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53 minutes | 3 years ago
Dialogue, open minds, and open hearts. That’s the goal of Better Angels, a national citizens' movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together. This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’re talking with Better Angels Director of Public Engagement, Ciaran O’Connor. O’Connor will talk about how the organization is working to fight divisiveness and polarization by bringing together people with different belief systems to rebuild trust and illuminate shared values.
35 minutes | 3 years ago
Bobby Rydell, Teen Idol
From teen idol, to transplant recipient, and everything in between, we’re talking with American entertainment legend Bobby Rydell this week on BetterWorldians Radio. He’ll share stories from his early career and tell listeners how losing the love of his life rocked him to his core. A big advocate for The Gift of Life, Bobby shares his own “miracle” story.
31 minutes | 3 years ago
Constructive Journalism: Hopeful news
Does reading the news make you feel depressed and hopeless? You’re not alone. In fact, studies show it’s a common reaction. This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’re speaking with positive news researcher Jodie Jackson about Constructive Journalism, an approach that covers both problems and progress. Jodie will tell listeners how constructive journalism can reduce anxiety, improve moods and social relationships, and give hope.
45 minutes | 3 years ago
Nearly eight out of ten Americans say they felt a strong sense of gratitude in the past week and yet, that is not always reflected in what we value and how we behave. Our guest this week on BetterWorldians Radio, author Diana Butler Bass, calls it the “gratitude gap.” She’ll tell listeners how this gap is affecting both our personal and public lives and what we can do about it. She’ll share the four different gratitude styles and her surprising take on thank you notes.
55 minutes | 3 years ago
Finding Common Ground
In divisive political times, it is more important than ever that we find common ground. This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’re speaking with former US diplomat, John Graham. Graham will share his vast world experience and explain the moment of clarity that changed his life. He’ll share his tips for finding common ground and explain how learning how to be a better negotiator can help make the world a better place.
41 minutes | 3 years ago
Stress Free Kids
Did you know that 70% of children say they experience worry? This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with Lori Lite, founder of Stress Free Kids. Lori discusses how parents can help children decrease stress, lower anxiety, and control anger. Lite will walk listeners through some simple relaxation techniques and explain how to reframe stressful situation for their children.
50 minutes | 3 years ago
What if disagreements could lead us to some of the best, most productive conversations? Our guest this week is Raffi Grinberg, Co-Director of OpenMind, a free, interactive, psychology-based platform designed to foster intellectual humility, empathy, and mutual understanding across a variety of differences. Raffi will walk our co-hosts through the new app and how it helps users to understand their biases and cultivate intellectual humility, while equipping them with the essential skills to discuss the most sensitive and difficult topics.
40 minutes | 3 years ago
The Bright Side: Social media, selfies, & gaming
Social media is the primary news source for over 60% of the population. It’s fast and easy, but it is not always entirely accurate and that can have some negative implications. This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’re joined by Dr. Pamela Rutledge, a media psychologist. She’ll explain the impact this can have on our brains and share a surprising antidote: humor. Dr. Rutledge will also discuss the positive power of gaming and her interesting take on “selfies” and how they can be a useful way to explore self-image.
53 minutes | 3 years ago
Games for Change
Did you know that video games are played by two out of every three American households? And according to our guest this week on BetterWorldians Radio, that’s a good thing! We’re talking with Susanna Pollack, the President of Games for Change, a non-profit that empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world impact through games. Pollack will discuss how gaming can increase mental wellness, build empathy, and even improve physical health.
29 minutes | 3 years ago
The Stress-Proof Brain
We can’t avoid stress altogether, but we can put a stop to unhealthy responses to stress. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with Dr. Melanie Greenberg, author of The Stress-Proof Brain. Dr. Greenberg will share tips and tricks to help listeners master emotional responses, overcome negative thinking, and create more tolerant, stress-proof brains.
58 minutes | 3 years ago
Common Ground through Dialogue
To overcome differences, engage in meaningful dialogue. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with William Issacs, founder of Dialogos, a management consulting and leadership development firm. Issacs will give listeners tips on how to begin to have conversations that can break down barriers and bring communities together.
50 minutes | 3 years ago
Bridging the Divides: Humility, Honesty, Humanity
What if our differences aren’t an obstacle to overcome, but rather a resource for new ways of solving problems? This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re speaking with Dr. Kenneth Gergen, an expert on a way of thinking called Social Constructionism, a theory of communication based on humility, honesty, and acknowledging our common humanity. Dr. Gergen will discuss how conflict can be an opportunity to come together and cooperate to make the world a better place.
49 minutes | 3 years ago
The Power of Story
In these divisive times, can good storytelling make the world a better place? This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’re talking with Christopher Graves, President of the Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science. Graves will explain the science behind great storytelling, offer listeners tips to tell their own stories, and explain how storytelling has the power to change the world.
31 minutes | 3 years ago
Capitalism as a Force for Good
Although it might not always seem like it, the world is in many ways a better place than it has ever been and Vanguard chief economist Joseph Davis says we have Capitalism to thank for that. Davis is our guest this week on BetterWorldians Radio. He’ll talk about how Capitalism creates wealth, opportunities, and improves the standard of living around the world.
46 minutes | 4 years ago
Works of art can touch our hearts and inspire kindness, love, and charity. This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’re talking about “Homeless Jesus,” a life-size bronze statue of Jesus, shrouded in a blanket with his face covered and lying on a park bench, which was recently commissioned in Philadelphia. We are talking with the Karen Beyer, the statue’s benefactor, the artist Tim Schmalz, and the director of St. John’s Hospice, which was the recipient of the statue.
36 minutes | 4 years ago
Good Business: How Capitalism & Entrepreneurship Improve the World
Can capitalism help make the world a better place? Political philosophy and theology expert Dr. Jay Richards says it can. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with Dr. Richards about how capitalism can be a force for good and why he believes this is an “unbelievable time to be alive.”
20 minutes | 4 years ago
Hurricane Harvey Relief
In times of disaster, communities come together. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re talking with Michael Garrett, founder of Trusted World, a Texas based non-profit that sprang into action after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston. Garrett will share how people from all walks of life worked together to serve those in need and take care of their neighbors.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
A Case for Kindness
40 days and 40 ways to change the world? With her fortieth birthday around the corner, Lisa Barrickman wanted to celebrate in a memorable way that would make a difference. That project became A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love and Inspire Others, a book that chronicled her efforts and launched a movement. Hear her heartwarming story and learn kindness practices to enrich your life and have an impact.
68 minutes | 4 years ago
The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History
"Imagine all the people, living life in Peace." Among many today there is a sense that the world is getting worse, but what if the opposite is actually the case? Hear about the astounding worldwide research project that uncovered data showing an over thirty-year trend of improvements across many areas of life. This "Untold Global History" will warm your heart and inspire you to make the world a better place.
35 minutes | 4 years ago
McMiracle: The Founding Story of the Ronald McDonald House
Big miracles have small beginnings. That was case for Jim Murray, a West Philly kid who went on to become the general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles during their first Super Bowl. But Jim’s biggest play was co-founding the Ronald McDonald House, a charitable organization that today helps more than 5.5 million families in over 300 Ronald McDonald Houses around the globe.
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