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At a time when political polarization, dysfunction, and confusion seem to be at an all-time high, and when noise and static seem to be drowning out sane discourse … the Wiki Politiki Radio Show offers a heartening alternative: Fun, laughter, constructive conversation, and insight.

Its purpose is to cultivate the wisdom of many perspectives, and create generative conversations to help us work together to find real solutions to the problems we face … or as Swami would say, “Let’s bring left and right front and center to turn the funk into function, and leave the junk at the junction.”

Each week on the Wiki Politiki Radio Show, host Steve Bhaerman (also known as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda) will bring two “visionary, solutionary” voices to the show to offer their viewpoints, and then collaborate to find a wiser way forward. We’re not expecting our guests to agree about everything. That would be boring and unproductive!

We do expect that by speaking clearly and listening respectfully, there will be some “Aha’s” and new pathways for co-creation. And there will be plenty of ha-ha’s as well, as Steve and Swami bring much-needed humor to the political landscape.

Even though the show is called Wiki Politiki, the topics and guests will represent a wide range of fields — from spirituality and psychology to economy and ecology, health and wellbeing, and of course, politics. The politics will not focus on the entrenched and clichéd conversations between polarized tribes, but rather on the “meta-issues” that help us rise above and see from a higher perspective.

Listen Live every Tuesday at 5 PM EST at http://omtimes.com/iom

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At a time when political polarization, dysfunction, and confusion seem to be at an all-time high, and when noise and static seem to be drowning out sane discourse … the Wiki Politiki Radio Show offers a heartening alternative: Fun, laughter, constructive conversation, and insight.

Its purpose is to cultivate the wisdom of many perspectives, and create generative conversations to help us work together to find real solutions to the problems we face … or as Swami would say, “Let’s bring left and right front and center to turn the funk into function, and leave the junk at the junction.”

Each week on the Wiki Politiki Radio Show, host Steve Bhaerman (also known as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda) will bring two “visionary, solutionary” voices to the show to offer their viewpoints, and then collaborate to find a wiser way forward. We’re not expecting our guests to agree about everything. That would be boring and unproductive!

We do expect that by speaking clearly and listening respectfully, there will be some “Aha’s” and new pathways for co-creation. And there will be plenty of ha-ha’s as well, as Steve and Swami bring much-needed humor to the political landscape.

Even though the show is called Wiki Politiki, the topics and guests will represent a wide range of fields — from spirituality and psychology to economy and ecology, health and wellbeing, and of course, politics. The politics will not focus on the entrenched and clichéd conversations between polarized tribes, but rather on the “meta-issues” that help us rise above and see from a higher perspective.

Listen Live every Tuesday at 5 PM EST at http://omtimes.com/iom

    Erik Goldman - Sick Care or Healing Practice?

    Erik Goldman - Sick Care or Healing Practice?

    Erik Goldman – Sick Care or Healing Practice?

    What COVID-19 Is Revealing About Our Unhealthy Health Care System

    Aired Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST

    An Interview with Erik Goldman, Founder of Holistic Primary Care – News For Health & Healing

    “We have a health care system that is neither healthy nor caring.” — Swami Beyondananda

    The current COVID-19 crisis has made our health care system front-burner news. On one hand, there are stories of dedicated and skilled professionals who have put their own wellbeing on the line as the front line in fighting the COVID infection. On the other hand, we have physicians who, alarmed at the ineffectiveness of the protocol, have spoken out and have been shut down. Not only that, but helpful non-drug remedies have been de-platformed by social media at the behest of the World Health Organization, and any information not consistent with the official CDC COVID-19 story has been blatantly censored.

    And that is just the tip of the iceberg. As a country, we pay more per capita for medical care than any other nation in the world, and all that money buys us health care that ranks 27th in the world, down from sixth 30 years ago. What’s wrong with this picture? Perhaps it’s a medical system that is about money, money über alles, and where primary care physicians are little more than plantation slaves, paralyzed by university debt. Instead of noble independent practitioners, they have largely become employees of managed care conglomerates – where executives make millions in salary.

    Our guest this week, Erik Goldman, has been serving health care professionals who want to practice more holistically for 20 years. He is the founding editor of Holistic Primary Care-News for Health & Healing, a medical publication serving ~60,000 professionals with news and education about non-pharma alternatives for preventing & treating common chronic conditions. He is also co-producer of “Heal Thy Practice: Transforming Patient Care,” a series of conferences that explored practice models to support holistic medicine; and The Practitioner Channel Forum, an annual executive retreat focused on the opportunities and challenges in the practitioner segment of the natural products industry.

    Erik has been a medical journalist since 1985, after graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a BS in biology and philosophy. Prior to HPC he was the New York Bureau Chief for International Medical News Group, one of the country’s leading medical trade publishers. While at IMNG he covered a range of medical specialties, as well as socio-economic issues in health care.

    If you’re ready to confront the elephant (and donkey, because both political parties are in the pocket of big medicine) in the living room, join us this Tuesday, June 2nd 2-3 pm PT / 5-6 pm ET. http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

    To find out more about Erik Goldman and Holistic Primary Care, please go here: https://holisticprimarycare.net/

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    Shariff Abdullah - COVID-19 Crisis and Opportunity

    Shariff Abdullah - COVID-19 Crisis and Opportunity

    Shariff Abdullah – COVID-19 Crisis and Opportunity

    Caterpillar’s Last Stand, and How We Connect the Emerging “Imaginal Cells”

    Aired Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST

    An Interview with Author and Activist Shariff Abdullah

    “Compared to downheaval, upheaval is the lesser of two heavals.” — Swami Beyondananda

    As more of us have come to recognize, fear – and the fight or flight response – puts us in our hindbrain, where we are hard-wired for survival. This is essential for the short term, but what about the bigger picture?

    Transformative ideas and evolutionary solutions, and out-of-the-box creativity come from our forebrain. In times of crisis and upheaval, the urgency of the shituation gets our attention. And … it’s the creative part of ourselves that must give us the INTENTION.

    Our guest this week, Shariff Abdullah, has cultivated the ability to hold two ideas simultaneously – the ideal and the real deal – and use the dynamic tension between the two to help us get from the urgent crisis to the emergent opportunity. He uses the same analogy Bruce Lipton and I use in “Spontaneous Evolution” – the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly – to characterize our current predicament.

    More intriguing – maybe trying to get from “here to there” keeps us crawling like a caterpillar along the same linear pathways that got us where we are. Instead says Shariff, we need to work backward from “butterfly” so that we figure out how to get from THERE to HERE.

    Shariff Abdullah, J.D., is a consultant, speaker, author and advocate for societal transformation. His mission is to bring currently dysfunctional systems and structures into alignment with our common human and spiritual values, to create a world that works for all living things. Shariff consults with people and organizations on the leading edge of change, including government agencies, businesses and social service organizations.

    As Director of Commonway Institute, he has visited over 43 countries and over 100 distinct cultures, giving him a unique perspective on our global human and spiritual issues, and a vision that spans culture and class. He has proven experience in working with all peoples and in many different situations, bringing harmony in conditions of actual or potential conflict and discord.

    His books on leadership and societal change include the award-winning Creating a World That Works for All, and Seven Seeds for a New Society. He also will be talking about his latest work, The Chronicles of the Upheavals, a fictional book that does indeed track us back from there to here.

    If you’re ready to shift your perspective from fear-based emergency to love-based “emerge ‘n see”, join us this Tuesday, May 26th 2-3 pm PT / 5-6 pm ET. http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

    To find out more about Shariff Abdullah and the Commonway Institute, please go here: https://commonway.org/

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    #ShariffAbdullah #COVID-19Crisis #COVID-19 #SteveBhaerman #WikiPolitiki

    • 56 min
    Mark Robinowitz - Debunking the Bunk

    Mark Robinowitz - Debunking the Bunk

    Mark Robinowitz – Debunking the Bunk

    How To Discern Conspiracy Fact From Conspiracy Theory

    Aired Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST



    Interview with “Conspiracy Literacy” Expert Mark Robinowitz

    “While you hunker in the bunker what better thing to do than debunk the bunk?” — Swami Beyondananda

    While we’re sheltering in place, one of our natural pastimes has been cruising the Internet for information we are unlikely to get from mainstream corporate media, particularly as it is beholden to certain industries and their narratives. However, even though mainstream media gets an issue wrong doesn’t mean those outside the media matrix get it right.

    Our guest this week Mark Robinowitz has a distinct talent for distinguishing “conspiracy theories” from “con’s piracy facts”, and helping us all become more discerning about what we hear and see. Today’s conversation focuses on three movies – including one that isn’t out yet: “Contagion”, the prescient theatrical film from 2011; Michael Moore’s current controversial movie, “Planet of the Humans”; and a forthcoming documentary from Oliver Stone, “JFK: Destiny Betrayed.” Mark will use these three films to offer insight on our current “shituation.”

    Mark is a writer and researcher, who focuses on the intersection of deep politics and deep ecology. He runs several websites, including OilEmpire.US – A Political Map, PeakChoice.org – Cooperation or Collapse, and JFKMoon.org about President Kennedy’s call to end the Cold War and convert the Moon race to a joint US – Soviet mission. Mark is based in Eugene, Oregon where he practices permaculture and encourages re-localization as a community response to Peak Everything.

    I have long appreciated Mark’s ability to cut through BS, speak truth about the “unspeakable”, and help others be more discerning. Beginning with the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations, Mark brings deep insight and common sense understandings to these cover-ups, and the continues to unwrap and unravel the likeliest story around the 911 attacks. He also calls out and explains some of the more outrageous “conspiracy stories” and the purpose they serve to obfuscate the truth about “real” conspiracies.



    As a researcher in the issues of peak oil, and peak everything else, Mark points toward the real issues we face as individuals, as a nation, and as a species. And … he addresses the all-too-real threat of the deep state from the “deeper state” of love, wisdom and spiritual awareness.

    To get a truly meta-perspective on fake news and real lies, tune in this Tuesday, May 19th 2-3 pm PT / 5-6 pm ET. http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

    To find out more about Mark Robinowitz and his work, please go here: http://www.oilempire.us/oilempire.html

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    • 56 min
    Mark Crispin Miller - Fake News and Real Lies

    Mark Crispin Miller - Fake News and Real Lies

    Mark Crispin Miller – Fake News and Real Lies

    Who Needs Conspiracy Theories When You Have “Con’s Piracy Facts”?

    Aired Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST

    Interview with Journalist and Author Mark Crispin Miller

    “Censorship – it’s not the vicious lies they fear, it’s those vicious truths.” — Swami Beyondananda

    There is a telling quote I ran across, purportedly by Ronald Reagan’s CIA director William Casey: “We will know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

    So if you’re confused about what is true in the age of COVID-19 … relax. It’s part of the plan. At a time when we have a pathologically blatant liar in the White House, a corporate media that cannot be trusted, and Google, You Tube, Facebook, and Twitter de-platforming dissenting opinions at the behest of the powers that be in power, who or what are we to believe? How do we practice discernment?

    Our guest this week, Mark Crispin Miller, is a voice in the bewilderness, whose views bridge and transcend the established left and right narratives, as he takes on issues such as fixed elections, the controversy over vaccines, and media censorship.

    Mark Crispin Miller earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1971, and his doctorate in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1977. He is currently a Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is the author of several books, including, “The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder”, “Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order” and “Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform” (2007).

    Miller is the editor of Forbidden Bookshelf, an e-book series that revives important works now out of print, most of which were variously killed at birth. He also wrote the introduction to the 2004 edition of Edward Bernays’ book Propaganda. He is also editor of News From the Underground.

    If you’re feeling confused, betrayed, disheartened by the Orwellian nature of our official government / corporate / media narratives and are not content to leave Orwell enough alone, please join us for this heartening and enlivening conversation. Remember what the Swami says: “The truth shall upset you free.”



    To get a truly meta-perspective on fake news and real lies, tune in this Tuesday, May 12th 2-3 pm PT / 5-6 pm ET. http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

    To find out more about Mark Crispin Miller and Notes From the Underground, please go here: https://markcrispinmiller.com/

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    #MarkCrispinMiller #FakeNews #RealLies #SteveBhaerman #WikiPolitiki

    • 56 min
    Philip Goldberg - Spiritual Practice For Crazy Times

    Philip Goldberg - Spiritual Practice For Crazy Times

    Philip Goldberg – Spiritual Practice For Crazy Times

    How To Build Your Own “Sane Asylum”

    Aired Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST

    Interview with Practitioner, Teacher and Author Philip Goldberg



    “Timeless wisdom is always timely.”
    — Swami Beyondananda

    As our attention is drawn “out there” to the latest news or latest speculation or latest commentary about COVID-19, information given ostensibly to safeguard our health is making people more stressed, and consequently less healthy. The question is not so much how do we tune that information out, but how do we attune ourselves in to the resources that will help us process this information in a helpful, healthy way?

    Long-time meditation teacher, practitioner and author Philip Goldberg has a new book out that couldn’t be more timely – Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times. And anyone who doesn’t think these are crazy times must be nuts.

    Philip Goldberg has been studying the world’s spiritual traditions for more than 50 years, as a practitioner, teacher, and writer. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, including The Intuitive Edge; Get Out of Your Own Way; and Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path: Living at the Heart of Paradox. His 2010 book American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West chronicles the remarkable influence of India’s traditional spiritual teachings on the West and was named one of the top 10 religion books of the year by both Huffington Post and the American Library Association’s Booklist. His most recent book, published by Hay House, was The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. He also appears onscreen in the award-winning documentary Awake: The Life of Yogananda. A screenwriter and published novelist (This Is Next Year), Phil is an ordained interfaith minister, spiritual counselor, and meditation teacher trained in 1970 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.



    Now I have to be honest. Phil and I go back a long, long ways – since before I knew him. We both attended John Marshall Junior High School in Brooklyn at the same time, even though I didn’t know him then, and we grew up in the same spiritual tradition – as Brooklyn Dodger fans.

    I’ve had a chance to go through Phil’s prescriptions for creating a “sane asylum” during these crazy times, and they are filled with humor, down-to-earth pragmatic wisdom, and uncommonly commonsensical practices.

    If you’re ready to “go sane” and help others in your community do the same, please tune in this Tuesday, May 5th 2-3 pm PT / 5-6 pm ET. http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

    To find out more about Phil Goldberg’s work, please go here: http://philipgoldberg.com/about-philip-goldberg/

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    If you LOVE what you hear, and appreciate the mission of Wiki Politiki, “put your money where your mouse is” … Join the “upwising” — join the conversation, and become a Wiki Politiki supporter: http://wikipolitiki.com/join-the-upwising/

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    • 56 min
    Joel Searby - Activating the Sane and Sacred Center in America

    Joel Searby - Activating the Sane and Sacred Center in America

    Joel Searby – Activating the Sane and Sacred Center in America

    Is There A “Radical Middle” – And If So, How Do We Get There?

    Aired Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST

    Interview with independent political consultant Joel Searby, “Better For America”

    “There are no sides only angles, and when we see it from the right angle, we are all on the same side.” — Swami Beyondananda

    The Presidential Campaign has often been characterized as a popularity contest, and a beauty pageant. However, if we think back to the 2016 campaign, featuring two of the least-liked candidates in history, it might better be called an unpopularity contest and an ugly pageant. Indeed, as my wife and I traveled the country that summer, the question everyone was asking was, “So … who are you voting against?”

    Now four years later, not much has changed. We are facing a contest between a candidate who has sold his soul to the devil – and another who is just renting his. Now I exaggerate, but not much. When every four years, the voter is forced to choose whichever they perceive is the “lesser evil,” they are still voting for an evil at worst, an unsatisfactory choice at best.

    And yet, most Americans – and 90% of millennials – are clamoring for an alternative to this two-party polarity that keeps dysfunction in place. Our guest on Wiki Politiki this week, Joel Searby, has been treading this middle ground. In 2016, he managed Evan McMullin’s independent campaign for President. McMullin – a never-Trump Republican — did manage to get 21% of the vote in his home state of Utah. Since that time, Joel Searby has worked on several campaigns for independent candidates who are both dedicated to reform and working across party lines.

    Joel Searby is a veteran consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the realm of political campaigning, government affairs, corporate and non-profit strategic planning, leadership development, and faith-based initiatives. Joel has worked with campaigns and organizations across a wide spectrum of sizes and resources – from local candidates for office to managing a presidential campaign and from small trade associations with a few thousand members to some of the largest with over a hundred thousand members and multi-million dollar budgets.



    He and his wife Jen spent 6 months of their first year of marriage living in Santiago, Chile serving with a church plant and working with young mothers, kids, drug addicts and others in a rough part of the city. Both are fluent in Spanish and have traveled extensively in Central and South America.

    So, the question is … is there a sane and sacred center in America? Can we work together, as most Americans seem to want? How do we reform or reformulate a system that has been consistently resistant to change? How do we assert our political will when faced with a binary choice … the evil of two lessers? And how do we assert political will in between elections so that we have better choices?

    Please join us for an enlightening discussion, this Tuesday, April 28th 2-3 pm PT / 5-6 pm ET. http://omtimes.com/iom/shows/wiki-politiki-radio-show/

    To find out more about Joel Searby’s work, please go here: http://sycamorelane.co/

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    • 56 min

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