Blogs, Websites and Podcasts


Character Lab. – “Tip of the Week” is 60 seconds of science-supported actionable advice for parents and educators to aid the cultivation of character in children. The advice is in the form of a personal letter written by leading scientists, including Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.


Living and Unfinished Adventure. – A fellow Alaskan, adventuring through life with her family. Beautiful photos and short-but-sweet posts.



Sincerely, X – an anonymous, studio-recorded version of a TED talk. The speakers describe sensitive issues and recount highly personal stories that may have social repercussions should they identify themselves. It allows for ideas that would normally be shuttered away to be shared publicly. We can’t begin to address our own biases or to pursue specific health therapies if we aren’t aware of them. Episode length: 20-35 mins. (Dianna)

TED Radio Hour – a co-production of NPR and TED, each show is based on TED talks (typically by multiple speakers) pulled together by a common theme. The host, Guy Raz, engages with each speaker to deepen and expand the discussion of ideas presented on the TED stage. Episode length: approximately 50 mins. (Dianna)

TED Talks Daily – every weekday at least one of the most recent TED talks (from both TED and TEDx conferences from all over the world) is added to the feed. Episode length: approximately 5-18 mins, one TED talk per episode. (Dianna)

The Tim Ferriss Show – although it’s a “business” podcast, there are many inspiring speakers and subjects related to improving one’s life experience.  As Tim describes it: “Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use.  This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.”  Episode length: approximately 30 – 90 mins (special episodes with just Tim talking are often short, while interviews often run long). (Dianna)


Diet and Nutrition

Forks over Knives – great recipes and other resources for whole food plant-based eating. Their 2011 documentary heavily influenced our decision to remove meat, dairy, and eggs from our diet. – Dietary information based on peer-reviewed science. The site’s goal is to provide information that is factual, not purchased by lobbyists or pushed by government programs.