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The 18th Human - Wasim Zahid of Oslo, Norway - Cardiologist

Wasim Zahid is a cardiologist and author from Oslo. He is working on his third book and stars on a popular Norwegian television show. In this episode, we talk about his journey from being a Muslim to being an atheist and humanist, and why it was difficult for him to "come out" as an atheist in a land where atheism is very common. Wasim talks about life as a doctor and his struggle with the common advice to just emotionally distance yourself from your patients. "Despite the gloomy times...


The 17th Human - Thomas Cirignano of Lakeville, Massachusetts - Writer

Thomas Cirignano is a former South Boston auto service station owner, former Realtor, and the author of two books. His writing centres on autobiographical themes of helplessness and violence. In this episode, Thomas shares his experiences of being the victim of childhood bullies, and talks about the long-term effects of witnessing a relentless stream of violence and crime in South Boston. Contact Thomas at: Follow Thomas on Facebook:...


We Need to Talk About Recreational Marijuana - Human Issues Special

In the first ever Human Issues episode of Humans of Earth, I speak with experts regarding the dangers of marijuana, with a focus on high potency marijuana. Find out what they think we should be talking about when it comes to marijuana legalization. Check out *Northwest Trees*, a marijuana documentary by Ben Grayzel: And for more information about your host, visit: Photo by Chris Benson on Unsplash.


End of 2017 Announcements - Upcoming Guests

A note about four upcoming guests and a shoutout to Humans of Earth listeners! For more information about your host, visit:


The 13th Human - Justin Whitaker of Seattle, Washington - Buddhist Philosopher and Writer

Justin Whitaker, founder of the award-winning blog, American Buddhist Perspectives, was raised as a liberal Catholic but began to explore Buddhism in college. Little did he know at the time that Buddhism would become one of his life's main focuses. We discuss how the #MeToo movement has touched Buddhism, Justin's cofounding of the Guideful app, and his roots in Helena, Montana. "We can all be a lot happier with a lot less." -Justin Whitaker Read American Buddhist Perspectives:...


The 12th Human - Kristen Hovet of Burnaby, British Columbia - Journalist - My Cancer Journey

A few days ago, I sat down to record my entire story of being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34 and my journey of healing from cancer treatment -- from start to finish. It wasn't easy to record and it's not easy to listen to, but I think it's important to share. I'm approaching the 2.5 year mark of being cancer free. That's halfway to remission! To all those who do not allow their children to be given the HPV vaccine, I give you my story to consider. Please share with anyone who is on...


The 9th Human - Leo Igwe - Founder of Nigerian Humanist Movement

Leo Igwe is a human rights advocate and founder of the Nigerian Humanist Movement. He specializes in campaigning against and documenting the impacts of child witchcraft accusations in Africa. When Leo was only 12 years old, he began studying to enter the Catholic priesthood, but left seminary school 12 years later. Born and raised in Nigeria, Leo is currently based in Bayreuth, Germany, where he recently received his PhD from the Bayreuth International School of African Studies. He...


The 7th Human - Nick Halseth of Minneapolis, Minnesota - Skydiving Aviation Photographer

Nick Halseth is a skydiving aviation photographer and videographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In this episode, Nick talks about how he recently lost a toe and what it means to be in a time of major transition. He also shares his thoughts on the trippy Book of Revelation, and much more. To view Nick's work, check out For more information about your host, visit


The 6th Human - Jordan Noël Hawkes of Los Angeles, California - Film Producer

Jordan Noël Hawkes is a film producer, film festival director, and former radio DJ. Originally from Los Angeles, Hawkes lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for six years, and believes in the possibility of change through the sharing of stories. "Look for the similarities." - Jordan Noël Hawkes Hawkes is currently working on a feature length documentary, titled Street Heroines. "A feature documentary on the courage and creativity of female graffiti and street...


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