Mariah Helgeson

Mariah Helgeson

is an associate producer at On Being. She earned a degree in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict Resolution from George Washington University. She grew up in Minnesota and was a program associate at the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network. When she’s not submerged in a good book she might be found laughing with her teenage sisters or playing chamber music.
By Mariah Helgeson November 16, 2014

Listen to this virtuosic performance of Bach's much-heralded chaconne for solo violin — a complicated, messy, transcendent portrait of grief, at once personal and universal.

By Mariah Helgeson September 11, 2014

A behind-the-scenes narrative of how the music in our podcasts find its way serendipitously into our production process — all by way of hip hop aficionado Imani Perry. Lauryn Hill comes through in a pinch.

By Mariah Helgeson August 16, 2014

In his interview with Krista Tippett, the Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho surprised us by recalling Krista's 2010 TED talk at the United Nations. It is in wrestling with ourselves and our contradictions, he says, that we uncover the breeding grounds of compassion.

By Mariah Helgeson July 14, 2014

What do nuns playing basketball in 1965 and a renowned Indian poet have in common? Joy!

By Mariah Helgeson July 10, 2014

Flannery O'Connor's prayer journal offers a rare glimpse into the life of a brilliant writer, colored by doubt and uncertainty, preoccupied with both magnificent grace and the mundane absurdity of everyday life.

By Mariah Helgeson July 08, 2014

Krista Tippett interviewed the poet and memoirist Maya Angelou just three weeks before her death. In an intimate phone conversation, she shares a final encouragement for today's young men and women.

By Mariah Helgeson July 08, 2014

Former Black Panther party member Kathleen Cleaver on the third option. Beyond revolt and submission, there is another path, the path of self-realization.

By Mariah Helgeson July 08, 2014

Civil rights veteran Julian Bond on the guardianship of W.E.B. Du Bois in the efforts to move beyond the color line in the twenty-first century.

By Mariah Helgeson July 07, 2014

This unpublished list of books written by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1923 might be a list of favorites, or it might be a to-read list, or a list of recommendations for a friend. In any case, it's a window into the mind of a terrific writer, through the books he loved.

By Mariah Helgeson July 03, 2014

Inspired by Du Bois, Cory Booker reflects on the individual yearning of black men as essential to collective struggle. For him, the gift of his skin color is in allowing a better appreciation of the texture of humanity and a deeper ability to feel compassion.

By Mariah Helgeson July 01, 2014

How do we teach our children to be aware, to question, to be tolerant, to be resilient and righteous? How do we nurture their brilliance and bravery? A photoquote from poet Elizabeth Alexander, inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois

By Mariah Helgeson June 10, 2014

The writer's words from 1955 resonate even more profoundly today in an era of technological ubiquity. A meditation on the gifts of solitude, loneliness, and silence.

By Mariah Helgeson June 01, 2014

Listen to this beautiful recitation of the Maasai creed from the late great scholar Jaroslav Pelikan. It's a treasure.

By Mariah Helgeson May 15, 2014

As the narrative of Noah and the flood resurfaces in pop culture, a poetic midrash by Elie Wiesel.

By Mariah Helgeson May 12, 2014

A poetic photoquote from Rebecca Solnit on meeting moments of arrival, moments of realization, and moments of discovery with open arms.

By Mariah Helgeson May 06, 2014

In this photoquote of the day, Annie Dillard reminds us to ride the "monsters down deep."

By Mariah Helgeson May 06, 2014

Join us at 1:00PM (CT) today for a live video stream of our inaugural live event at On Being Studios. It's sure to be a rich discussion about science and religion between two great thinkers.

By Mariah Helgeson May 05, 2014

A mesmerizing collaboration between Memphis-born street dancer Lil Buck and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. A moment of transcendence that stops you in your tracks and begs to be noticed.

By Mariah Helgeson May 01, 2014

If you didn't know it, Krista's a Trekkie. And so was one of our guests. A meeting of two Trekkie minds makes for an endearing few moments between interviewer and interviewee. Listen in.

By Mariah Helgeson April 22, 2014

A compilation of tweets from our conversation on the legacy of Gershom Scholem. It overflows with gems of wisdom you'll be glad you read!

By Mariah Helgeson April 21, 2014

A letter from beloved children's author on living out your joy, in whatever form it takes.

By Mariah Helgeson April 09, 2014

Watch this TED talk with Andrew Solomon, who breaks the silence we share around depression and asks of us profound empathy for the vitality within the struggle.

By Trent Gilliss, By Mariah Helgeson April 04, 2014

Musing on the hidden lives and legacies of objects and how "heaven is being a memory to others," our Twitter recap of a spacious conversation between philosopher-artist Dario Robleto and Krista Tippett.

By Mariah Helgeson March 28, 2014

A revered writer and a sand artist remind us the greatest adventures happen when we let go of ourselves and proceed into the unknown.

By Mariah Helgeson March 22, 2014

How can we learn to offer feedback with grace and compassion at work and at home? Brené Brown offers a rubric for offering guidance and sitting on the same side of the table.

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