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Do you ever wonder, "What the f*ck am I doing here? Is this it?" Maybe you've got the car, career, house, family and friends - everything that SHOULD make you happy. But still, there's this tenacious sense of being trapped, stuck, lost. Or just a bit bloody empty. Welcome to the Notcast Podcast! Where two therapist-coaches - AKA thera-coaches - lay bare their psycho-spiritual journey of struggle, strife, and realisation in their soul-search for the keys to a happier, more fulfilling life.
 
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Has your goal-game got you on a losing streak? Listen in to hear David and Ami pass back-and-forth their ideas, experience, and learning around what can be a red-card for setting, working at, and ultimately smashing your goals. Targeting such topics as: the planning-and-preparation trap, the most important commitment to make before committing to yo…
 
The paralysis of politics in Congress leads us to turn away from Washington and look at the states: What can the Democrats do when they control a state government? Like California? Democrats there are proposing dramatic changes in health care, expanding coverage to everyone below the federal poverty line–regardless of immigration status. Sasha Abra…
 
Feeling too dogged to learn any new tricks? Tune in to hear Ami and David talk through their tussles with the trials and tribulations of personal transformation and change. Refining reflections around such areas as: being a mess-detective and the importance of being wrong, when how can be more helpful than why, and when a trip down memory lane to r…
 
Beto O'Rourke's strategy for winning the governorship of Texas focuses on organizing everywhere to massively boost Democratic voter turnout—the strategy Stacey Abrams has followed in Georgia. Steve Phillips explains how more than a million young voters of color will be eligible to vote in 2022 who were not old enough four years ago—when Beto first …
 
Is Omicron the kinder and gentler Covid we’ve been waiting for? Less lethal, and more like the flu? Mike Davis comments on the pandemic—and the age of pandemics we are now living in. Also: On the first anniversary of the insurrection of January 6, John Nichols argues that, to defend democracy, we need the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and …
 
For our last podcast of 2021, we want to remember two people who died in the past year, and listen again to our interviews with them. Rennie Davis was probably the New Left’s most talented organizer, best known for the trial of the Chicago 7. He died on February 2 at his home outside Boulder, Colorado. He was 80. We spoke at an event for The Nation…
 
Revelations about the January 6 insurrection include striking new information about the Trump kids that day: Who did what, and also who didn’t do anything. Amy Wilentz reports. Also: A report from Kwajalein, one of the Marshall islands in the Pacific that’s a major US military base. Tom Lutz says it’s completely paved over, and the only greenery is…
 
Loneliness got you feeling down and left-out? Listen in to hear Ami and David share their experience of emotional isolation and what can keep you apart from feeling a part of things again. Sectioning off such areas for discussion as: how we play disconnect-protect, the loneliness-shame link, and how best to manage if you're an 'I hate people' perso…
 
Is your relationship more poison than passion? Tune in to hear David and Ami share how to spot the early warning signs your relationship could be on its way to delivering you a lethal dose. Exposing you to such topics as: the toxicity of toxic descriptions, when testing is most definitely NOT the best strategy, and how knowing where the Four Horsem…
 
Trump is going to be indicted for racketeering and fraud, because of his financial crimes, and that will prevent him from being the Republican candidate: that’s what David Cay Johnston says—he’s an award-winning investigative reporter, and his new book is The Big Cheat: How Trump Fleeced America and Enriched Himself and His Family. Also: Eric Foner…
 
Heartbreak given you a real beating? Listen in to hear Ami and David scope out their heartbreak heartache and what it takes to get back to a healthy rhythm. Examining such (not so) irregularities as: identity change and the fear of new-found freedom, dealing with those who tell you "plenty more fish in the sea", and what to do if you KNOW they're t…
 
How will global warming change the world’s systems of power? Alfred McCoy argues that American global hegemony will end around 2030, replaced by China as world leader, but Chinese hegemony will last only for about 20 years—and that by 2050, climate change will have brought environmental catastrophe to both countries, and the rest of the world, with…
 
Does judgement hold too much jurisdiction over your life? Bear witness to David and Ami deliberate over what it takes to bring the hammer down on judgement and do yourself the justice you deserve. Cross-examining important cases such as: the difference between judgement and discernment, the impossibility of non-judgemental spaces, and the best way …
 
The new Omicron variant of Covid-19: Gregg Gonsalves argues that it serves as a reminder of how little we're doing on pandemic prevention. We need government action to address the inequalities in power, resources, and information that leave some people at far greater risk. Meanwhile, Republicans are describing Omicron as a Democratic plot to bring …
 
Do you wish you could face the world more often without the façade? Listen to Ami and David lift the veil on what it takes to drop the masquerade and be comfortable bringing more of your true self to the party. Facing important topics such as: role discernment from choice versus fear, why it's hard sharing hopes and aspirations at the bus-stop, and…
 
We’re still thinking about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict in Kenosha, where Republicans have been celebrating the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of a 17-year-old who shot three people, killing two, during the street protests over the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake. John Nichols comments on the threat from white vigilantes to Black pro…
 
Fed up with rejection dejection? Tune in to hear David & Ami pull you in with their warming tales of being cold-shouldered and pushed out, and share how to bounce-back from brush-offs like a boss. From the powerlessness of finger-pointing, anger as a healthy transition, and how to spin rejection like a bad 70s love song. When can rejection actually…
 
Republicans continue to work to ban teaching about Black Americans’ place in our history – their legislation, proposed in 27 states, would prohibit teaching the 1619 Project, which has just published a book offering what the authors call “a new origin story” about the United States. Martha Jones, a historian at Johns Hopkins University, and one of …
 
How people-pleasy are you? Do you find it hard work setting boundaries that actually work? Eavesdrop on Ami and David's exploration on escaping the people-pleasing trap. Learn the difference between boundaries and agreements, when disappointment is the best way forward, and where you sit in the grand hierarchy of supermarket-stock egg-deservedness.…
 
The Democrats need to do big things fast if they want to have a chance of winning in 2022 and 2024. John Nichols says that Trump will be a “lousy candidate” then—but he will still pose an even greater threat to American democracy than he did in 2020. Plus: Rebecca Solnit talks about politics and pleasure, about knowing your enemies, and about joy a…
 
Stressed out by stress? Battered by burnout? Listen to David and Ami discuss their take on the counterintuitive ways to de-stress your life. With tales of guilt-avoidance and exhaustion, fully-frazzled frustration, and the challenges of trying to cook like a multi-tasking ninja. Why do you never REALLY get to the end of your to do list? Tune it to …
 
The Debt Collective has a new project: Cancelling probation debt of formerly incarcerated people. They’re actually doing it, for tens of thousands of people—and setting out to abolish bail debt completely in California. Astra Taylor explains how they're going about it, and reports on the continuing campaign to get Joe Biden to use executive action …
 
"Mirror mirror on the wall, can you take off two stone and make me twice as tall?". Tune in to hear Ami and David reflect on their brain-busting battle with body image issues: from media misrepresentation and Ribena-and-toast for dinner, to eyebrow-plucking perfectionism, weight-lifting to find love, and what to do when even the dog is judging how …
 
Who really runs Haiti—the government, or the gangs? The kidnappings suggest it’s the gangs – and the leader of the gang that kidnapped 16 Americans has openly expressed political ambitions. Amy Wilentz explains. Plus: Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest, taking a knee, became the symbol of resistance to racial injustice in America. Dave Zirin talks a…
 
Always late for the happy train? Listen in as David and Ami share their enlightening discoveries about what happiness really is, why it can seem so elusive, and how we never get to our chosen destination starting with the wrong platform. From the disappointment of Disney to the delights and disillusions of drink and drugs - this one goes full-steam…
 
A recent poll found that only 42 per cent of registered voters in Texas say Republican Governor Gregg Abbott deserves to be re-elected in 2022. Biden lost Texas by only 630,000 votes, and millions of young people and people of color didn’t vote. John Nichols reports on how the biggest Republican state could elect a Democratic governor next year. Al…
 
Depression getting you down? Ami and David give a fresh take on what it means to be burdened by the black dog. Sharing their own journey through the darkness, and shining some light on the signposts they've discovered to guide you towards the end of the deep dark tunnel. And all without asking "have you tried exercising?"…
 
Some pundits say the only way Democrats can hold the House and Senate in 2022 is by appealing to swing voters in Republican states by talking about economic issues—and NOT talking about climate change, immigration reform, or policing. John Nichols challenges that argument. Also: The co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, Melina Abdullah, talks about …
 
Relationship trouble? David and Ami share their wisdom and insights about what stops a GREAT relationship in its tracks. Buckle up for an audible rollercoaster ride of their relationship history, lessons learnt, and and what they've found to be THE MOST powerful and important relationship in a person's life... Hold on tight - it’s going to be rip-r…
 
Are we a nation of lunatics? Katha Pollitt has been thinking about that—about the millions of people who say that Satan-worshipping pedophiles control American politics and media, or that, if you’ve come down with Covid-19, you should pick up some Ivermectin at the local feed store. Plus: The murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955 is probably…
 
Many proposals to reform the police were made after the Black Lives Matter protests of last summer the largest protest movement in American history. But the problem, Erwin Chemerinsky argues, is not just the police; the Supreme Court has empowered the police and subverted civil rights. Erwin is Dean of the law school at UC Berkeley, and author of m…
 
Does anxiety get all up in your grill? Ami and David talk about their journey through anxiety and the unexpected ways it showed up for them. What was it really about? What worked for them? And why the f*ck would you want to MAKE FRIENDS with your anxiety!? Tune in to find out :)
 
Joe Biden is deporting 15,000 Haitian refugees who crossed the border at Del Rio, Texas, to a country ravaged by assassination, earthquake, poverty, and gang violence—it’s a disastrous move. Amy Wilentz comments; she’s been reporting on Haiti and Haitians for more than two decades. Also: Ten years ago this week, a small group of young radicals decl…
 
What The F*ck Is Coaching? 5 Key Reasons You Don’t Need A Therapist (You Need A Coach). We know you’ve probably heard about Coaching and Therapy, but if you’ve ever wondered, what the f*ck is Coaching and Therapy, and how the hell can it help me? Wonder no more! Join Ami and David as they take a deep dive into their experience of being Coached and …
 
We’re still thinking about the 20th anniversary of 9/11. After the attacks that day, Muslim Americans endured years of racism and discrimination, oftentimes at the hands of the state itself.The fight against government surveillance of Muslim Americans continues today, as the Supreme Court takes up a challenge to government efforts to conceal FBI ab…
 
In Texas, the Republicans are empowering vigilantes to go after people helping women who seek abortions, turning the state’s citizens as bounty hunters. Rick Perlstein explains the long history of how the GOP adopted abortion as a key issue—Rick’s latest book is Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980, out now in paperback. Also: We’re still thi…
 
America’s longest war came to an end on Monday as the last troops left Afghanistan, 20 years after we started fighting there. How much have the disasters around the Afghan pullout hurt Joe Biden and his agenda? How much will it hurt the Democrats in the midterms next November? John Nichols comments. Also: The story of a Black writer who moved to Pa…
 
Katha Pollitt reports on Afghan womens’ organizations and what their leaders are saying about support from Americans—starting with the Afghan Women’s Fund, MADRE, and Women for Afghan Women. Also, Black politics and history, from the 1870s to the 1930s to today: Eric Foner talks bout how our understanding of Black politics and history, starting wit…
 
Over almost 20 years in Afghanistan, the US lost 2,400 troops and personnel. Another 21,000 Americans have been wounded. The mission cost more than a trillion dollars—including 80 billion dollars to train and arm the Afghan army. But that army didn’t resist the recent Taliban advance and now the Taliban control the country and the last Americans ar…
 
19 Republican Senators voted in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Tuesday, after Trump demanded they vote “no.” It took significant concessions by Democrats to win their support for the bill—was that a good idea? Should Democrats help Republicans step away from Trump? Joan Walsh comments. Also: the life, and death, of Ethel Rosenberg, …
 
We said it couldn’t be done: a bipartisan bill getting through Congress. Now, however, it looks like the $1 trillion infrastructure bill will get the Republican votes it needs in the Senate to pass. But what miserable compromises did the Democrats make to get ten Republican votes? John Nichols explains. Also: the great comics artist Art Spiegelman,…
 
Joe Biden needs to do a lot more to stop the global spread of the covid virus and its Delta variant—and to prepare the world for the next pandemics. Gregg Gonsalves explains three key actions that are necessary right now. Also: the story of a music festival in a park in Harlem in 1969: the documentary about it, “Summer of Soul,” is a powerful and m…
 
Bernie Sanders recently spoke with our John Nichols about the importance of doing big things in politics--and now Senate Democrats have agreed on a $3.5 trillion budget proposal that would dramatically expand Medicare, provide for paid family leave, subsidize child care, make community college free, and fund some meaningful climate crisis initiativ…
 
World politics after the Biden-Putin Summit: Katrina vanden Heuvel argues that we need to rethink what real security means, and that it can't mean a new cold war, but joint action with Russia and China on climate change, pandemics, and the threat of nuclear war. Also: Amy Wilentz comments on Haiti after the assassination of its unloved president—an…
 
"Utopian" has been a term of abuse in politics for a long time now, synonymous with “irrational” and “impossible.” Instead, we are told, we should focus on realistic plans to improve things. But The Nation is publishing a special issue in defense of utopia. Jeet Heer explains how the dreams of a good society keep hope alive and expose the inadequac…
 
“Critical Race Theory” has been attacked on Fox News nearly 1300 times. It’s being banned from public schools and colleges in something like 15 Republican states. But what IS “critical race theory”? And why is this happening now? Kimberlé Crenshaw explains; she teaches law at Columbia and UCLA, and she’s probably the most prominent figure associate…
 
Voting rights suffered a defeat in the Senate this week, but really it's just the latest battle in a continuing struggle—and if anything, it clarifies the real problem: the filibuster must go, at least for voting rights legislation. John Nichols says it’s now up to grassroots groups to go to work on reluctant Democrats during the July 4 break. Also…
 
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are not the only Democrats opposed to filibuster reform—Dianne Feinstein says she won’t vote for it, either. And there are more Democrats in the Senate staying the same thing. But without filibuster reform, the rest of the Democrats’ agenda is dead—starting with protection of voting rights and elections. What’s wrong …
 
Republicans are not just making it harder to vote—they’re making it easier for judges and state legislatures to reverse the results of elections they have lost. Congressional action could block these changes—but that requires filibuster reform, and Joe Manchin says he won’t vote for filibuster reform. What does Joe Manchin want? John Nichols commen…
 
Joe Biden went to Tulsa on Tuesday to commemorate the fact that, one hundred years ago this week, in 1921, a white mob attacked an all-Black neighborhood there. It was one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history. Historians think it left 300 dead and 10,000 homeless. David M. Perry comments on the political issues around the histor…
 
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