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Category: Society & Culture

Join me in discovering how every one of us sees the world from a unique perspective.

August 1, 2017

Tina Russek - Working at the Los Angeles Mission

In this episode, I spoke with Tina Russek, the gifts-in-kind manager at the L.A. Mission in, you guessed it, Los Angeles, CA. Tina has a background in radio, hotel catering, and sales. That is what she used to do...until she was called to work in an area of Los Angeles called Skid Row.

August 1, 2017

Zak Flying Around - The Modern Day Stone Mover

Stone Movers. Ancient prayer traditions. Wandering at the age of 3 on the California coast. Zak Flying Around embodies curiosity and humility and has some great stories about his life as a stone mover. 

August 1, 2017

Amy Teets - Costumer turned UX Designer

Born in Okeana, OH, after college Amy got a job as a costumer in New York. She talks about long working days in NY, how the film industry utilizes church basements “religiously," the relationships that develop among co-workers (both good and bad), modern day misogyny, drugs and death in the midwest, and her switch from the entertainment industry to tech.

August 1, 2017

Yossarian Cole - Much Ado About the Vagus Nerve

The vagus nerve, collective hypomania, suicidal contagions, alcoholism, sensing sociopaths, and a whole lot more. In this talk, Yossarian discusses why we tend to do things that have unfortunate effects on our lives, how he himself has fallen in life, how he's biohacking his way to a new and improved self, and of course much more. 

August 1, 2017

Dr. Abdullah Kudrath - Muslim ER Doctor in Houston, TX

He’s an Emergency Room doctor, a Muslim, and hails from Guyana. Dr. Kudrath addresses the current political polarization in the States and abroad in perhaps the most open and diplomatic way imaginable. We talk about curiosity, the importance of seeing life from other's perspectives, and overall just living life fully.

August 1, 2017

Aida Vazin - Iran to Sweden to the U.S.A., Counselor with Answers

A marriage and family counselor in Newport Beach, CA, Aida Vazin has an incredible story. She was born in Iran, fled from war with her family to Sweden, then ended up in the U.S. In this episode, we talk about physical memory, mythology, religion, holistic psychology, and many other topics. 
One question that was asked of Aida was what she thought drove people to commit atrocious acts of mass murder, and her answer was very different from what was expected. 
If you've ever wondered why some people decide to do heinous acts like shooting people en masse, she has an answer, though it may not be what you’re expecting. 
August 1, 2017

Dr. Sharad Paul - Genetics, Biology, Blue Zones, and Golden Spirals

It's a rare thing to come across a modern day renaissance man, but Dr. Sharad Paul certainly fits the bill. He is not a dilettante; he knows and commits to quite a few amazing things in life. He's an author of fiction and non-fiction (including the Genetics of Health), a Scientist, a Geneticist, an animal Biologist, a Skin Doctor, a University Teacher, a Ted Talk alumni, Blue Zone Expert, and an Entrepreneur. He also wears cool shoes. 

August 1, 2017

Katherine Bennett - Buddhist Monks and the U.S. Military

Can the US military be compared to Buddhist monks? Is there a matrix? Are there zombies among us? In this fascinating discussion, we talk about all of this and more, including a very powerful illustration of life painted with words at the end of the episode. 

August 1, 2017

Shintaro Shimosawa - Film Director, Producer, and Japanese

Shintaro Shimosawa is a writer, producer, film director, and always a DJ based in Los Angeles, CA. In this episode we talk about his roots in Chicago, taking risks, and truly following passions in life. Want to know what some of the best advice is that he’d received from his high school football coach? Listen to find out!

September 27, 2017

Dreamers - Juan Escalante is Fighting for Other Dreamers Like Himself

Juan Escalante came to the United States when he was 11. When he found out later that he was undocumented and how much it would cost him and his family just to live, he decided to fight for change. Then DACA was introduced, and it seemed like a dream come true. Now that dream is being meddled with and shattered for almost 1 million people and will affect millions more. Curious about DACA and Dreamers? Listen to what Mr. Escalante has to say on the subject.