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Cities are becoming increasingly unliveable for most people. Costs are rising but incomes are not. Sky-high rents, evictions, homelessness, and substandard housing are common realities for urban dwellers across the planet. There is a global housing crisis. How did this basic human right get so lost? Who is pushing people out of their homes and cities, and what’s being done to pushback? On the heels of the release of the award-winning documentary, PUSH, filmmaker, Fredrik Gertten and Leilani ...
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Intelligent thinking for turbulent times, from New Humanist magazine and the Rationalist Association. Interviews with writers, researchers and academics who speak to our age – on subjects including religion, belief, race, politics, sex, technology, science, work and more. Hosted by New Humanist editor Samira Shackle, deputy editor Niki Seth-Smith, and series producer Alice Bloch.
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Boss Level is a podcast on people and organizations aiming for the boss level. Boss level is the status a person or an organization achieves by making a better quality of life for themselves and others by doing what they need to do regardless of all the haters and obstacles out there.
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What's it like to be the world leader of human rights at a time when it looks like they've been abandoned? Volker Türk, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, sits down for an eye-opening talk about "human rights economies" that value human dignity over profits. Türk shares his bold ideas to fundamentally reshape finance, policy, an…
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In this episode of Pushback Talks, we delve into the global wave of pro-Palestinian student protests igniting campuses worldwide. After students at Columbia University treated the Gaza Solidarity Encampment on April 17th, they found themselves in a two-week standoff that inspired students around the world. In just 3 weeks, pro-Palestinian encampmen…
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This week on Pushback Talks, Fredrik and Leilani explore a bold proposition: What if we put the business of landlordism on trial? Nick Bano's latest work, "Against Landlords: How to Solve the Housing Crisis," serves as our guide. Bano, a barrister specializing in representing marginalized groups, takes us on a journey through the history of housing…
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I'm really excited to come out of hiatus to share this conversation with you. You may have noticed people are talking a lot about AI, and I've started focusing my journalism on the topic. I recently published a 9,000 word cover story in Jacobin’s winter issue called “Can Humanity Survive AI,” and was fortunate to talk to over three dozen people com…
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In this episode of Pushback Talks, Leilani and Fredrik sit down with David Ireland, the Chief Executive of World Habitat, to catch up on things since they teamed up for the filming of Push. Their conversation delves into the World Habitat Awards and the inspiring projects they recognize and support, highlighting innovative solutions that are transf…
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In this episode of Pushback Talks, hosts Fredrik and Leilani delve into a fascinating intersection of global trends: digital nomadism. As the world grapples with issues like migration, touristification, gentrification, and financialization, the rise of digital nomads adds another layer of complexity to the housing landscape. With the COVID-19 pande…
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This week, we turn our attention to Argentina, a nation grappling with political turmoil and economic distress. With rising polarization and economic instability, President Milei's controversial policies roll back social programs and consolidate power, exacerbating social inequalities and economic disparities. Sebastián Fest, a seasoned Argentinian…
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As the cost of living continues to rise and housing remains one of the hottest topics in the news, there's a common misconception in North America that tenants are just homeowners in waiting. Laws and incentives are written to support this idea, and it's leaving a growing generation of tenants behind in a way that is detrimental for us all. This we…
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In this week's episode of Pushback Talks, we delve into the intricate dynamics of historical narratives and their profound influence on contemporary events. Award-winning South African journalist, filmmaker, and writer Sylvia Vollenhoven joins Fredrik and Leilani to explore the enduring power of empathy amidst longstanding conflicts and resistance …
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"From 2010 to 2020, more people participated in protests than at any other point in human history. " Yet we are not living in more just and democratic societies as a result...How did so many mass protests lead to the opposite of what they asked for?" Take a look behind the scenes of global uprisings and their unfulfilled aims as Pushback Talks welc…
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Embark on a transformative journey this week with the Filmmaker and the Advocate as they engage in conversation with Rutger Bregman, esteemed historian and author of Humankind and Utopia for Realists. Join the trio as they navigate the heart of societal transformation, unraveling Bregman's impactful contributions to Fredrik's film "Breaking Social.…
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Ever wondered what it takes to build a thriving community of empowered tenants? In this illuminating episode of Pushback Talks, we speak with Valeria Raçu and Alba Jiménez of the Madrid Tenant's Union (also known as Sindicato de Inquilinas e Inquilinos de Madrid) about building meaningful movements. Join Fredrik and Leilani as they sit down with Va…
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What is it that makes a worker essential? This is the question that Chris Smalls and hundreds of thousands of Amazon workers had to ask as they found themselves working long hours in unsafe conditions at the height of the pandemic, having been deemed 'essential.' But when Chris, who was responsible for training thousands of other employees and uppe…
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Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn!), returns to discuss the climate crisis and her brilliant new book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. She is a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law in the Pu…
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Welcome to Season 7 of Pushback Talks! It's been an eventful summer, as nations worldwide grappled with the housing and climate crises, and people took to the streets to protest wealth inequality and the rapidly rising cost of living. In this highly anticipated season premiere, we join Fredrik and Leilani for a one-on-one conversation about their w…
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This year's summer series is coming to a close! We did things a little differently this year, revisiting some of our favorite episodes from across all six seasons, and giving you updates on the guests and topics at the top of each episode. No matter where you are - we hope you enjoy the final episode of the 2023 Summer Series! Students the world ov…
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It's summertime in Sweden and Canada, so it's time for Pushback Talks - Summer Series! And we're doing things a little differently this year. For the next six weeks, we'll revisit some of our favorite episodes from across all six seasons, giving you updates on the guests and topics at the top of each episode. The Filmmaker and the Advocate are taki…
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Carl Robichaud is the first person I go to on the topic of nuclear weapons. He has been working as a grantmaker and analyst of nuclear weapons policy for close to two decades. He co-leads nuclear security grantmaking at Longview Philanthropy, where I used to work as a media consultant. Prior to Longview, Carl led nuclear grantmaking for the Carnegi…
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It's summertime in Sweden and Canada, and that means it's time for Pushback Talks - Summer Series! And we're doing things a little differently this year. For the next six weeks, we'll revisit some of our favorite episodes from across all six seasons, giving you updates on the guests and topics at the top of each episode. The Filmmaker and the Advoc…
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It's summertime in Sweden and Canada, and that means it's time for Pushback Talks - Summer Series! And we're doing things a little differently this year. For the next six weeks, we'll revisit some of our favorite episodes from across all six seasons, giving you updates on the guests and topics at the top of each episode. The Filmmaker and the Advoc…
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It's summertime in Sweden and Canada, and that means it's time for Pushback Talks - Summer Series! And we're doing things a little differently this year. For the next six weeks, we'll revisit some of our favorite episodes from across all six seasons, giving you updates on the guests and topics at the top of each episode. The Filmmaker and the Advoc…
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It's summertime in Sweden and Canada, and that means it's time for Pushback Talks - Summer Series! And we're doing things a little differently this year. For the next six weeks, we'll revisit some of our favorite episodes from across all six seasons, giving you updates on the guests and topics at the top of each episode. The Filmmaker and the Advoc…
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In the last few years, the city of Bologna has been undergoing some big changes. Already known as a progressive city throughout the region, the city is putting its people in the driver's seat when it comes to housing policy in the hopes that the national government will follow its example. Sparked by the election of a neo-fascist national governmen…
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“The only good life is a life of purpose, and beneficial purpose to be sure.” In honor of our country’s July 4th holiday we thought we would have America’s late & great historian back on the show, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough. David was a long-time friend and mentor who modeled to me the very definition of true, holistic success.…
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A deeply engaging conversation with author Donald Altman on his new book Travelers and his personal experience with mindfulness. We also talk about his time as a monk. Donald Altman is a psychotherapist, Award-winning writer, international workshop trainer, former Buddhist monk and past Vice-President of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald’s pass…
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Join us for an eye-opening episode as we dive into the world of urban geography and technology with Dr. Desiree Fields, an esteemed scholar, and researcher. Drawing from her extensive expertise, Dr. Fields shines a light on the tangible effects of digital platforms, uncovering the stark socio-economic disparities they bring to our cities. In this e…
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A beautiful show filled with heart and soul with the great writer David Gessner. on his book is A Travelers Guide to the End of the World. He is also the author of Leave It As It Is: A Journey Through Theodore Roosevelt’s American Wilderness and the New York Times–bestselling All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American…
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A fascinating and wide ranging discussion with Drake Eastburn, a Board-Certified Hypnotherapist, co-founder of Eastburn Hypnotherapy Center and the Eastburn Institute of Hypnosis, as well the former Director of Education for the School of Integrated Hypnotherapy. With more than 40 years of experience in hypnotism, he is on a mission to educate peop…
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Writer and poet David van den Berg joins me to discuss his wonderful new book, Love Letters from an Arsonist and his adventures growing up in the wilds of Florida. We also discuss the current level of insanity unfolding in the Sunshine State. David van den Berg grew up hunting and fishing in the Florida swamps. He studied anthropology, religion, an…
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The insightful Eli Merritt joins me to discuss his new book, How to Save Democracy is a collection of 423 instructive quotations derived from the First International Summit for Democracy. Divided into three sections—Virtues of Democracy, Challenges & Threats, and The Way Forward—the book brings hope, optimism, and poetry to the fight. A political h…
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Wilderness guide and author Rebecca Wildbear (also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!) joins me to talk about her brilliant new book, Wild Yoga: A Practice of Initiation, Veneration & Advocacy for the Earth. She is also the creator of a yoga practice called Wild Yoga, which empowers individuals to tune in to the mysteries that l…
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Join us in this thought-provoking episode of Pushback Talks as we sit down with Rebecca Riddell, Policy Lead, Economic Justice at Oxfam America. In a candid conversation, Leilani, Fredrik, and Rebecca speak on the importance of engaging in difficult conversations and effectively communicating across ideological divides when advocating for housing r…
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This is an iconic episode with legendary singer, songwriter and activist Peter Yarrow. Known to most through his landmark work with Peter, Paul, and Mary, he’s also been on the forefront of social justice and activism for decades. We take an incredibly deep dive into his remarkable journey as he shares some never before heard stories, songs and lyr…
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A fascinating and far-reaching conversation with the brilliant Dutch author Rutger Bregman on the nature of our species and what we can do in the now to create a better future. This encore episode one goes really deep and in some beautiful directions. Rutger is truly one of the great thinkers in the world today. Rutger Bregman is a historian and au…
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Renowned author and motivator Mary Morrissey joins me to discuss her compelling new book, Brave Thinking: The Art and Science of Creating a Life You Love. Mary Morrissey has made it her mission for over four decades to empower people to create lives they LOVE living. As a sought-after expert on the “Invisible Side of Success,” Mary has created a po…
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The awakened and inspired Pastor Ben Cremer (subscribe to his newsletter, or find him on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook) joins me to talk about Christianity in the modern era and share his own compelling insights on what it means to be a Christian in these challenging times. Ben Cremer is the Amity campus pastor at the Cathedral of the Rockies. He…
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Author Rebecca Fogg joins me to talk about her compelling book Beautiful Trauma: An Explosion, an Obsession, and a New Lease on Life, and the magnificent life transformation which has manifested in the beautiful work she is doing in the world. BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA: An Explosion, an Obsession, and a New Lease on Life In 2008, Rebecca Fogg walked away fr…
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The inspiring Senator Charlane Oliver (also find her on Twitter) returns to talk about her first days in office in the Tennessee General Assembly and what drives her activism for social justice. Tennessee became her home over 20 years ago when she moved to Nashville as a college student bound for Vanderbilt University. There, she earned a Bachelor …
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Author Reid Mitenbuler joins me to discuss his new book, Wanderlust: An Eccentric Explorer, an Epic Journey, a Lost Age, the mesmerizing, larger-than-life tale of Peter Freuchen, an adventurer who traversed some of the greatest frontiers of the twentieth century, from uncharted Arctic wastelands to the underground resistance networks of World War I…
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My dear friend Victoria Hallman from Hee Haw fame joins me to discuss the miraculous story of her new album, From Birmingham to Bakersfield, which was produced by the legendary Buck Owens. This one will give you goosebumps and blow your mind. Also check out the book she co-wrote with her Hee Haw co-star Diana Goodman, Hollywood Lights, Nashville Ni…
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The great wisdom keeper John Perkins returns to talk about the latest updates to his bestselling masterpiece, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, (3rd Edition). As always John sheds light on highly complex topics. As Chief Economist at a major consulting firm, John Perkins was advisor to the World Bank, UN, IMF, Fortune 500 corporations, and leader…
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The brilliant author Dana Sachs joins me to discuss her new book, All Else Failed: The Unlikely Volunteers at the Heart of the Migrant Aid Crisis. Dana Sachs is a journalist, novelist, and cofounder of the nonprofit Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief, which supports grassroots teams providing aid to displaced people. A former Fulbright Scholar, sh…
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The inspiring Jared Yates Sexton (also find him on Twitter!) returns to talk about his brilliant new book, The Midnight Kingdom: A History of Power, Paranoia, and the Coming Crisis. Jared is one of my go to sources for high quality perspectives both on the present moment and also history. Jared is a writer, academic, and political correspondent who…
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Documentary filmmaker Ron James joins me to discuss his amazing new project, Accidental Truth: UFO Revelations, where the reality of an advanced intelligence engaging with humanity becomes undeniably clear. Ron James is The Director of Media Relations for MUFON. For any media inquiries, licensing questions, appearance / interview requests, Ron Jame…
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Legendary therapists and relationship experts Linda and Charlie Bloom join me to talk about their brilliant and highly practical new book, An End to Arguing: 101 Valuable Lessons for All Relationships. Linda Bloom, LCSW and Charlie Bloom, MSW have been married since 1972. Trained as psychotherapists and relationship counselors, they have worked wit…
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It's been over 7 years since the Jubilee Party of Kenya set out the ambitious Big Four Agenda to address affordable housing, affordable healthcare, food security, and manufacturing. As part of this ambitious plan, the City of Nairobi aimed to deliver 1 million housing units by 2022, with that number later being lowered to 500,000 to make the goal m…
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An uplifting and inspiring conversation with award winning filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg on his new film Gratitude Revealed. We also talk about his earlier masterpiece Fantastic Fungi plus so much more. Here is a free link to watch this amazing movie. Louie Schwartzberg is a renowned filmmaker, and director of the Award-Winning documentary Fantastic…
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Author Anuradha Dayal-Gulati joins me to discuss her fascinating new book, Heal Your Ancestral Roots: Release the Family Patterns That Hold You Back. Anuradha Dayal-Gulati is a certified energy practitioner specializing in ancestral and emotional healing. Anu came to the US to earn her Ph.D. in economics and stayed. After fifteen years in finance a…
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