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Inner Revolutionary Radio

You count! Your voice, compassion and dedication to doing the right thing are part and parcel of the Inner Revolution that is sweeping our world, and Inner Revolutionary Radio is your platform. We may not be perfect, but we are standing up to mindless conformity, facing our negative patterns and beliefs, working together to make this a better world. Inner Revolutionary Radio gives us a voice and a way of joining forces. We share a vision: a recognition of our Oneness with one another and the planet; an acknowledgement of our Accountability for our impact on ourselves and each other; a dedication to Mutual Support, knowing that we can’t thrive in a world that is not also thriving. And we’re developing the courage to stand up to all tyrannies, even those in our heads. Each week we offer News of the Inner Revolution and introduce you to guests who are shaking up the world. Tune in, participate, and support this vision.

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If Gangs Can Make Peace, Why Cant We? An Interview with Rizza Islam About an Amazing Gang Summit and What It Means for Us

History was made as rival Southern California gang leaders met July 17 to discuss making peace on the streets. Some 2500 people came to the summit, including rival gang members, cops, gang interventionists, families and friends of victims, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charles Beck and religious leaders of diverse denominations. Though packed with rival gang members, not a single act of violence took place. What do you think would have happened at a similar summit of Democrats and Republicans these days? What sometimes happens in our own houses? If gangs can do it, why can’t we? Let’s talk to Rizza Islam from United in Peace, one of the sponsors of the event and a man who has been working hard to bring peace to the inner cities. How are gang members coming together? Is the process continuing? Is it making a difference on the street? And what can we learn from it? With so much violence in the world, let’s learn more about positive developments where we least expect them.

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18 Aug 2016

Rank #1

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Bill Cosby, Brock Turner, Roger Ailes, Anthony Weiner: How Many Men Must Fall Before We Start to Help Them? A Conversation Among Inner Revolutionary Men

The news is full of it – a man sexually victimizing someone. Good that we’re helping the victims, but what about the perpetrators? Aren’t they also victims of their own out-of-control sexuality? Aren’t we daily flooded with examples of men raping, molesting, abusing or sexually harassing others? Aren’t tons of households struggling with sons and fathers addicted to pornography? Today we ask “Why?” Why are so many men struggling with their sexuality? And why are we primarily focused on punishment? Why aren’t more of us addressing how we can help? It’s time for men to speak up and focus on healing what drives men toward sexual violence and addiction – their own and others. Todd Benton, James Maynard and Richard Di Santo are part of the Inner Revolutionary Men’s group, and they’ll be co-hosting and discussing the deep-rooted causes of men’s sexual addiction and what they are doing to help. Let’s tune in and see if we can’t help our men, instead of disowning, punishing or shaming them!

54mins

22 Sep 2016

Rank #2

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Encore: Cooperative business' are not socialist propaganda, they are American! Join our guest, Esteban Kelly, Executive Director for the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, to hear all about it.

The InnerRevolution supports an evolution in our economy to move away from the disproportionate distribution of wealth toward an economy and society where individuals' needs are met. How can we do this? Esteban Kelly has some answers. As an important leader and creative force in a solidarity economy and co-op movements, Esteban will share the reality of what it takes for the economic model to transform. Lets challenge ourselves to move beyond our ego's view of life where only MY needs matter and be inspired by the cooperative movement. With Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support, we can co-create a different world!

58mins

12 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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Encore: What if 'Buddhist' Economics Ruled Our World? A Conversation Between Host Todd Benton and Clair Brown, UC Berkeley Economics Professor and Author of Buddhist Economics.

The economic and political system that reigns supreme does not care about the health or welfare of anyone. It's a machine that chews up executives, secretaries and fast food workers alike. But what if this wasn't the case? What if our economic system was based on a wholly different model – based on the notion that quality of life should be measured by more than national income? U.C. Berkeley Economics professor Clair Brown will join us to answer these questions and more. She'll share her approach to organizing the economy that embraces questions of values, sustainability, and equity. In her new book, Buddhist Economics, Brown incorporates the Buddhist emphasis on interdependence, shared prosperity, and happiness into her vision for a sustainable and compassionate world. We cannot thrive in a world where we sacrifice ourselves to an economy and societal norms which put short-term self-interest before our health and the health of the earth. Join us for this important conversation!

55mins

28 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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How to Bathe in Joy and Why? Let's Ask Granny Rocks!

Can we stay positive in a world full of turmoil and pain? Can we remain calm in such challenging times? Hell, yes! says Granny Rocks, formerly known as Beth Green. Or at least she tries. And so must we. Why? Granny Rocks will answer that question through a new Granny Rocks Experience called Bathe in Joy. She’ll be offering it in San Diego via videoconference on September 9th, 10-noon. You can attend in person in San Diego or via the net anywhere. And as always, the event will combine her original music, commentary and humor. It will also include the song, Bathe in Joy, one of her most fun tracks off her latest album Rumblings of Revolution. But first, she’ll drop by our show to talk about staying courageous and positive. And we’ll be playing some of her inspirational songs that we haven’t shared before. We’ll also be asking Granny if she really bathes in joy and, if so, how does a 72-year-old chronically ill semi-invalid do it? So tune in and let’s see if we can bathe in joy, too!

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3 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Is Grindr more than a way to hook up? Is it also an opportunity for public outreach and a way to build community?

With 2 million daily active users, Grindr, the gay social network is uniquely situated to advance human rights by addressing health, justice, and other important issues among LGBT populations. Can a hook up site really change the world? Why does it matter to all of us? Co-Hosts Chris Reese and Helen Hillix will speak with Jack Harrison-Quintana, director of Grindr for Equality (G4E) and Peter Sloterdyk Vice President of Marketing for Grindr to explore these questions and more. Can we embrace social media as a partner to improve the quality of our lives and suspend judgement if we don’t engage in similar practices? Why do we even label someone as LGBT? We are all humans with the same needs for love, comfort, safety, good health and well-being. Recently, Grindr for Equality sent messages educating Grindr users about the therapy that vastly reduces HIV transmission risk. Follow-up research showed that G4E influenced 20 percent to start treatment. This is for the highest good of all!

56mins

27 Jul 2017

Rank #6

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Cattle Ranching in the 21st century: Is there such a thing as Inner Revolutionary Cattle Ranching?

Today our guest is Bill Cordasco, President of Babbitt Ranches. Bill will share his experience and vision for the future as an environmental steward, and cattle rancher. Are these two passions congruent? How do you navigate the tough terrain? The values of Character, Nature and Community have guided Babbitt Ranches since its founding in 1886, a family owned business, Bill has 'steered' the company through environmental challenges and the economic reality of running a private ranch. Bill's passion to do the right thing is Inner Revolutionary. How do we stay connected to one another, in the face of criticism and daunting shifts in the economic landscape? How do we consider the highest good of all as we long to preserve a way of life that previous generations have built? Can cattle ranching follow the Inner Revolutionary principles of Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support? How do we create a vision for the future that will hurt some people and possibly disappoint others? Let's ask!

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29 Jun 2017

Rank #7

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Which Side of Us Is in Charge? The Reactive Self or The Creative Self? And, What Can We Do About It? A Conversation with Ronit Herzfeld.

How often do you find yourself in great conflict with two parts of yourself? The conflict might be about whether you should eat that brownie or not, work longer or go to Yoga, keep your mouth shut and not answer your partner’s snide remark, or thousands of other possibilities. And this is just on the personal level. What about collectively? What side of us in charge there? We’ll explore these questions and more with Ronit Herzfeld, an Integral Psychotherapist, Social Activist and Co-Founder of the Leap Forward community. In this wide-ranging conversation, we’ll discuss how Ronit’s formative experiences, her education, her work in a locked in unit of an inpatient psychiatric hospital and her work as a therapist has helped her come to some compelling insights about these two aspects of ourselves. And together, we’ll investigate how to “re-wire” ourselves in order to bring out our capacity for compassion, generosity and creativity.

57mins

18 May 2017

Rank #8

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Join Black jazz musician and actor Daryl Davis as he shares how he helped over 200 KKK members leave the Klan!

Daryl Davis could have ended up like so many celebrity musicians focusing on indulging himself and making money above all else, but not Daryl! He decided, as a Southern Black man to take on the Ku Klux Klan, one member at a time! Join us for his inspiring and courageous story of how he loaned his tour bus to the Klan and invited them into his home. Find out how Daryl’s warmth and compassion helped to transform hundreds of KKK members to revoke their memberships. What prompted him to take this action? Can we use his example to help us realize that we can all make a difference? How did he feel facing these men and women who professed to hate his whole ethnic group? What has he learned about himself and humanity in the process? Daryl exemplifies the core principles of the Inner Revolution, Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support. Watch Daryl’s new Netflix documentary, “Accidental Courtesy.” Call in and join the conversation.

56mins

4 May 2017

Rank #9

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Conscious Consumerism - is this really a 'thing'? or is it an urban legend that we'd like to believe is true in order to assuage our guilt? Today with co-hosts Chris Reese and Helen Hillix

It feels good to recycle, buy local, and verify that our clothing brand has sustainable practices. But are we really making a difference? What could have a larger impact? What can we actually do that will impact the economy and the environment in a positive way, supporting sustainability? Join co-hosts Chris Reese and Helen Hillix as they interview Alden Wicker, the founder of EcoCult, a leading sustainable lifestyle blog and a freelance journalist who has been featured in Newsweek, Quartz and many other publications. Alden provides an informed and compassionate perspective and she urges us to take action! Listen in and join the InnerRevolution, where we question everything and are often surprised and inspired with the outcome.

58mins

27 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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Revolutionizing the Abortion Conversation: A Conversation with Pro-Life New Wave Feminist Destiny Herndon De La Rosa and host Helen Hillix

Aren’t you sick of the pain of the polarized conversation in our country about abortion? Do you believe that there is common ground between the two sides? Is it true that most pro-life supporters are not feminists? And is it true that most pro-life supporters truly believe in supporting all life? Are the New Wave Feminists truly an original idea? Do they promise the hope that the two disparate sides of this issue might be coming toward finding commonalities at last? Are pro-choice women the only group that can be feminists and pro-women’s rights? We won’t shy away from the tough questions on this show! Join us for what is sure to be a dynamic conversation that just might challenge all our perspectives and move us all to a new place on this most painful issue. And it might just help create an Inner Revolution in some of us! Call in with your questions and share your experiences. Then join us for the April 8th, 10-1, Revolutionizing the Abortion Conversation event online or in person.

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6 Apr 2017

Rank #11

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1,2,3 What Are We Fighting For?

Are you wondering if resistance and fighting are the solution? Is there a nagging voice in the back of your mind challenging you to not polarize? We cannot fight hate with hate. And we cannot capitulate and recede into the background. How do we find our voice and join forces for real change; to create Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support? The Handbook for the Inner Revolution provides guidance. Join live or listen in as the InnerRevolution.Org members share from the Handbook and relate their own experiences in overcoming our tendencies to fight and separate. Let's move into more harmony and forward movement for the highest good of all.

56mins

30 Mar 2017

Rank #12

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Start off 2017 with a Powerful Way to Resolve Conflicts with Your Children, Students and Everyone. Listen as Dr. Ross Greene Shares About a Practice Called Collaborative Parenting!

How many of us have become exasperated and angry while trying to parent our kids? How many teachers have turned to punishment to try and control the behavior of “difficult children” in the classroom and found that it backfires? How many of us have become disillusioned in relating to each other in general, especially in this culture of divisiveness, contention, anger and meanness? Listen in next week as host Helen Hillix interviews Dr. Ross Greene, a psychologist with some seemingly radical ideas about how to shift the energy between parents and children, teachers and students and people in general. Believe it or not, his focus is collaboration! Now, that’s a word we don’t hear enough of these days! Join our guest and hear his clear and simple suggestions and his touching successes. We need this kind of inspiration in our lives right now and Dr. Greene can help us all have an Inner Revolution and spread collaboration in our world!

54mins

5 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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An Inner Revolution in Education! What could it look like? How could our teachers, administrators, parents and students transform and impact all of us in the process?

Public school education for all American students is guaranteed by the constitution and is a basic need for both the student and the community. There is a lot of controversy over the “correct” education techniques and what form of discipline is necessary or allowed. We also see a heavy emphasis on testing and student achievement while students are struggling socially, emotionally and behaviorally and are being impacted by all of the traumas and stressors in their lives -- both at school and in the community. What if we approached this from the perspective of Oneness, Accountability and Mutual Support? What would that look like? How do we approach education with the whole child in mind? How do we consider the needs of the teachers and parents too? We’ll hear from Ann Brennan, a middle school teacher, and Tracey Sridharan, a school psychologist, about their trials, tribulations and successes as they work to create a more harmonious school experience guided by the highest good of all.

56mins

22 Dec 2016

Rank #14

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Are You a Human? Do You Want to Have a Real Conversation About Our World? If So, Tune or Call in to 'Humans for a Real Conversation!'

It seems like for months we’ve been bombarded with news story about power, corruption, discrimination, racism, sexism and more. Yet because of this, there’s hope. The ugliness is rising to the surface for all to see; we’ve started talking about important issues; and many of us are taking a stand. Whoever we vote for November 8, many of us are wanting real change. Let’s use this show to talk about it. What value did Bernie, Donald and Hillary lend to the conversation? What can we bring? Humans for a Real Conversation is all about finding our commonality and moving forward. Some of us have already started talking about the pain and plans we share. Now let’s continue that conversation on Inner Revolutionary Radio. So drop the signs and the partisanship! Bring your fervor and inspirations! And, most of all, be willing to be honest. Tune in, and call in! Let’s turn this electoral season into the beginning of something better for us all.

56mins

3 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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Don't Think Your Kids Are Safe from the Impact of Domestic Violence, Just Because There's None in Your Home Meet a School Counselor and a Teacher Who Will Clue Us In!

Often people feel that the concept of Oneness is just an abstract theory. Well it’s not. In fact, children from troubled families significantly decrease their peers’ reading and math test scores and significantly increase misbehavior by others in the classroom. That means that you could be the perfect parent, and yet your kids are being hurt by what’s happening to their peers. And that’s a lot of kids. Researchers estimate that between 10 and 20 percent of children in the US are exposed to domestic violence annually. And that could be violence toward them or parental violence toward one another. We can’t escape. Domestic violence knows no boundaries of race, class or religion and all kids are at risk. So let’s welcome Brett Welch, a school counselor, and Vickie Fahed, a teacher, who are doing something about it. Tune in and find out how you can help your school and your kids as well.

56mins

29 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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An Inside Look at Prison Industry Enterprise: Is It Really a Win/Win for Business, Inmates and Us? A Frank Interview Tim Grant

First a few facts. More than 2.3 million Americans are in prison and over 50% in federal lock-up are there for drug offenses. Of the 9% of prisoners who are women, 75% have histories of severe physical abuse by partners and 82% suffered serious physical or sexual abuse as girls. They are disproportionately black. Some prisoners work, especially in federal penitentiaries, and they can be forced to work for minimum or no compensation, as little as 23 cents/hour. For the last few years, some people are trying to create a different model for prison labor, developing a for-profit manufacturing sector in prison that is supposed to be a win/win for companies and inmates. Tim Grant runs one such factory in an Arkansas maximum security women’s prison. He says he is giving prisoners decent wages, money to send home, skills to use outside and a sense of value. Let’s get the inside story on this new form of prison labor. Does it help prisoners, is it taking our jobs or is it a new chain gang?

57mins

21 Jul 2016

Rank #17

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Are We Sick of Our Dysfunctional Health Care System? What's the Prescription? Let's Ask Dr. Adam Gaffney of Physicians for National Health Insurance!

Why do so many think national health insurance is a crazy, radical idea? Today, over 2500 physicians are calling for single-payer health care reform. They say: Despite the Affordable Care Act, there are still 30 million Americans with NO health insurance, and 39 million more whose insurance is not affordable. Every other developed nation has some form of national health insurance, yet US health spending is far higher than theirs. Single payer national health reform would save nearly $500 billion annually on paperwork and administration, enough to cover all of the uninsured and eliminate deductibles, co-insurance, and co-pays for everyone. Plus, what does the lack of guaranteed health care cost us as individuals and as a society? Host Beth Green challenges us to rethink healthcare and interviews Dr. Adam Gaffney of Physicians for a National Health Program, who is advocating single payer healthcare. If he can stand up to the insurance companies and establishment thinking, why can’t we?

57mins

16 Jun 2016

Rank #18

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Addiction - Drugs, Sex and More. Does Punishment Work? A Conversation with Kara Dansky

It’s not just drugs. There are many kinds of addictions: alcohol, sex, gambling, shopping, food and more. And there are many kinds of punishment: from humiliation to incarceration. Sex addiction, for example, is heavily punished both by social humiliation and sometimes jail. People losing jobs, imprisonment for “deviant behavior,” lives ruined. But let’s get real! Addiction is rampant. Again, look at sex addiction: 20% of US men admit to accessing porn at work. 19% of all adults regularly surf for it. 47% of Christians said pornography is a major problem in the home. 10% of adults admit to internet sexual addiction. And, believe it or not, one third of on-line porn viewers are women. Should we punish addicts through humiliation or prison? What does punishment accomplish anyway? A meditation instructor, Kara Dansky has spent many years in the criminal justice system and she’s questioning the punishment of addicts. Is she naïve or is treatment just common sense? Tune in and find out.

55mins

26 May 2016

Rank #19

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Denial, Destruction and Death! Let's Confront Our Use of Alcohol and Why We Pretend It's the Okay Drug!

Alcohol has blood on its hands. Its role in US history includes the slave trade and organized crime. It’s implicated in over half the incarcerations in the US, especially violent crimes. Child abuse, domestic violence, loss of work, drunk driving are its daily results. It damages our health and leads to 88,000 deaths a year. Kids nab some from the family cupboard and become hopelessly addicted. Anybody with a couple of bucks can buy it. Tons of money is spent trying to free ourselves from it. Millions of lives are ruined as wage earners become dysfunctional and parents become angry, violent and incompetent. There’s treatment for alcoholism, and we have improved our awareness around drunk driving. But alcohol itself remains not only legal and available, but the sacred cow of drugs. Doctors even recommend it. Why? What makes it the okay drug? Race? Class? Money? We’re not recommending Prohibition. But let’s take on alcohol: why we give it a pass and what we’re paying for our denial.

57mins

28 Apr 2016

Rank #20