Is human nature good or evil? Can you move beyond your past if you were raised on a commune? Does industrial livestock farming of pigs and poultry lead to new diseases? These are the questions raised on this program, hosted by the Old Mole's Denise Morris.
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How has industrial farming produced the conditions for new diseases like the current outbreak swine flu? Rob Wallace writes the blog Farming Pathogens, and in this conversation with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken, he explains how cities of pigs and cities of poultry create breeding grounds for new pathogens.
The human sciences, going back to Darwin, have accumulated evidence that our most hard-wired emotions are not greed and selfishness, but gratitude, awe and compassion. In this conversation, Dacher Keltner, author of Born to Be Good, talks with Bill Resnick about why we are not fundamentally evil but quite the opposite. You can catch a brief video of Keltner explaining his views here.
The Ubu Hour adapts Albert Camus's THE PLAGUE just in time for the swine flu pandemic... Actually we ran a longer version of this show 3 years ago, when people were worried about avian flu and how the Bush administration would react to it. So we took that 1 hour show, chopped out all the Bush parts, added in a page of dialog about swine flu, and voila! A new Ubu episode...
Stephanie Potter hosts a special interview with Dr. Larry Dossey, a physician who is deeply rooted in the scientific world and has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. He discusses his latest book, "The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives." Dr. Dossey discusses the human capacity for knowing the future. He says experiments consistently show that human beings are as wired to know what's coming next as we are to see, feel, hear and think. Dossey uses cutting-edge science to show readers how to cultivate their natural abilities.
all this month we have been exploring aspects of mental and emotional healing and ways to cope in this world... tonight we focused on the suicides of carl joseph walker hoover and jaheem harrera, two 11 year olds who were taunted and assaulted to the point where they felt they needed to take their own lives...
we explored the idea of social perceptions in relation to peer-to-peer abuse (and how these perceptions contribute to the perpetuation of the cycle of violence); how the school system may or may not be intervening in ways which assist children being abused by their peers and/or adults; and, how communities can connect and heal in these situations.