Rubin Museum’s New AWAKEN Podcast with Laurie Anderson

The Rubin Museum in New York City presents AWAKEN, a podcast hosted by acclaimed musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson about the dynamic path to enlightenment and what it means to “wake up.” In 10 episodes, the audience is led into a “deep dive” through the personal stories of guests who share how they’ve experienced a shift in their awareness, and as a result, their perspectives on life. From deep introspection to curious, yet life-changing subtle inquiries, awakening can take on many forms, from the mundane to the sacred.

Taking inspiration from the museum’s current exhibition, “Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Towards Enlightenment,” the podcast will include conversations with authors, artists, wisdom bearers, and Buddhist teachers (because every journey is unique and worthy of discussion).

AWAKEN guests include comedian Aparna Nancherla; gender non-conforming writer, performer, and public speaker Alok Vaid-Menon; psychologist, author, and teacher of meditation, emotional healing, and spiritual awakening Tara Brach; master birth doula and world renowned wellness leader Latham Thomas; musician, songwriter, and best-selling author Amanda Palmer; artist Tsherin Sherpa; best-selling author, activist, and Buddhist teacher Lama Rod Owens; hospice and palliative medicine physician and author BJ Miller; medicine woman of Seminole heritage and traditional Cheyenne training, Patricia James; and Tibetan Buddhist master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Listen to all of the AWAKEN podcast episodes online at