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

Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World

Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World

What might words like repentance or forgiveness mean, culturally, in this moment? These are questions of the emerging church, a loosely-defined movement that crosses generations, theologies and social ideologies in the hope of reimagining Christianity. With Phyllis Tickle and Vincent Harding, an honest and sometimes politically incorrect conversation on coming to terms with racial identity in the church and in the world.


Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Vincent Harding and Phyllis Tickle with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]This is the unedited version of On Being's produced show, "Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World." Emerging church elder Phyllis Tickle and civil rights veteran Vincent Harding in an honest and sometimes politically incorrect conversation on coming to terms with racial identity in the church and in the world.

Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know (Encore).

Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know

Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. But these are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and atheist who spends his life contemplating such things.


Lord Martin Rees with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Lord Martin Rees with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]Lord Martin Rees is Master of Trinity College and Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge. Krista Tippett spoke with him on May 9, 2011 from the studios of APM in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lord Rees was in a recording studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City. This interview is included in our show "Cosmic Origami and What We Don't Know." Download the mp3 of the produced show at on being.org.

A Second Wind in Life: Eve Ensler on Inhabiting the Body After Cancer

A Second Wind in Life: Eve Ensler on Inhabiting the Body After Cancer

Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, The Vagina Monologues, has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls. But she herself also had a violent childhood. And it turns out that she herself was like so many of us western women, obsessed by our bodies and yet not inhabiting them — without even knowing we're not inhabiting them. Until she got cancer.


Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]

Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett [Unedited Interview]This is On Being’s Unheard Cuts with Even Ensler and Krista Tippett. Eve Ensler is a writer and an activist best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues.” Krista spoke with her on September 27th, 2013, at the Nantucket Project in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Download the mp3 of the produced show with Eve Ensler at on being.org.