The On Being Project

Chris Heagle
Chris Heagle

Chris has been a voracious consumer of all things public radio for as long as he can remember. He worked as a technical director for Performance Today, and contributed to several other national programs. Chris is one of the founding team of four that brought On Being to independence in 2013, and he is thrilled to have landed at On Being.

Chris spent the better part of 15 years working in theater as a sound designer and production manager. Though he occasionally pines for the immediacy of live performance, he also believes that in the vast media landscape of our world, radio is still best at stimulating the imagination.

Chris holds a B.A. from Hamline University and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. When not in front of a computer screen, he loves the outdoors (regardless of the weather), just about every kind of music, and watching his daughters discover the world.

Your Audio Selfie – Mapped by Music (Live Video)

Watch our live video stream for an evening of music and conversation with ethnomusicologist Sowah Mensah, percussionist Marc Anderson, and composer Chris Beaty — exploring music through the cartography of their own lives.

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Your Audio Selfie – Mapped by Music (Live Video)

Nina Simone Reinvented a Classic

When she finally played Carnegie Hall in 1963, becoming the first African-American woman, classical pianist to do so, Nina Simone was still disappointed… because she wasn’t playing Bach.

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An Impromptu Uyghur Hoedown

The act of extending a hand, of seeking, can sometimes leave you humbled by an amazing experience. Watch Abigail Washburn and her band The Village find unexpected rewards at a dinner party with local musicians in China.

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An Audio Meditation for Earth Day

Take a break from all of the talk about the planet on this Earth Day and spend a few moments listening to it.

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An Audio Meditation for Earth Day

A Late-Night Sufi Music Lesson from Istanbul with Orüç Güvenç

Listen to our tracks from this late-night Sufi jam session in a studio barely a block away from the tourist-filled Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia in Istanbul.

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A Late-Night Sufi Music Lesson from Istanbul with Orüç Güvenç