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“Resetting” Water – Water Is A WE-Source But Not a FREE Source

Aired 21 July 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with “Hydro-luminaries” Jim Lauria and Adam Tank

A benefit of the current COVID-19 crisis – if there is one – is that it offers human society a chance to stop, to pause, and if we are wise, to hit “reset.” Reset suggests a stop in linear action, and then using the pause to access the wisdom that “busyness as usual” keeps us from seeing. It means seeing anew, and allowing ourselves to imagine how things would look and feel if they REALLY worked, and if they reflected our connection to the web of life and the web of love.

It’s fitting that we begin our Reset conversation with water – truly life’s most precious “liquid asset.” The Native Peoples say, “Water is life” because indeed everything we are, everything we have, everything we do requires water. Not only are we physically 70% water, but water is required for all human endeavor.

This week we are pleased to welcome two diverse “hydro-luminaries” – that is our new word for “enlightened visionary water experts” – to help us imagine together how our human species can work together to insure this precious WE-source is used wisely so that every human on the planet has access to clean, adequate water.

Our first hydro-luminary, Jim Lauria, is a leader in the water treatment field with a proven track record of revenue growth, profit improvement and new business development. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College, he has traveled the world benchmarking the best global water management practices. While living in Hong Kong, Jim did a trains, planes and automobiles tour of China visiting breweries, oil refineries and water treatment plants to direct a $45 million investment in Chinese mining operations … read more here

Adam Tank has over 10 years of experience in the water industry with a focus on innovation, software, and business development. As the Director of Software Solutions at Transcend he’s responsible for client success related to Transcend Design Generator and the automation of preliminary engineering activities. Most recently he served as the North America Smart Cities Director at Suez … read more here

Medical Choice Is Fighting For Its Life – Freedom and Responsibility in the Post-COVID World

Aired 14 July 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Osteopathic Physician and Clinical Metal Toxicology Expert Dr. Rashid Buttar

About a month ago, I heard some really good news … and then I got angry.

A chiropractor friend told me that a colleague of his had successfully treated more than 30 COVID-19 cases – including an 80-something man who had been sent home to die – using alternative means. However, his colleague could tell no one what he had done, lest he lose his license. Meanwhile, treatments as innocuous as intravenous Vitamin C therapy have been removed from Facebook by orders of the World Health Organization. (See my April 1st interview with Andrew Saul.)

As we hear of the COVID-19 casualties likely caused by the lame and incoherent response of our narcissist-in-chief, I’m left to wonder about something else. How many COVID patients would be alive today – or would have had much milder cases – had they had access to the full panoply of healing modalities, including prevention?

Of course, the public needs to be protected against false or misleading information … but what if the “protectors” have another agenda?   Those of us who believe in science are told to follow the guidelines of medical authorities, but consider this quote by the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Marcia Angell: “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

On this week’s Wiki Politiki show we will be talking with an outspoken critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. He is an advocate of alternative therapies and medical choice. Dr. Rashid A. Buttar, graduated from Washington University with a double major in Biology and Theology, and went on to attend medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Medicine and Surgery. He trained in General Surgery and Emergency Medicine and served as Brigade Surgeon and Director of Emergency Medicine while serving in the U.S. Army…

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Can “Tell-A-Vision” Change Our Programming? Shifting Our Focus From What We DON’T Want to What We DO Want

Aired 7 July 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with George Cappannelli, Co-Founder of Age Nation and the “World I Want Collaboratory”

Something that seems to be true about we humans is, we are a lot more clear – and vocal – about what we DON’T want than what we DO want. Maybe it’s because that to survive, our ancestors had to be hyper-vigilant about anything that could be harmful, and visioning and designing a future different from our past was relegated to the luxury of leisure time. Add to this the programming that we are “sinners” and that creating a world that works is “utopian”, and we can see how we’ve arrived at the brink of a dark, dystopian reality.

But as the Swami says, we have a choice. If we don’t want dystopia, we have to choose “dat-topia” – an alternative where we use our intelligence intelligently and our resources more resourcefully.

The question of the day – if not the century – is, how do we turn the ideal into the “real deal”? How do we cohere a sacred center around the virtues and values our spiritual teachers have extolled for millennia – and that science is now confirming as the optimal operating system for evolutionary thrival?

Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, George Cappannelli is the co-founder of The World I Want “Collaboratory” to help us design a future worth living into. George Cappannelli is an award-winning author, and an expert on individual, organizational and societal change. An internationally known consultant and coach, he has worked with hundreds of the country’s leading organizations in both the private and public sectors including Boeing, NASA, Sun Micro Systems, The Disney Company, PepsiCo, The LA Times, and the U.S. Navy. He is also an Emmy Award winning television producer/director and co-producer of the new 40-episode Ageless Living Television Series now airing on PBS stations across the country — and he is also an award-winning sculptor.

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Sick Care or Healing Practice? What COVID-19 Is Revealing About Our Unhealthy Health Care System

Aired 2 June 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

An Interview with Erik Goldman, Founder of Holistic Primary Care – News For Health & Healing

The current COVID-19 crisis has made our health care system front-burner news. On one hand, there are stories of dedicated and skilled professionals who have put their own wellbeing on the line as the front line in fighting the COVID infection. On the other hand, we have physicians who, alarmed at the ineffectiveness of the protocol, have spoken out and have been shut down. Not only that, but helpful non-drug remedies have been de-platformed by social media at the behest of the World Health Organization, and any information not consistent with the official CDC COVID-19 story has been blatantly censored.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg. As a country, we pay more per capita for medical care than any other nation in the world, and all that money buys us health care that ranks 27th in the world, down from sixth 30 years ago. What’s wrong with this picture? Perhaps it’s a medical system that is about money, money über alles, and where primary care physicians are little more than plantation slaves, paralyzed by university debt. Instead of noble independent practitioners, they have largely become employees of managed care conglomerates – where executives make millions in salary.

Our guest this week, Erik Goldman, has been serving health care professionals who want to practice more holistically for 20 years. He is the founding editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, a medical publication serving ~60,000 professionals with news and education about non-pharma alternatives for preventing & treating common chronic conditions. He is also co-producer of “Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Patient Care,” a series of conferences that explored practice models to support holistic medicine; and The Practitioner Channel Forum, an annual executive retreat focused on the opportunities and challenges in the practitioner segment of the natural products industry.

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COVID-19 Crisis and Opportunity – Caterpillar’s Last Stand, and How We Connect the Emerging “Imaginal Cells”

Aired 26 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

An Interview with Author and Activist Shariff Abdullah

As more of us have come to recognize, fear – and the fight or flight response – puts us in our hindbrain, where we are hard-wired for survival. This is essential for the short term, but what about the bigger picture?

Transformative ideas and evolutionary solutions, and out-of-the-box creativity come from our forebrain. In times of crisis and upheaval, the urgency of the shituation gets our attention. And … it’s the creative part of ourselves that must give us the INTENTION.

Our guest this week, Shariff Abdullah, has cultivated the ability to hold two ideas simultaneously – the ideal and the real deal – and use the dynamic tension between the two to help us get from the urgent crisis to the emergent opportunity. He uses the same analogy Bruce Lipton and I use in Spontaneous Evolution – the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly – to characterize our current predicament.

More intriguing – maybe trying to get from “here to there” keeps us crawling like a caterpillar along the same linear pathways that got us where we are. Instead says Shariff, we need to work backward from “butterfly” so that we figure out how to get from THERE to HERE.

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Debunking the Bunk: How To Discern Conspiracy Fact From Conspiracy Theory

Aired 19 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with “Conspiracy Literacy” Expert Mark Robinowitz

While we’re sheltering in place, one of our natural pastimes has been cruising the Internet for information we are unlikely to get from mainstream corporate media, particularly as it is beholden to certain industries and their narratives. However, even though mainstream media gets an issue wrong doesn’t mean those outside the media matrix get it right.

Our guest this week Mark Robinowitz has a distinct talent for distinguishing “conspiracy theories” from “con’s piracy facts”, and helping us all become more discerning about what we hear and see. Today’s conversation focuses on three movies – including one that isn’t out yet: “Contagion”, the prescient theatrical film from 2011; Michael Moore’s current controversial movie, “Planet of the Humans”; and a forthcoming documentary from Oliver Stone, “JFK: Destiny Betrayed.” Mark will use these three films to offer insight on our current “shituation.”

Mark is a writer and researcher, who focuses on the intersection of deep politics and deep ecology. He runs several websites, including OilEmpire.US – A Political – Cooperation or Collapse, and about President Kennedy’s call to end the Cold War and convert the Moon race to a joint US – Soviet mission. Mark is based in Eugene, Oregon where he practices permaculture and encourages re-localization as a community response to Peak Everything.

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Fake News and Real Lies – Who Needs Conspiracy Theories When You Have “Con’s Piracy Facts”?

Aired 12 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Journalist and Author Mark Crispin Miller

There is a telling quote I ran across, purportedly by Ronald Reagan’s CIA director William Casey: “We will know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

So if you’re confused about what is true in the age of COVID-19 … relax. It’s part of the plan. At a time when we have a pathologically blatant liar in the White House, a corporate media that cannot be trusted, and Google, You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter de-platforming dissenting opinions at the behest of the powers that be in power, who or what are we to believe? How do we practice discernment?

Our guest this week, Mark Crispin Miller, is a voice in the bewilderness, whose views bridge and transcend the established left and right narratives, as he takes on issues such as fixed elections, the controversy over vaccines, and media censorship.

Mark Crispin Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1971, and his doctorate in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1977. He is currently a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is the author of several books, including,  The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform (2007).

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Spiritual Practice For Crazy Times – How To Build Your Own “Sane Asylum”

Aired 5 May 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Practitioner, Teacher and Author Philip Goldberg

As our attention is drawn “out there” to the latest news or latest speculation or latest commentary about COVID-19, information given ostensibly to safeguard our health is making people more stressed, and consequently less healthy. The question is not so much how do we tune that information out, but how do we attune ourselves in to the resources that will help us process this information in a helpful, healthy way?

Long-time meditation teacher, practitioner and author Philip Goldberg has a new book out that couldn’t be more timely – Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times. And anyone who doesn’t think these are crazy times must be nuts.

Philip Goldberg has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than 50 years, as a practitioner, teacher, and writer. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including The Intuitive Edge; Get Out of Your Own Way; and Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path: Living at the Heart of Paradox. His 2010 book American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West chronicles the remarkable influence of India’s traditional spiritual teachings on the West and was named one of the top 10 religion books of the year by both Huffington Post and the American Library Association’s Booklist. His most recent book, published by Hay House, was The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. He also appears onscreen in the award-winning documentary Awake: The Life of Yogananda. A screenwriter and published novelist (This Is Next Year), Phil is an ordained interfaith minister, spiritual counselor, and meditation teacher trained in 1970 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Read more here…

Activating the Sane and Sacred Center in America – Is There A “Radical Middle” – And If So, How Do We Get There?

Aired 28 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with independent political consultant Joel Searby, “Better For America”

The Presidential Campaign has often been characterized as a popularity contest, and a beauty pageant. However, if we think back to the 2016 campaign, featuring two of the least-liked candidates in history, it might better be called an unpopularity contest and an ugly pageant. Indeed, as my wife and I traveled the country that summer, the question everyone was asking was, “So … who are you voting against?”

Now four years later, not much has changed. We are facing a contest between a candidate who has sold his soul to the devil – and another who is just renting his. Now I exaggerate, but not much. When every four years, the voter is forced to choose whichever they perceive is the “lesser evil,” they are still voting for an evil at worst, an unsatisfactory choice at best.

And yet, most Americans – and 90% of millennials – are clamoring for an alternative to this two-party polarity that keeps dysfunction in place. Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, Joel Searby, has been treading this middle ground. In 2016, he managed Evan McMullin’s independent campaign for President. McMullin – a never-Trump Republican — did manage to get 21% of the vote in his home state of Utah. Since that time, Joel Searby has worked on several campaigns for independent candidates who are both dedicated to reform and working across party lines.

Joel Searby is a veteran consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the realm of political campaigning, government affairs, corporate and non-profit strategic planning, leadership development, and faith-based initiatives. Joel has worked with campaigns and organizations across a wide spectrum of sizes and resources – from local candidates for office to managing a presidential campaign and from small trade associations with a few thousand members to some of the largest with over a hundred thousand members and multi-million dollar budgets.

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Mainstream Media Is Dissing and Dismissing Vitamin C And How We Can Create a “C” Change

Aired 21 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Andrew Saul, World Authority on Vitamin C and Founder of

Two weeks ago there was a report that high-dose intravenous Vitamin C was being used to successfully treat COVID-19 patients in New York. According to the article, “The patients received 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C, which is sixteen times the National Institutes of Health’s recommended daily dietary allowance of vitamin C. The 1,500-milligram dose was administered three or four times per day.” They were apparently following a protocol that had been successful in China.

Yet, at around the same time, as today’s guest Andrew Saul will tell us, the World Health Organization instructed Facebook to de-platform anyone promoting Vitamin C as a treatment, or even as a way of enhancing immune function.

What’s going on here? Are holistic treatments being intentionally discouraged or repressed? Is Vitamin C in those high doses dangerous?

Fortunately we have Andrew Saul to help us clear the air, so that we can become better informed and assert our public will to make sure natural medicine is not extinguished through mass-fear and information manipulation.

Andrew W. Saul is Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, and is on the Advisory Board to the International Intravenous Vitamin C China Epidemic Medical Support Team. He was on the faculty of the State University of New York for nine years, and taught nutrition, health science and cell biology at the college level. Saul has studied in Africa and Australia, holds three state certificates in science education, and has twice won New York Empire State Fellowships for teaching.

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How Women Reclaim Their Souls From Sexual Abuse Healing the Patterns of Domination Heals Us All

Aired 14 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Misa Hopkins and Stephanie James, Co-Hosts of the Women Emerging Summit

The #METOO movement enabled women to acknowledge and share stories of sexual abuse. The movement has moved mountains of dismissal and denial, not to mention ending the careers of several notable serial predators. And … now what?

Now that the stories are revealed, how do women heal?

Keeping in mind that the definition of healing means “restoring wholeness” how do those traumatized become whole again? And … how do we heal the whole story, the thousands of years of dominate-or-be-dominated culture? How do we acknowledge the discounting and oppression of the feminine, and the price we have paid for it? (Hint: Our dominator species is about to weave itself outside the web of life.)

Our guests this week, Misa Hopkins and Stephanie James have brought together teachers, healers, therapists, and other wise luminaries in an online summit called Women Emerging: Reclaiming Our Souls from Sexual Abuse. The intention of the weekend is to “Go from surviving to thriving with this unique psycho-spiritual approach to healing from sexual abuse and permanently remove abuse patterns from your energy field.”  Read more here …

Can We Disagree Without Becoming Enemies? Beyond Understanding and Empathy to Collaborating and “Co-Resisting”

Aired 7 April 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Arthur Peña and Jacob Hess, Co-Authors (with Randall Charles Paul) of “Inevitable Influencers: Why (deep down) We All Want—and Need—to Persuade Each Other of What We See as Good, Beautiful, and True”

A gay Marxist Spanish teacher and a Mormon mindfulness practitioner walk into a bar – and that is NOT a joke.

Despite seemingly opposite backgrounds, Arthur Peña and Jacob Hess have not only become friends, but also collaborators. And they have done so by boldly speaking their truths with, and listening to, one another. At a time when people are de-platformed and “canceled” for speaking their truth and political correctness is proving itself politically incorrect, how DO we use our differences in a dynamic and transformational way?

My guests this week Arthur Peña and Jacob Hess, are the co-authors along with Randall Charles Paul of an upcoming book, “Inevitable Influencers: Why (deep down) We All Want—and Need—to Persuade Each Other of What We See as Good, Beautiful, and True”. (Wow. What a title. With a title that long, who needs a book?)  

Truth, beauty and goodness – as Plato stated and Rudolf Steiner reiterated – are the manifest expressions of love. And while love may be universal, love’s expressions are diverse. And while there’s a part of us who want to pretend these our differences can be glossed over, in doing so we miss out on the power of genuine engagement.

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Strung Out On Drugs – Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America

Aired 31 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with investigative journalist Gerald Posner, author of “Pharma: Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America”

With the Coronavirus front and center in the news, and with talk of how quickly a vaccine can be developed and by whom, national and international attention is being focused on the pharmaceutical industry. So who better to have on Wiki Politiki Radio this week than the man who wrote the book – literally – on big pharma, investigative journalist Gerald Posner the author of “Pharma: Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America”.

Gerald Posner was at age 23 one of the youngest attorneys ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. A Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (1975), he was an Honors Graduate of Hastings Law School (1978), where he served as the Associate Executive Editor for the Law Review. He is co-founder of Posner and Ferrara, a public interest law firm, where a pro bono legal representation on behalf of surviving twins of Nazi experiments at the Auschwitz death camp led him to coauthor his first book in 1986, MENGELE: The Complete Story, a bestselling and critically acclaimed biography of the infamous Nazi “Angel of Death,” Dr. Josef Mengele.

He is also author of Case Closed on the Kennedy assassination, Killing the Dream about the Martin Luther King assassination and God’s Bankers, which chronicles the history of money and power at the Vatican.

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From Big Brother to Bigger Brotherhood – The Opportunity In Our Current Crisis

Aired 24 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Duncan Campbell, Comprehensivist and Host of Living Dialogues Radio

The current COVID-19 crisis is making these feel like “apocalyptic” times, and as you may know the original meaning of apocalypse is “the lifting of the veils.” Indeed, the veils are being lifted on the fundamental weakness of our “too big to fail” economic – and political – system, that seems to be teetering if not toppling under the weight of this crisis.

Add to this a President who blatantly lies and then demands these lies be accepted as truth, and we truly have a shituation.

This “up-is-down” and “down-is-up” rhetoric and impropaganda is certainly reminiscent of Orwell’s “1984.” As to why it has taken so long for 1984 to manifest in reality, the Swami has an answer: The Republicans are 35 years behind the times.

So, do we say, “Ah well, all’s well that ends Orwell”? Or do we see if we can overgrow Big Brother by fully activating “bigger brotherhood”?

Our guest today, Duncan Campbell, has been tracking the path of “newspeak” for years, and through his Living Dialogues Radio Show he has conversed with literally hundreds of visionaries, illuminaries and solutionaries of our time, from Senator Boren of Oklahoma and Governor Inslee of Washington, to teachers like Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston, to leading edge doctors like Larry Dossey and Andrew Weil (hey, there’s a paradox!) to economists, sociologists, scientists, and entertainers like Judy Collins and Richie Havens. In the process, he has gleaned a wealth of information, and as a synthesizer and contextualizer, and has cultivated knowledge and wisdom.

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The Ship of Civilization Is Sinking – We Find Our Lifeboats By Shifting From Domination to Collaboration

Aired 17 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Psychotherapist, Author and Men’s Health Expert Jed Diamond

In many ways, our top-heavy civilization seems like a sinking ship, and the current coronavirus crisis is just – please pardon the awful analogy – the tip of the iceberg.

This current crisis is apocalyptic – in the original meaning of the word, “the lifting of the veils.” The veils are being lifted on the me-first culture and our me-first President, and more specifically we are seeing that the dominate-or-be-dominated worldview is obsolete and obsolethal.

Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, Jed Diamond, is an expert on men’s health and how we can use both the masculine warrior energy and the feminine nurturer energy to face and embrace the challenges of this new reality.

Jed Diamond, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of Men Alive, a health program that helps men live long and well. Jed is the author of 17 books including his latest, My Distant Dad: Healing the Family Father Wound (Lasting Impact Press, 2018).

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The Surprising Truth About “Sex Trafficking” – How Our “Myth-Perceptions” May Be Leading Us Down the Wrong Track

Aired 10 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Sexologist, Coach and Author Veronica Monet

Sex trafficking – everyone agrees it’s bad, right?

Well, that depends on what you imagine “sex trafficking” to mean. If the term conjures up innocent women and children being sold into a life of sexual exploitation and slavery, then we all should be against it. But what if “sex trafficking” actually applies to ANY sex for money, with mutual consent?

Our guest on Wiki Politiki, Veronica Monet, is a one-time sex worker who is now a “sexual empowerment change agent” whose website, “The Shame Free Zone” offers “a safe place to explore feelings of shame without being judged.” As someone who sees her own career as a highly paid escort as an expression of self-empowerment, she has a unique and enlightening perspective on how what we imagine “sex trafficking” to be has created more repression, confusion and shame – and doesn’t really address where sexual abuse (and pedophilia) originate: inside the family structure.

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Can “Socialist” Bernie Prevail Over “Antisocialist” Trump? A Middle East Expert Weighs in On the Conflict in the “Middle West”

Aired 3 March 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with USF Professor and Middle East Scholar Stephen Zunes

With Bernie Sanders surging into the lead as we come to Super Tuesday, the “stop Bernie” forces on the moderate side insist that Bernie can’t win in November. But, what if he is the ONLY candidate who can truly overwhelm Trump?

Can his movement of young people inspired to vote counterbalance those “moderate Republicans” who might switch from Trump to either a Biden or a Bloomberg?

Weighing in on this issue on Wiki Politiki Radio is scholar and Middle East scholar Stephen Zunes, who recently wrote a piece for Truthout debunking the idea that a progressive candidate cannot win the general election. Zunes, who as a teenager worked for the George McGovern campaign, insists the comparison between McGovern, who lost in a landslide, and Sanders holds no water.

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Is Political Climate Change An Inside Job? How Our “Human Climate” Feeds Political Discourse … and Discord

Aired 25 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Carol Smaldino, Psychotherapist and Author of “The Human Climate: Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us”

With political discourse and political discord nearly synonymous, and with the phenomenon of “fake news” – where facts take a backseat to emotionally-fueled beliefs — maybe it’s time we look at the fact that feelings make more of a difference than facts do. Might this highly-charged politics “out there” have something to do with the emotional terrain “in here”?

Our guest this week, psychotherapist Carol Smaldino thinks so … she has written a book that speaks directly to the stormy political climate, The Human Climate: Facing the Divisions Inside Us and Between Us, that examines the role of emotions in our political landscape, both in politicians and in the diverse populations and issues that make up this landscape.

As someone who speaks with and listens to “both” sides, what’s clear to me is that for the most part, each side sees the other side’s shadow – but not its own. Combine this with each side constantly receiving, embracing, and absorbing information that reinforces what they already “know” to be true. I know, I know. The other side is much more that way than we are. (Exactly what the other side is saying about us.)

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Crowd-Sourcing the News – Start-Up “Credder” Turns Readers Into Reviewer

Aired 18 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Chase Palmieri, Co-Founder of Credder

At a time when disinformation, misinformation and missing information characterizes much of the news, and the trust in media is at an all-time low, might it be time to access the “wisdom of crowds”?

Our Wiki Politiki guest this week, Chase Palmieri, thinks so. He and his partner, Austin Walter, have founded a new platform, Credder, that they’ve branded “Rotten Tomatoes” for the news. Credder – rooted obviously in the word “credibility” — allows readers to review articles for veracity and bias, and then post these reviews on the Credder site. Writers are then rated on these criteria, and reviewers too are held accountable by THEIR ratings.

The site says:

We believe news should compete for credibility, not clicks. Together on Credder’s news review platform, we can hold media accountable and accelerate the news industry’s transition from clicks to credibility. Credder works by allowing journalists and the public to review articles, creating credibility ratings for every article, author, and outlet. We believe this is the only way, without censoring content, to establish a clear incentive for quality in online news.

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All You Need Is Myth – Can the “Soundtrack of Our Time” Help Us Heal the Shadow and See the Light?

Aired 11 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Music Mythologist Steve Wagner, author of “All You Need Is Myth: The Beatles and the Gods of Rock”

In his study of “spontaneous remission,” Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona suggested that these unexplained anomalous healings were often accompanied by what he called a “change of story.” Given the dire “shituation” we as a civilization, a species and a world find ourselves in, maybe we need a collective change of story, a “spontaneous remissioning” so to speak.

So … where might we go to find such a story?

Hint: All you need is love.

Our guest this week, “music mythologist” Steve Wagner offers an interesting and compelling thesis: That during the latter half of the 20th century, mythology “came alive” as the ancient archetypes cited by Joseph Campbell emerged through the Beatles, and other rock icons like the Stones, Elvis, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, the Who and Brian Wilson.

Unlike ancient and traditional mythologies, based on story and faith, here were real flesh-and-blood contemporaries who brought these archetypes to life, and gave us purpose and meaning. Read more here…

Visioning A Better America – A Citizens Conference Held in the Halls of Congress

Aired 4 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Consultant and Conference Convener Richard Margolies

In these most contentious times, what if there were a way for “we the people” to gather above and beyond the battlefield conversation and focus on the common purpose we share?

The Bible says where there is no vision, the people perish. And at this moment, our democratic republic looks awfully perishable. Fortunately, a paradigm-breaking conference happening in Washington, D.C. this April looks to – in the Swami’s words – “bring left and right front and center to face the music and dance together.”

As the conference website says, only citizens can change society: “The purpose of the conference is to create a conversation about what we as a people and as a nation can become.”

Another quote:

“Politicians offer policies that are like medication to cure fears of the future, but these policies only address symptoms. The cure requires a vision of an America based on the values of the Declaration and the Constitution designed for the new reality that is radically different from anything imagined by Jefferson or Hamilton.”

Bringing together solutionaries and evolutionaries to “tell a vision” and ground that vision in reality, this conference reflects the “evolution of revolution” from something led by a charismatic leader to something that emerges from the grassroots up and brings forth the uncommon wisdom of common people.

Our guest this week is Richard Margolies, conference convener, who has spent more than a half-century as psychologist, political activist, researcher and consultant.

Richard Margolies, PhD is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant. He has worked on numerous research and consulting projects in the US and Europe with Michael Maccoby and other associates over 45 years. Richard consulted to the senior military and civilian leadership … Read more here

Awareness That Heals – Cultivating the Internal Resources For External Challenges

Aired 28 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Psychologist and Educator Robert Strock, Author of “Awareness That Heals”

One of my favorite cartoons of all time is a two-panel piece that I first saw in a psychotherapist’s waiting room. In the first panel, a boy being swept under in a raging river calls out to his dog, “Lassie, get help!”

In the second panel we see Lassie on a psychiatrist’s couch.

We are living in the “self-help” generation, and yet so much of this self-help comes from outside ourselves. Well, what if we actually DID develop the inner resources to be truly helpful to ourselves? What if we able to find and cultivate an inner voice that is wise and loving, gentle yet firm, that speaks softly yet with authority? And what if this voice can provide comfort and wisdom, not just for our internal crises, but in dealing with the external ones as well?

Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week Robert Strock, a psychotherapist in practice for half a century, developed what he calls “awareness that heals” while dealing with a dire personal crisis. 25 years ago, a hereditary condition required him undergo a kidney transplant. The medications he had to take to prevent the new organ from being rejected by his system created a chemical and emotional imbalance that left him alienated from his own emotions and own self. “It was as though I had a ‘heart-ectomy’. I felt as if my heart had been taken away.”

In response to his crisis, he was able to find an inner guide that allowed him to accept his feelings and hear the messages clearly from the intuitive intelligence of his own heart. (Or as Chris Padgett put it in his book of the same name, “I’m not okay, you’re not okay … but it’s okay!”) By cultivating what he terms “the friendly mind”, Robert Strock saw his way through his own crisis, and found similar heartening results with his therapy clients. … Read more here.


The Oligarchs Among Us – The Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party

Aired 21 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Journalist, Author and Media Critic Norman Solomon

If they saw what the Republican Party has devolved to, Republican icons like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and even Barry Goldwater would flip in their crypts. The blatant heartlessness, self-centered short-sightedness, and downright insanity of a political party that has become a toxic cult, would certainly make the Democrats seem like a sane and viable alternative, right?

Well, here’s the elephant – and donkey – in the living room. In a political system where it costs the average Senator $14,000 to finance their re-election campaign, the oligarchs have a well-established foothold in that party too.

Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, journalist, activist and author Norman Solomon has been involved with progressive politics for decades, working to move the Democratic Party beyond the “identity issues” that they have used to cobble coalitions, to addressing the “identical issues” we all face – like a clean environment and economic justice.

Norman Solomon is an American journalist, media critic, author and activist.

His dozen books include “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” A full-length documentary film, narrated by Sean Penn, was based on “War Made Easy.” The New York Times review called the film “ultimately persuasive” and said: “Many of its arguments have been made before … but Mr. Solomon digs deeper and hammers harder.” … Read more here…

How to Get Off the Battlefield – And WIN the Battleground States

Aired 14 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Activist and Campaign Consultant Lenore Goldman

In the wake of the 2016 elections, millions of Americans were awakened to what they perceived as a battle for the heart and soul of America. Many became politically active for the first time, joining in the various “resist” movements, and becoming involved in supporting “battleground state” campaigns in the 2018 Midterm elections.

This being a Presidential election year, everyone is focused on the national election and the national issues – but maybe there is a more fertile field to cultivate. Our guest this week, veteran activist and consultant Lenore Goldman, shows us where the REAL change takes place – the grassroots, particularly statehouse elections.

At a time when the power of money overwhelmingly controls the airwaves, the new playing field is “on the ground”, the door-to-door campaigns where real people talk with real people, and where people who have been disenfranchised by and are cynical about the system can be motivated to vote.

Consider how much energy is wasted on social media, throwing slings and barbs at folks on the other side who will never be convinced. What if that energy was used in a focused way to bring new voters to the polls and swing the swing states from the grassroots up? What if instead of arguing with folks who don’t agree with us, we spent that time encouraging voters who do?

Lenore Goldman will tell us why and how to get off that old battlefield, and mobilize the power of people to prevail over the power of money. … Read more here…

Making Global Sense – A New “Common Sense” For the People of the World

Aired 7 January 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Journalist and Activist Judah Freed, Author of “Making Global Sense”

What would happen if a billion people worldwide took a stand in recognition that we humans are indeed cells in a larger super-organism called Humanity, and then began to live their lives as if that were true?

Our Wiki Politiki guest two weeks ago, Stephan Schwartz – a lifelong student of social change movements (How to Change History BEFORE it Happens) — asserts that when 10% of any population has agreement around an idea, adoption of that idea becomes inevitable. And while it seems like gathering one billion people under “one big intent” is virtually impossible, it is actually VIRTUALLY more possible than ever before. We now have the technological ability to connect billions of people on the Internet at one time … and now if we cultivate the spiritual, psychological and political coherence, we may be able to achieve something that cellular biologist Bruce Lipton says is necessary for survival at this point – conscious evolution.

Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week is Judah Freed, whose forthcoming book, Making Global Sense, reports on a dozen world social trends that prove more than a billion people on earth — acting alone and together, spiritually and politically — are forming the “global sense movement,” already gathering momentum for a quantum shift in human consciousness that transforms all life on our planet. He also is updating his prior book, Global Sense, inspired by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, which revives the ideas and ideals of the 18th century Enlightenment to champion 21st century enlightenment. His earlier editions of Global Sense won the 2005 Colorado CIPA award for the Best Personal Growth Book along with 2007 and 2012 Nautilus Awards for the Best Social Change Book. … Read more here…