On Being

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Krista TippetKrista Tippett, creator and host of the public radio show “On Being,” has been honored with the 2013 National Humanities Medal. Tippett received the award from President Obama at a White House ceremony, along with nine other Americans whose work has broadened the nation’s cultural understanding and engagement with the humanities. It covers a broad range of topics, drawing out scientists, theologians, poets, artists, and activists.

In announcing the award, the White House cited Tippett’s achievements in “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 all faiths, no faith, and every background to join the conversation.”

“On Being” is heard on more than 330 U.S. public radio stations and globally by podcast. The program and its multi-media platforms, originally called “Speaking of Faith” when it launched weekly in 2003, has garnered multiple other honors, including a Peabody Award and three Webby Awards. Tippett also is the author of two books, including the New York Times bestseller, “Einstein’s God.”

“I am so honored by this recognition,” Tippett said. “It’s an affirmation of the vision behind our project of the past 10 years, that it should be possible to create intelligent, robust conversation about meaning and morality, across our divides — to open imaginations and possibilities rather than shutting them down.”

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