In the world of podcasts, “On Being” has carved out a unique space, blending thought-provoking conversations on spirituality, science, and the human experience. For those who find solace and inspiration in its contemplative and insightful discussions, the quest for similar auditory experiences is ever-present.
In this article, I explore a curated list of podcasts that resonate with the same depth and introspection as “On Being.”
The One You Feed
A grandfather tells his granddaughter about two inner wolves, one good (kindness, bravery, love) and one bad (greed, hatred, fear). She asks which one wins, and he replies, “The one you feed.” Inspired by this, Eric Zimmer, who overcame heroin addiction and homelessness at 24, now aids others in nurturing their ‘good wolf’.
Sean Carroll’s Mindscape
Curious about the impact of music on the brain, the mysteries of quantum mechanics, or black hole mechanics? Intrigued by emotional responses to movies or the creation of video games? Join Sean Carroll weekly as he chats with the world’s leading minds, from neuroscientists and engineers to writers
To the Best of Our Knowledge
“To the Best of Our Knowledge,” a Peabody-winning national radio program, dives into profound ideas and captivating questions. Featuring in-depth conversations with philosophers, authors, artists, scientists, and historians, it offers listeners insights into meaning, purpose, and wonder in everyday life.
The Becoming Wise podcast brings profound insights in the time it takes to brew a cup of tea. Each episode distills wisdom from numerous conversations with thoughtful and inspiring individuals. It’s an opportunity to reset your day and enrich your understanding of yourself and the world.
Love What You Love
Julie Rose is an author, creator, and enthusiast with an insatiable curiosity about people and the world. She is deeply passionate about unselfconscious enthusiasm and passion. Every other week, she indulges in her love for geeking out with someone about the thing they are most passionate about.
We Can Do Hard Things
Life presents relentless challenges. Daily, we navigate complex tasks such as loving and grieving, caring for children and parents, building and ending friendships, grappling with addiction, illness, and solitude, enduring struggles in our careers, marriages, and through divorces, establishing boundaries, and advocating for equality, purpose, freedom, joy, and peace.
Meditative Story merges captivating human narratives with integrated meditation cues, all set against a backdrop of stunning music. It offers an alternative path to mindfulness, utilizing vivid storytelling and cinematic music and production to enhance the experience.
Good Life Project
Exploring what constitutes a good life, this podcast explores themes like happiness, health, love, work, and purpose, even in challenging times. The weekly conversations feature insights from experts in health, science, art, and culture, including notable figures like Brené Brown, Matthew McConaughey, and many others.
Forrest Hanson teams up with Dr. Rick Hanson, a clinical psychologist, and a group of esteemed experts to dive into the practical science of enduring well-being. Their discussions center on crucial insights from psychology, science, and contemplative practice, aimed at developing lasting inner strengths, tackling challenges, and maximizing life’s potential.
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Dan Harris, a restless, skeptical journalist who experienced a panic attack on live TV, turned to meditation, a practice he had previously dismissed. This journey inspired him to author the bestselling book, “10% Happier.” In his show, Dan engages in conversations with renowned meditation instructors, leading scientists, and occasional celebrities.
Everything Happens with Kate Bowler
If you’re not always living your best life, this podcast is for you. Hosted by Duke Professor Kate Bowler, an expert on narratives of success, failure, and happiness, who once battled Stage IV cancer, the show features conversations with humorous and insightful individuals.