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Prof. Luc Bovens Why do the words socialism and democratic socialism get Americans so riled up these days?? What’s so fearful about “From each according to ability; to each according to need”? As I searched for answers to these questions, I was fortunate to come across an article by philosophy professor Luc Bovens in which he traces the roots of so…
 
Well-known botanist and conservationist Tom Rawinski talks about moving from his work in the field educating northeast region towns how to manage the connections between their forests, their deer and their hunters to becoming a Fellow in the coveted Harvard Forest Bullard Fellowship Program where he’ll be writing a book to explore the deer abundanc…
 
Isabell Tree’s “Wilding” Isabella Tree talks about her latest book Wilding, a new kind of creation story. From the Knepp estate in Britain’s West Sussex, Ms. Tree tells how she and her husband Charlie Burrell, defeated by its deep clay soil to intensively farm their 3,500 acres of ancient, inherited land, literally turned it over with the help of l…
 
Long Beach view (Credit: Miranda Steiger) Issy and Maggie, two 8th grade girls from Long Island, New York talk about how the first months of living through a pandemic have altered the ways they see themselves, their friends and social media — and what “going back to school” means these days. (Broadcast on WPKN radio Aug.12, 2020 and produced by Ton…
 
Maya Lasker Wallfisch, psychoanalytic psychotherapist specializing in the transmission of transgenerational trauma and author of Letter to Breslau, speaks to us from London via Skype both as a psychologist and as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. (Broadcast on WPKN on July 8th, 2020 and produced by Tony Ernst.) Maya Lasker-Wallfisch…
 
Jungian analyst and scholar Dr. George Elder talks about the psychology of apocalypse and pandemic as seen through the lens the theories of Carl G. Jung. He tells us how Jungian thought can help us understand the massive forces shaping our world today. Among the sources Dr. Elder mentions in this interview are: Archetype of the Apocalypse by Edward…
 
Israel’s Origin Story Dr. Alice Rothchild talks about Israel’s origin story and Zionism’s uneasy relationship with antisemitism (Mondoweiss, Nov. 19, 2019) on Tidings on WPKN radio. (Broadcast on WPKN on December 11, 2019 and produced by Tony Ernst.) This month, Hazel’s guest on Tidings is Boston-based Dr. Alice Rothchild, physician, filmaker, auth…
 
part 2 In this second of the special two-part Tidings from Hazel Kahan program, Pakistani filmmaker Shireen Pasha talks about making making her film Hima Remembers, which explores the extraordinary time in the history of the Indian subcontinent after the decline of the Mughal Empire in the 18th century. With the history of the city of Lucknow and t…
 
part 1 In this first of a special two-part Tidings program, Pakistani filmmaker Shireen Pasha tells the story of 17th and 18th century Lucknow, a fabled Indian city and its famous courtesan culture that serves as background for Shireen’s documentary about HIMA: (part 2 broadcast on WPKN on October 30, 2019.) Shireen on location…
 
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 continuation of Aviga…
 
This month, my guest is Ayeda Ayed, a Palestinian-Canadian expert on the culture of the Arab-speaking world. A performer herself, she speaks to us from Toronto about the Palestinian music scene and introduces us to recordings from its most significant women musicians. Here’s more about musicians and instruments and Palestinian culture (First broadc…
 
These Tidings first came 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, intuitive Jamaican artist, talks about the philosophy and beliefs of Rastafari and what it means to live the li…
 
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash For a few months now I have been wondering what does it feel like to be dying? We can describe our own hunger, joy, pain, fear, excitement, fatigue, so why shouldn’t we also be able to describe our own dying? I now realize that this is an aggressive maybe even an impertinent question. People turn away when I tell t…
 
A Tidings conversation about hospitality, friendship and loyalty with Raza Rumi, a Pakistani journalist, blogger, author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani traveller and follower of Sufi thought. The subject of hospitality holds a certain irony for Raza who is now in exile, forced to flee from his country after narrowly missing an assass…
 
Dr. Ramzy Baroud talks about growing up in an UNRWA-managed refugee camp in Gaza, the significance of the Trump administration’s recent retraction of UNRWA funding to the Palestinians and why this amounts to an existential threat to Palestinians’ Right of Return. (Broadcast on WPKN radio October 10, 2018 and produced by Tony Ernst.) You may also be…
 
Tim Johnston, co-author of His Own Man: the biography of Otto Peltzer, Champion athlete, Nazi victim and Indian heroA remarkable story about a gay Olympics athlete living through Germany’s Weimar and Third Reich eras. An exceptional man living in extraordinary times. (First broadcast on WPKN December 14, 2016. Produced by Tony Ernst) Otto Peltzer a…
 
Jim Sterba talks about his book Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds in which he examines the last five hundred years of wildlife plundering, deforestation, conservation and suburban sprawl along with our “denatured” life have led to unmanageable wildlife populations including the deer plag…
 
What a wonderful first novel Christina Nichol has written! Waiting for the Electricity, first published in 2014 by Overlook Press and now available in paperback, is set in post-Soviet Georgia. It’s a most unusual story about a strange, fascinating country. If, like me, you knew (almost) nothing about the Republic of Georgia, you’ll know a lot more …
 
Shireen Pasha is a notable documentary film maker and head of the film department of Pakistan’s National College of Arts. We sat together in Lahore after coming back from South Punjab where we’d gone to document the rebuilding and resettling of villages after the devastating floods of 2010 and 2012 for our documentary After the Floods. In our conve…
 
Adam Aloni, Jewish Israeli researcher with B’Tselem, speaks from Jerusalem about the recently released report: Made in Israel: Exploiting Palestinian Land for Treatment of Israeli Waste, the Occupation and the socio-historical context within which this exploitation has developed. (Broadcast on WPKN radio on March 14, 2018; produced by Tony Ernst)…
 
Note: this interview was recorded and first broadcast in May, 2015. Since then, the settler-colonization witnessed by Danika Padilla has intensified so that today the 51-year old occupation has encroached deeper and wider with more human rights abolished, more Palestinian children abused, detained and killed, more olive trees uprooted, more Palesti…
 
I’ve updated my earlier critical observations (Tidings, Sept. 2008) about the practice of tipping in America, gratified to see that, even if it took ten years, at least one leading New York restaurant mogul–Danny Meyer–has done away with tipping throughout his 13 hospitality establishments. Although his reasoning was shaped mostly by economic consi…
 
Danny Gregory is this month’s guest on Tidings. He is also my son. Danny started his love affair with books when he was six years old which he credits for the creative life he has led ever since. He is a prolific artist and blogger with a creative presence in many digital spaces, including one that offers online video courses. He is the author of s…
 
Begging: a profession? a misfortune? a job? a scourge? a spiritual practice? an industry? a stain on society? freedom of choice? Lively commentary along with interviews with American tourists to India and Indian bloggers and writers. Also illustrated blog post here. First broadcast on WPKN on December 10, 2013 and produced by Tony Ernst.…
 
Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, Inni Kaur is the CEO of SikhRI, a global, virtual organization dedicated to promoting the teachings of the Sikh faith. She tells us about her international childhood,the contradictions she had to untangle in the search for her faith and what it means to lead the life of a Sikh. (Broadcast on WPKN on June 14, 2017 an…
 
Syrian-American composer, pianist and humanitarian activist Malek Jandali talks about his international mission to preserve and protect Syria’s rich embattled heritage and to build peace through music and education. In this spirit, he founded an annual competition for young pianists and the Pianos for Peace festival in Atlanta. The Carnegie Corpora…
 
A great interview with Tamara Winfrey Harris, author of “The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America” in which she exposes anti-black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves. (Broadcast on WPKN on February 8, 2017 and produced by Tony Erns…
 
Tim Johnston, co-author of His Own Man: the biography of Otto Peltzer, Champion athlete, Nazi victim and Indian hero. A remarkable story about a gay Olympic athlete living through Germany’s Weimar and Third Reich eras. An exceptional man living in extraordinary times. (WPKN December 14, 2016. Produced by Tony Ernst.) Otto Peltzer as a young man…
 
In this first of a three-part series, two conversations: the first, with John Daido Loori (1931-2009) founder and former abbott of Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, died shortly after this interview was taped. Daido Roshi, as he was known to his students, was founder and former abbott of Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York and anal…
 
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 up Hispanic in Arizona and to navigate the changing personal and cultural situations she continues to …
 
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 captured in his terrific book) and for me, Pakistan was home. Special thanks to Pat and Scrib Sheafor who made our lovely and meaningful clas…
 
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 for her numerous “donkeysaddle” projects projects that she considers best suited to the need at hand.…
 
Tom Rawinski is a botanist with the USDA Forest Service in Durham, New Hampshire. Specializing in the impact of the overabundant white-tailed deer population on native vegetation in America’s northeast region, he is committed to protecting our ecosystem through wildlife management policy and practices. Rawinski applies his beliefs as a conservation…
 
India’s Dr. Sara Bhattacharji is talking about the philosophy and principles behind the community health clinic she runs in Vellore, Tamil Nadu and where I visited her in 2009. Her belief in healthcare as a human right seems to me as radical today as it did then. I am delighted to share the wonderful Dr. Sara with my radio and podcast listeners. (R…
 
Dr. John Soos, is a clinical psychologist who describes himself as a spiritual traveller and social justice advocate. Speaking via Skype from Vancouver, Canada he tells us how his pilgrimages to sacred places led him to Gaza where, he and his mental health colleagues worked with the deeply traumatized people of Gaza. (Produced by Tony Ernst and bro…
 
Richard Falk is Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University, a prolific writer and, for six years (2008-2014), Special Rapporteur on Palestine for the United Nations Human Rights Council. In what is conversation more than interview, we talk about the role of the Holocaust in the special US-Israel relationship, Israe…
 
Jenny Nordberg talks about her just published and most fascinating book The Underground Girls of Kabul: in search of a hidden resistance in Afghanistan. The book tells her discovery of bacha posh, a secret, hidden practice in which parents disguise young daughters as boys, usually until puberty, in a subversive attempt to counteract the oppression …
 
Christopher Calderhead, a very well-known New York City-based calligrapher, author and teacher talks about the history, practice and philosophy of calligraphy, from before the advent of the printing press to the contemporary tradition of graffiti. (Broadcast on WPKN radio on July 8, 2015. Produced by Tony Ernst.)…
 
This, my third Tidings program (broadcast in 2008) was based on actual notes from the journal I kept during my move from Manhattan to Mattituck (1999) after which I shared my odyssey during conversations with three others who described the upheaval and the uplifting experiences of their moves. I wrote: It’s a very big move. It’s the doing of it tha…
 
This is the first of a two-part series on the art, craft and practice of letter writing. An avid letter writer myself, I invited Jenny Bhatt, a kindred spirit and editor of Storyacious, a fine new literary magazine in which I’d read her essay on writing letters, for a conversation about the significance of letters and the part they have played in e…
 
On December 10, 1948, at the United Nations General Assembly, Eleanor Roosevelt was the first to proclaim to the world the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On Human Rights Day sixty-six years later, Bill Hass, United Nations veteran and president of United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut, talks about the status of human rights…
 
“The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop,” says Dougald Hine, speaking from Sweden via Skype. Dougald, named by The Guardian as one of Britain’s fifty new radicals, is best known for Dark Mountain, an emerging cultural movement he co-founded with Paul Kingsnorth five years ago. Dark Mountain looks squarely at the pr…
 
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