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.

Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us

Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us

Movies, for some of us, are a form of modern church. The Argentinian composer and musician Gustavo Santaolalla creates cinematic landscapes — movie soundtracks that become soundtracks for life. He's won back-to-back Academy Awards for his original scores for Brokeback Mountain and Babel. We experience his humanity and creative philosophy behind a kind of music that moves us like no other.

 
 

[Unedited] Gustavo Santaolalla with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Gustavo Santaolalla with Krista TippettGustavo Santaolalla has composed film scores for over a dozen features including "Amores Perros," "The Motorcycle Diaries," "Brokeback Mountain," "Babel," "On the Road," and "Wild Tales." His latest solo album is called "Camino." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Gustavo Santaolalla — How Movie Music Moves Us." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al. — Running as Spiritual Practice

Billy Mills, Christina Torres, Ashley Hicks, et al. — Running as Spiritual Practice

For the Summer Olympics, we explore a topic our listeners have called out as a passionate force and a connector across all kinds of boundaries in American culture: running. Not just as exercise, or as a merely physical pursuit, but running as a source of bonding between parents and children and friends; running as an interplay between competition and contemplation; running and body image and survival and healing.

 
 

Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

Joanna Macy — A Wild Love for the World

A philosopher of ecology, Joanna Macy’s path wound from the CIA to Tibetan Buddhism, to translating the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that exquisite poetry as a lens on her wisdom on the great dramas of our time: ecological, political, personal. Now in her 80s, Joanna Macy says we are at a pivotal moment in history — with possibilities of unraveling, or of creating, a life-sustaining human society.

 
 

[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Joanna Macy with Krista TippettJoanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology and a scholar of Buddhism. Her translations include Rilke's "Book of Hours: Love Poems to God," "A Year with Rilke," and the recently re-released "In Praise of Mortality." She is the co-author of "Coming Back to Life: The Updated Guide to the Work That Reconnects." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage

The Brazilian lyricist Paulo Coelho is best known for his book, The Alchemist — which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 400 weeks. His fable-like stories turn life, love, writing, and reading into pilgrimage. In a rare conversation, we meet the man behind the writings and explore what he’s touched in modern people.

 
 

[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Paulo Coelho with Krista TippettPaulo Coelho is the author of many books including "The Pilgrimage," "Veronika Decides to Die" and "The Alchemist." His new book is "Adultery." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem

Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem

Growing up, the poet Naomi Shihab Nye lived in Ferguson, Missouri and on the road between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Her father was a refugee Palestinian journalist, and through her poetry, she carries forward his hopeful passion, his insistence, that language must be a way out of cycles of animosity.

 
 

[Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Naomi Shihab Nye with Krista TippettNaomi Shihab Nye’s books include "19 Varieties of Gazelle," "You & Yours," "Words Under Words," "A Maze Me: Poems for Girls," and "Transfer." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Naomi Shihab Nye — Your Life Is a Poem." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity

Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity

Xavier Le Pichon, one of the world's leading geophysicists, helped create the field of plate tectonics. A devout Catholic and spiritual thinker, he raised his family in intentional communities centered around people with mental disabilities. He shares his rare perspective on the meaning of humanity — a perspective equally informed by his scientific and personal encounters with fragility as a fundament of vital, evolving systems. Le Pichon has come to think of caring attention to weakness as an essential quality that allowed humanity to evolve.

 
 

[Unedited] Xavier Le Pichon with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Xavier Le Pichon with Krista TippettXavier Le Pichon is Honorary Professor at Collège de France in Paris. He founded La Maison Thomas Philippe that provides retreats for families, including those struggling with mental illness. This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Xavier Le Pichon — The Fragility at the Heart of Humanity." Find more at onbeing.org.
 
 

Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Being Peace in a World of Trauma

Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Being Peace in a World of Trauma

The Vietnamese Zen master, whom Martin Luther King nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, is a voice of power and wisdom in this time of tumult in the world. We visited Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.

 
 
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