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.

Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

Could we learn to talk about whiteness? The writer Eula Biss has been thinking and writing about being white and raising white children in a multi-racial world for a long time. She helpfully opens up words and ideas like “complacence,” “guilt,” and something related to privilege called “opportunity hoarding.” To be in this uncomfortable conversation is to realize how these words alone, taken seriously, can shake us up in necessary ways — but also how the limits of words make these conversations at once more messy and more urgent.

 
 

[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista TippettEula Biss is a professor in the English Department at Northwestern University. Her writing includes "On Immunity: An Inoculation" and "Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays." This conversation was inspired by her New York Times article “White Debt.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Eula Biss — Let’s Talk About Whiteness." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Anil Dash — Tech’s Moral Reckoning

Anil Dash — Tech’s Moral Reckoning

A wildly popular blogger, tech entrepreneur, and Silicon Valley influencer, Anil Dash has been an early activist for moral imagination in the digital sphere — an aspiration which has now become an urgent task. We explore the unprecedented power, the learning curves ahead, and how we can all contribute to the humane potential of technology in this moment.

 
 

[Unedited] Anil Dash with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Anil Dash with Krista TippettAnil Dash is the CEO of Fog Creek Software. He also founded Makerbase, Activate, and the non-profit Expert Labs, a research initiative backed by the MacArthur Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which collaborated with the Obama White House and federal agencies. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Anil Dash — Tech’s Moral Reckoning." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age

She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in new-fashioned digital ways. She cross-pollinates — between philosophy and design, physics and poetry, the intellectual and the experiential. We explore her gleanings on what it means to lead a good life — intellectually, creatively, and spiritually.

 
 

[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Maria Popova with Krista TippettMaria Popova is the creator and editor of brainpickings.org and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Maria Popova — Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital Age." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence of Everything

Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence of Everything

Silence is an endangered species, says Gordon Hempton. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox." Quiet is a "think tank of the soul." We take in the world through his ears.

 
 

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista TippettGordon Hempton is founder and vice president of The One Square Inch of Silence Foundation, based in Joyce, Washington. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Gordon Hempton — Silence and the Presence of Everything." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Eugene Peterson — Entering Into What Is There

Eugene Peterson — Entering Into What Is There

"Prayers are tools not for doing or getting, but for being and becoming." These are words of the beloved biblical interpreter, teacher, and pastor Eugene Peterson. Frustrated with the unimaginative way he found his congregants treating their Bibles, he translated it himself and that translation has sold millions of copies around the world. Eugene Peterson’s down-to-earth faith hinges on a love of metaphor and a commitment to the Bible’s poetry as what keeps it alive to the world.

 
 

[Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Eugene Peterson with Krista TippettEugene Peterson served as a pastor for 29 years. He is the author of over 30 books including "Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer," "The Pastor: A Memoir," and "The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Eugene Peterson — Entering Into What Is There." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman — Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering

Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman — Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering

Two legendary Buddhist teachers shine a light on the lofty ideal of loving your enemies and bring it down to earth. How can that be realistic, and what do we have to do inside ourselves to make it more possible? In a conversation filled with laughter and friendship, Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman share much practical wisdom on how we relate to that which makes us feel embattled from without, and from within.

 
 

[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman with Krista TippettRobert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg helped bring Buddhism to America in the 1970s. She became a beloved meditation teacher; he became a leading scholar of Buddhist philosophy and psychology. They shine a light on the lofty ideal of loving your enemies and bring it down to earth. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman — Meeting Our Enemies and Our Suffering." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 
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