Discovering The Place Where You Live with Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya drove a cab for 7 years in San Francisco. But he says to truly know your town you must do some “systematic flitting.” He describes this as walking around and “letting the city come to you as you maintain a sense of discovery and wonderment…Then you are motivated to start doing some research.” You might start with the building you live in or some building that attracts your eye. He says, “The more you delve in, the more fascinating things you find.” Kamiya regales us with fascinating stories that inspired his urban exploration of San Francisco, such as the origins of William Richardson’s original general store on Grant Avenue in the heart of Chinatown, the most densely packed part of San Francisco. Or how one of the greatest U.S. migrations of all times brought men in their 20s to San Francisco in search of adventure to what is euphemistically called, “touching the elephant.” All towns, villages, and cities have a story of how they began in a particular place. Often there is some geographical reason that can be fascinating to discover, such as a bend in the river. Kamiya points out that often times the names of streets will give a clue as to the history of a place. Searching for the “soul” of a city is a never ending but deeply riveting quest. You’ll find many suggestions for how to burrow into your own spot on the planet. (hosted by Phil Cousineau)

Bio

Gary Kamiya was born in Oakland in 1953 and grew up in Berkeley. After dropping out of Yale, he earned his BA and MA in English literature from UC Berkeley, where he won the Mark Schorer Citation. He drove a taxi in San Francisco for 7 years while completing college and working as a freelance writer. He co-founded the website Salon.com, where he was executive editor for 12 years. He is currently a columnist for Salon.

Gary Kamiya’s books include:

To be in touch with Gary Kamiya you can email him at gary.kamiya@gmail.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What are some of the multiple realities of living in a city
  • How can we delve into the deep history of a place
  • What is systematic flitting
  • What is the difference between seeing a city from a car, on foot, or by bicycle
  • What was the main population that settled in San Francisco in the 1800s
  • How a place has to keep reinventing itself so it doesn’t wallow in nostalgia

Host: Phil Cousineau       Interview Date: 7/9/2014

Program Number: 3513

Replacing Automatic Habits With Creative Possibilities with Arjuna Ardagh

Arjuna Ardagh describes enlightenment as an on-going process rather than an arrival at some fixed point. He prefers talking about awakening which suggests motion and an on-going unfoldment. The kind of coaching that he advocates is one that goes beyond the achievement of goals. He emphasizes the pursuit of your deepest longing. For example we might have a goal to be earning more money. Awakening Coaching would guide us to the deeper question of what more money in our life would give us. It is a kind of coaching that leads to peace, relaxation, and flow. He believes our “true potential is held back through all sorts of unconscious habits.” He describes the unique gifts we all have to give as our “brilliances” and it is our job to give them.  He tells us that a good coach is one who can see through your personal struggles “…into your essence. You are seen beyond the packaging of your personal story and are seen in the brilliance that wants to shine through.” He describes awakening as “…a spacious, limitless consciousness which is pregnant with possibility. It’s the source of all love and creativity. It’s your true nature.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Bio

Arjuna Ardagh is a writer, public speaker and founder of the Awakening Coaching Training in Nevada City, California. It’s a training program dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life.

Arjuna Ardagh’s books include:

To learn more about the work of Arjuna Ardagh go to www.arjunaardagh.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • What is the difference between psychotherapy and coaching
  • Why enlightenment is an unfolding process rather than an arrival
  • What is Awakening Coaching and how is it different from other types of coaching
  • How can we dissolve our resistances into free choice
  • What is radical awakening
  • What is the difference between the masculine and feminine paths to awakening
  • How true coaching is a collaborative non-hierarchical effort
  • Why sitting meditation may not be as optimum for women as for men

Host: Justine Willis Toms        Interview Date: 6/7/2014                Program Number: 3510

Calling On The Spirit of Artemis with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

The Greeks have given us a wealth of folklore and myths that are full of meaning for our lives. Among them are stories of the Goddess Artemis and her human counterpart, Atlanta. Their myths are rich with complexity, just like life itself. They give us clues as to how to navigate the zig-zags of our life path. Jean Shinoda Bolen declares, “Everybody has setbacks, everybody has suffering, everybody losses and wins at certain times of their lives.” She advises us to not give up; to call on the strengths of the Artemis archetype is to persevere without becoming bitter. Bolen encourages us to persist with what gives our life meaning and purpose. You’ll be able to find your own connection with the grit and passion of Artemis in her refusal to give up while facing formidable foes. Greek myths help to illuminate the hero and heroine buried within. They give us inspiration to live into our fullness. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Bio

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known speaker. She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation, an advocate for a 5th UN World Conference on Women, a convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative, as well as a permanent representative to the UN representing the NGO, Pathways to Peace.

She’s the author of many books, including:

To learn more about Jean Shinoda Bolen go to www.jeanbolen.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How babies are born with their own temperaments
  • The birth of the Goddess Artemis and her request for gifts from her father
  • Why Artemis is an archetype embodied by activists, environmentalists, feminists, and animal rights workers
  • Who is the Atalanta in Greek folklore and a description of her myth
  • How does Hippomenes win Atalanta in marriage
  • What is means to have an indomitable spirit
  • How the Artemis archetype inspires us to be a strong voice for what is right and good in these troubled times

Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 7/9/2014                 Program Number: 3514

Calling On The Spirit of Artemis with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

The Greeks have given us a wealth of folklore and myths that are full of meaning for our lives. Among them are stories of the Goddess Artemis and her human counterpart, Atlanta. Their myths are rich with complexity, just like life itself. They give us clues as to how to navigate the zig-zags of our life path. Bolen declares, “Everybody has setbacks, everybody has suffering, everybody losses and wins at certain times of their lives.” She advises us to not give up; to call on the strengths of the Artemis archetype is to persevere without becoming bitter. Bolen encourages us to persist with what gives our life meaning and purpose. You’ll be able to find your own connection with the grit and passion of Artemis in her refusal to give up while facing formidable foes. Greek myths help to illuminate the hero and heroine buried within. They give us inspiration to live into our fullness. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)

Bio

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known speaker. She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation, an advocate for a 5th UN World Conference on Women, a convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative, as well as a permanent representative to the UN representing the NGO, Pathways to Peace.

She’s the author of many books, including:
◦Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives (Harper Paperbacks 2004)
◦Crones Don’t Whine: Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women (Red Wheel/Weiser 2003)
◦The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World–The Essential Guide to Women’s Circles (Conari Press 1999)
◦Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World (Conari Press 2008)
◦Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet (Conari Press 2010)
◦Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman (Conari Press 2014)

To learn more about Jean Shinoda Bolen go to www.jeanbolen.com.

Topics explored in this dialogue include:
◦How babies are born with their own temperaments
◦The birth of the Goddess Artemis and her request for gifts from her father
◦Why Artemis is an archetype embodied by activists, environmentalists, feminists, and animal rights workers
◦Who is the Atalanta in Greek folklore and a description of her myth
◦How does Hippomenes win Atalanta in marriage
◦What is means to have an indomitable spirit
◦How the Artemis archetype inspires us to be a strong voice for what is right and good in these troubled times

Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 7/9/2014 Program Number: 3514

Khadijah and The White Guy & Shots In The Night

This week on the Thursday Night Special, we have yet another hour of quality, LIVE radio with another compelling segment from call-in, local racial issues show Khadijah and The White Guy, and then, at 7:30, another episode of local radio theatre with the Shots In The Night crew.

Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick–Part Two

On this installment of From Ark to Microchip, we present Part Two of Counterclock Worlds of Philip K. Dick, on the seminal sci-fi author (Blade Runner) and pataphysician Philip K. Dick‘s explorations of alternative worlds and techno-dilemmas. With Arnold Young as Philip K. Dick.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

In the United States today, there are more than 500 federally recognized indigenous communities and nations comprising nearly three million people. These are the descendants of the 15 million people who once inhabited this land and are the subject of the latest book by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.  In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the indigenous peoples was genocidal and imperialist—designed to crush the original inhabitants. Spanning more than 300 years, this classic bottom-up history significantly reframes how we view our past. Told from the viewpoint of the indigenous, it reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the U.S. empire.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz:

  • It’s absolutely necessary to know this history of settler colonialism and how it effects consciousness today of U.S. people and in the world because everyone is convinced of this myth of the United States and somehow its always going off the path of this destiny that has never been true in the first place.
  • It’s like a fairy tale except its extremely deadly and dangerous.
  • Other countries have romantic myths as their form of nationalism but they don’t control the world with this ideology.
  • The myth is that it was a birth of settler democracy but we know from apartheid South Africa, we know from colonialism, particularly settler colonialism such as Israel.
  • There are so many parallels with Israel because the Puritans and this became embedded in all settlers, had this idea of the new Jerusalem of Zion. They used that terminology.
  • That God had given them this land to settle, it wasn’t just a right it was a responsibility to destiny, to the world.
  • This made the native farmer and fisherman, ordinary people like other people in the world into savages and monsters, sort of like the Israelis to do the Palestinians today.
  • Throughout the book I have a theme of the militarism and the counterinsurgency that attacks civilians and a food fight they call it, burns the food, supplies, the crops, burns the houses of the people in their towns, creates refugees. This then becomes the pattern.
  • Every generation there is this Indian war. Vietnam looked like an Indian war, even the language they use – indian country for enemy territory, all of the weapons they name after native people.
  • This is not how we think of the United States, supposedly a civilian country, the military is always under control of civilians but that civilian president is commander and chief of the armed forces.
  • There’s also a theory, the Bering Strait the one entrance to the whole continent, which is absurd because all of the people on the coast were great seafaring people.
  • A part of European imperialism say as the beginning of everything that it connected people up. Actually what it did was separate people each other and their tradition.
  • My specialization is the southwest and central Mexico, Central America. I knew there were complex trade routes and roads all over the place, irrigation canals, how they developed agriculture.
  • The first chapter, Follow the Corn, I did just that. I followed out of Mexico, the dispersion of corn agriculture all the way to Tierra Del Fuego to the sub Arctic and coast to coast.
  • What you find in the Americas is when they get to the point of abusing the environment and become dictatorial, there tends to be revolts to overthrow, that was happening when Cortez came to Mexico.
  • The Quetzalcoatl cult that took over the Aztec government became abusive and was doing slave raiding. Had done a wonderful job of dispersing trade routes. Cortez simply allied with the rebels and overthrew the central government.
  • Course they couldn’t know his intentions of simply wiping out their civilization.
  • When British colonialism came to North America with these peculiar characteristics of the puritan ideology settling in. With 2 centuries of settler colonialism they developed this idea of ownership.
  • It went from owning human beings to the idea of owning the land.
  • George Washington was a surveyor and you have to ask why was such a super wealthy – a lowly surveyor?
  • Surveyors got to choose the best land, and got to mark it up. They had already developed this idea of a Platte, creating territories that would then become states once they had a majority settler population.
  • That’s why it took so long for Oklahoma, Oklahoma was the 47th state, New Mexico, Arizona, these places that had a majority native population.
  • It was rough being native in the United States, it still is. I grew up in Canadian county Oklahoma, my dad sharecropped, and was a tenant farmer throughout that area until the depression wiped it out.
  • The people went to California as refugees.
  • I’m cautious about the identity because native nationalism Cherokee or Onondaga or Shawnee or Creek Muskogee
  • There was an instance in 1917, I think its one of the most important moments in US history and hardly anyone knows about it. Jack Womack and I had written about it Monthly Review, it was called the Green Corn Rebellion.
  • That is the main demand, land base, nationhood, the ability to prosper and exist as people, not just as individuals being assimilated out, that’s another form of genocide.

Guest – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz  grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a farmer and half-Indian mother. She has been active in the American Indian Movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University and helped found the departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indians in the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. She is the author or editor of seven books.

Academic Freedom Case: Professor Steven Salaita

Last Thursday the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Board of Trustees rejected Professor Steven Salaita’s candidacy for a tenured faculty appointment to the American Indian studies program.  Initially we reported here on Law and Disorder that Professor Salaita was essentially dehired from the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of his statements on social media criticizing Israel’s conduct of military operations in Gaza. Emails within the University revealed under Freedom of Information Act Requests show that it was outside pressure from donors that influenced the University of Illinois Chancellor’s decision to dehire Salaita.

Professor Steven Salaita:

  • I received the job offer at the end of September 2013, the first offer was for me to begin on June 2014 but because of my obligations to Virgina Tech and short time for moving we pushed it back to mid August.
  • Everything was good to go, we set up movers, my classes were ready to teach they had been assigned to me. I ordered my textbooks, on August 2, I received a letter from the chancellor Phyllis Wise, telling me the termination was going to be withdrawn, so it left me scrambling for what to do, because I already resigned my position at Virginia Tech.
  • So all of a sudden I didn’t have a job, at Illinois or Virginia Tech.
  • Publicly released documents indicate that donor pressure played a large role in it.
  • There’s been some consternation about my tweets about Operation Protective Edge, that’s Israel’s recent invasion of the Gaza Strip and I think that had a lot to do with the donor pressure.
  • I think the university is pressing this idea of incivility in social media.
  • I think one of the saddest parts of the whole affair is that I hadn’t had the opportunity to join them and become their colleague and work with them (Professors at the American Indian Studies Department) and they’ve been terrific throughout this entire affair.
  • Academic hiring happens at the level of faculty, it happens at the level of department and search committees within departments will choose the hire, sometimes the entire department has to sign off on it.
  • Then it gets kicked up the dean, then it will get kicked up to the provost or chancellor for their approval, that’s what we call democratic governance on campus.
  • It’s kind of an allegory of the position of American Indian nations in the United States and Canada. They’re seen as not being able to make their own autonomous decisions. They’re not allowed to articulate their own practices of sovereignty without the oversight of authorities above them.
  • The discourse they used in firing me is remarkable. To describe somebody who has been hired by an American Indian Studies Department as uncivil draws on hundreds of years of colonial discourse that I find shocking.
  • It’s an allegory of history and politics that exist in microcosmic form within the framework of the University of Illinois.
  • In this case civility means acquiescence to power, and incivility equates to dissent.
  • In lots of ways my case has become something of an avatar, a flashpoint for people’s grievances.
  • I could really easily be identified with BDS and I think within the past year, 2 things have happened that have caused Zionists to step up their game around this issue. One is the string of boycott resolutions that have been ratified by scholarly organizations by labor unions, by civil rights groups, by churches.
  • I think the response to it is not engage on the issues, not to have conversations or debates about the issues but to shut down our side altogether. They don’t want to have debates, they want a silence.
  • They don’t want to engage in conversation they want the discussion to be unilateral.
  • Support Steven Salaita

 Guest – Professor Steven Salaita,  former associate professor of English at Virginia Tech. He is the author of six books and writes frequently about Arab Americans, Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, and decolonization. His current book project is entitled Images of Arabs and Muslims in the Age of Obama.Steven grew up in Bluefield, Virginia, to a mother from Nicaragua (by way of Palestine) and a father from Madaba, Jordan.  Books by Salaita

Laurie Garrett on Ebola Crisis, Anne Petermann on Climate March

This week on CounterSpin: The current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is unprecedented in its scale. But while some media focus on experimental vaccines, health experts say we ought to be talking about fundamental inequities in basic healthcare delivery. We’ll talk about ebola with Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

 

Also on the show: The largest environmental march ever brought hundreds of thousands into New York City streets, but the People’s Climate Watch was mostly ignored by the media. As was its companion action, Flood Wall Street, which targeted corporations behind climate instability with civil disobedience. Is the people’s voice on climate change being ignored by the corporate media just as it’s been ignored by corporate backed governments? We’ll speak with Anne Petermann, director of the Global Justice Ecology Project, and the Climate-Connections blog.