A bold, irreverent podcast by, for, and about Baby Boomers.
Continuing with "The Woodstock Episodes," host Julian G. Simmons taps into that powerful positive "Woodstock Spirit" with one of the original members of the freewheeling Hog Farm Commune that fed more than 200,000 people: Photographer, Documentarian, Humanitarian ... a a remarkable, tough lady with a heart of gold, Lisa Law.
Lisa documented every aspect of the Sixties and has shared her images with thousands of people over the past 50 years. But she doesn't just observe; she takes matters into her own hands and does what has to be done. At Woodstock, she was the one who first realized that the massive audience then assembling would need to be fed. She pressured the producers to give her $6,000, took a truck, drove to New York City, and bought the food that fueled the famous announcement of Hog Farm's wacky leader Wavy Gravy, "What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000."
Lisa still has that incredible drive, to pitch in and help out wherever she sees a need. Especially today, with chaos all around us, she has that clearvision of the way things ought to be. Her advice for us? "You gotta act."
08. talkin’ ‘bout Our Generation Episode 008. COPING WITH COVID & "TRUMP ANXIETY DISORDER"
Under Trump’s rule many of us have been traumatized, experiencing signs of chronic stress, depression, anxiety. We tried everything we could to block him out, lead a normal life, but like a bully he kept coming back at us. And even now that he has been officially defeated, the anxiety continues.
Back at the beginning of Trump's presidency, Dr. Jennifer Contarino Panning, a psychologist from Illinois, not only recognized what was happening, she coined a name for it, T.A.D. or "Trump Anxiety Disorder."
As a contributor to the bestselling book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” Dr. Panning’s chapter, titled "Trump Anxiety Disorder," describes the symptoms so many of us have suffered.
On top of T.A.D., we’ve had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us baby boomers -- more susceptible than most -- it has been a traumatic experience.
In this episode, we lay back on the therapist's couch and discuss how to cope with the double whammy of COVID-19 and the continuing case of "Trump Anxiety Disorder" with the Psychologist who first diagnosed it -- Dr. Jennifer Contarino Panning.
07. talkin’ ‘bout Our Generation Episode 007. HALLOWEEN SPECIAL - Dia de los Muertos
A visit to our local graveyard to meet up in a 100 year-old mausoleum with Adela Marquez of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which hosts not only the remains of dozens of Hollywood celebrities, but also welcomes departed souls to visit every year at the Dia de los Muertos -- the Day of the Dead.
06, talkin' 'bout Our Generation EP-006. MICHAEL LANG
Host Julian Simmons talks with the visionary creator of Woodstock 1969, Michael Lang. The iconic gathering of a half-million young people with absolutely no violence moved a generation, and marked a sea change in American culture. Michael shares insight into how he managed to pull it off, and why that "Woodstock Spirit" is so vital today.
04. talkin' 'bout Our Generation Episode 004
talkin' 'bout Our Generation is the podcast by, for, and about Baby Boomers. In Episode Four, we continue our series, “The Woodstock Episodes,” and invite you to join the conversation as host Julian G. Simmons talks with John Morris, the Head of Production at Woodstock and also the famous "voice of calm" that held it together during the ferocious storm and general chaos that threatened to turn that massive gathering of half a million people into a historic disaster.
It's a voice we could really use today.
03. talkin' 'bout Our Generation Episode 003
Part 3 of our continuing series "The Woodstock Episodes," revisiting that iconic event and the magic spirit that made it happen. This time we talk with Carol Green, a founder of "The Woodstock Nation," as well as bringing you a rare interview with the amazing, soulful, Richie Havens.
There are many surprises in this conversation. At the time Woodstock was happening in the Summer of 1969, thousands of our young men were fighting in Vietnam. The stereotype was that Woodstock folks were “Peacenik Hippies” who hated soldiers, when in fact nothing could be farther from the truth. People were protesting the Vietnam War because it was unwarranted and unjust, and we were fighting to bring the troops home. Many of those young men knew that and took solace in the music of Woodstock. Few know that Jimi Hendrix, for example, had served in the Air Force. His stunning rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner is a good example of how Woodstock was both a demonstration of solidarity with those serving and an expression of a new sort of patriotism, which refused to accept the government line, demanding an end to the senseless loss of so many young lives.
Carol Green touches on that topic and many others in her conversation with Julian, and shares her unique insight to that surge of positive energy that swept the nation in the summer of '69. It's a very uplifting perspective, which has profound implications for this challenging time we are living through right now.
We are also thrilled to be able to bring you a rare interview with the late Richie Havens, with an amusing retelling of how he unwittingly came to be the opening act at Woodstock, and how much that event shaped the rest of his life. We're very grateful to Jonathan Thompson of the Freedom Forum, the historical group that produced a program called “Speaking Freely” which had Richie as a guest.