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On Being is a spacious conversation — and an evolving media space — 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.
The program draws out the intellectual and spiritual content of religion that should nourish our common life, but that is often obscured precisely when religion enters the news. On Being has both responded and contributed to a growing acknowledgement that there are basic questions of meaning that pertain to the entire human experience. The particular dramas and dynamics of the 21st century — ecological, political, cultural, technological, and economic — are bringing this into relief.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 7:00am
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.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 6:59amThis 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
Thursday, February 27, 2014 7:00am
He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin?
Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:59amHe is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin? See more at http://www.onbeing.org/program/catching-song-bobby-mcferrin/249
Thursday, February 20, 2014 7:00am
The writers Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy, social activist Dorothy Day, and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton — all four shared a complex Catholic faith. Paul Elie takes us on a kind of literary pilgrimage through a Catholic imagination that still resonates in our time.