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Krista Tippett

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Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award winning broadcaster, National Humanities Medalist, New York Times bestselling author, and the 2019 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University.

Krista founded and leads the On Being Project, an independent non-profit public life and media initiative. She created and hosts the On Being public radio show, which is carried on over 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and the On Being podcast, which has been downloaded over 200 million times. She also curates the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. In 2014, President Obama awarded Krista the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of ​every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”

Krista grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, became a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and later received a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Her first book Speaking of Faith, published in 2007, is a memoir of religion in our time, including her move from geopolitical engagement to theology and the cumulative wisdom of her interviews in the early 21st century. In 2010, she published Einstein’s God, a New York Times bestseller, drawn from her interviews at the intersection of science, medicine, and spiritual inquiry. Krista’s 2016 New York Times best-selling Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living opens into the questions and challenges of this century.