Ron gets to catch up with W. Kamau Bell. Bell will be in Nashville on January 10 at the Exit/In. Show starts at 6pm. From his website: Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy. Kamau was recently named an Ambassador of Racial Justice by the ACLU. And he sits on the advisory board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank and home for media and activism, and Hollaback, a non-profit and movement to end street harassment. Kamau is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” In this interview Bell and Ron talk race relations and law enforcement, the television industry and why Bell turned down an opportunity to appear on Geraldo.… Read the rest
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Interview with David Lowery of Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven regarding balancing the two bands, songwriting, and his recent position regarding online streaming services and the rates paid to songwriters. This interview is conducted by Ron Placone and aired on the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A morning show, for people who hate morning shows.
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There’s nothing worse than arguing with someone who simply refuses to listen to reason. You can throw all the facts at them you want, and they’ll simply dig in their heels deeper.
Over the past decade, psychologists have been studying why so many people do this. As it turns out, our brains have glitches that can make it difficult to remember that wrong facts are wrong. And trying to debunk misinformation can often backfire and entrench that misinformation stronger. The problem is even worse for emotionally charged political topics — like vaccines and global warming.
So how can you actually change someone’s mind? I spoke to Stephan Lewandowsky, a psychologist at the University of Bristol and co-author of The Debunking Handbook, to find out:
Susannah Locke: There’s evidence that when people stick with wrong facts, it isn’t just stubbornness — but actually some sort of brain glitch.
Dr. Dennis McKenna is a scientist, author and living legend of psychedelic counterculture. He joined Midwest Real to wax philosophical on the ever-novel, topography of society, technology, medicine, the limits of science and why we should always remain humble.
Clearly, living a life of legends is far from simple. Just getting around the obligations and momentum that are built into being a modern human can be a tough, if not insurmountable task. Depending upon your roll of the dice, you might be grappling with debt, illness, family issues or any number of other inhibitory obstacles that coerce you into living your life in a way that’s less than ideal. But, aside from that, I’m willing to bet that most of us are actually holding ourselves back.… Read the rest
Conversation with Sarah Jones of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. This conversation was in regards to a Nashville appearance. We talk religious upbringings and branching out, contemporary issues including Marriage Equality and Women’s Rights, and the stigmas that AU often faces.
In this edition of the Free Radical Media Podcast, political philosopher Mark Corske joins the Free Radical crew to discuss his book and short film, “Engines of Domination.” Corske discusses his theory that institutions, economic systems, and cultural practices come together to form a metaphorical engine, the “Engine of Domination,” the purpose of which is the domestication and oppression of the human race. He describes various forms of oppression and domination and makes a case for anarchism in this enlightening conversation.
The interview and links to Corske’s work, including the excellent short film adaptation of his book, can be found here:
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This interview was conducted to mark the release of Dr. Rick Strassman’s new book, DMT and the Soul of Prophecy: A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible, published by Park Street Press.
Jeff: Rick, can you tell us a bit about why you wrote this book? Your work, of course, is well known and celebrated through your first book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule. But this book seems like a ‘return to roots,’ as it were. Can you speak in particular to that?
Rick: I was left with a handful of difficult questions at the end of my DMT research in 1995. And I felt I had only partially worked them through in the process of writing DMT: The Spirit Molecule in 2000. It seemed to me that all of these questions would resolve themselves if I could only find the proper model or models that could help me understand the DMT effect.