Welcome to the new podcast from World BEYOND War, a global grassroots network of antiwar activists. Please listen and also get involved!
Activism and the Imagination with Vanessa Veselka and Rivera Sun
In this special episode of the World BEYOND War podcast, novelists Vanessa Veselka ("Zazen", "The Great Offshore Grounds") and Rivera Sun ("The Way Between", "The Dandelion Insurrection") with unique backgrounds in activism and organizing join Marc Eliot Stein for a free-form conversation about the hero's journey, survival, labor unions, the way protest actions can change our lives, anger, nonviolence and sexual violence, leadership, Sharon Blackie, Leo Tolstoy and the problem of conquest activism. Musical excerpt: "Wonderous Stories" by Yes.
Gandhi's Science of Peace with Suman Khanna Aggarwal
Suman Khanna Aggarwal, Gandhian scholar and President of the Shanti Sahyog center for nonviolence and conflict resolution in New Delhi, India talks to Marc Eliot Stein about her organization’s work and her own journey towards an understanding of Gandhian nonviolence, the science of peace and the discipline of conflict resolution. We also talk about global peace movements, Richard Attenborough's movie, spirituality, Tolstoy, Socrates and controversial aspects of Mahatma Gandhi's life. Musical excerpt: "Satyagraha" by Philip Glass.
This Is America
Where is the USA headed? Following the 2020 election, six American peace activists and board members of World BEYOND War talk about this large, troubled North American country's place on the planet and trajectory in times of climate crisis, health crisis, racial crisis, economic crisis and constitutional crisis. Donnal Walter, Odile Hugonot Haber, Gar Smith, John Reuwer and Alice Slater join Marc Eliot Stein for an open conversation. Musical excerpts: Childish Gambino, Bruce Springsteen.
Emerging Activists on Five Continents
Roundtable discussion with five young emerging activists in five continents: Alejandra Rodriguez in Colombia, Laiba Khan in India, Mélina Villeneuve in UK, Christine Odera in Kenya, Sayako Aizeki-Nevins in USA. We talk about cross-generational activism, education and history curriculums, legacies of war, poverty, racism and colonialism, the impact of climate change and the current pandemic on activist movements, and what motivates each of us in the work we do. Hosted by Marc Eliot Stein and World BEYOND War’s education director Phill Gittins. Musical excerpt: Shawn Mendes.
A Celebration of Kevin Zeese with Margaret Flowers
A roundtable tribute to lifelong activist and Popular Resistance co-founder Kevin Zeese with Margaret Flowers and World BEYOND War's David Swanson, Leah Bolger, Pat Elder and Marc Eliot Stein. Music by Traveling Wilburys.
Digging Deeper With Nicholson Baker, And A Song By Margin Zheng
Part Two with Nicholson Baker, author of "Baseless: My Search For Secrets In The Ruins Of The Information Act", talking about the CIA's unethical past, the Korean War, today's antiwar movements, psychological warfare against historians, gaslighting, Obama, Trump, the effectiveness of nonviolent protest. Also featuring the song "When I See You Cry" and a brief interview with the young peace activist composer Margin Zheng.