Oregon Public Broadcasting to add Being to its Sunday radio programming schedule in February

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Oregon Public Broadcasting to add Being
to its Sunday radio programming schedule in February

Portland, Ore. — Jan. 31, 2006 — Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) will add Being with Krista Tippett—public radio’s premiere national program about religion, meaning, ethics and ideas-to its Sunday broadcasting schedule starting Feb. 12, 2006. The program will air each Sunday at 7 p.m. on OPB radio frequencies across the state.

Being does not always have “religion” itself as a subject. Week after week, it grapples with themes of American life—asking how perspectives of faith might distinctively inform and illuminate our public conversation. It is produced and distributed by American Public Media.

As host of Being, Tippett has been credited with creating a new way to discuss religion in America, first by probing her guests on the experience behind their own personal beliefs, then asking them to articulate the important ideas and relevant perspectives that faith can add to private and public life. The result illuminates how perspectives of theology, spirituality and ethics can enrich our common deliberation on topics in the news and in our lives.

Tippett is a journalist and former diplomat with a master’s of divinity degree from Yale University. She is a graduate of Brown University, and a former Fulbright Scholar. Before creating Being, she consulted with a number of organizations, including the internationally renowned Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at Saint John’s Abbey and University. Earlier in her career, she wrote and reported for a number of international news organizations, including the New York Times, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune, ABC and the BBC. She is currently at work on her first book.