Becoming Wise

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The Becoming Wise podcast offers depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world. On Being Studios is the producer of On Being, This Movie Changed Me, and more to come. Krista Tippett is the author of the New York Times bestselling Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. President Obama honored her with the National Humanities Medal for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence.” New season debuts Monday, March 25, 2019.

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Season Two Trailer
Season Two Trailer

A preview of season two, returning on Monday March 25, 2019. Hosted by Krista Tippett.

Depth and discovery, in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Curated from hundreds of big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world.

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Mar 11, 2019
#19 Einstein Speaks to Us About Race | S. James Gates
#19 Einstein Speaks to Us About Race | S. James Gates

“His capability to ask the ‘What if?’ question opened the door to the deepest marker of humanity, and that’s empathy.” Physicist S. James Gates celebrates the scientific and social power of Albert Einstein’s imagination. Find more at

Jul 25, 2016
#20 Trauma and Resilience Land in Our Bodies | Bessel Van Der Kolk
#20 Trauma and Resilience Land in Our Bodies | Bessel Van Der Kolk

“Trauma treatment starts at the foundation of a body that can sleep, a body that can rest, a body that feels safe, a body that can move.” Psychiatrist Bessel Van Der Kolk on finding resilience in our bodies after trauma. Find more at

Jul 25, 2016
#18 Evil, Forgiveness, and Prayer | Elie Wiesel
#18 Evil, Forgiveness, and Prayer | Elie Wiesel

“When words bring you closer to the prisoner in his cell, to the patient who is dying on his bed alone, to the starving child, then it’s a prayer.” Elie Wiesel, the beloved writer known for his memoir of the Holocaust, “Night,” speaks of the power of prayer and forgiveness in the wake of profound suffering. Find more at

Jul 08, 2016
#17 We Are the Beloved Community | John Lewis

“I discovered that you have to have this sense of faith that what you’re moving toward is already done.” Civil rights leader John Lewis on living as if the “beloved community” were already our reality. Find more at

Jul 05, 2016
#16 The Universe Participates in the Mystery of God | Guy Consolmagno and George Coyne

“If you’re sure about something, you don’t need faith. It’s when you have the doubts that faith kicks in. And that’s true in science as well as anything else.” Vatican astronomers Brother Guy Consolmagno and Father George Coyne on the joy of discovery and delighting in what we don’t know. Find more at

Jun 27, 2016
#15 I Feel, Therefore I Am | Eve Ensler

“How in our daily lives are we connecting with ourselves and everything around us? Because that’s where real, energetic transformation comes from.” Feminist playwright Eve Ensler speaks of the affirming physicality of our bodies, and of finding true contentment in the lives we already lead. Find more at

Jun 20, 2016
#14 We Reclaim Abandoned Spaces | Shane Claiborne

“There’s something magnetic about a group of people that say, ‘Hey, we don’t have it all figured out, and we need each other.'” New Monastic and Simple Way founder Shane Claiborne on bridging the gap between the structures we are raised in and the human needs around us. Find more at

Jun 13, 2016
#13 We Choose Our Own Tribes | Seth Godin

“The challenge of our future is to say, are we going to connect and amplify positive tribes that want to make things better for all of us?” Entrepreneur and digital wise man Seth Godin on our capacity to use connection to elevate and advance the human spirit. Find more at

Jun 06, 2016
#12 Spirituality Is Enfolded Into the Act of Living | Sylvia Boorstein

“Sometimes the pain of the world seems incomprehensible. And if there’s anything that balances it, it’s wonder at the world, the amazingness of people.” Mindfulness meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein gives counsel on finding joy and spiritual practice embedded in the rhythms of everyday life. Find more at

May 31, 2016
#11 The Good in the Other, the Doubt in Ourselves | Frances Kissling

“You’ve got to be willing to risk in order to make change. You’ve got to approach differences with the notion that there is good in the other.” Scholar and activist Frances Kissling speaks of good will and understanding, rather than agreement or victory, as bridges between difference. Find more at

May 23, 2016
#10 The Inner World Is a Great, Undiscovered Terrain | Pico Iyer

“The point of gathering stillness is not to enrich the sanctuary or the mountaintop, but to bring that reality into the motion, the commotion, of the world.” Wanderer and writer Pico Iyer on outer stillness as an essential catalyst to a rich inner life. Find more at

May 16, 2016
#9 Present to Life, Moment by Moment | Jon Kabat-Zinn

“The more we can learn these lessons, the more we will not be running towards our death, but opening to our lives.” Mindfulness researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn on the physiological and spiritual potential of being present to every moment of daily life.

May 09, 2016
#8 The Paradox of Suffering and Love | Kate Braestrup

“The question isn’t whether we’re going to have to do hard, awful things. The question is whether we have to do them alone.” UU law enforcement chaplain Kate Braestrup tells the story of a police woman who embodies the both/and of love and new life, and crime and death. Find more at

May 02, 2016
#7 Enriched by Difference | Jonathan Sacks

“That’s how we are as a people. It’s the authentic, the unique, the different that makes us feel enriched when we encounter it.” Rabbi and philosopher Jonathan Sacks on difference as expansive and unifying, rather than a force for division. Find more at

Apr 25, 2016
#6 The Hidden Hand of the Equations | Brian Greene

“Call it the hidden hand of God; I would simply call it the hidden hand of the equations. And that gets us from the beginning to here.” Physicist Brian Greene on the hidden nature of reality, and the power of science to reveal beauty we can’t observe. Find more at

Apr 18, 2016
#5 The Desire to Know Each Other | Elizabeth Alexander

“Are we human beings who are in community, do we call to each other? Do we heed each other? Do we want to know each other?” Poet Elizabeth Alexander speaks of our need for language to understand our neighbors. Find more at

Apr 11, 2016
#4 Compassion for Our Bodies | Matthew Sanford

“Your body, for as long as it possibly can, will be faithful to living. That’s what it does.” Matthew Sanford, an innovator of adaptive yoga, on taking a new orientation to our physical change and pain, and the outward healing that can result.

Apr 04, 2016
#2 Beauty Is an Edge of Becoming | John O'Donohue

“Beauty isn’t all about just niceness, loveliness. Beauty is about more rounded, substantial becoming.” Beloved Irish poet John O’Donohue on beauty’s true grit, and finding it in the transformational edges of our daily lives. Find more at

Mar 18, 2016
#1 Courage Is Born from Struggle | Brené Brown

“Hope is a function of struggle.” Brené Brown, a researcher and scholar, on the value and power of adversity to give rise to the astonishing strength of which we are all capable.

Mar 18, 2016
#3 Mapping Meaning in a Digital Age | Maria Popova

“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. But hope without critical thinking is naïveté. I try to live in this space between the two.” The creator and editor of Brain Pickings on the pratfalls and promise of knowledge-sharing in the digital age. Find more at

Mar 18, 2016