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] Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Maria Tatar with Krista Tippett This is Krista Tippett's unedited, unabridged interview with Maria Tatar. Fairy tales don't only belong to the domain of childhood. Their overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive, says Maria Tatar, by adapting across cultures and history. They are carriers of the plots we endlessly re-work in the narratives of our lives — helping us work through things like fear and hope.

Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

Fundamental forces of physics somehow determine everything that happens, as physicist Leonard Mlodinow has written, “from the birth of a child to the birth of a galaxy.” Yet he has intriguing perspective on the gap between theory and reality — and the fascinating interplay between a life in science and life in the world. As the child of two Holocaust survivors, he asks questions about our capacity to create our lives, while reflecting on extreme human cruelty — and courage.


[Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow comes from our produced show "Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice."

Fundamental forces of physics somehow determine everything that happens, as physicist Leonard Mlodinow has written, “from the birth of a child to the birth of a galaxy.” Yet he has intriguing perspective on the gap between theory and reality — and the fascinating interplay between a life in science and life in the world. As the child of two Holocaust survivors, he asks questions about our capacity to create our lives, while reflecting on extreme human cruelty — and courage.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/leonard-mlodinow-randomness-and-choice/6295

Jaroslav Pelikan — The Need for Creeds [remix]

Jaroslav Pelikan — The Need for Creeds

The idea of reciting an unchanging creed sounds suspicious to modern ears. But the late, great historian Jaroslav Pelikan illuminated ancient tradition in order to enliven faith in the present and the future. He insisted that strong statements of belief will be necessary if pluralism in the 21st century is to thrive. We take in his moving, provocative perspective on our enduring need for creeds.


[Unedited] Jaroslav Pelikan With Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Jaroslav Pelikan With Krista TippettThe very idea of reciting an unchanging creed sounds suspicious to modern ears. But the late, great historian Jaroslav Pelikan illuminated ancient tradition in order to enliven faith in the present and the future. He insisted that strong statements of belief will be necessary if 21st Century pluralism is to thrive. We take in his moving, provocative perspective on our enduring need for creeds.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/need-creeds/211

David Isay — The Everyday Art of Listening

David Isay — The Everyday Art of Listening

"The soul is contained in the voice."


StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.