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Jeffrey Smith has spent the past 25 years warning us of the dangers of rampant, profit-driven genetic engineering. As the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and author of Seeds of Deception, as well as producer of the documentary Don't Let the Gene Out of the Bottle, Smith has galvanized much public opinion to question the safety o…
 
Howard Prager delights in delighting others. And his attitude and energy are infectious. In his book, Make Someone's Day, he points out that helping others is the best way of helping ourselves. When depressed, he advises, look for someone else to lift up. Indeed, modern neuroscience and evolutionary psychology are both discovering more and more way…
 
Lynn Marie Morski is host of the Psychedelic Medicine Podcast, an invaluable resource for healthcare providers who want to learn about the potential of psychedelic substances in treating physical and psychological suffering. Morski has already had a long, productive, and eclectic career, ranging from video production to medicine to law. None of the…
 
Meditation is daunting for many people. Psychedelic drugs are mostly illegal. And both have been credited with bringing about amazing transformations of body, mind, and spirit. So if you're too antsy or busy to create a meditation practice, and you don't trust drugs (or the people who supply them), what can you do to bring about positive changes in…
 
Like it or not, many of us spend hours a day communicating via Zoom and other audiovisual platforms. And whether we're doing it for work, or activism, or volunteering, we're showing up to get something important done. Which typically involves influencing the other people on the call, and those who may later watch the recording. Unfortunately, our c…
 
Think back to some of the decisions you've made in your life. They can be big or small, consequential or insignificant, thought-out or impulsive. How did you make those decisions? What processes, rules, and standards did you deploy? And how happy are you now about the decisions and their outcomes? Are there things you wish you would have done diffe…
 
That second-hand fake fleece full zipper jacket I picked up for $5 at a PTA thrift store is me being ethically and ecologically responsible, right? It's used, so I didn't add to demand for new ones. It's synthetic, so no animals were harmed in its manufacture. And it was cheap, so I didn't need to go out and exploit the proletariat to earn gobs of …
 
Gone are the days, for most people, when you could sit still in school, get good grades, and have a reasonable expectation of converting your academic achievements into career capital. Because what kinds of careers promise job security and financial stability in a world that's simultaneously flooding and boiling? Australian academic, craftsperson, …
 
An old Jules Feiffer cartoon (which my desultory, last-minute Google search failed to turn up, so I'm doing this from memory) depicts a man who is proud of his active and formidable brain, but views his body as a nuisance that must be clothed, fed, bathed, and rested. He only puts up with his body since he needs it to carry his brain from place to …
 
What's real? And what matters? If those seem like esoteric philosophical questions, I sympathize. I spent many hours studying philosophers whose views seemed utterly disconnected from the important things in my life. And so when I had an opportunity to converse with Jamie Woodhouse, a leading proponent of a philosophy (or is it an mental operating …
 
Why do we communicate with other people? There are many reasons: to build a relationship, to exchange information, to flirt, to teach, to argue, to convince, to comfort... The list isn't endless, but it's pretty long. One of the most common is to coordinate activity toward a goal or outcome. We talk to others to brainstorm and plan approaches, to c…
 
The climate crisis is finally getting front-page coverage from much of the mass media, thanks to extreme weather events, wildfires, ecosystems collapse, and crop failures. And the scientific reports come out seemingly on a weekly basis, each one more dire than the last. So what can we do about it? Mostly, I think in terms of political and social ac…
 
Bianca and Michael Alexander travel the world and share some of the most optimistic, loving, and inspiring people, places, events, and stories with their audience. And now that their self-produced show, Conscious Living, is on PBS, they are scaling their influence in beautiful and healing ways. In our conversation, we talk about the first PBS seaso…
 
Skye-Anne Tschoepe is an environmental scientist and activist, and daughter of my good buddy Greg. She and her work have been on my radar since 2018, when at the age of 17, she received a license to hold a TEDx event in her North Carolina town. The topic: "ASK: questions are more important than answers." Through Greg's Facebook feed, I've followed …
 
Dreena Burton's first appearance on this podcast was in May, 2013, before this even was a podcast. I was just interviewing my favorite vegan cookbook authors just for the fun of it - I hadn't even figured out that I could get their publishers to send me free copies! Then we had another chat in 2015 when her game-changing book, Plant Powered Familie…
 
James Pollard, Jr. and Harold Messinger are co-founders and musical directors of the Interfaith Music Project. They have brought together musicians from several of Philadelphia's houses of worship, and organize ongoing collaborations and performances. I've known Harold since 1993, when he was my boss at a Jewish summer camp in the Poconos of Northe…
 
Caroline Cotto insists she was destined to go into the food business. With a last name meaning "cooked" in Italian, and growing up in Sandwich, MA, I guess it's hard to argue. And a good thing she's here, too. Caroline is cofounder and COO of Renewal Mill, a company dedicated to tackling the issue of food waste by upcycling perfectly good plant-bas…
 
Meryl Fury, RN, and Aajay Shah, MD, have teamed up to fight obesity and chronic disease among Black women in America. The statistics are horrifying: Black women live, on average, 4-5 years fewer than white women. Their rate of obesity is 55%, making them the most overweight demographic in the country. And as women go, so go children; there's now an…
 
Hey, it's publication week! My new book, You CAN Change Other People, drops on Wednesday. And to celebrate, my co-author, Peter Bregman, and I interviewed each other for our respective podcasts and YouTube channels. After an intense couple of weeks of media training, media interviews, and podcasts (see a short list of the ones that have already pub…
 
Glenn Murphy returns to the podcast to discuss a thorny problem that all of us face these days: how to evaluate claims in areas where we aren't experts. For me, that's health and nutrition, politics, economics, business, geology, environmental science, and just about everything else. In other words, my entire life is predicated on some kind of algo…
 
Miyoko Schinner is founder and CEO of Miyoko's, one of the most successful plant-based dairy alternative ventures of the past decade. She's also a passionate advocate for animals, and long-time vegan educator and activist. I've known Miyoko for many years, and in some ways I was surprised when she decided to build a large, capital-intensive busines…
 
Josh lives in the bayou of Louisiana, southwest of New Orleans. That's the region that took the biggest hit from Hurricane Ida this week. Josh and his family are trying to help their friends, neighbors, and community - many of whom have lost everything, and have no access to food and water, fuel, electricity, or transportation. I got him on the pho…
 
Jeremy Narby is an anthropologist turned activist and author. As director of Swiss non-profit Nouvelle Planète, he advocates and fundraises to support Indigenous communities in the southern hemisphere. In Amazonia, for example, they help local communities gain title to their land, so that the World Bank and other "development" agencies, and multina…
 
James Sulikowski is a professor at Arizona State University, and associate director in ASU's School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. And he studies sharks for a living. We connected thanks to the PR team at a company called Earthly, which produces pet food that aims to be sustainable and environmentally responsible. So at the heart of this con…
 
Katy Milkman's book, How to Change, is a love letter to science, a friendly reminder of human frailty and magnificence, and a kickass self-help book. Trained as an engineer and computer scientist, Milkman approaches the "ooey-gooey" nature of human complexity as an engineering problem. She reframes our bad habits and dysfunctional tendencies as "fe…
 
Brian Kateman is co-founder of the Reducetarian Foundation, dedicated to the very uncontroversial idea that we should all be eating fewer animal products. And he's the co-director and star of a new documentary, "Meat Me Halfway," which just premiered on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Vimeo on Demand, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu. I watched the movie last …
 
Matt Frazier of NoMeatAthlete.com and Robert Cheeke of VeganBodybuilding.com are two of the vegan athletic movement's OGs (that stands for Optimal Greens, I suspect). Robert's been promoting vegan muscle building for over 20 years, and Matt has been inspiring plant-powered runners since 2014. And they just collaborated on the definitive guide to be…
 
Alaina Love wants you to find your passion - and then express it through your most important work. But what is passion? How do we identify ours? And how can we create workplaces that validate and support them? Love is coauthor of The Purpose Linked Organization: How Passionate Leaders Inspire Winning Teams and Great Results, and President and Co-fo…
 
After listening to a podcast interview with the author of Burn, by Herman Pontzer, I told Josh that my mind was blown and he had to read the book immediately. A lot of what Pontzer was talking about - weight loss, hunting, endurance, metabolism - are Josh's bread and butter. And whether Josh knew the science or not, he clearly discovered and implem…
 
My dear friend Lani returns to the podcast to talk about her latest book, Mindfulness, published under the Conscious Care Guides imprint. We had our usual freewheeling conversation, with some tears and lots of laughter. We discussed: how mindfulness can help us overcome the sin of narcissism, especially as activists when "zone-out" time is totally …
 
If you care about your health, your weight, and the future of the human race, you absolutely must get acquainted with the work of Herman Pontzer, PhD. He's just written a book, Burn, that will challenge everything you think you know about what it means to be a living organism. Pontzer argues - and provides ample evidence for his claims - that the a…
 
Jen Goldman-Wetzler, PhD, is the author of Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in Life. She's also a former counterterrorism research fellow with the Department of Homeland Security, which should answer your question, "Yes, but my conflict is truly unresolvable; can she help me?" I first learned about conflict resolu…
 
I'm suspicious of many things, including weather forecasts and bestselling diet books. But topping the list are capitalism and trying to solve problems that were caused by technology with more technology. So I was eager to ask today's guest, Tyler Mayoras, some skeptical questions. Tyler is CEO of Cool Beans, a company that makes some of the cleane…
 
Tara Kemp is a mental health coach and researcher. And, delightfully, she's a very "both/and" kind of person. In our conversation about the root causes of disordered eating, she acknowledges both the inner and the outer dynamics. Our environments are full of junk food. And our hearts and souls crave connection and joy. As we discussed approaches to…
 
There's a song that I can never sing, because it makes me cry so hard (actually, there are dozens, which was a problem when I performed with a string band): "Calling All the Children Home," by John McCutcheon. Go listen to it on Spotify, YouTube, or Pandora - I'll wait. Here's the chorus, describing the scene as his mother calls the songwriter (Joh…
 
Jack Adam Weber practices Traditional Chinese Medicine and writes prose and poetry. His latest book, Climate Cure, argues that we can't fix the climate crisis solely with technological or policy solutions. Because the root of the crisis, he argues, isn't about carbon or transportation or food production - it's about that collective trauma that our …
 
Recently, I read the book Chatter, by Ethan Kross. While it's got some useful tips, it's based on a very limited theoretical framework. Specifically, it views chatter as an entirely cognitive phenomenon. And while there exist good tools to question our thoughts, and neuter the least helpful ones, the mind is not just comprised of thought. We also h…
 
Michele Olender was afraid that her vegetarian daughter wasn't going to get enough nutrients, so she began studying the science of plant-based nutrition. On her path, she discovered Rich Roll, Sid Garza-Hillman, me, and many others who not only assuaged her fears, but encouraged her to shift to a plant-based diet for all sorts of good reasons. The …
 
Erica Dhawan, the author of Digital Body Language, grew up in Pittsburgh, the child of Indian immigrants. Shy, communicating in a mix of accented English and broken Hindi, she got good at reading people's body language. How did the popular girls express confidence through the gestures and posture? What did friendliness look like? What was an invita…
 
Chef Lois Ellen Frank, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist, chef and food educator, activist, and self-described "mixed corn" amalgam of many different peoples and cultures. Raised on Long Island by a mother from the Kiowah tribe and a Jewish father (and a much more complex lineage than that describes), Frank was taught to accept and honor all parts …
 
When I think about fighting global climate destabilization, I immediately focus on carbon. Carbon footprint, carbon reduction, carbon credits, carbon sinks. But according to today's guest, Marco Vangelisti, a mathematician and finance guy who's been studying climate science according to principles of accounting - balance sheets, reserves and access…
 
Everybody's stressed out these days, and the pandemic has made it much worse. Especially for kids, whose lives have been turned upside down by lockdowns, remote schooling, and stressed-out adult caregivers. And while each of us can do our part to create a more just, peaceful, and nurturing world, we still have to deal with the world as it is, and h…
 
Glenn Livingston, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and author of Never Binge Again, a manual for overcoming emotional eating and gaining control over your relationship with food. My health improved when Glenn coached me on my own food foibles (Clif bars were my nemesis, and I haven't touched a single one in at least five years). And my health coachi…
 
Peggy Brusseau has cast a spell of peacefulness, calmness, joy, connection, and well, contentedness in her cookbook The Contented Vegan. A Minnesotan transplant to London, Brusseau radiates acceptance, curiosity, integrity, and clear-headedness. She's a vegan without anger. A climate activist who doesn't shame. And she spreads the gospel of reconne…
 
Nava Atlas' first cookbook, Vegetariana, has introduced perhaps hundreds of thousands of people to the creative possibilities of the meatless life since its publication in 1984. Now, more than three decades later, Atlas is still combining plants, words, and art in her ongoing sacred dance of service and self-expression. In this episode, Atlas and I…
 
Women and people of color are systematically underrepresented in business. That's a problem for woman and people of color. But, it turns out, it's a problem for businesses as well. According to research from Linkage, Inc., organizations with leaders who practice inclusion skillfully are far more successful and profitable than their less enlightened…
 
Most human beings in industrialized cultures are developmentally stunted, according to today's guest, the writer, teacher, and "psychologist gone wild" Bill Plotkin. It's not just that we have few elders to guide us. Most of us never make it out of egocentric adolescence. It's not our fault; through millennia of decay, our cultures have lost the ma…
 
Chef AJ and I chatted about life, my experience in lockdown in South Africa last spring (well, fall in South Africa), and what I'm up to. And we talked about my forthcoming book, You Can Change Other People. A viewer wrote about her siblings, who are all sick and overweight, and eating poorly, and how she struggles trying to convince them to adopt …
 
Do ever have the urge to tell other people what they're doing wrong? To give them advice that will make them happier, healthier, and more successful? To let them know how they're upsetting/annoying/bumming you out? It's only human to want to help the people around us when they're struggling. It's perfectly understandable to tell people how they're …
 
Jeff Kirschner was on a walk with his kids when his young daughter pointed to a cat litter container littering a stream bed. "Daddy," she told him, "That doesn't belong there." As sparks go, that one could easily have been extinguished before it lit anything else. But that's not what happened. Instead, Jeff began thinking about that container. How …
 
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