OVERVIEW & INTERVIEWS (livinghero.com)

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Living Hero is proud to have received partial support from The Puffin Foundation in 2009 and 2010. 

 WELCOME to the Living Hero Podcast! 

Our programs feature conversations with Living Luminaries and Mavericks and music that inspires the best in us. The show is geared to an audience interested in healing the human psyche and society and everyone is welcome and encouraged to listen in. 


The transdisciplinary nature of our programming stimulates a creative synthesis of understanding, as we engage with a vast variety of specialists and generalists who are all working for the greater good: artists, researchers, activists, authors, wisdom figures and heroic individuals of all kinds. 

The most significant and challenging questions of our time are addressed as we strive to enable our guests to deliver their most profound and far-reaching messages through dialogue. Our goal is to present cutting-edge research, visionary perspectives, and real-world solutions that inspire listeners to open their minds, take heart, and transform society. 

What is a LIVING HERO? That is an explorer, pioneer, maverick, brave heart who is offering new pathways of thought, knowledge and action to help and serve others in the here and now. Historically and conceptually, what has been considered and celebrated as heroic is, perhaps, both too partial and too superficial. Our culture is in need of new definitions of honor and what it means to be a hero. 

In contemporary life, people who effectively take a creative and unconventional path, who find ways to resist that which is destructive, unwholesome or lacking in integrity are to be considered heroic and visionary. 

The forces and messages that condition people towards desensitization, narcissism and fragmentation are powerful and pervasive. And so those working for the holistic well-being of people and society are doing some of the most heroic work of our times. 

“Cultivating the heroic imagination involves just two aspects. First, thinking of yourself as an active person rather than a passive person: thinking of yourself as somebody willing to get involved; to move off the safety spot of minding your own business; to take a decisive action when the world around you looks the other way. Second, thinking less about yourself, less about your ego, your reputation, less concerned about looking foolish, making a mistake . . . more concerned for the well-being of others . . .” 
 ~ Philip Zimbardo 

We offer this series of conversations towards an enlarged concept of what it means to be a living hero, towards drawing connections between forces deep in the human psyche and contemporary geopolitical reality, and to provide fresh thoughts and visions for a more enlightened present and future. 

Our mission is four-fold. We exist to: 
• Serve as an antidote to apathy, alienation, dehumanization and fragmentation through interesting and entertaining programming.

• Address common concerns of global humanity via dialogues across disciplines and music that inspires reflection, gives pause, and arouses solidarity. 

• Support the mission of each Living Hero and to build connections among the discoveries and works of these contemporary pioneers in the sciences and humanities. 

 • Help our audiences embrace a creative synthesis of understanding that leads to personal change and social action. 

Honors/Awards: 
2012: Center for Documentary Studies Scholarship Grant 
2010: Puffin Foundation Public Interest Grant 
2009: Puffin Foundation Public Interest Grant 

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Living Hero is pleased to share here our Interview with Derrick Jensen published in the beautiful online magazine Terrain.
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******************2013 SPECIAL ON TANTRA*******************
 

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Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson are a devoted married couple who have been teaching traditional and contemporary approaches to Tantric sexual practices together since 1999.

They are multi-award-winning authors of The Essence of Tantric Sexuality, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment: The Key to Enriching Your Sexual Life, and, most recently, Great Sex Made Simple: Tantric Tips to Deepen Intimacy and Heighten Pleasure, which just won the 2013 Gold Medal from Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Sexuality/Relationships category.

Learn more about them and their work at tantrapm.com

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***2013 SPECIAL ON JHANA, CONCENTRATION MEDITATION***
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 Join some of the West's great adepts of Jhana, Concentration Meditation Practice. Jhana is an extraordinary human potential of the mind with deep and lasting rewards of peace, freedom, clarity, agility . . . and mastery. However, Jhana is especially exquisite in its preparatory role in the life of a meditator, bringing about capacities and factors of mind that prepare us for insight knowledge; direct, unshakeable experiential knowledge of the nature of reality.

Our jhana teachers and guides are, in order of their photographs, above:

Shaila Catherine

Leigh Brasington

Dr. Judson Brewer

Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder

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"The cream of human intelligence is maybe our best chance of responding to this [global] crisis."

The Living Hero show is pleased to present an interview with fellow progressive radio host, Ken Rose, originator of the What Now show, based in Occidental, California. What Now presents "extended interviews with accomplished thinkers, writers, artists, farmers and scientists addressing the global crisis."

What Now aired for several years on 107.3 KOWS-FM in Sonoma County, California. Show archives are available at  whatnowsolutions.org.

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Solastalgia is homesickness when you haven't gone anywhere; it happens when your home environment or habitat changes drastically and you lose your beloved familiar place called home. All over the world human beings and other creatures are suffering from solastalgia. This show is about the nature of care and the care of nature, about how sensitivity, aesthetics, emotions, mental health, societal health and activism come together in the understandings of these aesthetic philosophers who have the big picture in mind while staying in touch with their own deep humanity and interconnectedness with all of life. Enjoy this holistic exploration with artist, author and activist Angela Manno; researcher and professor, Glenn Albrecht; and art critic and author, Suzi Gablik!

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"It's so wonderful and beautiful to feel light inside and not heaviness." -- Jim Merkel

Jim Merkel is an American author, volunteer, and engineer who moved from involvement in the military industry to pioneering in simplicity. His book, Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth offers a path to a deeply sustainable way of living respectful of all life. His work helped Dartmouth College earn high grades on the Sustainability Report Card issued by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. Jim founded the Global Living Project, teaches at Unity College, writes, lectures and consults with campuses and municipalities on sustainability initiatives. His loves include gathering wild edibles, being in the wilds, playing bass and digging potatoes. Visit Jim Merkel's website

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Living Hero presents “Living Within Means,” an essay and live presentation by Jari Chevalier with short clips from interviews with Morris Berman and from Scott Baum in the first half hour, followed by a live phone conversation with special guests Jim Stoner and Doug Cohen.

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The Living Hero Radio Show and Podcast is pleased to present New Worldviews Emerging Now, a show featuring numerous experts from the 2012 film Four Horsemen, plus the larger-than-life figures of George Lakoff and Jeremy Rifkin; and an extended interview on memes, otherwise known as value structures, cognitive maps, mindsets and worldviews, with consultant and educator, Don Beck, PhD.

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Profound messages on parenting for peace with engaging and inspiring stories told by Arun Gandhi, the 5th grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, excerpted from his talk “Lessons From My Grandfather” with musical interludes in the first half-hour and practical evolutionary parenting guidelines of Parenting for Peace author and prenatal and early childhood development specialist, Marcy Axness, PhD. Music from the Until the End of the World film soundtrack, from Bobby McFerrin’s Beyond Words, DJ Spooky, and from the Brooklyn-based trio, Archie Pelago.

Show produced by Living Hero Radio Show and Podcast producer, Jari Chevalier.

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***2013 SPECIAL ON AYAHUASCA & IBOGA FOR ADDICTIONS***

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Psychedelic plants found in rainforests are being successfully used in the treatment of addiction in contemporary Western society. Trips Beyond Addiction features the voices and stories of ex-addicts, researchers and treatment providers sharing their experiences and fascinations with these hallucinogenic medicines.

This Living Hero special documentary features nine voices: Clare S. Wilkins, Bruce K. Alexander, Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis, Bovenga Na Muduma, Brad Burge, Tom Kingsley Brown, co-authors Susan and Pamela Thesenga and Donovan Thesenga.

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********2011 SPECIAL ON NARCISSISM & SOCIOPATHY************

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Domination. Exploitation. Excuses. Deceit. Welcome to The Unreal World of Narcissists and Sociopaths.

This Living Hero Special documentary program features the voices of experts Dr. Nina W. Brown, Dr. Linda Martinez-Lewi, social worker Lisa Charlebois, Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Gabor Maté, MD, Dr. Sandy Hotchkiss, Dr. Scott Baum, and Dr. Martha Stout. Narration includes in-depth research and synthesis of the work of these and many other researchers and healers.

Learn just how and why narcissists and sociopaths might be a bigger part of your life than you imagine. We focus on the many factors of unreality inherent in these personality structures and how they spin unreality into the world.

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STAY TUNED FOR MORE LIVING HERO RADIO & PODCAST SHOWS We need your financial support to bring you excellence in programming. Please contact the producer at host@livinghero.com for underwriting opportunities. Thank you.

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PAST SHOWS ARE IN THE ARCHIVES--You can get to them all from here!

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Our current show brings you a conversation with research psychologist and author, Bruce Alexander. He is Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, where his wide-ranging work in the field of addiction began in 1970. He has counseled hard-core heroin addicts, conducted psychopharmacological research, supervised field research for the World Health Organization. He has studied the history of drug law and drug policy, and documented the diverse addictions of university students. Bruce Alexander is the author of two controversial books, Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs and The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit. He was awarded the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 2007. His current activities are featured at globalizationofaddiction.ca.

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For November 2010 we presented an important look at the sociopaths in our midst with expert in the field Dr. Martha Stout, bestselling author of The Mask of Sanity and The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless vs the Rest of Us. We have been honored to present her work and her most current thinking to the public through our program.

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We were proud and pleased to present for our September 2010 show: a conversation with one of the most pre-eminent research psychologists of our time, Dr. Philip Zimbardo.

Dr. Zimbardo has served as President of the American Psychological Association. He designed and narrated an award-winning PBS series, Discovering Psychology. He has published his work in more than 50 books and 400 professional and popular articles. His books include Shyness, The Lucifer Effect, and The Time Paradox.

A professor emeritus at Stanford University, Dr. Zimbardo has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. World renowned for his controversial Stanford Prison Experiment, Dr. Zimbardo is currently President of The Heroic Imagination Project.

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In August 2010 we brought you The Power of Wisdom, an In This Regard special program on the 9th biennial Sisters of Earth Conference held July 8th through 11th, 2010 at The Passionist Retreat Center in Riverdale, New York. The celebrated eco-feminist and author, Vandana Shiva, and her sister, public health activist, Dr. Mira Shiva gave a series of blazing talks on how multinational corporations and international trade agreements have brought disastrous consequences to human health and ecosystems around the world.

Listen to enter this remarkable conference experience.

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Our Surprise Special Guest for July was novelist Ellen Bryson, author of The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno, a novel about being different, being human, and finding redemption.

Ellen Bryson began as a professional modern dancer, working in Cleveland Ohio and Boston Massachusetts during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. She then shifted her focus to the philanthropic field where she worked for over a decade in both private and community foundations, culminating in national work for the Council on Foundations in Washington DC. A world traveler, she has lived in the middle eastern country of Bahrain and in Argentina South America, where being an outsider both in language and culture, helped inform the message of this, her first novel.

Ellen Bryson holds a BA in English from Columbia University and an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins in Washington DC. She currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and is considering a move to France.

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We launched The Synthesis Series on June 28, 2010 with Where's the Imagination? Through this series our aim is to create contexts for insight and a place where real tough questions get asked.

“We need a new imagination for how we are going to live together, how we’re going to do business, what we’re going to permit in the body politic, as well as the human body. It is that failure of imagination that I think is the biggest roadblock that I’ve encountered.” –Carolyn Raffensperger

JariChevalier--Orbit.jpgIt’s time to connect the dots to see what we’re looking at! Listen now to our first episode in the new Living Hero Synthesis Series, audio essays meant to draw together the core thematic elements of the Living Hero interviews.

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Our May show brought you a conversation with physician, activist, author, educator and public speaker, Gabor Maté, MD. He is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of mind-body medicine. He has eloquently and persuasively called for a reevaluation of our most pervasive and debilitating ills in light of whole-systems stressors so often borne in utero, infancy and early childhood and the attendant, recurrent patterns of suppressing emotions of hurt and anger into adulthood. Gabor Maté is a compassionate doctor whose work as a family physician and with HIV-positive addicts in Vancouver, BC equips him with first-hand knowledge and empathic experience. He is the author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, When the Body Says No: Understanding The Stress-Disease Connection and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates And What You Can Do About It . He co-authored Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers.

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In April we were in conversation with Ric O'Barry, who has devoted the last 40 years to freeing dolphins in captivity and to educating people throughout the world about these highly conscious, intelligent, and emotional creatures. He advocates for dolphins' rights to be in the wild and has put his own life on the line to protect and release them.

O'Barry and his courageous work is featured in a recent documentary, The Cove, which exposes the covert and violent annual dolphin slaughter that goes on each year from September through March in Taiji, Japan. The Cove has just won the Oscar for best feature documentary. Congratulations, Ric, Louie Psihoyos, and the whole Cove crew!

See: savejapandolphins.org; dolphinproject.org; earthisland.org; oceanicpreservationsociety.org; and thecovemovie.com

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In March we were honored to present a conversation with Vandana Shiva, celebrated ecofeminist, grassroots activist, research physicist, author, and international spokesperson for alternatives to global corporate hegemony. She advocates for the retention of citizens rights to manage their own livelihoods and their rights to water, land and non-GMO seeds. In 1991 Dr. Shiva founded Navdanya, which has grown into a strong proactive movement for seed saving and organic farming. She has also founded Bija Vidyapeeth, (also known as Seed University), modeled after Schumaker College in England, at the Navdanya farm near Dehra Dun, India, to present courses of study and to initiate dialogue about holistic living. Vandana Shiva has authored 13 books, including Biodiversity, Water Wars, and Staying Alive; and over 300 professional papers and has received numerous accolades and awards, including the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), the Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of the United Nations, Earth Day International Award, and the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace. Shiva also serves on the boards of many organizations, including the World Futures Council, the International Forum on Globalization, and Slow Food International. She has brought her voice to numerous documentary films some of which are: Blue Gold: World Water Wars; The Corporation, and This is What Democracy Looks Like.

Visit: vandanashiva.org/ navdanya.org/ International Forum on Globalization

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The Living Hero podcast celebrated the opening of our 2010 season in February this year with a conversation with bestselling author, keynote speaker, and sold-out workshop leader Anne Wilson Schaef, PhD. She is a preeminent expert on multiple forms of addiction and codependence and their insidious effects on individuals, relationships, families, workplaces, and society at large. Through tireless scholarship and decades of experience in private practice, Anne Wilson Schaef has developed effective healing pathways leading out of addictive constructs of thought and behavior, represented in her holistic Living in Process® model and method. Anne and her co-facilitators provide intensive Living in Process training to individuals and professionals.

From her website: "Living in Process work is not therapy, nor is it based on the scientific model out of which therapy comes. It is a way of living that is based on holistic science, rather than the limited technological model of western culture. Connected with traditions of native cultures, it is community-based, participatory, safe, respectful, and spiritually grounded."

Anne Wilson Schaef is author of: Meditations for Living in Balance: Daily Solutions for People Who Do Too Much; Living in Process: Basic Truths for Living the Path of the Soul; Beyond Therapy, Beyond Science: A New Model For Healing the Whole Person; Women's Reality: An Emerging Female System in a White Male Society; When Society Becomes an Addict; Escape From Intimacy: Untangling the "Love" Addictions; Codependence: Misunderstood/Mistreated; The Addictive Organization; Native Wisdom for White Minds; Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much; Meditations for People Who (May) Worry Too Much.

Visit http://www.livinginprocess.com/

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For December 2009 and January 2010, our program presented its first interview featuring a musical composer. Terry Riley, the originator of Minimalist composition in music, joins us to discuss his revolutionary and highly influential work.

In 1964 Riley first performed his groundbreaking classic IN C, introducing a new concept in musical form, based on interlocking repetitive patterns. It's impact was to change the course of 20th Century music, profoundly influencing the works of prominent classical composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams and rock bands like The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream, Curved Air and many others. Terry Riley's hypnotic, multilayered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated eastern-flavored improvisations and compositions ushered in a whole new tonality.

Some of the performers who have commissioned and/or played his works:

Kronos Quartet, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, the ARTE Quartet, Array Music, Zeitgeist, the Steven Scott Bowed Piano Ensemble, John Zorn, Sarah Cahill, The California E.A.R. Unit, guitarist David Tanenbaum, drummer George Marsh, bassist Bill Douglass, the Assad brothers. Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico, the Crash Ensemble, Abel Steinberg-Winant Trio, Pianist Werner Bartschi, Gloria Cheng, the Calder Quartet, the Arditti Quartet and the Amati Quartet, Alter Ego, Sounds Bazaar, Paul Dresher, singer Amelia Cuni, The Bang on a Can All Stars and his son, guitarist Gyan Riley.

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In November 2009 we proudly presented a talk with acclaimed art critic, cultural historian, artist, philosopher and author, Suzi Gablik. Her critical work unmasks the art world's loss of ethos and soul and calls for artists to assume their potential as agents for much needed social change. Her books include Has Modernism Failed?, The Reenchantment of Art, Progress in Art, and Conversations Before the End of Time. Currently she hosts a blog featuring political, environmental and social commentary at VirgilSpeaks.com

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In October 2009 we welcomed critically acclaimed and award-winning author, educator and activist Derrick Jensen. His revolutionary works of creative non-fiction are stunning in their audacious, revelatory truth-telling. Derrick Jensen has boldly taken the hero's journey of self-revelation, uncovering the dark side of power and patriarchy. An exceptionally insightful, gifted and original writer, he has put these talents in service to the hurting natural and animal world, a call in the wild to the deepest moral potential of humanity. In his talks around the country he asks us to get real and face up to what needs doing. Join Derrick Jensen and me as we discuss his vital work.

Selected awards for Derrick Jensen's works: •2008: Named a “visionary” as one of Utne Reader magazine’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World.”[9] •2008: Grand Prize winner, Eric Hoffer Book Award for Thought to Exist in the Wild, Derrick Jensen, Photographs by Karen Tweedy-Holms •2006: Named "Person of the Year" by Press Action for the publication of Endgame •2003: The Culture of Make Believe was one of two finalists for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize •2000: Hackensack, NJ, Record declared A Language Older Than Words its best book of the year •2000: A Language Older Than Words nominated for Quality Paperback Book Club's New Vision Award •1995: Critics' Choice for one of America's ten best nature books of 1995, for Listening to the Land: Conversations About Nature, Culture, and Eros

See derrickjensen.org

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We are so pleased that our guest for September 2009 was the courageous, free-thinking progressive educator, author, film maker and activist, John Taylor Gatto. John worked for over 25 years in New York City public schools and quit teaching on the OP ED page of the Wall Street Journal in 1991 while still New York State Teacher of the Year, claiming that he was no longer willing to hurt children. Later that year he was the subject of a show at Carnegie Hall called "An Evening With John Taylor Gatto," which launched a career of public speaking in the area of school reform, which has taken Gatto over a million and a half miles in all fifty states and seven foreign countries. In 1992, he was named Secretary of Education in the Libertarian Party Shadow Cabinet, and he has been included in Who's Who in America from 1996 on. In 1997, he was given the Alexis de Tocqueville Award for his contributions to the cause of liberty, and was named to the Board of Advisors of the National TV-Turnoff Week.

His books include: Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (1992); The Exhausted School (1993); A Different Kind of Teacher (2000); The Underground History Of American Education (2001) and, most recently, Weapons of Mass Instruction (2009).

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In August 2009 we were so pleased to feature a talk with nationally recognized sex expert, keynote speaker, and author, Stella Resnick, Ph.D. Her book's title is The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings & How to Let Go and Be Happy. She is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. and currently serves on the faculty of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.

Formerly President of the Western Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Dr. Resnick is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, CE Provider, and Clinical Supervisor.

She has appeared many times on TV including the Oprah, Leeza, and Montel Williams shows, CNN Live, The O’Reilly Factor, KCBS’ Morning News, and UPN’s Evening News. Her seminar on The Pleasure Zone is featured in the PBS television series Body & Soul in the segment "Ode to Joy.

Stella has written numerous professional papers and has also been frequently quoted in popular magazines; such as, Reader’s Digest, Women’s World, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Self, Redbook, McCall’s, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Family Circle, Parenting, and the Utne Reader. She has written cover stories for Self, New Age, and Psychology Today .

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In July we have the pleasure of featuring a talk with Jonah Lehrer, Editor at Large for Seed Magazine and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and has written for The New Yorker, Nature, Wired, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He is also a Contributing Editor at Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio's Radio Lab and hosts a blog called The Frontal Cortex.

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In May 2009 we were delighted to present an interview with author and activist, Jim Merkel. Jim is the author of Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth and directs the Global Living Project, which consults with campuses and municipalities and offers workshops and lectures on sustainability.

Originally a military engineer trained in foreign military sales, the Exxon Valdez disaster and the invasion of Iraq prompted him to devote his life to sustainability and world peace, living on close to $5000 a year for many years, growing his own food and commuting to work by bicycle.

Jim founded the Global Living Project (GLP) and initiated the GLP Summer Institute where teams of researchers attempted to live on an equitable portion of the biosphere.

While at Dartmouth, Jim worked to integrate environmentally and socially sustainable practices into the College's operations and culture. His projects included Sustainable Dining, Solar Thermal Evaluation, Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Offices, Green Greeks and Solid Waste Reduction. www.radicalsimplicity.org

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For our April 2009 show we were proud to feature a conversation with author and long-time executive director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York, Allan Luks. He is the author of a book entitled The Healing Power of Doing Good, which outlines the emotional health benefits derived by volunteers. He coined the term "helper's high," which is now part of the lexicon regularly used in volunteer and popular literature.

Allan’s enormous commitment to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in New York City and his remarkable contribution to the agency's success helped to establish BBBS of NYC as one of the country's premiere mentoring organizations. He was Crain's New York Business magazine's "Public Service Leader of the Year," and received numerous other awards, including the national Lewis Hine award. Allan Luks developed programs to meet the special needs of NYC youth, including those affected by 9/11, teen mothers, youth with disabilities, and youth with siblings and/or parents in prison. He successfully lobbied the New York State Legislature to pass "The Safe Mentoring Act." Allan also created the BBBS Center for Training and Professional Development, in partnership with Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service, which helps other city mentoring agencies develop programs based on the BBBS of NYC model. Allan continues to serve as a senior adviser to BBBS.

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For March 2009, we were honored to have as our guest an expert in integrative health care, Lauri Grossman. She is a licensed chiropractor and homeopath. A graduate of Cornell University, the New England School of Homeopathy and the prestigious Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in Berkeley, California, Dr. Grossman is known and respected as a practitioner and educator. She has taught at Sloan Kettering-Memorial Hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and at New York Medical College.

Dr. Grossman developed the curriculum in homeopathy and has taught in the holistic departments of the graduate schools at New York University, the College of New Rochelle and the New York Chiropractic College.

Dr. Grossman will be Chair of the Department of Medicine and Humanistic Studies at the American Medical College of Homeopathy slated to open in Arizona in 2009.

Her film, Natures, produced with the assistance of the National Geographic Film Archives, highlights the philosophy of homeopathy and its connection with the order found in nature.

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In February 2009 we were privileged to present a conversation with Carolyn Raffensperger, M.A., J.D. Carolyn is executive director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. In 1982 she left a career as an archaeologist in the desert Southwest to join the environmental movement. She first worked for the Sierra Club where she addressed an array of environmental issues, including forest management, river protection, pesticide pollutants, and disposal of radioactive waste. She began working for SEHN in December 1994. As an environmental lawyer, Carolyn specializes in the fundamental changes in law and policy necessary for the protection and restoration of public health and the environment.

Carolyn is co-editor of Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy published by M.I.T. Press (2006) and Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle, published by Island Press (1999). Together, these volumes are the most comprehensive exploration to date of the history, theory, and implementation of the precautionary principle. Carolyn coined the term "ecological medicine" to encompass the broad notions that both health and healing are entwined with the natural world.

Carolyn has been featured in Gourmet magazine, the Utne Reader, Yes! Magazine, The Sun, Whole Earth, and Scientific American.

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In December 2008, we were honored to present a talk with Riane Eisler. Riane is an internationally recognized pioneering social scientist, keynote speaker and author, best known for her international bestseller The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future, first published in 1987 and now in 22 languages. Her other books include the award-winning The Power of Partnership and Tomorrow's Children, as well as Sacred Pleasure, a daring reexamination of sexuality and spirituality, and Women, Men, and the Global Quality of Life, statistically documenting the key role of the status of women in a nation's general quality of life. Her most recent book is The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. Riane Eisler has served as a consultant to world leaders in business and government and holds degrees in sociology and law from the University of California. She is president of the Center for Partnership Studies in Northern California.

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For November 2008 we were privileged to feature a talk with Richard Davidson, Ph.D. As the Director of two laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Davidson studies the brain and emotion. He is William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director, W.M. Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984. Davidson is internationally renowned for his research on the neural substrates of emotion and emotional disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research including a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, an Established Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society, and the Hilldale Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was the 1997 Distinguished Scientific Lecturer for the American Psychological Association. He served as a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network in Mind-Body Interaction, is currently a Core Member of the MacArthur Foundation Mind-Brain-Body and Health Initiative and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, NIMH. In 2001-02 he served on the National Academy of Science Panel to evaluate the validity of the polygraph. He was the year 2000 recipient of the most prestigious award given by the American Psychological Association for lifetime achievement-the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He has published more than 150 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 12 books.

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In October 2008 we were pleased to present a conversation with Scott Baum, Ph.D. Scott is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology. He is also a certified Bioenergetic Therapist, and a member of the Faculty of The International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis. He has been affiliated with the DiMele Center for Psychotherapy since 1994.

Scott views psychotherapy as an experiential, problem solving process. He believes that the deepest, fullest, and most complex understanding of a person’s problem yields the best, most creative and enduring results.

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Our guest for September was Marcy Axness, Ph.D. Dr. Axness is an early development specialist who writes and speaks internationally on parenting, society, and the needs of children. She is an authority in such wide-ranging fields as neurobiology (brain development), prenatal and developmental psychology, attachment theory, and consciousness research. Marcy’s particular specialization is in very early development--beginning even before conception--and she is one of the world’s few experts in prenatal / neonatal issues in adoption. She is a professor at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and has a private practice in Los Angeles, counseling parents and prospective parents.

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Our special guest for August 2008 was Scott Parsons. Scott spent the summer of 2008 riding his bicycle on a 5000 mile route across America to raise awareness and funds for Mikyla-Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to research to cure Rett Syndrome. Mikyla-Cure prides itself on working with some of the best researchers and scientists in the Rett Syndrome field. Mikyla-Cure projects will be strategically aligned with current research and performance-based. The Mikyla-Cure founders are working to see that Rett Syndrome becomes the first curable/treatable childhood neurological disorder. Mikyla-Cure.org

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Maria2001_small.jpgOur guest for April/May 2008 was Maria Nemeth, author of The Energy of Money and of Mastering Life's Energies.

Maria Nemeth, Ph.D., MCC is a clinical psychologist with more than twenty-eight years' experience, a former clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, and a former columnist for the Sacramento Business Journal.

Maria is the founder of the Academy for Coaching Excellence and Mastering Life's Energies, a personal and professional development seminar that teaches people how to shift their relationship with money from scarcity to abundance. Her widely acclaimed work has been brought to the attention of a broader audience by her recent appearance on the Oprah Show.

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In February/March 2008 our guest was Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future and of Free Agent Nation.

Daniel Pink is a best-selling author and an expert on innovation, competition, and the changing world of work.

His latest book, A Whole New Mind, charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and explains the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an out-sourced and automated world. Reviewers have described the book as “an audacious and powerful work,” “a profound read,” “right on the money,” and “a miracle.” A Whole New Mind is a New York Times and BusinessWeek best seller—and has been translated into 15 languages.

Dan’s first book, Free Agent Nation, about the rise of people working for themselves, was a Washington Post best seller and a business best seller in the United States, Canada, and Japan. Publishers Weekly said that the book “has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations.”

His articles on work, business, and technology appear in many newspapers and magazines—including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. Dan has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the United States and abroad. And as an independent business consultant, he's advised start-up ventures and Fortune 100 companies on recruiting, innovation, and work practices.

A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He’s also worked as an aide to United States Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, an economic policy staffer in the United States Senate, a legal researcher in India, and a latrine builder in Botswana.

He received a J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A. with honors in linguistics from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Dan lives in Washington, DC with his wife and their three children. He is now at work on his next two books, which will be published in 2008 and 2009.

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In, this, our inaugural show in January/February 2008, we talked about Sleep, Dreams, Creativity and Memory with Dr. Robert Stickgold. Dr. Stickgold is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and works in the Center for Sleep and Cognition in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. Born in Chicago, Dr. Stickgold attended college at Harvard University and received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His research interests include sleep and cognition, dreaming, and conscious states. He has also written two science fiction novels, Gloryhits and The California Coven Project, both published by Del Rey.

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