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] 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.


[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett This unedited interview with Stuart Brown comes from our produced show, 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.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/play-spirit-and-character/143

Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology Behind Morality

Jonathan Haidt — The Psychology Behind Morality

The surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s research. He says “when it comes to moral judgments, we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” He explains “liberal” and “conservative” not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types — ways of moving through the world. His own self-described “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies.


[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Jonathan Haidt with Krista TippettThe surprising psychology behind morality is at the heart of Jonathan Haidt’s research. “When it comes to moral judgments,” the social psychologist says, “we think we are scientists discovering the truth, but actually we are lawyers arguing for positions we arrived at by other means.” He explains “liberal” and “conservative” not narrowly or necessarily as political affiliations, but as personality types — ways of moving through the world. His own self-described “conservative-hating, religion-hating, secular liberal instincts” have been challenged by his own studies.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/jonathan-haidt-the-psychology-behind-morality/6341

Rosanne Cash, Time Traveler [remix]

Rosanne Cash, Time Traveler

As the daughter of Johnny Cash, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash describes her life as "circumscribed by music." But, it's through her love of language and quantum mechanics that she's finding new sources of creativity and mathematical ways to think about the divine. The mother of five shares her perspectives on being present, Twitter as a "boot camp for songwriters," and how she wrestles with love and grief through her music.