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Best Valerie K. Martin podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best Valerie K. Martin podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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Ultimately, everything kind of boils down to one question: What's the f***ing point? Hosted by psychotherapist and yoga instructor Valerie Martin, this podcast features brief solo episodes as well as in-depth interviews with guests on a wide range of topics including psychology, spirituality, philosophy, social justice, and deep ecology. Valerie invites listeners to explore the intersection of their own personal/spiritual growth with broader societal and ecological issues, blending thoughtfu ...
 
Interviews with Scholars of Central Asia about their New Books
 
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The Nazarbayev Generation: Youth in Kazakhstan (Lexington Books, 2019), edited by Marlene Laruelle, looks at the younger generations of Kazakhstan that have come of age during the post-Soviet presidency of Nursultan Nazarbayev. A collection of essays, the book presents new approaches for thinking about the “post-Soviet”-ness of Kazakhstan and for m…
 
Though I've only spent a few hours with Sara Schuster so far, I know it's just the beginning of what's sure to be a meaningful friendship. I first came across Sara last fall at the 2019 Folk Magic Fest in Nashville, and when I looked her up on Instagram afterwards and saw that part of her bio read "vegan plant witch," I was like "I need to know thi…
 
Christopher Fort’s new translation of Abdulhamid Sulaymon o’g’li Cho’lpon’s Night and Day: A Novel (Academic Studies Press, 2019) (Kecha va Kunduz) gives readers a chance to dive into the world of early 20th century Uzbek literature and understand the complex social problems of late Russian imperial Turkestan. This book will be interesting for a wi…
 
Michael R. Sheehy and Klaus-Dieter Mathes's edited collection The Other Emptiness: Rethinking the Zhentong Buddhist Discourse in Tibet (SUNY Press, 2019) brings together perspectives of leading international Tibetan studies scholars on the subject of zhentong or “other-emptiness.” Defined as the emptiness of everything other than the continuous lum…
 
Despite how common symptoms of anxiety and depression are these days, there's a general lack of understanding about how to address them in a holistic (whole-person) way. About 1 in 5 American adults has an anxiety disorder (and that number appears to be climbing), and about 7% have experienced a depressive episode within the last year [1]— and that…
 
Roberto Carmack’s Kazakhstan in World War II: Mobilization and Ethnicity in the Soviet Empire (University Press of Kansas, 2019) looks at the experience of the Kazakh Republic during the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War. Using a variety of archival materials, newspapers, and individual memoirs, Carmack looks at important topics of the war experie…
 
We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Social media has made charts, infographics, and diagrams ubiquitous―and easier to share than ever. We associate charts with science and reason; the flashy visuals are both appealing and persuasive. Pie charts, maps, bar and line graphs, …
 
Whether you observe Thanksgiving or not, we can all use frequent reminders to zoom out and appreciate what we have... after all, it's a heck of a lot more peaceful to love what we have than it is to focus on/want what we don't have. After the intro portion of this episode (about 11 minutes in), I'm sharing with you a modified version of a wonderful…
 
When I first learned about Ashlee Piper and her book through a mutual friend, I was immediately smitten. A style-savvy, cruelty-free, snarky, smart-as-hell woman helping us all figure out how the hell to ACTUALLY live more sustainably? SIGN ME THE F UP. Okay, the interview itself was super fun and informative, so just trust me and listen— and now I…
 
As you may know, university presses publish a lot of good books. In fact, they publish thousands of them every year. They are different from most trade books in that most of them are what you might called "fundamental research." Their authors--dedicated researchers one and all--provide the scholarly stuff upon which many non-fiction trade books are…
 
What is your relationship with dance—and why? Sign up to here get my Mid-Week Magic email every Wednesday (yesterday's email inspired this episode!) Links to stuff mentioned in the episode are available over here!By Valerie K. Martin
 
The things that make people academics -- as deep fascination with some arcane subject, often bordering on obsession, and a comfort with the solitude that developing expertise requires -- do not necessarily make us good teachers. Jessamyn Neuhaus’s Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers (We…
 
Joanna Lillis’ Dark Shadows, Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan (I. B. Tauris, 2018) takes the reader on a penetrating, colourfully written journey into the recesses of a little known Central Asian nations on the frontier of tectonic shifts across Eurasia. Kazakhstan, a sparsely populated oil-rich former Soviet republic that shares borders with …
 
I first fell for Amber Lilyestrom through listening to her podcast, and after attending her Ignite Your Soul Summit this April, I knew I wanted to work with her. I've been a part of Amber's Accelerator Mastermind since then, and while my own trajectory of growth and expansion during this time has been far from linear or what I would have described …
 
When I first came across Erin Stutland's work, it was that awesome feeling of, "Where has this been all my life?!" Like, WHAAAA, someone put together affirmations with aerobics?? SIGN ME THE F UP. I have been an aerobics girl since Margaret Richards and Denise Austin** back in the DAY— and as much shade as I like to throw on affirmations sometimes,…
 
In this solo episode, I'm taking you behind the scenes into my process of birthing Rooted Spirit Circle out into the world — my excitement, my belief in it, and also my fears and insecurities. If you've ever struggled with fear and doubt around stepping into the arena of your life in a bigger way or putting something you've created out into the wor…
 
In Film and Identity in Kazakhstan: Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture in Central Asia (I.B. Tauris, 2018), Rico Issacs uses cinema as an analytical tool to demonstrate the constructed and contested nature of Kazakh national identity. By first tracing the evolution of Kazakh national identity formation and then analyzing data from individual interviews…
 
For full show notes including links to stuff mentioned in the episode, visit http://valeriekmartin.com/wtfp-44.By Valerie K. Martin
 
Jenny Blake is an author, speaker, and business strategist based in New York City. As I describe in this episode, there was just something about Jenny's energy that captured me years ago when I first discovered her work, and I’ve been considered her a mentor (now friendtor!) ever since. Jenny has created a body of work around her concept, The Pivot…
 
Afghanistan and the United States have a complicated relationship. And poppies have often been at the center of the problem between the two countries. In James Tharin Bradford's new book, Poppies, Power, and Politics: Afghanistan and the Global History of Drugs and Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, 2019), he reevaluates the Afghan state, opium, …
 
Robert Haug’s new book, The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia (I. B. Tauris, 2019) is an in-depth look at the frontier zone of the Sassanian, Umayyad, and Abbasid Empires. Employing an impressive array of literary, archaeological, and numismatic sources, combined with a solid theoretical foundation, …
 
Also, CONTENT WARNING on this one, friends. The subject matter deals with sexual abuse and suicide. Nancy handles these delicate topics like the pro that she is (and like someone who’s done a lot of therapy, which she has.) But please, listen to your intuition to decide whether these topics feel okay for you to listen to — and if not, skip the epis…
 
In his new book, Voices from the Soviet Edge: Southern Migrants in Leningrad and Moscow (Cornell University Press, 2019), Jeff Sahadeo looks at the migrant experiences of peoples from the Caucuses and Central Asia in the late Soviet and early Post-Soviet periods ( 1960s-1990s). He explores the various factors that drew these migrants to the two Sov…
 
Anxiety sucks. But like a lot of other things that suck (February, bills, and grief, to name a few), it's unavoidable. When anxiety hits and you need to self-regulate, try one (or all) of the five strategies I share in this episode. This is a great one to save and come back to when you just need someone to walk you through this stuff instead of hav…
 
Kate Harris — writer, scientist, and extreme cyclist – talks about the trip she made with her friend Mel, tracing Marco Polo’s route across Central Asia and Tibet. The journey is the subject of Harris’s book, Lands of Lost Borders: a Journey on the Silk Road (Dey Street Books, 2019). Lands of Lost Borders, winner of the 2018 Banff Adventure Travel …
 
In History of the Tajiks: Iranians of the East(I.B. Tauris, 2019), Richard Foltz provides a comprehensive cultural, political, and linguistic history of the Tajik people. Throughout the book, he traces the history of this Persian-speaking Iranian ethnic group, starting with the pre-historic groups who first settled in the regions of contemporary Ta…
 
Botakoz Kassymbekova’s Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016) is a terrific study of early Soviet rule in Tajikistan based on extensive archival research. Her work explores technologies of governance used in early Soviet Tajikistan in order to implement Soviet plans for industrialization and collect…
 
Hope y'all are having a lovely summer so far! In this short and sweet solo episode, I am getting very real with you about the space I've been in recently — and how I'm trying to hold myself in compassion and grace, while also knowing when I need to take action to shift things both on the day-to-day level, and at the deeper level. I also did a colle…
 
If you asked me to imagine my version of a "perfect" album, it would likely be a fusion of philosophical/psychological pondering, critical sociopolitical commentary, and killer beats with seductive vocal melodies that drip like honey. And not long ago, I realized that WTF, SUCH AN ALBUM WAS RECENTLY RELEASED, by the ridiculously multitalented TRISH…
 
Harris III is kiiind of a big deal — so I was pretty nervous about interviewing him. Then, when I showed up to his office all prepared with my huge bag of fancy new gear and couldn't get it to work like it had the night before, I was mortified. COOL. It really speaks to Harris's character that instead of being irritated or judgmental about my tech …
 
Drew Hicks is a triple threat: he's a talented writer and artist, a kick-ass speaker and storyteller, and a true Renaissance dude who could keep himself alive in the wilderness probably longer than anyone else I know. When I decided on the theme of storytelling for this month, I knew I had to interview Drew. I hope you love listening to this conver…
 
The theme for May is "story," and I'm excited to share the wonderful interviews I have for you this month with a few super talented storytellers, and to talk about the impact of stories on our lives. In the intro episode for this month, I'm riffing on: the stories we tell ourselves (our self-talk) how we construct our life narratives, and how that …
 
For full show notes and to download my customizable Morning Manifesto template, click here! Also, you can get the Values Clarification exercise I mention in this episode by visiting the show notes for #32 here!By Valerie K. Martin, LCSW, RYT
 
Jonathan Berry is the archetypal "work hard, play hard" dude. As I’ve gotten to know him over the past 5+ years, I’ve admired his balance of a joyful, lighthearted approach to life, and serious commitment to his family, friends, and work. When Jonathan started his real estate business and I saw the entrepreneurial side of him, I realized we had mor…
 
In the late second century BCE, a series of trading route developed between China in the east and Rome’s empire in the west. Craig Benjamin’s Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE-250 CE (Cambridge University Press, 2018) describes the emergence of these routes and the roles the empires of the era played in their development…
 
Everyone has that one friend who went away to study abroad in college and never really came back. Nicole Boriski is that friend for me. And while the selfish part of me would have liked to see more of her over the past decade, she’s been up to some pretty cool shit, and I’m glad her journeys have landed her where they have as a literal ambassador o…
 
I spent today in the initial phase of getting the next 3 months of episodes lined up (WOOO!!), and then dealing with a lot of tech headaches from transitioning my old blog to the new site. Since that is still very much under construction, you won't find detailed show notes for this episode until maybe next week. Damn. But if there's anything you're…
 
**Travis Cooper is one of those people you can tell is a dancer just be seeing him walk down the street. ** He carries himself with such presence, grace, and fierceness — and as I mention on the intro, has a truly magnetic (except LOL I said infectious because I couldn't think of the right word, but ehhh #getvaccinated 😜) personality to match. I wa…
 
In this solo podcast episode, I'm sharing with you one of my favorite blog posts I've written, in audio format for those of y'all like me who aren't doing too much reading online these days. If you're fascinated by topics like synchronicity, coincidences, manifesting, and the Law of Attraction, this episode is for you. Head over here for full show …
 
In the information age, knowledge is power. Hence, facilitating the access to knowledge to wider publics empowers citizens and makes societies more democratic. How can publishers and authors contribute to this process? This podcast addresses this issue. We interview Professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, whose book, The Good Drone: How Social Movements…
 
Lisa Olivera is not the therapist that's going to "help" you or fix your problems... and that's exactly why she's your dream therapist. When I started following Lisa on Instagram (@lisaoliveratherapy), I was immediately drawn to her energy and her content. We are definitely on the same wavelength in a lot of ways, which made for a really fun conver…
 
For full show notes, head to my blog here!By Valerie K. Martin, LCSW, RYT
 
Nicholas Breyfogle, Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, had produced a new edited volume, Eurasian Environments: Nature and Ecology in Imperial Russia and Soviet History (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) that brings together multiple perspectives on Russian and Soviet environmental history. Starting with the story of two dams bui…
 
Hot damn, y'all. Words do not suffice to describe my interview with The Zen Social Worker, Timothy Gordon. This was probably my favorite conversation yet. Grab your notebook (or come back to the show notes after if you're driving), your tissues, and get ready for your brain to explode onto the ceiling as mine did during our call. (I am happy to rep…
 
There's just one woman in Nashville with a membership to the downtown Primings Cigar Lounge, and her name is Hayley Shelton. Founder of her own HR consulting group, Hayley isn't intimidated by the good ole' boys club — hell, while she's at it, she'll just create her own girls club. She came here to win — and she wants you to win, too. Basically, Ha…
 
Time for our monthly-ish solo pod, where I'm riffing on those big ideas, the hell-yes-quotes, the clichés that we're totally on board with in theory — and challenging all of us to grab those balloons, bring them down to real life, and assess whether we're actually living in alignment with our deepest-held truths. I would love to heart what resonate…
 
We hear about "going plant-based" for health all the time — it's probably up there with the Keto Diet as the biggest dietary trend right now, and The Economist called 2019 the year of the vegan. The environmental impact of eating meat and dairy has started to gain more traction in the media as well, with numerous recent studies agreeing that ditchi…
 
George Mason University professor Ben Gatling’s debut book, Expressions of Sufi Culture in Tajikistan (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018), is a beautifully written ethnography exploring the lives, religious practice, and narratives of Sufi believers near Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Through close examination of historical narratives, nostalgia, material…
 
I have love for folks of alllll Enneagram types for different reasons, but put 2 sevens together and WEEEEEE, you get one hell of an energetic conversation. I first met PaQuita Pullen when we briefly overlapped working in residential mental health treatment, and she's now well on her way to getting her doctorate in Counselor Supervision and Educati…
 
SEASON 2 IS HEEEERE, and my Enneagram 7 ass is jumping up and down with excitement!! It is really taking a lot of effort not to completely abuse exclamation points right now. I have big plans for this year with the podcast, and I'm so grateful that you're joining me on this journey of exploring some of the most fascinating topics and ideas about be…
 
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