The 2014 radio series may be the best ever, in our less-than-humble opinion. Take a listen and you tell us!
For starters, there was an embarrassment of exceptional talks, including the kind of deeply personal and emotional stories that make for great radio.
Part of the zeitgeist from the 2013 conference (from which we draw the radio series content) was an intimately personal window into the hearts and souls of the speakers. People shared their inner worlds and experiences with gripping vulnerability and emotional peaks.
This month, I’ll cover just one cluster of the shows, with more to come in the next two months.
Four Episodes that Will Feed Your Soul
I’m going first for the topics that might be considered outliers in most “environmental” dialogues. Even after 25 years, part of what continues to set Bioneers apart is a holistic framing of “environment” that embraces the expansive arc of human experience and endeavor—because it’s all connected.
Real Change: The Political Gets Personal with Danny Glover and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins perhaps tops the list of deep emotion and vulnerability. Phaedra talks about how her new motherhood changed her activism, and how the raw wounds of race and class from her own childhood have deepened her commitment to her daughter to overcome those separations in her lifetime. Danny gives a profoundly personal elder’s view of how building social movements really happens, and how we can all live an “artistic life” by embracing our own creativity and biography. I wept repeatedly when we put this show together. Release date: 7/16.
The Sophia Century: When Women Come Into Co-Equal Partnership is an extraordinary chorus of voices that bathe you in the light of leadership and vision radiating from women today. Osprey Orielle-Lake, Leila Salazar and Lynne Twist bring to life the resurgence of women’s leadership from the ground up that is truly changing the world. I was inspired beyond words as we worked on it, and you get a visceral sense of how far, deep and wide this movement is. It’s my conviction that women’s leadership is poised to be perhaps the single trim tab that’s truly capable of shifting the course of civilization. Release date: 7/30.
The Marriage of the Sun and Moon: The Truth and Reconciliation of Gender also blew my mind with an extraordinary array of “the greatest people you’ve never heard of.” Cynthia Brix and William Keepin, Pat McCabe and Pele Rouge give some of the most personally moving stories and insights into the social construct of gender. Their stories paint what restoring the balance between masculine and feminine really can look like. It reports on how gender reconciliation has exploded into the national political conversation in South Africa, building on the prior Truth & Reconciliation healing process around race. Grab a few hankies before you listen to this one, and prepare to have your mind expanded. Release date: 9/10.
Lastly (for now), Art and Social Change: Birthing the Dawn of a New Day features The Doors drummer John Densmore and Climbing PoeTree’s spoken-word activist duo Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, who stole the show last year at Bioneers 2013. We mixed some of their performances with talks from a panel and interviews. It reveals the souls of brilliant activist artists, the role of art in social change, and the unwavering resistance of courageous artists to the corporate cannibalization of the arts. This show is pure alchemy, and we give thanks for our luminous and brave visionary artists who inspire us all. Release date: 9/17.
If you want a serious lift to your spirit, these shows are food for the soul. More next month…
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