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Meditative Story

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Meditative Story combines extraordinary human stories with meditation prompts embedded into the storylines — all surrounded by breathtaking music. Think of it as an alternative way into a mindfulness practice, through vivid stories and cinematic music and production values. Meditative Story is an or… read more

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Henry Shukman: Soul Curriculum

September 27th, 2022

25:32

In this episode of Soul Curriculum, Rohan spends time with Henry Shukman, author and spiritual director of the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe. …

On board with my dad, by Mark Nepo

September 22nd, 2022

35:39

As an author and poet, Mark Nepo has spent decades writing about spirituality and serenity. But his life wasn’t always as calm as it is now. Growing up, Mark feels challenged by the demands of his perfectionist father …

Morgan Harper Nichols: Soul Curriculum

September 20th, 2022

26:37

In this episode of Soul Curriculum, Rohan speaks candidly with songwriter, poet, artist, and musician Morgan Harper Nichols about the creation of her …

My year of play, by Carla Hall

September 15th, 2022

36:33

Celebrity chef Carla Hall wasn’t always interested in cooking. As a child, she finds that puzzles and play help her to discover her true character. When she falls upon a hard time, she instinctively turns to memories of …

Joe Wicks: Riding 2,000 miles to find my purpose

September 8th, 2022

34:30

In the UK, Joe Wicks became a household name early in the pandemic with his daily workouts, called “PE with Joe,” that helped millions of us keep …

To be seen on my own terms, by Lex Gillette

September 1st, 2022

33:02

Lex Gillette is a 5-time medalist at the Paralympic Games, and a world record holder in the long jump, but he’s more than that too. As he learns to …

My battle as a beginner opens up a world of wonder, by Nataly Dawn

August 26th, 2022

40:54

When Nataly Dawn’s family moves from the U.S. to a tiny town in the middle of France, she finds herself unable to speak, read, or even play the way the other kids do. It’s embarrassing, being a rock-bottom beginner in …

What deep listening unlocks for me, by Henry Shukman

August 19th, 2022

37:15

As a boy in Oxford, Henry Shukman seeks refuge from a painful childhood by disappearing into poetry, immersing himself in nature. But the beauty and …

Tracking the path of the sun, by Lehua Kamalu

August 11th, 2022

28:54

Lehua Kamalu captains a vast, double-hulled ocean canoe crafted to the exact specifications of the seafaring vessels used by her ancestors. She and …

Dallas Taylor: Soul Curriculum

August 4th, 2022

24:45

Today’s episode takes you inside the intimate process behind creating a Meditative Story — and explores the musical wizardry behind each episode. 

We hear from storyteller Dallas Taylor, the host of the 20,000 Hertz …

The magic beyond our boundaries, by Steven Ho

July 29th, 2022

30:47

Today's storyteller Steven Ho grew up in a strict Vietnamese-American household where the stakes were always high. He felt an overwhelming pressure …

Heading halfway around the world to find myself, by Morgan Harper Nichols

July 23rd, 2022

37:07

Morgan Harper Nichols is a songwriter, poet, artist, and musician who was diagnosed with autism as an adult. Growing up, she yearns to see the wider …

The joy of being an unwilling traveler through life, by Maya Shankar

July 14th, 2022

30:51

Maya Shankar is a cognitive neuroscientist and host of the award-winning podcast A Slight Change of Plans. As a girl, she struggles with taking things too seriously: herself, the sufferings of others, the hypothetical …

Sharon Salzberg: Soul Curriculum

July 7th, 2022

29:38

In this special episode, we spend more time with a storyteller who recently shared their Meditative Story with us, Sharon Salzberg. Rohan and Sharon wind their way back through Sharon’s story, exploring the key theme: …

Giving myself permission to create, by Hrishikesh Hirway

June 30th, 2022

35:25

On his podcast and TV show Song Exploder, Hrishikesh Hirway digs deep into the creative process of legendary songwriters. But before Hrishikesh becomes a podcast creator, he's a working musician himself … who finds his …

Sharon Salzberg: How I found kindness as my compass

June 24th, 2022

35:22

By the time Sharon Salzberg is 16 years old, she knows the people around her don’t admit to suffering, much less talk about it. A year later, she …

Building a bond with my son, by Dan Harris

June 18th, 2022

26:53

Broadcaster Dan Harris shares a candid look at his attempts to connect more with his son, Alexander, on their first father-son trip.

Each episode of …

A funny rush of surprise, by Gordana Biernat

June 8th, 2022

34:45

Gordana Biernat grows up in a household full of mayhem and darkness. But there’s one saving grace: her grandfather, who spins legendary stories of …

A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

June 2nd, 2022

29:21

Growing up on his father’s ranch in Elko, Nevada, Waddie Mitchell watches the cowboys around him with awe, silently absorbing their stories and …

I focus on sensations that ground me, by Dallas Taylor

May 28th, 2022

37:28

Today, Dallas Taylor is a creative director and creator of the beloved podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz. But before this, he had another life – one that brought immense pressure. He shares the story of how he comes to …

Forging my own path, by Isha Sesay

May 19th, 2022

33:01

Writer Isha Sesay is happiest when she is caring for others; it’s a lesson she learns from her mother while growing up in Sierra Leone. But as an …

The magic that ripples out when we share our passions with others, by Matthew Mercer

May 12th, 2022

37:08

Every Thursday night, Matthew Mercer leads a merry band through a maze of goblins, spells, and enchantments, as he plays an immersive role-playing …

Kristin Windbigler: Soul Curriculum

May 7th, 2022

26:07

In this episode — in this experiment — we’re inviting back a storyteller who very recently shared their Meditative Story with us, Kristin Windbigler. Together, Rohan and Kristin are going to wind our way back through …

Finding my flow state, by Chad Sanders

April 28th, 2022

30:24

Like so many of us, Chad Sanders has strived to belong for as long as he can remember — thwarted in the shadows of other people’s judgements of him. Fortunately, life has its way of giving us glimpses into our limitless …

We're doing this thing together, by Kristin Windbigler

April 22nd, 2022

36:32

Rural California is all Kristin Windbigler knows as a child — its wild, green pastoral landscape, where living off the land and self-sufficiency is a choice to live abundantly. One evening, gathered around the …

Back to basics: A mental health check-in for all of us, by Rohan Gunatillake

April 20th, 2022

14:50

When someone’s having a mental health challenge, helping them early on to seek support can make a lifetime of difference. That’s why campaigns like Mental Health Awareness Month, taking place across the U.S. this month, …

Joel McHale: One beating heart

April 13th, 2022

27:50

As he sits with his wife in the waiting room of the pediatric cardiology unit, actor Joel McHale is struggling to feel anything but helpless. His …

Choosing compassion over conquest, by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

April 6th, 2022

41:00

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is the first openly lesbian woman to climb the famous Seven Summits, a bucket list of the highest mountain on every continent. But while preparing for the seventh summit, a peak that has eluded her …

Tools to help us process hard times, by Rohan Gunatillake

April 2nd, 2022

14:21

“Nothing really prepares you for how to explain what an airstrike is to your six-year-old when waiting at a red light.” Such was the recent …

Celebrating a life beyond the score, by Al Harris

March 30th, 2022

39:57

For the first 22 years of his life, Al Harris singularly focuses on one single goal: to play basketball in the NBA. Although he’s an elite young …

Trusting love’s infinite possibilities, by Morgan Saylor

March 23rd, 2022

37:43

Morgan Saylor is an actor of stage and screen, best known for her portrayal of the teenage Dana Brody in the series “Homeland.” But, before acting, …

Experiencing the world through my senses, by Fred Minnick

March 16th, 2022

38:54

When Fred Minnick returns from his military service as a photographer documenting the war in Iraq, he finds himself haunted by what he saw through …

Jacob Sartorius: I take a breath. I buy myself a moment.

March 9th, 2022

32:16

Jacob Sartorius has been making music and short videos since he was a kid. By age 14, he had millions of social media followers who loved his honest, …

Reframing the question, with Rohan Gunatillake

March 2nd, 2022

22:53

We’re inviting you into the Meditative Story library to explore the idea: what’s possible when you reframe the question? You’ll hear excerpts from some of our most beloved episodes in which storytellers see challenges …

To chase the sunset, by Florence Williams

February 23rd, 2022

32:35

Writer Florence Williams, grieving the loss of a long marriage, finds herself in Tulsa, Oklahoma; she's come to sit with Penny, her former …

A meditation in memory of Thich Nhat Hanh

February 16th, 2022

16:04

Rohan Gunatillake recounts his 2005 trip to Plum Village, the monastic community founded by the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Author of over 100 …

Randall Park: The Hollywood version doesn’t go like this

February 9th, 2022

30:53

Boy meets girl, girl notices boy's squirrel painting, boy and girl fall in love. The plot of a classic Hollywood romcom? Not even close. But when …

The human truth underneath our armor, by Keith Ferrazzi

February 3rd, 2022

36:55

Keith Ferrazzi is the author of Never Eat Alone, a classic book about working relationships. But before he became an expert on building bonds at work, Keith is busy building emotional armor around himself – to hide his …

Magic is a serious business, by Gracia María

January 28th, 2022

38:23

Gracia María is a modern-day medicine woman, practicing community rituals in the tradition of her Peruvian ancestors. In connecting with her ancient roots, though, she realizes she also needs to rebuild the bonds with …

Starting the story of my life again, by Keith Yamashita

January 12th, 2022

26:23

Fluent in cheating time to squeeze productivity out of every minute, entrepreneur Keith Yamashita recounts the frightening details of a devastating stroke as it is actually happening, and discovers the second part of …

From dark times come new discoveries, by Vanessa Hua

January 5th, 2022

32:34

As the pandemic drags on, Vanessa Hua finds herself in a dark place of panic and doom-scrolling. But that begins to change on one spring day, when …

The ritual of becoming, by Rohan Gunatillake

December 29th, 2021

13:15

Under the starry night sky, Rohan shares with us a ritual of ending and beginning. Bring to mind something you want to celebrate from this past year; …

Who is leading who? by Beth Lisick

December 23rd, 2021

33:00

As an artist and writer, Beth Lisick has had her share of freelance side gigs. But nothing can prepare her for this latest assignment: tending to the unforgettable Bill, who leads Beth on an epic journey through New …

Peeling back these layers of my inner truth, by Austin Mao

December 14th, 2021

33:42

Today’s Meditative Story departs from our standard format. It’s not a story. But it’s as striking and resonant as any wisdom we’ve ever shared on this podcast. In this episode, Austin Mao – a listener in our community …

Finding her to find me, by Courtney Martin

December 1st, 2021

29:59

The end of a troubled life ignites a search for answers – a truth long buried, and a truth not yet formed.

Each episode of Meditative Story combines …

21 meals with my family, in 7 days, by Jai Punjabi

November 24th, 2021

29:19

For Jai Punjabi, the most powerful connection to home is through food – specifically the wonderful Indian cuisine he was raised on. Hoping to …

Ignoring inner me, by Meredith Arthur

November 12th, 2021

28:24

All her life, Meredith Arthur is a model of competence and control, and it sweeps her higher and higher up the professional ladder. But inside, …

My roads diverging, by Steve Almond

November 3rd, 2021

28:34

It happens not in a yellow wood, but in author Steve Almond's befuddled 20s, when he is facing for the first time a decision that might actually matter. To the left lies success. To the right, something more interesting.

The heart comes out at night, by Rev. Monique Ortiz

October 28th, 2021

32:13

As a Night Minister with San Francisco Night Ministry, Rev. Monique Ortiz walks the dark streets of a beautiful and aching city – a city that …

Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

October 20th, 2021

31:41

The chaotic nature and noise of life as a musician – touring from city to city – eventually erodes Andrew Bird's ability to hear the music that is really inside of him. In a courageous effort to understand the faint …

How the bees saved me, by Dr. Marla Spivak

October 13th, 2021

30:07

Before becoming a MacArthur award–winning entomologist, Dr. Marla Spivak is adrift – first as a young woman in search of direction, then deep in the …

Long-distance love, by Milana Vayntrub

October 6th, 2021

30:49

What do we do with the not-quite-perfect relationships in our lives? Growing up, the comedian and actor Milana Vayntrub adores her father — but all their happy times together end with him getting back on a plane. What …

Living into my true self, by Andrew Rea

October 4th, 2021

50:03

Years before his YouTube-phenomenon cooking show Binging with Babish, the filmmaker Andrew Rea finds himself slipping into despair. His day job is draining him; so is an unhappy marriage. He finds the courage to take …

Michael Imperioli: The many saints of finding your way

October 1st, 2021

28:23

You might know actor Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti from The Sopranos — and now The Many Saints of Newark. But before all that, he was a …

The call of the life that wasn’t: Russ Ellis and what could have been

September 29th, 2021

30:25

Russ Ellis has led the kind of life they write books about. The first full-time Black professor at California’s Claremont Colleges. Acclaimed …

Three tools for happy, healthy gatherings, by Rohan Gunatillake

September 26th, 2021

13:01

Learn these calming techniques to help navigate tricky family dynamics, the challenges of disconnecting from work, and the loneliness that can arise …

It doesn't have to be this hard: Mariann Budde

September 22nd, 2021

31:02

A street in Honduras. A conference room. The fifth lap of a bike ride. Crisis can descend on you in unexpected places – and so can clarity. All that’s required of you, really, is to be there for it, and to stretch …

The Hollywood version doesn’t go like this: Randall Park

September 15th, 2021

30:53

Boy meets girl, girl notices boy's squirrel painting, boy and girl fall in love. The plot of a classic Hollywood romcom? Not even close. But when …

Robin Arzón: Even a superhero starts with small steps

September 8th, 2021

32:08

Robin Arzón is a star fitness coach at Peloton, beloved for her high-energy coaching with more than a dash of tough love. In this story, join Robin on the longest run of her life: the Florida Keys 100 Ultramarathon. As …

Derailed by beauty: Kaywin Feldman

September 1st, 2021

30:33

Arriving in a strange town, disoriented and desperate to crawl into bed, Kaywin Feldman realizes she is just steps from an eight-century-old art …

My monkey teacher: Dr. Laurie Santos

August 25th, 2021

29:48

Psychology professor Dr. Laurie Santos is the host of The Happiness Lab podcast – and of Yale’s most popular course ever. (More than 3 million people …

One beating heart: Joel McHale

August 18th, 2021

27:50

As he sits with his wife in the waiting room of the pediatric cardiology unit, actor Joel McHale is struggling to feel anything but helpless. His …

David Duchovny: When the student is ready, the master is long gone

August 11th, 2021

32:11

Before his rise to fame, David Duchovny is a popular kid – charming, funny, bright, and athletic, beloved by friends and teachers alike. But there’s …

How did I get here? Stories of travel and passage

August 4th, 2021

23:50

The heart of storytelling is a journey, across time and place. In these four short stories, travel to a remote and lonely farm … a village alive with family … an island teeming with unique life … and a city street that …

Riding waves, by Paola Antonelli

July 28th, 2021

24:26

One summer night Paola Antonelli, now curator and head of R&D at MoMA, sets sail off the coast of Sardinia – snaking through the wavy sea with …

A fan’s notes on meditation: Rohan Gunatillake

July 21st, 2021

18:31

Loving football – specifically loving England’s team during a cup final – means resigning yourself to heartbreak, over, and over, and over. In this …

Showing up is never an end in itself, by Cal Ripken Jr.

July 14th, 2021

27:16

Best-known for his record-setting streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is widely regarded as one of Major League Baseball’s greatest all-time players. But for Cal, just showing up is …

Letting the lightness in: Stories of re-emergence

July 7th, 2021

22:20

All our problems haven’t magically vanished after the dark year gone by, but perhaps we’ve begun a new chapter, a slow re-awakening. In this …

A nurse's story, by Wayne Little

June 30th, 2021

30:24

Fresh out of nursing school, Wayne Little finds a treasured mentor in his first job – a nurse whose lifelong mission inspires his own. Years later, …

What holds the world together, by SG Goodman

June 24th, 2021

29:15

As a young girl, mowing her neighbor's lawn in the Kentucky heat, SG Goodman learns many important things: how to avoid running into the chain-link fence, the art of blowing the grass away from the house ... and the way …

Robert Reich: The accounting of this parenting business

June 17th, 2021

30:20

It's 1996, and Robert Reich has the job of a lifetime – one that's taking a steady toll on his family. In a story he’s never told before, Reich …

Aubergine by heart, by Rohan Gunatillake

June 14th, 2021

11:50

During some of the tougher days of the last two years, Rohan takes refuge in learning a new dish: aubergines with fermented chili bean paste and black vinegar. The project grounds him at an ungrounded time, and …

A meditation for sleep, by Rohan Gunatillake

June 12th, 2021

13:42

In a meditation for all the senses, Rohan guides you into a relaxed state that will quiet your mind and help you drift to sleep.

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Fighting my fears – and winning in spite of losing, by Thomas Page McBee

June 9th, 2021

19:47

Thomas Page McBee is an author and a journalist – and was the first transgender man to box in Madison Square Garden. But that fight wasn't about overpowering an opponent. It was about confronting his own fears – of …

To walk the Earth, by Tri Robinson

June 2nd, 2021

29:35

In the morning, Idaho pastor Tri Robinson herds cattle and mends fences; in the evening, he writes sermons. But the two parts of his life don't feel connected. He feels such a deep love of the natural world, in all its …

Max Richter: Music, memory, moments

May 27th, 2021

31:00

As a young composer, Max Richter is searching for his voice, the sound of a music that is uniquely his. But what he has is only a box of fragments, song experiments, half-formed questions. He sits with them, he thinks …

Alright after a fateful night, by Scott and Brian Nicholson

May 19th, 2021

30:35

Twins Scott and Brian Nicholson are dancers and choreographers on tour with Ariana Grande. Onstage, the three of them move across the stage as a …

Stepping into the unknown, by Rohan Gunatillake

May 15th, 2021

11:24

Standing at the door of the airplane, a new thing called “snow” swirling around her, Rohan’s mom is about to take a momentous step – making a life change that reverberates down the generations. A meditation about the …

Learning resilience from earth's edge, by Tony Tjan

May 13th, 2021

32:42

"Cape Spear always calls me back." Tony Tjan grows up in the cold and dramatic landscape of Newfoundland, where snow piles high and storms rage – but …

One envelope at a time, by Hannah Brencher

May 8th, 2021

25:53

When she went off to college, Hannah Brencher started a simple habit: exchanging handwritten letters with her mom. Inside the envelopes that arrived …

Getting unstuck, reframing the question, by Omar Wasow

May 6th, 2021

31:38

Omar Wasow had a fabulous life as a reporter and tech expert – he even taught Oprah how to use email! But an important piece of unfinished business …

Three love stories, by Rohan Gunatillake

April 30th, 2021

15:42

Love sneaks up on us. It’s a sudden awakening from the mundane. It’s divinity in the everyday. In this special episode, Rohan shares a trio of …

Creating my own sanctuary, by Angela Ahrendts

April 28th, 2021

30:13

The strawberry field past the maple tree. A hidden nook beneath the stairs. The magical hour before anyone else is awake. Throughout her life, Angela Ahrendts has sought out sanctuaries – sacred spaces to reconnect and …

We become the places we love, by David Whyte

April 22nd, 2021

35:28

As the wind howls around his camping caravan on a remote Welsh farm, poet David Whyte sits at a table, trying – and failing – to write. He's worried he has lost his gift. He's worried he never had a gift at all. But …

My first meditation retreat, by Rohan Gunatillake

April 17th, 2021

16:57

The idea of a meditation retreat is deeply romantic. But the reality can be very different. Join our host Rohan Gunatillake on his first retreat, at a monastery in the English countryside, where he locks in to his …

Michael Imperioli: The courage to trust, the courage to create

April 14th, 2021

28:23

When actor Michael Imperioli is 17, he makes an impulsive move: on the day he's supposed to drive up to college, instead he takes the train down to …

Do great things – and take your flowers, by Majora Carter

April 8th, 2021

30:32

As the youngest of 10 kids, Majora Carter is used to being a little bit invisible, shyly watching the world around her as she draws with her crayons. But her first-grade teacher, Ms. Transport, sees that she has a …

Writing the main character, by Franklin Leonard

April 2nd, 2021

29:57

What’s the hardest part about being the main character in your own life? You’re also writing the script as you go along. And sometimes it’s hard to know when you need a scene change. Filmmaker Franklin Leonard …

To chase the sunset, by Florence Williams

March 24th, 2021

32:16

Writer Florence Williams, grieving the loss of a long marriage, finds herself in Tulsa, Oklahoma; she's come to sit with Penny, her former …

Mickey Guyton: Telling the story of “Black Like Me”

March 15th, 2021

28:03

Behind her Grammy-nominated song “Black Like Me,” Mickey Guyton shares the story of her long journey toward embracing her voice as a country music star. As a Black woman in a traditionally white industry, her …

Nate Berkus: Designing your space in the world

March 10th, 2021

29:25

When young Nate Berkus pushes open the door to his new bedroom, an unfinished space in his family home, he doesn’t know it yet – but he’s opening the door to a new vision of what his life can be. A life that he can …

The right few words: Stories and meditation from Rohan

March 3rd, 2021

16:18

In telling three short stories from his life as a meditator, host Rohan Gunatillake explores the way a few simple words of wisdom, said at the right moment, can build your strength and resilience for a lifetime. He …

Adam Grant: The fear never goes away. But it can be tamed.

February 24th, 2021

31:54

"Are you going to do this? Ever?" Standing at the edge of the highest diving board at the aquatic center, a young Adam Grant tries and tries, and tries to leap off. But he can't face down his fear – not so much of …

Sam Harris: Finding happiness amid the ordinary collisions of life

February 17th, 2021

21:17

As a young man, facing two great losses one after another, philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris falls into a deep sadness. He ruminates, feeling stuck, lonely, and lost. But in a chance experiment, Sam learns to …

Aasif Mandvi: Getting out of my own head

February 10th, 2021

28:50

Actor, writer and comedian Aasif Mandvi has given us so many laughs in his role as a correspondent on The Daily Show – on stage and in television and …

David Duchovny: When the student is ready, the master may be long gone

January 27th, 2021

32:11

Before his rise to fame, David Duchovny is a popular kid – charming, funny, bright and athletic, beloved by friends and teachers alike. But there’s …

The stuff I'm here to study: Life on life on life, by Nalini Nadkarni

January 20th, 2021

31:08

Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni – known as the "Queen of the Forest Canopy” – has spent a career clambering around tree tops, studying the interdependence …

Twenty-one meals with my family, in seven days, by Jai Punjabi

January 14th, 2021

29:19

For filmmaker Jai Punjabi, the most powerful connection to home is through food – specifically the wonderful Indian cuisine he was raised on. Hoping …

Diana Nyad: I couldn’t have done it a fingernail better

January 6th, 2021

32:17

By the 1980s, Diana Nyad had left competitive swimming behind, embarking on a successful career as a sports broadcaster. But after a meeting with …

An open doorway, a conversation with a friend: meditation from Rohan Gunatillake

December 30th, 2020

11:39

“Pay attention to the small transitions, the ones whose potential is always here but sometimes overlooked.” Host Rohan Gunatillake tells three simple stories to draw our attention to the spaces where we realize change …

Nothing beats a failure but a try, by Kaya Henderson

December 23rd, 2020

32:52

Kaya Henderson has spent a career reimagining urban education for the 21st century. But Kaya’s faith in her own potential is tested during her first …

Home will be with me wherever I go, by Nadia Owusu

December 16th, 2020

30:31

As the daughter of UN diplomat, Nadia Owusu grows up across several worlds. Trailing her father from Africa to Europe before moving to the United States for university, Nadia grapples with her fractured identity. But …

What's most vital is right in front of me, by Stephen Wilkes

December 9th, 2020

30:10

Stephen Wilkes has a unique approach to photography that requires a sustained focus to capture subtle changes in light and perspective. The same …

Stories of new beginnings

November 18th, 2020

31:11

As we transition into a new season, and look forward to a new year ahead, we’re sharing these five short stories of people in motion. Listen for stories of birth, creative rebirth, and stories of starting over. Because …

Stories of faith, patience, resilience

November 3rd, 2020

27:56

Times like these require faith, patience, and resilience. This short episode brings together moments from four beloved stories. Sharing a pivotal moment from their lives, these four storytellers explore the large and …

Ginger Zee: I’m not just observing the winds, I’m riding them

October 14th, 2020

31:47

As chief meteorologist for ABC News, Ginger Zee has traveled the world to cover historic storms and extreme weather. But her passion for storm …

Cal Ripken Jr.: Showing up is never an end in itself

October 7th, 2020

27:16

Best-known for his record-setting streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is widely regarded as one of Major League Baseball’s greatest all-time players. But for Cal, just showing up is …

Discovering the path to honor, by Ghuan Featherstone

September 23rd, 2020

31:28

Ghuan Featherstone is determined to go his own way –  to live with courage, kindness, and faith in justice. To be a cowboy. But growing up in a …

A cowboy’s rules for living, by Waddie Mitchell

September 16th, 2020

29:21

Growing up on his father’s ranch in Elko, Nevada, Waddie Mitchell watches the cowboys around him with awe, silently absorbing their stories and …

Embracing what makes me different, by Mickey Guyton

September 9th, 2020

28:03

As a young girl raised on the gravel roads of central Texas, Mickey Guyton falls in love with country music – but as a Black woman in a traditionally white industry, her authenticity is constantly questioned: Too Black. …

That thing I'm missing is what makes me happy, by Jennifer 8. Lee

September 2nd, 2020

22:26

When a years-long relationship ends, author and filmmaker Jennifer 8. Lee makes the startling discovery that she lacks an inner monologue – a voice …

Lang Lang: The teacher who asked a new question

August 19th, 2020

33:08

Considered a prodigy in China, Lang Lang arrives to the U.S. certain of what it takes to be the best pianist in the world – dedication, discipline, …

A home that had been waiting for me forever​, by Pico Iyer

August 12th, 2020

19:45

Facing a dreaded 20-hour layover after weeks away from home, Pico Iyer decides to leave the airport and explore the city outside. He walks down the quiet streets, hoping to distract himself with a few new experiences. …

Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

August 5th, 2020

23:09

A glossy picture on the cover of a magazine. That’s all it takes for a teenaged Arianna Huffington to decide she’s going to leave her family and home – and the activity and warmth of her mom’s kitchen table – to start …

Have faith, but tie your camel first, by Wajahat Ali

July 29th, 2020

31:48

It's early morning. A hotel room. Wajahat Ali, playwright and author, is traveling for work when he gets a call from his wife – she's sobbing, panicked, heartbroken. Their tiny daughter, Nusayba, has been diagnosed with …

What my father gave me, by Shawn Colvin

July 22nd, 2020

35:19

Shawn Colvin grows up in a dangerous house. There’s a dad with a hair-trigger temper. But there’s also a dad who builds things, and who plays music, …

Where the water takes me, by Donald Miralle

July 15th, 2020

27:13

Twenty-four long miles into a grueling paddleboard competition, photographer Donald Miralle sights the buoy that tells him he's just a few miles from …

Creating my own sanctuary, by Angela Ahrendts

July 8th, 2020

30:20

The strawberry field past the maple tree. A hidden nook beneath the stairs. The magical hour before anyone else is awake. Throughout her life, Angela Ahrendts has sought out sanctuaries – sacred spaces to reconnect and …

America's jam session, by Pastor Otis Moss

June 24th, 2020

38:55

As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Otis Moss carries the torch for generations of church and civil rights leaders, including his own father, a regional director in the SCLC, and a friend of …

A more spacious response to life, by Judith Grisel

June 17th, 2020

36:09

Judith Grisel is an internationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and professor of psychology known for her research on the role of the brain …

There's no one way, by Gretchen Rubin

June 10th, 2020

30:10

Gretchen Rubin is an expert on happiness, and she's spent her career helping people build the habits to achieve it. But she assumed that if something …

A meditation to welcome change, by Rohan Gunatillake

June 3rd, 2020

15:46

For many of us, the days are stretching out, copies, duplicates of one another. But there is change happening around us, time is moving forward. This meditation, led by host Rohan Gunatillake, is about noticing that …

Giving birth to a wiser self, by Elizabeth Lesser

May 27th, 2020

31:45

One icy morning on a Vermont farm, Elizabeth Lesser is witness to a miraculous thing: the birth of a bleary, bleating baby lamb. Years later, as a …

Listening to the space around you, by Andrew Bird

May 20th, 2020

31:41

The chaotic nature and noise of life as a musician — touring from city to city — eventually erodes Andrew Bird's ability to hear the music that is really inside of him. In a courageous effort to understand the faint …

Tracking the path of the sun, by Lehua Kamalu

May 13th, 2020

28:54

Lehua Kamalu captains a vast, double-hulled ocean canoe crafted to the exact specifications of the seafaring vessels used by her ancestors. She and …

I let go of my plan — and found myself, by Krista Tippett

May 5th, 2020

27:52

Krista Tippett’s early years aren't what you’d expect knowing who she is today. As a journalist and political aide in divided Berlin in the '80s, she …

When words fail, by Thomas Chatterton Williams

April 28th, 2020

31:37

American cultural critic Thomas Chatterton Williams is deeply in love with his French wife, Valentine. Accustomed to exquisite command over the …

Changing the soundtrack of our lives, by Jule Hall

April 22nd, 2020

30:14

Jail has a way of warping time. Changes on the outside world are locked away from those inside. Upon his release after serving 17 locked-up years, …

Loving our living world, by Carl Safina

April 14th, 2020

31:50

We all need to love and be loved, we all want to feel not alone in this world. And this is true for all of the living world, says ecologist and …

Trust the world to show its goodness, by Shea Hembrey

April 4th, 2020

25:29

Shea Hembrey is 5 years old, walking along the road to his farmhouse on the edge of the Mississippi River Delta, where the floodplains meet the Ozark …

A meditation for the moment, by Rohan Gunatillake

March 31st, 2020

18:52

None of us has ever faced a moment like this. It is heartbreaking and exhausting and ever changing and yet ... days seem to blur together. In this Meditative Story, there is no storyteller – but there are stories. Host …

Our tiny meaningful lives in the vast universe, by Michelle Thaller

March 21st, 2020

28:15

In this classic episode, while working on an experiment to measure the age of the universe, astronomer Michelle Thaller is reminded once again about both the impersonal immensity around us, and the deeply personal …

Adapting to life's unexpected nature, by Forrest Galante

March 17th, 2020

31:47

Jackals and leopards in the fields. The sound of a lion’s roar. Majestic African bush elephants outside the front door. This is childhood for Forrest Galante as a kid growing up on a farm in Zimbabwe. He’s adventurous …

Stories my father told me, by Lindsey Stirling

March 10th, 2020

26:28

There he is: pacing around the campfire, contemplating, ruminating. Then, with a crooked, mischievous smile, he begins. “Here’s a story…” This is a …

The art class, by Jay Shetty

March 2nd, 2020

28:06

"Why?” asks an insistent high school art teacher. “Why? Why? Why?” Staring blankly back, a young Jay Shetty has nothing to say. It’s an art project, …

Riding waves, by Paola Antonelli

January 27th, 2020

24:26

One summer night Paola Antonelli, now curator and head of R&D at the MoMA, sets sail off the coast of Sardinia — snaking through the wavy sea …

Making humanity appear, magically, by DeRay Mckesson

January 20th, 2020

24:34

DeRay Mckesson is one of America’s most recognized and admired activists. But before that, he was a magician. Not the kind who pulls a rabbit out of …

Through friendship, a better version of myself, by Reid Hoffman

January 13th, 2020

28:59

How do you find joy in your life? For entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author Reid Hoffman, it’s through the act of genuine, honest, and intimate conversations with friends. Once a self-described misfit, in …

Finding a way in, by Sinéad Burke

January 7th, 2020

30:30

How to teach a classroom full of "difficult" kids? By meeting them where they are, and finding a way in. This is something that Sinéad Burke sees …

My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

January 2nd, 2020

19:10

Watching her daughter chase a balloon through a graveyard, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi comes to realize that maybe she can learn from four-year-old Cady. …

Acting as if you are bold, by A.J. Jacobs

December 17th, 2019

25:08

How do you build rapport with another person quickly? How do you bond? Author A.J. Jacobs shares a Meditative Story about the day he found himself on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and how courage to take a risk might just …

Creating space to stand in truth, by Susan David

December 10th, 2019

32:18

Psychologist and author Susan David invites us into the sad days after she loses her father as a child – and the kind teacher who helped her carve …

Learning to see what is in front of me, by Siri Hustvedt

December 3rd, 2019

20:41

To truly see what is right in front us, requires the practice of looking, of careful and sustained attention – without expectation or judgment. Join …

Standing in my own truth, by Moj Mahdara

November 26th, 2019

26:42

No boys. No dresses. As a teen, Moj Mahdara, founder of the fashion media company Beautycon, knows she’s different. And growing up in a traditional …

Starting the story of my life again, by Keith Yamashita

November 19th, 2019

26:39

Fluent in cheating time to squeeze productivity out of every minute, entrepreneur Keith Yamashita recounts the frightening details of a devastating stroke as it is actually happening, and discovers the second part of …

Surrendering my old identity — and finding myself, by Catherine Reitman

November 14th, 2019

27:22

As an actor and a new mom, Catherine Reitman felt pulled between two competing identities. To capture her frustration, her sadness, her truth, she …

Allowing sound to reveal life’s wonder, by Stephen Kuusisto

November 5th, 2019

19:21

Author and poet Stephen Kuusisto, who is blind, hears life expressed in sound, the weird and wonderful chance music of everyday life. And he's able …

One envelope at a time, by Hannah Brencher

October 29th, 2019

26:48

When's the last time you hand-wrote a letter? Author Hannah Brencher shares a simple story about the value of connecting on paper.

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Navigating life in my own skin, by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

October 22nd, 2019

29:59

In precisely chosen words, the writer, artist and Zen priest Zenju Earthlyn Manuel tells a story from her girlhood, a road trip from LA to Louisiana …

Finding permission to pursue my own dreams, by Josh Radnor

October 15th, 2019

25:13

Tuxedo-clad, face covered in makeup, hair slicked and parted in the middle, jumping around a creaky stage, teenage Josh Radnor (now an actor, producer and director) makes a life-changing discovery: He can act. And he …

Hitting the open road to find my way home, by Peter Sagal

October 8th, 2019

26:40

Host of NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal is wrecked and stuck in the wake of a divorce. Suddenly, he finds himself with two free weeks. In need of a healthy distraction, Peter jumps on his Harley for a …

Finding my own reflection, by Jane McGonigal

October 1st, 2019

28:18

What's is like to be an identical twin? Game designer Jane McGonigal tells a story of similarity and divergence as she explores the magic of sharing …

How to find – and feed – your passion, by Danny Meyer

September 24th, 2019

21:34

Restaurateur Danny Meyer takes us back to where it all began for him: a family trip to Europe and a simple plate of pasta. That memorable meal sparked a lifetime practice of discovery that continues to feed his …

The perfect photograph I never took, by John Moore

September 17th, 2019

19:43

While filming one day in the Congo Rainforest, legendary photojournalist John Moore pursued the vision of a perfect photograph -- a vision that literally brought him to his knees. He shares the magic that can occur when …

I let go of my plan – and found myself, by Krista Tippett

September 10th, 2019

28:28

Sitting around tables with arms experts, moving missiles around a map of Europe as if it were a gameboard, On Being's Krista Tippett grabs the moment to dislodge herself from the exhilaration of power. The journey that …

Fighting my fears – and winning in spite of losing, by Thomas Page McBee

September 3rd, 2019

20:40

Author and journalist Thomas Page McBee takes us into the boxing ring at Madison Square Garden, where he finds answers to some of his most profound questions through fighting – and along the way discovers what happens …

Building a bond with my son, by Dan Harris

August 27th, 2019

28:25

Broadcaster Dan Harris shares a candid look at his attempts to connect more with his son, Alexander, on their first father-son trip.

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This Human Moment: Our small, significant place in the universe, by Michelle Thaller

August 22nd, 2019

15:03

For this human moment, join astronomer Michelle Thaller as she contemplates the night sky. We’re such a small part of the universe – and yet so …

Our tiny meaningful lives in the vast universe, by Michelle Thaller

August 20th, 2019

27:38

Renowned astronomer and science commentator Michelle Thaller shares a story about cosmic awe and deep connection — both to our fellow human beings and to the universe around us.

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To visualize ... and then make it so, by Larry Jackson

August 13th, 2019

23:24

In a tiny studio in Tampa, Florida, with new-to-the-scene Jennifer Hudson and a Pomeranian dog named Grammy, young music producer Larry Jackson begins to feel the heat. It’s his job to not only make music, but to make …

Life and love and the moment, by Arianna Huffington

August 6th, 2019

23:48

A glossy picture on the cover of a magazine. That’s all it takes for a teenage Arianna Huffington to decide she’s going to leave her family and home – and the activity and warmth of her mom’s kitchen table – to start …

A home that had been waiting for me forever, by Pico Iyer

August 2nd, 2019

20:34

Facing a dreaded 20-hour layover after weeks away from home, Pico Iyer sees his best option is to set out and explore a city he never planned to visit in the first place. Pico's expectations, like anyone traveling to a …

My funny, feisty, thoughtful, brave girl, by Lucy Kalanithi

July 30th, 2019

19:45

Watching her daughter chase a balloon through a graveyard, Dr. Lucy Kalanithi comes to realize that maybe she can learn from four-year-old Cady. …

Introducing Meditative Story

July 22nd, 2019

4:05

Every week, you’ll receive a different Meditative Story from a storyteller who will transport you to the time and place where everything changed for them — a story you might find yourself relating to deeply. As the …

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