20 episodes

If you've ever been surprised by your own thoughts, well, you're not alone. From the time we're born to the time we die, we spend our lives meeting strangers — including the one within. We also spend our lives learning about many of those strangers, and turning them into colleagues, friends, and family. In Musings about Ourselves and Other Strangers, host Charlie Bresler talks with fascinating people on their musings about family, community, work, helping others, and getting to know the stranger inside ourselves. Where do we fit in the world we all inhabit together? Join us as our musing leads us to some unexpected places.

Charlie Bresler is the co-founder of The Life You Can Save and former President of a large international retail company. Here he investigates ideas that he has been “musing” on since he obtained his Ph.D. in clinical and social psychology way back in 1984.

Musings about Ourselves and Other Strangers Charlie Bresler

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 13 Ratings

If you've ever been surprised by your own thoughts, well, you're not alone. From the time we're born to the time we die, we spend our lives meeting strangers — including the one within. We also spend our lives learning about many of those strangers, and turning them into colleagues, friends, and family. In Musings about Ourselves and Other Strangers, host Charlie Bresler talks with fascinating people on their musings about family, community, work, helping others, and getting to know the stranger inside ourselves. Where do we fit in the world we all inhabit together? Join us as our musing leads us to some unexpected places.

Charlie Bresler is the co-founder of The Life You Can Save and former President of a large international retail company. Here he investigates ideas that he has been “musing” on since he obtained his Ph.D. in clinical and social psychology way back in 1984.

    Episode 19: Musings with Felix Brooks-church

    Episode 19: Musings with Felix Brooks-church

    Starvation isn’t only a deficit of calories, it’s also a deficit of nutrients. Children especially suffer when the food they do get doesn’t meet all their nutritional needs.
    Felix Brooks-church has some big ideas to end the “hidden hunger” of micronutrient deficiency, and in 2013, he and David Dodson co-founded the non-profit organization Sanku to help close the gap. 
    One of Felix’s biggest ideas is the dosifier. In many places in Africa, a starchy flour is the staple food people consume. A dosifier adds critical nutrients to the flour, providing key vitamins and minerals the flour alone lacks. 
    Coupled with smart technology from Vodafone, Sanku is able to reach millions, and the organization is on track to assist more than 30 million people in getting the nutrients they need by 2026. 
    We hope you’ll enjoy this encouraging conversation. After you’ve listened, please consider making a donation to Sanku either via thelifeyoucansave.org or directly at projecthealthychildren.org.
    Musings About Ourselves and Other Strangers is the podcast for the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save and is hosted by co-founder Charlie Bresler. Please check out other episodes at thelifeyoucansave.org/musings/.

    • 50 min
    Episode 18: Musings with Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie of Humanitix

    Episode 18: Musings with Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie of Humanitix

    What do concert tickets and philanthropy have in common? Generally, not much, but a couple of friends of The Life You Can Save are working very hard to change that.
    Tech entrepreneurs Joshua Ross and Adam McCurdie could have made a fortune building their ticketing platform start up, but a trip to war-torn Sri Lanka fueled their desires to do work that was truly meaningful.
    It took a few years to get all the pieces aligned, but in 2016, Humanitix launched with a mission to be "The home of tickets for good, not greed." And in less than a decade, they've transformed more than $10 million (Australian) dollars to healthcare, housing, education, and more — including a donation of $4M AUD to The Life You Can Save!
    In this episode, Charlie talks with co-founders Josh and Adam about the history of Humanitix, the good it's done so far, and their mission to do even more in the years to come.
    Find more about Humanitix and founders Josh and Adam at their website, humanitix.com/us.
    Musings About Ourselves and Other Strangers is the podcast for the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save and is hosted by co-founder Charlie Bresler. Please check out other episodes as well as our website for ideas on how you too can extend your impact for good in the world: www.thelifeyoucansave.org.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 17: Musings with Peter Singer

    Episode 17: Musings with Peter Singer

    When  the book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty was first published in 2009, it completely changed (and re-ignited) the conversation around poverty, ethics, and philanthropy. Clearly it affected Musings host Charlie Bresler, who, after reading the book, ultimately approached its author about starting a non-profit based around philanthropy.
    According to its author, Peter Singer, those with money are behaving unethically — even immorally — if they don’t take steps to end the poverty and suffering of others.
    Singer’s parents were Austrian Jews who immigrated to Australian to escape the Nazis. Tragically, three of his four grandparents died at the hands of the Nazi regime, and in this episode, Peter and Charlie discuss how this history may or may not have impacted his world view. 
    It’s a fascinating conversation around why we give or don’t. As you might imagine, the reasons are complex, rooted in human psychology, tinged with fear and cognitive dissonance, and seasoned with a lack of cultural pressure, thanks to an idea called the “diffusion of responsibility.”
    We hope you’ll enjoy this episode and share it widely. And remember, you can request a free copy of The Life You Can Save from our website: www.thelifeyoucansave.org/the-book.
    More about Peter Singer:
    Raised in Australia, Peter Singer was awarded a scholarship to attend Oxford, where he received a Bachelor of Philosophy and later a Master’s. He was a Radcliffe lecturer at Oxford, a visiting professor at NYU, and spent most of his career as a professor in Melbourne. In 1999 he moved to Princeton to teach, and in 2011 to London to lecture at the New College of the Humanities. 
    Musings About Ourselves and Other Strangers is the podcast for the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save, and is hosted by co-founder Charlie Bresler. Please check out other episodes as well as our website for ideas on how you too can extend your impact for good in the world.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 16: Musings with Caroline Teti

    Episode 16: Musings with Caroline Teti

    Most of us in the west have our first pair of shoes long before we can actually walk. Not true for Caroline Teti, who had her first pair of shoes at 12, when it was time to go to high school.
    From a very early age, Caroline understood the importance of education for finding a way out of the limitations that come from poverty — fewer choices, poorer health, less ability to contribute to her community. Her family and the people in her village all encouraged Caroline to pursue a formal education. And she did. 
    Caroline took advantage of every opportunity that came her way, working hard to get a Bachelor’s degree and teaching credentials, then a Master’s degree, all while caring for her family. And she uses that education to help raise others out of the kind of poverty she experienced.
    Now the Director of Recipients Advocacy at GiveDirectly Global, Caroline previously spent years in the public sector working on reproductive health, education, water, sanitation, and other problems that impact people living in extreme poverty. 
    We hope you’ll enjoy Charlie’s conversation with this absolutely inspiring woman. To find out more about Caroline Teti and GiveDirectly, visit the GiveDirectly website at www.givedirectly.org.
    Musings About Ourselves and Other Strangers is the podcast for the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save, and is hosted by co-founder Charlie Bresler. Please check out other episodes as well as our website for ideas on how you too can extend your impact for good in the world. 
     

    • 44 min
    Episode 15: Musings with Dylan Matthews

    Episode 15: Musings with Dylan Matthews

    One of its first three employees, journalist Dylan Matthews is a senior correspondent and head writer for Future Perfect at Vox. For those unfamiliar, Future Perfect tells stories about people and organizations “finding the best ways to do good.”
    Dylan came across Peter Singer’s book The Life You Can Save at a formative age, helping cement his interests around global health, anti-poverty efforts, philanthropy, and economic policy.
    In this episode, Dylan and Charlie muse about difficulties in maintaining the distinctions between truth and falsehoods in this age of social media, the necessity of transparency when dealing with societal problems, and the evolutions of the modern American political parties — all through the lens of the obligations and functions of journalism. It’s a fascinating discussion we hope you’ll share!
    To learn more about Dylan Matthews and Future Perfect and to find his writings, follow him on Vox: www.vox.com/authors/dylan-matthews. 
    Musings on Ourselves and Other Strangers is the podcast for the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save, and is hosted by co-founder Charlie Bresler. Please check out other episodes as well as our website for ideas on how you too can extend your impact for good in the world.

    • 46 min
    Episode 14: Musings with Will Rayward-Smith

    Episode 14: Musings with Will Rayward-Smith

    Will Rayward-Smith has spent his adult life learning about the effects of climate change. Fortunately, unlike many who feel overwhelmed by the climate crisis, Will has dived in to help bring about lasting change.
    A specialist in decarbonization and transitioning to clean energy with a PhD in Clean Energy from Cambridge, Will understands the urgency of the issue. He founded SunSHIFT to replace diesel generators with mobile solar power in remote areas, with a goal of lowering carbon emissions. 
    Now as a Partner in Energy and Sustainability at Deloitte, Will helps clients identify and take advantage of the opportunities provided by clean technology — to the benefit of us all.
    In this episode, Will and Charlie muse on the necessity of understanding how climate change disproportionately affects poorer areas of the world and how finding clean-energy solutions ultimately improves quality of life for everyone.
    Find out more about Will Rayward-Smith on his LinkedIn profile (www.linkedin.com/in/decarbonisation) and on the Deloitte website: www.deloitte.com/cbc/en/about/people/profiles.d57b94b6.html. 
    Musings on Ourselves and Other Strangers is the podcast for the non-profit organization The Life You Can Save, and is hosted by co-founder Charlie Bresler. Please check out other episodes as well as our website for ideas on how you too can extend your impact for good in the world.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Op-Edible ,

This is the podcast we all need right now

Charlie Bresler is an engaging and deep conversationalist who helps people be thoughtful about their place in the world and how we can be better and do better. The podcast makes listeners feel like a pseudo participant in these conversations and inspires action - even if simply being more thoughtful about how to navigate this complex world and make better choices.

PlantMultiplyer ,

Excellent guests and thoughtful questions

I’ve enjoyed the first two episodes and particularly like the candor, pointed questions and perspective.

Walter Cohen ,

The Personal and the Political

The opening conversations in this series are both first rate. Charlie Bresler is a reflective, unobtrusive, but engaged interviewer who brings to bear his experience as a Psychology PhD, former corporate president, and co-founder with Peter Singer of “The Life You Can Save” (an organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty around the world), while drawing more generally on his longtime progressive commitments. The first two episodes are with distinguished artists—singer-songwriter-guitarist José González and TV writer-director-producer Michael Schur. Both range widely but center on the complex relationship between our imperfect-but-aspiring private lives and our desire to help make the world a better place, including through a commitment to effective altruism, Charlie’s focus at “The Life You Can Save.” If you are interested in making a difference while also living a rich, complex personal life, this series will help you think through the issues involved and provide you with some options, with a point of departure. Highly recommended.

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