Podcasts We Love: Krista Tippett’s On Being

by Simona Terron
In this second part of our series on Podcasts We Love, we bring you Krista Tippett’s On Being:

Who is Krista Tippett?

She’s a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. She received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2014 for her work exploring the mysteries of human existence on the air and in print.

A native of Oklahoma, she studied history at Brown University and has worked for The New York stringer, Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit, as well as later being a special assistant to the US Ambassador to West Germany. She’s lived in Spain, England, and Scotland, and graduated from Yale in 1994 after which she published her first book, Speaking of Faith and later, Einstein's God, which illustrates some of the important ways the program and her vision have continued to evolve.

Why We Love Her Podcast

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website, as well as a online exploration, a publisher, and public event convener. It touches upon topics that explore what it means to be human through conversations with different thought leaders from various backgrounds, cultures, and communities.

Three of our fave episodes from her podcast:
  1. The Spirituality of Parenting with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso in May 07, 2009
This episode involves a rabbi and an author of many children's books. He discusses how more and more people in our time are disconnected from religious institutions, at least for part of their lives. Others are religious and find themselves creating a family with a spouse from another tradition or no tradition at all. And the experience of parenting tends to raise spiritual questions anew. We sense that there is a spiritual aspect to our children's natures and wonder how to support and nurture that. Sasso focuses on how the spiritual life begins not in abstractions but in concrete everyday experiences, and that children need our questions as much as our answers.
  1. The Alchemy of Pilgrimage with Paulo Coelho in August 14, 2014
This Brazilian lyricist is the author of many books including The Pilgrimage, Veronika Decides to Die and most famously, The Alchemist, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 300 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. This rare conversation allows you a glimpse into the man behind the writings and an exploration of what he’s touched in modern people.
  1. The Magic Shop of the Brain with James Doty in February 11, 2016
Doty, a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University and founding director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, is also the author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. This episode revolves around this brain surgeon’s quest to learn about the knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other, what compassion means in the body and in action, and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining.

If you like what you just read and heard, we have more! Here's a complete list of All The Podcasts We Love, Right In One Place.

Image: On Being’s website
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