The On Being Project

Kristin Lin
Kristin Lin

Growing up in a Buddhist, Taiwanese household in Texas, Kristin was always fascinated by the power of conversation to connect the many contrasting microcosms around her. She carried her curiosity for human experience to Chicago, where she studied political science at the University of Chicago and edited the campus's long-form investigative journal. It was during her runs along Lake Michigan that she started tuning into podcasts; she has been an avid fan of On Being ever since she listened to her first episode, featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

Kristin has worked at UC Berkeley and The Wall Street Journal, where she helped produce, write, and report for diverse sets of audiences. She feels lucky to contribute to a program that has so deeply and joyfully enriched her understanding of humanity.

When she's not listening to podcasts or reading, Kristin enjoys cooking for crowds, penning her advice column, and chasing wonder in nature. She is still trying to decide her favorite installment of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy.

Boyhood and the Grief of Lost Time

by Kristin Lin

Young adulthood is often the first time when we experience the grief of lost time. Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a stoic tribute to the beauty and levity of each quiet moment of our formation.

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Boyhood and the Grief of Lost Time

What We Inherit and What We Pass On: A Conversation with Terese Marie Mailhot

by Kristin Lin

How do we make sense of our life and work in the context of the generations that come before us? An interview with Terese Marie Mailhot about her debut memoir, “Heart Berries.”

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What We Inherit and What We Pass On: A Conversation with Terese Marie Mailhot

We Are All Part of Prince’s America

by Kristin Lin

In his dynamic six-part tribute to Prince, Anil Dash makes the case for how the High Priest of Pop encapsulates the beautiful and complicated story of the American project.

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We Are All Part of Prince’s America

How Junot Díaz’s “Islandborn” Brought Me Home

by Kristin Lin

For those who are starting to forget the feeling of home, Junot Díaz’s debut children’s book can offer some comfort: “You might not remember the Island but it remembers you.”

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How Junot Díaz’s “Islandborn” Brought Me Home

Conversation Is Our Prayer to One Another

by Kristin Lin

We often think of conversation as a means to communicate a specific point or a method to shift our perspective. But it can also simply be a vessel for the uncontainable.

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Conversation Is Our Prayer to One Another

Community and the Complexities of Presence

by Kristin Lin

L’Arche, a network of intentional communities focused on embracing life with intellectual disability, embodies a deep commitment to community and the value of simply being.

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Community and the Complexities of Presence