Smart talk about the stuff that matters most

Who are we? Why are we the way we are? How do we be the best possible versions of ourselves?

The Meaning of Everything is a podcast that explores new insights into our biggest questions and problems. Each week I chat with a person who has an impactful story or perspective and who is also often also a cutting-edge expert in psychology, history, religion, philosophy, science, or culture. Tune in and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of both yourself and your fellow humans, and maybe even be healed, inspired, and set free in the process.

Occasionally I am also entertaining.

Interview episodes air on Mondays and Q&As air on Thursdays. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify or watch on Youtube.

Are you here for the free stuff?

I give away a free book from my own library to one lucky listener every week.  See here for a list of the books I like to give away.

Do this to be entered in the giveaway: Go here to write a review of the podcast; Take a screenshot of your review as you write it; email your screenshot to tmoeverything@gmail.com. Then you’ll be permanently entered into the drawing for one of my favorite free books on topics ranging from philosophy to happiness to postmodernism to sex to science to god and more.

#21x: How Much do you Need Certainty? The NFC Scale

Here’s the notes for episode #21x of The Meaning of Everything show. How much are you personally persuaded by demagogues, emotional argumentation, and the crowd? How much is Stefani? In this episode Stefani takes and walks you through a quiz designed to answer these...

#21: Extremism in the Modern World with Arie Kruglanski

Here’s the notes for episode #21 of The Meaning of Everything show. Arie Kruglanski was born in Nazi Poland is today one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of extremism, terrorism, and close-mindedness. In this episode he chats with Stefani about how...

20x: How Uncertainty is Killing Us

Here’s the notes for episode #20x of The Meaning of Everything show. The winner of this week's giveaway is Sara B! Stefani explores one of the background principles of her current book--that uncertainty is often one of the most stressful and problematic things we can...

#20: The Problem with an All-Powerful God with Michael Hogue

Here’s the notes for episode #20 of The Meaning of Everything show. How much do our beliefs--both conscious and subconscious--influence our society and politics? Today Stefani chats with Dr Michael Hogue about some fundamental beliefs we’ve inherited in the West: that...

#19x: Homo Salvificus: The Species that’s Dying to be Saved

Here’s the notes for episode #19x of The Meaning of Everything show. What does it mean to be saved? Who can be saved? In today’s episode, Stefani shares one of the innovations she is contributing to the study of religion: a completely new theory of salvation. Be sure...