On the Brink of Everything: A Conversation With Parker Palmer About Growing Old

Parker J. Palmer, Founder and Senior Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change. He has reached millions worldwide through his nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy. He is collaborating with singer/songwriter, Carrie Newcomer, in a project called The Growing Edge.

His tenth book is On The Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old.

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Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey: A Conversation with Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox. Silenced by the Vatican for his views, left the Catholic priesthood in the early 1980s. Matthew Fox is a theologian and activist who has written over 30 books. He has introduced millions of people to Creation Spirituality. In 2016 he published A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey. According to Fox, Merton was assassinated by the CIA. We will talk more about that as well as have a candid conversation about ecology, human rights, capitalism, and resistance.

In November 2016 I released an interview with activist, Matthew Fox. This is a rebroadcast of that episode.

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Dr. Cynthia McKinney and the Deep State

Former U.S. Congresswoman (1992-2002, 2004-2006) from Georgia and 2008 Presidential candidate for the Green Party, Dr. Cynthia McKinney, speaks with John Shuck on the Beloved Community.

Topics include her entry into politics, racism, the various factions of the Deep State, 9/11, COINTELPRO, media propaganda, Hollywood, the Israel lobby, and the wars.

It is an educational hour about what it takes to awaken and “unrig” ourselves from the rigged system of partisan politics and to become activists for truth and goodness.

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The New Morality: A Conversation with Eden Collinsworth (ENCORE)

What is moral?  How has morality changed and how does that effect how we make decisions and evaluate the decisions of others in politics, business, and sex?   In Behaving Badly:  The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business. Eden Collinsworth embarks on a personal journey to discover morality in a new globalized culture.

Eden Collinsworth is a former media executive and business consultant.  She was formerly of Arbor House Publishing Company founder of the LA based monthly magazine Buzz before becoming a vice president at Hearst Corporation.

She wrote a best-selling book in China for Chinese businesspeople on Western deportment and she launched Collinsworth & Associates, a Bejing based consulting firm which specialized in intercultural communication.

This is an encore presentation of an episode that originally aired in April 2017.

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Finding Oneself: Victoria Price and Bobby Bluejacket

Victoria Price, author of Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography, discusses with John Shuck her latest book, The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self.

Despite doing “all the right things” to successfully rebuild her life and her finances after a period of deep personal and professional turmoil where she lost almost everything, Victoria Price still felt something profoundly missing from her life. Victoria Price’s inspirational memoir is a heartfelt, candid account of rediscovering her joy and purpose after years of struggle, confusion and hopelessness.

Michael P. Daley writes about crime and cultural history. His latest book is Bobby Bluejacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld, the extraordinary true story of a man who went from career thief to prison journalist to Eastern Shawnee activist. Daley’s previous books include Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958–1992, which was featured in BBC, NPR, Vice, Book Forum, Rolling Stone, and was called the greatest music book of the year by Los Angeles Magazine. He was founder/Editor of Parallax News, a digital news service for the 2016 U.S. Election. Michael was also a founding member of Boo-Hooray and Sinecure Books. He has worked on productions for Rizzoli, Four Corners, Zero Books, Brookings, and Warner Brothers.

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Creationism and Breaking Up with God

In this episode I take us back to 2012 for a re-broadcast of interviews with Sarah Sentilles and Eugenie Scott.

In the first part of today’s show, you will hear an interview that first aired in January 2012 with Sarah Sentilles. Sarah Sentilles broke up with the Creator of the Universe just as she was about to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church.  She tells all in her book, Breaking Up With God: A Love Story.  In this interview Dr. Sentilles shares her theological journey and demonstrates why if the church is going to have any relevancy to educated and inquiring minds, it is going to need to challenge its patriarchy and its outdated images of God.

Eugenie Scott, was  executive director of the National Center for Science Education from 1986 to 2014.  In 2012 she was my guest to discuss the history of the evolution/creationism controversy, and promote the teaching of science.

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Evolution, Climate Change, Denial & Beliefs

In this episode I take us back to 2012 for a re-broadcast of interviews with Michael Zimmerman and Barbara Kingsolver.

In the first part of today’s show, you will hear an interview that first aired in February 2012 with Michael Zimmerman, the founder of the Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend.   Over 13 thousand Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist clergy have signed a letter in support of teaching evolution in public schools.   On the Sunday closest to Darwin’s Birthday faith communities all over the United States celebrate Evolution Weekend by honoring science and religion.

Author Barbara Kingsolver lives in southwest Virginia.  She is the author of 14 books including the The  Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  She visited with me at the WEHC studio at Emory and Henry College to discuss her latest novel, Flight Behavior, a novel set in Southern Appalachia.   In part it is about denial and the beliefs that get assigned to us.

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