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!
Democracy, Food & Our Climate with Guest Frances Moore-Lappé
The future of Democracy is at stake. Democratic countries and people have united to punish Russia for Putin's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
In this episode, Osha Hayden and Frances Moore-Lappé engage in a discussion about democracy, food and our climate and underline the empowering choices available to each one of us right now.
My guest, Frances Moore Lappé, revolutionized how we think about food in 1971 when she published Diet for a Small Planet, now available in the 50th Anniversary Edition with all new recipes. She researched the impact of our food systems on our planet and the role democracy plays in addressing hunger worldwide. Through her 50 years of research into the impact of the producing and eating meat she shows us how food and democracy are interconnected.
Recipient of multiple awards and author of over 20 books, Frances Moore Lappé invites us to become active participants in a democracy that works for the people, not just the powerful few.
“Frances’ message is … [even more] relevant today, as we factor in a global climate crisis and the social injustice and systems contributing to poverty and food insecurity. Her new edition of 'Diet for a Small Planet' expands on the idea of diet as a powerful agent of social change.” (SmallPlanet.org) https://www.smallplanet.org/frances-moore-lappe
Over 50 years ago in 1969 as Frances was researching food production and the roots of starvation, she discovered two life changing facts:
- that “what we had grown up believing was a healthy diet” was false and
- there is an enormous amount of waste involved in producing meat.
When she researched the real costs of meat production she learned that we could erase starvation entirely by changing the way we produce food.
50 years later, here are some facts Frances discovered about the true costs of eating meat.
The costs of producing just one # of steak:
- 2,500 gallons of water
- erosion of our topsoil (another Dustbowl on the horizon?)
- energy costs: it takes 20,000 calories of fossil fuel to produce just 500 calories of food energy
- two thirds of our agricultural exports go to livestock
The UN IPCC report on climate change was just released. It contained what it calls “a dire warning about the consequences of inaction.” The scientists made clear that humans must make changes to adapt and mitigate the worst consequences of climate change and we must do it now. Farmers must improve soil health to improve yields - human health, food security and biodiversity are at risk.
A 2022 report from Stanford university states that:
“Replacing animal agriculture and shifting to a plant-based diet could drastically curb greenhouse gas emissions, according to new model”. (Feb 1, 2022, Stanford News - https://news.stanford.edu/2022/02/01/new-model-explores-link-animal-agriculture-climate-change/) Scientists around the world are clearly stating that we need to shift to a plant centered diet to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
All the work Frances does is centered in the idea of “living democracy” - and the idea that true democracy is the solution to the issues that affect us today, such as food insecurity, climate change and poverty.
We each have choices - we can make life affirming choices for our health, our democracies, our climate. We have the power in our hands to make life affirming choices each day for a better life for future generations.
Song: Mystery by Chic Street Man
Magnificent Earth & Peoples with Guest Jim Codington
With our abundant variety of life and rich diversity of people and cultures, this Earth, our home, is truly majestic. On today’s show, we will journey along with my guest, Jim Codington, as he speaks of his adventures photographing the phenomenal beauty of our Earth and its peoples. We will travel to the far reaches of the Amazon in the South and Mongolia in the far North.
Photo by Jim Codington.
Features song: Sam Ba Ku Le by Chic Street Man
Jim Codington, is a photographer and retired Veterinary Doctor who has worked with animals both large and small, & is well known for his expertise in handling complex diseases in animals using integrative medicine.
Has spent extensive time with indigenous peoples and wildlife in his globe trotting adventures to almost 70 countries, mostly undeveloped. In his early years, he was a professional white water guide in Utah and instructor for Colorado outward bound school as a whitewater instructor. At age 21, he worked as a guide leading expeditions in the Amazon and doing some research. While there, he spent much time with the indigenous people, learning about the medicinal uses of plants. He had the joy of keeping company with a number of animals.
Over twenty years ago, Jim completed a three year advanced shamanism training program with Michael Harner and was introduced to ayahuasca and mushrooms by the Curanderos in the Amazon.
Fascinated by animals both large and small, he opened his veterinary practice in Sonoma County based on the book, All Creatures great and Small by James Herriot and was widely known for his expertise in handling complex diseases in animals and integrative medicine. He completed advanced training in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathy.
In Botswana, he worked on a cheetah conservation project. Closer to home, in Sonoma County, Jim Codington worked with Quinton Rogers trapping and collaring lions for the mountain lion project.
About 15 years ago, Jim Codington decided to devote himself to photography so he could capture to beauty that he saw in nature , wildlife, and indigenous people.
In Mongolia, he stayed with The Eagle Hunters in their gers and used his photographic skills to capture the magnificence of the people who he came to deeply respect and admire. He got to know the young woman and her family from the film, The Eagle Huntress and attended the Eagle Hunting Festival.
Jim Codington is an avid adventurer who climbed in Nepal, did rock climbing and competed in the worlds most difficult endurance race (300 miles), placing 22nd out of fifty teams from all over the world, (even beating beat several Navy Seal teams).
Codington's photos have been included in numerous photo exhibits, including Wildlife Beyond Borders, and has numerous images in a book of the same name.
To see more of his stunning photographs, find him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jimcodingtonphotography/
Writing as a Path to Healing with Guest: Marlene Cullen
Osha Hayden interviews Marlene Cullen on Writing as a Path to Healing based on The Write Spot Anthology of the same name.
“Writing isn’t about the destination - writing is the journey that transforms the soul and gives meaning to all else.” - Sue Grafton
Perhaps you are a writer - or maybe there is some part of your life that could use some healing right now. Either way, you’ll want to tune in for this episode.
As a way to explore feelings, memories and trauma, writing is one of many paths to healing and one that requires just paper and pen (or keyboard) and some quiet writing time. We discuss how to use our writing for healing and how to create a safe container for our explorations into our memories.
We discuss how doing timed freewrites can lead to discoveries and transformations and how we can use them to dig deeper to find the hidden gems in our experience. Timed freewrites can liberate us from judgement, help us overcome fears about writing, and allow us to play on the page.
Marlene Cullen is well known to writers in Sonoma County and is active in our writing community. Since 2003, she’s been facilitating Jumpstart Writing Workshops. Marlene is the host & producer of Writers Forum (since 2006) and Produces The Write Spot Blog – where you can find Writerly information: Prompts, places to submit, quotes, book reviews. https://thewritespot.us/marlenecullenblog/ She also Edits and produces a series of The Write Spot anthologies. - 7 volumes to date.
Writers Forum offers writing workshops, using inspirational prompts to spark writing. They meet four times a year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter and it's Free on Zoom. Interested?
Details: www.TheWriteSpot.us Click on “Writers Forum.”
There are seven Write Spot books. Available through Amazon, local booksellers, and at the Sonoma County library. All of The Write Spot books include prompts for writing and resource sections.
Brief description of The Write Spot Books
The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Discoveries:
A compilation of writing inspiring writing and opening doors for self-discovery and transformational writing.
The Write Spot to Jumpstart Your Writing: Connections:
Writing from mothers and their children illustrate how we relate through stories.
The Write Spot: Reflections:
A treasure chest of anecdotes, vignettes, and poems.
The Write Spot: Memories:
Diverse narratives from fathers and their children embrace a common thread of love, disappointment, discoveries, and revelations.
The Write Spot: Possibilities
A mixture of playful, experimental, insightful stories.
The Write Spot: Writing as a Path to Healing
Illustrates how to write about difficult topics without adding trauma.
The Write Spot: Musings and Ravings From a Pandemic Year
Insightful writing reflection emotions and experiences during a tumultuous year.
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