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Rupert Sheldrake on why science has become a pseudoscience
Rupert Sheldrake, is a biologist, author, and researcher, best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance. He worked as a biochemist and cell biologist at Cambridge University. He has written many books on science, spirituality and morphic resonance which is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. In its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits and memory is inherent in nature.
January 20, 2021
Iyad El-Baghdadi on dealing with dictators
Iyad is an internationally-recognised Arab Spring activist and expert on authoritarianism. He is the President of Kawaakibi Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Tyrant Manual. He is an outspoken critic of both Islamic movements and secular dictatorships, and has set himself apart from many other activists through his use of humor and sarcasm. He contributes to his own blog site Islam and Liberty and podcast Arab Tyrant Manual on Soundcloud. A stateless Palestinian who was born in Kuwait and raised in the United Arab Emirates, he is now a political refugee in Norway. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Iyad and all the other Podsongs at
January 18, 2021
Dr. John Demartini on what he learnt from reading 30,000 books
Dr. John Demartini is a world-renowned specialist in human behavior, a researcher, author and global educator. He has developed a series of solutions applicable across all markets, sectors and age groups. His education curriculum ranges from corporate empowerment programs, financial empowerment strategies, self-development programs, relationship solutions and social transformation programs. His teachings start at the core of the issue, addressing the human factor and range out to a multitude of powerful tools that have proven the test of time. He has studied over 30,000 books across all the defined academic disciplines and has synthesized the wisdom of the ages which he shares on stage in over 100 countries. His presentations whether keynotes, seminars or workshops, leave clients with insights into their behavior and keys to their empowerment. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with John and all the other Podsongs 
January 15, 2021
Esther Gokhale - the woman with the perfect posture
Esther Gokhale has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine. After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb® Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living. Gokhale's book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, has sold over 200,000 copies and has been translated into ten languages. In 2010, Gokhale hosted the nationally-televised program Back Pain: The Primal Posture™ Solution (available on DVD and streaming). The Gokhale Method continues to grow as dozens of qualified teachers, each personally trained by Gokhale, now teach the method worldwide. Gokhale has taught at corporations such as Google, IDEO, and Facebook, presented at conferences including TEDx(Stanford) and Ancestral Health Symposium, consulted for the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford sports teams, and conducted workshops for physician groups at Stanford, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, PAMF, and UCSF. The New York Times gave Esther the title “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley” in 2013. Esther Gokhale lives on Stanford University campus where she raised three children with her husband Brian White, a professor in the Math Department. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Esther and all the other Podsongs 
January 13, 2021
AJ Jacobs, NYT best-selling author, on his incredible lifestyle experiments
A. J. Jacobs is an American journalist, author, and lecturer best known for writing about his lifestyle experiments. He is an editor at large for Esquire and has worked for the Antioch Daily Ledger and Entertainment Weekly. AJ has said that he sees his life as a series of experiments in which he immerses himself in a project or lifestyle, for better or worse, then writes about what he learned. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with AJ and Julie and all the other Podsongs
January 11, 2021
Sean Carroll - America's favourite physicist (plus special musical guest Emma Hill)
Sean Carroll is a Research Professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research has focused on fundamental physics and cosmology, especially issues of dark matter, dark energy, spacetime symmetries, and the origin of the universe. Recently, Carroll has worked on the foundations of quantum mechanics, the emergence of spacetime, and the evolution of entropy and complexity. Carroll is the author of Something Deeply Hidden, The Big Picture, The Particle at the End of the Universe, From Eternity to Here, and Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity. He has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Sloan Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Physics, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Royal Society of London, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Carroll has appeared on TV shows such as The Colbert Report, PBS's NOVA, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and frequently serves as a science consultant for film and television. He is host of the weekly Mindscape podcast.  This episode I'm joined by Emma Hill, an Alaskan singer-songwriter and old friend of mine. Listen to the song I wrote with Emma after being inspired by our conversation with Sean and all the other Podsongs 
January 8, 2021
Joyce Pring - No.1 podcaster in the Philippines - on how to survive Zoom-living
On-air as a radio jock for 4 years, Joyce now hosts the leading podcast in the Philippines, Adulting with Joyce Pring, which garnered popularity since its launch in 2018 - garnering the number one spot on both Spotify and iTunes, with more than 250 thousand listeners globally and 2 million streams across all platforms. She has been a child sponsor for 9 years, and 3 years ago, she became a World Vision Ambassador - championing for the protection, and education of children. Recently, Joyce was appointed by the Department of Education and World Vision Philippines as the ambassador for their latest campaign, Brigada Pagbasa. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Joyce and all the other Podsongs
January 4, 2021
Tom Schwab - podcast expert - on the secrets to a great podcast
Tom Schwab knows how to build an online business. He’s done it successfully several times, and now helps others find online success with podcast interview marketing. Marketing at its heart is starting a conversation with someone who could be an ideal customer. Tom helps thought leaders (coaches, authors, speakers, consultants, emerging brands) get featured on leading podcasts their ideal prospects are already listening to. The Interview Valet system then helps them to turn listeners into customers. The author of Podcast Guest Profits: Grow Your Business with a Targeted Interview Strategy, Tom is also Founder/CEO of Interview Valet,  the category king of Podcast Interview Marketing. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Tom and all the other Podsongs
January 2, 2021
Todd McCarty on the modern music business
Todd McCarty is currently living in Japan after leaving his record label job to build a consultant business and educate a large audience of musicians via his new platform Band Builder Academy. He's served musicians and fans his entire career. He also consults record labels and independent musicians getting placement for music on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon. Previously he was Sony Music USA as Senior Vice President of Sales. Previously he was General Manager for Fearless Records where he worked for 13 years (2002 – 2015) helping artists like Portugal. The Man, I Prevail, Motionless In White, Mayday Parade, Pierce The Veil, The Maine, and Plain White T’s create heat on the street. He was awarded a 5x Platinum single, 3 Platinum singles, 5 Gold Albums, and many Gold singles for RIAA certified sales achievements. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Todd called 'Mailing List'  and all the other Podsongs
December 30, 2020
Dr Neal Barnard on veganism and animal rights
Neal D. Barnard is an American author, clinical researcher, and founding president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Barnard founded Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in 1985 because he "wanted to promote preventive medicine." By 2016, the Washington D.C.-based PCRM had 150,000 members, including 12,000 physicians and reported revenues of more than $20 million. He appeared in the 2011 documentary feature film Forks Over Knives. Barnard serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He founded the Barnard Medical Center in 2015 as part of PCRM, and it opened in 2016 with him as president; the center provides primary care and emphasizes diet and preventive medicine. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Neal called 'You Are Responsible' and all the other Podsongs
December 28, 2020
Alan Dershowitz on defending the undefendable
Alan  Dershowitz is an American lawyer and legal scholar known for his scholarship of U.S. constitutional law and American criminal law, and a noted advocate of civil liberties. He taught at Harvard Law School from 1964 through 2013, where he was appointed as the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law in 1993. Dershowitz is a regular media contributor, political commentator, and legal analyst. He is also a prominent voice on the Arab–Israeli conflict and has written several books on the subject.  Dershowitz is known for taking on high profile and often unpopular causes and clients. As of 2009, he had won 13 of the 15 murder and attempted murder cases he handled as a criminal appellate lawyer. Dershowitz has represented celebrity clients including Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Leona Helmsley, Julian Assange, and Jim Bakker. Major legal victories have included two successful appeals that overturned convictions, first for Harry Reems in 1976, followed by Claus von Bülow in 1984 who had been convicted for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny. In 1995, Dershowitz served as the appellate adviser on the O. J. Simpson murder trial, part of the legal "Dream Team", alongside Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey. Dershowitz was a member of the defense team for Harvey Weinstein in 2018 and for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump in 2020. He was a member of the legal defense team for Jeffrey Epstein and helped to negotiate a 2006 non-prosecution agreement on Epstein's behalf.  Dershowitz is the author of several books about politics and the law, including Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case (1985), the basis of the 1990 film; Chutzpah (1991); Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Simpson Case (1996); The Case for Israel (2003); Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights (2004); and The Case for Peace (2005). His two most recent works are: The Case Against Impeaching Trump (2018) and Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo (2019). Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Alan called 'Unbendable'  and all the other Podsongs
December 27, 2020
Stanley Chi on life in the Philippines
Stanley Chi is a Chinese Filipino observational comedian, cartoonist, TV host, columnist and book author. Chi has gained an underground cult following because of his unique comedic chops. He is the columnist for FHM Philippines' website, One Night Stan and a video blogger for's Suplado in the City. He also hosts The Underpaid Podcast, a podcast that talks about work-related topics, anything and everything about the office such as how to deal with your horrible boss, office mates, office politics and how to survive the corporate world. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Stanley called 'Katy Parody' and all the other Podsongs
December 23, 2020
Chrissie Blaze on Earth: Astrology's missing planet
Chrissie Blaze is the author of 12 books, a metaphysician and astrologer. She has been a student/practitioner of the psychic and spiritual sciences from a young age. She is a regular media guest and conducts lectures and classes in the U.S.A. and U.K. Blaze is a professional astrologer who qualified at the Faculty of Astrological Studies, London in the early 1980s. She qualified as a lecturer with credentials from the University of London, England. She was a longtime close student of renowned English Yoga Master, Dr. George King, Founder of The Aetherius Society. Her goal is the global promotion of practical spirituality, including astrology. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Chrissie and all the other Podsongs
December 21, 2020
Esther and Laura on how they started a mobile library for refugees in Greece
ECHO is a mobile library helping refugees in Greece. Around 80,000 displaced people in Greece are currently stuck in isolated camps that lack basic facilities, let alone a library. ECHO is a grassroots project organised through a community network between Athens and eleven camps and community centres in mainland Greece. I speak to Laura Naude and Esther ten Zijthoff, two of the founders. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Esther and Laura called, unsurprisingly enough, ‘Mobile Library’ and all the other Podsongs
December 18, 2020
Neil Dykes about volunteering to help refugees in Greece
Shocked by the news reports of the conditions in Greece, UK couple Neil and Caroline Dykes went to Thessaloniki to see what they could do to help. They were met by dreadful scenes of overcrowded, rundown buildings with no heat or running water and no prospect of onward movement for the people. These poor families had had their houses bombed out from underneath them, had suffered terrible horrors and their plight was desperate. The large NGOs were sitting on their hands and were more interested in finding comfortable accommodation for their staff than attending to the needs of the Syrians. Their prevarication incensed Caroline and Neil and they set about arranging practical help for the refugees. They visited Greek estate agents and persuaded them to rent apartments to the Syrians, paid for by Caroline and Neil. And when a family moved into an apartment they gave them money for essential shopping, and arranged advice on citizenship and seeking asylum in other countries. Neil even built a wooden bus shelter after a Syrian woman had been run over and killed while waiting for a bus on the side of a busy road. The measure of their success can be seen in the grateful emails they receive from Syrian families now living and working in EU countries. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Neil called 'The World Does Not Revolve Around Me' and all the other Podsongs
December 16, 2020
Thom Walters on cultivating a meditation practice
As a meditation teacher and host of the global ZEN commuter Meditation Podcast Thom has taught meditation to thousands of people wanting to live a calmer, fuller life. He began a meditation practice back in 1980, when he was eighteen years old, and considers it to be the most impactful skill learned in his life. "Through the years, and up to now, I have kept my meditation practice alive, practicing over 5,000 hours. In between those times I have interviewed noted meditation thought leaders on my podcast, ZEN commuter and studied extensively on a variety of meditation practices. I have devoted my life to helping people becoming calmer and more purposeful through a mindfulness practice." Support Thom on Patreon Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Thom called Master of Mind and all the other Podsongs.
December 14, 2020
Karen Salmansohn on happiness
Karen Salmansohn is a best selling self-help book author and award-winning designer with about 2 million books sold nationally and internationally. She is the founder of, a popular personal development site, which offers books and video courses on topics including anxiety, toxic people, emotional eating, relationships, meditation, and happiness. Her website also includes many of her viral quote posters that she writes and designs. Salmansohn was formerly a senior VP ad creative director (at age 26) who left her job to pursue writing. She has been profiled in the NY Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, ELLE, Marie Claire, and Fast Company. She also appeared in popular television shows and was a regular lifestyle reporter for Fox TV. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Karen called 'Happy Habits' and all the other Podsongs
December 11, 2020
Dawson Church on the mechanics behind mediation
Dawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes ( was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression.  Mind to Matter, ( showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain ( demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. He has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare ( to promote groundbreaking new treatments. He shares how to apply the breakthroughs of energy psychology to health and personal performance through EFT Universe (, one of the largest alternative medicine sites on the web. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Dawson called Bliss Brain and all the other Podsongs
December 9, 2020
Richard Lawrence on UFOs and yoga
Richard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society for Europe and Africa, which is the oldest UFO contacts organizations in Britain, and possibly the world. He is also a Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. Richard has devoted his life to the work of his late master and personal friend, Dr George King (1919-1997) - founder of the Society - with whom he co-authored Contacts with the Gods from Space. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Richard called 'Hymn for the Blessings' and all the other Podsongs
December 7, 2020
Brian D Smith on growing from grief
Brian D Smith is a life coach and grief counsellor, and the host of Grief 2 Growth Podcast. "After 57 years of experience and almost that much time helping and leading people informally, I decided to make it official, obtain my life coaching certification, and seek to help people more formally.  I’ve had a career as an engineer, in corporate tech sales, and as a small business owner of a business I built from the ground up. I’ve raised two children. I’ve experienced the death of a child. I’ve been married for nearly thirty years. More importantly, I have a passion for helping people. Grief 2 Growth is a natural progression of my time on this planet." explains Brian. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Brian called Grief 2 Growth  and all the other Podsongs
December 4, 2020
Bernardo Kastrup discusses materialism and consciousness
Bernardo Kastrup's work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the 'Casimir Effect' of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Formulated in detail in many academic papers and books, his ideas have been featured on 'Scientific American,' the 'Institute of Art and Ideas,' the 'Blog of the American Philosophical Association' and 'Big Think,' among others. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Bernado called The Prison of Materialism and all the other Podsongs
December 2, 2020
Scott Carney on the search for truth
Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney has worked in some of the most dangerous and unlikely corners of the world. His work blends narrative non-fiction with ethnography. What Doesn’t Kill Us was a New York Times bestseller; other works include The Red Market and A Death on Diamond Mountain. Carney was a contributing editor at Wired for five years and his writing also appears in Mother Jones, Men’s Journal, Playboy, Foreign Policy, Discover, Outside and Fast Company. His work has been the subject of a variety of radio and television programs, including on NPR and National Geographic TV. In 2010, he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for his story “Meet the Parents,” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring. Carney has spent extensive time in South Asia and speaks Hindi. He attended Kenyon College and has a masters degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently lives in Denver, CO Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Scott called 'True Believer' and all the other Podsongs
November 28, 2020
Lynn Russell on Near Death Experiences
Triggered by her own spiritual experiences, Lynn Russell went on a journey to study Near Death Experiences - 2,500 of them!  Today, Lynn is a recognized NDE expert, and has collated her research into her new book: The Wonder of You: What the Near-Death Experience Tells You about Yourself.  Her research has uncovered messages about our lives, reality, and why we exist.  This episode is a very insightful discussion with a truly beautiful person.  I learned so much, and am sure you are going to get a lot of out of this episode too!  Lynn has researched under Dr. Jeffery Long at NDERF (Near-Death Experience Research Foundation) and also worked as a family counsellor.   For more about Lynn, you can visit: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook -  Lynn’s book The Wonder of You can be found at: Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Lynn called 'The Wonder of One'  and all the other Podsongs
November 27, 2020
Dr Michael Lennox on dreams and astrology
Dr. Lennox obtained his Masters and Doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School and his Doctoral Dissertation, Astrology and Personality, is published by Lambert Academic Publishing. Dr. Lennox is also the author of two books on dreams, Dream Sight: A Dictionary & Guide for Interpreting Any Dream and Llewellyn’s Complete Dream Dictionary. Dr. Lennox leads workshops and retreats all over the United States and conducts a worldwide private practice based in Southern California. Highly sought-after media expert, Dr. Lennox has been seen internationally on many television shows, beginning with the Sci Fi Network’s The Dream Team and has also been featured on numerous network and cable television venues including NBC’s Emmy award-winning Starting Over, Soap Talk, The Wayne Brady show and many others. His radio appearances talking about the power of dreams number in the hundreds.  Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Michael called 'Brighter' and all the other Podsongs
November 25, 2020
Dr Bernie Siegel on healing yourself
Dr. Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, not Dr. Siegel, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with honors. His surgical training took place at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Bernie: Bobbie & Bernie and all the other Podsongs
November 24, 2020
Steven C Hayes on controlling your thoughts
Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor in the Behavior Analysis program at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 44 books and nearly 600 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. He is the developer of Relational Frame Theory, an account of human higher cognition, and has guided its extension to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a popular evidence-based form of psychotherapy that uses mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based methods. Watch Steven's fabulous TED talk. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Steven - 'ACT' and all the other Podsongs
November 23, 2020
Carlos Tanner on healing trauma with Ayahuasca
Carlos Tanner is the founder of The Ayahuasca Foundation in Peru. After living and studying with a curandero for over four years, Carlos worked to provide a safe and effective way for people to not only receive treatment in the healing tradition of the Amazon but also to study the tradition, the way he had with his maestro. The idea for the Ayahuasca Foundation was born from a desire to spread the science of plant medicine back into the world. The Foundation supports the preservation of indigenous wisdom and culture, offering healing retreats and educational courses, and conducting research focused on the ayahuasca healing tradition used for millennia by indigenous healers of the Peruvian Amazon. The Ayahuasca Foundation also supports the preservation of the Amazon rainforest, and promotes educational efforts to raise awareness about sustainability, permaculture, and harmonious environmental relationships. The Foundation participates in community outreach programs and cultural reeducation projects. Listen to the song I wrote after being inspired by my conversation with Carlos 'It'll All Work Out'  and all the other Podsongs
November 23, 2020