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Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place.

Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place.
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Join Marianna Cacciatore as she interviews ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things, often small and always meaningful, to make our world a better place.




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Special Encore Presentation: Carry On, Warrior—An Interview with author Gle

For years Glennon Doyle Melton built a wall between herself and others, hiding inside a bunker of secrets and shame.


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Go Inspire Go - an Interview with Toan Lam and Kala Shah

Bread for the Journey of Marin County made a grant of $1,500 to Go Inspire Go. We funded a their Community Heroes program, which is a pilot project that works with young people, helping them to focus their inherent generosity by performing acts of kindness and community service. Kala Shah, the innovator of this program looked around and saw privileged kids living alongside people in need and yet the two were not in relationship with one another. She wanted to change that. Rolling up her...


Writing Poetry with John Fox and Marianna Cacciatore

One of the kindest things we can do for ourselves is to honor the deeper urging of the soul by bringing it to the surface and hearing what it has to say. One way to do this is through writing poetry. John Fox, Founder and President of The Institute for Poetic Medicine, recognizes the healing touch of poetry, and he devotes his life to helping people find their poetic words, to write them on paper, to express what matters to them. Marianna Cacciatore has been a writer for many years and...


Poetry as Healer : An Interview with John Fox

There is a way in which poetry reaches down into our depths and places its finger on a healing touchstone. Something happens inside and we are changed. John Fox has devoted his life to the service of poetry as healer. He is the Founder and President of The Institute for Poetic Medicine (IPM). John works with educators, counselors and therapists, doctors, nurses and medical students, those in chaplaincy and pastoral care, cancer support, those in the field of substance abuse, hospice...


Special Encore Presentation: Caring for One Another at Neighborcare Health

The value we place on community includes healthcare for every man, woman and child, no matter their circumstances. Neighborcare Health in Seattle is an independent community clinic that uncompromisingly provides 100% access to everyone, no matter their economic situation, status of health, or insurance coverage. Beyond their 4 walls, they are on the street, in people’s homes, talking with the homeless and working to build trust among the most marginalized people in the community. Meet...


Special Encore Presentation: Grief, Ritual and the Soul of the World – PART

We are replaying one of our most listened-to shows—our interview with Francis Weller MFT, whose work is deeply attentive to the issue of grief. Francis writes, “For nearly thirty years I have worked with individuals in my practice as a psychotherapist and in workshop settings. The one persistent emotion that has touched everyone is grief. It may be the grief we finally allow ourselves to feel for the life we did not choose. It may be our sorrow for losses that happened early in our life,...


Getting Kids Excited About School: An Interview with Thom Markham, Ph.D.

Thom Markham is on a mission. His goal is to change the world by changing education. With curiosity and creativity at its core his field-tested model of Project Based Learning is changing the landscape of education. His work is rooted in three themes he believes are essential to education in the global age: opportunities for every child; the reunification of brain and heart; and the global ideal of a just world. He is calling for a systematic redesign of our schools and learning...


What Would Love Do? An Interview with Jane Brunette

The Dayak Benuaq people of Muara Tae in Borneo are losing their forest to palm oil. Western-style negotiations have failed them. With the bulldozers poised to take what little remains of their 140 million year-old ancestral rainforest, tribal elders say their best hope is to hold a ceremony that since ancient times has been used to resolve difficult disputes with great power. Because we rely on the rainforest for our oxygen, tribal leaders are inviting us to join them in this ancient vow...


The Path of Centering Prayer: An Interview with David Frenette

Centering prayer is a form of Christian meditation that deepens ones experience of God. The transformative power of this practice is found in the idea that centering prayer is not something you do to find God, but involves being found by God and “saying yes to God’s presence acting in you.” The Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton, and Father Thomas Keating have written much about this practice, and now David Frenette’s book, The Path of Centering Prayer, adds to the rich literature on the...


Powerful Non Defensive Communication: An Interview with Sharon Ellison

Have you ever thrown your hands up in frustration because you’ve been misunderstood? Or walked away from a conversation feeling angry and fuming? Or tearful because you’ve been going round in circles trying to communicate with someone you love? Join me in this interview with Sharon Strand Ellison as she talks about her remarkable program called Powerful Non-Defensive Communication. This is an easy-to-understand method of “taking the war out of our words” and learning a new way to say what...


Learning To Be a Safe Harbor for Kids: An Interview with Margaret Blaustein

Margaret Blaustein has dedicated her life to the healing of trauma—especially in kids. She and Kristine Kinniburgh, LICSW, created the ARC intervention framework which is the basis for the Head Start Trauma Smart program currently serving some 3,300 children annually in 26 counties in Kansas and Missouri. ARC stands for Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency, and the beauty in Blaustein and Kinniburgh’s evidence-based work is that the training and mentoring is designed for anyone in a...


Imagine a Collaborative Courtroom: An Interview with Dianne Marshall

Imagine a courtroom in which everyone is working together toward the same goal. Imagine a courtroom in which the perpetrator of a drug related non-violent crime is held accountable, but is managed in a way that is encouraging and supportive. Imagine 75% of its participants successfully completing their “sentence” program, going on to lead productive lives and not re-offending. Well, imagine no further. Such a thing exists and it’s called Collaborative Court. The model was created in 1989...


The Art of Empathy: An Interview with Karla McLaren

What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve your relationships and your life? Karla McLaren believes that skill is empathy, and she knows it is a skill we can develop and manage. Karla writes: Empathy is everywhere: it’s in the air you breathe and the ground you walk on; it makes relationships, communities, and societies work. And yet, empathy can also be something of a mystery. Because empathy is such a central part of everything you do, you can overlook it...


Poetry, Place and Soul An Interview with Cathey Capers and Birch Dwyer

Let Cathey Capers and Birch Dwyer take you on a journey to the remarkable Canyon de Chelly in Arizona for an experience of a lifetime. They are planning a trip for a small group of women to experience spectacular beauty amidst seldom seen archeological sites and soaring canyon walls while also exploring the inner landscape of the soul. There will be quiet time in solitude, wholesome food, writing and reading poetry, sleeping under the stars, and a walking journey into territory few have...


Bouncing Back: An Interview with Linda Graham, MFT

Resilience is the ability to face and handle life’s challenges. We all respond differently when hard stuff arises, and some things are easier than others. But in the past decade, brain science has uncovered “neuroplasticity.” What we thought was hardwired can be rewired. This is a game-changer when it comes to resilience and Linda Graham has literally written the book on Bouncing Back. This book offers more than 80 practices that that help us rewire our brain and recover our innate...


Creating Peace

Ross Holzman and his team believe that creating art is a way to deepen one’s commitment to peace. And that creating peace is possible, one person at a time. Ross is the founder of the San Francisco based non-profit, Create Peace Project. They work primarily with children and youth, facilitating collaborative art projects shared with students in countries as far flung as India, Uganda, Nepal, Ghana and Bosnia. Create Peace Project is built upon a belief in the power, potential and wisdom of...


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Special Encore Presentation: The Hidden Power of Gratitude: An Interview wi

In a moment of natural gratitude, with a heart full of awe, a problem I had been carrying with me disappeared. Dissolved in a moment. That got me thinking about how most of us view gratitude as a beautiful, sweet gesture, and yet don’t realized how powerful it really is. Join me today as I interview Jeremy Adam Smith of the Greater Good Science Center. At GGSC, scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or...