Thank You Thursdays: On Being

My later twenties were characterized by a lot of wandering and wondering about ethical, religious, and philanthropic issues. My questions–How does one live the most ethical life in contemporary America? How can I bring my daily choices more in line with my most deeply held values? How can I be, not just right, but effective in changing hearts & minds?–didn’t seem to fit into religious institutions, nor did they seem answered in a lot of the books I sought out. I thought about going back to school, but the money and the administrative rigamarole didn’t appeal to me. One podcast, more than any other, has done a deep, satisfying dive on many of the unsolved questions in my heart, and I want to make sure everyone is aware of it.

It’s called Krista Tippet On Being, formerly On Faith, and every week it produces a free podcast (and lots of amazing online content) that looks at issues affecting our lives and values. In their own words:

Krista envisioned a program that would draw out the intellectual and spiritual content of religion that should nourish our common life, but that is often obscured precisely when religion enters the news. Our sustained growth as a show has also been nurtured by a cultural shift that seeks conversation, shared life, and problem-solving within and across religious traditions and across categories of belief and non-belief. On Being has both responded and contributed to a growing acknowledgement that there are basic questions of meaning that pertain to the entire human experience. The particular dramas and dynamics of the 21st century — ecological, political, cultural, technological, and economic — are bringing this into relief.

If you’re new to the show, definitely check out Reviving Sister Aimee, Presence in the Wild, Listening Beyond Life and Choice, and The Vitality of the Struggle–three of my recent favorites.

And to everyone that creates On Being, thank you thank you thank you. Your presence in the media landscape is a huge gift.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted August 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    A Quaker Answer (In Part).

    This is how I answer some of these questions.

  2. Posted August 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to add my thanks to Courtney’s as well – On Being is the only podcast I listen to, with good reason. Insightful and lovely every time. It also helps that you can hear the smile in Krista Tippet’s voice every time she says her adorable name.

  3. Posted August 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Just a little nit-picky detail, the original show was called Speaking of Faith.

    I’ve listened to her shows quite a lot on my weekend travels, and it has never failed to be thought provoking. And as much as I now spite religion and religious ideals, having grown up trans in a heavily religious family, I’ve never gotten the feeling that she was trying to promote any necessity of religious beliefs, which is almost ever-present in most shows I’ve encountered that discussion religious topics.

  4. Posted August 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    What’s really cool is that, in some places (almost any place with an NPR station), you can even hear it on the radio.

    • Posted August 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      Oh, definitely. They play it here on Michigan Radio every week (on sunday lol).
      I’m inclined to believe it originated as a radio show though, and moved additional content to the web.

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