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.

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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.

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26x: Americans Increasingly Distrust Science: Here’s Why

Here’s the notes for episode #26x of The Meaning of Everything show. Science may be imperfect, but it’s honestly pretty great. Why do so many people hate and distrust it, then? In this episode Stefani gets to the bottom of it by exploring 1) how science often...

#26: How Science Can Save Democracy with Harry Collins

Here’s the notes for episode #26 of The Meaning of Everything show. We can hardly trust  anything anymore. We can’t trust our banks, our media, our governments. But what about science? Even though it has its problems, science has remained more trustworthy than other...

#25x: Why Do We Believe What We Believe?

Here’s the notes for episode #25x of The Meaning of Everything show. You might THINK that objectivity exists and that you rationally find your way to truth with the powers of pure reason, but in this episode Stefani demonstrates why that’s false. Philosopher David...

#25: Why Do We Believe in Gods? with Connor Wood

Here’s the notes for episode #25 of The Meaning of Everything show. Why do we believe in Gods? Why is belief in supernatural deities found universally around the world? This is a question that has baffled scientists and scholars for centuries. Dr. Connor Wood comes on...

#24x: How Self-Esteem Can Save the World

Here’s the notes for episode #24x of The Meaning of Everything show. Building on conversations with recent guests, Stefani argues that there are two different kinds of self-esteem. One has the power to melt our societies to the ground; the other has the power to lift...

#24: How Death Affects Everything You Do with Sheldon Solomon

Here’s the notes for episode #24 of The Meaning of Everything show. You might not think about death very often, but the work of today’s guest has demonstrated that death plays a crucial role in our psychological make-ups. Sheldon Solomon is an expert psychologist and...