Dr. Nguyen gives a retrospective of the series. In her review of what has been gleaned from her conversations with guests, the host highlights the basic fact of the human condition and speaks of the current breakdown in mutual recognition and connection in human intercourse.
The host is in conversation with two senior staff about the value of Art in our lives Specifically, she interviews the Chief Marketing Officer on the creative aspect of her job in making music accessible to the general public, and the Assistant Director of the Early Childhood program on the rewards and challenges of facilitating the creative impulse in young children and their families.
Dr. Nguyen interviews a psychoanalyst-cum-painter who devoted many years to painting portraits of homeless people. As her guest reports on the life stories of these marginalized, forgotten individuals, the host probes into his own process of being with them.
Dr. Nguyen interviews her guest, a financial planner and former hedge-fund research analyst, about the role of money in living. The conversation explores how our value systems, purpose, and emotional conflicts play out in our use of money.
Continuing with the effort to explore how the wounded lets the light enter, the episode features a conversation with an attorney whose work is devoted to defending the constitutional rights of people against governmental abuse in the context of national security. In particular, the host and her guest speak about the men who were/are held Guantanamo Bay, as a result of America's campaign against terrorism following the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.
In this special episode, the host interviews Imam Khalid Latif on his work as a university chaplain and a leader in multi-faith initiatives. The conversation explores the meaning of faith and its role in the project of living.
A conversation with a psychoanalyst in her 80s whose most recent project is to "export" psychoanalysis to China is an opportunity for the host to explore and compare notions of happiness, good living, an personhood in the East versus the West.