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DIG LIFE DEEP! with John Aidan Byrne brings fascinating guests from Main to Wall Street and the worlds of finance, economics, politics, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, sports, art, science and more. The show celebrates success, a spirit of enterprise, in an age of unparalleled social upheaval. An award-winning Irish journalist in his beloved America, Byrne seeks hope for our existential crisis. Byrne is a writer, reporter, editor and Broadway alumnus. His work is published in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Institutional Investor and other major outlets. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-aidan-byrne0/support

DIG LIFE DEEP‪!‬ The Planet Club

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DIG LIFE DEEP! with John Aidan Byrne brings fascinating guests from Main to Wall Street and the worlds of finance, economics, politics, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, sports, art, science and more. The show celebrates success, a spirit of enterprise, in an age of unparalleled social upheaval. An award-winning Irish journalist in his beloved America, Byrne seeks hope for our existential crisis. Byrne is a writer, reporter, editor and Broadway alumnus. His work is published in the New York Post, Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Institutional Investor and other major outlets. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-aidan-byrne0/support

    RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, discusses the shocking rise in anti Semitism and hate crimes in the age of social media.

    RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, discusses the shocking rise in anti Semitism and hate crimes in the age of social media.

    Rabbi Abraham Cooper, a native New Yorker who grew up playing baseball with Irish and neighborhood kids in Rockaway, Queens,. is Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading global Jewish human rights organization. 



    Rabbi Cooper has been a longtime activist for Jewish and human rights causes on five continents. In 1977, he came to Los Angeles to help Rabbi Marvin Hier found the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Together with Rabbi Hier, Rabbi Cooper regularly meets with world leaders, including Pope Francis, presidents, and foreign ministers to defend the rights of the Jewish people, combat terrorism and promote multi-faith relations worldwide.

    Rabbi Cooper is an acknowledged expert on online hate and terrorism and has helped produce and present the SWC’s renowned traveling exhibitions at the Vatican, the UN, Knesset, US Congress, Tokyo, New Delhi, and Buenos Aires. He is a founder of the Global Forum on Anti-Semitism, and Newsweek ranked Rabbis Cooper and Hier as #8 among the 50 most influential rabbis in America. Rabbi Cooper has worked extensively with Arab leaders in the Gulf States and witnessed the historic UAE/Bahrain/Israel Abraham Accords ceremony at the White House.

    In 2022, Rabbi Cooper was appointed Vice Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom which tracks violations of religious freedom around the world.

    
Rabbi Cooper co-authored with Rev. Johnnie Moore, The Next Jihad, based on their interviews in Nigeria with scores of Christian survivors of deadly Islamist terrorist attacks. His op-eds appear in major US and Israeli outlets, in Asia and in the Arab News and Al-Arabiya.

    Rabbi Cooper is a recipient of Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Community Service Leadership Memorial Award, a recipient of an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University and the Orthodox Union’s National Leadership Award.



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    • 1 hr 13 min
    LIVING WITH LESS: After years of a consumer & McMansion lifestyle, LARAINE BENNETT & husband ART have radically scaled back, moved to a small home & minimalist lifestyle. Her new book has full details

    LIVING WITH LESS: After years of a consumer & McMansion lifestyle, LARAINE BENNETT & husband ART have radically scaled back, moved to a small home & minimalist lifestyle. Her new book has full details

    Laraine Bennett has a master's degree in Philosophy and has co-authored 6 books with her husband, Art, and one solo book, A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers. She helped create the popular TemperamentQuiz.com. The Bennetts reside in Northern Virginia, have been married for 45 years and have 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren

    Laraine Bennett has a master's degree in Philosophy and has co-authored 6 books with her husband, Art, and another solo book, A Year of Grace: 365 Reflections for Caregivers. She helped create the popular TemperamentQuiz.com. The Bennetts reside in Northern Virginia, have been married for 45 years and have 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren.

    About The Little Way of LIving with Less by Laraine Bennett

    From the publisher, Sophia Institute Press

    website: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/the-little-way-of-living-with-less

    Do your possessions “spark joy”? In our  materialistic society, we are often plagued with the slow torture of  accumulated stuff, which creates disharmony, prevents us from living in  the present moment, and keeps us from setting our eyes upon Heaven.

    The Little Way of Living with Less is a spiritual journey guided by  St. Thérèse of Lisieux toward a “less is more” manner of living. It  shares one couple's effort to downsize, declutter, and detach — and the  challenge of growing in virtues that is associated with this process.  Indeed, this book serves as a practical antidote to the consumerism and  commodification of daily home life today.

    Through the words and example of the Little Flower, you will find  peace, joy, and security as you learn how to overcome disorder — whether  physical, mental, or spiritual. St. Thérèse will help form you in  single-mindedness to complete the ordinary with extraordinary, selfless  love, and you'll soon find yourself becoming intentional about making  God the center of your life and your home.

    Best of all, you will discover that “everything is grace” (St.  Thérèse) and will begin thanking God for your many blessings and  experiencing His miraculous favors with greater mindfulness. Inspired by  the Little Way, you will more confidently seek the things above and  “choose all” in holiness. Let “the greatest saint of modern times” show  you how to:


    Let go of      clutter, unhealthy habits, vices, and sin
    Simplify your      life and manage fear and anxiety
    Create order,      beauty, and vibrancy in your home
    Detach from the      world, cultivate poverty of spirit, and attain Heaven
    Find the      happiness and gratitude that come from within
    Become humble      and small, trusting in the mercy of God

    By living an integrated life that is free of materialistic pleasures,  you will develop the freedom of a child of God to abandon yourself to  the Father's will. Enter into the Heart of Jesus and make room in your  heart to experience the wonders of His love!

     


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    • 44 min
    KIDNAPPED IN IRAQ: A Christian humanitarian, ALEXANDRE GOODARZY, now reveals the shocking details of his captivity in 2020 by Islamic militants in Iraq

    KIDNAPPED IN IRAQ: A Christian humanitarian, ALEXANDRE GOODARZY, now reveals the shocking details of his captivity in 2020 by Islamic militants in Iraq

    Alexandre Goodarzy, 38, has come a long way. Kidnapped a year ago by a Shiite militia in Baghdad, this volunteer from the SOS Chrétiens d’Orient association spent two months in secret, tossed around from cache to cache, before being miraculously released.

    ABOUT KIDNAPPED IN IRAQ:

    Blindfolded, tied, prodded by guns, Alexandre faced intense interrogations, fearing all the while that torture and death were imminent.

    In Kidnapped in Iraq, Alexandre Goodarzy describes in gripping detail his abduction by Islamic terrorists in January 2020, how prayer and his Catholic Faith sustained him, and why he now views the entire ordeal as a blessing from God.

    After learning of the fate of untold Christians in the Middle East, Alexandre was among a cadre of young men who agreed to assist Christians in danger. As the war in Syria quickly turned into a religious war, Alexandre provided aid to Christians there who were caught between a hardening regime and increasingly bloodthirsty Islamist groups.

    The brutalization of Syrian Christians was only recently exposed, since the real story was often distorted by the media. In recent years, Syrian Christians faced the grim choice of fleeing from ISIS and abandoning their homeland or enduring barbaric martyrdom. Their cities were leveled and their churches destroyed. Goodarzy describes how these Christians, loyal to their country, were sporadically kidnapped by Kurds and held for ransom or forced into military service. In Syria, priests provide both spiritual and temporal care, assisting with basic necessities in the community and working to preserve their culture while mediating with secular authorities.

    In what reads like a dystopian thriller, Alexandre describes the dangerous episodes he experienced assisting Christians, including the perilous twelve-hour bus ride from Damascus to Aleppo and the numerous face-to-face encounters with Islamic rebels — the last of which resulted in his abduction and sixty-six-day captivity by Iraqi terrorists.

    “What is affecting us here today will strike you tomorrow!” people in Iraq and Syria told Goodarzy, predicting that the radical Islamic atrocities in their countries would soon assail France and other Western countries.

    Kidnapped in Iraq is a riveting story of bravery and courage and one man's extraordinary efforts to aid Christians in need. It is also a chilling guidebook on how to fight for justice and proclaim the hope that comes in the triumph of the Cross.



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    • 59 min
    Wall Street's renowned ALAN PATRICOF shares his personal story on loss of his wife, SUSAN PATRICOF from ALZHEIMERS. CaringKind CEO, ELEONORA TORNATORE, updates on the support group's mission.

    Wall Street's renowned ALAN PATRICOF shares his personal story on loss of his wife, SUSAN PATRICOF from ALZHEIMERS. CaringKind CEO, ELEONORA TORNATORE, updates on the support group's mission.

    CaringKind, New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving hosts their 34th annual CaringKind Alzheimer’s walk on September 25h at the Coney Island Boardwalk and on October 23th at Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell. The purpose of the Walk is to raise awareness around the importance of caregiving support and to raise funds for the myriad programs offered through CaringKind to support caregivers and their families. This year, the event honors prominent philanthropist, Susan Patricof, who passed in January of 2021 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 12 years ago. The wife of renowned Alan Patricof, one of the founding fathers of venture capital, the two were described as an ‘indomitable pair’ and worked side by side on countless causes. Alan Patricof found solace and support in CaringKind, utilizing their programs and systems as a caregiver himself. CaringKind’s support groups are led by trained facilitators and provide caregivers the opportunity to discuss the many challenges of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, with others who understand. Their goal is to provide a safe setting which promotes mutual support, both practical and emotional, throughout the course of the disease. 

    “I am honored that this year's Alzheimer's Walk by CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving, will be held in my wife, Susan's name. She loved New York City and was devoted to and supported many of its most important organizations. I know from personal experience the value of having support groups. A regular check-in with other caregivers is critical to a person's mental and emotional health. CaringKind does that better than anyone," said Alan Patricof. The 2022 Walk Chair is Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez. With over 1 million followers, Dr. Mauricio is a social media star offer critical health care advice. Dr. Mauricio is leveraging his community in support of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving. The Manhattan Walk will feature celebrities like NFL Star Leonard Marshall and television and movie star Richard Kind. Back by popular demand, the Blue Angels drumline will lead the walkers to the start and celebrate Walkers at the finish line. Attendees (both virtually and in person) are encouraged to share memories and photos of loved ones to be incorporated into the CaringKind Memory Wall, a physical manifestation of the love, remembrance, promise, and hope the Walk represents. As of August 9th, sponsors include Mount Sinai, Inspir Carnegie Hill, Pitta & Baione, LLP, The Brielle at Seaview, The Bristal, 80th Street Residence, LittmanKrooks, GrimaldiYeung, LLC, and Eisai. 

    CaringKind’s mission is to create, deliver, and promote comprehensive and compassionate care and support services for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. They achieve their mission by providing programs and services for individuals with dementia, their family, and professional caregivers, increasing public awareness, collaborating with research centers, and informing public policy through advocacy. In 2021, CaringKind answered 6,100 helpline calls, initiated 1,000 social work consultations, supported 31,500 people in their Wanderer’s Safety program, and hosted 83 different support groups facilitated by a trained leader both virtually and in person. 


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    • 39 min
    PROJECT 21'S CRAIG DeLUZ on why convervative black leaders demand Verizon reinstate One America News on its television platform. DeLUZ, a successful media exec, discusses critical race theory & more

    PROJECT 21'S CRAIG DeLUZ on why convervative black leaders demand Verizon reinstate One America News on its television platform. DeLUZ, a successful media exec, discusses critical race theory & more

    Black leaders from Project 21 demand that Verizon reinstate One America News (OAN) on its television platform. In a letter signed by 37 members representing the communities of business, politics, media and faith, Project 21 explained that Verizon did "a tremendous disservice to its subscribers, investors and free speech [and]... is silencing black voices" when it canceled OAN. Verizon stopped carrying OAN on its Fios platform at the end of July. Its cancellation marked the end of a 17-year relationship between the news channel and the carrier. Left-wing groups are aggressively pushing media companies to drop the conservative-leaning OAN from their platforms. 

    In the letter, Project 21 said: "Do what's right for black America, for your investors and for the country by reinstating OAN immediately." In the letter addressed to Verizon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hans Vestberg, the three dozen Project 21 signors criticized the abrupt decision that appeased political special interests over viewers, noting this imperils access to information and debate: "Allowing a political pressure campaign to decide which news and information programs Americans have access to undermines free speech and sets a precedent that will only encourage further demands. This is particularly dangerous as this pressure appears to only go one way - anti-conservative and, in this case, anti-black." "You have now projected weakness, inviting those further demands," Project 21 warned Vestberg. It was suggested Verizon's capitulation could lead to the removal of other channels in the future. 

    Among those who signed the letter to Verizon are Project 21 Chairman Horace Cooper; Stacy Washington, a host on SiriusXM satellite radio; Alveda King, founder of speakforlife(.org) and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE); Julian Boykin, CEO of Acquisition Consulting Experts; Reverend Albert Sampson, president of the Chicago's Metropolitan Council of Black Churches and Chris Arps, host at NewstalkSTL-St. Louis. 

    A full copy of the letter and its signers is available at https://nationalcenter.org/project-21-oan-letter. Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over 25 years, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. Its members have been quoted, interviewed or published over 40,000 times since the program was created in 1992. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated, and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.


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    • 44 min
    EXCLUSIVE: THOMAS REEMER'S audacious plan for Space Villages on earth & $55 million in prize money for a reality-style global television contest that will fly the winner on a seven day trip to space

    EXCLUSIVE: THOMAS REEMER'S audacious plan for Space Villages on earth & $55 million in prize money for a reality-style global television contest that will fly the winner on a seven day trip to space

    Space Hero plans to be the world’s first-ever global competition series where contestants compete for a $55-million, seven-day trip to space; the biggest prize ever awarded on TV. The competition for this once-in-a-lifetime journey will be open to anyone over 18 who speaks English. The creators say this is the remarkable journey of heroes from all over the world to be elected by the global public as their representative of humankind in Space. Space Hero has established relationships with over 145 government agencies worldwide. Lava and One Digital Entertainment recently announced plans for the creation of Space Village, a series of 10 iconic futuristic space-inspired landmarks in different locations around the world. Space Village is designed by Alexander Rieck from German architectural firm LAVA. Each Space Village will feature a large space center and a glimpse of forward-looking technology that will stimulate the visitor’s imagination. A media studio to produce Space Hero, the global competition series, and an iconic hotel, where fans of the series can watch events unfold in real-time, will add to the first-of-its kind features that Space Village will offer. As part of the Space Hero series, 24 Space Hero finalists complete numerous challenges in a setting that resembles the various conditions in space to prepare for an extraordinary mission, including thriving underwater in a buoyancy tank. The challenges will resemble the endurance tests astronauts must complete when training for a mission. Inside Space Village, the finalists’ living quarters will model spacecraft conditions and finalists will be challenged to create their own energy and grow food. A jury, which will include a group of experienced astronauts, scientists, and professional athletes, will observe the finalists’ behavior and character. Global audiences will be able to vote for their favorite finalist during weekly episodes. “Visitors to Space Village will experience what life could be in 30 years; sustainable, yet comfortable, healthy and happy, “said Thomas Reemer founding partner of TDGA Holdings Limited, owner of the Space Hero IP. “We want to show our visitors a future that they can look forward to, using the endless possibilities our planet has to offer.” “Traveling to the stars continues to be the dream of millions of people around the world, and the Space Village will offer visitors that space-themed futuristic thrill of a lifetime,” said Deborah Sass, a founding partner of TDGA Holdings Limited, owner of the Space Hero IP. “Children will be inspired to prepare for a career in Space and join exhibitions to the Moon, Mars and beyond,” she added. “We didn’t just want to simulate a space craft or living on Mars but showcase how technology that is developed for conditions in Space, is benefitting the future of living on planet Earth. With 10 more Space Villages to be built all over the World, we have a chance to explore any living condition and how to react to it”, said Rieck, who is also a professor at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute. “Space Village brings back the hope for an astonishing future world full of miracles. It connects the old dream of travelling to the stars with more actual needs of a sustainable, healthy, and healing earth,” Rieck added. “We see this as an opportunity to not just build something extraordinary but also extremely futuristic, as people on Earth are inevitably finding ways to live sustainably in the future. We believe that we will create experiences and motivate people in general on all elements of travel, sustainability, and empathy for our environment. Space comes closer with jaw dropping experiences for everyone, which only a handful of a lucky few have experienced so far. We are fully capable technologically and at scale to make this a global success,” said Shabir Momin & Gurpreet Singh, Founders of One Digital Entertainment.


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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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146 Ratings

AbdulazizMASHimself ,

One of the Best!

If you care about finance, economics, politics, or anything related to your future and to the future of your family, then listen to this Podcast.
Highly recommended! John Aidan Byrne is a real pro and does what he does because he cares. 5 stars from me!

Googlization Guy ,

I'm hooked!

Dig Life Deep is the perfect title! John Aidan Byrne digs deep with each guest. Even when you think a topic doesn't interest you, the podcast hooks you in. The interview with Jack Cashill about the collapse of Newark in the 60s is a masterpiece.

Larry87301 ,

Very informative

If you like Wall Street, finance and business, this show has to be in your must listen podcast list. John is a seasoned journalist and he puts complicated topics into perspective! Good stuff.

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