On Being

Airs Sundays at 6 am & 8 pm
  • Hosted by Krista Tippett

On Being with Krista Tippett takes up the big questions with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.

Distributed by: American Public Media


  • Thursday, August 18, 2016 6:00am
    Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al. — Running as Spiritual Practice

    For the Summer Olympics, we explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends; running as an interplay between competition and contemplation; running and body image and survival and healing.

  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 6:00am
    Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

    A philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy’s path wound from the CIA to Tibetan Buddhism, to translating the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that exquisite poetry as a lens on her wisdom on the great dramas of our time: ecological, political, personal. Now in her 80s, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history — with possibilities of unraveling, or of creating, a life-sustaining human society.

  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 5:59am
    [Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista TippettJoanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and a scholar of Buddhism. Her translations include Rilke's "Book of Hours: Love Poems to God," "A Year with Rilke," and the recently re-released "In Praise of Mortality." She is the co-author of "Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects." Find more at onbeing.org.
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 6:00am
    Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

    The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 400 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.

  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 5:59am
    [Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista TippettPaulo Coelho is the author of many books including "The Pilgrimage," "Veronika Decides to Die" and "The Alchemist." His new book is "Adultery." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage." Find more at onbeing.org.