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We aim to raise awareness on topical issues, health, lifestyle, art, literature, socio-economic conditions and philosophical viewpoints to name a few. Our focus is to traverse the tangent route and visualize the diametrically opposite by exploring untrodden cognitive paths. The contextual framework of our discussions will resonate powerfully with a wider global audience due to the interchange of contemporary discourse and the connectivity of diverse belief systems. To achieve this requires a sense of balance, a mirrored connection between the two parts. We are intertwined with our audience, one cannot exist without the other. The show will re-form and reshape fragmented narratives by offering content that alters one’s existing scope of vision. Our goal is to create a forum for you to rethink mainstream discourse by balancing linkages between source and audience. We hope to inspire a global listening audience and speak directly to the untapped potential within us all.
Stoking the Fires of Urban Complex - Solitude and Loneliness
Stoking the Fires of Urban Complex - Solitude’s Journey and The Undead of Loneliness Modern lifestyles in the 21st century are unlike any other period in human history. Populations are living longer, urban centres are becoming denser and the ongoing expansion of the Internet has transformed how individuals communicate and interact with one another. Although modern societies are increasingly connected via digital platforms, a growing tide of loneliness appears to be on the rise through various forms of social isolation. According to a recent report entitled Loneliness in America (February 2021) 43% of young adults reported an increase in loneliness since the outbreak of the COVID events. More worryingly, over the past 50 years, loneliness has become increasingly widespread at a global level, especially in middle aged and older adults. In this episode, we distinguish between loneliness and solitude, explaining the major differences between the two experiences. Loneliness is a negative state where there is no given choice, leading to an individual “feeling alone” whereas, solitude is a voluntary state marked by a choice of “being alone” to spend time by one self. We ask key questions, such as; What Is loneliness? Who Is mainly affected? Why loneliness is bad for us? How it affects our health? And are we neglecting a part of our lives which leads to a greater sense of happiness and satisfaction? We the explore the concept of solitude and its relation to the modern world and discover there are overlapping lines between preferring solitude and choosing solitude and the boundaries often get blurred. In the final section, we explore the idea of modern society becoming a more lonelier place by analyzing solitude through the philosophical thought of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau’s time spent alone was not merely about self-sufficiency, it was about solitude and transcendence towards the divine in nature. By examining Thoreau’s Masterpiece, Walden, we establish a contradiction between encountering the self (during solitude), as opposed to seeking company (during solitude). This draws parallels with modern society whereby, populations are living in closer contact, in the form of densely populated, urbanized communities. However paradoxically, our modern way of life (by its very design) isolates us from others, resulting in a growth of disparate communities which are drifting further apart, hence a rising trend of more people experiencing loneliness. Key factors influencing this trend include a slow decline in spatial communities and the influence of technology on social isolation. To conclude we argue that, market capitalism has purposefully created a state of loneliness through its complex and artificial capitalist economic system. This is the same system which continues to stoke an addiction to wealth and materialism, by making people work longer hours, thereby perpetuating the cycle of loneliness.
5d ago
1 hr
Log cabins: A Return to Self-awareness & Nature’s Disequilibrium
Log cabins are deeply rooted in regional folklore and history from around the world, evoking memories of an idyllic lifestyle and the intrigue of a forgotten past. Although, associated with rustic images of American frontier life, historically, log building has its roots in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Indeed, it is widely accepted that the Finns and the Swedes brought with them, the most developed knowledge of wood construction, as the majority of these immigrants settled along the banks of the Delaware River between 1860-1900. Log cabins were also symbolic of the spirit of the early settlers recognizing their hard work and humble beginnings. Moreover, the same traits of unassuming simplicity and a deep connection to nature were key factors in the success of another legendary outdoorsman by the name of Dick Proenneke. He took the ideas of personal endurance to the next level by settling in the icy wilderness of Alaska, and living there alone in a log cabin built by hand for 30 years. However his story is not one, of a man enduring hardship or struggling to survive against nature, it was quite the opposite. He pursued a simple lifestyle and lived in perfect harmony with his environment and what the land provided him. Dick Proenneke’s remarkable story is one defined by fortitude and a willingness to adapt to nature and provides the perfect link with this episode’s special guest, because he too was influenced at a young age, by the videography of “Alone in the Wilderness,” a documentary about the story of Proenneke’s accomplishments as a skilled craftsman and keen conservationist. It was this account of Dick Proenneke which inspired our special guest to build a series of remote log cabins beginning with his move to Fairbanks, Alaska at the age of 21. Indeed, Kyle Helmberger is an outdoor innovator living his dream in the American wilderness and represents the new generation of self sufficiency advocate, pursuing a simpler and more meaningful life. In this interview he provides a fascinating account of his various log cabin builds and the adventurous spirit which planted the seeds for this incredible journey. We also focus on the deeper philosophical issues raised by remote living, by referencing the work of one of the foremost thinkers of American Literature, Henry David Thoreau and his seminal work, Walden. We explore issues such as: Self-reflection and the pursuit of one’s identity; Piety & frugality; The rise of urbanization; The advance of industrial capitalism in America; Personal autonomy and productive capacity in the workplace; Solitude and Re-connection to nature. We conclude by celebrating the transfer of self-sufficiency skills and trail-blazing approach from one generation to the next. An ideal opportunity to reflect on the important philosophical ideals of cabin life, including; The relative nature of time; nature’s perpetual cycles and a greater appreciation of beauty through simplicity.
Jan 5 2022
1 hr
Tiny Homes: The BIG Alternative, Banishing the Ghost of McMansion
Over the last two decades, tiny homes have taken up a firm place in the collective consciousness and despite no single definition, they generally refer to small buildings (less than 400 sq ft) where space is maximized to create a long-term residence. The wider tiny house movement has gained immense popularity among various demographic groups, and is underscored by a minimalist ethos that “less is more” utilizing formal design and architectural concepts. However the main assumption is that homeowners can increase affordability while reducing the impact of their environmental footprint. Proponents of the movement are keen to work alongside policy makers and planners to address a number of complimentary housing issues. For example, as a solution to a growing housing shortage and affordability crisis in large cities and conurbations on a global level. Also, as a temporary form of housing for frontline workers and to meet the demands of a rising digital workforce. Indeed the tiny house movement is not only gathering momentum but it’s also confronting these challenges head on. Tiny homes have a small footprint but they offer a great deal to those people with an open mind; In particular, to adventurous homeowners, to investment property owners and to individuals looking for a simpler lifestyle or vacation. In this episode we invite Jennifer McCarthy, President and Founder of Teacup Tiny Homes based in Lethbridge, Alberta to explain various aspects of the operational side of her business. She discusses the plan models which her company designs and builds; How conforming to the latest building and efficiency codes produces a more sustainable Tiny House; How smaller spaces can be maximized to make them look and feel bigger, and her leadership insights regarding the Tiny Home Industry. We trace the origins of the tiny house movement from early thinkers and adopters such as Sarah Susanka and Jay Shafer, who both influenced the broader conversation about creating a better, more thought out space, emphasizing quality over quantity. We introduce fascinating research which confirms the growing trend of conventional houses getting bigger over the past five decades. New US homes today are 1,000 square feet larger than in 1973 and living space per person has nearly doubled. Interestingly, while houses are getting bigger, family size is getting smaller. We also cite a UCLA social science study reprinted in 2017 which highlights the effects of consumerism and material culture, explaining how empty space has been repurposed for storage use. But on a darker note, how consumer societies are drowning in a “culture of clutter.” In contrast, Tiny Homes offer homeowners the opportunity to value, quality of space over quantity of square footage. Clearly Tiny Homes are an alternative to traditional forms of housing by making us re-examine the underlying housing trends which have created undue societal pressure for decades but most importantly, how we view our quality of life
Dec 22 2021
1 hr
The Modern Nomads Leading the Vanguard to a New American Frontier
Nomadism is a centuries old way of life for people who choose not to live in one place but continuously move on a cyclical basis. Nomads are often romanticized in literature and art through narratives of transience and travel such as the ancient Greek epic, Homer’s Odyssey or the exotic image of the nomadic Gypsy. Nomads are integral to human civilization because our ancestors once roamed the earth as hunter gatherers. This instinctive drive to begin new journeys forms the basis of today’s episode as we examine nomads in the modern context, through a travelling community of “van dwellers” living in the United States. Van dwellers are part of a social movement of nomadic individuals who reject conformity in favour of minimalism, frugal living and a broad re-assessment of their life values. It represents a counter-cultural approach to living because instead of sinking money into homes, they choose to convert their vans into living spaces. Although this alternative lifestyle is a clear choice for those seeking adventure and liberation, regrettably many people are forced to lead it for monetary reasons. This underlying theme of economic necessity is closely linked to our special guest, Bob Wells. He is a leading exponent of the nomadic lifestyle and has become an inspirational figure to those individuals who have rejected the standard script of economic wealth and security for all. In this episode we explore how he began living on the road during the mid 1990s, after a devastating divorce left him in dire economic circumstances, and was unable to pay for his rent. By learning to save money and live rent-free in a box van, he slowly adapted and learned to embrace his life of mobile living and the new found freedom it afforded him. He offers practical advice on how to live a nomadic life through his website and YouTube channel, CheapRVLiving. But his main audience comes from a predominantly older community especially those facing the stark reality of financial hardship and homelessness. He has made it his life’s mission to help and serve others who have reached an existential crisis in their lives. Bob also features in the multi-Oscar winning film Nomadland (2020), playing a fictionalized version of his own character as a real life nomad. He is also a vocal critic of the American Dream, believing it is out of touch with the harsh economic conditions lived by ordinary Americans. We also explore the darker themes of nomadic life such as grief, loss and emotional pain, which have been laid bare by the advance of American Capitalism. But despite more people abandoning the ever more ethereal American Ideal, Bob Well’s message is one of hope and resilience because the nomad’s story is underscored by a human will to survive. The ultimate belief that from darkness comes light, expressed as a rallying cry that, “the best times of your life” are still ahead.
Dec 8 2021
1 hr
Recording the Art of Americana: Who Mourns the Eternal Star?
We begin this episode with a short introduction on the Canadian born icon and musical legend Leonard Cohen. A truly towering figure in the realm of literature and song writing who brought clarity and insight to fans and critics alike. His artistic achievements are remarkable: Over the course of his life Cohen published twelve books, ten poetry collections; He released fourteen studio albums during a recording career which spanned five decades and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 Cohen was also a definitive Americana artist, arguably writing some of his most influential music in a remote area of Nashville. The theme of Americana is closely linked to our special guest, Sue Moreno (Singer-Entertainer). Not only was Cohen, one of her earliest musical inspirations but she too has a solid grounding in Americana, which she established early in her career. She also incorporates a variety of other music styles to her repertoire such as country, gospel, jazz and vintage pop. We discuss the release of her new album, “The Memphis Soul Sessions–Songs of love and Faith” released on November 1 2021. It is a very personal record written on a deeply spiritual level, in which she shares her feelings about love and faith. The result is a statement album with an undeniable message, coming straight from the heart. Throughout the interview we use Leonard Cohen as a context to explore lyrical themes in her album, concerning love & faith, hope and despair, while analyzing overlapping life experiences from Cohen. We plot her journey since 2019, returning to the United States to record her new album, amidst a period of personal loss and crisis. We gain a better understanding of where she stands today as a recording artist and her view of this particular stage of her career. We explore the creative process of this unique, multi-talented artist drawing insights and comparisons from the legendary Cohen. We ask: whether creativity is a path shrouded in mystery, her thoughts on the process to achieve perfection and delve into the hidden concept of inspiration. We also venture untrodden paths regarding the contemporary era of the music industry which has changed fundamentally since the 2000’s. The Internet has revolutionized the way we create and consume music. Indeed, it has created new power structures removing the control once held by major record labels and shifting it to the consumer. We discuss the inherent inequities created by powerful streaming platforms such as Spotify. Also, the rise of visually dominant platforms such as Instagram and Tik-Tok which are designed for instant gratification via captivating content. But most importantly the loss of touring and live events which represent an artist’s biggest source of revenue due to Covid events. We conclude with the abiding message of Leonard Cohen that everything is essentially imperfect and new beginnings are achieved only by confronting the brokenness of things.
Nov 24 2021
1 hr
The Alchemist & His Apprentice - Stagecraft of Media Manipulation
The Alchemist and His Apprentice -The Stagecraft of Mass Media Manipulation In this episode we focus on how the media is manipulated and controlled by governments, corporations and interest groups to further their respective causes. Media manipulation has been used since the early 20 Century in many war theatres by employing sophisticated techniques such as propaganda and perception management. In the modern context, propaganda is used to persuade the public of the merits of a particular course of action. For instance, in the case of questionable wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan, PR firms manipulated the media using standard techniques such as spreading disinformation in order to shape public opinion. We focus on the use of media as a tool of propaganda in the aftermath of the events of 9/11 and the during the second gulf war in Iraq. To this end the media is an essential conduit of information which, when used correctly, represents one of the most powerful weapons the government possesses at its disposal. By communicating messages to the wider population, the media’s role is to imbue individuals with the patterns of behaviour to absorb them into the institutional structures of wider society. The emphasis on message control reflects the intertwining of journalism with the political order, creating an alliance between state-craft and stage-craft. Hence mass media clearly has a pervasive influence on contemporary society. We ask; Why is there is a lack of a critical depth in mainstream media? Or indeed why alternative views are rarely aired (unless there is a motive to ridicule them). Essentially because, media manipulation is related to wealth and power and the dominant elites use television networks and news journalism to maintain their hegemonic position in society. Finally we examine a manipulation technique, referred to by British author and researcher David Icke, as Problem – Reaction – Solution (PRS). Also known as order out of chaos it stems from the philosophical approach of Hegel's Dialectic consisting of an interchange of three stages of development. It involves going from Thesis to Antithesis reverting back again to Synthesis. We provide real life examples where this technique has been used throughout History, resulting in actions or legislation that would never have passed under normal circumstances, based on fear, chaos and disorder. Using this approach we draw parallels with the present Coronavirus, COVID-19 crisis, which appears to invoke the familiar blueprint of the PRS model.
Apr 21 2021
1 hr
The Black Arts of CIA Torture and the Whitehouse Revolving Door
From the period 2001 to 2005, over a quarter of all countries in the world cooperated in a secret rendition network that enabled the transfer of potential terrorist suspects to undisclosed detention sites. As many as fifty four foreign governments participated in these operations in different ways including; hosting CIA prisons on their soil ; interrogation, torture & abuse of individuals ;Providing intelligence ;Permitting the use of domestic airspace and airports for secret flights to transport detainees. By engaging in torture and other abuses the US government not only violated domestic and international law but left its moral standing on the world stage, in ruins. Overall it eroded support for its counterterrorism efforts worldwide as these abuses came to light. Furthermore, foreign governments failed to protect detainees from secret detention and extraordinary rendition on their territories and the United States undermined longstanding human rights protection, enshrined in international law, including the norm against torture. However, long before it was revealed to the general public, the Clinton Whitehouse was already engaged in policies that amounted to extraordinary rendition. By the mid-1990s the Clinton administration was active in transporting suspects to third-party countries where they were interrogated, tortured and even executed. Under George W. Bush, the scope of the operation simply widened and the legal restraints were loosened, In this episode we detail how the CIA’s ghoulish system of torture was indeed part of a logical progression which developed over time, into the well oiled machinery that we know today. Essentially an orchestrated procedure designed to outsource torture which was slowly being perfected since the early Cold War period (several decades before the events of 9/11). This is because under various administrations dating back to the early post war period, the clandestine forces of the United States were already engaged in taking suspects from one country to another where they were subjected to abuse and in some cases, execution. These procedures have led to unimaginable cruelties, physical and sexual, that were often horrific and barely effective. For most of its history, the United States has cultivated a self serving, virtuous image that torture was always something the enemy did. However this has proved to be a fabricated myth which resurfaces in cyclical fashion to convince each new generation of the sanctity of American values and ideals.
Apr 7 2021
1 hr
Encore The Diana Events – A myth of compassion? Or a myth of violence?Beyond Power And Profit – Rethinking Success And FailureThe Exorcism of Rehabilitation and the Rise of Mass IncarcerationIn search of the undying flame: Robert F Kennedy’s abiding legacyThe JFK Conspiracy Theory and The Curious Incident of the DogFollow the yellow journalistic road – We’re off to see the wizardA tale of Eight Sprinters: Two got away, One Hero, One Villain and the Dubious Taste of ShameCOVID-19:The New Abnormal. A blip in humanity’s course or has a more disturbing precedent been set?The Vampire - Revenants of the past or Reflections of the Future?Seeking the Spirit of Christmas within the shelves of materialismThe Diana Events – A myth of compassion? Or a myth of violence?The stargazer’s looking glass and the path to Toronto’s homelessCan the era of Americana offer hope amid recent global turmoil?