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Middle East Tonight with Zachary Foster-Part 1 Palestine

10/10/2018
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In this week’s show our guest is Zachary Foster. He recently finished his Ph.D in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton and has launched a satirical show about the Middle East, his most recent programs are about Palestine and the Saudi Kingdom. Mr. Foster’s dissertation is about the history of the name “Palestine”, history and geography books written about it, maps made of it, and people who identified with it. He is interested in Palestinian identity and how this term became popular in the...

Duration:00:46:48

The Vanishing Crypto-Jew at the 39th Annual Texas Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference

10/1/2018
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This week's show includes a presentation by me at the 39th Texas State Hispanic Geneological and Historical Conference where I spoke on September 29, this last week end. This presentation is called The Vanishing CryptoJew. Enjoy!

Duration:00:54:07

Ayahuasca and Its Properties

9/26/2018
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In this week's show our topic is what is Ayahuasca, its history and the impact it has on those who have experimented with this substance. Our guest is Ryan Ratigan our previous co-host and one of the founders of our program. We delve into the possible healing properties and side effects or risks. We hope this conversation is informational and will give our listeners a first hand account of the way this root/plant combination affects practitioners of South American indigenous spirituality and...

Duration:00:59:59

Singularity and A.I. with Julian Vaughn

9/19/2018
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In this week's show our guest is Julian Vaughn, researcher of consciousness, spirt and technology. He has a very diverse background and is interested in neuroscience, what is known as neurolink, psychology and the relationship between consciousness and technology. He discusses with us the concept of "singularity" and what the futurists and others see as the risks of technology.

Duration:01:00:00

Raiders of the Unknown Audio-Documentary: James Brother of Jesus

9/9/2018
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Raiders of the Unknown Presents: James Brother of Jesus, this is the first audio-documentary of our series on enigmatic subjects. In the past three decades many books have been written about this enigmatic figure and we are still at a loss to understand a complete picture of his person. There is even less historical data on James that there is on Jesus; however he is a crucial character in the saga of Jewish Christianity, early Christian tradition and the bridge between the many Second...

Duration:01:00:39

The Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence

9/5/2018
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In this week's episode our guest is Concepcion Miranda, Prevention Educator for the Houston Area Women's Center. We discuss the topic the relationship between violent shootings and domestic violence. This bilingual interview addresses the problem of violent behavior and how it affects individuals and groups of people. For more information on how to support survivors of domestic violence: www. hawc.org Photo Credit: Mystic-Skeptic Media at Santa Fe, TX High School Memorial

Duration:00:39:20

The Lumbrosos CryptoJewish Heritage

8/17/2018
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In this week's show our guest is P. Gabriel Lumbroso. Born in Paris, France, a descendent of a long line of the Lumbroso family who have an extensive Jewish history. Surviving descendants of the Carvajal family killed by the Inquisition in Mexico for practicing Judaism, moved to Italy and finally Tunisia. Mr. Lumbroso, a grandson of the chief Rabbi of Tunis, is a Jewish Christian singer and speaker who shares his experience and struggle to stay connected to his heritage.

Duration:01:00:00

The Gabriel Revelation Tablet

8/17/2018
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In this week's show we discuss "The Gabriel Revelation Tablet" with Israel Khnol. This stone tablet found in the desert, provides us with insights into the development of Jewish mystical writings. This archeological artifact is a historical document that attests to the messianic trends in ancient times. Israel Khnol discusses the connection between the Gabriel Revelation and other mystical books written around the Second Temple period. He also addresses the relationship of this discovery to...

Duration:00:13:37

Current Affairs Show (Final Episode of Season 3)

5/23/2018
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In this final show of the season, democratic delegate Bob Hayes and I discuss current affairs. Our focus is both the democratic primaries in Tennessee and Texas to gun violence in public places in the U.S. Bob brings his unique perspective as a Hospice Chaplain, Progressive Evangelical Christian and supporter of Bernie Sanders and other left-leaning democrats as compared to the centrist establishment of the DNC.

Duration:01:00:00

Bonus Show: Comedy and Cynism

5/18/2018
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In this week’s show we have a special treat for our listeners. Our guest Roy Rodriguez joins us like every year to do a special program for my birthday. We discuss the politics, gangster life, stereotypes and action heroes.In the past years we have done Comedy and Tragedy Comedy and Controversy this time we deal with Comedy and Cynicism.

Duration:00:27:37

An Introduction to Kabbalah

5/17/2018
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In this week's show our topic is Kabbalah or Jewish Mysticism. Our guest is Jay Castro a student of Judaism and someone who has attended classes at the Kabbalah Center. In this show I share research on Kabbalistic thought. The following is my research on Kabbalistic thought.Kabbalah means to receive. According Jewish sources this could be part of the "oral law" a sacred tradition handed down throughout the generations

Duration:00:30:42

The Mitras-Christ Cult Part 1

5/10/2018
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In this week’s show our guest is Sid George a native Houstonian, with undergraduate degrees in physics, economics, and an MBA. He has studied Western Civilization and religious study of religions for many years and leads a discussion group on the historical Jesus. Our topic the Mithras-Christ Cult, according to Mr. George christianity is derived from the Greek mystery religion known as the cult of Mithras his findings come from the books "The Mysteries of Mithra" By Franz Cumont and "The...

Duration:00:58:23

The Mitras-Christ Cult Part 2

5/10/2018
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In this week’s show our guest is Sid George a native Houstonian, with undergraduate degrees in physics, economics, and an MBA. He has studied Western Civilization and religious study of religions for many years and leads a discussion group on the historical Jesus. Our topic the Mithras-Christ Cult, according to Mr. George christianity is derived from the Greek mystery religion known as the cult of Mithras his findings come from the books "The Mysteries of Mithra" By Franz Cumont and "The...

Duration:00:59:24

Rabbi Peter Tarlow on Making Ancestral Connections through Genealogy

4/26/2018
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In this week's show our topic is Making Ancestral Connections through Genealogy. The presentation was given by Dr. Peter Tarlow, the Chairman of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. This event took place Houston Holocaust Museum Houston on April 24, 2018. This lecture is a follow-up to our previous program regarding Crypto-Jews of Central and South America, this time he focuses on the history of persecution in Spain and Portugal and how this is connected to the Shoa (or what is known...

Duration:00:35:17

Maimonides on Crypto-Judaism

4/24/2018
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In this week’s show the topic is Maimonides on Crypto-Judaism. This presentation took place in 2010 in San Antonio during the 20th Annual Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference. I presented on this subject to discover some insights on the halachic (Jewish legal) status of Crypto-Jews. I explored the writings of the halakhic master Maimonides, one of his works Iggeret ha-Shemad (Letter on Martyrdom) stands out regarding his perspective on the Anusim of his time. Maimonides writes: “Now...

Duration:00:40:19

The GMO Conspiracy: A Disgruntle Review of Bill Nye Saves The World

4/17/2018
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In this week show our topic is Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Our guest is Joe Balog, who obtained a B.A. in Sustainable Business and took several courses on this subject. In spring 2017 a representative of the maligned conglomerate Monsanto appeared in the TV show 'Bill Nye Saves the World' which is available on Netflix. During the episode entitled "More Food, Less Hype" host Bill Nye pushes the consumption of GMOs and portrays Monsanto as a victim of bad press. He also shows no...

Duration:00:58:09

A Shared Heritage Part 2: Liturgy, Texts and Religious Trends in Judaism, Catholicism and Eastern Christianity

4/4/2018
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In this week’s show we present another audio documentary regarding the shared heritage between Jews and Christians. We discuss the different rites practiced by Judaism, Catholicism and Eastern Christianity. Our featured guests Sam Granger, Joe Balog and I discuss different interpretations such as the burning bush with the Madonna and child. The virgin symbolized by the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament. In church history there is a division of the Apostolic, Patristic, medieval and...

Duration:01:04:02

A Shared Heritage Part 1: Liturgy, Texts and Religious Trends in Judaism, Catholicism and Eastern Christianity

4/4/2018
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In this week’s show we present another audio documentary regarding the shared heritage between Jews and Christians. We discuss the different rites practiced by Judaism, Catholicism and Eastern Christianity. Our featured guests Sam Granger, Joe Balog and I discuss different interpretations such as the burning bush with the Madonna and child. The virgin symbolized by the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament. In church history there is a division of the Apostolic, Patristic, medieval and...

Duration:00:57:43

Artist Spotlight: AngelaFama.com

3/28/2018
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In this week’s show our guest Angela Fama, an interdisciplinary photo based artist. Born in Tennessee, she was raised in Ontario and Zimbabwe, Ms. Fama currently lives in Vancouver, BC. She is interested in exploring the tension inherent in our collective desire for both the temporal and transcendent. She investigates themes of meaning, emotion, memory and change. Ms. Fama is often found burrowing through the endless excess, finding substance and beauty in the overlooked or forgotten. During...

Duration:00:36:58

Star Wars LatinAmerica (Bilingual Interview)

3/21/2018
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In this week’s show we continue discussing the Star Wars saga, this time with the founder of StarWars LatinAmerica Diego Galvan. The title of his site includes the following tag line: Information about the most successful Saga of all time. We discuss the large number of fans in Chile and other Central and South American countries, the impact of the Star Wars series in international pop culture and how this mythology is related to contemporary issues. Including how Star Wars could be...

Duration:00:58:37