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Corinne McLaughlin: The Politics of Dynamic Change

Tami Simon interviews long-time social change agent and the co-author of Spiritual Politics, Corinne McLaughlin. Corinne explains the coming changes of 2012 in terms of their economic, political, and spiritual significance. She describes the unfolding of a higher evolutionary plan, and the growth in socially responsible businesses and non-adversarial, transpartisan politics. (49 minutes)

Daniel Pinchbeck: The Many Angles of 2012

Tami Simon interviews journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, the author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, in an exploration of the various views on the meaning of 2012 and examine their validity. By doing so we dive into the broad array of different perspectives, held across the world, on the importance of this quickly approaching date. (49 minutes)

Facing Death to Live Fully

Tami Simon speaks with Ed Bastian a Buddhist scholar, teacher, filmmaker, and president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation, an organization that provides retreats, classes and advanced programs on interfaith studies. He is also the coauthor of the Sounds True book Living Fully, Dying Well. Ed Discusses what he calls “the gift of death,” what science tells us about consciousness outside the body, and the transformation that occurs when we face death full on. (44 Minutes)

Chanting as a Heart-path to God

Tami Simon speaks with Jai Uttal, a Grammy-nominated musician who is best known as a world-renowned kirtan artist, kirtan being ecstatic chant in a call-and-response format. His music is an eclectic mix of contemporary and ancient musical elements from various cultures throughout the Eastern and Western worlds. Jai has created five albums with Sounds True, including Kirtan!, and his latest release, Bhakti Bazaar. Jai discusses chanting as a devotional practice, the story of Jai’s first trip to India, his experience meeting his guru, and his understanding of the many Hindu god and goddess figures. (67 minutes)

Sound As a Nutrient

Tami Simon speaks with Joshua Leeds, a sound researcher, music producer, educator, and one of the leading authorities in the emerging fields of psychoacoustics and bioacoustics. Joshua is the author of The Power of Sound and Sound Alchemy. With Sounds True, he released three music programs in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Weil: Deep Calm, Increase Vitality, and Relax and De-Stress. He has also created Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion. In this episode, Joshua discusses the psychoacoustic principles of how tone, tempo, and pattern affect our mind and body; why sound is a “nutrient” to the nervous system, and how sound and music affect the lives of our “best friends”—our canine companions. (66 minutes)

The Illusory Ego

Tami Simon speaks with Peter Baumann and Michael Taft. Peter began his career as a member of the acclaimed band Tangerine Dream, and went on to found the Baumann Foundation, an interdisciplinary think tank dedicated to exploring what it means to be fully human. Michael has been a professional writer and researcher for more than two decades. With Natural Enlightenment Press, distributed by Sounds True, Peter and Michael have co-written the book Ego: The Fall of the Twin Towers and the Rise of an Enlightened Humanity. In this episode, Peter and Michael speak about the conceptual revolution that took place 50,000 years ago, the positive evolutionary potential of this particular time in history, and why we may be in the midst of an “enlightenment revolution” right now. (70 minutes)

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