Oct 062005
 

On Being with Krista Tippett

On Being takes up the big questions of meaning 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 — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista Tippett. Discover more at onbeing.org. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, Becoming Wise, Creating Our Own Lives, and more to come.

Alice Parker — Singing Is the Most Companionable of Arts

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.

 
 

[Unedited] Alice Parker with Krista Tippett

[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.
 
 

James Martin — Finding God in All Things

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.

 
 

[Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett

[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.
 
 

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo

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.

 
 

[Unedited] Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn with Krista TippettBéla Fleck is one of the greatest living banjo players in the world. Abigail Washburn is a celebrated banjo player and singer, both in English and Chinese. Their first full album collaboration, "Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn," was awarded the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Truth, Beauty, Banjo." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is the Last Frontier

Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is the Last Frontier

Go to the doctor and they won't begin to treat you without taking your history — and not just yours, but that of your parents and grandparents before you. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson points this out as she reflects on her epic work of narrative non-fiction, The Warmth of Other Suns. She's immersed herself in the stories of the Great Migration, the diaspora of six million African Americans to the north of the U.S. in the 20th century. It's a carrier of untold histories and truths that help make sense of human and social challenges newly visible at the heart of our life together.

 
 

[Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Isabel Wilkerson with Krista TippettIsabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of "The New York Times" and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2016. Her book "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration," won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Isabel Wilkerson — The Heart Is The Last Frontier" Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?

Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?

In an unsettled political moment, at the end of a divisive campaign, the late, great civil rights elder Vincent Harding is a voice of calm, wisdom, and perspective. He was wise about how the civil rights vision might speak to 21st-century realities. Just as importantly, he pursued this by way of patient yet passionate cross-cultural, cross-generational relationship. He reminded us that the Civil Rights Movement was spiritually as well as politically vigorous; it aspired to a "beloved community," not merely a tolerant integrated society. He posed and lived a question that is freshly in our midst: Is America possible?

 
 

[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Vincent Harding with Krista TippettThe late civil rights elder Vincent Harding was chairperson of the Veterans of Hope project at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where he was professor of Religion and Transformation. He posed and lived a question that is freshly in our midst: Is America possible? This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Vincent Harding — Is America Possible?" Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Michael Longley — The Vitality of Ordinary Things

Michael Longley — The Vitality of Ordinary Things

To reassert the liveliness of ordinary things, precisely in the face of what is hardest and most broken in life and society — this has been Michael Longley’s gift to Northern Ireland as one of its foremost living poets. He is a voice for all of us now, wise and winsome about the force of words in a society that has moved away from sectarianism in living memory. A profound conversation before an adoring crowd at The MAC Belfast.

 
 

[Unedited] Michael Longley with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Michael Longley with Krista TippettMichael Longley has written more than 20 books of poetry including "Collected Poems," "Gorse Fires," and his most recent collection, "The Stairwell." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Michael Longley — The Vitality of Ordinary Things." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 
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