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This long-form podcast explores the following questions: 1) What is culture? 2) What can culture do for us? 3) How might we heal our culture so it better meets our needs? and 4) What must our culture look like to provide the space for us to heal, as individuals? Most episodes run 45-60 minutes, and feature conversation between host Eric Garza and a variety of guests.

This long-form podcast explores the following questions: 1) What is culture? 2) What can culture do for us? 3) How might we heal our culture so it better meets our needs? and 4) What must our culture look like to provide the space for us to heal, as individuals? Most episodes run 45-60 minutes, and feature conversation between host Eric Garza and a variety of guests.
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This long-form podcast explores the following questions: 1) What is culture? 2) What can culture do for us? 3) How might we heal our culture so it better meets our needs? and 4) What must our culture look like to provide the space for us to heal, as individuals? Most episodes run 45-60 minutes, and feature conversation between host Eric Garza and a variety of guests.

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English


Episodes

#50: The Art of Critiquing Whiteness, with Tad Hargrave

4/19/2019
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Tad Hargrave blogs at Healing From Whiteness, writes for the Facebook page Dear White Men, and wrestles with the complicated and thorny mess that is whiteness, white privilege and white guilt. He talks with Eric about how white shame and guilt make the ideology of white supremacy appealing, how our modern construction of race prevents people from seeing whiteness as the fictions it is, and how learning the nuances of our ancestry grounds us, among other things.

Duration:01:05:52

#49: On Decolonizing Academia, with Clelia Rodríguez

4/12/2019
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Clelia Rodriguez is an author, mother, knitter, gardener, and educator born and raised in El Salvador. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at colleges and universities around the world, and wrote the book Decolonizing Academia: Poverty, Oppression, and Pain. She talks with Eric about what it means to decolonize academia, the oppressiveness of grading, and how teaching is political work, among other things.

Duration:01:13:03

#48: On Language and Identity, with Karl Haloj

4/5/2019
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Karl Haloj is a polyglot linguist whose areas of expertise include romance, Celtic, and Iroquoian languages, language acquisition, language pedagogy, and critical discourse analysis. He talks with Eric about the differences between American indigenous languages and Indo-European languages, how learning new languages can help people appreciate other cultures, and the nuances of identity, among other things.

Duration:01:04:35

#47: Healing Bodies and Healing Cultures, with Tada Hozumi

3/28/2019
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Tada Hozumi coaches and consults on the practice of cultural somatics, wrote the viral essay Why White People Can’t Dance: Because They Are Traumatized, and manages the website Selfish Activist. They talk with Eric about cultural somatics, ancestral trauma and how it is passed down through generations, and the need for white activists to prioritize regulating their nervous systems, among other things.

Duration:01:04:25

#46: Plant Medicine and the Path Through Trauma, with Larken Bunce

3/20/2019
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Larken Bunce is a clinical herbalist, educator, gardener, writer, and photographer who co-founded and directs the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism. She talks with Eric about the physiological and neurological bases of our stress response, how stress becomes trauma, how we can learn to better regulate our stress response, and how plant medicine can offer a path through trauma, among other things.

Duration:01:21:42

#45: On Being Chronically Undertouched, with Aaron Johnson

3/14/2019
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Aaron Johnson lives in a self-made 13 x 13 ft earth dome in Southern California, and is a singer, photographer and filmmaker who uses these media, and others, to dismantle racism. He talks with Eric about why so many people in the ‘civilized’ world are chronically undertouched and about the consequences of this more generally and in the social justice realm.

Duration:01:11:07

#44: Whiteness is Deified Trauma, with Tad Hargrave

3/6/2019
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Tad Hargrave blogs at Healing From Whiteness and writes for the Facebook page Dear White Men. He wrestles withthe complicated and thorny mess that is whiteness, white privilege and white guilt. He talks with Eric about the traumatic roots of racial whiteness, the role that culture plays in metabolizing trauma, the twin wings of privilege and poverty, and deification of trauma as a defense mechanism, among other things.

Duration:01:02:12

#43: Dancing with the Cannibal Giant, with Sherri Mitchell

2/26/2019
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Sherri Mitchell is an attorney who speaks and teaches around the world on issues of indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change and author of the book Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change. She talks with Eric about the Wabenaki legend of the Cannibal Giant, the connection between overconsumption and trauma, and waking up to the pervasive grief of patriarchal colonialism, among other things.

Duration:00:54:17

#42: On Rites of Passage, with Darcy Ottey

2/19/2019
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Darcy Ottey has guided hundreds of people through initiatory experiences, and co-founded Youth Passageways, a network dedicated to helping young people transition into mature adulthood in these transition times. She talks with Eric about the genesis of Youth Passageways, the consequences of a lack of rites of passage for Western youth, cultural appropriation, and how rites of passages are becoming commodities, among other things.

Duration:00:46:23

#41: On Indigenous Food Ways, with Lyla June

2/12/2019
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Lyla June is a poet, musician, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne), and European lineages. She talks with Eric about the links between food revitalization and language revitalization, how food production is tied to land protection, the power structure that food creates, the brittleness of industrial food, and learning the lessons of collapse, among other things.

Duration:00:49:42

#40: Navigating Relationship Transitions, with Rebecca Young Allen

2/4/2019
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Rebecca Young Allen is an ordained inter-faith clergy, a spiritual and emotional healer, a certified Focusing practitioner, and a nature lover, gardener, and homesteader. She talks with Eric about the challenges many people have with endings in relationships, trauma patterns, the poison of the good and bad duality, shadow work, the value of sometimes running towards the roar, and matrimorphy, among other things.

Duration:01:03:10

#39: Healing Plants as a Radicalizing Force, with Jason Hirsch

1/27/2019
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Jason Hirsch is an anthropologist with a particular interest in Western herbalism and its relationships and tensions operating alongside mainstream medicine in North America. He talks with Eric about the impact that seeing ourselves as separate from nature has on health and healing, healing plants as a radicalizing force, and Western herbalism as an anti-capitalist institution, among other things.

Duration:01:23:23

#38: On Local, Slow, and Deep Food, with Teresa Mares

1/27/2019
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Teresa Mares is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vermont. Her teaching and research focus on food systems, and she has written widely on the topics of food justice and food sovereignty, among others. She talks with Eric about different ways of framing access to food, the different values intrinsic in food, drawbacks in how the local and organic food movements frame food access, and the realm of deep food, among other things.

Duration:00:41:57

#37: Education, Unschooling, and Empathy, with Layla Abdel-Rahim

1/27/2019
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Layla Abdel-Rahim is an anthropologist and author. Her books Wild Children, Domesticated Dreamsand Children’s Literature, Domestication, and Social Foundationcritique the foundational social narratives that support a human-centered view of the natural world. She talks Eric talk about what attracted her to unschooling when her daughter was born, what unschooling means and how it worked for her, and how modern schooling diminishes people’s capacity for empathy, among other things.

Duration:00:55:10

#36: Healing and Cooperation in the Anthropocene, with Charis Boke

1/27/2019
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Charis Boke is an herbalist, educator, community organizer and an anthropologist who completed her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Cornell University. She talks with Eric about being a scholar practitioner, objectivity and bias, different levels of healing, moving away from thinking about the past as a model for a more desirable future, critiques of the Anthropocene, among other things.

Duration:01:03:25

#35: Eating, Ethics, And Identity, with Charlotte Biltekoff

1/27/2019
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Charlotte Biltekoff is faculty at the University of California at Davis, where her research strives to build bridges between scientific and cultural approaches to questions about food and health. She is the author of the book Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health, and her work is the subject of a short film called Imperfection Salad. She talks with Eric talk about the interplay between culture, politics and how we build our identities by moralizing our eating...

Duration:00:52:06

#34: Anchoring our Sense of Place with Wild Foods, with Bronislaw Grala

1/27/2019
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Bronislaw Grala has spent much of his adult life learning the art of wildcrafting, and can frequently be found in the local forests and fields gathering food, medicine, and raw materials for his apothecary and kitchen. He talks with Eric about what attracted him to wildcrafting, how wildcrafting can anchor our sense of place, the risks associated with commercializing wild plants, and regulating the take of wild plants as public trusts much like states do wild game animals, among other things.

Duration:01:23:59

#33: The Erosion of US Food Sovereignty, with Heather Retberg

1/27/2019
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Heather Retberg operates Quill’s End Farm with her husband in Penobscot, Maine. She advocates for local food sovereignty ordinances in her home state, and played a role in crafting the Maine Food Sovereignty Law that was passed in summer of 2017. She talks with Eric about what food sovereignty is, the links between food and water sovereignty, how large corporations gain control of resources in rural areas of the United States, and lessons she has learned in her years of food sovereignty...

Duration:01:12:49

#32: Nutrition and Chronic Illness, with Diana Rodgers

1/27/2019
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Diana Rodgers is a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who’s written a couple cookbooks that cater to Paleo Dieters and is putting together a documentary film tentatively titled Sacred Cow. She talks with Eric about her path to the Paleo Diet, her experiences helping patients with nutrition, and her vision of the future of food and health in the US, among other things.

Duration:00:38:29

#31: Towards a Sense of Place, with Walter Poleman

1/27/2019
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Walter Poleman lectures at the University of Vermont, directs the PLACE (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Engagement) program, and founded the Burlington Geographic initiative. He talks with Eric about what the physical underpinnings of a sense of place, place-based education, human impact, and the relationship between a sense of place and terroir, among other things.

Duration:00:54:09