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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

Vincent Harding, In Memoriam — Civility, History and Hope [remix]

Vincent Harding, In Memoriam — Civility, History and Hope

Civil rights veteran Vincent Harding died this week at the age of 82. He had a long lens of wisdom on how social change happens. He believed America is still a developing nation when it comes to creating a multi-religious, multi-racial democracy. Vincent Harding spent recent decades bringing young people into creative contact with elders, civil rights veterans — offering experiences of them, as he said, not as figures in history books but "as living and lively and magnificent." We remember Vincent Harding and how he embodied that legacy and its wisdom for us.


[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with the late Dr. Vincent Harding comes from our produced show "Vincent Harding, In Memoriam — Civility, History, and Hope."

Civil rights veteran Vincent Harding died this week at the age of 82. He had a long lens of wisdom on how social change happens. He believed America is still a developing nation when it comes to creating a multi-religious, multi-racial democracy. Vincent Harding spent recent decades bringing young people into creative contact with elders, civil rights veterans — offering experiences of them, as he said, not as figures in history books but "as living and lively and magnificent." We remember Vincent Harding and how he embodied that legacy and its wisdom for us.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/civility-history-and-hope/79

Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God

Lawrence Kushner — Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God

The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah is a rich, magnetic world of thought and teaching. It has resonance with modern understandings of reality — and describes a cosmic significance to the practical moral call to tikkun olam, "repair the world." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah. We speak with him in honor of the 20th-century historian Gershom Scholem, who resurrected this tradition from obscurity and made it accessible to modern people.


[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Lawrence Kushner with Krista TippettThis unedited interview with Rabbi Lawrence Kushner comes from our produced show "Kabbalah and the Inner Life of God."

The Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah is a rich, magnetic world of thought and teaching. It has resonance with modern understandings of reality — and describes a cosmic significance to the practical moral call to tikkun olam, "repair the world." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is a long-time student and articulator of the mysteries and messages of Kabbalah. We speak with him in honor of the 20th-century historian Gershom Scholem, who resurrected this tradition from obscurity and made it accessible to modern people.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/lawrence-kushner-kabbalah-and-the-inner-life-of-god/6309

Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again [remix]

Maria Tatar — The Great Cauldron of Story: Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again

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.


[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.