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Podcasting is one of the most ubiquitous and beloved forms of digital storytelling in today’s world. Here at the John Templeton Foundation, we’re proud to support several excellent podcasts that engage with contrarian ideas and inspire conversations about human flourishing. 

In honor of International Podcast Day on September 30th, we’d like to highlight a few of these wonderful podcasts.

On Being with Krista Tippett

Each episode of On Being is an exploration into the many complexities of the human experience. The On Being radio show was created by Krista Tippett in 2003, and has evolved over the course of the past two decades. 

On Being with Krista Tippett has been played/downloaded more than 350 million times.

Tune in here.

The Science of Happiness 

The Science of Happiness is produced by the GGSC and PRX. On each episode, UC Berkeley psychologist and host Dr. Dacher Keltner invites a guest to try a positive psychology practice shown to boost emotional well-being, improve relationships, promote compassion, or reduce stress.

Tune in here.

Ministry of Ideas

Ministry of Ideas is a podcast dedicated to investigating and illuminating the ideas that shape our society. It is a collaboration between Harvard Divinity School and is featured in the Boston Globe Ideas Section.

Tune in here.

How God Works

Why do people who take part in spiritual practices tend to live longer, healthier, and happier lives? In the “How God Works” podcast, psychologist Dave DeSteno takes us on a journey to find out.

Tune in here.


Radiolab, hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser, asks deep questions and uses investigative journalism to get the answers. A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world.

Tune in here.

Still Curious?

Learn more about podcast funding at the John Templeton Foundation.

Explore projects funded by our Public Engagement department.