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, June 23, 2016 6:00am
    Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure

    There is no such thing as closure. Family therapist Pauline Boss says that the idea of closure in fact leads us astray — it’s a myth we need to put aside, like the idea we’ve accepted that grief has five linear stages and we come out the other side done with it. She coined the term “ambiguous loss,” creating a new field in family therapy and psychology. And she has wisdom for the complicated griefs and losses in all of our lives and in how we best approach the losses of others — including those very much in our public midst right now.

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:59am
    [Unedited] Pauline Boss with Krista TippettPauline Boss is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of "Loss, Trauma and Resilience: Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss," "Loving Someone Who Has Dementia," and "Ambiguous Loss." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Pauline Boss — The Myth of Closure." Find more at onbeing.org.
  • Thursday, June 16, 2016 6:00am
    Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, et al. — Revealing Ramadan

    Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:00am
    Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine

    The emerging science of implicit bias is one of the most promising fields for animating the human change that makes social change possible. The social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji is one of its primary architects. She understands the mind as a “difference-seeking machine” that helps us order and navigate the overwhelming complexity of reality. But this gift also creates blind spots and biases, as we fill in what we don’t know with the limits of what we do know. This is science that takes our grappling with difference out of the realm of guilt, and into the realm of transformative good.

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 5:59am
    [Unedited] Mahzarin Banaji with Krista TippettMahzarin Banaji is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the department of psychology at Harvard University. She is the co-author of "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People," and co-founder of the implicit bias research organization Project Implicit. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Mahzarin Banaji — The Mind Is a Difference-Seeking Machine." Find more at onbeing.org.