The Joy of Krista Tippett Interviews + Ten Extra Good Ones

Today's story is actually ten stories. After two years of constant chatter about Krista Tippett and her program On Being, my friends finally demanded a top ten list at dinner last Sunday. This was crazy fun to make up, I felt some awesome indy expert, like Jack Black in High Fidelity or Jack Black in School of Rock ... or Jack Black in Be Kind Rewind. These conversations have forever changed the way I think. I listen to them over and over again, getting more out it each time. Krista is best interview I've ever come across, and I'm so thankful for her and her team and their work. Honestly, I can barely have an important conversation these days without referencing an On Being interview.

The first two on the list are produced shows ( those are the first ones I listened to before I discovered the glory of the unedited conversations). Those are nostalgic favorite because I have a very sharp acoustic memory and am overly attached to the first version I heard. In general, though, I recommend the unedited cuts.

These are my favorite ten, listed in chronological order as I listened to them. (It felt all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic that way.)

Fist pump for Krista Tippett.

Enjoy :)

Heather's Top 10 On Being Interviews

  1. The Prophetic Imagination of Walter Brueggemann, produced show, 12/22/11 airing
  2. The Inner Landscape of Beauty (w/ John Oโ€™Donohue), produced show, 12/26/12 airing
  3. The Vitality of the Struggle w/ Terry Tempest Williams, unedited interview
  4. A Call to Doubt and Faith : Christian Wiman on Remembering God, unedited interview
  5. Alain de Botton on a School of Life for Atheists, unedited interview
  6. Presence in the Wild with Kate Braestrup, unedited interview
  7. Whale Songs and Elephant Loves w/ Katy Payne, unedited interview
  8. Mormon Demystified w/ Joanna Brooks, unedited interview
  9. The Losses and Laughter We Grow Into w/ Kevin Kling, unedited interview
  10. The Future of Marriage with David Blankenhorn and Jonathan Rauch, unedited interview


These two didn't make the list because the interviews themselves are not as strong as those listed above and because I think there are better ways to experience their work. Seth and Brene, though, are two of my favorite thinkers, and I just about jumped out of my skin when Krista interviewed them, so I wanted to give them a shout out. If you want to get to know Seth and Brene, I recommend subscribing by email to Seth's daily blog and checking out Brene's first Ted Talk. These are three of my favorite people working today, and I'm just so tickled that they all hang out together. In fact, Krista and Seth even talk about Brene's work during their interview. It's a party! Invite me! Invite me!

Anyway, I know this is kind of cheating, but oh well. It's my list; I make up the rules :)

  1. Seth Godin on the Art of Noticing and then Creating, unedited interview
  2. Brene Brown on Vulnerability, unedited interview



P.S. A special thanks to Tom Cook, who recommended my first Krista Tippet interview to me, back in December of 2011. It's no surprise that that interview is number one this list. It's so special to me and every once in awhile I smile extra big when I'm listening because I remember that it was recommended by a dear, dear friend. Thanks, Tom :)