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On Being (formerly Speaking of Faith) is a Peabody and Webby Award-winning weekly program that airs on more than 240 stations. The program engages listeners across the spectrum of belief and non-belief in conversation about life’s deepest questions.

Krista TippettFrom autism to the ethics of torture, host Krista Tippett and her guests reach beyond the headlines to probe faith and meaning, ethics and new ways of being, amidst the political, ecological, economic, cultural and technological shifts that define 21st century life.

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Apr 17, 2014 -
Dave Isay — The Everyday Art of Listening

"The soul is contained in the voice."

StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.

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[Unedited] Dave Isay with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with StoryCorps founder David Isay comes from our produced show "David Isay — The Everyday Art of Listening." "The soul is contained in the voice." StoryCorps founder David Isay and Krista Tippett have an intimate conversation about their shared love of listening — and the importance of creating spaces to tell our stories to each other. For him, the spaces where two people ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask of each other are sacred. Listening, he’s learned, is an act of love. Eliciting and capturing our stories is a way of insisting that every life matters.
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Apr 10, 2014 -
Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God

With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is.

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[Unedited] Avivah Zornberg with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with master of midrash Avivah Zornberg comes from our produced show "Avivah Zornberg — The Transformation of Pharaoh, Moses, and God." With a master of midrash as our guide, we walk through the Exodus story at the heart of Passover. It's not the simple narrative you've watched at the movies or learned in Sunday school. Neither Moses or Pharaoh, nor the oppressed Israelites or even God, are as they seem. As Avivah Zornberg reveals, Exodus is a cargo of hidden stories — telling the messy, strange, redemptive truth of us as we are, and life as it is. See more at www.onbeing.org/program/avivah-zornberg-the-transformation-of-pharaoh-moses-and-god/6258
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Apr 03, 2014 -
Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth

An astrophysicist who studies the shape of the universe, Janna Levin has also explored her science by writing a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing. Both men pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions, she says, help create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human.

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[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista TippettAn astrophysicist who’s also explored her science by way of a novel about two pivotal 20th-century mathematicians, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing. Both pushed at boundaries where mathematics presses on grand questions of meaning and purpose. Such questions helped create the technologies that are now changing our sense of what it means to be human. This unedited conversation with astrophysicist and author Janna Levin comes from our produced show "Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth." See more at www.onbeing.org/program/mathematics-purpose-and-truth/130
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Mar 27, 2014 -
Jennifer Michael Hecht — Suicide, and Hope for Our Future Selves

"Your staying alive means so much more than you really know or that anyone is aware of at this moment."

Philosopher, historian, and poet Jennifer Michael Hecht has traced how Western civilization has at times demonized those who commit suicide, at times celebrated it as a moral freedom. She proposes a reframed cultural conversation, based not on morality or rights but on our essential need for each other.

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