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Aug 8, 2021

Introducing Stories of Impact Podcast: Episode Guide, Seasons 1- 5

Stories of scientific breakthroughs that fuel the human search for meaning, purpose, and truth.

By Templeton Staff

Introducing Stories of Impact Podcast

Bringing a mix of curiosity, compassion, and creativity that will appeal to all ages, journalist Richard Sergay and host Tavia Gilbert shine a spotlight on the human impact at the heart of cutting-edge social and scientific research projects. Built upon the award-winning works of the Stories of Impact Video Series, the Stories Of Impact Podcast highlights human stories and critical perspectives that bring to life the main mission of Templeton World Charity Foundation: to support new scientific research on human flourishing and to translate these basic discoveries into practical tools.

The podcast series was announced as an AVA Digital Award Gold Winner in 2021, and as a MarCom Awards Gold Winner in 2020. Individual podcast episodes have been honored with multiple Awards of Distinction from the 27th Annual Communicator Awards, and have received Gold dotCOMM and MarCom Awards.

Episode Guide, Seasons 1 - 5

Introducing the new Stories of Impact Podcast, Sir John Templeton & TWCF with guest Dr. Andrew Serazin.


Season 1: A special 5-part series of conversations on Covid-19
Ways social scientists are studying and thinking about the coronavirus pandemic.

S1 Episodes

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

Encouraging Altruism During a Pandemic with Dr. Erez Yoeli

Cooperation Amidst Catastrophe with Dr. Athena Aktipis

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

The Core Principles of Cooperation with Dr. David Sloan Wilson


Season 2: Diverse Intelligences
Open-minded, forward-looking scientific inquiry into the many forms of cognition - human, animal, and machine intelligence.

S2 Episodes

What Are Diverse Intelligences? with Dr. Pranab Das

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

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

Animal Cognition with Dr. Brian Hare

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

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

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

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


Season 3: Citizenship
Leading scholars discuss the navigation of civic values in this digitally networked age.

S3 Episodes

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

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

Building Common Purpose with Sir Paul Collier

The Ethics of Communication with Dr. Onora O’Neill

The Politics of Social Cohesion with Dr. Colin Mayer

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

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


Season 4: Human Flourishing
Explorations of how people throughout the world promote human flourishing; stories of human generativity, positivity, growth, and resilience.

S4 Episodes

Investing in Human Flourishing with Dr. Andrew Serazin

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

Ubuntu & Youth Radio Reporters with Nina Callaghan

The Power and Meaning of Forgiveness with Dr. Everett Worthington

Season 5: Human Flourishing
The birthright of every human being is not just to survive, but to thrive. This season, the podcast talks with global luminaries at the forefront of human flourishing about practical scientific innovations, and what it means to flourish.

S5 Episodes

Innovations for Human Flourishing with Dr. Andrew Serazin

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

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

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

Music, Listening, and Human Flourishing with Wynton Marsalis

Dance and Human Flourishing with Judith Jamison

Climate and Human Flourishing with Mary Robinson


About the Hosts

Richard Sergay is an award-winning television journalist and media executive who spent much of his career at ABC News. He reported on major domestic and international stories for World News, Nightline, and Good Morning America. Richard graduated with Highest Honors from the University of California with a BA in Politics, undertook postgraduate work in International Relations at Georgetown University, and was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

The writer and producer of several nonfiction podcasts with a global audience, Tavia Gilbert is the acclaimed narrator of more than 650 full-cast and multi-voice audiobooks, Booklist’s Audiobook Narrator of the Year, and a multi Audie Award-winner, including for Best Female Narrator. She is also the creator of The Abels, a scripted fiction podcast in collaboration with the BBC. Tavia holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she is a regular teaching artist.