SCOTUS Acts + Florida Follies + Ellen’s Retort + Global News!

This week on This Way Out:

The U.S. Supreme Court accepts a marriage proposal, while lower courts continue to grapple with the issue; Jon Stewart and Ellen DeGeneres salute the stupid; a Mexicali gay couple completes their months-long wedding march, Austria opens adoption to same-gender couples, Ban Ki-moon slams India’s throwback sex law, Russian trans-folk are back in the driver’s seat, and more LGBT news from around the world.

Featured speakers/guests:

Nina Totenberg.

Credits:

Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle. NewsWrap reporters: Christopher Gaal and Natalie Peoples; Producer: Steve Pride. Correspondent: Pacifica Radio News reporter Mark Mericle. Additional content: Genesis; Kate Clinton & Cleve Jones; and from “The Rachel Maddow Show” , “The Daily Show”, and “Ellen”. Theme Music: Kim Wilson.

Inside the Middle East

Inside the Middle East

Recorded in Denver, CO on December 17, 2014.

Antonio Gramsci, the great Italian Marxist said, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” That certainly seems to describe the Middle East today. Lots of morbid symptoms. After a series of uprisings, the so-called Arab Spring, the region has spun into a deadly spiral. Just sample these headlines, all from the same day: Libya: Islamist Militia Fighters Clash with Troops; Egypt: Bomb Kills 2 in Army Vehicle; Turkey: Boy Accused of Insulting President is Arrested; West Bank: Firebomb Seriously Wounds an Israeli Girl; Jordan: Threatens ISIS with Grave Consequences. And the horror that is Syria and the decade-long catastrophe that is Iraq continue unabated. The scope and scale of instability and violence has no recent precedent. Why is it happening?

Abdullah Al-Arian is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.; He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt and co-editor of Jadaliyya’s Critical Currents in Islam page. He is a contributor to Al-Jazeera English.

Obama Immigration Executive Action: a Big Opportunity for Unions

What’s Obama’s Executive Action for immigrants all about? Can the anti-immigrant politicians block them? This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll explore these questions and ask how unions and workers can benefit as millions of undocumented immigrants gain permission to work. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

Obama Immigration Executive Action: a Big Opportunity for Unions

What’s Obama’s Executive Action for immigrants all about? Can the anti-immigrant politicians block them? This week on the Heartland Labor Forum, we’ll explore these questions and ask how unions and workers can benefit as millions of undocumented immigrants gain permission to work. Thursday at 6pm, rebroadcast Friday at 5am.

ESP, Autistic Children, Remote Viewing, Telepathy, And More with Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D.

Dr. Diane Hennacy Powell describes how her curiosity about human consciousness led her to study the extent of human extrasensory abilities. Her research drove her to focus largely on autism, savant syndrome and abnormal brain function, among other things, to support the existence of extrasensory phenomena such as telepathy, remote viewing, and ESP. As a psychiatrist, she has had the opportunity to work with people with all kinds of experiences of consciousness. She found that autistic children demonstrated telepathy to the greatest extent. Because of the differences in their brain function, “they see things more as they are…it’s like they’re getting information in a pure sensory form.” She is interested in our innate human potential and believes that these children can teach us about that. Powell also discusses clairvoyance, intestinal chemistry, out-of-body experiences, and holograms. As science attempts to unify these phenomena with physics, one theory is that we live in a holographic universe. “Every single part contains the information of the whole.” Our brains receive sensory input in pieces. They then process the information and integrate it all into one representation, or hologram. Dr. Powell believes that accepting these phenomena as real can open the door to a more harmonious way of connecting with one another, and could change our culture for the better. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Bio

Diane Hennacy Powell, M.D. is a neuro-scientist and psychiatrist who completed her training in medicine, neurology, and psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a former member of Harvard Medical School’s faculty and of a think tank on consciousness at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and has published articles in neuroscience and neuropsychiatry journals.

She is the author of:

To learn more about the work of Diana Hennacy Powell go to www.dianehennacypowell.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How do the chemicals in our gut effect our thoughts
  • Why can some people do complicated calculations but not simple math
  • Why are autistic people more likely to demonstrate telepathy
  • What are the characteristics of autism
  • What is a hologram
  • What is the difference between future time, present time, and imaginary time
  • How do we explain identical twin telepathy
  • What is remote viewing
  • Why do we need to study these phenomena

Host: Justine Willis Toms                        Interview Date: 12/4/2014                  Program Number: 3528

“Strict Father” And “Nurturant” Parenting Styles: Metaphors For Political Ideologies with George Lakoff, Ph.D.

George Lakoff compares two opposing political ideologies with two distinct parenting styles. He explains that the strict disciplinarian parent parallels conservative ideology, and the nurturant empathetic parent parallels progressive ideology. Lakoff identifies the strengths and weaknesses in these two communication systems and the framing of their messages. Lakoff’s research has determined that framing matters because it unconsciously rules perception. Morality and freedom become the ultimate message in each ideology, but the framing of these concepts varies. For example, Lakoff writes that all politics has a moral base, but each political ideology frames its message of morality differently. He explains that the strict father model holds discipline and morality to be inseparable. The logic behind that assertion is “that if you become internally disciplined, you can go out into the world and become prosperous…If you’re not disciplined, you can’t be moral, so you deserve your poverty.” Conversely, the nurturant family model teaches empathy and social responsibility: “parents want their children to empathize with others, be able to take care of themselves and others, and want other people to be fulfilled in life.”  Lakoff insists that developing an effective communication system is critical to expressing a clear message, especially in this divisive political society. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Bio

George Lakoff, Ph.D. is a renowned linguist and cognitive scientist, and one of the country’s leading experts on the framing of political discourse. He is Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan.

He’s the author of numerous books on politics including:

To learn more about the work of George Lakoff go to www.georgelakoff.com

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What is the Strict Father model
  • What is the Nurturant Parent model
  • What are “frames”
  • How is freedom framed within politics
  • What is the moral hierarchy
  • By what are we governed throughout our lives
  • What happens when you hear facts you don’t understand
  • How do our brains process facts
  • Why do some messages stick when others don’t
  • What do family values have to do with politics
  • Is there an ideological middle
  • What is the difference between social and personal responsibility
  • What effect do polls have on political messages
  • What do politics and marketing have in common

Host: Justine Willis Toms                  Interview Date: 12/16/2014                    Program Number: 3530

Learning To Love Well – Thoughts On A Long-Lasting Relationship with Linda Carroll

Linda Carroll shares her professional and personal insights into the reality of maintaining a lasting, loving relationship. She describes the stages of relationships, each with distinct characteristics and accompanying lessons. There’s an evolution happening within each relationship that forces us to make important decisions about ourselves and the trajectory of our personal growth. Carroll reminds us that love isn’t just about riding happily into the sunset. Most relationships will cycle through changes and challenges. “The trouble isn’t that love goes in cycles, not that there are hard times or long periods of disconnection, the trouble is what we do during those times.” She suggests that practicing the skill of generosity can be one of the most important factors in a lasting relationship. We learn that small but important gestures can make all the difference. Beginning to end, we are each on our own journey. “There are times we need to stand on our own, stand together and stand apart.”  (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Bio

Linda Carroll, M.S. is a licensed therapist and has worked as a couples therapist for more than 30 years. Her work is deep and varied, based on Voice Dialogue, Holotropic Breath Work, and Angeles Arrien’s The Fourfold Way as well as The Diamond Heart Work of A. H. Almaas. She is a certified IMAGO therapist, private coach to couples and families, and leader of workshops and retreats. She works with a limited number of couples in a new style of “concierge therapy” for which she travels to their home or office for 2 to 6 days a year for private, all-day sessions. Linda lives in Corvallis Oregon.

She is the author of:

To learn more about the work of Linda Carroll go to www.lindaacarroll.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What are the two kinds of long term marriages
  • What is the difference between longevity and long-term love
  • How do you practice generosity
  • What is differentiation
  • What are the five stages of relationships
  • Why do marriages fail or succeed
  • What are the different kinds of betrayal
  • How do we keep our own tank full
  • How to handle the aging process

Host: Justine Willis Toms                   Interview Date: 12/1/2014               Program Number: 3526