The On Being Project

Mariah Helgeson
Mariah Helgeson

Mariah grew up in a Minnesota family of artists and musicians, where she first heard On Being over the airwaves at age 11. She’s been a proud listener ever since.

She collected stories of human resilience and kindness in the classrooms of George Washington University — earning a degree in International Affairs with concentrations in the Middle East and Conflict Resolution — and over many cups of coffee in community movements, from nuclear nonproliferation, to interfaith dialogue, to compassionate communication.

Mariah worked as a program associate at the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network and lived in southern India for a spell as a documentary curator. When she’s not submerged in a good book she might be found laughing with her teenage sisters or playing chamber music as a member of the Markado trio.

Communal Listening Is Radical Presence

by Mariah Helgeson

Listening is a muscle we can exercise. Communal pondering and the power of the talking circle.

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Communal Listening Is Radical Presence

America Contains Multitudes

by Mariah Helgeson

52 regular folks read Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” —  a profound and deeply humanizing portrait of American life.

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America Contains Multitudes

Krista Answers a Listener’s Question About Conversation with a Trump Supporter

by Mariah Helgeson

Do conversations matter in this election? A lifelong believer in the power of conversation to transform conflict wrote to Krista asking for advice about how to understand the other side in this contentious election.

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Krista Answers a Listener’s Question About Conversation with a Trump Supporter

Search Inside Yourself: Contemplation in Life and Work

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  • Mirabai Bush
Mirabai Bush — Search Inside Yourself: Contemplation in Life and Work
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Craig Minowa’s Easter Morning

by Mariah Helgeson

On this Easter morning, a memory and a story of finding God not in the four walls of a church but by reclaiming awe in the woods of rural Minnesota. Listen to this audio short by Craig Minowa of the orchestral indie rock collective Cloud Cult and his reverence for the ritual of Easter morning.

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Craig Minowa’s Easter Morning

Names, Identity, and the Process of Becoming

by Mariah Helgeson

Our names are rife with meaning, stories we claim and others we discard. Listen to this group of “audio selfies,” including one with Parker Palmer, exploring how our identity is formed by the names we’re given, the ones we take, and the ones we long for but never quite materialize.

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Names, Identity, and the Process of Becoming

Memories of Advent: An Invitation to Reflect and Share Your Stories

by Mariah Helgeson

As we enter the contemplative season of waiting, an invitation to join us in reflecting on the myriad experiences of Advent.

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Memories of Advent: An Invitation to Reflect and Share Your Stories

The Musical Complement to Darwin’s “Deep Time”

by Mariah Helgeson

Darwin’s concept of “deep time” finds its musical expression in a piano arrangement by German composer Hauschka.

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The Musical Complement to Darwin’s “Deep Time”

The Joy of Serendipity, Banjo-Style

by Mariah Helgeson

While preparing for our live show with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn in Nashville, their cover of “The Final Countdown” goes viral. So fun to watch!

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The Joy of Serendipity, Banjo-Style

Millennial Podcasters with a Jesuit Take

by Mariah Helgeson

What happens when two millennial Jesuit podcasters interview Krista Tippett? Practical wisdom on the way millennials do religion and a whole host of Jesuit humor.

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Millennial Podcasters with a Jesuit Take
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