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What's What

What's What

By Vayus Media

Reviving the philosophy and literature at the heart of the counterculture movements of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Using the work of Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Buckminster Fuller, Krishnamurti, and others, co-hosts Rushi Krishna and Chris Siracuse take a critical look at societal norms and explore Earth-conscious alternatives to the industrialized systems that rule modern life. Also on this channel is Vayus Radio, a music + talk show exploring the full spectrum of independent music (available exclusively on Spotify).
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Ep 08: The Course of Nature According to Alan Watts
Ep 08: The Course of Nature According to Alan Watts
Alan Watts is best known for being one of the first to interpret Eastern philosophy and religion for Western audiences, and has been described as having the gift of ‘writing beautifully the unwritable’. Watts combined Taoist, Buddhist, and Hindu teachings with his own personal philosophy - forming a unique, eloquent, and inspiring perspective on humankind, nature, and the universe. In this episode, Rushi and Chris focus on Watts’s thoughts on the course of nature and returning to our ‘original intelligence’.
36:01
November 24, 2022
Ep 07: Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, and The Revolution of Consciousness (Part 2)
Ep 07: Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, and The Revolution of Consciousness (Part 2)
In part two, Rushi and Chris discuss the legacy of Leary and Dass, the current state of the ‘revolution of consciousness’, and the next chapter in the story of psychedelic counterculture with a new generation carrying the torch.
37:27
October 27, 2022
Ep 06: Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, and The Revolution of Consciousness (Part 1)
Ep 06: Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, and The Revolution of Consciousness (Part 1)
Timothy Leary most commonly evokes images from the out of control psychedelic experimentation of the 1960s, and Ram Dass is often associated with the new age spiritual movements emerging in the west around that same time. But before they were counterculture icons, they were reputable psychologists and professors at Harvard University, and among the very first western researchers to study psilocybin. In part one of a two part series, Rushi and Chris tell the beginning of their story and how their friendship sparked a cultural revolution.
28:06
September 30, 2022
Transitioning to What's What
Transitioning to What's What
Starting in September 2022, the Greener Us podcast will be changed to the What’s What podcast - we will no longer be producing The Blend or Greener Us episodes. If you’re a fan of What’s What, please continue to join me and Rushi as we revive the philosophy and literature at the heart of the counterculture movement of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s - using the work of Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Buckminster Fuller, Krishnamurti, and others, we take a critical look at societal norms and explore sustainable and Earth-conscious alternatives to the industrialized systems that rule modern life. We will also continue to publish episodes of Vayus Radio on the What’s What podcast feed, so you can get new tunes from across the spectrum of independent music. And finally, Greener Us social media channels will be changed to Vayus Media, so you can continue to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @vayusmedia for visual and written content exploring humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Thank you for following the What’s What podcast from Vayus Media - we’ll talk with you again soon!
01:05
September 22, 2022
Vayus Radio: A Sunday Classic
Vayus Radio: A Sunday Classic
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:22:50
July 24, 2022
The Blend: July 20, 2022
The Blend: July 20, 2022
In this episode of The Blend: Europe experiences extreme heat and the mainstream media loves it, a New Hampshire distillery turns invasive crabs into whiskey, the world’s largest carbon capture plant was switched on in Iceland, and lab-grown meat is in the limelight. NPR: Heat torches Southern Europe NPR: Invasive green crab whiskey IFLScience: Carbon capture plant in Iceland Forbes: Cultured meat
34:43
July 20, 2022
What's What Ep 05: What Are Humans For? Thoughts on Alternative Education
What's What Ep 05: What Are Humans For? Thoughts on Alternative Education
In this episode of What's What, Rushi and Chris introduce Krishnamurti and his connection to Aldous Huxley, and discuss their philosophy around alternative education. Themes through the show - What do we think we know and why do we think we know it? What are human beings for?
01:09:38
May 20, 2022
Vayus Radio: Rastaman Continued
Vayus Radio: Rastaman Continued
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:21:20
April 17, 2022
The Blend: April 13, 2022
The Blend: April 13, 2022
In this episode of The Blend: NPR explores eco-facism and the overlap between far-right politics and environmentalism, Science News touts ‘bubble-blowing’ drones for artificial pollination, a study from Ohio State University says that plants are better than technology for reducing air pollution, and grief can now be officially labeled as a mental disorder. From NPR: Eco-fascism From Science News: Bubble-blowing drones From Zee News: Plants better than tech From Science News: Mosquitos From POPSUGAR: Grief as a mental disorder
36:57
April 13, 2022
Vayus Radio: Rastaman
Vayus Radio: Rastaman
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:27:52
April 03, 2022
What’s What Ep 04: Economies of Abundance, ‘Food of the Gods’ Continued, and Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Spaceship Earth’
What’s What Ep 04: Economies of Abundance, ‘Food of the Gods’ Continued, and Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Spaceship Earth’
At the core of industrialized society is an economic idea based on scarcity. But Buckminster Fuller, Terence McKenna, and others presented an alternative perspective - abundance. In this episode of What’s What, Rushi and Chris continue discussing ‘Food of the Gods’ and introduce Fuller’s ‘The Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth’.
01:01:09
April 01, 2022
The Blend: March 30, 2022
The Blend: March 30, 2022
In this episode of The Blend: NPR complains about misinformation derailing their utopian energy vision, a cinematographer from SeaLegacy indulges himself while claiming to do conservation work, and a new dating app connects vegans and vegetarians. From NPR: Misinformation and renewable energy From CNN: SeaLegacy cinematographer From EcoWatch: Vegpal dating app for vegans and vegetarians
34:10
March 30, 2022
Vayus Radio: The Uncertainty Principle
Vayus Radio: The Uncertainty Principle
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:30:25
March 28, 2022
The Blend: March 23, 2022
The Blend: March 23, 2022
In this episode of The Blend: turning human bodies into soil, the basics of hydrogen energy, and the world’s most notorious succulent thief. From NPR: Could our bodies help new life grow after we die? From The Washington Post: Here's what you need to know about hydrogen From The Guardian: The world's most notorious succulent thief
28:60
March 23, 2022
What's What Ep 03: The Stoned Ape Theory and Our Nostalgia for Paradise
What's What Ep 03: The Stoned Ape Theory and Our Nostalgia for Paradise
In this episode of What's What: human evolution, psilocybin mushrooms, and Terrence McKenna’s book ‘Food of the Gods’.
55:14
March 18, 2022
Vayus Radio: What is Indie Rock? Part II
Vayus Radio: What is Indie Rock? Part II
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:56:36
March 06, 2022
The Blend: March 2, 2022
The Blend: March 2, 2022
In this episode of The Blend: Disney announces plans to build a residential community in the Palm Desert, Saudi Arabia touts an ambitious but dubious plan for a futuristic eco-city, and Coldplay’s eco-friendly tour starts this month in Costa Rica. From Forbes: Storyliving by Disney VIDEO: Announcing Storyliving From BBC: Saudi's planned eco-city VIDEO: Neom, the futuristic mega-city From Rolling Stone: Coldplay's sustainable tour Music of the Spheres World Tour
25:57
March 02, 2022
Vayus Radio: What is Indie Rock? Part I
Vayus Radio: What is Indie Rock? Part I
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
57:15
February 22, 2022
The Blend: February 16, 2022
The Blend: February 16, 2022
Prescription drugs in the world’s rivers, the changing smell of snow, and the Center for Biological Diversity supports a federal plan to gun down feral cows from helicopters. Also, we’ll take a look at the documentary film, Purple Mountains, featuring professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones. From BBC: Rivers and prescription drugs From The Washington Post: The smell of snow From AP: Gunning down feral cows Documentary film, Purple Mountains Follow us on Instagram @greenerusmedia
19:50
February 16, 2022
Vayus Radio: Feel It Still
Vayus Radio: Feel It Still
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:25:22
February 13, 2022
The Blend: January 25, 2022
The Blend: January 25, 2022
Desmond Tutu’s ‘eco-friendly’ cremation, climate scientists obsess over data, and coho salmon return to Northern California.
28:10
January 25, 2022
Vayus Radio: Pure & Simple
Vayus Radio: Pure & Simple
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
57:46
January 23, 2022
What's What Ep 02: Tyrannical Big Pharma
What's What Ep 02: Tyrannical Big Pharma
Looking to the work of George Orwell (‘Animal Farm’ and ‘1984’) and Aldous Huxley (‘Brave New World’ and ‘Island’) to understand how pharmaceutical companies are using tyrannical tactics to trap us in an industrialized healthcare system.
54:34
January 21, 2022
Greener Us: The Power of Minimalism
Greener Us: The Power of Minimalism
The modern world is packed with physical and digital stuff, and our endless pursuit of more has put us into a bind - the more we have, the more we seem to want. In today’s episode, Chris talks about minimalism as a lifestyle, the connection between minimalism and Earth-conscious living, and how we can all get back to the basics.
20:27
January 20, 2022
Vayus Radio: 2022, Cheer Up
Vayus Radio: 2022, Cheer Up
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:35:39
January 17, 2022
Greener Us: Eco-Snobs and the Polarization of Earth-Conscious Living
Greener Us: Eco-Snobs and the Polarization of Earth-Conscious Living
Chris explains how some single-minded eco-warriors are being counterproductive in regards to bringing about lasting change and encouraging more Earth-conscious ways of living.
30:15
January 12, 2022
Vayus Radio: Soleil Sans Cesse
Vayus Radio: Soleil Sans Cesse
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:35:12
January 08, 2022
What's What Ep 01: Aldous Huxley’s ‘Island’ and the Inspiration for What’s What
What's What Ep 01: Aldous Huxley’s ‘Island’ and the Inspiration for What’s What
In the very first episode of What’s What, Rushi and Chris discuss the inspiration for the show - Aldous Huxley’s 1962 novel, ‘Island’, his final work before his death and the utopian counterpart to the 1932 dystopian novel, ‘A Brave New World’.
56:55
January 05, 2022
Vayus Radio: Rose
Vayus Radio: Rose
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:34:41
January 02, 2022
Vayus Radio: If You Want
Vayus Radio: If You Want
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:18:29
December 19, 2021
Greener Us: Food Forests, Farm to Table Cooking, and Connections through Food with Evan Rilling
Greener Us: Food Forests, Farm to Table Cooking, and Connections through Food with Evan Rilling
Food is much more than just physical nourishment - it's a connection to our communities, our traditions, and our planet. In this episode, I sit down with chef, artist, and farm to table cuisine master Evan Rilling to discuss his new cookbook, the magic of food forests, and what the future holds for regenerative agriculture and conscious cooking. Evan spent four and a half years working as a freelance chef for the actor Will Smith, and has designed menus and created recipes for retreat centers, health food brands, and restaurants around the world. Click this link to buy Evan’s new cookbook, Retreat To order the book in Bali and receive a signed copy, message Evan on WhatsApp at +1 805 218 0764
52:03
December 16, 2021
Vayus Radio: Come in Closer
Vayus Radio: Come in Closer
Episodes with music are only available on Spotify.
Vayus Radio features curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal stories from Greener Us.
01:12:26
December 04, 2021
Introducing What's What & Vayus Radio
Introducing What's What & Vayus Radio
Exciting new additions coming to the Greener Us podcast feed! Starting in December 2021, we'll be launching a companion series called What’s What, co-hosted by Chris Siracuse and Rushi Krishna. In the series, we'll revive the philosophy and literature at the heart of the counterculture movement of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Using the work of Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, Krishnamurti, and others, we’ll take a critical look at societal norms and explore alternatives to the industrialized systems that rule modern life. In addition to What’s What, we’ll also be launching a Music + Talk show made possible by Anchor.fm, Spotify’s podcast creation and distribution platform. The show is called Vayus Radio and it will feature curated music playlists, conversations about music, and personal anecdotes and stories. Combining our two series, Greener Us & What’s What, with the Music + Talk show, Vayus Radio, we’ll be offering an audio experience that is unique in the podcast world. All three shows will live on this podcast feed, so you can stay right here for Earth-conscious stories, philosophical discussions, music, and more. We’ll also be ramping up our visual and written content production, so check us out on Instagram @GreenerUsMedia and on Twitter @TheGreenerUs. If you like what you hear, please follow us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen.
01:36
December 01, 2021
Greener Us: The Atlas of Disappearing Places with Christina Conklin
Greener Us: The Atlas of Disappearing Places with Christina Conklin
Christina Conklin is an artist, researcher, and writer whose work investigates individual, cultural, and climatic transformation, often using the ocean as both site and metaphor. In this episode, Christina discusses her new book The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, and how we can imagine and create more hopeful futures for places in peril.
59:37
November 09, 2021
Greener Us: Surfing & Sustainability with Burke Boynton
Greener Us: Surfing & Sustainability with Burke Boynton
Burke Boynton is an artist, surfer, surfboard shaper, and one of my closest friends. In this episode, Burke and I discuss how surfing nurtured our love for the ocean and how surfers can help define the future of ocean conservation movements.
01:21:48
July 14, 2021
Greener Us: Bali Coral Reef Restoration with Andrew Taylor
Greener Us: Bali Coral Reef Restoration with Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor is a marine biologist and director of Blue Corner Conservation and his organization is working to restore the coral reefs of Bali and the nearby islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida. In this episode, we talk with Andrew about encouraging coral reef conservation through diving and the role humans can play in regenerating these crucial ecosystems.
44:35
July 07, 2021
Greener Us: F--k Leaf Blowers with Octavia Payne
Greener Us: F--k Leaf Blowers with Octavia Payne
In this episode, I talk with software engineer, ultimate frisbee champion, and my good friend, Octavia Payne (aka Opi) about keeping it simple and sustainable, and why leaf blowers are a bigger problem than you might think.
48:27
June 04, 2021
Greener Us: Beyond Carbon Goals with Charlotte Bande
Greener Us: Beyond Carbon Goals with Charlotte Bande
Carbon climate strategies have been at the core of corporate sustainability goals, but preserving biodiversity, protecting freshwater supplies, preventing land degradation, and mitigating ocean acidification are equally crucial to the sustainability equation. In this episode, we talk with Charlotte Bande, Global Head of Climate Strategy at Quantis International, about the evolution of thought around sustainability and how forward-looking businesses are embracing a holistic approach to environmental conservation.
40:40
May 27, 2021
Greener Us: Restoring LA River Fish Habitat with Andrea Dell’Apa & Wendy Katagi
Greener Us: Restoring LA River Fish Habitat with Andrea Dell’Apa & Wendy Katagi
The Los Angeles River hardly looks like a river. It’s concrete channels are emblematic of an era when complete dominance over the landscape was considered progress. But times are changing. In this episode, we talk with Andrea Dell’Apa from the Council for Watershed Health and Wendy Katagi from Stillwater Sciences about the Los Angeles River Fish Passage & Habitat Structures Design Project and the potential for bringing the iconic steelhead trout back to Southern California waters. Links to resources from the show: LAR Fish Passage Project Description Project GIS StoryMap Against the Current video
39:37
May 21, 2021
Greener Us: Systems Thinking and the Journey to Systemic Sustainability with Meld Studios
Greener Us: Systems Thinking and the Journey to Systemic Sustainability with Meld Studios
Systems thinking isn’t a new concept, ancient wisdom tells of the interconnectedness of humans and the systems of our planet. But as a tool for making better decisions in the business world, systems thinking is just taking off. In this episode we talk with three designers, Sabina Popin, Emma Warren, and Oliver Dykes about what systems thinking is and how it can help us on our journey to systemic sustainability.
52:23
May 12, 2021
Greener Us: Zero Waste Restaurants with Rushi Krishna
Greener Us: Zero Waste Restaurants with Rushi Krishna
Restaurants produce a lot of waste, making them perfect places to design and implement zero waste systems and processes. In this episode we talk with Rushi Krishna, former Director of Food & Beverage Operations at Potato Head in Bali, Indonesia about opening and running zero waste restaurants and the future of circular food sourcing and preparation models. More links to resources from the show: Financial Review article about Potato Head Bali CNBC story about sustainability and cost-savings Designboom article about Ijen restaurant in Bali Silo Restaurant
44:41
May 03, 2021
Earth Day Special - What Does ‘Living Sustainably’ Mean with Tristan Månsson-Perrone
Earth Day Special - What Does ‘Living Sustainably’ Mean with Tristan Månsson-Perrone
This podcast is about environmental sustainability, but what does ‘sustainable’ really mean and how can we take a holistic approach to living sustainably? On Earth Day 2021, we talk with sustainability researcher Tristan Månsson-Perrone about the Good Intentions Network - a roadmap for balancing the needs of people and Planet Earth. More links to resources from the show: Holistic Sustainability and the concentric circles referenced in the show Doughnut Economics - the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries The Nine Planetary Boundaries United Nations Sustainable Development Goals The Future We Choose - book recommendation from Tristan Bubble-hopping - a method for pushing back on polarization
55:02
April 22, 2021
Greener Us: Local Harvests and the Value of Playing with Your Food with Jordan Champagne
Greener Us: Local Harvests and the Value of Playing with Your Food with Jordan Champagne
Happy Girl Kitchen Co. in Pacific Grove, California is a place where food is fun. In this episode, we talk with Happy Girl’s co-founder/owner, Jordan Champagne, about the magic of local harvests, building community through food, and how to look at food production from a farmer’s perspective. More links to resources from the show: It Starts with Fruit - Jordan's cookbook Live Earth Farm - the farm where Happy Girl sources a lot of their produce Pete's Greens - Jordan's recommendation for a CSA in Vermont
53:58
April 14, 2021
Greener Us: Bitcoin and the Philosophy of Scarcity & Decentralization with Fontaine Denton
Greener Us: Bitcoin and the Philosophy of Scarcity & Decentralization with Fontaine Denton
If you look at Bitcoin from a philosophical perspective, you see a system that has the potential to fundamentally change how human civilizations function. And two words capture the essence of Bitcoin philosophy -  scarcity and decentralization. In this episode, we talk with Bitcoin software developer Fontaine Denton about why central banks have too much power and how Bitcoin can help set the stage for a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.  More links to resources from the show: Why Bitcoin Needs Philosophy - CoinDesk article Bitcoin Will Save Our Earth - Bitcoin Magazine article Bitcoin Independence Day - Bitcoin Magazine article The Bitcoin Standard - book about the decentralized alternative Fiat Money - Investopedia article Dissolution of the Bretton Woods Agreement and System WTF Happened in 1971? - visuals showing what happened when the U.S. stopped backing the USD with gold Fontaine's Twitter @Fonta1n3 Fully Noded - Bitcoin wallet built by Fontaine
49:01
April 07, 2021
Greener Us: Reimagining Junk with Nemo Gould
Greener Us: Reimagining Junk with Nemo Gould
Nemo Gould is an artist, sculptor, compulsive collector of things, and self-described ‘Chairman of the Hoard’. He makes kinetic sculptures from found objects, repurposing what most of us would consider junk to create weird and wonderful art. In this episode, Nemo and I discuss his work in the context of the sustainability movement and how we can all spend less time in front of screens and get back to a more grounded existence in the physical world. More links to resources from the show: Found - short documentary featuring Nemo Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco - where Nemo's philosophy about found objects first developed
49:53
March 31, 2021
Greener Us: Storytelling for the Environment with Connor Gallagher
Greener Us: Storytelling for the Environment with Connor Gallagher
The pristine Chilkat River Valley in Southeast Alaska is a special place. In this episode, we talk with documentary filmmaker Connor Gallagher about his film, Rock, Paper, Fish that tells the story of how residents of this valley are dealing with a proposed mining operation in the mountains above Klukwan and Haines - two communities nestled along the Chilkat River. We also discuss the power of conservation storytelling, how it can shape public opinion around environmental issues, and how to make a new type of documentary that doesn't  preach to the choir. More links to resources from the show: Irreparable Harm - Connor's other film about mining in Alaska Nomad Island - Connor's production company Constantine Metal Resources and the Palmer Project - proposed mine above the Chilkat River
36:20
March 24, 2021
Greener Us: The Plastic Problem with Marcus Eriksen
Greener Us: The Plastic Problem with Marcus Eriksen
In the Greener Us pilot episode, we talk with Marcus Eriksen of The 5 Gyres Institute about the insidious nature of single-use plastics, how to rethink our relationship with plastic, and the promise of using science, policy, and circular economies to fix the plastic problem. More links to resources from the show: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Marcus's plastic raft voyage Plastic and the albatross of Midway Atoll Plastic and the camels of Dubai What is a circular economy? Vessel - circular economy solution for single-use plastic cups and to go boxes RePack - reuse as a service
44:11
March 17, 2021