Category: Podcast

The Science of Nonviolence – podcast

  Did you know that Nonviolence is a science? This week the theme of our show is science. In this episode of Nonviolence Radio, Stephanie Van Hook challenges Michael Nagler in a game to find the science behind Nonviolent principles. They discuss, at length, neuroscience, social science, evolution, behavioral science and more! In the second half of the show we are joined by Elisabet Sahtouris, evolution biologist, futurist, and author to discuss her findings and how they relate to nonviolence. Share it with your friends! Nonviolence isn’t just about strategy and morality…it’s been validated buy science. Click here or use the controls below to listen to the show.

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Sumud and the Holy Land Trust – podcast

Sumud, meaning “steadfastness” or “steadfast perseverance” in Arabic, is strategy that first emerged among the Palestinian people through the experience of oppression and resistance during the 1967 Six-Day War. This week Antwan Saca joins us to speak about how Holy Land Trust and how Sumud is being used to help realize a nonviolent solution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine.  Speaking of the Peacework in Israel/Palestine, Metta Center is co-sponsoring an event here in Petaluma with Combatants for Peace on this very topic. Check it out here!  Click here or use the controls below to listen to the show. If you are interested in going more in depth in Nonviolence News, click here for a transcript, links, and more in depth analysis from the show! 

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How Unarmed Protection Will Save Our Soul

Here’s a fact: unarmed civilians can stop and transform violent conflict without laying down their lives and without killing others. Tiffany Easthom and Gilda Bettencourt join us in the studio to give us an insider’s view of the incredible work of one of our favorite organizations in the world, the Nonviolent Peaceforce, drawing from their own deep knowledge of nonviolence as well as experiences of civilians in conflict zones in key conflict areas in all corners of the earth. When the show is over, you might even be ready to sign up as a protection officer. We dare you to listen. Click here or use the controls below to listen to the show. Looking for Nonviolence in the News? We recorded a special edition just for you! Click here for Nonviolence in the News! 

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Empathy Circles

Edwin Rutch is the founder of Empathy Tents and the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. In this show, he demonstrates how active listening can be used in a radical way– by bringing together Joey Gibson, a Patriot Prayer rally leader, and activist  Rev. Megan Rohrer, a leader of counter-protests to the Patriot Prayer rally, on a tense evening before scheduled Bay Area protests. Don’t miss this important dialogue. Then stay tuned for the News you won’t find anywhere in the mainstream, Nonviolence in the News!  Click here to read more about the articles and resources referenced in Nonviolence in the News.   If you have trouble with the podcast player at top click here to download.

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Nonviolent Action in Charlottesville – Podcast

Reporting on Charlottesville from the angle of nonviolence, Michael and Stephanie weave a story from the ground that you won’t find on your average political and media outlets. First, David Potter from Sojourners, a media group that “articulates the biblical call to justice,” recalls his experience as he followed a clergy group that demonstrated against racism at the recent “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville. Then Michael and Stephanie weigh in on nonviolence in Charlottesville, and a caller asks, “Is it ever okay to punch a Nazi?” Finally, Sheri Wander of Meta Peace Team tells stories from the group’s experience with White Supremacists in Charlottesville and beyond. After the discussions, Michael updates us on news from around the country and world – the kind you’re not gonna find in the mainstream media – in Nonviolence in the News. Click here to read more about the articles and resources referenced in Nonviolence in the News.   If you have trouble with the podcast player at top click here to download.

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Permaculture and Nonviolence – Podcast

To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, a seeker of nonviolence cannot keep out of any area of life; you’re going to find yourself navigating all the paths that humans have created to sustain our life on earth either directly or indirectly because all systems and forms of life are interrelated. We’re going to find the principles of nonviolence in economics, politics, and even agriculture. We want to make these systems regenerative and life-giving, working with nature, not against it.   Enter permaculture.   With our guest Matt Powers of ThePermacultureStudent.Com, we explore some of the ways that permaculture is the expression of nonviolent principles in nature that empowers practical and effective solutions to some of the world’s most urgent crises, like climate change, and transforms the way we see humanity’s promise in the process.    Part two of the show is Michael Nagler’s informative segment, Nonviolence in the News. Find the latest news and analysis from the world of nonviolence to break through the wall of violence presented by the corporat mass-media! 

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Arun Gandhi: Lessons from my Grandfather – podcast

Is anger a problem or a power? Nonviolence Radio speaks with Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, about nonviolence, anger, and lessons from his grandfather with a contemporary lens. Plus catch up with Michael Nagler’s inspiring and informative segment, Nonviolence in the News. See this page for a partial transcript and links from Nonviolence in the News.  If you have trouble with the player click here to download.  

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Faith in Nonviolence: Christian Peacemakers – Podcast

  In this episode we continue our research into major players in the new field of “unarmed peacekeeping” or “third party nonviolent intervention.” This time, we talk with the executive director of Christian Peacemaker Teams about the power of critical community and the role that a religious faith can play in this important work–and how to get involved. In Part II of this show, we have prepared another inspiring up-to-date segment of Nonviolence News with Michael Nagler…for you!     If you have trouble with the player click here to download.

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Stopping Violence – podcast

“We’re talking about stopping violence with nonviolence.” ~Mary Hanna, Meta Peace Team What kind of training is useful and necessary to use nonviolence to interrupt violence? Mary Hanna, a trainer for the Meta Peace Team in Lansing, Michigan, highlights the work of peace teams and draws on decades of experience in de-escalating violent scenarios to answer this question for Nonviolence Radio. She is recorded at the Metta Center’s office in Petaluma just after hosting a four hour peace team skills and bystander intervention training. In part two of our show, around the half an hour mark, Michael Nagler catches us up on new resources, upcoming events, and general news in the world of nonviolence. It’s inspiring and empowering, so you won’t want to miss it. See  If you have trouble with the player click here to download. 

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Nonviolence in the Middle East – Podcast

This week guest Michael Beer, executive director of Nonviolence International joins us to discuss nonviolence movements, past and present, in the middle east and how we can support them. The US government is handing 110 billion dollars worth of arms to Saudi Arabia to “build security and stop terrorism.” We suspect that this money will do nothing of the sort. We coulnter with the question, “What would it look like to pour $110 billion worth of Nonviolence into the Middle East?” Throughout the show we will hear excepts from interviews with Bsher Said, Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Ali Abu Awaad, and Farah Muhsin, discussing topics including Syria, Arab Spring, Jihad, and the use of social media in international nonviolent movements. If you have trouble with the player click here to download. 

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