Episode 17: Tomás Alvarez III

In this episode I talk to social worker and “hip hop therapy” pioneer Tomás Alvarez III about The Matrix, The Alchemist, KRS-One, and community-defined strategies for sustainable change.

Tomás is the Founder and CEO of Beats Rhymes and Life, an Oakland-based organization that uses the process of creating rap music as a tool for promoting mental health and healing among urban youth uninterested in traditional talk therapy.

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Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

BRL Originals:
They Don’t Do It LiKE THiS – Soul Touch, Young Te’, Stuny, Mastah Flex, Larrinator, ZENO & Rude Boi
I Luv Myself – Feat. DJ Mo Mo, Steph the Jet, Zeno, Lil Von, Frank Vencci
I Got The Power – Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc.
CROSS OVER – Jhon, Young Te’, Damariae & Trevon
Public Service Announcement (P.S.A.) – Feat. Watzreal, Frank Vencci, Rotate, Soul Touch

Step Into a World (Rapture’s Delight) – KRS-One

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Rap Therapy: A Practical Guide for Communicating With Youth and Young Adults Through Rap Music, by Don Elligan

The Alchemist, by Paolo Coehlo

 

Watch List

Hip Hop Therapy for At-Risk Youth | Ashoka Fellow Tomás Alvarez III

A Lovely Day Film

KRS One Beats Rhymes and Life Freestyle

Reimagine P.S.A. by Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc.

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Episode 16: Oliver Percovich

In this episode I talk to skateboarder and social entrepreneur Oliver Percovich about local solutions for local problems, youth-directed education, and young girls dominating the skateboarding culture in Afghanistan.

Oliver is the Founder and Executive Director of Skateistan, an award-winning international NGO that uses skateboarding as a “hook” for leadership development in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.

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All images courtesy Skateistan

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Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Burning Road – Fu Manchu

Herati (feat. Homayoun Sakhi) – Voices of Afghanistan

Rebel Without a Pause – Public Enemy

Kali-Fornia Über Alles 21st Century – Jello Biafra

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

“Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan” – Jim Fitzpatrick, Skateistan

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values – by Robert M. Pirsig

An Answer to the Question: ‘What Is Enlightenment?’ (Penguin Great Ideas) – Immanuel Kant

 

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To Live and Skate Kabul

The State of Skate

Oliver at TEDx Sydney 2014

Skateistan

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Episode 15: Lisa Congdon

In this episode I talk to fine artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon about inventing challenges for yourself, listening to Bulgarian folk music, and getting good at something by doing it over and over and over and over.

Lisa is best known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, pattern design and hand lettering. She’s the author of five books (and counting!) and writes a popular daily blog at Today is Going to be Awesome.

Photo by Sarah Deragon

Pinball Wizard, by Lisa Congdon

All Good Things, by Lisa Congdon

Listen to the Episode Below (49:46)

Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – The Beatles
The Analog Kid – Rush
All Your Secrets – Yo La Tengo
Own It – Drake
Within Your Reach – The Replacements
Mur stho sme se razigrali (Hey Let’s Dance) – Bulgarian State Television Female Choir
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Owning It: I Am An Artist – blog post by Lisa
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist – by Lisa Congdon
Whatever You Are, Be a Good One: 100 Inspirational Quotations Hand-Lettered by Lisa Congdon – by Lisa Congdon
A Collection a Day – by Lisa Congdon

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Gerhard Richter Painting
Become a Working Artist with Lisa Congdon
Basic Line Drawing with Lisa Congdon
Sketchbook Explorations with Lisa Congdon

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Episode 14: Buck & Camp

In this episode I talk to designer Buck Johnston and artist Camp Bosworth about living on the Mexican-American border, buying a church on a whim, and listening to daytime disco.

Buck and Camp are the delightful duo behind the Wrong Store in Marfa, Texas – a gallery, a boutique of curiosities, and their home sweet home. Be sure to check out Camp’s impressive wood sculptures, inspired by drug lords and larger than life narco-politics.

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Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean) – Kanye West & JAY Z

Don’t Get Me Wrong – Pretenders

White Lightning – George Jones

Big River – Johnny Cash

La Suburban Dorada – La Mafia del Norte

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place – by Terry Tempest Williams

Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields – by Charles Bowden

Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family – by Charles Bowden

 

Watch List

Lessons of Darkness – Werner Herzog

Scenes from a Marriage – Ingmar Bergman

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Episode 13: Malia Mills

In this episode I talk to fashion designer Malia Mills about the positivity of saying no, the problem with the adage “the customer is always right,” and the importance of a power stance. Especially while wearing a bikini.

Malia is the Hawaii-born, New York-based pioneer of body-conscious swimwear. She makes flattering cuts in luxurious fabrics that inspire customers to “Love thy differences.” #hellyes

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Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Tres Bien – Le Tigre

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

More Than A Feeling – Boston

Hell Yes – Beck

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Playboy Fiftieth Anniversary Issue – by Hugh Hefner

 

Watch List

Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk on body language

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Episode 12: Daisy Ginsberg

In this episode I talk to designer, artist and author Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg about hanging out with Brian Eno, riding a horse through the streets of London, and the digestive tract as a new space for design.

Daisy uses experimental design approaches to explore the social, political and ecological implications of emerging technologies, primarily those related to synthetic biology. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London.

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Listen to the Episode Below (39:25)

Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)
Very, Very Hungry – Brian Eno/David Byrne
Nattura – Björk
Artichokes – Maps & Atlases
Homecomputer – Señor Coconut
Walk On the Wild Side – Lou Reed
Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

Reading List
Codex Seraphinianus – by Luigi Serafini
Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature
Synthetic Biology Could Use Some Questions From HumansWired UK
Limited Edition: E. Chromi, The Scatalog

Watch List
Daisy at What Design Can Do
Daisy at PopTech!

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Episode 11: Zahra Ebrahim

In this episode I talk to designer and teacher Zahra Ebrahim about the importance of taking risks, the serious business of making a funny list, and giving yourself permission to trip.

Zahra is the Founder/Principal of the design think tank and creative consultancy archiTEXT. Her work brings together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture, design and creativity with social change, systems change, public engagement and problem solving.

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Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Bassment Party – The Cool Kids

Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding

Get Down On It – Kool & the Gang

Everytime Tha Beat Drop – Monica (feat. Dem Franhize Boyz)

A Paw In My Face – The Field

Changes – 2pac

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Massive Change – by Jennifer Leonard and Bruce Mau | The IwB

Yes Please – by Amy Poehler

 

Watch List

The Experience Trap: Zahra Ebrahim at TEDxOCADU

Jenny Slate’s F-bomb on SNL

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

When Harry Met Sally

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Episode 10: Dan Sturges

In this episode I talk to car designer and transportation guru Dan Sturges about pink rooms, stink rooms, BMW response squads, and the wonderful world of little vehicles. Oh my!

For the past 30 years, Dan has been relentlessly working on comprehensive transportation solutions. His latest fascination is riding a bike around L.A.

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Listen to the Episode Below (36:09)

Music

Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

Intergalactic – Beastie Boys

Cars – Gary Numan

Crosstown Traffic – Jimi Hendrix

Get In My Car – 50 Cent

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered – by E. F. Schumacher

 

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Episode 9: Diane Downs

In this episode I talk to educator and artistic director Diane Downs about jazz pedagogy, hangin’ out with the chickens, and the hilarity of working with children.

Diane is the founder of The Louisville Leopard Percussionists and a big believer in the power of music and kids’ potential to tap into it as a form of self-expression.

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Listen to the Episode Below (36:24)

Music
Show Opening Mix:
Brand New – Salt-n-Pepa
Brand New – Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake)
Brand New Key – Melanie
Brand New – Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

CLOUDS – Prince
YYZ – Rush cover by The Louisville Leopard Percussionists
It’s Not Impossible – Ben Sollee

Show Closing Mix:
Brand New Funk – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
Brand New You’re Retro – Tricky
Brand New Me – Dusty Springfield
Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes

Watch List
Louisville Leopard Percussionists – Zeppelin!

Louisville Leopard Percussionists – Crazy Train

Louisville Leopards perform – Seven Nation Army

Louisville Leopard Percussionists (Beginners) – So Danco Samba

Louisville Leopard Percussionists (Steel Drums) – Katy Perry’s Firework

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Episode 8: Dr. Piero Ferrucci

In this episode, I talk to psychotherapist and philosopher Piero Ferrucci about his love of Fellini, our need for beauty, and the connections between neuroscience and the inner experience.

Piero is the nephew of Aldous Huxley and a student and collaborator of Italian psychiatrist Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis. He lives, writes and practices in Italy.

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Listen to the Episode Below (50:41)

Music
Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest)

String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421 (Haydn Quartet No. 2): III. Menuetto and Trio: Allegretto – Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet

La strada: La strada – Studio Orchestra + Studio Conductor

Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes

 

Reading List

What We May Be: Techniques for Psychological and Spiritual Growth Through Psychosynthesis, by Piero Ferrucci

Inevitable Grace: Breakthroughs in the Lives of Great Men and Women: Guides to Your Self-Realization, by Piero Ferrucci

The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life, by Piero Ferrucci

Beauty and the Soul: The Extraordinary Power of Everyday Beauty to Heal Your Life, by Piero Ferrucci

Your Inner Will: Finding Personal Strength in Critical Times, by Piero Ferrucci

Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats (Modern Library Classics)

The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)

 

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La Strada, by Federico Fellini

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