On Being

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On Being
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Other names

First Person (2001–2003)

Speaking of Faith (2003–2010)
Genre Interview
Running time 51 minutes
Country United States
Language(s) English
Exec. producer(s) Krista Tippett
Recording studio Minneapolis, Minnesota
Air dates since September 22, 2001
No. of episodes 283
Other themes "Seven League Boots" by Zoe Keating
Website www.onbeing.org
Podcast On Being Podcast

On Being is a public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website, publisher and public event convener. Hosted by Krista Tippett, it examines what it calls the "animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?"[1]

Radio program and podcast[edit]

Format[edit]

On Being is an hour-long radio show and podcast, hosted by Krista Tippett.

Tippett has interviewed guests ranging from from poets to physicists, doctors to historians, artists to activists.[2] Her guests include the 14th Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Desmond Tutu, Thich Nhat Hanh, Rosanne Cash, Wangari Maathai, Yo-Yo Ma, Paulo Coehlo, Brian Greene, John Polkinghorne, Jean Vanier, Joanna Macy, Sylvia Earle, and Elie Wiesel.[3]

In 2006, On Being became the first national public radio show to offer unedited interviews alongside the produced radio show in their podcast and on their website.[4]

History[edit]

Krista Tippett pitched a series of pilots on religion, meaning, and ethics to Bill Buzenberg,[5] then Vice President for News at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media, in the late 1990s.[6][not in citation given] The program became a monthly series in 2001[7] and a weekly national program distributed by American Public Media (APM) in 2003.[8] In 2010, the show's name changed from Speaking of Faith to On Being. In 2013, Tippett left APM to start the non-profit production company, Krista Tippett Public Productions, which she described as "a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart".[4][9]

As of July 2014, On Being aired on 334 public radio stations across the United States,[10] and the On Being podcast reached a global audience of 1.5 million listeners a month.[10] On Being was listed in the iTunes top ten podcasts of 2014.[11]

Content[edit]

The Columbia Journalism Review said of On Being and Tippett, "To listen to her show is to hear how intelligent and thoughtful religious people can be when they are allowed to be subjective and not merely regurgitate dogma."[12] In 2008 the show produced a series of programs called "Repossessing Virtue", exploring the spiritual and moral aspects of the economic recession.[13][not in citation given][who?] Other series have included "Revealing Ramadan" and "Living Islam" and "The Civil Conversations Project." In 2014, On Being produced two radio specials. "Science on Human Frontiers" included interviews with Brian Greene, Natalie Batalha, S. James Gates, Sylvia Earle, and Esther Sternberg. Most recently On Being produced a special series on "The American Consciousness," a collection of live interviews at the Chautauqua Institution with Michel Martin, Richard Rodriguez, Imani Perry, and Nathan Schneider.

Social enterprise[edit]

Krista Tippett Public Productions (KTPP) was founded in 2013 by Krista Tippett as a non-profit production company with a 4,000-square-foot studio and live event space on Loring Park in Minneapolis.[9] KTPP manages the production and funding of the program, which is distributed by APM.[4]

The Civil Conversations Project[edit]

In 2012, On Being began a series of interviews and live events which became the Civil Conversations Project. The initial four-part series was a collaboration of the Brookings Institution, the Humphrey School, and the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. The project grew out of a sentiment that Tippett heard from many Americans who felt that our "civic life is broken, that bipartisan consensus is inconceivable".[14] Tippett says that "conduct in public spaces may be as important as the positions we take"; and "How do we walk in disagreement while keeping as much of our society intact as we can?"[14]

The Civil Conversations Project has been described in southwestjournal.com as "an ever evolving effort to help others host the kind of nuanced an empathetic discussions they hear on On Being",[9] and a "lab for returning civility to civic life",[9] with a website containing conversation starters, video of live events, and interviews.[4] Tippett describes the program as about "equipping people, wherever they may live, to create new conversational spaces".[15]

Harvard Law School has used resources from the Civil Conversations Project.[4] In 2014, the Civil Conversations Project lead an international pilot program in places such as Northern Ireland and Jordan.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal for:

    "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom."[16][17]

  • George Foster Peabody Award for its radio and online production "The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi" in 2007.[18]
  • Webby Award: 2014,[19] 2008,[20] and 2005.[21]
  • Wilbur Award, Religion Communicators Council, for “Religion in a Time of War,” and “Progressive Islam in America.”[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About On Being". Retrieved 2015-02-04. 
  2. ^ Janssen, Mike (August 27, 2007). "Formal religion doesn't fence in Faith". Current. In each episode, Tippett interviews one or several guests who hail from myriad disciplines—including poetry, physics, medicine, history and activism, as well as many religious traditions. 
  3. ^ Adcox, Brooke (October 2011). "Spirited Away". Oklahoma Today. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Mook, Ben (September 8, 2014). "Naysayers be Damned, Public Radio’s On Being Thrives as ‘Social Enterprise’". The Current. Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Freedman, Samuel (May 28, 2010). "Radio Program About Faith Defies the Skeptics". New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Block, Zachary (September 2003). "First-Person Singular". Brown Alumni Magazine. 
  7. ^ Miller, Kay (November 2, 2002). "Radio for the Soul". The Star Tribune. p. B5. 
  8. ^ Robinson, David (August 21, 2003). "Main Line Faith: 'Speaking of Faith' comes to Philadelphia". Main Line Times. 
  9. ^ a b c d Thomas, Dylan (August 11, 2014). "On Being More Than Just a Radio Show". The Southwest Journal. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Boorstein, Michelle (July 30, 2014). "‘On Being’ host Krista Tippett on the Spiritual Life of a Religion Reporter". Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ "iTunes Best of 2014". December 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ Beckerman, Gal (May 2004). "Why Don’t Journalists Get Religion?: A tenuous bridge to believers". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ Tippett, Krista (January 22, 2009). "An Inner Life With New Meaning". Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Sturdevant, Lori (September 15, 2012). "How do we break down our walls?". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  15. ^ Smith, Megan (Fall 2014). "The Wisdom Seeker". Cake and Whiskey. p. 88. 
  16. ^ White House Office of the Press Secretary (July 22, 2014). "President Obama to Award 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal". Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  17. ^ Bailey, Sarah Pulliam (July 31, 2014). "Krista Tippett, Host Of 'On Being' Faith Broadcast, Awarded National Humanities Medal". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  18. ^ "67th Annual Peabody Awards winners announced". UGA Today. April 2, 2008. 
  19. ^ "2014 People's Voice On Being". Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ "2008 Honoree Speaking of Faith". Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ "2005 Webby Award Winner Speaking of Faith". Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Faith, Life, and Learning". Minnesota Monthly. April 2004. 

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