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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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February 22nd, 2024


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Ubuntu & Youth Radio Reporters with Nina Callaghan

February 20th, 2024


This week we're bringing back one of our favorite ever episodes. Today, we hear a fascinating and inspiring conversation having to do with the flourishing of young South Africans.

Today’s episode features Richard’s …

Youth and Truth in Northern Ireland

February 6th, 2024


War and conflict is raging across the globe. From Europe and the Middle East to Africa and the Americas, divisions between and within nations are leaving civilians dead and displaced. 

Northern Ireland has seen its fair …

Coming Alongside: Chaplains of Change

January 16th, 2024


Before we ended 2023 we met two researchers, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dr. Timothy Lomas, who shared their research on human flourishing, and each touched on the importance of human connection and relationship as an …

Restoring the American Chestnut Tree with Dr. William Powell and Rex Mann

December 19th, 2023


We’re celebrating the life of our friend Dr. William Powell, who passed away just before Thanksgiving. Dr. Powell’s American Chestnut Tree episode was one of our favorites of last year. 

This episode is an inspiring …

Holistic Flourishing

December 5th, 2023


Last time you heard from us, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas shared her research on the complexity of the loneliness epidemic in America today, and what we all can do to feel less lonely. Something she said — “Everyone's …

Solving the Loneliness Epidemic

November 21st, 2023


It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States, and this Thursday, many of us will be with friends and family for the kick-off to six weeks of holiday …

Democratizing Access to Birth Control

November 7th, 2023


Today, we meet Dr. Nap Hosang, a Jamaican-born obstetrician and gynecologist with a long, distinguished career focused on preventing unintended …

The Perils & Promises of AI

October 17th, 2023


In our last episode, we learned about the Rome Call for AI Ethics, which asked representatives from world business, educational institutions, governments, and religions to support ethical principles around artificial …

Ethical Artificial Intelligence

October 3rd, 2023


Artificial intelligence is the ability of machines to perform tasks, such as learning and problem-solving, that are typically associated with human …

Systemic Compassion

September 19th, 2023


In our last episode with Dr. David Addiss, Heather Buesseler, Dr. Liz Grant, and Dr. Corinne Reid, we explored the role of compassion in the United …

A Case for Compassion in Sustainable Development Goals

September 5th, 2023


We begin Season 7 with a friend of the podcast — Dr. David Addiss, who listeners will remember from an emotional episode last year about the role of …

Looking Back, Looking Forward

August 1st, 2023


Today is our final episode of the sixth season of Stories of Impact, and Richard Sergay is back in conversation with Templeton World Charity Foundation President Dr. Andrew Serazin, looking back over the year of …

Calm Doctors Make Good Doctors

July 18th, 2023


Today’s episode is all about medical professionals — the hardship, overwhelm, and burnout that pre-existed the pandemic and only got worse when it started. It's about research measuring the effectiveness of a program …

Education After Silos: Science & Religion

June 20th, 2023


If you’ve been a long-time listener to the Stories of Impact podcast, you’ll expect by now to be surprised by the kinds of studies Templeton World Charity Foundation invests in. TWCF-funded projects are not only …

Existential Risk with Lord Martin Rees, Dr. Paul Ingram, and Dr. Lara Mani

June 6th, 2023


Today, we’re back with Richard’s fascinating interview with Lord Martin Rees, the UK’s Astronomer Royal and the co-founder of the Centre for Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. Joining them in …

Forgiveness Part 2

May 2nd, 2023


Today is the second in a two-part series that explores the subject of forgiveness. We hear more about the ground-breaking, six-site, five-country, four-continent study of Dr. Everett Worthington’s REACH forgiveness …

Forgiveness Part 1

April 25th, 2023


Today we bring you the first of a special two-part series that dives deep into the subject of forgiveness. Our guests include Dr. Everett Worthington, Science Director in a worldwide research project studying the REACH …

A Preview of Our Special Series on Forgiveness

April 18th, 2023


The Stories of Impact podcast is coming to you for the next two weeks for a special exploration of forgiveness. Long-time listeners to the podcast may recognize Dr. Everett Worthington, who returns to discuss the …

Finding Beauty and Purpose to Flourish

April 4th, 2023


In this episode of Stories of Impact, we’re listening to a session from the Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Global Scientific Conference on Human Flourishing, which took place last fall. The conference aimed to …

Climate Change and Other Global Challenges to Human Flourishing

March 21st, 2023


In this episode of Stories of Impact, we’re listening to a session from the Templeton World Charity Foundation’s Global Scientific Conference on Human Flourishing, which took place last fall. The conference aimed to …

Polarization Part 3 with Dr. Andrew Serazin, Dr. Eric Marshall, and Virginia Cooper

March 7th, 2023


This the conclusion of a special three-part series on polarization. In today’s episode, we hear some good news from three leaders of Templeton World …

Polarization Part 2 with Dr. Dominic J. Packer, Dr. Jay J. Van Bavel, Dr. Hahrie Han, Evan Mawarire, Uriel Epshein & Joshua Fryday

February 21st, 2023


This the second of a special three-part series on polarization. In today’s episode, we consider what writers, researchers, and scholars say we can …

Polarization Part 1 with Dr. Dominic J. Packer, Dr. Jay J. Van Bavel, Dr. Hahrie Han, Alison Taylor, Uriel Epshein and Joshua Fryday

February 7th, 2023


The first of a special three-part series, this episode defines polarization and explores its causes and effects. Next, we consider what we can learn …

Collective Effervescence with Or Taicher, Michal Shahaf, Ben Yaffet and Dr. Shira Gabriel

January 17th, 2023


Have you ever been in a group of people, everyone focused on the same thing — a sports competition or a sermon or a performance — and you’ve had a feeling that you’re being transported or transformed by what you’re …

Human Flourishing Conference Wrap-up with Dr. Andrew Serazin, Heather Templeton Dill, Dr. Duncan Astle & Maritza Trejo

December 13th, 2022


Today’s episode features Templeton World Charity Foundation President Dr. Andrew Serazin and John Templeton Foundation President Heather Templeton Dill, as they discuss Sir John Templeton’s legacy while considering …

Human Flourishing Conference Wrap-up Preview with Sir Richard Branson

December 6th, 2022


We’re excited to report that the first-annual global Human Flourishing Conference was a tremendous success, with over 4,000 people attending sessions with luminaries like author Cheryl Strayed, social scientist Arthur …

Ethical Apparel with Dr. Robert Handfield and Dr. MD Rejaul Hasan

November 1st, 2022


Today’s episode is all about the impact we can have when we make informed, ethical choices. It can be nearly impossible as a consumer to know where your clothes are coming from and to ensure that they were ethically and …

Mental Health and Human Flourishing with Tom Osborn

October 20th, 2022


This week’s episode takes us to Kenya, where we meet Tom Osborn, community mobilizer, entrepreneur and research scientist, and Harvard psychology …

Treating Youth Anxiety Through Gaming with Dr. Isabela Granic, Dr. Hanneke Scholten, and Ken Koontz

October 4th, 2022


What if we told you that by the end of this unusual episode, you could find yourself thinking completely differently about the role of video games in …

Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute with Dr. Andrew Serazin, Dr. Erica Cartmill, Dr. Pranab Das and Dr. Jacob Foster

September 6th, 2022


Today’s episode is our version of a back to school episode celebrating one of the coolest schools on the planet — the Diverse Intelligences Summer …

Human Flourishing: A Look Back & Looking Forward with Dr. Andrew Serazin

July 26th, 2022


Today is our 20th and final episode of the Luminaries of Human Flourishing season on the Stories of Impact podcast. All season, we’ve been in …

Restoring the American Chestnut Tree with Dr. William Powell and Rex Mann

July 12th, 2022


This episode is an inspiring story about how bringing together vision, community, and cutting-edge science can make the impossible possible. It’s a story about American history, climate, globalization, and hope. It’s …

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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