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Better Angels

Better Angels
Air Date: June 4, 2018

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.

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Bobby Rydell, Teen Idol

Bobby Rydell, Teen Idol
Air Date: May 14, 2018

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.

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Constructive Journalism: Hopeful news

Constructive Journalism: Hopeful news
Air Date: April 27, 2018

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.

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Grateful

Grateful
Air Date: April 9, 2018

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.

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Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground
Air Date: March 26, 2018

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.

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Stress Free Kids

Stress Free Kids
Air Date: March 12, 2018

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.

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OpenMind

OpenMind
Air Date: February 26, 2018

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.

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The Bright Side: Social media, selfies, & gaming

The Bright Side: Social media, selfies, & gaming
Air Date: February 12, 2018

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.

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Games for Change

Games for Change
Air Date: January 29, 2018

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.

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The Stress-Proof Brain

The Stress-Proof Brain
Air Date: January 16, 2018

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.

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Common Ground through Dialogue

Common Ground through Dialogue
Air Date: January 2, 2018

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.

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Bridging the Divides: Humility, Honesty, Humanity

Bridging the Divides: Humility, Honesty, Humanity
Air Date: December 20, 2017

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.

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The Power of Story

The Power of Story
Air Date: December 11, 2017

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.

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Capitalism as a Force for Good

Capitalism as a Force for Good
Air Date: November 20, 2017

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.

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Homeless Jesus

Homeless Jesus
Air Date: October 9, 2017

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.

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Good Business: How Capitalism & Entrepreneurship Improve the World

Good Business: How Capitalism & Entrepreneurship Improve the World
Air Date: October 2, 2017

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.”

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Hurricane Harvey Relief

Hurricane Harvey Relief
Air Date: September 17, 2017

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.

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A Case for Kindness

A Case for Kindness
Air Date: August 14, 2017

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.

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The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History

The Pursuit of Human Well-Being: The Untold Global History
Air Date: August 7, 2017

"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.

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McMiracle: The Founding Story of the Ronald McDonald House

McMiracle: The Founding Story of the Ronald McDonald House
Air Date: July 30, 2017

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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The Joseph Fund

The Joseph Fund
Air Date: June 5, 2017

If you want to make a difference, start at home. That’s how The Joseph Fund got its start, thirty years ago, when Msgr. Bob McDermott decided to serve his community in new ways. On this episode of BetterWorldians Radio, we’ll speak with Executive Director Jim Catrambone about the incredible work being done at The Joseph Fund today, from housing, to youth ministry, to working with the homeless.

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Dovetail Project

Dovetail Project
Air Date: April 24, 2017

Good fathers can help create a better world. That’s the goal of Sheldon Smith, the founder of Dovetail Project, a non-profit with a mission to give young African American fathers the skills they need to be good fathers and good men in their communities. On this episode of BetterWorldians Radio, we’ll chat with Smith about the programs his non-profit offers to help young men be the best fathers they can be.

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The Coming Technology Tsunami

The Coming Technology Tsunami
Air Date: March 13, 2017

A “technology tsunami” is coming and it will be a great time to be alive! That’s according to our guest this week on BetterWorldians Radio, Dr. Rocco Martino, author of The Coming Technology Tsunami. Dr. Martino will share his predictions for how technological advances will change the world over the next decade for the better and how our listeners can best prepare.

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A Sense of Home

A Sense of Home
Air Date: March 6, 2017

Imagine being 18 years old and having no family to lean on. That’s reality for many former foster youth once they age out of the system. Enter Georgie Smith and A Sense of Home, a non-profit that transforms the lives of former foster youth by helping them create their first ever homes. This week on BetterWorldians Radio, we’re speaking with Georgie about her organization brings volunteers together to give young people in need a place to live and a community to count on.

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