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Intrinsic is a podcast about what makes life worth living. It’s about the innate value of each individual and the fundamental motivation that drives us.

What if we could align this value and motivation with our jobs? What if we could support ourselves and our families doing what we are good at and enjoy doing? How would that affect our society? What would such a society look like? These are the questions we’ll be asking in Intrinsic.

Intrinsic is produced by Forge Collective, an alliance of creators for radical honesty. Theme music and sound engineering by Jon Notar (jonnotar.com).

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Intrinsic is a podcast about what makes life worth living. It’s about the innate value of each individual and the fundamental motivation that drives us.

What if we could align this value and motivation with our jobs? What if we could support ourselves and our families doing what we are good at and enjoy doing? How would that affect our society? What would such a society look like? These are the questions we’ll be asking in Intrinsic.

Intrinsic is produced by Forge Collective, an alliance of creators for radical honesty. Theme music and sound engineering by Jon Notar (jonnotar.com).

    Universal Basic Income and Housing: A Conversation with Scott Santens, March Gallagher, and Kevin O'Connor

    Universal Basic Income and Housing: A Conversation with Scott Santens, March Gallagher, and Kevin O'Connor

    In this episode, we dive deep into the issues of affordable housing, homelessness, and how UBI could impact them. Scott Santens is one of the leading advocates for UBI on social media. March Gallagher is the Comptroller of Ulster County, where a UBI pilot was just announced a week after this episode was recorded. Kevin O'Connor is a CEO of RUPCO, a nonprofit that builds quality affordable housing in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Universal Basic Income: Where We Are Now

    Universal Basic Income: Where We Are Now

    Jim Pugh and Owen Poindexter hosted the Basic Income Podcast from 2016 to 2020, a wealth of information on and beyond Universal Basic Income. In this episode, we discuss where we are right now in the UBI movement, as we slowly emerge out of the pandemic into a new world.

    Jim Pugh is a co-founder of the Universal Income Project, working to drive a larger popular narrative around basic income. He is also the founder and CEO of ShareProgress, a social-good startup that helps progressive organizations use the power of data and technology to grow their base and win their campaigns.
    Owen Poindexter is a writer focused on sports, finance, and technology. His work has appeared in Wired, Slate, Forbes, The Athletic, GreenBiz Media, and In These Times, among others.



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    • 42 min
    Local Business for a Better Future

    Local Business for a Better Future

    Is it possible for a local business to scale up and stay sustainable, both socially and environmentally? For Hudson Valley's Bread Alone, it is. In this episode, Nels Leader and Jen Metzger dive deep into how local businesses could lead the way to a sustainable and equitable future and how the State government could and should help them.

    Nels Leader is CEO of Bread Alone Bakery and a trained Climate Leader for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. At Bread Alone, Nels’ work has focused on expanding and professionalizing a 2nd generation family business, and creating lasting competitive advantage through commitment to people and the planet.

    Jen Metzger served in the New York State Senate from 2019 to 20, representing the 42nd District, a largely rural district in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Among many of her progressive achievements, she was an active member of the Senate's workgroup on the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which was signed into law in July 2019.

    She introduced the Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act, which recognizes access to high-speed internet as a right of all New Yorkers. She also served as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, focusing on programs and legislation to support family farms, expand New York markets for locally-produced farm products, reduce barriers to new and young farmers, and strengthen agriculture's role as part of the solution to fighting climate change.


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    Seeds and Chocolates: the Value of Earth Conscious Businesses

    Seeds and Chocolates: the Value of Earth Conscious Businesses

    Our first guests of 2021 are Lagusta Yearwood and Ken Greene. They are both small businesses owners  based in the Hudson Valley, New York.

    Lagusta started as a catering service but now owns a small vegan chocolate company called Lagusta’s Luscious, a cafe in New Paltz, and co-owns a retail shop in New York City. She also recently authored a cookbook titled Sweet and Salty. And she does all these with high ethical standards and a fashion style I can only dream of. From her company’s website, her life’s work is to prove that a business doesn’t have to lose its heart to thrive.

    Her good friend Ken Greene started Hudson Valley Seed Library where people could obtain and exchange open-pollinated seeds. In time he and his partner Doug grew the library to the Hudson Valley Seed Company and the not-for-profit Seedshed. All of their seeds are heirloom or open-pollinated, and gardeners are encouraged to save their own seeds. They host an open call every year where artists submit designs for their seed packs, creating a vibrant intersection between art and gardening.

    Host: Keiko Sono

    Producer: Olivia Meynadasy

    Theme Music: Jon Notar


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    January and February Lineup

    January and February Lineup

    We are pushing our conversations to the next level! Upcoming guests include Lagusta Yearwood, owner of Lagusta’s Luscious, and Ken Greene, founder of Hudson Valley Seed Library; Jen Metzger, the State Senator from 2019 through 2020 in the 42nd district of New York State, and Nels Leader, the CEO of Bread Alone, a Hudson Valley based popular bakery; Ulster County Comptroller March Gallagher and Scott Santens, the go-to expert on Universal Basic Income on social media; Jim Pugh and Owen Poindexter, hosts of the Basic Income Podcast; Christine Hein, Executive Director of People’s Place in Kingston, and Michael Berg, Director of Family of Woodstock.

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    Beyond Political Hobbyism

    Beyond Political Hobbyism

    To wrap up one of the wildest years in the history of the United States, I’m happy to bring to you a conversation I recorded with three of the most influential grassroots activists in Ulster county, New York—Kelleigh McKenzie, Lin Sakai, and Amy Fradon.

    This episode is a sequel to my earlier one in which I interviewed Eitan Hersh, author of Politics is for Power, and discussed how political hobbyism where people are engaged only through social media, mostly on national issues, is actually hurting our political system and our society by exacerbating the polarization. In today’s conversation, we show what a real political engagement looks like.

    Kelleigh is a musician who turned her passion for justice into being a full fledged political operative. After serving in a campaign to save a local movie theater and helping her friend in a town supervisor race, she became involved with a local grassroots group Ulster for Bernie in 2015 and became Sanders’ delegate in 2016 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

    The bittersweet ascent and loss of Bernie Sanders candidacy only fueled Kelleigh’s desire for change, and she plunged right into the belly of the beast, becoming a member of the New York State Democratic Committee in 2016, and in September of this year, she was elected as a chair of the Ulster County Democratic Committee, where she has already introduced many reforms to make the process more transparent and open.

    Lin Sakai cut her political teeth in Obama’s 2008 campaign, becoming his delegate that year and also in 2012. Ever since then, she’s been a vocal advocate for various local issues in ulster county including healthcare, pipeline construction, and election processes. Although she has been a member of the Democratic committees, she sees her role as more of an outsider pressuring the elected officials to honor the interests of their constituents.

    Amy Fradon leads an innovative program called Neighbor to Neighbor, in which she instructs a team of volunteers to engage in relational canvassing. This program has shown remarkable results in voter turnout and building a solid and meaningful network of voters as neighbors and friends, that outlasts a single election season and provides a living platform for engagement.

    Host: Keiko Sono


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    • 1 hr 4 min

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Promising start

I was attracted to the premise and cover art of this podcast, and like what I’ve heard so far. It is lively and the guests/topics seem to be wide-ranging. Looking forward to seeing the evolution.

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