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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, December 5, 2013 7:00am
Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live, parent, and navigate relations with members of the opposite gender.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 6:59amBrene Brown is Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and the author of "Daring Greatly." Krista Tippett spoke with her on November 12, 2012. This interview is included in our show "Deep Shame and the Courage to be Vulnerable." Download an mp3 of the produced show at onbeing.org.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 7:00am
What might words like repentance or forgiveness mean, culturally, in this moment? These are questions of the emerging church, a loosely-defined movement that crosses generations, theologies and social ideologies in the hope of reimagining Christianity. With Phyllis Tickle and Vincent Harding, an honest and sometimes politically incorrect conversation on coming to terms with racial identity in the church and in the world.
Thursday, November 28, 2013 6:59amThis is the unedited version of On Being's produced show, "Racial Identity in the Emerging Church and the World." Emerging church elder Phyllis Tickle and civil rights veteran Vincent Harding in an honest and sometimes politically incorrect conversation on coming to terms with racial identity in the church and in the world.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:00am
Parallel realities and the deep structure of space-time sound like science fiction. These are matters of real scientific inquiry. Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and self-professed atheist who paints a fascinating picture of how we might be changed by what we do not yet know.