Podsongs

Jack Stafford

Musicians interview inspirational people as inspiration for a new song.

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Charles Eisenstein is an American public speaker and author. His work covers a wide range of topics, including the history of human civilization, economics, spirituality, and the ecology movement. Key themes explored include anti-consumerism, interdependence, and how myth and narrative influence culture. According to Eisenstein, global culture is immersed in a destructive "story of separation", and one of the main goals of his work is to present an alternative "story of interbeing". Much of his work draws on ideas from Eastern philosophy and the spiritual teachings of various indigenous peoples. Eisenstein has been involved in the Occupy, New Economy, and permaculture movements. His work has also been popular with countercultural and New Age audiences. An advocate of the gift economy, he makes much of his work available for free on his website. https://charleseisenstein.org/ Musical guest BRIAN BULGER: Brian Bulger is an alternative singer-songwriter from Springfield, Missouri. Folk, indie, and pop elements infused with honest storytelling is what sets Brian apart. He strives to tell his own story in a way that places the listener within the moment, crafting worlds and emotions in the melody. https://brianbulgermusic.com/ Lyrics to UNRAVEL - https://ffm.to/BB-Unravel We're in the world And overwhelmed While we're divided We are compelled Even though small And all estranged We are ambassadors Agents of change I want I wanna unravel There’s something deeper in my being There must be something more than just breathing While we ourselves See us apart Our actions will be flawed Wrong head, wrong heart You show me cause I see effect Separateness Road to neglect I want I wanna unravel There’s something deeper in my being There must be something more than just breathing To die And to multiply My self-interest My capital My persistence to my ignorance We die And we multiply Our self-interest Our capital Our persistence to our ignorance There must be something more than this --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

8 dic.

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Acclaimed food author and fermentation guru Sandor Katz whose renegade revival of ancient culinary rituals has transformed his relationship with life and death, inspires songwriters Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy to create a new track. Sandor Katz is a rock star of the food world. Since 2003 when his book Wild Fermentation was published, he has taught hundreds of workshops demystifying fermentation and empowering people to reclaim this important transformational process in their kitchens. His next book The Art of Fermentation (2012), received a James Beard award and was a finalist at the International Association of Culinary Professionals. https://www.wildfermentation.com/ Musical guests: the Silent Comedy Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman of The Silent Comedy have spent most of their life on a tour bus and subsisted almost wholly on fermented food. They’ve performed with Dave Matthews, Mumford and Sons, and Vampire Weekend, and at Bonnaroo, Kaaboo and more. The band recorded and self-released a series of albums, selling hundreds of thousands and streaming millions. Still, they needed to capture the magic of their live show. Work with Grammy-nominated producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith led to a body of work that includes the EP Friends Divide and LP Enemies Multiply.  https://www.thesilentcomedy.com/ Listen to CHANGES: https://ffm.to/TSC-Changes LYRICS: Gather up the pieces of the day Pushed into the dark and locked away I fear I’m repeating my mistakes But I can’t stay Can’t stay the same Might take days Might take ages You need patience To make peace with change Might take days Might take ages You need patience To make peace with change No can’t stay the same No can’t stay the same Gathered myself up to meet the day Pulled out from the dark what I put away I think I’m getting free of my mistakes If I don’t break I’ll break away Might take days Might take ages You need patience To make peace with change Might take days Might take ages You need patience To make peace with change No can’t stay the same No can’t stay the same x3 https://podsongs.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

1 dic.

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Charles van Rees is a conservation biologist and naturalist specializing in freshwater ecology, ornithology, and human-wildlife water conflict. Freshwater ecosystems are a primary focus of his work because of their extremely high levels of threat, important ecosystem services, and multifarious interactions with water resources management for societies. He also co-hosts the Nature Guys podcast - https://natureguys.org/ https://cbvanrees.wordpress.com Musical guests: Creature Comfort Creature Comfort are a Nashville-based rock band. Frontman Jessey Clark’s anthemic, heart-on-your sleeve lyrics and end-of-the-day vocals together with new lead guitarist Charlie Hickerson—backed by a rawer sound that draws on the band’s Tullahoma, Tennessee roots. Add in multi-instrumentalist Alex Robinson’s lush backing vocals, Cole Bearden’s ever-mobile bass, and Taylor Cole’s spry drumming, and you’ve got a sound that has affectionately been dubbed “bootgaze.” Think of it as Fleet Foxes for people who grew up bailing hay, or your favorite indie record—if that record were scattered, smothered, and covered, of course. https://www.creaturecomfortband.com/ Pre-save the song/listen: https://ffm.to/CC-Kudzu LYRICS: The sickness came in and killed off the pine I got my lumber at the Walmart for $2.99 The river dried up and push turned to shove Now we’re choking on the kudzu from heaven above What can one man do To stop the invasion from spreading around you What can one man say To stop the darkness from winning the day What can one man do To stop the invasion from spreading around you What can one man say To keep our good nature from fading away I don’t wanna talk to strangers, I want to be with my friends You tell me it’s the beginning when it feels like the end I fell asleep in Tullahoma and when I opened up my eyes It was a town like any other that I didn’t recognize What can one man do To stop the invasion from spreading around you What can one man say To stop the darkness from winning the day What can one man do To stop the invasion from spreading around you What can one man say To keep our good nature from fading away I can fight I can walk I can talk And I can listen I can teach I can learn I can laugh I can cry What can one man do? What can one man do? What can one man do? What can one man do? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

24 nov.

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Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe and Africa, which is the oldest UFO contacts organizations in Britain, and possibly the world. He is also a Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. Richard has devoted his life to the work of his late master and personal friend, Dr George King (1919-1997) - founder of the Society - with whom he co-authored Contacts with the Gods from Space. He also the host of the Spiritual Freedom Show: a fortnightly podcast bringing you the wisdom of some of the greatest spiritual teachings ever given to Earth: The Nine Freedoms. Lyrics to BRAVERY: We're all taught, an outlook based on fear We are caught, in bondage of our making Study fear coldly without emotion See it for what it is - a state of mind Walk towards - what you're afraid of Show the world - what you are made of Break away, clearly see That bravery, it's freedom We have allowed, negativity We have imprisoned, our psychic abilities But with knowledge and enlightenment Burn fear in the light of your new dawn Walk towards - what you're afraid of Show the world - what you are made of Break away, clearly see That bravery, it's freedom We all made this We denied bliss That's why we are all suffering But transmute fear Apply knowledge Tempered by love Become wise.... Walk towards - what you're afraid of Show the world - what you are made of Break away, clearly see That bravery, it's freedom --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

17 nov.

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Janet Varney is an Emmy-Nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. In the animation world, she is lucky enough to be the award-winning voice of Korra on Nickelodeon’s critically-acclaimed standout hit “The Legend of Korra,” a role for which she continues to be invited to comic cons to give sweaty handshakes the world over. She can also be seen as the entitled and bitchy Becca on FX’s (via hulu) “You’re the Worst” (named as one of the last decade’s best comedies), and fighting dark forces alongside John C. McGinley as Evie Barrett on IFC’s (via hulu) “Stan Against Evil.” Her own podcast on the Max Fun network, The JV Club with Janet Varney, has been going since 2012 and features almost 400 interviews with celebrities about their awkward teenage years. She co-programs comedy for Outside Lands music festival and is co-founder/creative director/producer of one of the largest and most acclaimed comedy festivals in North America, SF Sketchfest: the San Francisco Comedy Festival, now in its 20th year. http://janetvarney.com/ Episode co-hosts: FRANCES LUKE ACCORD When Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers put their songs and their voices together, there is a delicate magic that commands the room to attention. The duo is known as Frances Luke Accord, and they are what NPR's Mountain Stage calls “the definition of lean-in music.” Their soft, contemplative vintage of indie-folk gestures toward a timelessness that honors the Simon & Garfunkel comparisons but pushes beyond into the world of Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez, and progressive folk music.

 Both raised in South Bend, IN, Gunty and Powers met and began performing together during their time at the University of Notre Dame. Their first release, 'Kandote', was an intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir in Uganda, a not-for-profit effort which provides ongoing support to the choir to this day. Relocating to Chicago in 2013, the duo honed their songwriting craft while releasing two more self-produced EPs, laying the groundwork for their breakthrough debut LP, 'Fluke'. This immersive, philosophically rich album set them off on their first national tour, which included support dates with Anais Mitchell, Darlingside, and The Ballroom Thieves.
 The duo's 2021 release, the Sunnyside EP, offers a glimpse into the larger body of work Frances Luke Accord have been developing over the course of the pandemic. More to come soon. https://franceslukeaccord.com/ LYRICS to Afterlife: As long as you’re by my side I will make you dinner in the afterlife Live in our after world Stringing jewellery of gold and pearl Some bonds don't break I come to nourish you with my hands Make you a sculpture in the sand Hands that work, hands that tire We form the shape but the shape expires You know I worked for all these years Trying my hardest at my life career We’ve been witness to joy and pain But the world we left was the world we gained We’re so different you and I In a way we never saw eye to eye Despite the loss that set me free In a way you’re maybe still guiding me Some bonds don't break We all need shape As long as you’re by my side Will you make me laugh in the afterlife? Long as our long dark night You can lead me on to the morning light --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

10 nov.

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Dr. Tirch is the Founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy, the first clinical training center for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in the United States. Dr. Tirch has been described as one of the country’s foremost leaders in compassion training and evidence-based therapy. He is an internationally acknowledged expert therapist, supervisor and trainer in CFT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Buddhist Psychology (BP). Dr. Tirch is an author of 6 books, and numerous chapters and peer-reviewed articles on mindfulness, acceptance and compassion in psychotherapy. His books include the new Guilford Publications release, Experiencing ACT from the Inside Out, a self-practice/self-reflection workbook for therapists, and The Compassionate Mind Guide To Overcoming Anxiety, the first evidence-based self-help book to apply the science of compassion to the treatment of anxiety. With Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch and others, Dr. Tirch is currently developing a research protocol involving behavioral science and CFT for treating anxiety, worry and fear-based difficulties through compassionate courage cultivation. LYRICS to "It's Possible": Compassionate living Is easy to do The seed is already there Inside of you And can you imagine? All you could do? If only you? Didn't stop you It's possible - all you gotta do is try It's possible - let your old habits die It's possible - to change the way you feel It's possible - to become the ideal Maintain a loving heart In the presence of strife Awaken your courage Reclaim your life Observe anxiety Watch it get quashed With love as your compass You'll never get lost It's possible - all you gotta do is try It's possible - let your old habits die It's possible - to change the way you feel It's possible - to become the ideal It's possible - change your likes and aversions It's possible - be your very best version Be grounded and here Let go of your fear Dear inner critic I wanna thank you again I know you're trying to protect us From going through pain Despite your criticism I hold you in kindness But you can rest now because We've got this It's possible - all you gotta do is try It's possible - let your old habits die It's possible - to change the way you feel It's possible - to become the ideal It's possible - change your likes and aversions It's possible - be your very best version Be grounded and here Let go of your fear It's possible It's possible Make it probable Be loveable It's possible - all you gotta do is try It's possible - let your old habits die Be grounded and here Let go of your fear --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

3 nov.

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This is a special one-off episode where I’ve invited revolutionary singing teachers Lisa Paglin and Marianna Brilla back on the show (listen to Episode 58 first), to give advice to singers with vocal problems. Thank you to these talented artists who volunteered to have their vocal issues discussed on the show that more singers, suffering with the same problems, can listen and learn: Tiz McNamara https://tizmcnamaramusic.com/ is an Irish singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. McNamara’s independent releases have racked up more than 15 million streams on Spotify. His songs have featured on UK TV shows Hollyoaks and Emmerdale and have gained support from some of the industry’s heavyweights, including BBC Radio 2, CBC and Amazing Radio. He’s toured with BRITS Critics Choice winner James Bay, and was asked to sing alongside one of his musical heroes, Sir. Paul McCartney, as well as Robbie Williams and Shane McGowan under the The Justice Collective name. Tiz’s latest offering ‘Miami Night Sky EP’ was signed to New York-based label, AntiFragile Music and has been receiving rave reviews. Stephen Scaccia  is an award-winning 29 year old vocalist from Burnaby, British Columbia. He has performed for several fundraisers, Pride events and charities around the Lower Mainland, and was voted "Favourite Local Musician" alongside Michael Buble in the 2017 "Best of Burnaby" awards. Stephen has two pop EP releases under his belt, along with over 140,000 subscribers on YouTube. Stephen has gone on to perform with Michael Buble, and has received reactions and shout outs from Mariah Carey on YouTube. https://www.stephenscaccia.com/ Nikita Afonso has made it her mission to create songs that provoke human emotion. She has taken her love of country music and made it her own, incorporating modern components and inspirations from her favourite artists, Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan, to name a few. Like the world, Nikitas's artistry is continuously evolving, and yet, she maintains the quintessential elements of classic songwriting, moving listeners and putting music to emotions we have all felt and know. https://nikitaafonso.com Elisabeth Kontomanou https://www.facebook.com/waitinforspring/ was born in Sète (France) in 1961. She moved to New York in the 1990s and then on to Stockholm where she was based when she recorded Back to My Groove. This album includes covers of songs which she sings in English. Kontomanou has worked with Michel Legrand, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Alain Jean-Marie, Jean-Michel Pilc, Daryl Hall, Franck Amsallem, Toots Thielemans, Richard Bona, Stéphane Belmondo, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Leon Parker, and Geri Allen. Plus Courtney Hunt https://www.facebook.com/CourtneyHuntMusic who has been a professional singer since 2018 as frontwoman of Canadian event band Appaloosa and on the roster of other international corporate bands. She began a solo career in 2020. Contact Lisa Paglin and Marianna Brilla via their website https://www.newvoicestudio-brilla-paglin.com/ or email assistant.newvoicestudio@gmail.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

27 oct.

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A commentary on the last 12 songs created for the Podsongs project, with musicians Jack Stafford, Maurizio Sarnicola, Massimino Voza and Luigi Falcione. Go behind the scenes with the band to hear how they made the songs inspired by the interviews. 1 Sweet Dharma 2 Pranayama 3 Don't Dwell on Your Physical Shell 4 The Violet Flame 5a Electric Cars (ft. Helen Austin) 5b Electric Maybellene 6 People Of The Garden (ft. Shane Thomas) 7 You Are The Average 8 Between The Worlds 9 Plastic Sea 10 Vikruiti 11 Retrosuburbia 12 A Land That Loves Me --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

20 oct.

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Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post. She frequently covers economics, public policy, immigration and politics, with a special emphasis on data-driven journalism. She is also an economic and political commentator for CNN, a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a contributor to Marketplace. Before joining The Post, she wrote about economics and theater for the New York Times. Rampell has received the Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism and is a Gerald Loeb Award finalist. She grew up in Florida and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University.  Lyrics to "A Land That Loves Me": I want to live in a land Where there's real welfare Not just for the sick But real healthcare A land where the police are loved and trusted The legal system's there to always give you justice And prison is seen As the very last resort Education for all is the top priority For all children all minorities I want to live in a country That cares about me That cares about me That cares about me That cares about me Where those who have a lot Give all they've got To raise all the boats Helping those who have not I want to live with a sense of community And everybody there has equal opportunities I want to live in a country that cares about me That cares about me That cares about me That cares about me I want to live in a land A land that loves me A land that needs me A land that believes me This land is our land This land is your land Reach out take my hand We are but one band No man is an island And we can rule and United we stand be at my right-hand This land is our land This land is your land Reach out take my hand We are but one band --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

13 oct.

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Australian environmental designer, ecological educator and writer. He is best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept with Bill Mollison. His latest project is RetroSuburbia is part manual and part manifesto. The book shows how Australian suburbs can be transformed to become productive and resilient in an energy descent future. It focuses on what can be done by an individual at the household level (rather than community or government levels). RetroSuburbia is a source of inspiration, introducing concepts and outlining patterns and practical solutions. It empowers people to make positive changes in their lives. As with David’s previous work, it is thought-provoking and provocative. If you are already on the path of downshifting and living simply, exploring RetroSuburbia will be a confirmation and celebration that you are on the right track and guide you on the next steps forward. If you are just beginning this journey, it provides a guide to the diversity of options and helps work out priorities for action.  For people concerned about making ends meet in more challenging times, RetroSuburbia provides a new lens for creatively sidestepping the obstacles. The book outlines options available to retrofitters in three ‘fields’ – the Built, Biological and Behavioural – along with speculation on the future and philosophical musings. Throughout the book, examples from David’s ‘Aussie St’ story and real life case studies support and enhance the main content. RetroSuburbia can be read as a whole, cover to cover, or can be dipped into according to your interests. LYRICS to the song Retrosuburbia: You say this way of living is way too hard Start a revolution in your backyard Be the change in the world that you wanna see What if you could stay right where you are No more wasting hours every day in a car What if you could make a living doing what you really love Retrofit suburbia Downshift through the gears Before the crash, be earlier thriving there for years Are you Ready? Are you Ready? Are you Ready? Ready for resilience What if you could suddenly be free of debt Leave behind your worries and your woes forget What if you were poor but the richest man you know Yes imagine being rich beyond your wildest dreams Cos you lived entirely within your means Saying you were happy already right where you are Retrofit suburbia Downshift through the gears Before the crash, be earlier thriving there for years Are you Ready? Are you Ready? Are you Ready? Ready for resilience You don't like the way we're living Build it for yourself Surrounded by abundance In happiness and health What if the world around you collapsed But you felt so relaxed Cos you'd reduced yourself years ago Now help all the rest Are you Ready? Are you Ready? Are you Ready? Ready for resilience Ready Are you Ready? Are you Ready? Ready for resilience --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

7 oct.

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Dr. Michael Lennox obtained his Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School and his Doctoral Dissertation, Astrology, and Personality, is published by Lambert Academic Publishing. Dr. Lennox is also the author of two books on dreams, Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream and Llewellyn's Complete Dream Dictionary. Dr. Lennox leads workshops and retreats all over the United States and conducts a worldwide private practice based in Southern California. Highly sought-after media expert, Dr. Lennox has been seen internationally on many television shows, beginning with the Sci-Fi Network's The Dream Team and has also been featured on numerous network and cable television venues including NBC's Emmy award-winning Starting Over, Soap Talk, The Wayne Brady show and many others. His radio appearances talking about the power of dreams number in the hundreds. This episode is a re-release and was originally published on November 30th 2020, Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Michael called 'Brighter'  BRIGHTER You've told him of a childhood  That no one would aspire to  He says - "look at the strength it's given you" Tales of misfortune  Catalogue of doom and gloom  Michael just smiles at you You're having the nightmares  You're writing them down  But all you can see is the storm But the best plays are the tragedies  We get shown what we need to see  The moral is morality  You make your own reality                    But I'm afraid  With your frame of mind (It's only gonna get) Darker  And darker  And darker  Darker than you remember  Wait until November Mercury's in retro  Chaos from the get-go  Live it up - you reap what you sow Neptune's in alignment  Saturn's feeling violent  Pluto's gonna tear you to shreds La la la la la la Your scars clearly show  The world's been unfair to you  But only if you let it define you If every experience  Gives you strength and resilience  Use it to help others in need BRIDGE  You're having the nightmares  You're writing them down  But all you can see is the storm And when you moan and when you curse  You write your play with every verse  The truth is cold may seem perverse  But burn it up live in reverse  Otherwise  I'm afraid (It's only gonna get) Darker  And darker  And darker  And darker  Darker than you remember  Wait until November Mercury's in retro  Chaos from the get-go  Live it up - you reap what you sow Neptune's in alignment  Saturn's feeling violent  Pluto's gonna tear you to shreds La la la la la la Get over what your parents said  The voices inside your head  Only speak to people in the room You'll get happiness you'll get health  If you're not focused on yourself  Just change your state of mind And it'll get brighter  And brighter  And brighter  And brighter  Brighter if you're willing to serve The crazier the world becomes  Suffering in everyone  The more chances to serve Your world will get brighter  And brighter  And brighter  And brighter  Brighter if you're willing to serve --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

29 sep.

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Rosamund Kissi-Debrah is a grassroots campaigner in London, UK raising awareness of asthma and the health problems that can be caused by air pollution. Kissi-Debrah's campaign for clean air followed the death of her 9 year old daughter, Ella Roberta, in 2013 who had experienced a series of severe asthma attacks over several years. A 2014 inquest focused only on Ella's medical care, prompting Kissi-Debrah to campaign for air pollution to be included on her child's death certificate, after learning about its possible adverse effects on health. Her campaign has led to a second inquest in 2020, where evidence about air pollution was considered, with a ruling in December 2020 that pollution from the South Circular Road, London was a contributing factor to Ella Roberta's death. Roberta also co-founded the Ella Roberta Family Foundation to promote her goals more widely to the public and officials. This charity aims to improve the lives of children affected by asthma in South East London. It engages with politicians and policy makers as well as young people and communities to raise awareness of asthma, advocate for better medical treatment of asthma and also campaigns for clean air. Listen to the song: https://ffm.to/ellakissidebrah Lyrics to the song: THE BALLAD OF ELLA KISSI-DEBRAH Reading in the papers  Numbers written there  Of how many die each year  Cos of dirty air But numbers they don't speak  Drama they lack  Unlike the sound of hearing someone  Die from an asthma attack What can change? So that - Ella Kissi-Debrah  Didn't die in vein  And we all take action  And Policies change Ella Kissi-Debrah  Hear our prayers  So that no more children  Will die  From breathing air Ella Kissi-Debrah  Deserves a happy tune  But this song is not for her  It is meant for you To pluck and play your heart strings  So you think twice before we drive  And decide who you will give your vote to  So more kids stay alive So that - Ella Kissi-Debrah  Didn't die in vein  And we all take action  And Policies change Ella Kissi-Debrah  Hear our prayers  So that no more children  Will die  From breathing air --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

22 sep.

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Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of twelve books including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution and the Aghora series, which discusses his experiences with his mentor during the years 1975 – 1983. (Information on all of his books can be found here) Dr. Svoboda was born in Texas in 1953, and in 1972 earned a B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in Chemistry with a minor in French. After being ritually initiated into the Pokot tribe of northern Kenya as its first white member in June 1973 he moved to India, where he lived from 1973-80 and 1982-86, receiving his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (Ayurvedacharya) from the University of Poona in 1980. In his final year of study at the Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya he won all but one of the University of Poona’s awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda, including the Ram Narayan Sharma Gold Medal. Lyrics to Vikruti: Vata You're feeling tired uptight a pretty sorry sight After years of gas and constipation Craving heat, can't sleep, rings under your eyes No strength and emaciated Deluded and dizzy, even having tremors Talking all the time You're in pain, inflamed, for years it stays the same They test and test, but still it can't be named They suggest treatments but no prognosis You can't even get a real diagnosis It could be a gluten allergy It could be a genetic malady It could be mineral deficiency When you've still got no idea about doshas Kapha Heavy and hazy, lethargic and lazy Body feels loose and cold Poor digestion, salivation and white discolouration You take test after test, for your respiratory distress They suggest treatments but no prognosis You can't even get a real diagnosis It could be autoimmunity It could be a parasitic disease It could be an allergy to trees When they've still got no idea about doshas Perhaps they've misunderstood And it's something from your childhood They just can't seem to do no good And running out of ideas But you're emphatic It's not psycosymatic In fact, you've had it With this Western approach to medicine Pitta Got a burning sensation, yellow discoloration Of your faeces, urine, eyes, and skin So hungry, so thirsty, so very little sleep You take test after test, and the specialists go deep They suggest treatments but no prognosis You can't even get a real diagnosis What could it be? They know what it should be If only you would be A little co-operative surely Gluten allergy? Do bey do bey Iodine deficiency? Do bey do bey Imaginary? Do bey do bey It's nothing officially --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

15 sep.

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Chad Nelsen is the head of The Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots environmental organization dedicated to protecting oceans and beaches. Its major programmatic work is carried out by sixty local chapters around America. They've more than forty thousand members, as well as affiliates in Europe, Brazil, Australia, and Japan. Its membership is made up of surfers, swimmers, divers, bodyboarders, kayakers, and beach enthusiasts who have learned to be effective advocates for the ocean environment they value.  At any given time, the Surfrider Foundation is tackling more than 100 campaigns across the country. The Surfrider network works to protect clean water, healthy beaches, ocean protection, coastal preservation and beach access for all people. LYRICS: Out there in middle of each ocean Is a high-pressure gyres with little motion All the rubbish collects there Swirls in from everywhere There they form a plastic sea The bad news is the problems getting smaller As the pieces become too small to collect from a trawler Just because plastic don't break down Doesn't mean it can't be ground Now everywhere's the plastic sea    The process has already long begun And soon there will be more plastic than plankton It works its way up the food chain And makes a home in your brain Welcome to the plastic sea So don't be surprised when the next time you gut a fish And find it its stomach filled with plastic bits All the chemicals in its flesh That soon you will digest As you eat the plastic sea They're already discussing the possibility Of how it affects our virility They said there wasn't proof Until nobody can reproduce   Of course it was the plastic sea And they say there's no reversal  And it's only going to get worse so Better keep your DNA on ice And then as the sea levels rise Keep your eggs and your sperm held high Don't use an oil-based lube Store them in a glass test tube As you wade into the plastic sea And then in 10,000 years time They dig down to the plastic line We got what we deserved But at least we are preserved Perfectly in the plastic sea Perfectly in the plastic sea Forever in the sea Forever in the sea --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

8 sep.

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Jeffrey Babcock is an American alternative film curator and cultural activist now in Amsterdam. As a promoter of independent film culture he is currently the programmer of several underground cinema venues throughout the city, where he places the films he screens into a historical, aesthetic, political and biographical context. As a student of Stan Brakhage, he developed a keen interest in experimental cinema and philosophy. He also has a keen eye for finding elements of experimental film-language beyond the strict limits of what is categorized as experimental film: from early science documentaries to contemporary Korean teenage films. LYRICS: Straight, while you watch and curate Consume or create Allowing eternity to enter Free, like the sway of a tree You shrug in its lee This is the stillness that was never still Silently dreaming together Bright light, cutting our night sight Guiding our inflight To a new polarity Big screen informing our dreams Living our slow scenes riding through realities Between the light Between the dark Between the worlds Right, a disguised fight Machine guns of light Doing the maths up to infinity Apart, the flickering art Somewhere smart This is the magic of the cinema Silently dreaming together Bright light, cutting our night sight Guiding our inflight To a new polarity Big screen informing our dreams Living our slow scenes riding through realities Between the light Between the dark Between the worlds And we are The negative Exposed to A positive The principles Of photography Rise us up And set us free Bright light, cutting our night sight Guiding our inflight To a new polarity Big screen informing our dreams Living our slow scenes riding through realities Between the light Between the dark Between the worlds --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

1 sep.

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Steven C. Hayes is one of the godfathers of modern American psychology - and Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. He is the developer of Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods. Chords/lyrics to the song: VERSE  F  Most of us live in a state of constant confusion  F  As automatic thoughts cause circuitous delusions  Bf  We don't want these feelings  F  So choose distractions But with simple exercises, your mind can be taught  To watch the act of thinking without entangling in thoughts  Welcome emotions  Hold them to the light Bf                               C  Defuse your thoughts, choose how to react  Defuse your thoughts, choose how to react VERSE  For a minute let your mind go wherever it wants  Then write down the thoughts you had, every little point  When you've let the fish run  Reel him in Now disobey on purpose the dictator within  Write down the phrase "I cannot walk around this room"  Then read it outloud  While you walk around Or give your mind a name, and listen to it speak  Politely as you would to any stranger you meet  And agree or disagree  Respectfully Defuse your thoughts, choose how to react  Defuse your thoughts, choose how to react MIDDLE (whispering and downbeat)  Bf   For sticky thoughts  C  Sing them away  Dm  To the tune of  F  Happy Birthday Or write them down  And carry them with you  Wherever you go  Through your day Bf  Accept every memory, every faction  C  Override rigid reactions WHISTLING VERSE VERSE  So you've noticed now that there's more than one voice  An argument begins whenever you're faced with a choice  Does this to-and-fro  Feel familiar? Write down what the voices are repeating at you  Don't think which are appropriate or even true  See them as quarrelling children  Watch in amusement Now your mind's a bus, thoughts are passengers  But they're distracting your driving and causing a fuss  Keep your destination sign  Always in mind Defuse your thoughts, choose how to react  Defuse your thoughts, choose how to react  Defuse your thoughts, choose how to react --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

25 ago.

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Gregg D. Caruso is Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Corning, Visiting Fellow at the New College of the Humanities (NCH London), and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He is also Co-Director of the Justice Without Retribution Network housed at the University of Aberdeen School of Law. His research focuses on free will, moral responsibility, punishment, philosophy of law, jurisprudence, social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, moral psychology, and neurolaw. His books include Rejecting Retributivism: Free Will, Punishment, and Criminal Justice (2021), Just Deserts: Debating Free Will (w/Daniel C. Dennett) (2021), Free Will and Consciousness: A Determinist Account of the Illusion of Free Will (2012), ​Exploring the Illusion of Free Will and Moral Responsibility (2013), Science and Religion: 5 Questions (2014), Neuroexistentialism: Meaning, Morals, and Purpose in the Age of Neuroscience ​(co-edited w/Owen Flanagan); and Free Will Skepticism in Law and Society (co-edited w/Elizabeth Shaw and Derk Pereboom).   http://www.greggcaruso.com/ LYRICS: Careful of the friends you have Remember you can choose You may not like their attitudes But in time you'll share their views Everything gets past around From attributes to vice If you accept their company You'll soon take their advice You are the average Of the five people With whom you spend most of the time You are the average You only know what you've been taught You think your culture's thoughts You look around the place you work With an expression of disgust At people who you'll never be There's no one you can trust But take a look from a little bit up You already look the same You're blending in quite perfectly You fit inside the frame You fit inside the frame You are the average Of the five people With whom you spend most of the time You are the average You only know what you've been taught You think your culture's thoughts Even you ambitions What you want from life Can be enabled or destroyed By your husband or your wife Your friends can help you be a better person Or lead you on the path to sin You might think you can rise above it But in time you will sink in In time you will sink in You are the average Of the five people With whom you spend most of the time You are the average You only know what you've been taught You think your culture's thoughts --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

18 ago.

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Yasmine Mohammed is an ex-Muslim Canadian educator, human rights activist and author who is critical of Islam. Mohammed, who escaped a forced, abusive marriage to an Al-Qaeda operative, became an advocate for women's rights through her non-profit organization Free Hearts, Free Minds. She is a member of the Center for Inquiry Speaker's Bureau and on the board of advisory for the Brighter Brains Institute. Through her initiative Free Hearts, Free Minds she supports closeted ex-Muslims from Muslim-majority countries and co-ordinates an online campaign called #NoHijabDay against World Hijab Day. She also has a website. Mohammed has been interviewed by Sam Harris, Seth Andrews, and several news outlets from multiple countries, and in 2019 self-published the book Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam. MUSICAL GUEST: SHANE THOMAS Shane Thomas is still in his early 20s, but his extraordinary story started when he was 3. He insisted he could play the piano at that age despite never having touched one in his short life, apart from a tendency to play an imaginary one on the carpet.  Shane finally got his hands on a piano aged 7, sat down at the keys and immediately starting playing all sorts of recognisable tunes with both hands. Within weeks he was composing his own pieces. A month later he made his first public performance and was nominated for the national Talented Youngster of The Year Award. The top prize in the Music for Youth Awards then followed.  By the time he was 9, despite not having had a piano lesson, he achieved Grade 8, having skipped Grades 1 to 7. He was playing all the classics, just about any contemporary pop song and was even arranging them in a classical style. Shane was asked to appear on The One Show where Jamie Cullum exclaimed ‘he’s amazing!’. The Daily Telegraph hailed Shane as a ‘mini Mozart’. At 11 Shane became the youngest composer to be given his own publishing deal with a major publisher – EMI Music. This led to invitations for Shane to play in front of 10,000 people at Castle Howard, at a private dinner for the then Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Blair and even being endorsed by royalty. And then everything stopped. Shane’s mother had walked out of the family home never to be seen again (she is now in prison). This left Shane, his father Clayton and two little siblings to fend for themselves. Clayton, himself a former pro musician and teacher had to singlehandedly look after the family unit. Priority was given to Shane’s education, leaving any potential musical career behind. Money was not just short, it was non-existent at times. Sometimes they were sat in the dark, without electricity. Suddenly with Shane now well into his teens, the media remembered him. The BBC set him the challenge of composing and performing a symphony for the BBC Northern Orchestra within 8 weeks and Shane completed it in half the time. He performed it in front of a disbelieving audience of several hundred and the BBC cameras. Shortly after this Channel 4 picked up on Shane’s extraordinary story and produced a documentary called ‘Extraordinary Teens – Young Gifted and Broke’.  So where are we now? Decca Records went on to release two singles in 2017 and his track ‘The Ruins’ hit No.2 in the Classical iTunes chart.  Bucks Music Group then signed him to a publishing contract in 2018 and have been building him as a composer/artist since then. 10 years on from his original publishing deal at EMI Music , he could now more accurately be grouped with the likes of Ludovico Einaudi, Nils Frahm and Hans Zimmer. What is extraordinary about Shane is that, as well as composing melodies that have such immediate ear-worms, he does so by evoking such strong emotional links and themes. His team have identified that Shane can become one of the most exciting and prolific new artists at a time when playlists are so in need of new composers of great original music. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

4 ago.

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Robert Llewellyn is a British actor, comedian, presenter and writer. He plays the mechanoid Kryten in the TV sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf and formerly presented the TV engineering gameshow Scrapheap Challenge. He also presents a YouTube series, Fully Charged. Llewellyn was born in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. Llewellyn's first foray into the world of show business started out as a hobby, organising a few amateur cabaret evenings in a riverside warehouse overlooking Tower Bridge in London. The shows were a great success and he eventually helped form an alternative comedy theatre group called the Joeys. Within six months he had stopped working as a shoemaker and started performing professionally with the group alongside Bernie Evans, Nigel Ordish and Graham Allum. The group toured Britain and France in the early 1980s with an initial idea of exploring sexual politics between men. Llewellyn wrote much of the material, and also began writing novels. The group split in 1985, having toured for years and done thousands of shows. ELECTRIC MAYBELLENE As I was motivatin' over the hill I saw Maybellene in a Coupé de Ville A Cadillac a-rollin on the open stretch Nothin' will outrun my Tesla S The Cadillac doin' 'bout 95 She bumper to bumper, rollin' side by side Oh Maybellene well you won't get far Nothing outruns an electric car The Cadillac pulled up at 104 The Tesla hot and wouldn't do no more It done got cloudy and started to rain I tooted my horn for the passin' lane The rain water blowin' all under my hood I knew that wasn't doin' my battery good Maybellene well you won't get far Nothing outruns an electric car Breaker breaker You got your ears on caddy? What's your 20? Seen a county mounty in a plain white wrapper 10-4 The motor cooled down, the heat went down And that's when I heard that highway sound Cadillac sittin' like toad on a lake A 110, a half mile ahead The Cadillac lookin' like it's sittin' still And I caught Maybellene at the top of the hill Maybellene well you won't get far Nothing outruns an electric car Oh Maybellene, why can't you be true? You done started back doin' the things you used to do Maybellene, why can't you see? You're draining my batteries Maybellene, why can't you be true? Why do you do? The things you do? Maybellene, please see How you're draining my batteries ELECTRIC CARS (ft. Helen Austin) Electric cars, electric cars Why's it taking so long? If you want your air clean, forget dirty gasoline Switch to an electric car Electric cars, electric cars Funkier by far Never have I seen a sexier machine I want to get in an electric car I want to give joy to all whom I meet Don't want to leave behind smelly streets Electric cars, electric cars Come on now it's common sense With so much air pollution, can you think of a solution? Dumbo, get in an electric car Electric cars, electric cars The time has come time to change If you want your air clean, forget dirty gasoline Switch to an electric car I want to give joy to all I meet Don't want to leave behind smelly streets I want to soar I want to surge A revolution We're on the verge I want fresh air That's pure a clean Like the future Of my dreams Electric cars, electric cars Where were you all of my life? Only when you've met one will you know you're gonna get one There's no way back from electric cars Electric cars, electric cars Why's it taking so long? If you want your air clean, forget dirty gasoline Switch to an electric car I want to give joy to all whom I meet Don't want to leave behind smelly streets --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

28 jul.

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Chrissie Blaze is the author of 12 books, a metaphysician and astrologer. She has been a student/practitioner of the psychic and spiritual sciences from a young age. She is a regular media guest and conducts lectures and classes in the U.S.A. and U.K. Blaze is a professional astrologer who qualified at the Faculty of Astrological Studies, London in the early 1980s. She qualified as a lecturer with credentials from the University of London, England. She was a longtime close student of renowned English Yoga Master, Dr. George King, Founder of The Aetherius Society. Her goal is the global promotion of practical spirituality, including astrology. http://www.chrissieblaze.com/ THE VIOLET FLAME The holiest being That you'll ever meet Is right there below you Under your feet She hides the beauty of her true light Under material form To render to us sustenance Until we return But we don't honour her name We defile and defame And involve ourselves over again Bring up the violet flame Transmute the dross in this frame While we scar her body And we cause her pain Still she gives her violet flame Blessed is this Goddess Who gave us refuge Instead of accepting unlimited gowns She refused So that we can gain experience On our way back to God she has not yet demanded That we change or leave But we don't honour her name We defile and defame And involve ourselves over again Bring up the violet flame Transmute the dross in this frame While we scar her body And we cause her pain Still she gives her violet flame So bring up the violet flame protection of power retained She gives this willingly Without a claim Love it is a violet flame How can she suffer so much? Silent in solemn sacrifice While we dam her arteries And cut chunks out of her flesh Commit foul acts against this angel The very being that sustains us When her seeking children ask her Still she gives her flame of transmutation So bring up the violet flame Transmute the dross in this frame While we scar her body And we cause her pain Still she gives her violet flame So bring up the violet flame protection of power retained She gives this willingly Without a claim Love it is a violet flame --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

21 jul.

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Nehemiah Davis is a yogi and teacher of mystic practices. From early childhood Nehemiah’s father (Althair H. Davis) taught him to manipulate cosmic energies (prana) through prayer and mantra with metaphysical teachings that stress balanced karmic methods of actions through life. With this, his father instructed him in several forms of yoga, which included; karma yoga, hatha yoga, bhakti yoga, raja yoga, mantra yoga, mudra yoga, pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) and kundalini yoga. As a child his father created and enforced a daily schedule of early morning and late evening prayer, meditation, and pranayama. His education in metaphysics while growing up included mystic authors such as; H.P. Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Rama Prasad, Swami Vekadanada, Yogic Ramacharka teachings, Alice A. Bailey, Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami Sivananda, Sir. John Woodroffe, as well as the late Dr George King founder and president of the Aetherius Society, a modern mystic order that his family were members of. Nehemiah Davis has been teaching on various metaphysical subjects over the last 25 year. His students have asked him over the last decade to write on the subjects he taught. This book “The Ancient Language of the Soul” is his beginning in sharing his knowledge with a large audience around the world. http://mysticknowledge.org/ LYRICS to Don't Dwell On Your Physical Shell Don't dwell on your physical shell It's temporary Borrowed from the sun Yours and everyone's The physical plane Here vibrating All that's born Disintegrating It's not physical Only fleeting Carriages For the souls you're meeting Ephemeral And transient Use it while You've remenants Your body you made It wasn't God He'd have done a better job Don't dwell on your physical shell Cos it's the only thing you see Open to the entire spectrum Be all you can be See the people Go through hassle Building their Little sandcastles Want to make it big Or make it thin All before The tide comes in Wearing it out early Cos you're nervous Instead of living In selfless service Instead they hold back themselves   Limit their senses And get stuck behind Illusory fences Cos you fell for your physical shell And think it's all you are Wake up to the real truth You're greater now by far Then on the astral Fulfilling desires With the love Or in the fires Reincarnating Here and there Back and forth Until you evolve So don't dwell on your physical shell Cos there's far more to you Your dark matter, matters more Think about what you do Don't dwell on your physical shell Use it as a tool To help others gain experience Graduate from school --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

14 jul.

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Ayub Malik is a Spiritual pioneer and Expansion Committee member of the international spiritual organisation called The Aetherius Society – a group which has a unique and very active role in the Divine Plan for the enlightenment and salvation of humanity that is gradually unfolding.  He was born into a large traditional muslim family in England, and is based in London, United Kingdom.  He has a life long natural love for yoga, deep conversations with like-minded souls interested in personal and spiritual development, running and connecting with Mother Earth through trips to the forests, mountains, seas,  Whilst in his teens, Ayub had a life-changing experience which enabled him to acquire a deeper insight and feel for the practical benefits of oneness through King Yoga, which was founded by The Aetherius Society as a revolutionary pathway back to the oneness that is God.  He attained a level of realisation that all of life is one – expressing itself in countless trillions of forms on this world and beyond. Why? In order to learn and gain mastery over matter and experience and to gradually shed the perceived and accepted limitations that block the realisation of Oneness. For almost 20 years Ayub has been sharing the positive and practical life-changing results that are available to people through King Yoga workshops, talks, videos, spiritual healing on an individual, group and global level – this in addition to contributing to and promoting the more important world saving missions of The Aetherius Society.  He is directly involved with various Aetherius Society run Spiritual missions that are uniquely designed to help stop or reduce earthquakes, and other natural disasters, by working directly with strategic chakras of Mother Earth and advanced Spiritual masters from other worlds. Some of these missions can even stop or reduce the effects of war and bring mass healing and support to targeted world situations. www.aetherius.org LYRICS TO PRANAYAMA: Waking up feeling rushed Stupid mind need to shut up Seeing stress in my day I can't get a hold Assume the position on the floor Left nostril breathing in Right nostril breathing out There you go Pranayama - restraint of the breath Pranayama - controlling the course Of my life force Taking control by letting go Ease my racing mind Ground my soaring soul Settle down Cross-legged on the floor Balanced Ida and Pingala Slowing down powers up It's systems go Pranayama - restraint of the breath Pranayama - controlling the course Of my life force Oh Pranayama Pranayama Pranayama Pranayama Pranayama --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

7 jul.

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Lama Karma is a Milwaukee native who first left home to attend college at Columbia University in NYC. After a long period of desperation and depression, he found a bit of light in studying the non-dual teachings of Sufiism, Christianity, and the Indo-Tibetan tradition of Buddhist philosophy. Through developing a connection with teachers such as Robert Thurman and Peter Awn, he wrote a wordy honors thesis on hermeneutics, literary theory, and Madhyamika philosophy. Although his head was full, his heart was empty, and he took Robert Thurman’s advice of a Wanderjahr in Asia, only to end up back in New York where he started. Along the way, he attended a ten-day Vipassana course in California, followed by various retreats in Nepal, India, Germany, and Ireland until he returned to New York, jumping blindly into a three-year retreat at Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery under the guidance of Lama Norlha Rinpoche.  Three years later he went into back into retreat for another three years and four months. When he graduated, he moved to Tennessee to build a retreat center and stupa, and has continued as the director of Milarepa Retreat Center.  In order to reach more people with his work, Lama Karma participated in UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center Teacher Training program, and works with MARC as an online mentor.  In the winter of 2017 he worked with Lama Denys Rinpoche to translate the Open Mindfulness platform into English and became an accredited facilitator of Open Mindfulness.   He currently divides his time between the Hudson Valley, NY and Happy Valley TN teaching mindfulness, Buddhism, and raising his daughter Gomadevi with his wife Karina.  https://lamakarmajustin.com/ LYRICS TO 'SWEET DHARMA' My pure and precious dharma What I wouldn't do for you I'll keep you pure, be always sure Let nothing harm my heart I'll protect my precious dharma Won't let anger burn it down No violent movies, no video games I'll see nobody harmed I'll shield my precious dharma From any sexual deceit Remain passionless, not obsess for flesh See no pornography My dharma My sweet dharma My dharma My sweet dharma My pure and precious dharma Is such a fragile thing It could so easily die, telling one little lie You could make a river from my tears So I'll hide my precious dharma From the very idea of theft Take nothing not given, just live and let living Let greed never touch my heart It's my dharma My sweet dharma My dharma Sweet dharma It's my dharma My sweet dharma My dharma I love my precious dharma It gives meaning to my life I live life at leisure, with this secret to pleasure The happiest I've ever been My sweet dharma My sweet dharma My dharma Sweet dharma It would drown in alcohol It would die on drugs Any type of intoxication Would wash it from the earth It's my dharma My dharma My dharma My dharma My dharma My dharma My sweet dharma Sweet dharma My sweet dharma My dharma....... ....... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

2 jul.

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A commentary on the last 12 songs created for the Podsongs project, with musicians Jack Stafford, Maurizio Sarnicola, Massimino Voza and Luigi Falcione. Go behind the scenes with the band to hear how they made the songs inspired by the interviews. 1 Vaccinate 2 A Girl Called Corona 3 Apophenia 4 Unnecessary Music 5 Something That Sounds Like A Song 6 The Mighty Sun 7 If The Bombs Go Off 8 Civilised to Death 9 The Death of Expertise 10 We Don't Know What We Don't Know 11 Sure Would Like To Find Out 12 The Lie --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

28 jun.

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Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an intellectual who speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience.  His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy face.  He is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  In his writings, the country’s complexities,  vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.” Glaude’s most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was released on  June 30, 2020. Of Baldwin, Glaude writes, “Baldwin’s writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country’s sins, and the illusion of innocence that blinds us to the reality of others. Baldwin’s vision requires a confrontation with our history (with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, with whiteness) to overcome its hold on us. Not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.” MUSICAL GUEST: Angela Predhomme is an American singer-songwriter and music producer. Her first album, Angela Predhomme, was released in 2008, and she has since released four more independent albums: Don't Wonder, Let It Fall, Will, and her most recent, Love. Predhomme also released a holiday EP in 2017 called Holidayolio. LYRICS: You've been denying it for years These are deep-seated fears It's not acceptance It's not inclusion It's collusion It's the lie It's there for all to see Implicit supremacy Why to hide it? Why deny it? Why the long face? Why the lie? If you're invited to a table That you build with your own hands It's not a bridge It's not inclusive It's exclusion It's the lie There's a serpent round the legs And its eyes your throat Feel it moving Feel it rising Feel the coldness Feel the lie If you decide your destiny And control identity You'll see the tightening Feel the grip Here it comes It's the lie Its the warped reality At the heart of the country It's the decay It's the wreckage It's the damage It's the lie The foundations are all rotten And the termites caused destruction The walls are caving The roof is failing It's coming down It's all a lie Somewhere in the wreckage In the rubble of the righteous Are the honest Are the real Is the pure Is the truth There's a reckoning to come When the sorting will be done Without derision Without division Without the hatred Without the lie The kiln is fired up Rage is burning hot Forge again In the fires In the flames Beat out the lie Build it for the third time Rising from the ashes Hope's renewed Hope's revived Hope's reborn Without the lie --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

25 jun.

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Lawrence Krauss is an American-Canadian theoretical physicist and cosmologist who previously taught at Arizona State University, Yale University, and Case Western Reserve University. He founded ASU's Origins Project, now called ASU Interplanetary Initiative, to investigate fundamental questions about the universe and served as the project's director. Krauss is an advocate for public understanding of science, public policy based on sound empirical data, scientific skepticism, and science education. An anti-theist, Krauss seeks to reduce the influence of what he regards as superstition and religious dogma in popular culture Krauss is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek (1995) and A Universe from Nothing (2012), and chaired the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Board of Sponsors. GUEST MUSICIAN: Heather Pierson is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk.  Best known for her virtuosity at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart.  In twenty years on her own record label, Vessel Recordings, she has released thirteen albums of original music including Lines and Spaces, her most ambitious and most personal release to date. LYRICS: WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE DON'T KNOW After so many years Of searching science Countless experiments And breaking down of elements Of contradictory theories And fantastic formulas Endless equations To get to the truth The only thing That we can confidently say Throughout the ages.... is that We don't really know what we don't know We can't even say what we can't see We've found known unknowns, And experiments have shown Enough to prove that it is what it is And we can't conceive of new realities Or visualise a fraction of what might be Our imagination, fails at application When we think of new possibilities So much of nature Is still conjecture And every new answer Asks a hundred other questions Once everything's disproved The one thing that's left The unchanging reality... is that We don't really know what we don't know We can't even say what we can't see We've found known unknowns, And experiments have shown Enough to prove that it is what it is And we can't conceive of new realities Or visualise a fraction of what might be Our imagination, fails at application When we think of new possibilities How did this something Come from nothing What forced its becoming Well different types of nothing Science is moving Perpetually improving Examining and removing Until we have one unifying thing... and it's that We don't really know what we don't know We can't even say what we can't see We've found known unknowns, And experiments have shown Enough to prove that it is what it is And we can't conceive of new realities Or visualise a fraction of what might be Our imagination, fails at application When we think of new possibilities --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

21 jun.

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Tom Nichols is an academic specialist on international affairs, currently a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School. His work deals with issues involving Russia, nuclear weapons, and national security affairs. He was previously a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Nichols taught international relations as well as Soviet and Russian Affairs at Dartmouth College and Georgetown University. He was also a fellow in the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Nichols was the Chairman of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College where he also held the Forrest Sherman Chair of Public Diplomacy. Nichols is a former Secretary of the Navy Fellow and also a fellow in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School. LYRICS: Having strong opinions Is not the same as knowing things Experts are more likely to be right Now we're all.... Google-fuelled and wiki-fed Conspiracies, easily led Our feelings matter more to us than facts Experts say unanimously It's the death of expertise Democracy's in jeopardy We're our own worst enemy the death of expertise Ignorance was made a virtue by Social entrepreneurs who Confuse obscurantism with humility But now we're all omnicompetent And demanding  our entitlement Our society could quickly cease to function Experts say unanimously It's the death of expertise       Democracy's in jeopardy We're our own worst enemy the death of expertise Ensuring all have equal rights Doesn't mean that all opinions are right And disagreeings not insulting Saying you're wrong's not saying you're stupid It's not elitist or undemocratic To say that professionals know more about their work than you do Experts say unanimously It's the death of expertise       Democracy's in jeopardy We're our own worst enemy the death of expertise --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

18 jun.

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Christopher Ryan is an American author best known for co-authoring the book Sex at Dawn. He received a B.A. in English and American literature in 1984, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University, an accredited hybrid low-residency/online learning program based in San Francisco, twenty years later. His master's thesis examined differences in specific personality measures between working fashion models and the general public. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the prehistoric roots of human sexuality, and was guided by the psychologist Stanley Krippner, a humanistic psychologist, with additional committee members Sabrina Zirkel and Jürgen W. Kremer. LYRICS TO THE SONG: You've got emergency surgery and antibiotics Half your work done by a team of robotics Still you've confessed You're depressed And distressed and oppressed   What's the matter with you? You can travel through the sky sitting down in a chair Get a drink, eat a meal and there's wifi up there But at the slightest delay You complain Like it's the end of the world So why aren't you happy now? Why aren't you in awe You've been civilised to death You've got your mother in a home, kids at childcare You're working 7 days a week just to keep them there You've been promised all your free time When you're retired You're the pyre for the fire of incessant growth Where any movement's advancement or progress or both Youe’re like a falling man Who insists he’s flying So why aren't you happy now? Why aren't you in awe You've been civilised to death How much time still to put in? Can't be long 'til you're retiring Scratching on the walls until your time is up One last sup at the poisoned cup Take me back To the simple life When we surrendered To being alive We lived by the ocean And drank from the stream In a world of abundance Our lives were a dream We had all we needed Happy in our tribe Surrounded by beauty That you can't describe The trees gave us everything We worshipped the sun Nature was all And we were as one --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

14 jun.

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Kate Hudson has been General Secretary of CND since 2010, having served as chair since 2003. She first became active in the peace movement in the early 1980s in the big upsurge of activity against cruise missiles. One of her proudest moments was helping to Embrace the Base at Greenham Common in December 1982, along with 30,000 other women. With the end of the Cold War, like many others, Kate felt that the issue of nuclear weapons had gone away, so she turned to other campaigning work. But by the mid-1990s with expansion of NATO and escalation of the US ‘Star Wars’ system, she came back into CND activity and into CND’s leadership just as the ‘war on terror’ was beginning. She has been a key figure in the anti-war movement nationally and internationally and considers international cooperation and solidarity to be the key to our ultimate success. By profession a historian, Kate was Head of Social and Policy Studies at London South Bank University prior to working for CND. She is author of a number of books, including a history of CND. LYRICS TO THE SONG: Ordinary people feel under attack And that the enemies invisible they can't fight back So they focus on an issue that's important to them But they forget about the worst thing that could happen to men Global warming's irritating like a splinter Compared to hunkering down for a nuclear winter Don't let politicians blind you with their commotion When you see missiles flying over that's one issue you'd vote on Make nuclear disarmament the thing you're locked on By asking all your leaders where they stand on the bomb Cos if the bombs go off No other issues matter If the bombs go off Your life will be in tatters If the bombs go off You'll wish that you'd acted before If the bombs go off There's no way to vote them back If the bombs go off Your world is going black If the bombs go off Your overriding emotion will be regret Only 9 countries have nuclear weapons But any single one of them could end us in seconds One determined hacker and security breach A single crazy president with a button in reach An angry dictator who won't be disarmed Some kind of malfunction that sets off an alarm So many scenarios can't think of them all Of course the one that you forget would be the fate we befall The odds are all long but the risk is so high And there's no way back, once they're all up in the sky Cos if the bombs go off No other issues matter If the bombs go off Your life will be in tatters If the bombs go off You'll wish that you'd acted before If the bombs go off There's no way to vote them back If the bombs go off Your world is going black If the bombs go off Your overriding emotion will be regret Nuclear war could lead to social improvement With equal opportunity and freedom of movement Freedom of speech would be a forgotten obsession When you're pushing round a shopping cart with all your possessions There'd be no discrimination or judging by race After a massive a fireball has burnt off your face Cos if the bombs go off No other issues matter If the bombs go off Your life will be in tatters If the bombs go off You'll wish that you'd acted before If the bombs go off There's no way to vote them back If the bombs go off Your world is going black If the bombs go off Your overriding emotion will be regret --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

11 jun.

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Mark Bennett is an International Director of The Aetherius Society, a worldwide spiritual organisation, whose teachings of King Yoga he chose as his spiritual path at an early age. His varied work includes spreading spiritual wisdom through giving radio interviews and lectures around the UK. His television appearances include being invited as an expert to take part in two live debates on the BBC show The Big Questions, with an estimated million viewers per week. He is the co-author of two books, both of which he wrote with international bestselling author Richard Lawrence, namely Prayer Energy (Cico, 2009; 2nd edition 2019) and Gods, Guides and Guardian Angels (O Books, 2007), which was voted “best book on spirituality 2007” by readers of Kindred Spirit magazine. Prayer Energy has been translated into French and Japanese, and Gods, Guides and Guardian Angels into Russian and Portuguese. Mark has travelled extensively, having spent time not only in China, but also in Europe, India, Mongolia, West Africa and the Caucasus. He currently lives in Fulham, London. He speaks English, Russian, Chinese, Italian, French and German. LYRICS: Don't have no faith, no need to try The God in the Bible's the sun in the sky Go deep within, look out your eye The Brahma of the scriptures is way up on high It's the solar logos on whom we depend To go through invaluable experience Blessed is this one, Sacred is this one Who shineth always in sacrifice The nearest thing to God in manifestation The most evolved creature in our concept of creation You say you've looked around, oooh you're not too bright All that you see is solidified light It's the solar logos on whom we depend To go through invaluable experience Blessed is this one, Sacred is this one Who shineth always in sacrifice Don't have no faith, no need to try The God in the Bible's the sun in the sky It's the solar logos on whom we depend To go through invaluable experience Blessed is this one, Sacred is this one Who shineth always in sacrifice --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

7 jun.

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Sodajerker is a songwriting team from Liverpool in the United Kingdom. Founded by co-writers Simon Barber and Brian O’Connor, Sodajerker is the creative outlet for two friends raised on the celebrated songbooks of such luminaries as Lennon and McCartney, Bacharach and David, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Goffin and King and The Chic Organisation. Like the profession from which they take their name, Sodajerker use their hard-won skills to conjure artistry from the everyday. Their songs have been heard on radio stations around the world and on a number of film soundtracks. Simon and Brian are also the co-hosts of the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast, a programme featuring interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters.  LYRICS to SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS LIKE A SONG: Radio plays No. 1 hit But is there really Anything to it Melody flows On repeat Underneath   Generic beat Soaring up Crashing down Missing meaning It's only sound Don't listen hard, and don't listen long? To something that sounds like a song The production Is delicious Only a little Repetitious Is the rift Stuck in your head Is it important What was that he said? People listen all day long To something that sounds like a song Pause for a moment To take it apart Peel back the pieces Is there a heart? A chorus to praise Wisdom in verse? Will it change things For better or worse? Fighting injustice, righting a wrong? Or just something that sounds like a song? Make a video Cover your traces Distract with images Lots of pretty faces Don't listen hard, and Don't listen long To something that sounds like a song Something that sounds like a song Something that sounds like a song LYRICS to UNNECESSARY MUSIC: The world is saturated with songs And we all just nod along They have the patter and the beat But they're whitebread food to eat Unnecessary music Why do we produce it? Cos it is more fun to do Than it is to listen to Unnecessary music Perhaps it's therapeutic But they say a burden shared Is a burden doubled No idea in there was conceived The embryo can't be believed It has a head and arms and legs But take its pulse you'll find it's dead Unnecessary music Why do we produce it? Cos it is more fun to do Than it is to listen to Unnecessary music Perhaps it's therapeutic But they say a burden shared Is a burden doubled What spurred you on to finish it? Put layers on the thinnish bit When you had half-written the song? Why'd you decide to carry on? Unnecessary music Why do we produce it? Cos it is more fun to do Than it is to listen to Unnecessary music Perhaps it's therapeutic But they say a burden shared Is a burden doubled --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

4 jun.

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"I am a game designer with experience in a very small niche. I create and research games designed to be played in reality. I’ve worked in Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), LARPs, experience fiction, interactive theater, and “serious games”. Stories and games that can start on a computer, and finish in the real world. Fictions designed to feel as real as possible. Games that teach you. Puzzles that come to life all around the players. Games where the deeper you dig, the more you find. Games with rabbit holes that invite you into wonderland and entice you through the looking glass. When I saw QAnon, I knew exactly what it was and what it was doing. I had seen it before. I had almost built it before. It was gaming’s evil twin. A game that plays people. (cue ominous music) QAnon has often been compared to ARGs and LARPs and rightly so. It uses many of the same gaming mechanisms and rewards. It has a game-like feel to it that is evident to anyone who has ever played an ARG, online role-play (RP) or LARP before. The similarities are so striking that it has often been referred to as a LARP or ARG. However this beast is very very different from a game..." Reed Berkowitz. Read the rest LYRICS: In unrelated things, you perceive a commonality Building a breadcrumb trail, away from reality The players create it All looking to spot The journey is the point There's no bigger plot Apophenia is leading you To join the dots and build the pictures Seems there are some scenes for you Interpretations of the scriptures Leading you and deceiving you Seeing what you want to believe in The correct answers are the ones, that resonate with most That boost the group's objectives, they get the most kudos The longer you play The greater your role The further we all go Down the white rabbit hole Apophenia is leading you To join the dots and build the pictures Seems there are some scenes for you Interpretations of the scriptures leading you and deceiving you Seeing what you want to believe in The stage must be set, for a new reality Crumbs are easy to swallow, but will lead you astray IF you fall in with the rest, following the hordes Don't believe all you see, on the message boards Apophenia is leading you To join the dots and build the pictures Seems there are some scenes for you Interpretations of the scriptures leading you and deceiving you Seeing what you want to believe in --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

31 may.

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Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is an epidemiologist and health economist and a Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington DC, and Chief Health Economist for Microclinic International. He was previously a faculty and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Chan School of Public Health between 2004-2020, and an epidemiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  In January 2020, he was recognized in the media as one of the first to alert the public on the pandemic risk of COVID-19. He focuses his efforts on analyzing COVID-19 trends, stop COVID-19 misinformation, advocate for public health, and improve health policy. Dr. Feigl-Ding’s work focuses on the intersection of public health and public policy.  He also currently works on social-network based behavioral interventions for prevention, drug safety, diabetes/obesity prevention, and public health programs in the US and globally. He has further expertise in designing and conducting randomized trials, systematic reviews, public health programs, and improving health policy. LYRICS: It's often hard to know what to do You hear different arguments, points of view What is wrong, and what is true? On the subject of the virus Our attitude to mortality How we feel about authority Filter and form all our opinions Am I being righteous? But if in doubt about how to act Then always do, what's best for other people Where a mask that filters well Wash your hands, distance and gel Open windows, ventilate Vaccinate Run in the mountains, swim in the sea Build robust immunity Limit your plate and watch your weight Vaccinate So kids can go back to school Cos keeping them at home is cruel Don't ruminate or hesitate Vaccinate Don't trust to fate or leave it late Calculate it could mutate If you postulate or speculate Or read posts about conspiracies And if in doubt about vaccines Browse horrible photos of defeated diseases Birth defects brought on by Rubella The terrible shock of Chickenpox Parents in hysteria, kids with Diphtheria Vaccinate Would you like Hepatitis or Rotavirus? Or the evils that come from Measles It's cretinous to risk tetanus Vaccinate    You don't want your kids low with Polio Only silly men scoff at Whooping Cough You'll feel like a chump if they get the Mumps Vaccinate --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

28 may.

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A commentary on the last 12 songs created for the Podsongs project, with musicians Jack Stafford, Maurizio Sarnicola, Massimino Voza and Luigi Falcione. Go behind the scenes with the band to hear how they made the songs inspired by podcast interviews. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

26 may.

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Maria Neira joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1993 as the Coordinator of the Global Task Force on Cholera Control. In 1999, she became the Director of the Department of Control, Prevention and Eradication. She was then appointed as the Director of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health in 2005. During her career, Maria also worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in refugee camps in Central America. Maria served as the Vice Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs in Spain, as President of the Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency, as the Public Health Adviser of the Ministry of Health in Mozambique, and as the United Nations Public Health Advisor/Physician for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Rwanda. Maria studied medicine and surgery at the University of Oviedo. She specialized in endocrinology and metabolic diseases at the Université René Déscartes. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in Public Health, a diploma in Human Nutrition from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and an international diploma in Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management form the University of Geneva. In 2016, she received the “Inspirational Women in Geneva Working for the Environment” award, in additional to other international awards in France and Spain. LYRICS TO THE SONG: The Ballad of Ella Kissi-Debrah Reading in the papers Numbers written there Of how many die each year Cos of dirty air But numbers they don't speak Drama they lack Unlike the sound of hearing someone Die from an asthma attack What can change? So that - Ella Kissi-Debrah Didn't die in vein And we all take action And Policies change Ella Kissi-Debrah Hear our prayers So that no more children Will die From breathing air Ella Kissi-Debrah Deserves a happy tune But this song is not for her It is meant for you To pluck and play your heart strings So you think twice before we drive And decide who you will give your vote to So more kids stay alive So that - Ella Kissi-Debrah Didn't die in vein And we all take action And Policies change Ella Kissi-Debrah Hear our prayers So that no more children Will die From breathing air --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

24 may.

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Michael Shermer is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims. The Skeptics Society currently has over 55,000 members. Shermer engages in debates on topics pertaining to pseudoscience and religion in which he emphasizes scientific skepticism. Shermer is producer and co-host of the 13-hour Fox Family television series Exploring the Unknown which was broadcast in 1999. From April 2001 to January 2019, he was a monthly contributor to Scientific American magazine with his Skeptic column. He is also a scientific advisor to the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).Shermer was once a fundamentalist Christian, but ceased to believe in the existence of God during his graduate studies. He accepts the labels agnostic, nontheist, atheist and others. He has expressed reservations about such labels for his lack of belief in a God, however, as he sees them being used in the service of "pigeonholing", and prefers to simply be called a skeptic. He also describes himself as an advocate for humanist philosophy as well as the science of morality. LYRICS: Through much of my life I was lost, to what opinions were mine I was blown with the wind, confused, most of the time But hindsight is helpful for learning, and I learnt a lot I'm older and wiser and stronger with the knowledge I've got The right from the wrong, the false from the true I gave the Devil his due There were times when I had to close my ears, cos I couldn't bear to hear When people had terrible views, that filled me with fear Or lies like a virus infected, I thought all conspiracy But more times exposed, meant greater immunity Consensus can hide. Discern and decide I gave the Devil his due I've learnt the most from those with whom I disagreed They forced me to think what exactly it was I believed Knowledge is a currency. But wisdom is gold Weigh up the value of everything, you've ever been told Most of it's wrong, but some of it's true So I gave the Devil his due --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

21 may.

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Marc Lipsitch is an American epidemiologist and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. He is currently working on modeling the transmission of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Lipsitch attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in 1991. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying zoology, and received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1995. There, he studied under Robert May and Martin Nowak. He then returned to the United States for his postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University from 1995 to 1999. During that time, he worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before joining the faculty at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. LYRICS: The Terrible Tale of Gain-of-Function Research Under the Streetlight I was reading in the Lancet just the other day About the risk and benefits of gain-of-function How some thought it desirous Give functions to a virus       Of virulence and transmissibility Thereby enabling assessment to inform investment In preparedness plans for pandemics But what was the cause of the funding pause? Human error in high containment labs Gain-of-function Strange instructions Vague assumptions Gain-of-function We can't even predict How influenza hits From one season to the next Instead of understanding these And improving the vaccines They look for answers where the looking's good Testing out the 'ifs' And sequencing the 'whats' Like, how about if this virus was airborne Cos if we know, how transmission goes We're better prepared to prevent it Gain-of-function Insane construction Plain dysfunction Gain-of-function From ferret, to ferret Really is there merit? Research it, regret it Disaster you'll inherit From mammal to mammal It's utterly disparate Don't get it? Don't sweat it? It'll kill if you let "Why are you looking under the streetlight? Do you think the answer's over there" The searcher answered with a spurious riposte                                                  "No, but the light is brighter over here" Gain-of-function Insane construction Plain dysfunction Gain-of-function Strange instructions Vague assumptions Gain-of-function --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

17 may.

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Murilo Gun is a speaker, master of ceremonies, professor of creativity and founder of Keep Learning School.  LYRICS: Everything is perfect Faultless without a defect Everything you've ever been through. Happened exactly as it was meant to    Everything is perfect Everything's exquisite The world & everything in it I love it all, my heart is bursting. But nobody sees it, that's the worst thing Everything's exquisite Everything is perfect Utterly in all ways correct I wouldn't change it if I could. It always works out  for the good. Everything is perfect Everything's superb   Sublime in the way it occurs Your life is how it's meant to be. To teach you more and help you see Everything's superb Everything is perfect Everything is perfect Everything is perfect Everything's divine As Karma plays out all the time This is how God manifests, you get pressure back to feel effects Everything's divine Everything is perfect Everything is perfect Everything is perfect --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

14 may.

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Robby Soave is an award-winning American journalist based in Washington, D.C. He is an editor at Reason. He enjoys writing about college news, education policy, criminal justice reform, and television. Soave has penned articles for The New York Times, New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, The Orange County Register, and The Detroit News. In 2016, Forbes named him to the 2016 "30 Under 30" list in the category of law and policy.  He won a 2015 Southern California Journalism Award for his commentary on Rolling Stone's investigative reporting on sexual assault at the University of Virginia in which he was skeptical on the subject. In 2016, Soave won the Alumnus of the Year Award at the International Students for Liberty Conference. He was also appointed to the D.C. Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Soave is a 2017-2018 Novak Fellow at The Fund for American Studies. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, and syndicated radio program. LYRICS TO BOTH SONGS 1) THE LIBERTARIAN At college he was cruelly isolated   His ideologies set him alone Republicans had fun and the best parties While the alt-left ran the place to feel like home All the were on the edges With him in the middle It was only years later That he found his tribe A group who's values He recognised They formed a circle With him in the middle He's a libertarian And been set free He says it loud, he sings it proud "At last I've found my crowd I'm a libertarian And I belong I'm coming up, I'm coming clean This is what I believe Yes to giving all a voice Yes to more freedom of choice   Yes to work, deregulation Yes to peace with other nations Yes to beauracratic reduction Yes to the Virtue of Production Yes autonomy, less authority Yes to freedom's our priority I'm a libertarian The third way Two parties is no choice When we all need to have a voice Libertarians Become free I'm coming up, I'm coming clean This is what I believe Yes to giving all a voice Yes to more freedom of choice Yes to work, deregulation Yes to peace with other nations Yes to beauracratic reduction Yes to the Virtue of Production Yes autonomy, less authority Yes to freedom's our priority 2) HELICOPTER PARENTS Helicopter parents Bred generation Z to be Fearful of most everything Unconsciously Helicopter parents Lack basic bravery Onto unsuspecting offspring they load Their anxieties Helicopter parents The media's to blame In their rush to ratings they pushed Kidnapping claims Helicopter parents Were arrested if they didn't Provide a home environment that was Safety sufficient The breakfast table Bolstered the fable Abduction from strangers An everpresent danger Who's bright idea was it To breed the fear of it Missing kids On milk cartons All of their descendants have Panic in their veins At the slightest provocation they feel Emotional pain These kids are adolescents at University And even Halloween costumes cause them Anxiety They're on anti-depressants Cos the pressure is immense Free speech needs to be constrained for Their self-defence Cos of their suppressants they need Safety at all costs They're asking to be treated in the Way that they grew up The breakfast table Bolstered the fable Abduction from strangers An everpresent danger Who's bright idea - was it To breed the fear - of it With missing kids On milk cartons --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

10 may.

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Laura Nirider is a lawyer and the co-director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth. Nirider represents individuals who were wrongfully convicted of crimes when they were children or teenagers and specialises in areas such as confessions and police interrogations. Her clients include Brendan Dassey, whose case was profiled in the Netflix Global series Making a Murderer, and Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, whose case was profiled in the documentary West of Memphis. On her CV, Nirider says: "My responsibilities include representing wrongfully convicted youth, co-teaching a clinical course on wrongful convictions of youth, and directing the Center’s mission and work. "Both my courtroom work and classroom work focus on police interrogations and confessions. "I maintain an ongoing caseload of post-conviction cases involving individuals who were convicted as children or adolescents. The majority of my clients’ cases involve confessions." FEATURED MUSICAL GUESTS: Big Little Lions are the award winning band from Cincinnati, OH and British Columbia, Canada. They were born out of a collaboration that won them a JUNO Award in 2014. Since then they have been cranking out infectious folk pop songs that are jam-packed with emotion and tight harmonies that sound like the product of two people working side-by-side instead of living in different countries.   They have released 5 albums to date, which have garnered them awards and nominations including the CFMA Ensemble of the Year. Their critically acclaimed music has appeared on the CBC’s Top 20 and featured on shows like q and Vinyl Cafe. The duo consists of Paul Otten and Helen Austin, both hugely prolific songwriters - their music has been placed in hundreds of movie trailers, ads, network TV shows and on MTV. Their live show is quite the spectacle with Paul playing drums, bass and keyboard all while singing lead vocals. Helen, who is no slacker either, sings, plays guitar and foot percussion. They use every limb, and then some, to make two people sound like a full band. Their music has been dubbed ‘a blissful marriage of new folk and sophisticated pop’, and is packed with emotion and tight harmonies. https://www.biglittlelions.com/ SONG LYRICS: Don't say a word You know they lie The system is blurred And so we fight So don't say a word You know they lie They pulled it out of you A story with no truth over your head They get up in your face Tell you you'll be safe If you say what they said Don't say a word You know they lie The family get hurt And so we fight No shred of evidence Victim of circumstance Put you away How do they sleep at night Knowing it's not right They know that they made you say Don't say a word You know they lie Their power is earned And so we fight No alibi so they say what they like Confuse, distort and deceive See it's the law using their last straw Tell me who they gonna believe Don't say a  word You know they lie What have we learned You know they lie Just like a bad dream You know they lie Millions have seen You know they lie A life locked away You know they lie We hope and we pray --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

7 may.

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Binalakshmi Nepram is a humanitarian, author, and female activist for the advocacy of gender rights and women-led disarmament movements with the objective of arresting gun culture and bringing about peace for her home state of Manipur in particular and northeast India in general. For her contributions in this field to Manipur and northeast India she is known by the epithet "The Face & Voice of North East". Nepram has established many institutions such as the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) in 2004, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN), Manipur, and Secretary General Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI). On the disarmament issue she opines, "You cannot shoot an unarmed person. This goes for both the State and non State actors... nonviolence will win at the end." Forbes named Nepram as one of its "24 Young Minds to Watch out for in 2015", and the Action on Armed Violence of London listed her among the top 100 influential people in the world actively pursuing a reduction in armed violence. LYRICS: When your own governments against you War is all you've ever known Corruption undermines everything Votes are bought and sold Armed gunmen drive through the streets AFSPA says they do that you please Your own military, is adversarial Who do you turn to for peace? There's nothing to say Only to sing Hing-min-ashi Eikhoi, Apun ba na yaiphare Hingminashi Eikhoi Hingminashi Eikhoi, Mit-kap thok-lo mayam Hingminashi Eikhoi Hingminashi Eikhoi, Apun ba na yaiphare Hingminashi Eikhoi No one sheds tears for Manipur Or the forgotten North East of India Hidden away, people shot every day Quietly one by one With bullets fired from Western-built guns Who profits from peace? Keep going no one will know When will the winds of change blow? There's nothing to say Only to sing Hing-min-ashi Eikhoi, Apun ba na yaiphare Hingminashi Eikhoi Hingminashi Eikhoi, Mit-kap thok-lo mayam Hingminashi Eikhoi Hingminashi Eikhoi, Apun ba na yaiphare Hingminashi Eikhoi --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

3 may.

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Justin Wolfers is an Australian economist and public policy scholar. He is professor of economics and public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Wolfers holds a Ph.D. in Economics (1997–2001) and an Master of Economics (2000), both from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney (1991–1994). He had a Fulbright Scholarship.Wolfers attended James Ruse Agricultural High School (1985–1990). He is noted for his research on happiness and its relation to income. Wolfers moved to the University of Michigan as professor of economics and public policy beginning in fall 2012 with his partner, fellow economist Betsey Stevenson. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, Wolfers was associate professor of business and public policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a contributor to the New York Times (where he writes for The Upshot blog) and the Wall Street Journal, and was an editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity from 2009 through Fall 2015. Wolfers' research has explored the economics of sports, sports betting, prediction markets and the family. Lyrics to the song: The Economics of Love I've done a differential game model On our partnership the results are what you'd expect Based on effort and appeal Our love it is ideal Cos we've both so heavily invested But it's not the sunk cost fallacy That keeps us together It's the ongoing returns And compounded interest Not the sunk cost fallacy Why we go on forever It's a high-yield bond vs a high-heeled blonde I've learnt the economics of love It's growing exponentially A concave curve Building on our saving reserve With no signs of fragility And maximized utility Returns are much greater than cost But it's not the sunk cost fallacy That keeps us together It's the ongoing returns And compounded interest Not the sunk cost fallacy Why we go on forever It's a high-yield bond vs a high-heeled blonde I've learnt the economics of love The coefficient of variation Of our love affair Shows mutual benefits Of which we're both aware Perceived costs are low Cost of separation is high Net benefit's optimized But it's not the sunk cost fallacy That keeps us together It's the ongoing returns And compounded interest Not the sunk cost fallacy Why we go on forever It's a high-yield bond vs a high-heeled blonde I've learnt the economics of love --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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We gave shelter to a touring cyclist and his beautiful husky. He is having a real adventure travelling around the world so I decided to interview him as well so you could hear about it. He writes books about his adventures, makes videos and posts about it on Facebook  Lyrics to the songs: DUMPSTER DIVING For some time now I've had my eye on you And to win your heart, I've made my mission to do It's gonna have to be something special, cos you're widely desired You're a healthy girl, who loves to cook and eat And I know the way, that our hearts can meet Together we'll create the biggest feast you've ever seen I may be a poor man But I've got a secret plan To the banquet of your dreams.... Gonna take you... Dumpster diving Put you in the mood honey Just look at all this food mummy Dumpster diving Bring a torch and gloves, and a crate to stand on And when jump in choose something soft to land on Then sink into the delights down below It might look dirty, a bit of a mess But open the black bags the food's sealed and fresh All the food the supermarkets aren't allowed to sell But before we go There's one thing you need to know Don't open the meat bag baby Dumpster diving Put you in the mood honey Just look at all this food mummy Dumpster diving I know the bakery with same day bread The cheesecake shop with an amazing spread I'll take you to the finest spots all over   town Some say it's risky, but you'll find it fun If security come, get ready to run It's not illegal, we're doing the world a favour We'll finish by the florists, forget a spray I'll make you a stunning bouquet To end our perfect day Dumpster diving Put you in the mood honey Just look at all this food mummy Dumpster diving Then we'll pack it away in the middle of the night And   make love by the fridge light Dumpster diving Gonna make sweet love tonight Dumpster diving Gonna make it sweet tonight Dumpster diving Gonna make it sweet tonight Dumpster diving COFFEE LOVER She drinks coffee I drink tea I'm from England she's from Italy She the caffeinated lover That I've discovered She flits about on her caffeine high Gets any higher then I think she'll fly I won't bring her down I just want to hang around We've got a deep dark roasted love Cappuccino, Frappuccino, Macchiato, Espresso Latte, Frappe, Americano, Cortado She likes her coffee strong and black I've learnt to make it like that I wake her up with the aroma I'll get my barista diploma I bring it to her when she's still in bed We cuddle up under the spread And as the coffee gets stronger I know our love goes longer We've got a deep dark roasted love Cappuccino, Frappuccino, Macchiato, Espresso Latte, Frappe, Americano, Cortado Coffee is the way to my lover's heart Coffee makes her love me more Coffee is the way to my lover's heart Coffee is the thing that she adores I've got to keep her up there Keep her in the mood I'm putting caffeine in her food To preserve her altitude Coffee is the way to my lover's heart Coffee makes her love me more Coffee is the way to my lover's heart Coffee is the thing that she adores --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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Ece Temelkuran is a Turkish journalist and author. She was a columnist for Milliyet (2000–2009) and Habertürk (2009 – January 2012), and a presenter on Habertürk TV (2010–2011). She was fired from Habertürk after writing articles critical of the government, especially its handling of the December 2011 Uludere massacre. She was twice named Turkey's "most read political columnist". Her columns have also been published in international media such as The Guardian and Le Monde Diplomatique. A graduate of Ankara University's Faculty of Law, she has published 12 books, including two published in English (Deep Mountain, Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide, Verso 2010, and Book of the Edge, BOA Editions 2010). In 2008 she was a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, during which time she wrote Deep Mountain, Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide. Her books include Ne Anlatayım Ben Sana! ("What am I Going to Tell You!", Everest, 2006), on hunger strikes by Turkish political prisoners. She was awarded the Human Rights Association of Turkey's Ayşe Zarakolu Freedom of Thought Award in 2008. Her first novel, Muz Sesleri ("Banana Sounds"), was published in 2010 and has been translated into Arabic and Polish. In 2019, she published a nonfiction book How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship, about the rise of right-wing populism and how it operates. LYRICS: Beware of movements that arise Painting heaven in the skies Telling you that they alone have the solution On the right, on the left Many roads lead to theft And they're one of the ways to lose your country Beware of the new rationale That boosts popular morale And schizophrenic logic terrorises There's a distorted narrative Where the truth will never live It's just one of the ways to lose your country Beware of brazen shamelessness It's a nasty business     When people are acting up with immorality Not humble or humane Then chaos is soon to rein And it's one of the ways to lose your country Beware of appointments and dilutions And attacks on institutions When the judiciaries replaced with their own followers A superfluous state Will sign and seal fate Another  of the ways to lose your country Beware of model citizens Who are anointed as the ones To follow and emulate cos they are perfect While the rest of us are left To feel second class at best It's just one of the ways to lose your country Beware of laughter in the streets As they mock their new elites The only self-defence left is their humour Some say it's just sequential And at best inconsequential But it's one of the ways to lose your country --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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A commentary on the last 12 songs created for the Podsongs project, with musicians Jack Stafford, Maurizio Sarnicola, Massimino Voza and Luigi Falcione. Go behind the scenes with the band to hear how they made the songs inspired by podcast interviews. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

20 abr.

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Eric Topol is an American cardiologist, scientist, and author. He is the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, a professor of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute, and a senior consultant at the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. He is editor-in-chief of Medscape and theheart.org. He has published three bestseller books on the future of medicine. The Creative Destruction of Medicine (2010), The Patient Will See You Now (2015), and Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (2019). He was also commissioned by the UK 2018–2019 to lead planning for the National Health Service's future workforce, integrating genomics, digital medicine, and artificial intelligence. In 2016, Topol was awarded a US$207 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine Initiative (All of Us Research Program), a one million American prospective research program. This is in addition to his role as principal investigator for a US$35 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to promote innovation in medicine and the education and career training of future medical researchers. Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview: DOCTORS UNITE We need the doctors to lead the fight We need the doctors to combine their might We need the doctors to lead every campaign We need the doctors to take this on We need the doctors to be strong We need the doctors to stand up in our name Obesity is killing people It's an epidemic Heart disease is deadly And it's become endemic Who can end the nightmare What can stop the pain? Dieticians? Or marketing campaigns? No, the remedy is Universal Doctors unite Doctors are stressed to breaking By unnecessary work Tied down to their keyboards They are data entry clerks Who can end the nightmare? What can stop the pain? Medical Administrators, this is their terrain No, the remedy is Universal Doctors unite We need the doctors to lead the fight We need the doctors to combine their might We need the doctors to lead every campaign We need the doctors to take this on We need the doctors to be strong We need the doctors to stand up in our name There are so many issues So many fights From inequality to poverty Don't mention gun rights But if one million doctors Were together in one lane Imagine their power How much they could change Opioids are overused A crisis now exists Doctors serve  as drug dispensers For big pharma lobbyists Who can end the nightmare? What can stop the pain? Possibly new legislation? Or something in that vein? No, the remedy is Universal Doctors unite We need the doctors to lead the fight We need the doctors to combine their might We need the doctors to lead every campaign We need the doctors to take this on We need the doctors to be strong We need the doctors to stand up in our name We need the doctors to unite We need the doctors to aim a strike We need the doctors to get us out of this The remedy is Universal Doctors unite --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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'The voice is the perfect musical instrument'   When Lisa Paglin met Marianna Brilla, Marianna was questioning everything about the voice.  Degrees from prestigious schools, international studies with 27 world-renowned teachers and a Fulbright Award had proven to her that clear criteria for achieving ease, perfect intonation and simple communication through the word in singing was no longer available anywhere.  Despite personal dissatisfaction, she was sought after as a singer and began a successful career. But, determined to rediscover the foundations of fine singing, Marianna left the stage and began challenging fallacies, inaccuracies and misinformation.  Lisa was an accomplished pianist and singer from early childhood. As a young soprano at the Vienna Staatsoper, she drew much praise for her voice and musicality, but confusing vocal instruction, combined with a period of poor health, threw her off-balance.  Longing to return to effortless and joyful singing, Lisa consulted prominent teachers, to no avail.   She joined Marianna, and together they completed over 15 years of painstaking research, resulting in a thorough understanding of voice.   Their methods for voice training and vocal rehabilitation, Vocal Balance™ and Vocal Restoration™, were born.  Read the Guardian article that inspired me to contact them for singing lessons LYRICS to the resulting song: I'd been driving for years Lost in foreign lands Searching for answers Some guiding hands I'd gone cross country Even lost the road I was given directions By people, far gone themselves But it was in my darkest hour That I heard her name Whispered on the wind And I was guided to a place The parking lot was packed the queue went round the block But a desperate man won't be denied I found a window unlocked I climbed into her chamber And poured out my heart Of how I'd lost my voice somewhere She watched me in the dark "Your problems obvious You've forced your tone Singing should be an effortless thing Leave well alone" After an hour together I felt changes deep inside And I walked out the door two inches taller With words to reach the sky And I could sing sing sing Such a pure and simple thing Go within And let it ring Yes I could sing --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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James  Fallows is an American writer and journalist. He has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for many years. His work has also appeared in Slate, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker and The American Prospect, among others. He is a former editor of U.S. News & World Report, and as President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter for two years was the youngest person ever to hold that job. Fallows has been a visiting professor at a number of universities in the U.S. and China, and holds the Chair in U.S. Media at the United States Studies Centre at University of Sydney. He is the author of eleven books, including National Defense, for which he received the 1983 National Book Award, Looking at the Sun (1994), Breaking the News (1996), Blind into Baghdad (2006), Postcards from Tomorrow Square (2009), China Airborne (2012), and Our Towns. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions; testified before Congress; has appeared on shows such as The Colbert Report and The Dr. Oz Show; and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial. In 2017, he was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award. Dr. Greger's most recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family and Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was featured on the Healthy Living Channel promoting his latest nutrition DVDs and honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell's esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger's nutrition work can be found at NutritionFacts.org, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. He is the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America's Low Carb Craze. Three of his recent books — How Not to Die, the How Not to Die Cookbook, and How Not to Diet — became instant New York Times Best Sellers. His latest book, How to Survive a Pandemic, was just released in May. View the trailer for How Not to Die here, for How Not to Diet here, and for How to Survive a Pandemic here. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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Michael Breus is a practicing Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialty in sleep disorders. He oversees nine sleep labs across Southern California and Arizona as the senior vice president of Clinical Operations of Phoenix Sleep. In addition to treating more than 5,000 patients every year and training other sleep doctors, he consults with major airlines and hotel chains to provide effective sleep tips for their customers. Dr. Breus is the co-founder of SoundSleep Solutions LLC and is the designated sleep expert on WebMD.com. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/podsongs/message

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