52 regular folks read Walt Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself” — a profound and deeply humanizing portrait of American life.
Is it Pollyannaish to love your country at its most divided? Sara Bareilles and Leslie Odom Jr. create a song to make sense of the world before us — and imagine a country yet to be.
A gorgeous, inspiring video showcasing vast tracts of wilderness coupled with powerful words from Emerson, Muir, Stegner, and other icons of conservation and appreciation.
The hope for the future lies in the lyrics and the spoken words of Prince EA. See how wise and beautiful we are capable of becoming.
Just when you think the holiday season couldn’t get any merrier, a Star Trek captain remakes a Christmas classic.
In a world of many distractions, the Buddhist sage says, it may be our own cravings that may be most deleterious to our well-being. Watch and listen.
This unassuming video requires a bit of patience. At first, it appears that a lone cowboy is having some fun in a lawn chair in the middle of the prairie. But, stick with it. Music always delivers.
As MLK Day approaches, a bit of creative inspiration infuses his iconic “I Have a Dream…” speech. Watch this video remix and be inspired.
A video featuring dancers aged 85, 65, 45, 25, and 5 performing the same sequence that is “stunning in ways I can’t explain.”
Pop culture makes meaning. Enter the Florida State University AcaBelles’ a cappella rendition of Lorde’s “Royals” to make the point.
A moving affirmation of the power we have to affect one another simply by being ourselves.
A young Pakistani girl shares a story of strength and peace that leaves us all in awe.
Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech is exactly what you need. Make mistakes, enjoy the journey, break the rules, make good art.
Every so often, Krista’s interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments.
An imaginative video that brilliantly captures the essence and impact of David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College.
Art evolves in its iterations, and it’s fascinating to see how Doug Neill’s graphic recording session of our show with Brené Brown progresses before our very eyes.
A short film, “Happy Life,” elevates the everyday routines of ordinary people with the words of the Dalai Lama. A magical six minutes.
Bobby McFerrin on music: “I want everyone to experience at the end of my concert is everyone has this sense of rejoicing. I don’t want them to be blown away by what I do, I want them to have this sense of real, real joy from the depths of their being. Because I think when you take them to that place, then you open up a place where grace can come in.”
A retired exec-turned-woodturner follows his compass to reveal the inner beauty of felled trees in massive, delicate works of art.
This week’s reflection on the words of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry, nourishment from our listeners, the goodness in sport, and the power of family.
A small group of musicians and singers inject a bit of sunshine into the cold fluorescence with an organized flash mob performing The Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun.” This just may be the best way to kick off this hump day.
From Kabbalah to comfort, curiosity to a prayer from the Prophet Muhammad. Our roundup of ideas and stories at On Being this week.
Watch this fabulous talk on Hubble and Rembrandt, Casablanca in psychological terms, how stars actually “evolve,” and why Malala Yousafzai’s bravery is “the best example of the power of curiosity.”
A stunning full moon cradles a highline walker at Cathedral Peak. Bliss, beauty, and exhilaration at once.
This animated short from StoryCorps shares one of Studs Terkel’s hope-filled stories about the power of the unfiltered human voice, a baby’s voice, in our modern life.
What were your favorite blog posts of 2012? As we bid the year a fond farewell, a list of our readers’ favorites. Drum roll, please!
We are reimagining identity and difference in this century. Watch this video showcasing the love between parents and children grounded in the grit of experience.
One of TED’s most popular lectures, Dr. Brené Brown offers solutions on how we can deal with vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.
Pining for the Olympic Games that are now over? Take hope and get ready for 2016 with this brilliant tilt shift video of Rio de Janeiro and Carnival.
The Zen Buddhist monk and medical anthropologist talks to Krista Tippett about her life, Buddhist faith, inspirations, and the vast concepts of death, compassion, grief — and neuroscience.
This unexpected, public performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on a plaza in Spain is an absolute visual and aural feast.
“When we are able to freely share and inquire about each other’s religious and spiritual identities, it provides opportunities for collaboration, hospitality, and empowerment.” ~Beth Katz
How one group in Omaha is trying to reshape our perspectives on identity, religion, spirituality, and culture through video portraits.
An intimate video portrait of an artist who creates daily ritual by creating simple drawings with tea and ink.
Harneel ‘Neel’ Singh shares his experiences of being a Sikh student in the U.S. and wearing his patka.
Kara Holden offered this lovely Friday intermission in response to our question about the best song you’ve heard all week: Beneath us, constellations.
For Seane Corn, yoga is much more than a practice in flexibility. It’s a way of applying spiritual lessons to real-world problems and personal issues. One way she channels her energy and love is through a practice she calls “body prayer” as she shares in this video from “Yoga from the Heart.”
We heard from so many people asking about the StoryCorps audio of Annie and Danny Perasa who ended this week’s show. Here’s an extended, animated short of the lovely couple talking about love and dying. An absolutely moving five minutes.
A video that’s so heartbreakingly gorgeous and unswerving in its emotional sway, it’ll have you pondering your own station in life.
This PostSecret video is imbued with a lot of light-hearted moments, but there are two people who tell stories that…
The poet Christian Wiman was on our list for many moons, but his interview with Bill Moyers prompted us to schedule him for this show. A must-watch.
A spectacular feat of engineering and creativity that you have to see to believe. And just guess what inspired its making. Just marvelous!
There’s little doubt, most brain researchers agree, that genius looked much different thousands of years ago. With new tools and…
Public radio has some pretty geeky fans, and they’re enamored with the names of its on-air talent. Nonetheless, you gotta…
Watch this mesmerizing video of Meredith Monk’s “Songs of Ascension” being performed in Ann Hamilton’s 78-foot tower.
Rep. Walsh’s speech and story showcases the best of political discussion and civil debate, no matter what side of the issue you support. Oh, if we could all model this kind of civility in our public and private lives. Just marvelous. Be sure to watch this 4-minute speech.
Andrew Efimov’s dramatic time-lapse of the St. Petersburg, Russia is bursting with violins, skylines, fireworks, cargo ships and racing cars. What…
Isolate the musical notes of the first violin playing the fourth movement of Ferdinand Ries’ second symphony. Then create a…
I was watching television news on the couch with my 10-year-old nephew last weekend and was captivated by a segment…