Larry Brilliant, A Hippie Saves the World

His guru told him to do it.

So he listened. Thus the quest began for a hippie with a medical degree to become a key player in helping to eradicate smallpox, the deadliest disease in history. Larry Brilliant tells his story in Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst disease in History.

After sitting at the feet of Martin Luther King at the University of Michigan in 1963, Larry Brilliant was swept up into the civil rights movement, marching and protesting across America and Europe. As a radical young doctor he followed the hippie trail from London over the Khyber Pass with his wife Girija, Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farm commune to India. There, he found himself in a Himalayan ashram wondering whether he had stumbled into a cult. Instead, one of India’s greatest spiritual teachers, Neem Karoli Baba, opened Larry’s heart and told him his destiny was to work for the World Health Organization to help eradicate killer smallpox. He would never have believed he would become a key player in eliminating a 10,000-year-old disease that killed more than half a billion people in the 20th century alone.

This month on the Beloved Community host John Shuck engages one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and winner of the TEDPrize, Larry Brilliant, in an in depth discussion about spirituality and activism.   It is a testimony to life, its excruciating hardships, trust, hope, and fulfillment.

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Friday, December 9th, 9-10 am KBOO 90.7
Podcast
Pacifica Network Syndicated Version

Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, Dec 1-14

Sue Monk Kidd has written several novels including The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, and The Invention of Wings.   Before the novels was the story of Sue Monk Kidd’s own journey, the Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine.   The 20th anniversary edition of the Dance of the Dissident Daughter has just been released. She discusses how that book shaped her novels, the quest for the Sacred Feminine, her relationship with organized religion, the effect Dance of the Dissident Daughter has had on her readers over the past 20 years, “holy misogyny,” and the grief and  corresponding responsive action regarding the election.

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Pacifica Radio Network
WETS, 89.5, Johnson City, TN- Th 8p and Su 2p (Eastern)
WPVM, 103.7, Asheville, NC- Su 8a (Eastern)
WEHC, 90.7, Emory, VA- Su noon, M 1p
KBOO, 90.7, Portland, OR- TBA — Beloved Community 2nd Fr 9-10a (Pacific)
KZAX, 94.9, Bellingham, WA- Su 8a (Pacific)
KCEI, 90.1, Taos, NM-TBA
Via podcast Sunday, December 11th.

Thankful for Pacifica Network

On Thanksgiving I am thankful for independent, volunteer-powered community radio.  More than ever we need citizen journalists and independent media outlets to report on the stories that do not simply contribute to the profits of networks and their advertisers.

I am thankful for KBOO, 90.7 in Portland for airing my show, Beloved Community, every second Friday from 9-10 a.m.  This show is politically oriented and provides resources for activists.

I also host a weekly radio show/podcast that airs on several stations and is produced at KBOO.  Progressive Spirit talks about values, spirituality, social justice, and religion in society.

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My programs got a boost this week.  The Pacifica Radio Network has featured my interview with Matthew Fox on Sprouts!   As many as 40 stations or more will air it this week.   As a special shout out to them, I am linking to their websites on this post.

You can hear that Sprouts broadcast here.

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You can hear the full 60 minute interview with Fox that aired on KBOO here.

Please support your neighborhood community, college, or public radio station.   

Now is the time for citizens to stand up against neo-facism.  
We need all institutions in the public sphere to rise up and resist.

I am grateful to the stations that carry my show on a regular basis:

KBOO/Portland, Oregon,
WETS/Johnson City, Tennessee,
WEHC/Emory, Virginia,
WPVM/Asheville, North Carolina,
KZAX/Bellingham, WA,
*KCEI/Taos, New Mexico.

Gratitude to those stations that carry Progressive Spirit and/or Beloved Community when they have space in their programming schedule:

Cottage Grove, Oregon, KSOW 106.7
Florence, Oregon, KXCR, 90.7
*Lincoln County, Oregon, KYAQ 91.7
Jeffersonville, New York, WJFF 90.5
Norman, Oklahoma, KVOY 104.5
Goldendale, Washington, KVGD 100.1
Chicago, Illinois, WZRD, 88.3
Carrboro, North Carolina, WCOM 103.5
LanChester, Pennsylvania, WLRI 92.9
Round Mountain, California, KKRN, 88.5
*Houston, Texas, KPFT 90.1
*Moscow, Idaho, KRFP 90.3
*Middletown, Connecticut, WESU 88.1
*Kansas City, Missouri, KKFI 90.1
*Ames, Iowa, KHOI 89.1
Kahului, Hawaii, KAKU 88.5
Two Harbors, Minnesota, KTWH 99.5

*Also carrying my show this week on Sprouts.

Gratitude for all stations who have carried my show for the first time through Sprouts this week!

Phoenix, Arizona, RadioPhoenix
Berkeley, California, KPFA, 94.1
Redway, California, KMUD
Santa Cruz, California, FreeRadio, 101.3
Boulder, Colorado, KGNU, 88.5
Sarasota, Florida, WSLR, 96.5
Greenville, Illinois, WGRN, 89.5
Peoria, Illinois, WAZU, 90.7
Acra, New York, WGXC, 90.7
Ithaca, New York, WRFI, 88.1
Palenville, New York, WLPP, 102.9
Columbus, Ohio, WGRN, 94.1
Ashland, Oregon, KSKQ, 89.5
Knoxville & Tri-Cities, Tennessee, Detour.us
Plainfield, Vermont, WGDR, 91.1
Mount Vernon, Washington, KSVR, 91.7
Olympia, Washington, KOAS, 89.3
Olympia, Washington, KOWA, 106.5
Spokane, Washington, KYRS, 88.1/92.3
Madison, Wisconsin, WMUU, 102.9
Viroqua, Wisconsin, WDRT, 91.9
Global Community Radio, global communityradio.blogspot
Work Force Rising Radio, workforcerising.com

Kim Krans, The Wild Unknown, Nov 24 – Dec 7

When many think of Tarot cards they think of a gypsy in a tent telling some rube that there is a stranger, tall, dark and handsome in her future. But Tarot is much more than fortune-telling and hocus pocus. It is a fun way to discover the “deep self.” My guest, Kim Krans, author and writer from Portland, has created a beautiful Tarot card deck and accompanying guidebook, The Wild Unknown: Tarot Card and Guidebook.  She finds her own path with the artistry and presents a deck that is visually arresting. I speak with Kim about Tarot and her story in creating The Wild Unknown.

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Pacifica Radio Network
WETS, 89.5, Johnson City, TN- Th 8p and Su 2p (Eastern)
WPVM, 103.7, Asheville, NC- Su 8a (Eastern)
WEHC, 90.7, Emory, VA- Su noon, M 1p
KBOO, 90.7, Portland, OR- TBA — Beloved Community 2nd Fr 9-10a (Pacific)
KZAX, 94.9, Bellingham, WA- Su 8a (Pacific)
KCEI, 90.1, Taos, NM-TBA
Via podcast Sunday, December 4th.

Matthew Fox, Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey, Nov 17 – Nov 30

This week I speak with someone who models activism, intellect and spirituality, Matthew Fox. Silenced by the Vatican for his views, he 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. His latest book, published in 2016 is called 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.

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Featured on Sprouts!
Pacifica Radio Network
WETS, 89.5, Johnson City, TN- Th 8p and Su 2p (Eastern)
WPVM, 103.7, Asheville, NC- Su 8a (Eastern)
WEHC, 90.7, Emory, VA- Su noon, M 1p
KBOO, 90.7, Portland, OR- TBA — Beloved Community 2nd Fr 9-10a (Pacific)
KZAX, 94.9, Bellingham, WA- Su 8a (Pacific)
KCEI, 90.1, Taos, NM-TBA
Via podcast Sunday, November 27th.

Kenneth Briggs, The Invisible Bestseller, Nov. 10-23

Kenneth Briggs is a journalist and commentator who worked for many years as religion writer for Newsday and religion editor for the New York Times. He is the author of The Invisible Best Seller: Searching for the Bible in America.   He has traveled the country talking to people about the Bible. Even as it is still a bestseller, few people know what is in it.   What is the future of the Bible when it is stripped away of its supernaturalism and it no longer provides the overarching narrative for humanity?   Join us for a candid conversation about the Bible in America.

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Pacifica Radio Network
WETS, 89.5, Johnson City, TN- Th 8p and Su 2p (Eastern)
WPVM, 103.7, Asheville, NC- Su 8a (Eastern)
WEHC, 90.7, Emory, VA- Su noon, M 1p
KBOO, 90.7, Portland, OR- TBA — Beloved Community 2nd Fr 9-10a (Pacific)
KZAX, 94.9, Bellingham, WA- Su 8a (Pacific)
KCEI, 90.1, Taos, NM-TBA
Via podcast Sunday, November 20th.