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Making sense of a world in crisis: part 1: John Daido Loori and Peter Russell

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In this first of a three-part series, two conversations: the first, with John Daido Loori (1931-2009), founder of Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, who analyses our current global crisis from a Zen Buddhist perspective;  the second, with Peter Russell, a writer and speaker who examines the tumult and crisis of our world in terms of our belief systems and the part that a developed consciousness can play in liberating our minds. (First broadcast on WPKN in 2009. Produced by Tony Ernst.)

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Natalie Vie: Latina, fencer, activist, yogi, supersonic nava

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Natalie Vie is a Latina and a US Team fencer, sculptor, yogi and immigration and civil rights activist.  Within a historical context of segregation and minority consciousness in the Southwest, Natalie builds a vivid picture of what it means to grow … View full post

Avigail Abarbanel: “Liberate our language!”

Avigail Abarbanel

Israel-born and -bred psychotherapist and activist, Avigail Abarbanel, brings her psychological expertise to analyze how changing the language we use can fundamentally alter the way we understand human and geopolitical relationships, with particular reference to Israel’s settler-colonialism in Palestine. This conversation is a … View full post

Being Rastamon artists in Jamaica

These Tidings come to you from Jamaica where I spent time with two artists in their family “yard”or compound in Oracabessa.  You’ll hear Rani Carson talk about her journey from growing up Jewish to becoming a Rasta artist.              Ras Ibrak, … View full post

Tom Scovel: linguist, author, Third Culture Kid

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In this very personal Tidings, Tom Scovel and I swap stories about our boarding school days in India and what growing up as Third Culture Kids meant to each of us: for Tom born and raised in China (which he’s … View full post

Jen Marlowe: activist, author, filmmaker

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Coming to us from Jerusalem via Skype is Jen Marlowe,, a tireless and imaginative social justice activist, with a lifelong commitment to fight for human rights wherever in the world she sees them abused, using whatever medium, device or initiatives … View full post

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Very old film: refugees during 1947 India-Pakistan partition

Rare video showing refugees reaching Lahore’s  Wagha border on trains, bullocks and Lahore Omnibus Service during the  1947 partition war.  These were Muslims forced to flee India because what was formerly India had now been partitioned by the British into primarily Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan, … View full post

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Yusuf and the story of Batir

Yusuf’s story is relatively simple: before 1967, Batir was in Jordan. After the Six Day War, it became part of Israel’s occupied territories. Until two years ago, Yusuf was able to move and work between Batir and Israel. Today, Batir … View full post

Beggars and begging on blog

Like tipping, the subject of another early Tidings program, begging creates an unequal relationship between giver and receiver, an unbalanced one-way exchange with the amount of money transferred depending on the generosity and intentions of the donor with the receiver having … View full post

Christopher Bollen on “Orient” the mystery novel

Christopher Bollen does not live and work on the North Fork but you wouldn’t know it from his book Orient, a dark mystery novel set in the hamlet of Orient among intrigue, politics, tension and murders. Cameo appearance by Beth Young. Listen to this North Fork Works program … View full post

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