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Humanitou: Conversations of Humanness + Creativity

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Humanitou dives into what it means to be human, creative and authentic. Creator and host Adam Williams guides conversations of humanness and creativity with an inclusive and diverse series of artists, thinkers, leaders and spiritual practitioners. He also shares his own practices, questions and resources for the creative and spiritual life.
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In this solo episode, Adam Williams kicks off an occasional series called “A Poet Was There.” Adam reads his poem, "I Want Poets," which is his kernel of inspiration for the series, praising poets as essential truth tellers, the ones who are most equipped to help us understand the human experience -- our own and others’ -- more fully. In this episode, Adam tells the what, why and how of "A Poet Was There." He also highlights the story and work of the first poet in the series: Nguyễn Chí Thiện, a Vietnamese dissident who spent 27 years in and out of North Vietnamese "reeducation" camps. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/nguyen-chi-thien. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Victoria Stracke is the curator and publisher of "The Last Hundred Miles: The Diary of Larry Waite." And she has remained anonymous in that role. Until now. Larry was a gay man who grew up in the Midwest during the 1950s and 60s. He prolifically documented his life for more than 30 years, with intimate and sometimes brutal, raw honesty. Those diaries ended up in Victoria's hands. In this conversation, we find out how she came to be the keeper of Larry’s story, how she ultimately decided to move forward with publishing the diaries on his behalf, and the special relationship she has with him now, posthumously, through his writing and photographs. Victoria describes Larry's life as one of tragic beauty. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/victoria-stracke-the-last-hundred-miles. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Isabelle Gelot, a French illustrator and designer, and the heart of Isatopia, has shifted, at least for the time being, from a world traveling, semi-nomadic flow of life to one of home renovation and growing a vegetable garden, from light-filled cultural capitals to small-town life in Maine. We talk about this new kind of adventure and the phases of life, the gift -- and sometimes burden -- of curiosity, and what it means to belong. It turns out there's no word for "belonging" in French. But that doesn't stop us from trying to figure it out anyway. We also talk about the call Isabelle felt from the city to the ocean. Among other things. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/isabelle-gelot. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Imi Lo is a psychotherapist, art therapist, and consultant for emotionally intense and highly sensitive people. She is the founder of Eggshell Transformations and author of the book Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity. In this conversation, we talk about Imi's turbulent childhood in Hong Kong and the false safety of conformity. We talk about grieving who we're not, and learning about and embracing who we really are. We talk about how highly sensitive people, while often misjudged as weak, actually have extraordinary strengths of perception, vision, leadership and creativity. Among other things. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/imi-lo. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Adam Williams, creator of Humanitou, goes it alone in this episode and shares one of his simplest, most private practices for breaking away from conformity: mismatching his socks. He's been doing it for years, and has been influencing his two sons in doing it, too. Frivolous and weird? Maybe. Shockingly empowering and profound? Could be. Listen to Adam lay out his reasoning and, well, advocate for everyone to mismatch their socks in this solo episode of the Humanitou Podcast. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/breaking-conformity. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Rukmini Poddar is an artist and illustrator who describes herself as an essence seeker. She believes in the value of imperfect work, prizes quantity as a means of getting to quality, and sees art making as an act of revolutionary love. We talk about her growing up in a community of Hare Krishnas, expressing her dharma through art, the relationship of spirituality and creativity, her enthusiasm for #the100dayproject, her Obscure Emotions project and book, and what she’s doing with the Enneagram of Personality. Among other things. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/rukmini-poddar. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Savannalore is an artist, writer, "creative hype-woman," and "bad art" advocate in Austin, Texas. In this conversation, we talk about why she makes art that she calls "beautiful trash," and how it’s been a process for overcoming a life of conformity and perfectionism. We talk about blowing up on TikTok and how she handles haters. We dig into impostor syndrome and how comparison is the killer of joy. And what, during the isolation of the pandemic, Savannalore learned from some imaginary friends at an imaginary place she calls Lava Lamp Coffee. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/savannalore. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Big Samir, the bilingual lyricist and emcee of The Reminders, grew up in Belgium and the Congo, and in a single-mother home with the images of MLK, Jr., Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X on the wall. We talk about his rising above the challenges of his youth, and the empowering and loving messages of The Reminders. We talk about The Reminders sharing stages with some of Samir's influences, like Snoop Dogg, Rakim, Lauryn Hill, Redman, Method Man and so many more. Even though the music he and his musical partner and wife, Aja Black, make is conscious and activist-energized -- "the soundtrack to the protests" -- Samir rejects wearing the "activist" label. He tells why. Along with a lot more of his story, including about his Muslim faith, his presence as a father, and the cheat codes to life. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/big-samir-reminders. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Ruben Rojas is a muralist, poet and activist who was on a path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon, then left it behind for big money in the real estate game -- and then lost everything. In this conversation, we talk about that hero's journey, the ups and downs, building up again from bankruptcy and, ultimately, becoming known throughout L.A. and far beyond as an artist who inspires others to live through love. We talk about love in the context of masculinity, strength and weakness. We talk about vulnerability and ego and what really matters. And we get into that personal practice of shifting from fear to love, so that we actually can and do act from a place of love and make the world a better place. Among other things. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/ruben-rojas-muralist-beautify-earth. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Steven Pressfield is the best-selling author of The War of Art, The Artist's Journey, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire and, his newest novel, which was published earlier this month, A Man at Arms. In this conversation, we talk about Resistance with a capital-R, that diabolical enemy within each of us that tries to keep us from connecting with our highest Self (and each other). We talk fear and love, self-sabotage and leadership, Hero's Journey and Artist's Journey, dreams and discovering ourselves, and tribalism and society, among other things. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/steven-pressfield. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support the Humanitou Podcast: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
The Humanitou Podcast is about humanness and creativity. It's created and hosted by artist and writer Adam Williams, a super-curious introvert who might not be a superstar at small talk but loves thoughtful, energizing, one-on-one conversations. Humanitou shines light on failure and triumph, fear and love and all the messy and real parts of being human. There are conversations with fellow artists, thinkers, leaders and spiritual practitioners. And sometimes Adam goes solo to tackle the tough topics of being creative, not to mention just plain human. Topics like impostor syndrome, self-sabotage, and fear of success. Guests have included illustrator and author Lisa Congdon, celebrity chef Brother Luck, and best-selling author of The War of Art, Steven Pressfield. And many more amazing people doing super-amazing things to make the world a better place. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, produced and hosted by Adam Williams. Episode transcript available at https://humanitou.com/new-trailer-the-humanitou-podcast/. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Adam Williams, creator and host of the Humanitou Podcast, wraps up Season One of the podcast, and talks about the newest goings on around Humanitou and his plans for the season break before he jumpstarts Season Two early in 2021. Along the way, he talks about Lewis Hyde's classic book, "The Gift," and how it's influencing his perspective on art creation (and even selling) as a means of gift giving, and how we all can play a role in keeping the energy of generosity flowing in the world. These things and more in this season-ending episode of the Humanitou Podcast. Show notes and transcript at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/season1-wrap. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/ Vurbl: https://vurbl.com/station/1zaS3Lrq9g7/
Dr. Chip Thomas, a.k.a. "Jetsonorama," as a boy, avoided the violence of school desegregation by spending a fateful few years in a Quaker community. He later carried those Quaker values with him into a four-year commitment to serve as a young doctor on the Navajo Nation. That was in the Eighties. He's still there, more than 30 years later, and has become an integral part of the community, not only as a doctor, but as a public artist and activist. In this conversation, we talk about Chip's recent selection by the United Nations as one of nine artists being highlighted for #UN75. We talk about the disproportionate suffering on the Navajo Nation and "soul wounds." Chip earned a Guinness World Record for a 12,000-mile cycling trek the length of Africa. And on another cycling adventure met the brink of death in the grip of a widow-maker heart attack. These things and much more in this episode of the Humanitou Podcast. Show notes at humanitou.com. Photo credit: Ben Moon ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/chip-thomas. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Ber-Henda Williams is an empathic coach and facilitator, a bilingual poet and storyteller, and founder of The Power of Girlhood, a leadership institute for teen girls in Detroit. In this conversation, we talk about Detroit, and about going against the tide and leading from where we are. We talk about the need for curiosity, love poetry as a tool against the political power structure, and going toe-to-toe with the boys in class, laying down beats and rhymes. We've got special shoutouts to DJ Kool Herc and Sheila E. ("she's not just some Prince protegé"), among many other influences, including Eve Ensler and her play, "The Vagina Monologues." And we talk about other things, too. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/berhenda-williams-2. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Amanda E.K. is a writer and filmmaker, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Suspect Press, a memoirist about purity culture and an exvangelical. In this conversation, Amanda talks about her fundamentalist evangelical upbringing, purity culture, rapture anxiety and religious trauma syndrome. We also talk about when she started to question the faith, and about eventually coming into her own truths as an atheist and a self-described "queer polyamorous nonbinary womxn" in a loving heterosexual marriage. Among other things, like Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and Amanda's forthcoming memoir. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/amanda-e-k. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Adam Williams, creator of Humanitou, gets into a topic that he's really not comfortable talking about: love. In this solo episode, he starts with an odd little story that finally got him to speak on this issue he's got with love. He explores why he's not comfortable having this talk with you today, why that’s got to change and how he's changing it. He also briefly digresses into the nuances of karma, what it really is and what it really isn’t. And he shares some other things that he thinks you’ll find useful in your own relationship to love.  More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/love. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Lucas LaRochelle is a designer and artist, and the founder of Queering the Map, a collaborative digital archive of queer experience across the world. With Lucas, we dive into the storytelling and the magic of Queering the Map. We talk about the importance and the transcendental powers of anonymity, and we talk about one of the most powerful aspects of love. We also dig into truth and fiction, and what it means to acknowledge another’s story versus invalidating it and dismissing it as untrue or even unworthy. And we get into data privacy and artificial intelligence. Among other things. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/lucas-larochelle/. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Lewis Lee struggled to stay out of prison when he was a young man, and then to find life purpose once he did. Now, he's a community leader, facilitator and mentor, a voice for social justice, and the Milwaukee-based curator of the Shared Studios Portal in the neighborhood where he came up. The 53206, where Lewis still lives, is the zip code with the highest incarceration rate of black men in America. Lewis is working to change that. He shares his story of using technology to negotiate gang peace and creative collaboration to maintain it, of working with the city's leadership on a fatherhood initiative, and building police-community relations. Among other things. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/lewis-lee/. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Humanitou creator Adam Williams digs into some thoughts, resources and ideas about recognizing life purpose and cultivating success through the Zen Buddhist koan, "chop wood, carry water." Along the way, he dips into the wisdom of sages like Jedi master Yoda and Michael Jordan, Baba Ram Dass and Pablo Picasso, an 8th century Buddhist poet and the lightbulb inventor Thomas Edison. Adam also shares the simplest of three-step action plans to create lasting success in your life. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/chop-wood-carry-water/. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Ber-Henda Williams is an empathic coach and facilitator, a bilingual poet and storyteller, and founder of The Power of Girlhood, a leadership institute for teen girls in Detroit. In this conversation, in the days following the police shooting of Jacob Black seven times in the back in Kenosha, Wisconsin, we talk about empathy and getting curious about ourselves, systemic biases and anti-racism. We talk about spiritual practices and having courageous conversations, and how to chip away at the callousness and lack of humanity that pervades society right now, and about the need for collective mobilization for something better. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at humanitou.com/berhenda-williams/. Follow on Instagram @humanitou Support Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/support-humanitou/ About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
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