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'On Being' Host Krista Tippett, On The Importance Of Questions

"On Being" host Krista Tippett receives the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2014.
Jacquelyn Martin
"On Being" host Krista Tippett receives the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2014. "On Being" airs Wednesday nights at 7 on KNKX.

We're adding some new programming at KNKX. As of Oct. 16, Fresh Air now starts at 6 p.m., with a different program each weeknight at 7, before jazz begins at 8. One of those new programs is On Being which explores some of the larger questions at the center of human life, including faith and spirituality.

Since host Krista Tippett started the program about 15 years ago, she's talked to thousands of thinkers, writers, clergy, artists, leaders and scholars from all walks of life, and all parts of the globe. In 2014, President Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal.

She spoke with KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco about how she does the show, and why the questions explored during On Being are so important to ask. Here's the conversation as aired:

In addition to the hour-long version that airs on public radio stations across the country, On Being also releases the unedited versions of its interviews on its website. In that spirit, here's the unedited version of our conversation with Krista Tippett:

[unedited] "On Being" host Krista Tippett talks to 88.5's Ed Ronco.

You can hear On Being each Wednesday at 7 p.m., on KNKX.

Ed Ronco came to KNKX in October 2013 as producer and reporter for KNKX’s Morning Edition. Ed started in public radio in 2009 at KCAW in Sitka, Alaska, where he covered everything from city government, to education, crime, science, the arts and more. Prior to public radio, Ed worked in newspapers, including four years at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, where he covered business, then politics and government.