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

Podcasts

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:00am
    Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts

    Singing is able to touch and join human beings in ways few other arts can. Alice Parker is a wise and joyful thinker and writer on this truth, and has been a hero in the universe of choral music as a composer, conductor, and teacher for most of her 90 years. She began as a young woman, studying conducting with Robert Shaw at Juilliard, and collaborated with him on arrangements of folk songs, spirituals, and hymns that are still performed around the world today.

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 5:59am
    [Unedited] Alice Parker with Krista TippettAlice Parker is the artistic director of the non-profit Melodious Accord and is the author of "Melodious Accord: Good Singing in Church." She collaborated with the Robert Shaw Chorale for 20 years and has composed operas, cantatas and suites for chamber ensembles, as well as hundreds of anthems and songs. CDs of her compositions and arrangements include "My Love and I" and "Take Me to the Water." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts." Find more at onbeing.org.
  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 6:00am
    James Martin — Finding God in All Things

    Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, to “find God in all things” — and for him that means being a writer of books, an editor of America magazine, and a wise and witty presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. To delve into Fr. Martin's way of being in the world is to discover the "spiritual exercises" St. Ignatius designed to be accessible to everyone more than six centuries ago.

  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:59am
    [Unedited] James Martin with Krista TippettJames Martin is a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large of "America" magazine. He’s the author of several books including "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything," "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," and most recently "Seven Last Words." Before Pope Francis, James Martin was perhaps the best-loved Jesuit in American life. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "James Martin — Finding God in All Things." Find more at onbeing.org.
  • Thursday, November 24, 2016 6:00am
    Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

    They are partners in music and in life — recovering something ancient and deeply American all at once, bringing both beauty and meaning to what they play and how they live. Béla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. He’s followed what many experience as this quintessential American roots instrument back to its roots in Africa and taken it where no banjo has gone before. Abigail Washburn is a celebrated banjo player and singer, both in English and Chinese. Nashville Public radio brought us together at the Belcourt Theater in their hometown.