On Being – an audiography (is that such a word)

I’ve decided to compile a list of the ‘On Being‘ podcasts I listen to, because I so often want to refer back to them, and cannae for the life of me sift through the hundreds or is it thousands of episodes Krista Tippett has now made. Maybe it’ll be interesting for you too? Maybe not?

October 2021 – Running the Coastal Classic, Aotearoa with Rose
Kate Bowler and Wajahat Ali – The Future of Hope
“An irreverent conversation about hope between journalist Wajahat Ali and theologian Kate Bowler. They speak to this moment we’re in through the friendship they found on the edge of life and death that is cancer — Wajahat through his young daughter; and Kate with a stage 4 diagnosis at the age of 35 that she’s chronicled in a beloved memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved). Their conversation is rich with practical wisdom for facing uncertainty and mortality, losses we did not foresee, and new beginnings we would not have chosen.”

Listen here: https://onbeing.org/programs/kate-bowler-and-wajahat-ali-the-future-of-hope/

Suzanne Simard – Forests are wired for wisdom
“Suzanne Simard is the forest ecologist who has proven, beyond doubt, that trees communicate with each other — that a forest is a single organism wired for wisdom and care. Simard found that the processes that make for a high-functioning forest mirror the maps of the human brain that we’re also just now drawing. All of this turns out to be catching up with intelligence long held in aboriginal science. She calls the mature hub trees in a forest “Mother Trees” — parenting, eldering, in a mode of mutuality and reciprocity, modeling what we also know to be true of genuinely flourishing human ecosystems.”

Listen here: https://onbeing.org/programs/suzanne-simard-forests-are-wired-for-wisdom/

Mike Rose – The deepest meanings of intelligence and vocation
” “I grew up a witness,” Mike Rose wrote, “to the intelligence of the waitress in motion, the reflective welder, the strategy of the guy on the assembly line. This then is something I know: the thought it takes to do physical work.” Mike Rose died in August, yet the particular way he saw the world resonates more than ever before as our debates about the future of school and work only intensify. He argued with care and eloquence that we risk too narrow a view of the way the physical, the human, and the cognitive blend in all kinds of learning and in all kinds of labor. Mike Rose’s intelligence would enlarge our civic imagination on big subjects at the heart of who we are — schooling, social class, and the deepest meaning of vocation.”

Listen here: https://onbeing.org/programs/mike-rose-the-deepest-meanings-of-intelligence-and-vocation/

What’s your favourite On Being Episodes?

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