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52 minutes | Nov 14, 2019
Bantercast #71: The Impeachment Special
In this special episode of The Bantercast, Ben Cohen and Michael Parker discuss the first day of impeachment hearings. How clear cut was the case against Trump? Did the Democrats do a good job communicating the severity of Trump's alleged crimes, and were Republicans effective in countering it? Listen now, and don't forget to subscribe!
60 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Bantercast #70: I Am Not Your Guru - Tony Robbins And Guru Worship
In this episode of The Bantercast, Ben and Michael discuss Tony Robbins and the rising popularity of self help gurus on social media. Why are we so enamored with gurus? Why do we always look to others for enlightenment and spiritual guidance, and what is it about Donald Trump that makes people think he has the answers to their problems?
52 minutes | Oct 18, 2019
Bantercast #69: Death, Dying And The Afterlife
In this episode of The Bantercast, hosts Ben Cohen and Michael Parker discuss death, dying and the afterlife. Ben recently lost his grandmother and a good friend, so has been dealing with the after effects of death. Why is it we have such a hard time with death in the West? What do we gain by confronting death and dying, and what should we think about the afterlife? This episode isn't depressing, but rather a how-to guide on how to think about something that is going to happen to all of us.
76 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
Bantercast #68: Why Being In Your 30's Sucks
In your 20's, you think you rule the world. In your 30's, you learn you don't even rule yourself. Why is this decade the most challenging for so many people? Ben Cohen and Michael Parker discuss!!
64 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
Bantercast #67: The Random Bollocks Episode
In this episode, Ben and Michael talk about completely random bollocks. From micro forests in figs (yes, figs have micro forests) to radical theories on global warming and how to talk to Trump supporters, this episode truly has it all.
80 minutes | Aug 23, 2019
Bantercast #66: The Magical Cactus - Healing With San Pedro
In this episode of The Bantercast, Ben and Michael discuss Michael's profound experience with the psychoactive cactus, San Pedro. Michael suffered from extreme depression, anxiety and panic attacks, and has been using several plant medicines to heal himself. You do not want to miss this episode!
73 minutes | Aug 8, 2019
Bantercast #65: Gun Massacres And Mental Health
In this episode of the Bantercast, Ben and Michael discuss the recent gun massacres and how they might be related to mental health. There is obviously a severe gun problem in America, but no one can agree on what the major issue is. What needs attention first, the guns or the mental health crisis?
71 minutes | Jul 27, 2019
Bantercast #64: Healing Severe Depression With Ayahuasca
In this special episode of The Bantercast, Ben and Michael discuss Michael's recent Ayahuasca experience that cured him of severe depression. Both Ben and Michael have had experience using psychedelics to heal anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, and offer listeners their best practices for using these substances. We would love it if you gave us a review on iTunes, and subscribed!!
67 minutes | Jul 11, 2019
Bantercast #63: Coming Back From a Severe Mental Health Crisis
In this special episode of the Bantercast, Ben Cohen and Michael Parker discuss Michael's recent battle with a severe mental health crisis. Having spent several months trying to survive serious bouts of anxiety, panic attacks, and the horrendous side effects of antidepressants, Michael is finally starting to get a semblance of control over his life. He discusses what happened to him in detail, and how he plans on healing himself.
76 minutes | Mar 27, 2019
Bantercast #62: The Mueller Report Shit Show
Donald Trump and the GOP are continuing their victory parade after the apparent conclusion of the Mueller report. But Americans are being duped into glossing over the actual evidence. Trump almost certainly colluded with the Russians, and without a shadow of a doubt obstructed justice. Ben and Michael get into the weeds so listeners can understand one of the biggest stories of our lifetime.
96 minutes | Mar 20, 2019
Bantercast #61: President Obama's Favorite Author, Jim St Germain
Welcome to this extra special episode of The Bantercast where Ben and Michael are joined by Jim St Germain, President Obama's favorite writer and author of "A Stone Of Hope". Jim's book is a memoir detailing his escape from severe poverty in Haiti to America where he ended up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. Jim was homeless, got involved with gangs and by his own account, should be dead. But he turned his life around and mentors young people around the country to help them do the same. He came on The Bantercast to discuss his latest projects, being tweeted about by President Obama, and what he thinks about Michael's (non-existent) Jewish ancestry!
62 minutes | Mar 12, 2019
Bantercast #60: Ben Is Fantasizing About Punching Tucker Carlson In The Face
Radio recordings of Tucker Carlson calling women “primitive beings”, justifying statutory rape, and calling Iraqis "primitive monkeys" were released this week leading to a mass advertiser boycott of his show on Fox. Ben and Michael discuss the fallout, and why Carlson could do with a sustain ass kicking.
50 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
Bantercast #59: We Are Forgetting What It Means To Be Human
Our lives are increasingly governed by social media, advertising, and the relentless pursuit of money. This is making us lonely, isolated, and sad, and we are forgetting what it means to be human. Let's stop doing this and created something new. Join Ben Cohen and Michael Parker in the latest episode of The Bantercast!
58 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
Bantercast #58: Michael Cohen's Astonishing Testimony
In this special episode of The Bantercast, Ben Cohen and Michael Parker discuss Michael Cohen's astonishing testimony in from of Congress. What the hell is happening in America? How are people still supporting Donald Trump when there is clear evidence he is a criminal? Get listening and make sure to subscribe!
71 minutes | Feb 22, 2019
Bantercast #57: Michael Does Magic Mushrooms
In this episode of The Bantercast, Michael discusses with Ben his recent experience on magic mushrooms and describes how they significantly helped lift his depression. Michael and Ben also discuss how to use psychedelics responsibly, what can go wrong, and why human beings are nowhere near as smart as we think! Get listening and make sure to subscribe!!
45 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
Bantercast #56: Michael Goes To Mar-a-Lago And Steals Napkins
In this epic episode of The Bantercast, Michael tells Ben about his recent trip to Trump's Mar-a-Lago. Having agreed to go by accident, Michael spent his time talking to billionaires with private islands, failing to stare down Eric Trump, and trying to steal as many things as he could to get one over the Evil Emperor. Make sure to listen, like and subscribe!!
63 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
Bantercast #55: The End Of The Daily Banter
In this special episode of The Bantercast, host Ben Cohen talks with Michael Parker about his decision to close down The Daily Banter, and what comes next from the team of writers.
59 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
Bantercast #54: Would You Date a Pornstar?
In this hilarious episode of the Bantercast, Ben Cohen and Michael Parker discuss the age old philosophical question: would you date a porn star? Furthermore, would you marry a porn star, and could you deal with a polyamorous relationship? Ben and Michael also discuss our society's hang ups about sex, slut shaming, and the pros and cons of monogamy. Get ready for a thought provoking hour of intense Banter!
45 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
Bantercast #53: Howard Schultz And Our Infatuation With Rich Assholes
In this episode of The Bantercast, Ben and Michael discuss former Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz's disastrous foray into presidential politics. Why are Americans obsessed with billionaires, and why do they think they can run for office with absolutely no experience whatsoever? We also try out sound effects, discuss how bass ass Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is, and listen to Michael's dog throwing up...
57 minutes | Jan 24, 2019
Bantercast #52: Working Ourselves To Death
In this episode of the Bantercast, Ben and Michael discuss the prevailing paradigm in our society that tells us we need to work ourselves to death. We fetishize work and pursue wealth at the expense of our own health. This paradigm cannot continue on a personal or ecological level, but how do we get out of it? We discuss some ways to get out of the rat race, and methods for retraining our minds.
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