Saving Islam, Part 1: Creeping Wahhabism

The influence of militant Wahhabism from Saudi Arabia sowed both violence in Pakistan and sexism in America. Asra Nomani experienced both and does what she can to roll back this trend.

Featured speaker/guests:

Asra Nomani, journalist and author of Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.


Produced by Melinda Tuhus; WINGS Series Producer, Frieda Werden.

Misrepresented: Interrupting Muslim & Arab Stereotypes

On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll meet people confronting racist depictions of Muslims and Arabs in pop culture and politics; and two young women evaluating societal expectations placed on them.

Featured speakers/guests:

Diana Kalaji, student at University of San Francisco; and Moustafa Bayoumi, author of This Muslim American Life, Dispatches from the War on Terror.


Host: Laura Flynn
Producers: Laura Flynn, Monica Lopez, and Jasmin Lopez
Contributing Producer: Diana Kalaji
Associate Producer: Marie Choi
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth

Jill Stein on the Fertile Grounds for Revolution

This week on Sprouts, we will hear from a rare breed of politician: a woman who not only can admit our political system is broken, and our home planet cries for radical change, but who is dedicated to building a movement around making it through the diminishing window of opportunity for life on Earth. Jill Stein is the Green Party’s 2016 candidate for president of the United States. She is an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental health advocate. She has led initiatives promoting healthy communities, local green economies and the revitalization of democracy–addressing issues such as campaign finance reform, green jobs, racially-just redistricting, and the cleanup of incinerators, coal plants, and toxics. She was a principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit.


Produced by March Young, producer of Unlearn & Rewild, Mendocino, CA

Hosted by Ayana Young, host of Unlearn & Rewild, Mendocino, CA

Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential Campaign

This week on From the Vault, we study the 1968 presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. We’ll follow his meteoric rise from presidential race late-comer to popular candidate and shocking murder through a series of recordings preserved by Pacifica Radio Archives.

We begin with one of Kennedy’s early campaign speeches from March of 1968 on the campus of San Fernando Valley State College (later renamed California State University, Northridge). Here, Kennedy states his positions on the United Farm Worker strike and involvement of the U.S. in Vietnam, and takes questions from reporters afterwards.

A few weeks later Bobby Kennedy was back in Los Angeles to speak in front of a gathering of business and financial leaders at the Biltmore Hotel on April 19th, 1968. Again we’ll hear Kennedy’s charm even when facing a hostile audience.

We conclude with interview with USA Radio Networks White House Correspondent Connie Lawn, who was a young journalist getting her first major work covering the Presidential campaign with Robert F. Kennedy. She spoke with the BBC’s Joanne Griffith about her experience on the campaign trail with Kennedy and the relevance of the historic events of 1968 today. Woven into this interview as she describes the evening of Bobby Kennedy’s shooting by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan is event actuality from the Pacifica Radio Archives.

The Healing Power Of Sound with David Gibson

Sound is medicine, according to the research of David Gibson. Every person, emotion, and ailment has a tone. He explains that we can use frequency to match or cancel out a negative vibration, or meet a negative emotion more easily. He discusses the process of finding a sound that best expresses an emotion, and letting it out, like we did as babies. He suggests that “…emotions are like water, they’re meant to flow. They’re not meant to stay around, they’re meant to move on through.” He also explains that there are more exact frequencies to explore for specific mental states. “There’s Delta which is for sleep, Theta, which is mostly dreaming or when you’re in the zone, when you’re like totally blissed out or there’s Alpha where you’re totally present and aware, and then there’s Beta where you’re thinking and processing which is where we are most of the time.” He explains how music therapy is being applied in western medicine to help patients with depression, pain, and even Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Gibson emphasizes that it’s not necessarily a one-size-fits-all, but that we can find and categorize the music that helps us in specific ways and place them in our proverbial medicine cabinet. “We often do it intuitively,” he says, but we could do it more specifically. “It’s unbelievable what’s been happening with people just by using sound and music.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


David Gibson is a leader in the field of sound healing and therapy. He’s the founder and director of the Globe Sound and Consciousness Institute in San Francisco, which offers an Associate Degree in sound healing therapy. He is also the producer of sound healing music and runs the sound therapy center at the institute, offering different types of sound healing treatments. He is a founder of the Sound Healing Research Association designed to help bring sound healing into the mainstream.

David Gibson is the author of:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is tone, frequency, vibration, sound
  • How is music and sound being used in medicine today
  • What is brainwave entrainment
  • How can sound alleviate pain and other symptoms
  • What are some examples of vibrational frequencies
  • What is the frequency of nature
  • What is the frequency of love
  • Can you detect sincerity in a person’s voice
  • How can you find your own frequency
  • What are some ways to deal with irritating sounds

Host: Justine Willis Toms               Interview Date: 3/8/2016            Program Number: 3576

Thoughts On Dying Well In A Death-Phobic Culture with Stephen Jenkinson

What constitutes dying well in a death-phobic culture? Stephen Jenkinson looks squarely in the eye of death. It is his experience from working with hundreds and hundreds of people who are actively dying, that, for the most part, we are encouraged by those around us not to let our dying be a big part of our life. He points out that this death-phobic culture “…prescribes [that] our understanding of the best dying is the one that messes with you the least, and the only way you can achieve that is to establish some kind of firewall of awareness whereby the realities of dying don’t intrude, and when they do, you’re losing a positive outlook that you have to reinstate.” In other words, in a death-phobic environment you are not allowed to know that you are dying when you are dying. Families are besieged by arguments over whether or not to tell their loved ones they are dying. In this dense and profound dialogue, Jenkinson offers this perspective when asked about wrestling with death as opposed to fighting with it: “As you are dying you get an opportunity to live in a way that your normal life has not granted you… [you] answer the bell and testify deeply to how radically blessed you were to be able to live long enough to realize how fine it was to be alive… You’re under no obligation to accept that you’re dying when you are, which is the current mantra. Hopefully you’d be heartbroken about the fact that you don’t get to live a lot longer, hopefully you wish it were otherwise, and occasionally you demand that it be otherwise. This is in keeping with dying well.” He also adds that life is a time-limited offer and the “obligation is to obey. Obey doesn’t mean submit; obey means attend to. What is this asking of me now?”  There is much to ponder in this dialogue whether or not you are actively dying. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Stephen Jenkinson is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He has a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work. He was formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor. He has worked extensively with dying people and their families and is a consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of the Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and is the subject of the documentary film, Griefwalker.

Stephen Jenkinson is the author of:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How the whole medical system is technologically driven
  • How the acquisition of more time prompts the demand for euthanasia
  • How the timetable for dying is often dictated by the general readiness of the people around the dying person
  • How our dying can be a gift to life
  • What is the difference between fighting death and wrestling with death
  • How grief is the twin of love
  • How do we propose to love that which isn’t going to last no matter how much we love it

Host: Justine Willis Toms                 Date: 3/14/2016                    Program Number: 3582

Knowing the Nature of Your Elemental Personality with Debra Silverman

Debra Silverman suggests that each of us has basic personality traits that can be seen in the context of the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire. Understanding which element is most prevalent in your personality and which ones are weak will help you to understand what is missing in order to be a more balanced human being. As she describes each element and its characteristics, including its shadows and strengths, she further explains the importance of using the four elements as a basis for finding our purpose. She explains that knowing your elemental make-up will help you follow your natural instincts and rhythms and will reveal to you your soul’s purpose and what you are here to contribute. She suggests we take responsibility to find our weaknesses, push through our discomfort, and balance our system so we can better contribute our gifts to the world. Also, having knowledge of the different attributes of each element helps us to understand others and be better able to embrace our differences. “Because it’s our job,” she says, “to learn humility and compassion for the human condition as we help the planet evolve.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Debra Silverman holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has specialized in helping thousands of individuals achieve emotional health and wisdom based on their unique personality and the four elements of water, air, earth, and fire. She combines this work with her expertise in Soul-Centered Astrology. She is a host of an on-line radio program “Tell me a Story.” She works on an individual basis as well as with groups, and is the author of The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition (Findhorn Press 2016).

Silverman is the author of:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What are the four elements
  • Which elements are we born with
  • Which elements are we missing
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of each
  • Which astrological signs are associated with each element
  • How can we handle the challenge of the missing element
  • What are some ways to solve for the missing element
  • How does it help the whole of humanity to find our missing element
  • What is happening on the planet now and what does it have to do with our missing element
  • What is different about today’s youth, and how has the relationship between youth and elders changed

Host: Justine Willis Toms              Interview Date: 3/3/2016                Program Number: 3575

Writing From The Belly with Isabel Allende (ENCORE)

Niece and goddaughter of former Chilean president Salvador Allende, Isabel Allende was forced to flee Chile after the 1973 military coup. She now lives in California, writing novels infused with deep knowledge and feeling about the human experience. Her gift for luxuriant sensuality comes through in this dialogue. “I’m so aware of death,” she says. “I enjoy so much the things that I should enjoy … with a feeling that they may be gone in five minutes.” She tells the moving story of her daughter’s death, and how the stories of people she meets find their way into her writing:  “Every book,” she says, “is triggered by a very strong emotion that has been with me for a long time, and usually that emotion is painful. However, the process of writing is so joyful.” It is this rich involvement with the heart and soul of humanity that lends depth to her life and writing, and truth to her fiction. She describes her writing process and philosophy, the differences between Latin American and U.S. family life, her attitude about death and her optimism for humanity’s future. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American writer. She the niece and goddaughter of former Chilean president Salvador Allende. She was forced to flee Chile after the 1973 military coup. In 2004 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Isabel Allende’s books include:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Insights on the process of writing a novel
  • The value of criticism
  • The importance of telling stories
  • The role of family in Latin America
  • Pain vs. suffering as a source of inspiration in writing
  • The fascinating way fact and fiction merge in Allende’s life
  • Allende’s thoughts on coping with death
  • The relationship between writer and reader
  • The making of the movie House of Spirits
  • Valuable tips for writers on writing
  • Journalism vs. fiction

Host:   Michael Toms           Interview Date: 5/17/1993       Program Number: 2384