Name Change For 'Speaking Of Faith'
September 13, 2010 at 4:50 AM (PT)
AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA's "SPEAKING OF FAITH WITH KRISTA TIPPETT" is changing its name to "KRISTA TIPPETT ON BEING."
On the show's blog, TIPPETT wrote, "This doesn't signal a change in the nature or ethos of what we will continue to produce week after week. It is, rather, a more spacious container for what the program has become. Being makes room for the ways in which we have in fact opened up the concept of 'speaking of faith.' It points at questions of 'religion, meaning, ethics and ideas' at the heart of human life -- not confined to SUNDAY mornings or FRIDAY evenings, not on the sidelines of real life, but at the essence of who we are and how we live, individually and collectively.
"We believe that Being is also a title with room to grow into, while SPEAKING OF FAITH has taken us as far in public media as it could. As much as we filled it with new meaning, the program's title remained an obstacle for many programmers and listeners. The story we have heard again and again is that people have had to get over the title, or find themselves listening to the show by accident, before they were ready to give themselves over to our content. We have heard that, for religious and non-religious people alike, the title SPEAKING OF FAITH makes it hard to talk about the program with friends and family -- to spread the word 'virally,' as word spreads in our time."