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David and Hi-Jin Hodge: Art as Practice
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: David and Hi-Jin Hodge. They've designed with the likes of Steve Jobs, authored an anthology called Impermanence, and created art installations that have been celebrated internationally at places like the Nobel Museum. But those are side things....
Tracy Cochran: Journalism and Social Change
Our Forest Call guest this week will be: Tracy Cochran, the executive editor of Parabola magazine.  Her articles and book reviews have appeared in places ranging from New York Times to Oprah Magazine to Psychology Today.  She has herself the co-author of Transformations,...
Simon Cohen: Would Superman Still be a Journalist Today?
After the September 11 attacks, Simon Cohen founded Global Tolerance to combat what he saw as irresponsible reporting; its mission today is to use PR and communications to harness the power of the media for positive social change. He often speaks about the "Other 9/11", in 1906, when...
Mony and Alberto: Walking 5000 Kilometers For Peace
In 2001, Mony  Dojeiji and Alberto Agraso made decisions that would profoundly alter the course of their lives. Mony, a Lebanese-Canadian woman with a successful career, was so moved by the events of September 11 that she decided to embark on a humbling journey for peace. She began on the...
Ilonka: Spreading Positive News
Turning on television news or reading newspapers can often times give us the impression that the world is a dreary place and there is nothing positive happening. Ilonka knew this was not true and so she and her friend John started a publication as a gift to the world, free of cost with the pure...
Hannah Brencher: Love Letters...to the World!
 Hannah Brencher is a writer, speaker, and creator pinning her passion to projects that bring the human touch back into the digital age. After spending a year writing and mailing over 400 love letters to strangers across the world, Hannah launched TheWorld Needs More Love...
Amy Krouse Rosenthal: Always Trust Magic...
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things: children's books, grown-up books, short films, salads, connections with the universe, something out of nothing, and wishes. According to The New York Times, Amy's award-winning children's books "radiate fun the way tulips...
Patty de Llosa: Practice of Presence
Patty de Llosa is an author, a meditation teacher, and seeker of higher truths. After college, she worked as reporter for Time Magazine for six years, got married to a Peruvian and raised three children in Lima. When her husband became governor of Loreto province, she served as president of...
Marc Ian Barasch: The Compassionate Life
Marc Ian Barasch is an award winning author, magazine editor, TV producer, and media activist.      Desmond Tutu call his book Field Notes on the Compassionate Life "a compulsory read for everyone", while Dr. Larry Dossey said of The Healing Path, “If you read one...
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee: Elemental Water
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee discovered the power of "oneness" in jazz music. "An accomplished bass player who was performing and teaching jazz by his mid-20s, he recalls with reverence those rare moments when an ensemble melds into something special that transcends the skills of the...
Sachi Maniar: Bloom Where You Are Planted
Sachi Maniar (aka Sachmo!) is one who does not let a day slip by unnoticed. A talented filmmaker with an eye for what makes life beautiful, she puts every inch of her body and mind into all that she takes on. She is a fierce change-maker, resourceful sister, social media...
David Levins: Deepening Our Social Bonds
Inspired by the writings of Thoreau, Steinbeck, Robert Pirsig and others, David Levins often rewrites excerpts from their books.  In 2011 he took one of his essays out of the commonplace book he keeps and used it to start a community garden where a large number of the city’s residents...
Krista Tippett: Meaningful Conversations
Krista Tippett grew up in Oklahoma, the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist preacher. She studied history at Brown University and went to Bonn, West Germany in 1983 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study politics in Cold War Europe. In her 20s, she ended up in divided Berlin for most of...
Jon Madian: Reflections on a Life of Service in Public Education
When a bio was requested, educator & author Jon Madian, our guest this week, introduced himself in this poetic manner.....   What to say about a long life just begun  so suddenly nearly over--   At 72, still climbing hills and drilling wells to make myself and the world...
Paul Van Slambrouck: The Art of Slow Storytelling
Paul Van Slambrouck is a distinguished journalist and visionary. He began working for the Christian Science Monitor in 1976, and spent a lot of years covering South Africa.  From 1989 to 1997, he was with the San Jose Mercury News, where he was part of the news staff that won the Pulitzer...
Peggy Callahan: Heart of Service
Peggy Callahan is Co-founder and Executive Producer of Free the Slaves and is regarded as the world’s premiere filmmaker on modern slavery. Ms. Callahan is a critically acclaimed television producer with more than 20 years experience in documentary, non-fiction series and television news....
Bob Sadler: Art That Can Heal
Bob Sadler is a photographer that has been involved with a project called, "Inherent Worth and Dignity."  One day in 1983, while he was shooting landscape photographs, a homeless man approached him and asked, "I suppose the question for you is—are you an artist or are...
Sarah Van Gelder: Unity in Diversity
As co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Yes! Magazine, Sarah has been at the forefront of positive and solutions-driven activism. With articles like '10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013' and 'Cooperative Way to a Stronger Economy', Sarah speaks on leading-edge innovations...
Shirin Subhani: Transforming Our Story
Shirin works on building collective synergy and community around stories of courage, creativity and change, as well as creative approaches to parenting and growing children and youth with special needs, specifically, those on the autism spectrum. Shirin’s work in community service for...
Lilou Mace: Art of Interviewing People You Just Met
Lilou Macé is a French-American author, webTV host and international Internet video blogger since 2005 with over 25-million video views on YouTube.  Back in 2006, Lilou met Oprah Winfrey which then inspired her to start interviewing and a few months later, with no television or...
Rajni Bakshi: A Teller of Stories of Modern-Day Gandhians
Rajni Bakshi is a Mumbai-based freelance journalist and author who writes about social and political movements in contemporary India.  She stands in the “fertile ground” between journalism and activism – chronicling struggles for more humane and ecologically sound ways...
Meredith May: Why Mercy Matters
Meredith May is a storyteller, award-winning journalist, author, and third-generation beekeeper. For much of her career, Meredith was (until 2015) a feature writer at The San Francisco Chronicle.  Her 2004 newspaper series “Operation Lion Heart,” about a war-wounded...
Anil Ananthaswamy: Explorations in the Edge of Self
Anil Ananthaswamy is a science writer and author of The Man Who Wasn't There: Tales from the Edge of Self (Dutton, Penguin Random House, 2015), which has been described as “revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self” via an intimate look at the latest neuroscience...
Ulrike Reinhard: Skateboard Parks and the Power of Relationship
Ulrike Reinhard is a German publisher, author, futurist, and a catalyst for global development efforts.  As the woman behind the Barefoot Skateboarders of Janwar, a skateboard park in rural India that is upending notions of caste and gender barriers and empowering a community...