Oct 062005
 

On Being

On Being with Krista Tippett takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Updated every Thursday, a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.

Bruce Kramer — Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS

Bruce Kramer — Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS

From the moment of his diagnosis with ALS, Bruce Kramer began writing — openly, deeply, and spiritually — about his struggle, as he puts it, to live while dying. He died on March 23, 2015, while we were in production on this show. His words hold abiding joy and beauty, and reveal an unexpected view opened by this disease.

 
 

[Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Bruce Kramer with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Bruce Kramer comes from the produced show "Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS." From the moment of his diagnosis with ALS, Bruce Kramer began writing — openly, deeply, and spiritually — about his struggle, as he puts it, to live while dying. He died on March 23, 2015, while we were in production on this show. His words hold abiding joy and beauty, and reveal an unexpected view opened by this disease. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/bruce-kramer-forgiving-the-body-life-with-als/7420
 
 

Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory [remix]

Alan Dienstag — Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory

Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? Alan Dienstag is a psychologist who has led support groups with early Alzheimer's patients, as well as a writing group he co-designed with the novelist Don DeLillo. He's experienced the early stages of Alzheimer's as a time for giving memories away rather than losing them.

 
 

[Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Alan Dienstag with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Alan Dienstag comes from the produced show "Alzheimer's and the Spiritual Terrain of Memory." Alzheimer's disease has been described as "the great unlearning." But what does it reveal about the nature of human identity? What remains when memory unravels? Alan Dienstag is a psychologist who has led support groups with early Alzheimer's patients, as well as a writing group he co-designed with the novelist Don DeLillo. He's experienced the early stages of Alzheimer's as a time for giving memories away rather than losing them. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/alan-dienstag-alzheimers-and-the-spiritual-terrain-of-memory/64
 
 

Arthur Zajonc + Michael McCullough — Mind and Morality: A Dialogue

Arthur Zajonc + Michael McCullough — Mind and Morality: A Dialogue

For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes. Research psychologist Michael McCullough believes that understanding our minds as mechanistic creates moral possibility. He’s led groundbreaking studies on the evolution and cultivation of moral behaviors such as forgiveness and gratitude. Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative, who believes that the farthest frontiers of science are bringing us back to a radical reorientation towards life and the foundations for our moral life.

 
 

[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough

[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCulloughThis unedited conversation with Michael McCullough and Arthur Zajonc comes from the produced show "Mind and Morality: A Dialogue." For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes. Research psychologist Michael McCullough believes that understanding our minds as mechanistic creates moral possibility. He’s led groundbreaking studies on the evolution and cultivation of moral behaviors such as forgiveness and gratitude. Arthur Zajonc is a physicist and contemplative, who believes that the farthest frontiers of science are bringing us back to a radical reorientation towards life and the foundations for our moral life. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/arthur-zajonc-michael-mccullough-mind-and-morality-a-dialogue/7316
 
 

Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer [remix]

Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer

Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina Monologues," has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls. But she herself also had a violent childhood. And it turns out that she, like so many Western women, was obsessed by her body and yet not inhabiting it without even knowing she wasn't inhabiting her body — until she got cancer.

 
 

[Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Eve Ensler comes from the produced show "A Second Wind in Life: Inhabiting the Body After Cancer." Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina Monologues," has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls. But she herself also had a violent childhood. And it turns out that she herself was like so many of us western women, obsessed by our bodies and yet not inhabiting them — without even knowing we're not inhabiting them. Until she got cancer. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/a-second-wind/6050
 
 

Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

Joe Henry — The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting

In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music. Cherished by fans and fellow musicians alike, he’s produced a dozen albums of his own and for an array of artists, including Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, and Billy Bragg. And, he’s written songs together with Rosanne Cash and Madonna. With Joe Henry, we probe the mystery and adventure of discovering life through music.

 
 

[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Joe Henry with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with singer-songwriter Joe Henry comes from the produced show "The Mystery and Adventure of Life and Songwriting." In life as in song, Joe Henry says "we're really called not to dispel mystery but to abide it, to engage it." He brings an inward wisdom to the art and craft of making music. Cherished by fans and fellow musicians alike, he’s produced a dozen albums of his own and for an array of artists, including Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, and Billy Bragg. And, he’s written songs together with Rosanne Cash and Madonna. With Joe Henry, we probe the mystery and adventure of discovering life through music. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/joe-henry-the-mystery-and-adventure-of-life-and-songwriting/7313
 
 

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward [remix]

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson — The Movement, Remembered Forward

Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own. Lucas Johnson is bringing the art and practice of nonviolence into a new century, for new generations. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original Black Power feminist and a grassroots leader of the Mississippi Freedom Summer.

 
 

[Unedited] Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson with Krista Tippett

[Unedited] Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons and Lucas Johnson comes from the produced show "The Movement, Remembered Forward." Wisdom for how we can move and heal our society in our time as the Civil Rights Movement galvanized its own. Lucas Johnson is bringing the art and practice of nonviolence into a new century, for new generations. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons was an original Black Power feminist and a grassroots leader of the Mississippi Freedom Summer. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/gwendolyn-zoharah-simmons-and-lucas-johnson-the-movement-remembered-forward/6101
 
 
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