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Amanda Palmer is a rock star, best-selling author, TED speaker and community leader who does everything on her own terms simply by asking. Now, she turns the tables on her colleagues and heroes to find out how they create art, love difficult people, work for change, and survive the worst moments of their lives. From porn stars to empathy researchers, and cartoonists to climate scientists, no topic is out of bounds.

The Art of Asking Everything Amanda Palmer

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Amanda Palmer is a rock star, best-selling author, TED speaker and community leader who does everything on her own terms simply by asking. Now, she turns the tables on her colleagues and heroes to find out how they create art, love difficult people, work for change, and survive the worst moments of their lives. From porn stars to empathy researchers, and cartoonists to climate scientists, no topic is out of bounds.

    Eli Pariser: How We Can Actually Use the Internet for Good Things

    Eli Pariser: How We Can Actually Use the Internet for Good Things

    Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Eli Pariser, recorded July 24, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Eli Pariser wants to make technology and media serve democracy, instead of the other way around. He is an author, activist, and entrepreneur who became executive director of MoveOn.org in 2004, where he helped pioneer the practice of online citizen engagement. Eli is also the co-founder of Upworthy, a website for meaningful viral content, and Avaaz, a global citizen's organization. His book, “The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You” not only introduced the term “filter bubble” to the world, but also kicked off a conversation about online discourse that has only become more pressing. He is the author of two TED Talks that focus on social media’s responsibility to the greater good. He currently co-directs, with Talia Stroud, the Civic Signals Project, which aims to support the creation of more flourishing digital public spaces. Check out his recent piece in Wired about how to create public spaces online.
    In this episode we talk about how we should attribute people’s actions to their situation instead of their character, controlling your environment to change your behavior for the good, applying urban planning theories to The Internet, inviting in the things you want in your life, why it is so hard to be an artist in America, having empathy for people you don’t agree with, the struggle to raise children with the right amount of determination and grit, and how shame is a cultural tool to create conformity.

    @elipariser

    https://www.elipariser.org

    TED:
    https://www.ted.com/speakers/eli_pariser

    Civic Signals:
    http://civicsignals.io/

    Wired:
    https://www.wired.com/story/to-mend-a-broken-internet-create-online-parks/


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    Laura Jane Grace: Punk Guilt

    Laura Jane Grace: Punk Guilt

    Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Laura Jane Grace. Recorded March 15, 2019 in Austin, TX.

    Laura Jane Grace is the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me! They’ve come out with 7 studio albums. Grace is one of the first highly visible punk rock musicians to come out as transgender and has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. Her column Mandatory Happiness was published by Vice for years.

    Her autobiography is entitled, "Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout."

    Her debut solo album “Bought to Rot” was released in 2018. Her new album “Stay Alive” is out now on Polyvinyl Records.

    We talk about enjoying music as an individual, musicians working in cycles, the relationship between speed and creativity, and punk guilt.

    @LauraJaneGrace

    www.laurajanegracemusic.com

    Stay Alive:
    https://www.polyvinylrecords.com/product/stay_alive

    Bought to Rot:
    https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/bought-rot

    Against Me!:
    https://www.againstme.net

    Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout:
    https://againstme.myshopify.com/collections/everything/products/laura-jane-grace-tranny-hardcover-book



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    BJ Miller: An Expert on Death Talks About Life

    BJ Miller: An Expert on Death Talks About Life

    Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with BJ Miller. Recorded May 9th, 2019 in Marin, CA.

    BJ currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability.

    At the age of 19, BJ was electrocuted and lost 3 of his limbs. This accident led him down a path of studying art history and eventually towards his career of palliative care.

    His 2015 TED Talk, entitled “What Really Matters at the End of Life” presented BJ’s perspective on death.

    BJ is also the subject of the 2018 Netflix documentary, “End Game.”

    His book, “A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death,” was released last year. The Washington Post called it, “a gentle, knowledgeable guide to a fate we all share.”

    We talked about art history as therapy, living life as an art composition, the relationship between limitations and creativity, making the best of your situation and the allusion of independence.

    @bjmillermd

    @Mettle_Health

    TED:
    https://www.ted.com/talks/bj_miller_what_really_matters_at_the_end_of_life?language=nb

    A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death:

    www.abgtte.com

    http://www.mettlehealth.com/

    www.thecenterforyingandliving.org

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    Lenny Henry: Humor, Trauma, and Flipping the Cosmic Spatula

    Lenny Henry: Humor, Trauma, and Flipping the Cosmic Spatula

    Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Lenny Henry, recorded December 17, 2019 in London.

    Lenny Henry is one of the most successful British stand-up comedians of all time. In 1975, at just 17, his career took off when he was a repeat winner on the weekly TV talent show, "New Faces.” He went on to host his own sketch comedy program, "The Lenny Henry Show," starting in 1984. Later, Lenny stared in the 90’s BBC sitcom, “Chef!" Lenny is a founder, front-man and a creative force behind the charity Comic Relief.

    In this episode we talk about the paradoxes of celebrity and social media, how the internet is a buffet, starting a career in entertainment in Working Mans’ Clubs, using humor as armor against racism, the history of minstrelsy in the UK, making your work the structure of your life, giving your loved ones fair warning when you publish a memoir, the beautiful meld of words and images in comic books, the power of masks and fiction and why giving advice to younger artists is so important.

    @LennyHenry

    https://lennyhenry.net

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    Elizabeth Lesser: B******t is Everywhere

    Elizabeth Lesser: B******t is Everywhere

    Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Elizabeth Lesser. Recorded Aug 14, 2019 in Woodstock, NY.

    Elizabeth Lesser is an author and healer who co-founded Omega Institute in 1977.

    She is the author of "Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow," "Marrow: Love, Loss & What Matters Most," "The Seekers Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure" and, most recently, "Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes."

    In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a ten-week online seminar based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, "A New Earth." The webinar has been viewed by over 40 million people worldwide.

    She has two TED Talks, “Take The Other to Lunch” and “Say Your Truths and Seek them in Others.”

    In this episode we talk about memoirs, Elizabeth’s books, telling other people’s stories, The Omega Institute, patriarchy and leading an examined life.

    www.elizabethlesser.org

    www.eomega.org

    @ElizabethLesser on Twitter

    TED:
    https://www.ted.com/speakers/elizabeth_lesser

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    Introducing... Everything

    Introducing... Everything

    One day in my early forties I looked around and realized that I occupied a very strange social space: I was good friends with both doctors and porn activists, climate scientists and avant-garde writers and musicians. When I began recording these conversations, I realized that I'd accidentally created what I've always yearned for: an excuse to randomly call up really creative and compassionate people, dispense with the superficial chat, and get to the core heart-to-heart discussion about what's important in this life. Being able to create this podcast using patronage also means that I don't have to answer to a boss, rely on advertisement, or otherwise dilute the content of the conversation. This podcast is produced purely by me and my home-team, for my community, with no added artificial ingredients.

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