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

Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises [remix]

Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."


South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.


[Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Desmond Tutu with Krista TippettThis is On Being's Unheard Cuts. Krista Tippett interviewed Desmond Tutu on March 12, 2010 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This interview is included in the show "Desmond Tutu — A God of Surprises."

"There's no question about the reality of evil, of injustice, of suffering, but at the center of this existence is a heart beating with love."

South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on how his understanding of God and humanity has unfolded through the history he's lived and shaped.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/desmond-tutus-god-surprises/85

Brian McLaren — The Equation of Change

Brian McLaren — The Equation of Change

How can people rediscover faith as a series of stories and encounters rather than being reduced to a system of abstractions and beliefs? An influential voice in the worlds of progressive Evangelicalism and “emerging” Christianity, Brian McLaren envisions a community where diversity no longer means division. A provocative conversation on the meaning and future of Church in a 21st-century world.


[Unedited] Brian McLaren with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Brian McLaren with Krista TippettBrian McLaren is an influential voice in the worlds of progressive Evangelicalism and what has been called “emerging” Christianity. In a provocative conversation on the meaning and future of Church, he envisions a community where diversity no longer means division.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/brian-mclaren-the-equation-of-change/6175

Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit (Encore).

Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit

Dr. Sherwin Nuland died this week at the age of 83. He became well-known through his first book, How We Die, which won the National Book Award in 1994. But pondering death was for him a way of wondering at life. He reflected on the meaning of life by way of scrupulous and elegant detail about human physiology.


[Unedited] Sherwin Nuland with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Sherwin Nuland with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Sherwin Nuland comes from the produced show " Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit."

The late surgeon Sherwin Nuland held a deep sense of wonder at the human body's capacity to sustain life and to support our pursuits of order and meaning. He followed the emergence of brain science with great fascination, and came to believe that the human spirit arose in an evolutionary way, as an accomplishment of the human brain.

See more at www.onbeing.org/program/biology-spirit/184