Twenty Reasons for Being
A pastiche poem of tribute to the past and resolve for the possible.
By Maria Popova
Twenty years ago today, Krista Tippett birthed the life-force that is On Being. It began as a small local public radio show and ended up as a beloved podcast making lives all over the world infinitely more livable and luminous. President Barack Obama gave her the National Humanities Medal for it. Millions gave her their hearts as she gave us the universe of hers.
To celebrate it, and to bow to the horizon of the next twenty years, I combed through the On Being archive to compose a twenty-line pastiche poem, made from the titles of episodes that have aired sometime in the past twenty years.
Here it is, with each line linking to the episode it came from:
TWENTY REASONS FOR BEING
Published June 15, 2022