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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. Updated every Thursday, Krista Tippett with a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.More from On Being »

Most Recent Episodes

Krista Tippett — An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

This episode, a "theft of the dial." Writer and traveler Pico Iyer turns the tables on our host Krista Tippett by asking her the questions. Her latest book, Becoming Wise, chronicles what she's learned through her conversations with the most extraordinary voices across time and generations, across disciplines and denominations. An illuminating conversation on the mystery and art of living.

[Unedited] Krista Tippett with Pico Iyer

Krista Tippett is a journalist and host of On Being. She is the New York Times bestselling author of "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living" and "Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit." She won a Peabody Award and received the National Humanities Medal for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Krista Tippett — An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living." Find more at onbeing.org.

Frank Wilczek — Why Is the World So Beautiful?

Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book, A Beautiful Question, is a long meditation on the question: "Does the world embody beautiful ideas?" He's the unusual scientist willing to analogize his discoveries about the deep structure of reality with deep meaning in the human everyday.

[Unedited] Frank Wilczek with Krista Tippett

Frank Wilczek is the Herman Feshbach professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include "The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces," and "A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design." This interview is edited and produced with music in the On Being episode "Frank Wilczek — Why Is the World So Beautiful?" Find more at onbeing.org.

Michelle Alexander — Who We Want to Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow

The civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander is one of the people who is waking us up to history we don't remember, and structures most of us can't fathom intending to create. She calls the punitive culture that has emerged the "new Jim Crow," and is making it visible in the name of a fierce hope and belief in our collective capacity to engender the transformation to which this moment is calling.

[Unedited] Michelle Alexander with Krista Tippett

Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, and has served as the director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California. Her book is "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "Michelle Alexander — Who We Want to Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow." Find more at onbeing.org.

Craig Minowa — Music and The Ritual of Performance

The band Cloud Cult is hard to categorize — both musically and lyrically — though it's been called an "orchestral indie rock collective." Less in question is the profound and life-giving force of its music. Cloud Cult's trajectory was altered the day its co-founder and singer-songwriter, Craig Minowa, and his wife woke up to find that their two-year-old son had mysteriously died in his sleep. Live from our studios on Loring Park, we explore the art that has emerged ever since — spanning the human experience from the rawest grief to the fiercest hope.

[Unedited] Craig Minowa with Krista Tippett

Craig Minowa is the founder, singer, and songwriter of the alternative rock band Cloud Cult, whose albums include "Light Chasers," the acoustic live album "Unplug," and "The Seeker," released in February 2016. He holds a degree in environmental science from the University of Minnesota, and is the founder of the environmental non-profit and record label Earthology.

David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality

"Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet / confinement of your aloneness / to learn / anything or anyone / that does not bring you alive / is too small for you." David Whyte is a poet and philosopher who believes in the power of a "beautiful question" amidst the drama of work as well as the drama of life — amidst the ways the two overlap, whether we want them to or not. He shared a deep friendship with the late Irish philosopher John O'Donohue. They were, David Whyte says, like "two bookends." More recently, he's written about the consolation, nourishment, and underlying meaning of everyday words.

[Unedited] David Whyte with Krista Tippett

David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. His books include "The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America," "River Flow: New & Selected Poems," and "Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment, and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words." This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode "David Whyte — The Conversational Nature of Reality." Find more at onbeing.org.

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