PODCASTS: developing meaning + wisdom

  • On Being with Krista Tippett: A podcast from On Being Studios “taking up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers”.

  • Becoming Wise - The Podcast: Another podcast from On Being Studios exploring “the mystery and art of living” through the eyes of wise people of our time.

  • The Greater Good Podcast. UC Berkeley’s podcast showcasing interviews with top researchers and thinkers discussing the science of a meaningful life.


podcasts: Cultivating Empathy

  • StoryCorps: Conversations between people from across the US intended to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world”.

  • Strangers: From the creator of The Moth, this podcast describes itself as an “empathy shot in your arm”, exploring true stories about people we encounter and the connections we make.

  • The Listening Project: Inspired by the US’ StoryCorps, these conversations are between people living in the UK.



  • Aeon. Digital magazine with essays written by experts in philosophy, science and culture. Wealth of articles addressing questions around meaningfulness and purpose.

  • Greater Good Magazine: UC Berkeley’s online publication exploring “science-based insights for a meaningful life”.

  • Brain Pickings. A website curated and written by Maria Popova (writer for Wired, The Atlantic and The New York Times) on topics spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more.



  • Baraka (1992), Ron Fricke. Feature length film shot in 25 countries on 6 continents, described by the director as “a guided meditation on humanity”.

  • Life in a Day (2011), Kevin Macdonald. A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24 July, 2010.

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