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Living with bipolar disorder sucks! Each week Michelle Reittinger and her guests explore tools and resources that help you learn how to live well with your bipolar. If you are tired of suffering and want to live a healthy, balanced, productive life with your bipolar, this podcast was designed with you in mind.
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Matrix Podcast

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The Matrix Podcast features interviews with social scientists from across the University of California, Berkeley campus (and beyond). It also features recordings of events, including panels and lectures. The Matrix Podcast is produced by Social Science Matrix, an interdisciplinary research center at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Redouane Elghazi and Michael Rudolph discuss Entertainment, Art, and Music. Every Wednesday at noon we have a new talented and special guest Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/diary-of-the-mouth/support
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If you happened to miss any of the Broadway Podcast Network events with BroadwayCon, TodayTix Presents, or any other live podcast recording, no need to fret! This feed is your one stop shop for all our live events. Subscribe and share, and never miss a thing! BROADWAY PODCAST NETWORK is the premier digital storytelling destination for everyone, anywhere, who loves theatre and the performing arts. Provocative stories of all kinds are the cornerstone of the Broadway Podcast Network. Presenting ...
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A brand new episode of Roqe including a feature interview with Iranian-Canadian professional boxer, Salar Gholami - Canada's Cruiserweight Champion. Salar joins Jian live in the Roqe Studio to talk about how boxing became his path to a better life, his sacrifices, his father, and his time as the Captain of the Iranian National Team. Plus, Pegah and…
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A new episode of Roqe including a feature interview with Iranian-British journalist, broadcaster, and activist. Ali Hamedani, who made history as the first Iranian gay journalist to report on the LGBTQI community and underground life in Iran for an international media platform, BBC. Plus a conversation with Iranian-Canadian activist and lawyer Arde…
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Real Americans (Knopf, 2024) begins on the precipice of Y2K in New York City, when twenty-two-year-old Lily Chen, an unpaid intern at a slick media company, meets Matthew. Matthew is everything Lily is not: easygoing and effortlessly attractive, a native East Coaster, and, most notably, heir to a vast pharmaceutical empire. Lily couldn't be more di…
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In this illuminating episode Professor Joanna Moncrieff shares: What led her to question and begin researching how psychotropic drugs actually work, The difference between the disease-centered model versus the drug-centered model of treatment and why this distinction matters, How the disease-centered model is preventing curiosity about what is actu…
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A new episode including a feature interview with superstar British dancer Yasmine Naghdi, Principal Ballerina of The Royal Ballet. Yasmine returns to Roqe and joins Jian from London to discuss her recent international performances and her new book, the first in an upcoming series entitled “Ballet Besties.” Plus, Pegah is in studio for the Roundup t…
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This episode of the Matrix Podcast features an interview with Jenna Wells and Felicia Zerwas, who at the time of the interview were Ph.D. candidates in the UC Berkeley Department of Psychology. The interview was conducted by Julia Sizek, Matrix Postdoctoral Fellow. Jenna Wells is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at C…
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A new episode of Roqe featuring an in-depth and intimate interview with returning guest, Ali Azimi, a leading light in Persian alternative music, who joins Jian, this time in the Roqe studio. Jian and Ali discuss and preview his forthcoming album “Madineye Fazelab,” his personal life and journey, and more - including a special in-studio acoustic pe…
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For this episode of the Matrix Podcast, J.T. Jamieson, a 2022-2023 Matrix Communications Scholar, interviewed Bernadette Pérez, Assistant Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Pérez is a historian of the United States who specializes in the histories of Latinx and Indigenous peoples in the West. Her current research focuses on migrant sugar beet wor…
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From the author of Sea Change comes Green Frog: Stories (Vintage, 2024) a short story collection that explores Korean American womanhood, bodies, animals, and transformation as a means of survival. Equal parts fantastical--a pair of talking dolls help twins escape a stifling home, a heart boils on the stove as part of an elaborate cure for melancho…
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In this empowering episode author Anastasis Tzanis shares: His incredible story that led him to healing through breathwork, How breath practice can help you heal and improve your mental, emotional, and physical health, What a healthy breath pattern and CO2 levels are, What “box breathing” is and how to practice it, How you can learn how to use brea…
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A special edition of Roqe with a roundtable focused on the implications of the the deaths of IR President Raisi, Foreign Minister Abdollahian and others. Jian is joined by Kayhan-London Managing Editor, Nazenin Ansari in London, UK, Policy Director for the National Union for Democracy in Iran, Cameron Khansarinia, in Washington DC, YouTuber and reg…
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Today’s book is: The Translator’s Daughter: A Memoir (Mad Creek Books, 2024), by Grace Loh Prasad, which is a unique immigration story about the loneliness of living in a diaspora, the search for belonging, and the meaning of home. Born in Taiwan, Grace Loh Prasad was two years old when the threat of political persecution under Chiang Kai-shek’s di…
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In this insightful episode Jeanette Yate “The Self-Caregiver” shares: Her powerful personal story as a life-long caregiver (beginning at age 8) who was suffering because she didn’t know how to care for herself, to empowered self-caregiver and coach, The therapy modalities that helped her to identify, understand and heal her trauma, How learning how…
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Part two of the latest live Roqe show recorded in front of a sold-out audience at Theatre Aurora in Aurora, Ontario, Canada on May 7th, 2024, featuring the presentation of the inaugural Roqe Media Icon award. Jian is joined by Najmeh Tansaz & her daughter Janan (better known as the new Roqe special correspondent) to discuss everything from boxing, …
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In Dangerous Intercourse: Gender and Interracial Relations in the American Colonial Philippines, 1898–1946 (Cornell University Press, 2023), Dr. Tessa Winkelmann examines interracial social and sexual contact between Americans and Filipinos in the early twentieth century via a wide range of relationships—from the casual and economic to the formal a…
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Part One of the latest live Roqe show recorded in front of a sold-out audience at Theatre Aurora in Aurora, Ontario, Canada on May 7th, 2024. Jian kicks off the show with an updated version of his “Vay Vay” song, and then is joined by Bahador Alast and Kyan Nademi for a Roundtable, a breathtaking performance from Saba Zameni accompanied by virtuoso…
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In Terracene: A Crude Aesthetics (Duke UP, 2023), Salar Mameni historicizes the popularization of the scientific notion of the Anthropocene alongside the emergence of the global war on terror. Mameni theorizes the Terracene as an epoch marked by a convergence of racialized militarism and environmental destruction. Both the Anthropocene and the war …
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A new edition of Roqe featuring renowned and beloved Iranian singer and actress. Nooshafarin. Nooshafarin joins Jian in the Roqe Studio for her ever English interview - a comprehensive, revealing and animated conversation about her work, her passion, her sense of identity and her story of resilience from being a teenage star in Pahlavi era Iran, to…
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In 2022, the U.S. Mint released the first batch of its American Women Quarters series, celebrating the achievements of U.S. women throughout its history. The first set of five included Maya Angelou, Sally Ride…and Anna May Wong, the first Asian-American to ever appear on U.S. currency. Katie Gee Salisbury takes on Anna May Wong’s life in her book N…
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To begin the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this episode features a conversation with Dr. Catherine Ceniza Choy about her book Asian American Histories of the United States (Beacon Press, 2022). Choy’s study identifies pivotal years in Asian American history as the focus of her eight chapters, which includes the beginning of …
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Transpacific Cartographies: Narrating the Contemporary Chinese Diaspora in the U.S. (Rutgers University Press, 2023) examines how contemporary Chinese diasporic narratives address the existential loss of home for immigrant communities at a time of global precarity and amid rising Sino-US tensions. Focusing on cultural productions of the Chinese dia…
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TRIGGER WARNING: This episode discussed trauma and addiction. In this extraordinary episode holistic addiction recovery expert John Giordano shares: His extraordinary story of trauma and addiction that finally led to his work in addiction recovery, How he discovered and developed holistic treatment options for addiction recovery, What motivated him…
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A collected series of intertwined poetic essays written by acclaimed Japanese poet Hiromi Ito--part nature writing, part travelogue, part existential philosophy. Written between April 2012 and November 2013, Tree Spirits Grass Spirits (Nightboat Books, 2023) adopts a non-linear narrative flow that mimics the growth of plants, and can be read as a c…
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A new edition of Roqe, this time with a focus on wellness-based and preventative medicine - including feature interviews with dynamic practitioners, Dr. Afrouz Demeri in California and Dr. Siamak Shirazi in the Roqe Studio. Plus Jian kicks off the show with a rousing audio essay aimed at Western media, declaring “the Islamic Republic is not the sam…
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Chinatown has a long history in Boston. Though little documented, it represents the city's most sustained neighborhood effort to survive during eras of hostility and urban transformation. It has been wounded and transformed, slowly ceding ground; at the same time, its residents and organizations have gained a more prominent voice over their communi…
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Amanda Mei Kim speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about her essay “California Obscura,” which appears in The Common’s most recent issue, in a portfolio of writing and art from and about the immigrant farmworker community. Amanda discusses how the essay changed and developed over many drafts. The finished piece explores her childhood growing up…
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A new edition of Roqe including feature interviews with two highly talented musicians live in the Roqe Studio. First the popular Iranian-French hitmaker, singer, writer and instrumentalist, Kamyar joins Jian to discuss his latest tour, a personal awakening and the loss of Faramarz Aslani. Then British-Iranian guitarist and singer, Siamak Mehr is li…
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In this compelling episode Urban Farm founder Greg Peterson shares: His story of how he developed a passion for “urban farming” and why he feels compelled to share his knowledge, Why our current food supply system is so lacking in nutrition, How to simplify your approach to begin gardening so you can have success quickly, How he gradually transitio…
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Contemporary writers and activists have described the climate crisis as, in part, a crisis of the imagination, of culture, and of storytelling. Recorded on March 11, 2024, this panel featured a group of authors and scholars of different genres — science fiction, journalism, history, literary fiction, and comedy — discussing how the climate crisis h…
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As the effects of climate change become more obvious, moving away from fossil fuels has only become more urgent. But to do so, new energy sources – and new infrastructure – are desperately needed. Recoreded on March 20, 2024, this panel features three early-career scholars from UC Berkeley presenting their research on the greening infrastructure an…
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In this meaningful episode Certified IFS Therapist Justin Martin shares: His story that led him to become an Internal Family Systems (IFS therapist), What IFS therapy is, How identifying your “parts” helps you understand your mind and find healing, Why you may fear of having compassion for your different parts and why compassion is important to the…
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A new edition of Roqe with popular Iranian-British thinker, author and award-winning psychologist, Dr. Fathali Moghaddam, joining Jian for a feature hour to discuss his latest book entitled “The Psychology of Revolution” and to dissect why revolutions don’t always lead to better results and what does and doesn’t change with revolution, seen through…
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In this engaging episode Beth Sandlin, founder of Trifecta Pilates, shares: Her story that led her to become a pilates instructor and make pilates more accessible, What pilates is and how it can help with caring for physical and mental health, The importance of listening to your body and providing what it needs for nurturing physical and mental hea…
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Recorded on March 18, 2024, this panel focused on Professor Alex V. Barnard’s book, Conservatorship: Inside California’s System of Coercion and Care for Mental Illness. The book analyzes conservatorship, a legal system used to take legal guardianship over individuals deemed unable to meet their own basic needs. This controversial system, which has …
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Recorded on March 4, 2024, this Authors Meet Critics panel focused on Terracene: A Crude Aesthetics, by Professor Salar Mameni, Assistant Professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Ethnic Studies. Professor Mameni was joined by Mayanthi Fernando, Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz; Sugata Ray, Associate Professor of South and Southe…
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A jam-packed new edition featuring two returning favourites - this time in the Roqe Studio. Talented broadcaster, actor, writer and political satirist, Kambiz Hosseini, joins Jian as he prepares for the launch of his new nightly program on Iran International TV. And budding Iranian-German star singer, songwriter, pianist and Voice Persia finalist, …
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In this insightful episode MDR Clinician, Trainer and Author Megan Salar shares: Her story that led her to become a therapist, The transformative experience she had with EMDR that helped her see it’s value as a trauma modality, How EMDR is a client centered treatment modality, The EMDR workbook that she developed to empower people to take ownership…
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A special new edition of Roqe featuring a living legend who was who has left an indelible mark on the Persian pop music scene. Shahbal Shabpareh joins Jian live in the Roqe Studio for his first ever feature-length English interview - a comprehensive, revealing and, at times, emotional conversation - to discuss his work over the course of the last s…
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NOTE: There were some technical issues with the recording in this episode, we apologize for the sound quality. In this empowering episode mindset coach Jon Katz shares: His story journeying from wanting to end his life, to finding purpose, healing and value, What motivated him to choose life over death, The benefit of choosing positive actions to c…
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Dr. SunAh M. Laybourn’s Out of Place: The Lives of Korean Adoptee Immigrants (NYU Press, 2024) explores the experiences of Korean adoptees, the largest population of adult transnational adoptees in the United States. Over 125,000 Korean children have been adopted into primarily white US families since the 1950s, and despite being raised as US citiz…
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A special bonus edition of Roqe (Ep.315.5), remembering the legendary Iranian-American singer-songwriter Faramarz Aslani. Jian is joined for an intimate and emotional interview by attorney and human rights activist, Crown Princess Yasmine Pahlavi, who, along with Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, has been a very close and dear friend of Faramarz Aslani an…
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A special edition of Roqe: Rest in Peace Legend - Remembering Faramarz Aslani. As the first blossoms of Spring unfurl, and less than 24 hours after the news of the passing of an icon, Jian delivers a heartfelt tribute essay to the late Faramarz Aslani as a trailblazer who set a new bar for Iranian popular music. Plus, singer-songwriter and producer…
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Kimberly Cecilia Burke, a PhD candidate in Sociology at UC Berkeley, researches the relationships between institutional violence and social stratification, utilizing multi-level mixed-methods analysis. Her dissertation uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine how Black-White interracial couples understand and experience police violence in thei…
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This episode of the Matrix Podcast features an interview with Zahra Hayat, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and is also trained as a lawyer with a background in intellectual property. Matrix Content Curator Julia Sizek spoke with Hayat about her research …
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On this episode of the Matrix Podcast, Daniel Lobo, a PhD student in the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology and a 2022-2023 Matrix Communications Scholar, interviewed Ryan Brutger, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Professor Brutger obtained his PhD in politics at Princeton University and was previously an assistant professo…
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A new edition of Roqe featuring popular Iranian-American singer Sara Naeini. Sara joins Jian from LA for her first ever long-form interview in English, discussing everything from her formative years in Iran - where she could not legally release recordings as a solo female artist - to the development of her remarkable voice, to becoming a role model…
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Today’s book is: Secret Harvests: A Hidden Story of Separation and the Resilience of a Family Farm (Red Hen Press, 2023), by David Mas Masumoto. In his new memoir, Mas discovers his “lost” aunt. She had been taken away in 1942 when all Japanese Americans were considered the enemy and imprisoned. Due to a disability, she became a “ward” of the state…
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In this enlightening episode Dr. Luella Jonk shares: Her path to becoming a PhD trained psychotherapist, The important distinction between the brain and mind, The importance of looking at the whole person to facilitate healing, How identifying your “soul contract” can help you find purpose and motivation for healing, The value in understanding the …
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A big new edition of Roqe packed full of dynamic conversations in two feature interviews with two prominent Iranian-American multimedia artists. First, Hamid Rahmanian joins Jian in the Roqe Studio for an enthralling (and fun) discussion about making art, Iranian history, claiming identity and his latest Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) inspired ‘…
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Between 1565 and 1815, the so-called Manila galleons enjoyed a near-complete monopoly on transpacific trade between Spain’s Asian and American colonies. Sailing from the Philippines to Mexico and back, these Spanish trading ships also facilitated the earliest migrations and displacements of Asian peoples to the Americas. Hailing from Gujarat, Nagas…
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