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Aspire with Osha: art, nature, humanity
48 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Why We Love Dogs and Make Cows Cry
Osha & Dr. Melanie Joy engage in a fascinating discussion of the psychology of carnism & explore how we are influenced to treat some beings with dignity while oppressing others. Dr. Joy, founder of Beyond Carnism, has received the prestigious Ahimsa Award - previously given to the Dalai Lama & Nelson Mandela - for her work on global non-violence. Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard educated psychologist, international speaker & author of 5 books, including Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, (just released in its 10th Anniversary Edition) and the award winning books: Beyond Beliefs; Powerarchy; and Getting Relationships Right . "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. " - Sir Paul McCartney How do we justify cruelty? Dr. Joy explores the deep psychological and societal ideologies that allow us to perpetuate cruelty to others that we classify as not deserving of dignity or compassion. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma GandhiWe take a look at the roots of racism, sexism and violence against others - and how this is related to our climate crisis and - the future for humanity.In her book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Dr. Joy investigates factory farming, exposing how cruelly the animals are treated, the hazards that meatpacking workers face, and the environmental impact of raising more than 10 billion animals for food each year. Provocative ans challenging, this book will change the way you think about food forever.We discuss how even those who eat meat can become allies and advocates for preventing cruelty to animals. Learn more at carnism.org; Melanie Joy
52 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
Today’s show is an exploration into sex and gender with Kathryn Bond Stockton, author of Gender(s). What do cake, gender forts, Lil Nas X, dolls and surprising dresses at the Oscars - have in common? Osha Hayden & Kathryn Bond Stockton explore the surprising field of gender and discuss how it's not as simple as it might seem.Osha's guest is Kathryn Bond Stockton, Distinguished Professor of English and inaugural Dean of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at the University of Utah. She is the author of numerous books including Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where Black Meets Queer, The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the 20th Century, and Making Out, among other books. Her newest book, is Gender(s).
48 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Soundscape Ecology: Harmony or Cacophany? with Bernie Krause & Kat Krouse
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a world without birdsong? What can we learn from listening to the changes in our wild soundscapes over time?My guest today, Dr. Bernie Krause, is a world renowned expert in Soundscape Ecology, here to expand your understanding of the value, meaning and impact of our soundscapes. Soundscapes courtesy Wild Sanctuary, 2021.Photo: ©2021 Wild Sanctuary, All Rights Reserved.About Bernie & Kat Krause“Musician & naturalist, Bernie Krause is one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound.” That’s a quote by Sir George Martin, who you know as the producer for the Beatles.Since 1968, Bernie Krause has traveled the globe to record, archive, research and express the voice of the natural world, it’s soundscape. Dr. Bernie Krause spent his early career as a recording engineer and backup studio guitarist. He performed with The Weavers at Carnegie Hall in 1963. Bernie and his late music partner, Paul Beaver, introduced the Moog synthesizer to pop music and film. Bernie’s work is featured on many albums of that era, including those of the George Harrison, Mick Jagger, David Byrne and Bryan Eno, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, the Byrds, and the Doors not to mention Beaver & Krause’s own albums. Bernie’s contributions can be heard on over 135 major feature films like Apocalypse Now, Performance Love Story, Cast Away, and Rosemary’s Baby.In 1981, having earned his doctorate in bioacoustics, Bernie began his second career as a founder of Soundscape Ecology – a new field of study focusing on marine and terrestrial soundscapes of remaining wild habitats. As a sound designer, Bernie’s sound sculptures can be heard at major public venues like the California Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, several London venues, and recent worldwide fine art exhibitions of his work commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, in Paris. He is the author of “The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places,” and is co-composer of a symphony commissioned by the BBC, created with Richard Blackford. Together they have also composed Biophony, the ballet score commissioned by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet. His newest book is, The Power of Tranquility in a Very Noisy World.Learn more at WildSanctuaryHear Bernie's Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/bernie_krause_the_voice_of_the_natural_world?language=en
48 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Women - Power Up Your Money Game! with Teresa Mitchell "Lady Money"
Do you ever worry about money and whether you’ll have enough to last?On today’s show, Teresa Mitchell, also known as “Lady Money,” is here to talk about empowering you to take charge of your saving, spending & investments.Teresa has learned that helping women connect their values with their money is a more powerful motivation to achieving financial security than any chart, graph or performance report she could ever present.Teresa Mitchell is a newly retired Certified Financial Planner™ professional and investment compliance officer, dedicated to teaching women to make better, smarter and more value-aligned choices when it comes to saving, investing and spending. She is the host and producer of the Lady Money Podcast.Teresa coaches women and leads workshops and circles to support women to achieve control of their financial situations.
52 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
The Water Defenders vs Corporate Greed with Robin Broad & John Cavanaugh
Water is life - Agua es vida. Today, you’ll hear the story of the Water Defenders who organized to protect their water from being poisoned by Big Mining. This is a David vs Goliath story of a few ordinary people from a poor area of El Salvador who stood up to protect their rivers from the mining corporation's poisoning. The odds were so stacked against them, most people thought it impossible. Some were assassinated for their efforts. And yet they persisted. You may be surprised by some of the methods they used to gather people to their cause.Corporate pressures are difficult—sometimes dangerous—to resist. In The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell the story of El Salvador’s decade-long fight to oust a mining giant. As clean water becomes increasingly scarce & mega corporations grow into transnational Goliaths with few limits to their powers, this story of the Water Defenders is an important template for our times. In communities across the country and around the world, people are making a stand for life’s most basic need: water. As you listen, you'll also learn about the secretive tribunal at the World Bank, created for the sole benefit of giant corporations, that allows them to sue countries for billions of dollars - allowing them to effectively blackmail nations into allowing them to extract valuable resources from their countries.Despite the fact that the odds against them were impossibly high, these poor farmers in northern El Salvador won their struggle. Takeaways from this story include the important keys to the Water Defender's success; keys that activists around the world can employ to increase their chances of success.Find the book here: The Water DefendersMusic by Chic Street Man: Left Foot Down form his album Left Foot Down.
49 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
How to Transmute Difficult Energy with Michelle Welch
Osha interviews Michelle Welch, author of The Magic of Connection, on transmuting negative energy to positive. Michelle is an Attorney, empath and owner of SoulTopia, a metaphysical store in Dallas. There’s so much energy coming at us all the time, what if you could transmute any negative energy into a higher, nourishing form of energy? Find her book here: The Magic of Connection: Stop cutting cords & learn to transform negative energy to live an empowered life We talk about healing and the power of understanding how we are all connected and how this can affect our actions on a daily basis. Michelle talks about growing up as a sensitive empath in Dallas and the challenges of a difficult divorce between two attorneys - and how she ultimately discovered how to transmute the negative into positive energy. We learn how her gifts helped her in her work as an attorney. Michelle offers empowering tools and techniques to assist in transmuting energy. She also hosts the SoulWhat podcast.
49 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
The Dance of Sustainable Sharing With Carolyn North
Imagine what our world would look like if it were sustainable and worked for the common good of all? My guest, Carolyn North, is already living it - as creator of the CommonSpace Community Land Trust and member of a sustainable community, Wild & Radish.Worldshift Happens! Facing Down the Fear, Waking Up the World, - is the most recent of the many books Carolyn North has written. Carolyn is an extraordinary woman who envisions a new story for our world. Her love of dance, art and writing are intertwined with her work as a healer and creative visionary.Of the arts of dance and improvisation that she teaches, she says this: “As every moment seems to bring unbidden opportunities from the universe, every day of my life is filled with beauty and surprise. Ecstatic experience is the goal of my work, and I see ecstasy as the ultimate healer of all, from the personal to the cosmic.”Carolyn quotes Terry Pratchett: “There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”Learn more here: Carolyn North Books
49 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Abundance with guest Brandon Beachum
How can you unlock the door to abundance in your life? Todays guest, Brandon Beachum, author of The Golden Key, will share what he has learned about the keys to creating abundance. His new book The Golden Key: Modern Alchemy to Unlock Infinite Abundance, provides eight keys, the last being the Golden Key, that convey the ways in which to align with the Universe's functionality. Brandon frequently uses the term "innerstand"--instead of understand--for the best way to traverse this paradigm. He contends that the old ways of operating from a mindset of separation as a path to wealth can be equated to the caterpillar stage of evolution. But today, we are moving into the butterfly stage, where the focus is on joining together to collaborate so we can create a new world where there is abundance for everyone -- a time when the imaginal cells are producing the new form-the one of universal beauty, grace and abundance. Considering that we are all connected, to harm another person is to literally harm oneself. There is no place for hatred or war or enemy thinking. Some people think that we are living in a Matrix, a virtual game of sorts. But if so, there are no consequences for our actions. And yet, as we all know, if you eat too much, you’ll gain weight. Our everyday actions have consequences. Our way of thinking has consequences. When we come from a place of not enough, we can never have enough. Therefore, to create abundance, we must feel the abundance that already exists in our lives.Unfortunately, in today’s politically charged environment, there are those who try to exploit others by telling them that they are not abundant because of the “others” and pointing them to false and often dangerous conspiracies as the reasons they are not abundant.These online organizations like Q-Anon and others seek out and prey upon those of us who may in some ways feel lost or lacking in the abundance that Brandon Beachum points us towards. About Brandon BeachumA serial entrepreneur since childhood, he co-founded a company that in four years was named to Inc Magazine's list of fastest growing companies - Then he set out to explore his greatest passions as a truth-seeker and philosopher on The Positive Head Podcast, one of Apple Podcast's top-five in the spirituality category for several years running, and then, he created a late-night style consciousness-centric TV show. He has been avidly studying the great spiritual thinkers and scientists to understand the nature of reality.
49 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
"World Peace Begins at Home" with Parenting Coach, Nurse Rona Renner
Parenting Coach & Temperament Specialist, Nurse Rona Renner, talks with Osha about parenting, temperament & sensitive kids. Nurse Rona is author of, Is That Me Yelling? A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool. You'll learn about the 4 C's of discipline, strategies for handling tantrums, the use of mindfulness in parenting and much more. Rona Renner is host of “About Health" call-in radio show, KPFA 94.1FM, Mondays 2PM.She has been a guest expert on national television segments on CNN and 20/20, was a monthly guest for 3 years on ABC 7’s The View From The Bay, and has been on radio for over 15 years. She is co-founder of Childhood Matters, radio show and helped to start the Nuestros Niños radio show in Spanish with Marisol Munoz-Kiehne.For over 40 years, she has been dedicated to solving problems, helping people reduce suffering, and exploring preventive approaches to disease, discomfort, and stress. She is the mother of Matt Renner, also a guest on Aspire with Osha, https://oshahayden.com/podcast/a-bold-plan-to-save-our-earth-with-guest-matt-renner/Learn more: https://www.nurserona.com/https://www.nurserona.com/about-rona/
50 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Gifts of Highly Sensitive People with Guest: Courtney Marchesani
Osha Hayden & Courtney Marchesani discuss Courtney’s work with highly sensitive people, HSP’s, and her new book, Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive: Embrace the Science of Sensitivity, Heal Anxiety and Relationships, and Connect Deeply With Your World. Courtney de-stigmatizes the term "sensitive," illustrating how "sensitivity" is a powerful advantage, and provides a pathway to an effective balancing act between being highly aware and participating fully in the world without feeling the need to shut down or self-anesthetize to avoid pain, people or environmental stimulation. Courtney first became aware of her own gifts when her intuition prevented a fire in a Seattle brownstone. A "raw gut feeling" made her insist she and a friend return to the friend's apartment just in time to find a candle about to alight a bamboo shade. Now a coach, teacher and health advocate with a master's degree in mind-body medicine, she has spent the last 20 years passionately exploring the research gap that exists between what medical science believes and what the gifted HSP feels. She provides an enlightening ride through early to now-emerging science on sensitivity and the abilities of the highly sensitive and interprets what this means for HSP’s. Courtney paints a clear picture of how HSP’s can claim their ”specialness," for themselves and the good of mankind. But also how to live with and adapt for their tendencies, so that they can embrace their gifts and thrive at peak quality of life. Osha and Courtney discuss Courtney’s analysis of the four types of highly sensitive people - what Courtney calls the four gifts:•Sensitive-empaths (feeling others, sensing physical responses, attuning to environmental stimuli, animals, plants and others)•Sensitive-intuitives (acquiring knowledge through higher consciousness)•Sensitive-visionaries (perceiving or constructing a future though inner vision)•Sensitive-expressives (expressing emotions and perceptions through artistic endeavors on any medium or performance platform) Having worked with hundreds of "sensitive" clients and patients, Courtney has clearly delineated the strengths and the drawbacks of having each of these types of gifts. She sites case histories from her experience and also denotes famous sensitives within each of these categories of distinction. Most importantly, Courtney provides specific strategies for playing up your strengths and limiting, countering, overcoming or effectively transforming the "perceived" drawbacks. The second half of the Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive provides an array of exercises and strategies for each of the specific sensitive-types to adapt in a world that may cause sensory overload.With Four Gifts of the Highly Sensitive the stigma of being “sensitive” is lifted. We all have some of these abilities to some degree, but the highly sensitive have them to a much higher degree. Courtney's research reveals:•Early childhood trauma appears to contribute to the heightening or creation of sensitivity-for better or worse.•20% of the world population has a genetically inherited trait of high sensitivity.•Sensitives feel an emotional response faster and more intensely than others.•Some sensitives are known for experiencing a supra-sensing transcendent ability to see or experience beyond the local or physical.•The highly sensitive may well be the bellweathers and cutting-edge leaders for a kinder, gentler, more harmonized and compassionate world. Learn more: https://www.inspiredpotentials.com/
48 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Compassionate Civilization: a Conversation with Robertson Work
Osha Hayden and Robertson Work discuss the meaning of a compassionate civilization that respects all people, cultures, and the earth. Robertson has devoted his life to serving as a leader, trainer, facilitator and advisor to create sustainable change. Robertson Work is a nonfiction author and ecosystem/justice activist. He has worked for over fifty years in fifty-plus countries as UN Development Program principal policy adviser for decentralized governance, New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy professor of innovative leadership, and Institute of Cultural Affairs executive-director in four countries conducting community, organizational, and leadership development initiatives. He has published four books, with contributions to eleven others.Previously, he was UNDP's Principal Policy Adviser of Decentralized Governance for 16 years at UN headquarters in New York. While with UNDP he designed and coordinated the Local Initiative Facility for Urban Environment (LIFE) operating in 20 countries and another global program, Decentralizing the MDGs through Innovative Leadership. He also coordinated a global community of practice on decentralized governance, provided policy advice to countries worldwide, conducted research and prepared global policy papers.Prior to UNDP, Mr. Work served in Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Jamaica, USA and Venezuela for 21 years as country and regional director with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), an international NGO with UN Eco Soc Consultative status. His work of human development in 55 countries has consisted of the design and implementation of research, training and demonstration projects in leadership, organizational and community development, rural and urban development, NGO and project management, policy formulation and advice and group facilitation.Mr. Work has written widely on decentralization and local governance, urban and rural development, poverty eradication and environmental improvement, the role of civil society in governance and development, capacity development and participatory methods. He has taught at the University of the West Indies, University of Aruba, Antioch University Graduate School of Whole System Design, the ICA Global Academy and the Social Artistry School. He conducted his graduate studies at Indiana University and Chicago Theological Seminary and undergraduate studies at Oklahoma State University, which honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003. He and his wife live near Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more: https://www.robertsonwork.com/Books:A Compassionate CivilizationServing People & PlanetEarthling Love: Living PoemsThe Critical Decade 2020-2029: Calls for Ecological Compassionate Leadership
48 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
The Heart of Love with Guest: Colette Lafia
Osha interviews Colette Lafia, " Born of love is hope. Now, as we are called to integrate so much paradox and pain, we need love to help heal, strengthen, and restore ourselves.” In her new book, The Divine Heart, Colette Lafia takes us on a journey moving beyond relating to God as a belief system and into the experience of trusting one’s own spiritual intuition and experiences. She developed seven spiritual practices, “invitations” that can lead us into the healing energy of love. Renewal and rebirth are possible, says spiritual counselor and international retreat leader Colette Lafia who mourned the loss of her father-in-law and brother at the same time many others also dealt with the loss of loved ones due to the pandemic.Reaffirming an April 2020 Pew Research Center study that reported that one-quarter of U.S. adults (24%) say their faith has become stronger because of the pandemic, Colette used her experience and insight to come to the conclusion that we can use our suffering to connect ourselves more fully to love. We all face roadblocks in our lives and Colette’s outlook is that instead of barriers to happiness, these are opportunities to find spiritual rebirth, love, and more meaning. Instead of closing off our hearts, these challenges can guide us to a better future if we can invite the flow of divine love to fill our lives. “Love is the most generous and healing energy we experience as human beings. Being anchored in the home and heart of love, we can find a way to move forward with hope.”About Colette LafiaColette Lafia is a San Francisco based writer, blogger, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and part-time school librarian. An adjunct faculty member at Mercy Center Burlingame, where she also earned two certificates in spiritual direction, she leads both in person and online retreats.She also leads prayer at the Santa Sabina Center, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. She offers retreats at Saint Agnes Spiritual Life Center and has led spiritual and self-care workshops for many organizations and groups, including the Archdioceses of San Francisco, the Institute for Health and Healing, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Colette regularly gives talks and leads prayer days, comfort circles, and retreats on subjects such as Gratitude, Surrender, Delight, The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Living in Divine Love, Spiritual Art Journaling, Women Mystics, and more. Colette has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Library Information science degree from San Jose State University. She is also a graduate of the Living School through the Center for Action and Contemplation. A member of the board of the Professional Advisory Group for the Clinical Pastoral Care Center and Program, Colette is a contributing member of Spiritual Directors International, and is on the leadership council of Saint Ignatius Church.
59 minutes | May 10, 2021
Stories in Black & White - Sheryl Bize-Boutte, Kate Farrell, Chic Street Man
Two writers share their stories as young girls in the segregated South, one black and one white. The storytelling is followed by a rich conversation about race in America. Music by Chic Street Man. Have you ever wanted to have a conversation about race but were unsure how to begin? Perhaps you have wondered how to create lasting friendships based on deep conversations about racism? Please join us for a heartfelt, eye-opening exploration.ABOUTSheryl Bize-Boutte Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative. Her first novel, Betrayal on the Bayou, was followed with a poetry collection written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled No Poetry No Peace, published in 2020. She is a popular literary reader, presenter, storyteller, curator, and emcee for local events. Kate FarrellAs a storyteller, author, and librarian, Kate founded the Word Weaving Storytelling Project and published numerous educational materials on storytelling. She has contributed to and edited award-winning anthologies of personal narrative, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s, and Cry of the Nightbird: Writers Against Domestic Violence. Farrell's new book, on the art of storytelling for adults, is Story Power: Secrets to Creating, Crafting, and Telling Memorable Stories. Recently, Farrell presented workshops for adults on the art of storytelling at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Kate is now offering virtual workshops for libraries and writing groups, as well as performing virtually as a storyteller.Chic Street ManChic Streetman has been called an Ambassador for Peace & Goodwill. He has performed at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York and in two Peace Child productions touring to Russia and Poland.Chic recorded his first album in Paris, France and has released numerous albums: Guns Away; Everybody Be Yo’self; Beau-ti-ful, Lullablues, and a single called Sidewinder. On this show, you’ll get to hear some brand new songs from Chic’s newest album, Left Foot Down, produced by his friend Keb Mo.In addition to concerts and festivals, Chic is an award winning composer, performer and theater director who has composed and performed in an extensive list of theatrical productions. To name just a few:He received an Audelco Award and an NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in Spunk. He composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company’s It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, and toured with the show. For a full list of Chic’s many accomplishments, go to: https://chicstreetman.com Find his music here: https://chicstreetman.hearnow.com/
48 minutes | May 2, 2021
A Bold Plan to Save Our Earth with Guest, Matt Renner
Osha interviews Matt Renner, Executive Director for Climate Mobilization & the Climate Mobilization Project, two organizations whose shared vision is to catalyze a WWII-scale mobilization to reverse global warming and the ecological crisis in order to protect humanity and the living world. We talk about successes and plans to mobilize real systemic change to save our beloved world.Matt has worked as a non-profit executive in clean energy, climate policy, and journalism for over a decade, focusing on the near-term social & economic impacts of climate change. His studies with George Lakoff at U.C. Berkeley have been influential on Matt's work.To learn more https://www.theclimatemobilization.org/Listen to Aspire with Osha on KSVY Sonoma 91.3 FM or at https://oshahayden.com/or on your favorite podcast app.
48 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Left Foot Down with Musician Chic Street Man
Chic Street Man shares the stories behind the songs on his new album, Left Foot Down, inspired by the climate crisis, produced by Keb' Mo'. Uplifting & empowering, One Earth and Left Foot Down are powerful anthems for the movement to address the climate crisis and equality. Make it Through the Night is a song of solace for all women who've been abused. Find the album here: https://chicstreetman.hearnow.com/See the music video of One Earth here: https://youtu.be/NovYu_Er388Hear more of Chic's music on his website: https://chicstreetman.com/Chic Street Man is a musician, composer, actor and theater director. Chic has been called an Ambassador for Peace & Goodwill and has performed at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York and toured in two Peace Child productions touring to Russia and Poland.Chic recorded his first album in Paris, France and has released numerous albums: Guns Away; Everybody Be Yo’self; Beau-ti-ful, Lullablues, and a single called Sidewinder. In addition to concerts and festivals, Chic is an award winning composer, performer and theater director who has composed and performed in an extensive list of theatrical productions. To name just a few:He received an Audelco Award and an NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in Spunk. He composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company’s It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, and toured with the show. For a full list of Chic’c many accomplishments, go to ChicStreetman.com
48 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
How to End Poverty in America
Have you ever wondered why so many people are in poverty in a nation with so much wealth? Osha's guests, Joanne Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox, authors of Broke in America: Seeing, Understanding, and Ending U.S. Poverty, will bust the popular myths about poverty and show how we can end poverty by addressing the policies that create it. Nearly 40 million people in the United States live below the poverty line. Low-income families and individuals are everywhere, from cities to rural communities. While poverty is commonly seen as a personal failure or a deficiency of character or knowledge, it’s actually the result of bad policy.Public policy has purposefully erected barriers that deny access to basic needs, creating a society where people can easily become trapped—not because we lack the resources to lift them out, but because we are actively choosing not to. Poverty is close to inevitable for low-wage workers and their children, and a large percentage of these people, despite qualifying for it, do not receive government aid.In Broke in America, Joanne Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox offer an eye-opening and galvanizing look at life in poverty in this country: how circumstances and public policy conspire to keep people poor, and the concrete steps we can take to end poverty for good. In clear, accessible prose, Goldblum and Shaddox detail the ways the current system is broken and how it’s failing so many of us. They also highlight outdated and ineffective policies that are causing or contributing to this unnecessary problem.Every chapter features action items readers can use to combat poverty—both nationwide and in our local communities, including the most effective public policies you can support and how to work hand-in-hand with representatives to affect change. So far, our attempted solutions have fallen short because they try to “fix” poor people rather than address the underlying problems. Fortunately, it’s much easier to fix policy than people. Essential and timely, Broke in America offers a crucial roadmap for securing a brighter future for all Americans.
102 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Spring into Health with Guest: Elson Haas, M.D., Integrative Medicine Pioneer
Osha interviews Integrative Medicine Pioneer, Elson Haas, M.D. on staying healthy with New Medicine. Founder and Director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin (PMCM), it's one of the leading Integrative Medical Centers in the country. PMCM was voted Best Holistic Health Center by Pacific Sun magazine readers in 2017 and 2018.A pioneer in the field of medicine, Dr. Haas is considered to be “one of the “Fathers of Integrative Medicine.” A nationally recognized authority on health and wellness topics to both professionals and to the general public, he is the author of eleven health books (for adults, children and families), and has traveled the world serving under-served communities. Dr. Haas’ seminal first book, Staying Healthy with the Seasons (1981) was one of the first books to integrate ancient Eastern healing traditions with modern Western medical practices and is still as timely as ever. Andrew Weil, MD, calls the book, “One of the classics in the field of Integrative Medicine.” Dr. Haas is a medical doctor who knew at the beginning of his medical career that nutrition is key and that we need to use all methods available, Western, Eastern and alternative rather than pop pills or surgically deal with all issues. In addition to Staying Healthy with the Seasons, Dr. Haas has written Staying Healthy with Nutrition (a college course book), The Detox Diet, and Ultimate Immunity and False Fat Diet. His most recent is Staying Healthy with NEW Medicine.Dr. Haas explains the important role that food , habits and attitudes play in regaining health.Upcoming on-line classes include: Staying Healthy with the Seasons on March 13th, 2021, 5 Keys to Staying Healthy, All-Seasons Health Program, No More False Fat, & Regain Your Natural Energy.
48 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Grief & Healing with guest: Claire Willis, author of Opening to Grief
Osha interviews Claire Willis, author of Opening to Grief: finding your way from loss to peace. Since the Covid-19 pandemic has caused grief for so many people, here is an invitation to be with your grief in all its depths and to find your unique way to peace, balance, and acceptance. This thoughtful conversation between Osha and Claire is an offering to all those who are experiencing grief on any level. As a Bereavement Counselor, Clinical Social Worker and Lay Buddhist Chaplain, Claire Willis offers clear eyed, compassionate guidance and supportive practices. An excerpt from Opening to Grief: “You could think of grief as a sacred passage. You are torn from the life you knew before. You are not who you were, and you are not yet who you will become. Like everything else, you are changing. You are, in a very real way, between identities. This experience—profoundly different for each of us—is confusing, agonizing, and potentially life-transforming.” Willis says: "Now we see that there are aspects and qualities of grief and grieving that are universal. We are recognizing that some of the feelings we are experiencing in these uncertain times—such as anxiety, despair, anger, and confusion—are grief. This is how we humans respond to loss." The essential message of Opening to Grief is that grief and love are intertwined.
48 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Crack of Light with Guest: Lesley Bannatyne
Osha interviews Lesley Bannatyne, award winning author and world expert on Halloween, from Cambridge, Massachusetts. We’ll talk about creativity, writing, She-Boom post-menopausal drum group, mime, in situ- theater and performance art. Lesley Bannatyne's fiction and essays have been published in the Boston Globe, Smithsonian, Christian Science Monitor, and Craft, Zone 3, Pangyrus, Shooter, and Bosque Literary Magazines. She won the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award, 2018 Bosque fiction prize, and her story, "OMG! Winn Handler Moved Next Door," was awarded third place in the 2021 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. As a freelance journalist, Lesley covered stories ranging from druids in Massachusetts to relief workers in Bolivia. She writes extensively on Halloween, especially its history, literature, and contemporary celebration, and her most recent non-fiction book, Halloween Nation. Behind the Scenes of America’s Fright Night was a finalist for the Bram Stoker award.Lesley is recently retired from Harvard University's Music Department. Learn more: http://iskullhalloween.com/
45 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Osha interviews people who are working to create a more positive future, local heroes, like you, who want to make a difference. Hear how Ceres Project delivers organic healing meals to patients - and how Sonoma Ecology Center protects our environment and works for a sustainable future - and how a group of seniors, Seniors4Students@gmail.com, comes together to build and donate desks for students in need who have no place to study at home. Listen and be inspired by a few of our local heroes who are dedicated to making the world a better place.
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