Osha interviews people who are dedicated to working to create a better future for us all in the fields of art, nature and humanity. We explore stories and discover people on a quest to deepen our connection to life and to our common humanity.Want to learn more about the practice of summoning joy?Discover how horses can help heal humans?Hear how a musician and Ambassador for Peace handles racism?Explore the value of “Kitchen Table Heroism?”Understand what is needed to protect our rare and beautiful earth?On Aspire with Osha you’ll meet people who are passionate about creating a more positive future. There will be music, poetry and inspiring stories. The radio show airs Thursdays @ 3 pm on KSVY 91.3 FM. Come hang out with us and if you like what you hear, like us and help spread the word. Thank you!
Why We Love Dogs and Make Cows Cry
Osha & Dr. Melanie Joy engage in a fascinating discussion of the psychology of carnism & explore how we are influenced to treat some beings with dignity while oppressing others. Dr. Joy, founder of Beyond Carnism, has received the prestigious Ahimsa Award - previously given to the Dalai Lama & Nelson Mandela - for her work on global non-violence. Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard educated psychologist, international speaker & author of 5 books, including Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows, (just released in its 10th Anniversary Edition) and the award winning books: Beyond Beliefs; Powerarchy; and Getting Relationships Right .
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. " - Sir Paul McCartney
How do we justify cruelty? Dr. Joy explores the deep psychological and societal ideologies that allow us to perpetuate cruelty to others that we classify as not deserving of dignity or compassion.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mahatma Gandhi
We take a look at the roots of racism, sexism and violence against others - and how this is related to our climate crisis and - the future for humanity.
In her book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Dr. Joy investigates factory farming, exposing how cruelly the animals are treated, the hazards that meatpacking workers face, and the environmental impact of raising more than 10 billion animals for food each year. Provocative ans challenging, this book will change the way you think about food forever.
We discuss how even those who eat meat can become allies and advocates for preventing cruelty to animals.
Learn more at carnism.org; Melanie Joy
Today’s show is an exploration into sex and gender with Kathryn Bond Stockton, author of Gender(s). What do cake, gender forts, Lil Nas X, dolls and surprising dresses at the Oscars - have in common? Osha Hayden & Kathryn Bond Stockton explore the surprising field of gender and discuss how it's not as simple as it might seem.
Osha's guest is Kathryn Bond Stockton, Distinguished Professor of English and inaugural Dean of the School for Cultural & Social Transformation at the University of Utah. She is the author of numerous books including Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where Black Meets Queer, The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the 20th Century, and Making Out, among other books. Her newest book, is Gender(s).
Soundscape Ecology: Harmony or Cacophany? with Bernie Krause & Kat Krouse
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a world without birdsong? What can we learn from listening to the changes in our wild soundscapes over time?
My guest today, Dr. Bernie Krause, is a world renowned expert in Soundscape Ecology, here to expand your understanding of the value, meaning and impact of our soundscapes.
Soundscapes courtesy Wild Sanctuary, 2021.
Photo: ©2021 Wild Sanctuary, All Rights Reserved.
About Bernie & Kat Krause
“Musician & naturalist, Bernie Krause is one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound.” That’s a quote by Sir George Martin, who you know as the producer for the Beatles.
Since 1968, Bernie Krause has traveled the globe to record, archive, research and express the voice of the natural world, it’s soundscape.
Dr. Bernie Krause spent his early career as a recording engineer and backup studio guitarist. He performed with The Weavers at Carnegie Hall in 1963. Bernie and his late music partner, Paul Beaver, introduced the Moog synthesizer to pop music and film. Bernie’s work is featured on many albums of that era, including those of the George Harrison, Mick Jagger, David Byrne and Bryan Eno, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, the Byrds, and the Doors not to mention Beaver & Krause’s own albums. Bernie’s contributions can be heard on over 135 major feature films like Apocalypse Now, Performance Love Story, Cast Away, and Rosemary’s Baby.
In 1981, having earned his doctorate in bioacoustics, Bernie began his second career as a founder of Soundscape Ecology – a new field of study focusing on marine and terrestrial soundscapes of remaining wild habitats. As a sound designer, Bernie’s sound sculptures can be heard at major public venues like the California Academy of Sciences, the Smithsonian, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, several London venues, and recent worldwide fine art exhibitions of his work commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, in Paris.
He is the author of “The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places,” and is co-composer of a symphony commissioned by the BBC, created with Richard Blackford. Together they have also composed Biophony, the ballet score commissioned by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet. His newest book is, The Power of Tranquility in a Very Noisy World.
Learn more at WildSanctuary
Hear Bernie's Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/bernie_krause_the_voice_of_the_natural_world?language=en
Women - Power Up Your Money Game! with Teresa Mitchell "Lady Money"
Do you ever worry about money and whether you’ll have enough to last?
On today’s show, Teresa Mitchell, also known as “Lady Money,” is here to talk about empowering you to take charge of your saving, spending & investments.
Teresa has learned that helping women connect their values with their money is a more powerful motivation to achieving financial security than any chart, graph or performance report she could ever present.
Teresa Mitchell is a newly retired Certified Financial Planner™ professional and investment compliance officer, dedicated to teaching women to make better, smarter and more value-aligned choices when it comes to saving, investing and spending. She is the host and producer of the Lady Money Podcast.
Teresa coaches women and leads workshops and circles to support women to achieve control of their financial situations.
The Water Defenders vs Corporate Greed with Robin Broad & John Cavanaugh
Water is life - Agua es vida. Today, you’ll hear the story of the Water Defenders who organized to protect their water from being poisoned by Big Mining. This is a David vs Goliath story of a few ordinary people from a poor area of El Salvador who stood up to protect their rivers from the mining corporation's poisoning. The odds were so stacked against them, most people thought it impossible. Some were assassinated for their efforts. And yet they persisted. You may be surprised by some of the methods they used to gather people to their cause.
Corporate pressures are difficult—sometimes dangerous—to resist. In The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed, Robin Broad and John Cavanagh tell the story of El Salvador’s decade-long fight to oust a mining giant.
As clean water becomes increasingly scarce & mega corporations grow into transnational Goliaths with few limits to their powers, this story of the Water Defenders is an important template for our times. In communities across the country and around the world, people are making a stand for life’s most basic need: water.
As you listen, you'll also learn about the secretive tribunal at the World Bank, created for the sole benefit of giant corporations, that allows them to sue countries for billions of dollars - allowing them to effectively blackmail nations into allowing them to extract valuable resources from their countries.
Despite the fact that the odds against them were impossibly high, these poor farmers in northern El Salvador won their struggle. Takeaways from this story include the important keys to the Water Defender's success; keys that activists around the world can employ to increase their chances of success.
Find the book here: The Water Defenders
Music by Chic Street Man: Left Foot Down form his album Left Foot Down.
How to Transmute Difficult Energy with Michelle Welch
Osha interviews Michelle Welch, author of The Magic of Connection, on transmuting negative energy to positive. Michelle is an Attorney, empath and owner of SoulTopia, a metaphysical store in Dallas. There’s so much energy coming at us all the time, what if you could transmute any negative energy into a higher, nourishing form of energy? Find her book here: The Magic of Connection: Stop cutting cords & learn to transform negative energy to live an empowered life
We talk about healing and the power of understanding how we are all connected and how this can affect our actions on a daily basis. Michelle talks about growing up as a sensitive empath in Dallas and the challenges of a difficult divorce between two attorneys - and how she ultimately discovered how to transmute the negative into positive energy. We learn how her gifts helped her in her work as an attorney. Michelle offers empowering tools and techniques to assist in transmuting energy. She also hosts the SoulWhat podcast.