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Wiki Politiki Podcast Past Shows 2021
The Truth Shall Upset You Free – How And Why America Must Awaken Beyond Woke
Aired 18 May 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Veronica Entwhistle’s Interview with Wiki Politiki Host Steve Bhaerman
This week, we are going to turn the tables – or at least turn the mike. After doing more than 150 interviews on Wiki Politiki over the past three-and-a-half years, I’m putting myself on the other side of the mike, thanks to my colleague and co-heart, Veronica Entwistle, host of Paradigm Shifters Radio. She did an interview with me last month for her show and with her kind permission we are re-running it on my show.
I must say that in the time since we launched Wiki Politiki in the fall of 2017, I have learned so much and been so inspired by the evolutionaries and solutionaries I featured, that I wanted to offer a “we are here” assessment of our – you know the word – shituation at this point.
I guess this will be our official announcement, but as of July Wiki Politiki will be evolving to a video format, The Wiki Politiki Zoom Room, that will allow for more interactivity and personal contact with our guests. I am so grateful for Chris Buck and the folks at Om Times Radio for hosting us all this time, and I am going to miss that opening gong and OM that begins our show.
Before we hear more from me, I would like to introduce Veronica Entwistle and Paradigm Shifters. Veronica is an intuitive and energy counselor who specializes in NEAR-LIFE experiences – helping her clients discover universal understandings to help them live more fully in the present time and in her words, “fully harness the potential of your inner-self.” As part of this work, she has been hosting Paradigm Shifters Radio, featuring those ready to shift the prevailing paradigm from dominate-or-be-dominated to thrival for each and all. Read more here…
Sociopaths vs. Homeopaths – The De-Platforming of Natural Medicine
Aired 11 May 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Homeopathic Expert and Author Dana Ullman
I was thinking of calling this podcast, “First, They Came For the Homeopaths.”
Anyone who grew up in the post World War II world is familiar with the confessional quote by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller:
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
I am deeply saddened to report that we seem to be on a similar track here in “Not-see America.”
The COVID crisis and lockdown has been an excellent excuse to censor and de-platform many forms of alternative medicine, particularly those that cannot be owned or controlled by big pharma. This is nothing new. Only now, it has become more blatant.
Our guest this week homeopathic expert and author Dana Ullman, will discuss the issue of medical totalitarianism and what we can do about it. He will also reveal some research on what the 1919 pandemic got wrong, and how those misunderstandings are leading to deaths in 2021. He will also talk about a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle that misquoted him and misrepresented his viewpoint, just so they could make a point about “anti-vaxxers.” Read more here…
Do We Need A “Vaccination” Against Deception? A Sane and Sacred Community Will Help Us Achieve Herd Immunity Against Unheard of Impunity
Aired 4 May 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Global Visionary Jack Reed, Author of “The Next Evolution: a Blueprint for Transforming the Planet”
When Lyndon Johnson was President, there was a popular riddle. How can you tell when the President is telling the truth? When he wiggles his ears, he is telling the truth. When he scratches his nose, he is telling the truth. When he rubs is eyes, he is telling the truth. When he opens his mouth … he is lying.
We the people have been acculturated to being lied to by politicians, and now it is becoming clear that it’s not just the politicians – it’s the entire political system, including the corporate media – that is lying to us.
Ever since the Jonestown massacre more than 40 years ago, the term “drink the Kool-Aid” has been used to describe weapons of mass-deception. Today however, that Kool-Aid has been rebranded as “fine wine”, as people are being asked to buy the notion that ONLY the vaccine will protect us from the deadly COVID germ and allow us to return to “normal.”
Our guest this week, Jack Reed, just wrote a compelling essay called “Kool-Aid”, where he lays out deception after deception, from the Gulf of Tonkin attack that didn’t happen, to the Patriot Act passed in the aftermath of the 911 attacks, to the current lockdown of both people and information during the COVID-19 crisis – each of which has increased the power of the state, and diminished the power of the people. In the middle of this essay, he suggests that maybe what we need is a vaccine against deception. Read More Here…
Propaganda Expert Is In Trouble For … Teaching About Propaganda — Irony Deficiency and Truth Decay in “Not-See” America
Aired 27 April 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Author, Journalist and Professor Mark Crispin Miller
As the Swami has been telling us for years now, the body politic is one sick puppy, suffering from irony deficiency … truth decay … electile dysfunction … and most recently from bi-polar disorder.
As a result, what we used to call democracy is in the intensive care unit – and those who intensively care about its survival are finding themselves more and more marginalized. Fortunately, we still have that bastion of truth, academia, where in the spirit of the Free Speech Movement more than half a century ago, academic freedom is alive and well as professors and students freely and frankly discuss the most divisive issues of our time.
Oh … wait a minute.
That must be happening in a parallel universe.
In this universe, a professor who has literally written the book on propaganda – or at least wrote the preface to one – is on the verge of being fired for teaching about propaganda. His crime? Pointing out the propaganda being promoted by the university itself.
Fortunately, his colleagues at the university have bravely rallied around him, and …
Oh … OK. That too is happening in a parallel universe.
Oh, well. All’s well that ends Orwell.
Our guest today, Mark Crispin Miller, has been fighting “notseeism” for decades, courageously pointing out those uncomfortable truths that others choose to not see. Now he is embroiled in his own battle to keep his position at NYU, after unmasking the propaganda about masking, and being guilty of “hate speech” – now defined as saying anything that the power structure hates to hear. Read more here…
Near-Death Experiences and the Great Upwising – How the Prospect of “Life After Death” Informs Life BEFORE Death
Aired 20 April 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Dr. Bruce Greyson, Author of “After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond”
And now for something completely different…
While we think of politics as extremely “this-worldly”, this week we are going to explore the otherworldly domain of near-death experiences and their implications for how we perceive life and death, and conduct ourselves in this world.
This is a personal issue for me. When I was eight years old, my dad suffered a near-fatal heart attack, and afterward reported what would now be termed a near-death experience. While he was unconscious, his sister Betty, who had passed just a month before, beckoned to him from across a bridge. For some reason – possibly because he had two young boys to take care of – he declined the invitation and returned to this world. He lived another 18 years, long enough to see his boys grown up and on their way to fulfilling lives.
As a boy, I continued to read about these experiences in Reader’s Digest, probably the only publication in the 1950s and 1960s that would give the experience credence.
Fast-forward to 1980, when I was teaching a creative writing class for adults at the University of Michigan. One of my students was Dr. Bruce Greyson, at that time the emergency room psychiatrist at University of Michigan hospital. He was working on a story with a metaphysical theme, and one week when he was out of town, I was surprised to receive an installment from him in the mail in an envelope marked, “University of Virginia, Department of Parapsychology.” Needless to say, I was intrigued. When he returned, I asked him about it. He looked around to make sure I was the only one who could hear him. He then told me he did his psychiatric residency working with Ian Stevenson, who was investigating children who remembered past life experiences. (I will save the full story for the interview itself.)
In any case, Bruce and I stayed connected over the years and he has made the study of near-death experiences as his life’s work. As a scientist without a religious belief system, he has been relentless in seeking some physical explanation for the anecdotal data he received from patients who had vivid memories of what transpired when their brains were “dead”. These individuals quite often knew things they had no business knowing – including the awareness of loved ones who died while they themselves were unconscious and would have had no way of finding out.
Do these inexplicable experiences that defy linear logic and scientific dogma have implications for the awakening needed to transform politics? I say they do! Read more here…
Grave New World? The Vaccine Passport and the Dynamics of Domination
Aired 13 April 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Political Psychologist, Activist and Writer Diane Perlman
America – and indeed the world – is living in two parallel realities.
In one reality, experts are lauding the new vaccines as the only way to liberate us from the COVID pandemic and lockdown. Those who are “vaccine-hesitant” or doubt the efficacy of masking and social distancing are seen as science-deniers and ignorant, selfish Trumpsters.
In another reality, the vaccines – particularly if made mandatory or de facto mandatory via vaccine passports – are viewed as untested, potentially dangerous, and an attempt to install medical totalitarianism. Critics of the “vaccine as savior” policy point to the censorship and de-platforming of any alternative views – including successful treatments of COVID cases that make hospitalization unnecessary – and wonder how many deaths could have been avoided had these simple and inexpensive treatments been publicized and made widely available.
So who – or what – is right? Is there a middle ground as this seeming reality chasm widens?
This week, we have re-invited a guest we had earlier this year, Diane Perlman, to discuss vaccine passports, censorship, polarization, and the psychological barriers to seeing the whole picture. She is in the process of establishing a new site CoronaWise, to offer irrefutable facts and undeniable evidence that the media has conveniently omitted, so that we can make wiser choices around vaccinations and handling these crises in the future. Read more here…
The ORIGINAL White Privilege – The Doctrine of Discovery and Domination
Aired 30 March 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Native American Scholar and Activist Steven Newcomb
In the wake of the “woke” culture and Black Lives Matter movement, there has been much focus on white privilege, and how the lives of privileged white people differ radically from those of people of color. While all this is undoubtedly true, and those people continue to suffer “micro-aggressions” from unconscious white folks, it’s the MACRO-AGGRESSION that nobody wants to talk about.
That macro-aggression is the dominator meme that we conveniently mistaken for “the way things are” that impacts us all, reflecting the domination exploitation paradigm that permeates every institution in our society. And while the Doctrine of Discovery stems from the Papal bulls issued in the 15th century giving white conquistadors the right to rape, pillage and massacre non-Christian people, it goes back further than that. In fact, we might look at the Inquisition as the perfect example of “white-on-white” crime. Domination is a fundamental theme of patriarchal religion, as well as secular scientific materialism focused on the 3 M’s: Materialism, Money, and the Machine.
Our guest this week, Native American legal scholar Steven Newcomb, has been with us before. Today, he is here to go deeper into this pervasive paradigm, to help us address three key questions: What’s so? So what? Now what?
Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) is one of the world’s leading scholars on the Doctrine of Discovery and Domination, as well as the author of the best-selling book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Fulcrum, 2008). He is a co-producer of the documentary movie, “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code,” directed and produced by Sheldon Wolfchild (Dakota), with narration by Buffy Sainte-Marie (Cree). In 1992, Newcomb, along with Birgil Kills Straight (Oglala Lakota) founded the Indigenous Law Institute and began a global campaign to call upon the Holy See to revoke the Vatican papal bull of discovery and domination of May 4, 1493. That campaign has developed into a worldwide movement. Read more here…
From Ego-nomics to Eco-nomics – Transition to An Ecological Civilization
Aired 23 March 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with David Korten, author of “When Corporations Rule the World”, and the “ Great Turning”
In 1972 a book was written that was designed to change the world. The book, the Limits of Growth, was the first report issued by the Club of Rome, an organization founded by Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei and Scottish scientist Alexander King in 1968. The report warned that economic growth could not continue indefinitely because of resource depletion. It went on to sell 30 million copies in more than 30 languages, making it the best-selling environmental book in history.
And yet … here we are nearly half a century later, and experiencing peak everything. The book was remarkably prescient … but apparently had little impact. What happened? And … what can be done about it?
Our guest on Wiki Politiki, David Korten, is a member of the Club of Rome, and has devoted his work to bringing about what he calls an “ecological civilization.” Writes David about the “epic choice” we face:
We can continue to seek marginal adjustments in the culture and institutions of the Imperial Civilization of violence, domination, and exploitation that put us on a path to self-extinction. Or we can transition to an Ecological Civilization dedicated to restoring the health of living Earth’s regenerative systems while securing material sufficiency and spiritual abundance for all people.
Material sufficiency and spiritual abundance – the perfect way to shift from measuring gross national product, to enjoying gross national happiness.
Dr. David Korten is the founder and president of the Living Economies Forum; co-founder, board member, and board chair emeritus of YES! Magazine; an associate fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies; and a full member of the Club of Rome. He worked for more than thirty-five years in business, academic, and international development institutions before he turned away from the establishment to become a leading critic of what he calls global suicide economy. He is the author of the international best-seller When Corporations Rule the World, along with The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (2015). Read More Here…
From Homeland Insecurity to Heartland Security – Shifting to A Global Culture of Peace
Aired 16 March 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Attorney, Author and Documentarian Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute
It is sadly true and truly sad. What has come to be known as globalism can also be called gobble-ism, as it has become a way for those with way too much money and way too much power to gobble up our planetary resources, and keep the world’s population armed against one another. To keep this system in place, there is a system of “impropaganda” perpetuated by a media controlled by a few corporate players. In other words, globalization = gobble-ization = Goebbelization.
Fortunately, there is an awakening – an upwising – by those who see a new kind of global engagement that comes from bottom up awareness instead of top-down imposition.
Our guest this week, Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, is truly a voice in the bewilderness, who recognizes that our current way of pursuing “security” is both obsolete and obsolethal. Instead of promoting endless growth – that is, extraction of nonrenewable resources – and preserving peace by preparing for war, we need to encourage the cooperation necessary for sustainable living and development. I know, I know. He is proposing a sane world. He must be crazy.
My sense is that he is calling forth a “sane asylum” where we find and cultivate the sane and sacred center that represents our true human potential. Read more here…
Bill Gates: Planetary Savior or Demonic Force? Conspiracy Theories vs. Con’s Piracy Facts
Aired 9 March 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with World-Renowned Activist Vandana Shiva, Author of “Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom”
Bill Gates has become at least as much of a controversial figure as Donald Trump, particularly now that the question of massive and mandatory vaccinations have emerged in the wake of the COVID crisis.
One narrative paints him as a benevolent benefactor determined to use technology to save humanity from disease and starvation.
The other narrative portrays him as a megalomaniacal technocrat bent on owning all the world’s seeds, controlling our food supply, and subjecting the world’s population to mass surveillance, top-down control, and depopulation.
Which of these is right, or better yet, which is closer to the truth?
This week on Wiki Politiki, we are honored to have with us the world-renowned food and justice activist Vandana Shiva, who has been tracking Bill Gates’ activities on behalf of the “green revolution” – hint, it is neither – for decades, and she has some strong evidence-based opinions. In other words, she can help us move past the conspiracy theories with some con’s piracy facts.
Because of time zone challenges, we are re-playing an interview I did with her last fall, and it is more pertinent than ever.
Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist. In 1982 she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times. Read more here…
Making Sense of the Vexing Vaxx Narrative – Is The Vaccine Necessary and Desirable?
Aired 2 March 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Dr. Len Saputo, Integrative Medicine Pioneer and Author of “A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine”
Here is a piece of information that seems to be getting buried in all the “good news” about vaccine availability: Are you aware of the COVID survival rates for the various age groups?
Under age 20 … 99.997% survival rate
Age 20-49 … 99.98 % survival rate
Age 50-69 … 99.5 % survival rate
Over 70 … 95% survival rate
The vaccines have not been approved or licensed by the FDA, only authorized for emergency use. The vaccines don’t promise full immunity, and there can be side effects. Meanwhile, measures for prevention and treatment have been dismissed and de-platformed, with vaccinations being presented as THE way to end the lockdowns, and the masking – although not immediately.
Any0ne not going along with this party line is branded a conspiracy theorist, anti-science or anti-social. To help us navigate this vexing vaxx situation, we have invited Dr. Len Saputo, MD a pioneer in integrative medicine and someone familiar with the science of immunity and vaccinations as our guest this week to shine some light on the shituation.
Dr. Len Saputo is a board-certified internist with more than 50 years of clinical experience. He has pioneered the development of an integrative, holistic, person-centered, preventive health care model called “Health Medicine.” He is the founder of the Health Medicine Forum, a non-profit educational foundation and the Health Medicine Center in Walnut Creek. Len is a practicing physician, motivational speaker, television and radio personality, and was formerly ranked number one in the world in men’s senior singles tennis by the International Tennis Federation. He is the author of the Nautilus Gold Award winning book, A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine and Science, Spirituality and Medicine. For the past year he has hosted The Voice of Reason Internet live video show that airs twice weekly and is focused on COVID-19. Len’s free website, www.DoctorSaputo.com, has more than 2600 audio and video files organized to provide completely free integrative information on more than 30 common health care conditions. Read more here…
From Dueling Dualities to Dynamic Duo Dance Partners – How Trusting Hearts Can Live in “Peaceful Tension” with Opposing Minds
Aired 23 February 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Charles Randall Paul, President of Foundation for Inter-Religious Diplomacy
One of the big problems with finding a commonly-sensed common sense consensus among citizens across the political spectrum is that … well, we disagree. And these days, different political narratives mean different realities. On last week’s show, we featured the new documentary, “The Reunited States of America,” and how respectful, face-to-face, heart-to-heart communication can rehumanize the “other” and affirm “beloved community.”
And then what?
Do we pretend we don’t disagree on fundamental issues and worldviews? Do we dance around these profound differences, or is there another way? Last summer, I interviewed two thirds of a trio looking to create breakthrough in this regard. Arthur Pena and Jacob Hess are two close friends coming from completely different worldviews. Jacob is a conservative member of the Latter Day Saints. Arthur characterizes himself as a “gay, libertarian, Marxist.”
Our guest this week, Charles Randall Paul, is co-authoring a book with Arthur and Jacob, Inevitable Influencers: Why (deep down) We All Want—and Need—to Persuade Each Other of What We See as Good, Beautiful, and True.
All three of these gentlemen believe in the seemingly paradoxical “peaceful tension” that can be created when our hearts are unified in the field of love and coherence, while our beliefs might be totally contradictory. Randall Paul seeks to turn our dueling dualities into dynamic duo dance partners, or as he calls them, “trustworthy rivals, not coercive enemies.”
Randall Paul, Ph.D., is the president of the Foundation for Inter-Religious Diplomacy. A native of New Jersey, he has a BS from Brigham Young University in social psychology and an MBA from Harvard University …Read more here…
The Reunited States of America – Yes, Virginia (and the Other 49 States), There IS a Sane and Sacred Center
Aired 16 February 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with “Reunited States of America” Film Maker Raj Krishna
In the wake of the most contentious presidential election of our lifetime … there has indeed been an awakening.
There has been a subtle yet world-changing shift toward what we are calling political climate change – warmer hearts and cooler heads. Even in selecting Biden over Trump, there was an affirmation of the politics of connection and collaboration over the politics of domination and separation.
This politics of unity cannot pretend we all agree. Rather it involves finding ways to turn the dueling dualities of progressive and conservative into dynamic duo dance partners. In November, we interviewed transpartisan visionary and activist Mark Gerzon about a new documentary based on his book, The Reunited States Of America: How to Bridge The Partisan Divide.
Mark served as a consulting producer and also appears in the film. It is directed by Ben Rekhi and produced by Raj Krishna. It features Steven Olikara, of the Millennial Action Project; Greg Orman, an independent politician who ran for Governor of Kansas in 2018; and David and Erin Leaverton, who took a road trip to all fifty states with their three kids in an RV in an effort to understand why our nation was hurting.
The documentary was produced by Van Jones and Megan McCain, a Democrat and a Republican. The film was well-received both at the Cinequest Film Festival and the Atlanta DocuFest and the United Nations Association Film Festival.
The film was released last month and we are delighted to have the producer of that film, Raj Krishna, as our guest today.
… And the Last Trump Shall Blow – The Convenient Marriage of Trumpism and Christian Apocalypticism
Aired 9 February 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Author and Integral Activist Byron Belitsos
It’s been a paradox that “rational” observers have been puzzling over for nearly five years now. Why is it that so many Christian fundamentalists have gone gaga over Donald Trump, who seems to have embraced every one of the seven deadly sins as virtues? As the joke goes, Trump’s greatest asset is his liability – ability to lie – and yet many of Trump’s Christian followers find “truth” in his false statements.
Our guest this week, Byron Belitsos, was a journalist on site at the January 6th MAGA demonstrations and storming of the Capitol. He took photos, and informally interviewed dozens of people. He came away with a deep understanding of why people were there, and also of the Q-Anon phenomenon, and Evangelicals’ affection for Donald Trump. What were the real concerns these people had that the mainstream press isn’t talking about? What is the relationship between Trumpism and Christian Apocalypticism?
Byron Belitsos is an author, editor, journalist, and book publisher (OriginPress.org) as well as an experienced political activist and advocate of integral politics. He is also a practicing mystic and theologian, who has spent the past two years studying at Union Theological Seminary. Byron has been politically active since 1969 in a variety of venues and contexts, and became an early pioneer in the deep politics movement, working closely with David Ray Griffin, Jim Marrs, Bill Pepper, and Catherine Austin Fitts. He was the founder and CEO of Origin Press, where he published numerous award-winning books. He was also a board member of the Democratic World Federalists, and was coauthor of the acclaimed book One World Democracy (2005). He is the coauthor and publisher of A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine (2009), which won a Nautilus Gold award. Belitsos is also the author or co-author of six books on religion and spirituality including Your Evolving Soul (2018) and the forthcoming Integral Theodicy.
Finding and Cultivating Our Sane and Sacred Center – From Dueling Dualities to Dynamic Duo Dance Partners
Aired 2 February 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Conservative Transpartisan Activist Michael Maxsenti
Once again this week the news headlines are dominated by the entrenched oppositional positions of the two political parties. And yet … and I know I sound like a broken record here … behind the scenes, awakening elements on all sides are seeking what we are calling the “sane and sacred center” – a way to bring Americans together around the virtues and values that the 90% of us who are not sociopaths hold in common.
In fact, here in California there is actually a new party emerging called the Common Sense Party, and if there is anything we need it is uncommon common sense!
As their website says:
“Our state used to take pride in our infrastructure, education, environmental preservation, health, and safety. For decades, these investments enabled mobility up the economic and social ladder for individuals and rapid growth for the State.
But an increasingly partisan environment has created bad public policy, stifling innovation, slowing infrastructure investment, jeopardizing public welfare, and compromising California’s status as a leader in the world.
We resolve to elevate the interests of Californians above partisan politics so we can renew California’s full promise.”
Our guest this week is conservative transpartisan activist Michael Maxsenti, a key advisor to the Common Sense Party. A successful entrepreneur in the printing business, Michael decided to reach out to young followers of the #Occupy movement some years ago, and the result was his platform Rebellious Truths, a non-profit focused on galvanizing, educating and engaging American youth in our political process incorporating YouTube and social media.
Conspiracy Theories or Con’s Piracy Facts? Finding Reality in a Post-Truth World
Aired 26 January 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
Interview with Author, Publisher and Psychedelic Traveler Daniel Pinchbeck
With reality checks bouncing like crazy for Q-Anon folks and others who believed that Donald Trump really won the election, one might imagine folks would sober up and join a group like Q-Anon-Anon to recover a bit of sanity.
But … no.
People continue to believe what they want to believe, and take shelter in preferred realities regardless of what is happening in “real” reality.
At a time when the veils are being lifted on toxic perpetrations, some of which challenge our most fundamental beliefs about what is real, what do we do? At a time when folks on one side believe EVERYTHING is a conspiracy, and folks on the other believe that NOTHING is, how do we find a story that will help us move ahead together?
Our guest this week, Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of a new book, Conspiranoia: The Betrayed States of America, where he shines a light down the rabbit hole to help us find a likelier (if not lovelier) story, and seeks to balance conspiracy theory with con’s piracy fact. That is, he is willing to look at the exploitative practices and relationships behind our true malaise, and recognize many of these conspiracies as trance-like distractions.
Do Shamed Men Become “Proud Boys”? The Psychology Behind Trumpism and What We Can Do About It
Aired 19 January 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Psychotherapist, Author and Men’s Health Expert Jed Diamond
Trump may be going, going, gone yet Trumpism remains.
Much has been written about Donald Trump’s psychological issues, and yet his appeal – particularly to a certain type of man – remains a bit of a mystery. Many, many people, certainly a majority of adult Americans, recognize Donald Trump as a self-serving liar and con artist. Yet many hold him as a hero, an upholder of American values, and the final firewall between our freedom and a top-down totalitarian “one world government.”
Our guest this week Jed Diamond has been studying men’s health and psychology for more than half a century. Nearly five years ago, in May 2016, he predicted Donald Trump would be the next President.
In that prophetic article, he points to Donald Trump’s childhood of serious abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and then warns that other men who have suffered similar indignities would relate to Trump, and revile the same establishment forces he does. Earlier this month, we witnessed groups such as the Proud Boys, who showed up armed in Washington, D.C. to storm the capital in support of their fearless leader. But maybe it wasn’t fearlessness, but fearfulness running them.
So … how do we address this psychological disease that nearly caused democracy’s demise? How do we reach the real people struggling with their personal pain and projecting it out on the world? And … how do we uncover the REAL concerns these wounded men hold, and bring them out for resolution?
Separate And UNEQUAL – Cultural Segregation and Universal Health Care
Aired 12 January 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Dr. Susan Rogers, Director of Physicians for a National Health Program
America’s health care system is seriously ill. And maybe instead of seeing a doctor, we need to see a paradox. Here are some paradoxical “irony supplements” to munch on. Did you know…
- The U.S. spends more on health care as a share of the economy — nearly twice as much as the average industrial country — yet has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rates among the 11 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.
- The U.S. has the highest chronic disease burden and an obesity rate that is two times higher than the OECD average.
- Americans had fewer physician visits than peers in most countries, which may be related to a low supply of physicians in the U.S.
- Compared to peer nations, the U.S. has among the highest number of hospitalizations from preventable causes and the highest rate of avoidable deaths.
Do the math.
Do the aftermath. The chronic illness of our health care system impacts all segments of society and the economy. And perhaps the greatest negative impact is on people of color. Compared to whites, they are more likely to be uninsured, face discrimination that creates barriers to care, and suffer from preventable health conditions and early death.
Our guest this week is Dr. Susan Rogers, director of Physicians for a National Health Care Program. As an African-American and a medical doctor, she has seen first hand how health care for people of color can be – second-hand. This not only has to do with health care delivery, but also prevention, nutrition and other factors that negatively impact health.
Vexxed! How Do We Separate Truth From Propaganda Regarding COVID and Vaccines?
Aired 5 January 2021 – 5:00 PM EDT
An Interview with Political Psychologist Diane Perlman and Peace and Justice Activist Marilyn Langlois
You may have heard of that controversial documentary called “Vaxxed” that caused quite a stir a few years ago. Well, I am calling the first show of this New Year “vexxed” because so many people are vexed and confounded by conflicting narratives around COVID, vaccinations, Bill Gates and the so-called new world order.
I can tell you in advance we may not get to any definitive answers, but we WILL address some definitive questions to help you navigate the confusion, obfuscation, and the real and true information seeking to get heard. My guests today are not medical professionals, and so will not be offering any medical perspective on COVID and its treatments.
Both of our guests are, however, are experts on propaganda and communication and will offer us a “meta-view” of what is being communicated, how it is being communicated and to what end.
Both psychologist and conflict analyst Diane Perlman and progressive activist Marilyn Langlois are associated with Transcend International, a solutions-oriented peace project based on the work of Johan Galtung, that seeks to move beyond win-lose and even compromise, to achieve breakthrough solutions.