“The One You Feed” is a podcast where you can find fascinating and thought-provoking discussions on meditation, wisdom, happiness, philosophy, spirituality, behavior, and so much more. In this Wondery podcast, Eric Zimmer sits down with scientists, teachers, authors, philosophers, spiritual gurus, thought leaders, and researchers on his quest to understand the human mind.
Eric has been hosting this beloved podcast since 2014. Every episode is typically under an hour long and features a new guest who shares their own unique wisdom about living a better, more intentional life. There are nearly 600 episodes of this podcast that don’t need to be listened to in any particular order.
You’ve probably heard the parable that gives this podcast its name. Eric Zimmer has retold it for every single one of his hundreds of guests who have been on “The One You Feed.” It’s short, so bear with us: the parable tells the story of a grandparent and grandchild. The grandparent tells the child that within each person are two wolves in constant battle: a good wolf representing things like kindness, bravery, and love, and a bad wolf representing things like greed, hatred, and fear. Naturally, the child asks which wolf wins, to which the grandparent says, “Whichever one you feed.”
Eric asks every one of his guests what this parable means to them, in both their life and the work that they do. Every single answer is different and equally eye-opening: you’ll hear philosophical interpretations and psychology-based translations and faith-based explanations and scientific analyses of the two wolves within us. It’s truly the perfect way for every guest to introduce themselves, their work, and the way they approach life.
Hear how philosopher Massimo Pigliucci uses Stoicism to live a happy life, or hear from lawyer-turned-writer Emily White on dealing with loneliness and finding belonging. Hear life lessons from poets, how our treatment and perspectives on depression are continuously changing, or various perspectives on spiritual growth.
From heartbreak to sobriety, workplace burnout and the psychology of habits both good and bad, “The One You Feed” covers the vast realm of life’s most abstract and most tangible problems. A nominee for the iHeartRadio Podcast Award for Best Spirituality & Religion Podcast, “The One You Feed” offers intellectual guests, well-researched topics, and though-provoking discussions.
Besides having some of the coolest cover art in podcasting, every episode will stick with you for days and even weeks after listening. Just as compassionate as it is intelligent, “The One You Feed” is a weekly reminder to choose to feed the good wolf.