Getting to the heart of what makes humans tick

Are we doomed to self-destruct? Do we have free will? Why is society so beautiful and so messed up at the same time?

At the core of Naked Humanity is the question: What does it mean to be human? To try to get to the bottom of this extraordinary question, I chat with experts in fields as wide ranging as anthropology, ethics, and string theory. We pontificate; we laugh; we philosophize; we cry. Join me twice weekly for an unapologetically candid look at human nature and modern culture. Walk away with refreshing wisdom about how to best be human in these extraordinary times.

Interview episodes air on Mondays and Q&As air on Thursdays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play,  StitcherSpotify, and pretty much all podcasting apps actually, just search “Naked Humanity” (except for Soundcloud, sorry!), or watch on Youtube.

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#42x: Why so many People Struggle with Purpose

Here are the notes for episode #42x of Naked Humanity. For this episode a listener writes in and asks, how do I figure out what to do with my life? Why is it so hard to feel purposeful? Stefani reflects on the current cultural moment, explains why so many people...

#42: How Marketing Shapes our World with Kaila Tova

Here are the notes for episode #42 of Naked Humanity. Is there a way to advertise to people that is ethical, or are we basically doomed to forever con one another into buying our services? On today’s podcast, Stefani chats with drag king and PhD student Kaila Tova...

#41x: Is Life Worth Living?

Here are the notes for episode #41 of Naked Humanity. Today’s episode goes deep. A listener writes in with the question: is life worth living? This is not an uncommon question. But, have people always struggled with life’s worthwhileness and meaning? Stefani talks...

#41: The Historical Era that Made us Who We Are with Brad Gregory

Here are the notes for episode #41 of Naked Humanity. Did you know that relativism, capitalism, secularism, and consumerism were all born at the same time? It was during the 1500s, the period we now know as the Protestant Reformation. This Reformation started humbly:...

#40x: Why Trying to be Happy Makes you Sad

Here are the notes for episode #40x of Naked Humanity. This week a listener asks Stefani about how to be happy. She’s got a steady job, friends, romance--what gives? Why isn’t she happy? Stefani talks about advertising in the modern world, the demand that you be...

#40: The Religious Causes of Violence with Mark Juergensmeyer

Here are the notes for episode #40 of Naked Humanity. Mark Juergensmeyer is a leading expert on religion and violence. In today’s episode, Professor Juergensmeyer and Stefani dig deep into the psychology of violence in religion: what is it about religion that enables,...