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Brian McClure is providing a fresh perspective for talk radio when it comes to big issues like poverty, political division, the environment, our relationship with animals, health, spirituality, and more. The world is waking up and people from every walk of life, on vastly different ends of the political spectrum, from every faith, are beginning to recognize deeper truths about our humanity and our place in the universe. Tune in for "A Call to Consciousness" as Brian welcomes pioneers and experts from every field in an intimate conversation about their own wake-up calls and how they are using what they've learned to help benefit life on earth.

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October 30, 2011
A Conversation with Gary Zukav

We all long for relationships of substance and depth, relationships of meaning and purpose, relationships that are fulfilling, relationships that are not built on the needs we have. In Gary Zukav’s latest release, Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power, he outlines a process through which we can move from a position of victim in our relationships, to a position of creator. He offers step-by-step guidelines for how we can navigate our relationships in new ways so that they fulfill us and serve our own spiritual growth at the greatest level.

Over and over, Gary Zukav challenges us to see the depth of our potential in the world…and act on that awareness. He is the author of four consecutive New York Times Bestsellers. In 1979, The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics plumbed the depths of quantum physics and relativity, winning The American Book Award for Science. In 1989, The Seat of the Soul led the way to seeing the alignment of the personality and the soul as the fulfillment of life and captured the imagination of millions, becoming the #1 New York Times bestseller thirty-one times and remaining on the New York Times bestseller list three years.   In 2000, Gary Zukav wrote Soul Stories, another New York Times Bestseller, and then co-authored two more bestsellers with his spiritual partner Linda Francis.

Gary’s gentle presence, humor, and wisdom have endeared him to millions of viewers through his many appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Six million copies of his books are in print and translations have been published in twenty-four languages.

 
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October 16, 2011
A Conversation with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana

What is Full Body Presence and how does it help us navigate the twists and turns of our lives? How does it help with emotional pain and even physical pain? According to Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, the more fully you inhabit all aspects of yourself, the more capable you are of listening to that quiet voice within. The practices of Full Body Presence give you the ability to accomplish this and to help you find a deeper awareness in the moment, even in the midst of chaos, family and work demands, or the pressure to perform. This deeper awareness also brings a fuller sense of trust and confidence in yourself, and in the world.

For more than 25 years, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, C.M.T, C.S.T.-D has taught and mentored in the area of conscious awareness and its relationship to the healing process. She has developed the acclaimed Healing From the Core program, which includes a six level training series and a complementary audio series. All of this is based on her years of experience helping fellow healthcare practitioners hold a healing space for themselves, as well as developing their own therapeutic presence for clients and patients. Since 1986 Suzanne has been a certified instructor of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release with The Upledger Institute, teaching both nationally and internationally. She is also on the faculty at Esalen Institute, and provides ongoing staff development training there, as well as collaborating regularly with Emilie Conrad, integrating Continuum movement and healing presence.

A sought-after speaker in her field, Suzanne inspires healthcare practitioners, coaches, teachers and care-givers all over the world to stay energized using her life-changing tools for stress management and full-body presence. She also has authored numerous articles, and thousands visit her popular blog, Presence Matters: Reflections on Body, Mind and Spirit.

 
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October 9, 2011
A Conversation with Dr. Gabor Maté

According to Dr. Gabor Maté, addiction, or the capacity to become addicted, is very close to the core of the human experience. That is why almost anything can become addictive, from seemingly healthy activities such as eating or exercising to abusing drugs intended for healing. Addictions, for the most part, develop in a compulsive attempt to ease one’s pain or distress in the world. Given the amount of pain and dissatisfaction that human life engenders, many of us are driven to find solace in external things. The more we suffer, and the earlier in life we suffer, the more we are prone to become addicted.

The inner city drug addicts Dr. Maté works with are amongst the most abused and rejected people amongst us, but as he notes, instead of compassion our society treats them with contempt. Instead  of understanding and acceptance, we give them punishment and moral disapproval. In doing so, we fail to recognize our own deeply rooted problems and thereby forego an opportunity for healing not only for them, the extreme addicts, but also for ourselves as individuals and as a culture.

Gabor Maté M.D. is a Canadian physician, public speaker and the bestselling author of four books, published internationally in twenty languages. His most recent book is the award-winning bestseller, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. Dr. Maté has worked in family practice and palliative care and, for twelve years, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site. His other interests encompass childhood developmental issues, mind/body health, and parenting.

 
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September 25, 2011
A Conversation with Dr. David Richo

According to our guest this Sunday, David Richo, most relationship problems are essentially about trusting. Whether it’s fear of commitment, insecurity, jealousy, or a tendency to be controlling, the real obstacle is a fundamental lack of trust – both in ourselves and in our partner.

His book, Daring To Trust, is mainly about trust in relationships. However, there are chapters on the three other directions trust can take as well: We can learn to trust ourselves, to trust reality (that is, trust whatever happens to us as a path), and to trust a higher power than ourselves. These four types of trust not only contribute to having healthy relationships, they are also the foundation of emotional wellbeing and freedom from fear.

David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, teacher, and writer who emphasizes Jungian, transpersonal, and spiritual perspectives in his work. He is the author of: How To Be an Adult, When Love Meets Fear, Unexpected Miracles: The Gift of Synchronicity and How To Open It, and Shadow Dance: Liberating the Power and Creativity of Your Dark Side.

To learn more about David Richo, please visit: www.davericho.com

 
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September 18, 2011
A Conversation with Bill Kauth & Zoe Alowan

For the first half of the hour, Bill Kauth shares about his vital work with The ManKind Project, an organization dedicated to building community among men and supporting them in discovering within themselves radical personal responsibility, emotional authenticity, leadership mastery, and empowered purpose.

For the second half of the program, we’re joined by Zoe Alowan, who is Bill’s co-author on the recently released book, We Need Each Other: Building Gift Community, which describes why building community has been so difficult and how we can forge ahead and create truly sustainable and nurturing communities in a new way.

In 1984 while working as a psychotherapist and business consultant, Bill conceived and co-founded the New Warrior Training Adventure, a rite-of-passage for adult men into healthy masculinity. This training is presented by The ManKind Project with 43 centers in 8 countries around the world, with 50,000 graduates. In 1992 St. Martin’s Press published Bill’s book, A Circle of Men: The Original Manual for Men’s Support Groups which remained in print for 15 years. Over the last two decades Bill also co-founded the Spiritual Warrior, the Inner King Training, and in 1995 the Warrior-Monk Training Retreat.

Zoe Alowan has been actively engaged in sacred Zoe Alowanart for many decades. As a painted, sculptor, dancer, puppeteer, mime and story teller, her work explores transformation and healing. Her life is about reclaiming intrinsic essential wisdom and wholeness. She utilizes the inspiration of the divine feminine, humor, song, and ritual movement as ways of celebrating wholeness. She has taught at Esalen and the Naropa Institute, facilitates women’s groups and singing circles as well as intuitive process painting retreats. Following recent extensive visits to ancient temple sites sacred to the Goddess, Zoe is deeply committed to healing the “Gender Wars” and bringing about an understanding of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine.

To learn more about Bill & Zoe, please visit the links above!

 
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September 11, 2011
A Conversation with Jenny Phillips

The Dhamma Brothers explores the impact that a life-changing retreat had on a group of inmates at the highest level maximum-security state prison in Alabama. The 38 participants in the first-ever intensive, silent 10-day program inside the walls of a corrections facility-many serving life sentences without parole-detail the range of their experiences, the depth of their understanding of the Buddha’s teachings gained by direct experience, and their setbacks and successes. During the Vipassana meditation program, they face the past and their miseries and emerge with a sense of peace and purpose. This compelling story shows the capacity for commitment, self-examination, renewal, and hope within a dismal penal system and a wider culture that demonizes prisoners. 


Our guest, Jenny Phillips is the producer of this film and author of the book Letters from the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars. Jenny is a cultural anthropologist, filmmaker, writer, and psychotherapist. For the past 20 years, she’s been providing mental health services in Massachusetts, specializing in crisis intervention, family therapy, behavioral medicine, hypnotherapy, and mindfulness training. She has worked with men in state and county prisons, teaching emotional literacy skills and mindfulness meditation. Jenny has been interviewed by Oprah on her Soul Series broadcast and has appeared on an Oprah.com webcast as well. Letters from the Dhamma Brothers received an award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.


 
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September 4, 2011
A Conversation with Dr. Claude Swanson

Dr. Claude Swanson has recent