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 starting 5 November. You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or Spotify or watch on Youtube.

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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.

#10: The Self: West vs East with Mari Ovsepyan

Here’s the notes for episode #10 of The Meaning of Everything show. We all know that the “East” and “West” are different--but just how deep do these differences reach? This week Stefani chats with fellow Oxford PhD candidate Mari Ovsepan about her personal experiences...

#9x: Solving Nature vs Nurture

Here’s the notes for episode #9x of The Meaning of Everything show. Which is more important, nature, or nurture? In this episode Stefani explains the debate, weighs the pros and cons of each, and explains why each is ultimately wrong. What are we left with, then?...

#9: The Mystery of the Brain with Nat Barrett

Here’s the notes for episode #9 of The Meaning of Everything show. We often talk about the brain like a computer, but is that really how it works? This week Stefani chats with philosopher Nat Barrett who argues that most cognitive scientists completely...

#8x: How Racist Are You?

Here’s the notes for episode #8x of The Meaning of Everything show. Did you know there are more than 190 biases that plague every one of us? Try as you might to be objective, it is impossible. To even THINK you are unbiased is itself a bias. In this episode Stefani...

#8: Putting Bias in its Place with Steph Sasse

Here’s the notes for episode #8 of The Meaning of Everything show. Bias is arguably the biggest problem facing the modern West. As the world globalizes and political divisions intensify, it becomes easier and easier for us to become entrenched in our biases. In this...

#7x: The Dark Side of Science

Here’s the notes for episode #7x of The Meaning of Everything show. Admittedly, there are a lot of dark sides of science. But today, Stefani discusses one important way we completely misunderstand science that has given rise to problematic cultural phenomena such as...

#7: Can Ignorance be Good? with Stuart Firestein

Here’s the notes for episode #7 of The Meaning of Everything show. Usually we think of ignorance as a bad thing--but what if appreciating and cultivating ignorance is the key to our success? Stefani chats with Columbia neurobiologist and best-selling author Stuart...

#6x: Losing Faith w

Here’s the notes for episode #6x of The Meaning of Everything show. How do you cope when you lose religious faith? How do you live in times of ambiguity or despair? In this podcast Stefani shares what she’s learned working with religious people and groups over time...

#6: Spirituality without Religion with Eric Steinhart

Here’s the notes for episode #6 of The Meaning of Everything show. Can you have religious ideas and feelings without God? Stefani chats with philosopher Eric Steinhart who believes you can have wonder, morality, spirituality, and even immortality without God. He does...

#5x: Sources of Wonder

Here’s the notes for episode #5x of The Meaning of Everything show. Popular culture today focuses on science as a source of wonder--but is that enough? What else is wonderful in our world, and how can you experience it? In this episode Stefani briefly adds context to...