Krista Tippett: Becoming Wise


Today’s conversation features Krista Tippett, a Peabody-award-winning broadcaster, New York Times bestselling author, and National Humanities Medalist.

As the creator and host of public radio’s On Being, she takes up the great questions of meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st-century life.

In 2013, Krista took On Being and its emergent Civil Conversations Project into independent production, creating “a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart.” She grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, was a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and holds a masters of divinity from Yale.

Her books include Einstein’s God, Speaking of Faith, and most recently Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

In This episode, You’ll Learn:

  • Lessons she drew from her hellfire and brimstone Southern Baptist grandfather.
  • Her experience being in East Germany while the wall was still up.
  • What drew her to divinity school.
  • Why pitching her idea for On Being was a hard sell in the early 1990’s.
  • Why it took 2 years to convince her to release the long form, unedited content of her show and why this resonates with listeners.
  • What essential quality she thinks is a mark of wisdom.
  • Why leaning into mystery, being fully grounded in our bodies, and returning to the beloved community are so crucial today.
  • How joy and hope play into the attainment and expression of wisdom.

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