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People have been talking about “the good life” for centuries, but are you any closer to knowing what it is or how to live it? Given the past year, we thought now would be a good time to try! So we teamed up with PRX (the award-winning producer of This American Life and other shows) and some of our favorite thinkers to help you answer the question. New episodes will drop every Thursday for six weeks, starting June 10, 2021. Learn more at beyondtheforum.org or on Instagram @veritasforum

Beyond the Forum The Veritas Forum

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 73 Ratings

People have been talking about “the good life” for centuries, but are you any closer to knowing what it is or how to live it? Given the past year, we thought now would be a good time to try! So we teamed up with PRX (the award-winning producer of This American Life and other shows) and some of our favorite thinkers to help you answer the question. New episodes will drop every Thursday for six weeks, starting June 10, 2021. Learn more at beyondtheforum.org or on Instagram @veritasforum

    Interlude: Voicemails from listeners like you!

    Interlude: Voicemails from listeners like you!

    We are so excited for our second season! Our first episode drops on Thursday, December 2nd. This season, we’ll be hearing from six speakers on the relationship between science and religion. Our guests: mathematician Dr. Francis Su, A.I. researcher Dr. Rosalind Picard, MIT engineering professor Dr. Cullen Buie, historian Dr. Ted Davis, genomics research Dr. Praveen Sethupathy, and Oxford professor and author Dr. John Lennox.

    While you’re waiting for season two, be sure to subscribe, rate, and review our podcast on Apple Podcasts. Plus, check out veritas.org to learn more about The Veritas Forum. Thank you!

    • 2 min
    Interlude: Liked season one? Leave us a message!

    Interlude: Liked season one? Leave us a message!

    Thank you for all your feedback on season one! We loved reading your reviews, emails, and social media posts so much that we wanted to give you another way to let us know what you thought: voicemail! As we work on season two, give us a call at (617) 468-8328‬ and leave us a message. We’ll share our favorite messages in our next interlude in a few weeks. Thanks for your support!

    • 1 min
    Interlude: Season one guest Daryl Davis speaks at NYU

    Interlude: Season one guest Daryl Davis speaks at NYU

    As our team works on Season Two, here’s some of the original content that inspired our first season on The Good Life. This Veritas Forum with Daryl Davis — the guest for our fourth episode — was hosted by students at NYU in early March 2020 under the title: “Audacious Love: How Daryl Davis Convinced 200 Racists to Leave the KKK.”

    Like what you heard? Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts to help more people discover our episodes. And, join the conversation on our Instagram, @veritasforum. Learn more about us and the work of The Veritas Forum at veritas.org.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    A Life Worth Living—Even In Sorrow

    A Life Worth Living—Even In Sorrow

    Does “the good life” mean that everything in your life is good? For the final episode of our first season, we talk with Yale theologian Dr. Miroslav Volf about the “why” of living — when we’re faced with sorrow and suffering, what keeps us going? Mirsolav helps us explore the tensions between joy and sorrow, justice and mercy, and invites us to consider how having a “why” to life could change us.

    Like what you heard? Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts to help more people discover our episodes. And, join the conversation on our Instagram, @veritasforum. Learn more about us and the work of The Veritas Forum at veritas.org.

    • 28 min
    Some Problems Can't Be Solved

    Some Problems Can't Be Solved

    What happens when you try to solve for something that can’t be solved—like what should you do with your life? Can you find joy even when there’s not an answer? In today’s episode, we talk about curiosity and awe with Dr. Satyan Devadoss, a math professor at the University of San Diego. Satyan *loves* math, but not because it’s useful, or a good problem-solving tool. In fact, he loves math because it leads to many more UNsolved problems. Most of Satyan’s time as a mathematician is spent on difficult, “wicked” problems, and he says that we can’t—and sometimes shouldn’t—solve everything.

    Like what you heard? Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts to help more people discover our episodes. And, join the conversation on our Instagram, @veritasforum. Learn more about us and the work of The Veritas Forum at veritas.org.

    • 22 min
    Can We Quantify the Good Life?

    Can We Quantify the Good Life?

    We know a lot about what makes us healthier. But what about what makes us *happier*? In this episode, we interview Dr. Tyler VanderWeele, an epidemiologist and the Director of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. He and his research team are working towards identifying the behaviors that make our lives better — not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and relationally, too. Our conversation centers around one of his data’s main findings: regularly attending religious services can help you live seven years longer. Like what you heard? Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts to help more people discover our episodes. And, join the conversation on our Instagram, @veritasforum. You can see our full slate of speakers, learn more about our production team and co-sponsors, and read our full show notes at beyondtheforum.org

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

hammer_0n ,

Heart, mind and soul

Provides a delectable and nourishing meal for all three that we can all share together. Thank you and keep up the great work!

Avid Veritas Listener ,

Practical, poignant, and pressing. A must listen

The podcast is absolutely top-notch, and it is clear that the production team has intentionally crafted each component of every episode. Each episode slowly gives the listener a deeper view of “How to live the good life,” and by the end I came away feeling motivated and inspired to be more intentional with how I’m living.

For anyone who has felt at all helpless, without purpose, or just questioning the events of the past year, this is the podcast for you. The lineup of guests is second to none, and you will hear riveting stories of people who dedicate their lives to find connection and discover meaning.

Put this on as you drive to work, make your morning coffee, or as you take a break from your day. You definitely won’t regret it, and by the end you will be craving for the next season!

Fr. Matt Woodley ,

Impressive!

This is a very impressive podcast—Thoughtful, well-paced, with a wide array of fascinating guests and an excellent fun-to-listen-to host/interviewer. Highly recommend!

Matt Woodley

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