From the starting point of "Juneteenth", today's thoughtful conversation with Shahid Mustafa touches on many thought-provoking considerations. We explore some of the complex and complicated perceptions surrounding the told and untold history of Black and Native Americans, race and reparations, and economics. We touch some of the underlying thinking, language, and attitudes from the past and present, as well as what the future may hold. More to come on these and other related matters.
Dylan Paul Taylor - known in his professional music life as "Taylor Paul" - shares with us, a taste of his music and his perspectives on "Mortality" and what really matters. From his website: His latest album, "The Way I Saw It" tells a journey of coming to terms with mortality and a newfound introspection and appreciation for the little things in life.
Music, mortality and how he thinks about the life experience, are the stuff of this conversation.
Guest Kari Bachman brings an insightful peek into her personal process of practicing "Awareness". The conversation touches on how simply entering a quiet state of awareness - unencumbered by the noise of incessant "thinking", can support us toward navigating our lives (even in these difficult times) in a state of relative ease.
Today, we're joined by Zane Chaffey, KTAL's current General Manager. We learn a little bit about KTAL, Zane's role and responsibilities - as well as his other roles in the community. The conversation also explores his broader perspectives (as a younger person) on his generation's views of our values, our society, our culture, and considerations of our past, present, and future circumstances.
In this episode of Think Again, thoughtful guest Bob Hearn shares some of the products of his curiousity - about how our Democracy is working - or isn't - and perhaps why or why not.
In considering some of the challenges, Bob points to what James Madison and others considered in 1787-88 as to how best to structure our government model - to as they saw it - best serve the newly forming nation.
Delightful thinker and sometimes co-host Keith Whelpley, treats us to an inquiry about pride, arrogance, ignorance, and humility. The conversation explores attitudes and ways of thinking that encourage the ease and gentle wisdom of humility - or the destructive dynamics of ignorance, arrogance, and self-centered pride.
Think Again welcomes Gabriel Rochelle for a conversation based on his recent Las Cruces Sun-News column entitled "Facing the Spiritual Trials of Retirement" and touches on internal and external processes that often arise in the retirement phase of one's life. Considerations include: How do we relate to our new identity and sense of self? Without a job and a title, who am I? What am I going to do now with my new relationship to time? The exploration peeks briefly at mortality, eldership, our changing public persona, and our sense of purpose, meaning and relevance.
Today's guest, John Kulpa, holds a PhD in the field of Cognitive Psychology. The conversation touches fleetingly on questions of mind, brain, body, the self, the "I", the observer, and God. John shares freely about his personal meditative processes and perspectives.
As a long time poet, retired literature and writing professor Joe Somoza, shares a conversation with host Randy Harris about a book they both recently read. Both agree that A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel is a book of significance. The conversation touches on reading and writing, on society and culture, on how we think about and experience the influences of language and words - written and read - privately and publicly. A thought provoking book.
Today, a conversation with Keith Whelpley follows a winding path, through considerations of blind spots and cognitive dissonance. How is it that we sometimes aren't aware of (don't see) what's right going on right in front of us - right now?
Sometimes perhaps it's attributable to the way our brains are hard-wired. Sometimes perhaps, our cognitive dissonance (discomfort with disparate "truths") prompts us to simply close the minds' eye to conflicting ideas that make us uncomfortable. Out of sight - out of mind - blind spot.
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