the physicist Brian Greene spends his life pondering lead to a thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos, and of the human adventure of modern science. Think of the certainties many of us grew up learning in school - now overtaken by the constant reimagining of the cosmos that is modern physics. The word “space” to describe what we now understand as a sphere teeming with mysterious energy and matter. In our lifetime the science fiction scenario of parallel universes has become a compelling mathematical possibility. Brian Greene works on this frontier, and he increasingly believes that the deepest realities are hidden from human senses and defy our best intuition.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/brian-greene-on-reimagining-the-cosmos/6118