TSP136 – PH Factor: Muzzling Dissent – Access denied.

 
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The right to free speech is not a given. In this day of ‘unfriending’, it is easy to muzzle our fellow human beings, in order to control the narrative. From censorship on campuses to discouraging your children from, “Speaking until spoken to”, the impulse to deny self expression is a social sickness in need of healing.

Duration – 39:41

YouTube excerpt with Brendan O’Neill – ‘Freedom of Speech and Right to Offend’

TSP134 – The Undefinable Spirit: Simran Bhamu – From India with love.

 
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From Delhi to Canada, Simran Bhamu’s journey has taken her through poverty, immigration, racism, politics, and ultimately a fulfilling life in a country she now calls home. Simran Bhamu is the definition of a very capable, compassionate and enlightened soul. Simran Bhamu: simran.bhamu@gmail.com

Duration – 42:32

TSP133 – PH factor: Becoming Other – If not now, when?

 
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This period of Covid-19, has catalyzed the impulse towards personal and societal change. The question is how capable are we, as individuals and members of society, to realize these changes, given the power of traditional thinking and habits?

Duration – 34:56

TSP 130 – PH Factor: Every Breath You Take – The body politic.

 
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Is it even possible anymore, that human beings can communicate with each other, directly and authentically, given the pandemic of politicization? The challenge to defy categorization is paramount in our attempt to resist the ‘isms’ that have engulfed us.

Duration – 48:52

Two additional YouTube segments featuring Esther Perel on ‘The communication error we all make, and how it intensifies conflict’

TSP125 – PH Factor: Necessity is the mother.

 
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During the mother of all crises, another mother is stepping up to give birth to a plethora of creative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not surprising, in light of other historical upheavals, out of which emerged new and unique technologies and approaches to problem solving.

Duration – 36:14

YouTube segment – Family invents ‘Hug Glove’ so they can cuddle their Grandma on Mother’s Day.

TSP122 – PH Factor: COVID-19 – What is a life worth?

 
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At the time of this podcast, the number of global COVID-19 cases has eclipsed the 1,000,000 mark with over 50,000 deaths. We are confronting an unparalleled firestorm of ethical and moral dilemmas, in the face of mushrooming economic turmoil. Over 3 days, and from a distance, these issues and more, inform a time-lapse dialogue.

Duration – 1:05:21

Featuring author Andrew Welch, “Save the people, save all of the people, and we’ll save the economy – Hammer vs. Paint Roller” https://thevaluecrisis.blogspot.com

TSP116 – The Undefinable Spirit: Richard Mongiat and the big picture.

 
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On the heels of our previous podcast, between dog and wolf, inspired by a painting of the same name, the hosts discuss all things art with painter Richard Mongiat, whose focus and range of activities, elevates him beyond the typical one note artist. Richard Mongiat: https://www.richardmongiat.com

Duration – 40:47

VoxBox: CBC digital archives – Excerpt from ‘Gallery patrons shocked by Prent sculptures’ – Broadcast March 12, 1973

TSP115 – PH Factor: Between dog and wolf.

 
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The balancing act of our primal instincts versus our domestic existence from children’s stories to the world of cinema, from Paganism to Christianity, the symbol of the wolf has been a central theme, painted in both a positive and negative light.

Duration – 22:26

VoxBox: Audiobook excerpt from White Fang, by Jack London – DBS Audio Books

TSP113 – PH Factor: Hunger Reigns – Feast, famine and faith.

 
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Nearly a billion people in the world experience hunger, while nearly a billion are obese. Like many challenges confronting society in today’s world the issue is not availability, it is excessive waste and distribution. Our collective hunger and survival is not limited to food. From fasting to spiritual searching, and everything in between, our quest for ‘nourishment’ comes in many forms.

Duration – 28:50

Included Segment: Harry Posner recites his poem ‘We Of The Full’

TSP110 – PH Factor: Branding – Look at me, I’m relevant.

 
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From the personal to the political, from products to corporate identity, the rise of branding as a way of creating and maintaining relevance is understandable in a world that encourages hubris.

Duration – 23:46

VoxBox: YouTube interview with Yuval Harari

Music Credit: k. d. Lang – Constant Craving

TSP105 – PH Factor: Freezing footprints.

 
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The impulse to archive has been aided and abetted by the exponential advance in recording technologies, which begs the question: What have we sacrificed in pursuit of our never ending desire to preserve memories?

Duration – 24:06

VoxBox: YouTube segment with comedian Norm MacDonald on the Evolution of Photography

Music Credit: Fastball – G.O.D. (Good Old Days)

TSP094 – PH Factor: Notre Dame, the unmaking of history.

 
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The tragic fire at Notre Dame de Paris on the 15th of April, 2019, sparked a slew of social, political, and religious reactions. 850 years of history gone up in flames, provides the backdrop for a lively discussion about this historic event.

Duration – 29:32

VoxBox: Harry Posner quoting Victor Hugo and Youtube audio segment from the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music Credit: Edith Piaf – Notre Dame de Paris

TSP090 – PH Factor: What’s up with DST?

 
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The pros and cons of Daylight Saving Time have been the subject of an ongoing debate since the late 19th century. There’s validity on both sides of the argument, despite the lack of general agreement as to its efficacy.

Duration: 23:45

VoxBox: Audio segments from YouTube – George Carlin on ‘Time’

Music Credit: Bill Hayley & His Comets – (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock