| On Being is a conversation about the big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit.
Hosted by Krista Tippett
Airs Sunday 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.
FOR January 19, 2017

Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

Listen to episode

51 min 21 sec
Download episode 4.3MB
Eula Biss — Let's Talk About Whiteness

Could we learn to talk about whiteness? The writer Eula Biss has been thinking and writing about being white and raising white children in a multi-racial world for a long time. She helpfully opens up words and ideas like “complacence,” “guilt,” and something related to privilege called “opportunity hoarding.” To be in this uncomfortable conversation is to realize how these words alone, taken seriously, can shake us up in necessary ways — but also how the limits of words make these conversations at once more messy and more urgent.


See full episode >

New to this series? We suggest starting with this episode.

[Unedited] Eula Biss with Krista Tippett