The brilliant, challenging and wise Chris Ryan stops by to talk about our world and species through his own unique cultural anthropologist lens. Enjoy getting your soul inspired and provoked as we head into 2016!
Chris is the author of the now seminal book "Sex at Dawn" and his working on a new book that will be called "Civilized to Death." His work has been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think.
A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.
Bob Wisdom comes by to hang out and take us through an oral history of his career, the arts in 1970s and 80s America, activism and so much more. He's one of the smartest, most sincere and connected people I've ever met.
Robert Wisdom is an American actor who has appeared in many different TV shows and movies throughout his career. He is arguably most well known for his roles in The Wire and Prison Break. He's also a progressive activist, a bhakta and mega wise humanist.
Karen is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University. She opens up the IAH spectrum by engaging in a healthy dialogue on post 9/11 global tensions, the rise of ISIS, American imperialism and the overall nature of conflict.
Finally IAH has an episode about US foreign policy with someone who actually knows what they are talking about! Enlightening, challenging and fascinating. Don't miss this one, she's fantastic.
A new and different episode of It's All Happening! This one is called the "Community Podcast Vol. 1." The general idea is to bring you a few different guests who are doing amazing works in the community. Arjuna O'Neal, Raja Michelle and Kelsea Rea are, respectively, doing some cool things in and around LA that help promote wellness, helping the underserved and bringing awareness to where our great city is lacking.
Also, I'm fresh of the Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat with Ram Dass, Krishna Das and friends. So I took this opportunity to go on a little rant about how this was the best OYHIP yet and how I'm still trying to make sense of the love portal that can be experienced there.
Leilani Münter, the only vegan hippie chick with a race car, charges her Tesla while hanging out with Zach and Elijah. To say that Leilani is one of the coolest, brightest and most well informed activists out there is an understatement. And yes. she really is a race car driver. She also helped to bring "Racing Extinction" to the world which premieres Wed December 2nd on the Discovery Channel.
Gay and Joanna gently help IAH dive into the saga of Timothy Leary just this one time. The episode gets shot through a love cannon when a forgotten and shocking Tim Leary prison story is revealed half way through - the four of us then dance around the planes of the universe, why humans behave the way they do and the quest for love and other altered states of consciousness.
Gay Dillingham is the producer and director of the documentary "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary"
Joanna Harcourt-Smith is an author, podcaster and former common law wife of Timothy Leary.
Dan stops by IAH to talk with Zach and Elijah on the nature of the mind, consciousness itself and a new lens for approaching well being and thus experiencing a truly integrated life! Minds blown. This one may take more than one listen to fully digest.
Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships.
He's also written many best selling books including Mindsight and Brainstorm.
Author of the new book "LOVE EVERYONE - the Transcendent Wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba Told Through the Stories of the Westerners Whose Lives He Transformed", Parvati Markus on the show! Lovers of Yoga, Ram Dass, mystics and seekers - check it out!
Parvati Markus is a developmental editor and writer of spiritually oriented nonfiction books and memoirs. She has worked on books by various members of the satsang, from Ram Dass’s classic Be Here Now (before she went to India) to those since her time in India with Maharajji (1971–1972)—from Dada Mukerjee’s By His Grace and The Near and the Dear to Krishna Das’s recent Chants of a Lifetime. She is a former president of the board of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Temple and a former development con-sultant for the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
You can buy "LOVE EVERYONE" at Amazon or any local bookstore.
Jim is often called "America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use," James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. Jim spoke with Zach on the early days of psychedelic research at Harvard, what's happened since, micro-dosing and the theory of "healthy multiplicity"- the notion that all of us are multiples, that is we act as if we very different people in different situations.
Yogi, mystic, healer and explorer of the sacred multi-verse, Saul David Raye stops by IAH to open our hearts and blow our minds. Quite literally. This episode will challenge everything you thought you knew about yoga and hopefully inspire you to dig even deeper within your own soul.
Ryland Engelhart is the Owner of Cafe Gratitude and the Co-Founder of Kiss the Ground. Cafe Gratitude is one of the leading institutions of the growing plant based organic food movement. Be sure to stop by and eat at one if you can.
Ryland stopped by IAH to help us figure out sustainable food, regenerative farming and all around conscious living within our multi-verses.
Music business legend, friend and prayer expert Danny Goldberg gets into all of it with us.
Danny Goldberg, President of GoldVE Entertainment, has worked in the music business as a personal manager, record company President, public relations man and journalist since the late nineteen sixties. GoldVE Entertainment was formed in July 2007 and marks the return to artist management for Goldberg. A complete roster of artists can be found here. Goldberg is also a consultant to the forthcoming HBO series “Vinyl”. From 1983-1992, Goldberg was the founder and President of Gold Mountain Entertainment, an artist management firm whose clients included Nirvana, Hole, Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones and more. Directly prior to the creation of GoldVE Entertainment, Goldberg had been the CEO of Air America Radio from 2005 until mid-2006. Goldberg formed the independent label Artemis Records in 1999 and ran the company until January of 2005.
Danny also hosts a very cool new podcast called "Rock and Roles":
David is the co-host of the excellent MindRolling Podcast. His standard bio is as follows but I assure you it only scratches the surface.
David Silver started his innovative media career in the late sixties hosting WGBH-TV’s “What’s Happening Mr. Silver?” David’s 1979 Warner Brothers feature “No Nukes” helped start the whole trend of music/activism feature documentaries.
He also wrote the Billboard #1 MGM film, “The Compleat Beatles” the biopic movie of choice about history’s most famous band. David has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Roger Waters and many others. He has created dozens of CD’s and movies, including pairing Allen Ginsberg with Paul McCartney, and producing the film biography of Timothy Leary. In 2009, David was the consultant to Ang Lee, the Academy Award-winning director, on his Universal/Focus Features release, “Taking Woodstock.” Since 2006, he has also been writing, directing and consulting with Ram Dass’s Love Serve Remember Foundation and, in 2012, directed the “Cultivating Loving Awareness” documentary.
Zach and Elijah journey over to Marianne Williamson's house for one seriously amazing podcast. Marianne transmitted some razor sharp wisdom, compassion and insight into modern day spirituatility, politics and love. She is truly one of the great teachers and wise-women of the modern age. And, perhaps most importantly, she is so unabashedly not full of shit.
Marianne Williamson is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published ten books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers.
Jason Louv stops by the podcast table to talk Vedanta, Magick and sorting through the new age nonsense to find the good stuff. Jason is truly an incredible human and an amazing guest. Over the course of the hour Jason blew Zach's mind on the practice and application of magick and how it can change your life!
Jason is the author, journalist and editor of Ultraculture.org and the founder of Magick.Me - really, if you have any interest in learning about this martial arts for your consciousness practice check out his site.
Jason Bentley came over to the podcast table (yes it's a table) at Zach's house to spend some time talking about KCRW, Los Angeles, the importance of music in life and how the musical landscape is changing right before our very eyes.
Jason is the host of KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and also serves as the stations music director.
"I think being passionate about music and culture is fundamentally what enables me to be successful. I'm driven to share that excitement, whether it's DJ'ing at an art exhibit, working on a film project, or broadcasting from the radio station every day. It gives me a real sense of purpose."
That purpose has taken shape growing up at KCRW, beginning as a phone volunteer the summer after high school, scoring a nighttime air shift in 1992 with Metropolis running for 16 years, and ultimately being promoted to music director of the station.
Trudy stopped by IAH to hang out with Zach for over an hour to share her story of starting Insight LA, her reflections on the world around us and some exquisite ancient wisdom teachings for the modern world.
Trudy Goodman, Ph.D., is Founder and Guiding Teacher of InsightLA, a non-profit organization for Vipassana meditation training and secular mindfulness education. Trudy was a psychotherapist in private practice for 25 years and studied Buddhist meditation for 36 years with Asian and Western teachers. She was the fourth teacher of MBSR, mindfulness-based stress reduction, which she taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Mystic, buddhist, psychedelic visionary and author of the seminal book "Zig Zag Zen" - Allan Badiner stops by the IAH studio to hang out with Zach and Elijah. Allan explores the relationship between buddhism and psychedelics with ease, grace and some evidence that may blow your mind.
"Zig Zag Zen" is available at book stores everywhere and of course, at Amazon.com
Buddhism and psychedelic exploration share a common concern: the liberation of the mind. The new edition of Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics has substantially evolved from the landmark anthology that launched the first serious inquiry into the moral, ethical, doctrinal, and transcendental considerations of the intersection of Buddhism and psychedelics.
Activist, film maker and Sankofa.org Co-Director, Gina Belafonte stops by IAH to drop some knowledge on the status of the #blacklivesmatter movement, how the arts can bring awareness to race relations in America and to share some great stories about her father, Harry Belafonte.
Also, the track "Don't let them get away with Murder" by Jasiri X is somewhere in the middle of the show. Enjoy.
Media theorist and cultural visionary Douglas Rushkoff brainstorms the future of everything with Zach and Elijah. Over the course of more than hour, Douglas fills us in on the disrupition around Uber, the need for peer to peer economies and the over arching need to be present in the future, which is now.
Futurist, author and computer scientist Ramez Naam discusses how what we call "the future" is actually working in our lives now. Oh, Ramez also teaches at Singulairty University and doesn't think that we have to worry about robots coming from the future to arrest us for sins of the future.
Ethan sits down with Zach and Elijah to talk about the current state of the war on drugs in America and an overall return to sanity on how best to approach it.
Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.
Described by Rolling Stone as "the point man" for drug policy reform efforts and "the real drug czar," Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad.
This episode also features the debut of the "Ask a Rapper" segement featuring the one and only Bishop Lamont.
Episode 1 - Zach and Elijah talk with two of the great western spiritual masters of our time, Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield on the topic of trust. The episode also includes an incredible contribution from our friend Eva Clay, a Los Angeles based womens empowerment leader.