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Blue Sky
Blue Sky
The Optimism Institute

Hosted by Bill Burke, founder of The Optimism Institute, this weekly podcast will feature inspiring leaders, authors, researchers, and big thinkers who... more

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Episodes

Kate Bean on Embracing Change as the Vehicle for Life’s Journey

Kate Bean’s life has been marked by a series of radical changes and transformations.  After founding and running a successful... more

12 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
John Daniel on Optimism, Grit, Love, Loss, Survival, and Pickleball

John Daniel has led a remarkable and inspiring life, marked by challenges that he’s met with grit and resilience.  John’s... more

05 Jun 2024 · 53 minutes
Pete Davis on Why He Believes So Much in the Importance of Community and Social Capital That He Made and Entire Film About It

Pete Davis was a young undergraduate college student when he took a class from Professor Robert Putnam.  By this time,... more

29 May 2024 · 51 minutes
Blue Sky Host Bill Burke Joins the “Well…Adjusting” Podcast as a Guest Expert

On the “Well…Adjusting” podcast, author, actor, and funny lady Robin Hopkins is joined each episode by people who are struggling... more

22 May 2024 · 42 minutes
Throwback/Encore Presentation: Dr. Richard Davidson on the Neuroscience of Well-Being and Human Flourishing

Note for this encore presentation: At the time that we celebrated our one year/50th episode in March of 2024, this... more

16 May 2024 · 53 minutes
Billy Starr on How He Channeled His Grief to Create the World’s Most Successful Sports Fundraiser, the Pan-Mass Challenge

Nearly 45 years ago, Billy Starr lost his mother, an uncle, and a cousin, all to cancer.  Looking for a... more

08 May 2024 · 49 minutes
Barrett Takesian Talks About Portland Community Squash and His Passion for Building Social Capital

Squash – the game, not the vegetable – has long been seen as a “country club” sport.  But Barrett Takesian... more

01 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Daniel Stone Discusses the Research Behind His Book, “Undue Hate,” Explains the Roots of Our Political Polarization, and Offers Novel Ideas for How We Can Fix It

Daniel Stone explains that today’s politically-polarized environment began taking shape way back in the 1980’s.  Today, he says, we have... more

24 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Throwback/Encore Presentation: Dan Reicher’s Rationally Optimistic Take on Progress and Potential in the Fight Against Climate Change

One of our most popular episodes of 2023 is back, with this encore presentation, just in time for Earth Day!  Dan... more

18 Apr 2024 · 53 minutes
Marko Cheseto Describes His Life; From Kenya to Alaska, and From Tragedy to Triumph

Marko Cheseto left his home in Kenya to travel all the way to, of all places, Anchorage, Alaska, where he... more

10 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Nathalie Laidler-Kylander on the Virtues and Value of International Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship

Nathalie Laidler-Kylander has a long and distinguished career working in the non-profit, social entrepreneurship and international development sectors.  Since 2021... more

03 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
How to Keep Going When Things Get Hard: A Special Blue Sky Presentation of the “Ten Percent Happier” Podcast with Dan Harris, Featuring Bryan Stevenson

This episode is a master class on sticking with it, no matter what. From our friend Dan Harris on the... more

27 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Throwback/Encore Presentation: Perseverance Personified: YouthBuild USA President and CEO John Valverde

One of our most popular – and powerful episodes of 2023 is back, with this encore presentation.  In the Blue Sky... more

21 Mar 2024 · 51 minutes
Prolific Author, Teacher, and Coach Gill Hasson on How to Deal With Difficult People, the Pros and Cons of Social Media, and the Challenges Raising Children in Our Digital Age

Gill Hasson has a wide range of interests and areas of study, exemplified by the fact that she has authored... more

13 Mar 2024 · 50 minutes
Bestselling Author and Podcast/TV Host Kelly Corrigan on Why She Believes There Is “A Pretty Big Payoff to Every Hard Moment,” and “There’s No Feeling as Good as Being Useful to Someone.”

For the 50th episode of Blue Sky, Bill is joined by someone who has completed more than 400 of them. ... more

28 Feb 2024 · 56 minutes
Alison Jones Webb on Her Book, “Recovery Allies,” and the Importance of Peers, Friends, and Family in Addiction Recovery

Alison Jones Webb has spent her career studying and working in the public health sector.  Several years ago, a combination... more

21 Feb 2024 · 49 minutes
Throwback/Encore Presentation: “Optimism Is a Superpower,” a Conversation with Life Is Good Co-Founder Bert Jacobs

In this episode, Bert describes how he and his brother grew from a challenging upbringing to create Life is Good,... more

15 Feb 2024 · 50 minutes
TED Leader Chris Anderson on His New Book, Infectious Generosity, and Why He Believes That Now Is the Time for Us All to “Reclaim the Internet” for Good

Chris Anderson was inspired by the growth of TED once they expanded from being simply a conference company to adding... more

07 Feb 2024 · 53 minutes
Dr. Kenneth Harris on Optimism and the Remarkable Power and Positivity Unleashed When We Open Ourselves to the Concept of Synchronicity

Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Harris is an experienced practitioner of holistic medicine and author of the book, Synchronicity.  In this Blue... more

31 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
Ilze Thielmann on the Inspiring Work of Team TLC, NYC

When Ilze Thielmann learned of the steady stream of refugees and asylum seekers entering New York City, she felt compelled... more

24 Jan 2024 · 50 minutes
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Bestselling Author and Podcast/TV Host Kelly Corrigan on Why She Believes There Is “A Pretty Big Payoff to Every Hard Moment,” and “There’s No Feeling as Good as Being Useful to Someone.”
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For the 50th episode of Blue Sky, Bill is joined by someone who has completed more than 400 of them.  Bestselling author... more