Inspired and Humbled by our Place in the Universe

In this episode...

Can the secrets of the universe inspire and humble us to bring us together in gratitude? My conversation with Nobel laureate and top NASA scientist Dr. John Mather reminds us of how the Apollo program in the 1960s united a nation’s eyes toward the heavens.

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Dr. John Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist in the Observational Cosmology Laboratory located at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. He is also the Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. It will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.

The Very First Light

Mather was winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics with George Smoot for their work in the Cosmic Background Explorer mission in the mid 1970s to measure the heat radiation from the Big Bang. Mather and his team measured the cosmic microwave background radiation—basically very faint radio noise astronomers had theorized could only come from the most distant events at the beginning of time as we know it—and their measurements confirmed the Big Bang theory to extraordinary accuracy.


A new season of The Soul of Life starts February 5th

Join me for the FULL LENGTH INTERVEW with Mather, on the premiere of Season Two of The Soul of Life, on February 5th, 2021.

In 2007, Mather was listed among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World. In October, 2012, he was listed again by Time magazine in a special issue on New Space Discoveries as one of 25 most influential people in space.

Here's a sneak peek of Season Two:

  • NASA scientist and Nobel laureate John Mather
  • The “Mother of mindfulness,” famed psychology researcher, Ellen Langer
  • Jessica Hansen, actress, voice of NPR’s funding credits, and in-house voice coach at NPR
  • Tammy Nelson, author of Getting the Sex You Want

Leading up to the February 5th launch of Season Two I’ll be releasing bonus episodes like this one, teaching key themes about mindfulness, stress reduction, and 101 for a healthy mind.

An image taken from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. On February 5th, I'll launch Season Two talking with John Mather, the esteemed Nobel laureate and director of the Hubble's replacement, the James Webb Space Telescope.

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