The Theory of Enchantment

The Transformation of Arno Michaelis

An episode of The Theory of Enchantment

By The Theory of Enchantment
From introspection to self-actualization, this podcast is all about how to overcome our own insecurities, be generous with ourselves and with others in the process.
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The Transformation of Arno Michaelis
If you listen to no other episode of the 'Theory of Enchantment' podcast, listen to this one. A few days ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Arno Michaelis, a public speaker and author who was a former white nationalist and who now teaches love, compassion, and connection to counter violent extremism around the world. Have a listen, I'm sure you'll be as transformed as I was along the way. 
1:32:50
March 21, 2019
'God is in the Crowd'
In this episode, I sit down with former Israeli pilot Tal Keinan who wrote a fascinating book called 'God is in the Crowd.' Here, we explore how to build community between two poles of the same family -- American Jews and Israelis. This interview has incredible insights into how to fortify ties even when two communities in the same family have two totally different lived experiences and we even get into how we can apply some of his findings to American society as a whole. Considering how we've become fractured due to polarization and feelings of loneliness and social isolation, are there ways we can come together as Americans and strengthen our sense of relationship with each other? Listen to this episode to find out and be sure to grab a copy of the book today! 
1:07:44
March 7, 2019
Mr. Walker & Children of Promise
Children of Promise is an incredible organization based in Bedstuy, Brooklyn (and expanding!) that mentors children whose parents are incarcerated. In this episode, I had the good fortune of sitting down with Mr. Cecil Walker who is the site director for the program. We talked about everything: What a child who is facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles needs to grow and succeed; groundbreaking ideas for criminal justice reform; how human conflict boils down to character; and restorative methods that can help heal rifts between police officers and the communities under their jurisdiction. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed conducting it. Peace & Love. 
1:06:56
February 7, 2019
Sabine Bellevue - On How to Start a Business & Healthy Living
Sabine Bellevue is my natural hair stylist and owns her own hair salon in Brooklyn! In this episode, we discussed both the challenges and opportunities that come with starting your own business and how to have the confidence to forge ahead even when dealing with naysayers and self-doubt. I hope you enjoy this episode and be sure to give the hair salon a follow on instagram! :@sabineshallway
37:00
January 31, 2019
Sarah Burch, Motorcyclist Extraordinaire
Sarah Burch is a dope motorcyclist, curator of great experiences, and one of my best friends. (Seriously, we do everything together.) In this episode, we shoot the shit discussing the process of becoming in New York City, the challenges Generation Z faces, and why we need to value patience over the immediacy that comes with social media. 
43:38
January 24, 2019
Meet Jswipe Founder David Yarus
In this episode, we take a deep dive into the mind of David Yarus, founder of Jswipe and mllnnl, a consultancy whose aim is to cultivate collective consciousness in the millennial generation. Some of the cool things we discussed on this episode include spirituality, finding one's Judaism in an increasingly interconnected world, and navigating the tension between particularism and universality as both young adults and deeply spiritual individuals who want to make the world a better place. 
49:20
January 18, 2019
Art & Identity - A Conversation with Filmmaker Joseph Kahn
He's worked with both Eminem and Taylor Swift producing music videos and other short films but today we're talking about his groundbreaking film 'Bodied,' a feature-length film about hip-hop, battle rapping, race, and the myriad ways in which art traverses identity across America. If you're into great music, artistry, filmmaking, and how we discuss race in America, this is definitely an episode you won't wanna miss! 
57:24
January 10, 2019
A Conversation with my Father
In this episode I talk to my father about his life of overcoming. Growing up in the ninth ward in New Orleans, Mr. Valdary experienced poverty, parental divorce, and other hardships at an early age. Yet because of his love of education, he was able to persist beyond these challenges, build a life for himself, and teach his daughters along the way.
39:19
December 19, 2018
College Degrees, Comedians & Comfy Couches
Here I interview my good friend Hali Haber and her roommate Alyssa in an experimental podcast discussing everything from great female comedians to college degrees that did nothing for us but were still worth it. Enjoy!
33:37
November 5, 2018
Finding Your place in New York City
In this podcast, I sat down with Julie Smelansky to explore how New York city helped shaped our perspective on setting goals for ourselves, the power of following your instincts, and the importance of body positivity. There's also a brand new segment in this piece called 'The Influencers' where I explore why many of Kendrick Lamar's songs resonate with me (and probably with you too ;) . Enjoy!
28:57
October 24, 2018
The Theory of Enchantment
EP 1: A lesson in Identity
09:06
October 16, 2018
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