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Stories of Impact

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Featuring stories of new scientific research on human flourishing that translate these basic discoveries into practical tools. Bringing a mix of curiosity, compassion, and creativity that will appeal to all ages, journalist Richard Sergay and acclaimed writer/producer Tavia Gilbert shine a spotlight… read more

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Creating a Culture of Flourishing with Cristine Legare

June 28th, 2022


What is culture? How is culture transmitted? And what is unique about human culture, compared to our closest animal species relatives? Today’s …

Democracy, Resilience and Human Flourishing with Dr. Hafsat Abiola

June 7th, 2022


Today, we hear from Dr. Hafsat Abiola, native of Nigeria, President of the Women in Africa Initiative, Harvard-educated economist, expert in …

The Stories We Tell Ourselves with Dr. Brie Linkenhoker

May 17th, 2022


In today’s episode, we welcome Dr. Brie Linkenhoker, founder of Worldview Studio, a collective of brain and behavioral scientists, human-centered …

Compassion in Healthcare & Flourishing with Dr. David Addiss

May 3rd, 2022


In today’s episode, we welcome Dr. David Addiss, an expert in public health and preventive medicine. Dr. Addiss has spent his career thinking not only about science, but about service. In his early career, he cared for …

Science, Religion & Spirituality with Professor Kenneth Pargament

April 19th, 2022


Today’s episode is a discussion of the intersections of religion, spirituality, and science, with Dr. Kenneth Pargament, Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Pargament was named in 2022 one of the …

Faith & Human Flourishing with Bishop Steven Croft

April 5th, 2022


This week’s episode highlights the relationship between religion, faith, and human flourishing. Our conversation today is with Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, Church of England, for whom a belief in God and human …

Food, Agriculture & Human Flourishing with Agnes Kalibata

March 15th, 2022


This week we hear from Dr. Agnes Kalibata, a Rwandan agricultural scientist and policymaker. Dr. Kalibata draws on her personal history growing up in …

Human Flourishing & Grit with Angela Duckworth

February 28th, 2022


This week we bring you a conversation with Dr. Angela Duckworth, pioneering professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the CEO of …

The Digital Age & Human Flourishing with Vint Cerf

February 15th, 2022


This week we’re bringing you a conversation about human flourishing with Vint Cerf, a man globally recognized as one of the “fathers of the Internet.” In recognition for his extraordinary contributions to the creation …

Wellness & Human Flourishing with Deepak Chopra

February 1st, 2022

Our guest today is Dr. Deepak Chopra, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science …

Listening and Human Flourishing with Profs. Guy Itzchakov and Netta Weinstein

January 19th, 2022

Today, we’re in conversation about the act of listening. Our guests are researchers Netta Weinstein, Associate Professor in Psychology at the …

Climate and Human Flourishing with Mary Robinson

November 30th, 2021


Today, we’re talking about a pursuit of well-being that impacts us all — climate health. Today’s guest is Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland …

Dance and Human Flourishing with Judith Jamison

November 16th, 2021


Today’s guest is international superstar dancer/choreographer Judith Jamison. In 1964, at just 21 years old, Jamison made her dance debut in New York …

Music, Listening, and Human Flourishing with Wynton Marsalis

November 2nd, 2021


In today’s episode, we delve into how humans flourish through music and listening with internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis. At the age of 60, after a long, international career, …

Happiness and Human Flourishing with Laurie Santos and Arthur C. Brooks

October 19th, 2021


Today, we hear about human happiness from two of the world’s foremost researchers on the subject: Dr. Laurie Santos and Dr. Arthur Brooks. Dr. Santos hosts The Happiness Lab, a podcast “that will forever alter the way …

The Role of Education in Human Flourishing with The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson and Andreas Schleicher

October 5th, 2021


In today’s episode, we hear from The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, the first African-American woman to lead a top-ranked research university …

The Science of Spiritual Exercises with Rev. Sue Phillips and Casper ter Kuile

September 21st, 2021


Today, we’re delving into a discussion with Casper ter Kuile and Reverend Sue Phillips, two of the co-founders of Sacred Design Lab, which describes …

Innovations for Human Flourishing with Dr. Andrew Serazin

September 7th, 2021


Our new season begins with scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropy leader Dr. Andrew Serazin, President of Templeton World Charity Foundation. Dr. Serazin discusses TWCF's latest initiative, the Grand Challenges for …

Beginning September 7: Stories of Impact Season 5

August 26th, 2021

The birthright of every human being is not just to survive, but to thrive.

This year on the Stories of Impact Podcast, we bring you conversations …

The Power and Meaning of Forgiveness with Dr. Everett Worthington

March 9th, 2021


Today’s episode highlights Richard’s conversation with Dr. Everett Worthington. Dr. Worthington is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University. For the last 30 years, Dr. Worthington has been …

Ubuntu & Youth Radio Reporters with Nina Callaghan

February 23rd, 2021


Today, we hear a fascinating and inspiring conversation having to do with the flourishing of young South Africans. Today’s episode features Richard’s conversation with Nina Callaghan, former Associate Director and …

A Case for Spiritually Informed Democratic Capitalism with Dr. Arthur C. Brooks

February 9th, 2021


Today we hear from Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Management …

Investing in Human Flourishing with Dr. Andrew Serazin

January 26th, 2021


Templeton World Charity Foundation President, Dr. Andrew Serazin, is back for another conversation with podcast host Richard Sergay. Dr. Serazin talks about human flourishing — what it is, and how TWCF hopes to spur …

Beginning Next Week: Stories of Impact Season 4

January 19th, 2021


Imagine a state of being in which all the many dimensions of your life are good. Imagine health that goes beyond typical measures of physical and mental well-being, but expands to include life satisfaction, meaning and …

Listening as an Antidote to a Zero-Sum Outlook with Dr. Filippo Trevisan

January 5th, 2021


Today, Richard is in conversation with Dr. Filippo Trevisan, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Deputy Director at the Institute …

Upholding Democratic Values in the Internet Age with Dr. David O’Brien

December 22nd, 2020


Today’s conversation is with David O’Brien, Assistant Research Director at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Prof. O’Brien talks to Richard about how we as citizens can bring our …

The Politics of Social Cohesion with Dr. Colin Mayer

December 8th, 2020


Today’s episode features a conversation with Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies and the former dean at the Saïd Business …

The Ethics of Communication with Dr. Onora O’Neill

November 24th, 2020


Today, host Richard Sergay speaks with Baroness Onora O’Neill, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Cambridge University. Prof. O’Neill, whose work …

Building Common Purpose with Sir Paul Collier

November 10th, 2020


As we explore our season focusing on citizenship in the networked age, journalist Richard Sergay explores the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in the digital era, the individual and community strengths …

Citizenship in a Networked Age with Vint Cerf, Nuala O’Connor, & Michael Wear

October 27th, 2020


Today’s conversation features three intersecting perspectives on the topic of citizenship in a networked age. We’ll hear from Vint Cerf, Google's vice president and chief Internet evangelist, and one of the world’s …

An Agenda for Rebuilding Our Civic Ideals with Dr. Andrew Briggs and Dr. Dominic Burbidge

October 13th, 2020


In this episode, we hear from Dr. Andrew Briggs, a professor of nanomaterials at the University of Oxford, and Dr. Dominic Burbidge, a lecturer in …

Beginning Next Week: Stories of Impact Season 3

October 6th, 2020


How can we listen to people we don’t agree with? Rebuild trust in an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Create social cohesion, cooperation, and healthy, safe, inclusive societies? 

If you find yourself asking, …

Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute with Dr. Erica Cartmill, Dr. Jacob Foster, and Dr. Kensy Cooperrider

September 29th, 2020


In the final episode of our second season, we meet three scientists who are creating a community of people who see the world differently, bringing …

Machine Morality with Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dr. Jana Schaich Borg & Dr. Vincent Conitzer

September 23rd, 2020


Today, we speak with an ethicist, a computer scientist, and a neuroscientist who have teamed together at Duke University to research how we might build human morality into an artificially intelligent machine. Drs. …

Cracking the Code: Searching for Language in Dolphins with Dr. Denise Herzing

September 16th, 2020


In this episode, we hear from Dr. Denise Herzing, Research Director and Founder of the Wild Dolphin Project and Affiliate Assistant Professor at …

Social Cognition in Autism with Dr. Sue Fletcher-Watson and Dr. Catherine Crompton

September 8th, 2020


In today’s episode, we explore the social cognition found within our own species, and what the benefit to every person might be if we deepen our understanding of the wide variety of intelligences of human beings. 

We …

Animal Cognition with Dr. Brian Hare

September 1st, 2020


Dr. Brian Hare is a core member of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience and Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology and Psychology and Neuroscience at …

The Honeybee Brain with Dr. Andrew Barron and Dr. James Marshall

August 25th, 2020


Today’s episode features the work of two scientists in seemingly unconnected fields of study: Dr. Andrew Barron, Associate Professor of Cognitive …

Whale Song & Alien Intelligence with Dr. Laurance Doyle and Dr. Fred Sharpe

August 18th, 2020


Today’s episode features the collaborative exploration of Dr. Fred Sharpe, an expert in humpback whales and the Principal Investigator with the …

What are Diverse Intelligences? with Dr. Pranab Das

August 11th, 2020


Host Richard Sergay speaks with Pranab Das, professor of physics at Elon University and Principal Advisor to the Diverse Intelligences Initiative from Templeton World Charity Foundation. Richard and Professor Das …

Beginning Next Week: Stories of Impact Season 2

August 4th, 2020


The Stories of Impact Podcast presents stories of the scientific breakthroughs that fuel the human search for meaning, purpose, and truth — how lives are transformed by science. Season 2 focuses on Diverse Intelligences.

The Core Principles of Cooperation with Dr. David Sloan Wilson

July 28th, 2020


Today, host Richard Sergay is in conversation with David Sloan Wilson, professor of biological sciences at Binghamton University and president of the …

Spirituality, Belonging, & the Pandemic Response with Dr. Joseph Bulbulia

July 21st, 2020


In this episode, host Richard Sergay speaks to Joseph Bulbulia, professor at the University of Auckland and the MacLaurin Goodfellow Chair in …

Cooperation Amidst Catastrophe with Dr. Athena Aktipis

July 14th, 2020


Host Richard Sergay speaks to Athena Aktipis, co-director of the Human Generosity Project, about the current results of her study of cooperation …

Encouraging Altruism During a Pandemic with Dr. Erez Yoeli

July 7th, 2020


In today’s episode, host Richard Sergay speaks with Erez Yoeli, director of the Applied Cooperation Team at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, about …

The Power of Positivity in a Pandemic with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson

June 30th, 2020

The first episode of the Stories of Impact podcast special, five-part Covid-19 conversation series features Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, director of …

Podcast Launch: Stories of Impact

June 30th, 2020

In this introductory episode, producer Tavia Gilbert and host Richard Sergay discuss what’s coming up in this season of the podcast and beyond. In conversation with Dr. Andrew Serazin, President of Templeton World …

Introducing Stories of Impact

June 18th, 2020


The Stories of Impact Podcast presents stories of the scientific breakthroughs that fuel the human search for meaning, purpose, and truth — how lives are transformed by science. 

This project was made possible through …

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