On Being Host Krista Tippett Offers "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living"

Apr 12, 2016

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we share an interesting chat with Krista Tippett that was taped last Saturday afternoon at a Book Smart Tulsa event at All Souls Unitarian Church. Tippett is, of course, the award-winning host of the public radio program On Being, which airs on KWGS Sundays at noon -- and which is widely acclaimed for its insightful and extended conversations regarding life's biggest questions. It's an always-engaging show whose guests include all sorts of experts, from theologians and scientists to poets and musicians. Tippett has a new book out, which she tells us about; it's called "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living." As was noted of this volume by Publishers Weekly: "After over a decade doing in-depth interviews and accumulating spiritual knowledge on her popular podcast [and radio show] On Being, Tippett pulls from that well of conversations to reconstruct her trail of investigation into the nature of wisdom. She tells her own life journey -- her Oklahoma upbringing, her wide-eyed years in divided Cold War Germany, her decision to attend Yale divinity school -- alongside the spiritual evolution that came while hosting [On Being]. Pulling together and going beyond the accumulated knowledge of her interviews, Tippett's book is an incantatory trip into the paradoxical and profound.... This is not just a selection of greatest hits. Instead, rooted in Tippett's own keen insight, she provides an interlocking frame based on five themes: words, the body, love, faith, and hope. With dips into Tippett's childhood and early career, readers are embraced by her own struggle, vulnerability, and thirst for meaning. As researcher and TED-talk phenom Brené Brown told Tippett, 'Hope is a function of struggle.' Tippett's striving here is the grist for creative genius."