An Interview with Krista Tippett

by Krista Tippett and Jonathan A. Anderson

On February 22, 2017, Peabody Award-winning broadcaster Krista Tippett was interviewed by Jonathan Anderson at a Biola University Presidential luncheon. Later that evening, the Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts hosted a live recording of ON BEING with Krista Tippett, featuring Los Angeles-based artist Enrique Martínez Celaya. To watch the interview with Enrique Martínez Celaya, please click here.


Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a New York Times best-selling author, and the host of On Being. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “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 every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom."

Krista grew up in Oklahoma, the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist preacher. She studied history at Brown University and went to Bonn, West Germany, in 1983 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study politics in Cold War Europe. In her 20s, she became a freelance correspondent for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit. She lived in Spain, England, and Scotland for a time, then pursued a M.Div. from Yale. When she graduated in 1994, she saw a black hole where intelligent coverage of religion should be. As she conducted a far-flung oral history project for the Benedictines of St. John's Abbey in Minnesota, she began to imagine radio conversations about the spiritual and intellectual content of faith that could open imaginations and enrich public life.

In 2007, Krista published her first book, Speaking of Faith. It is a memoir of religion in our time, including her move from geopolitical engagement to theology and the cumulative wisdom of her interviews these past years. In 2010, she published Einstein's God, drawn from her interviews at the intersection of science, medicine, and spiritual inquiry. And now, Krista's New York Times best-seller Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living opens into the questions and challenges of this century.

Jonathan Anderson is an artist, art critic, and associate professor of art at Biola University, where he has been teaching since 2006. His research and writing focuses on modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in exploring its relations to religion and theology. He has contributed to several books and journals, and most recently is the coauthor with theologian William Dyrness of the book Modern Art and the Life of a Culture: The Religious Impulses of Modernism (IVP Academic, 2016), which received the 2017 Book of the Year Award of Merit in Culture & the Arts from Christianity Today and was named one of the Top Ten books of 2016 by Image journal.

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