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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. Humanitou calls on all of us to listen with openness and empathy, and to challenge the truths we hold about ourselves and each other.
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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/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
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/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com 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/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com 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/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com 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/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com 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/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com 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/ Give feedback to Humanitou via the Listener Survey at humanitou.com About Humanitou: https://humanitou.com/about/ Media Kit: https://humanitou.com/media-kit/
Virgil Ortiz, an artist internationally renowned for his work in pottery, fashion and film, carries on a legacy of pueblo potters. He bridges the past with the future, conceptually and technologically, through his blend of indigenous and sci-fi-influenced work. His art is featured in museums and galleries across the U.S., including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and in Europe. It's been his focus since the clay spoke to him through his ancestors at 15 years of age. He uses that power and history to speak out on taboo subjects like politics and culture, mental health and social justice, including for two-spirit people, contemporary (e.g. Boy George, Grace Jones) and historic (We'wha, the Zuni princess). Virgil also is a leading voice on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 (and 2180). More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes of this episode at https://humanitou.com/virgil-ortiz/. [Episode transcript will be added soon.] 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/
Chef Brother Luck is the owner of two restaurants in Colorado Springs: Four by Brother Luck and Lucky Dumpling. And he's got a new project underway, even in the heat of the economic and health crises of 2020, The Lucky Lounge. Brother has also been a crowd favorite in the celebrity chef universe of the Food Network, where he was a finalist on Chopped, and where he beat Chef Bobby Flay on the Network’s show, Beat Bobby Flay. He also competed in seasons 15 and 16 of Bravo’s Top Chef. We get into some traumatic and life-altering stuff from Brother’s early years: lessons he learned from his dad, and then the road he took when his dad died way too soon. We talk about mental health and the dark emotional space Brother was in a couple years ago when something -- call it divine intervention or whatever it needs to be called -- shook him out of it. We talk about facing fear and making bold decisions even when the chips are down, like now, when he's taking on and building out The Lucky Lounge. We talk about Brother’s hashtag #nolucksgiven, and how and why he uses his social media and public platforms for good. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/brother-luck/. 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/
In this solo episode, Adam Williams, creator and host of Humanitou, digs into his own "humanness and creativity," going into those corners he so often asks his guests to vulnerably explore on the podcast. He talks about how his immense curiosity led him into the U.S. Army, and now guides Humanitou. He talks about leadership and empathy, communication and connection as humans who experience different yet relatable stories. He talks about why Humanitou exists and what its place is in his world. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/humanness-creativity/. 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/
Lisa Congdon is an illustrator, and the author of eight books, most recently: “Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic.” Her client list runs deep, including the Obama Campaign, the United Nations, Lululemon, Crate & Barrel, MoMA, REI, AirBnB, Martha Stewart Living … In this conversation, we talk about failure, impostor syndrome, and the stories and experiences that shape us. We get into spirituality and authenticity, conformity and fear. Lisa speaks on white privilege and anti-racism, and her activism for LGBTQ rights. We talk about a crucial, "magical" chapter in her story while living in San Francisco in the 90s, her breast cancer diagnosis in recent months, and what she's learned from friends-slash-idols Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert and Debbie Millman. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/lisa-congdon/. 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/
Elliana Grace grew up in a circus family and in the circus life. From infancy. Like, from being a baby being breastfed while sitting atop an elephant kind of infancy. She and her two younger brothers, who also are globe-traveling professional circus performers, spent more time at their fantastically strange and sometimes dangerous home-away-from-home in St. Louis, the City Museum, than they did their home-home. Elliana shares some laugh-out-loud stories of mischief and sibling rivalry. And by the way, Elliana spent a year riding the rails with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as, hands down, the most singularly explosive performer (wink, wink) in the circus, let’s say. And a lot more, including memories of her grandfather, the renowned columnist and jazz critic, Nat Hentoff. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes at https://humanitou.com/elliana-grace-circus/. [Episode transcript will be added soon.] 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/
In this episode, Adam Williams, creator and host of Humanitou, which typically features guests in "conversations of humanness and creativity," is riding solo and launching something new. Starting with this episode, Adam is committing to a series of five solo episodes mixed in with the coming months' conversations. In these, he explores his own humanness and creativity through topics that are relevant to listeners' own senses of humanity. He also draws upon other resources, like some of the amazing creators who join him for the Humanitou Podcast, and from others whose work and names you'll likely recognize. Authors, artists, spiritual teachers, leading lights, voices and creators. Names spotlighted in this episode: Elizabeth Gilbert, Julia Cameron, Steven Pressfield, Inaiah Lujan -- and you might catch Brené Brown's name, too. This and all things Humanitou at humanitou.com.     ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/creative-resistance/. 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/
Sara Meghdari, an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY., is Iranian and American. She comes from a family that honors two religions, two languages and two cultures. We talked as protests grew across the United States after police officers in Minneapolis killed George Floyd. This, on top of months of dealing with extraordinary upheaval and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We talk about the real, experienced impact on a human when being treated as “other,” differences between life in Iran and the U.S., and how they don’t play out the way many Americans assume. We talk politics and racism, and the responsibility of each of us to be curious, to self-educate and not just swallow what the media and culture feed us. Sara also shares how her creative work serves as a coping mechanism, and a process of healing and counteracting stereotypes placed on her and those who likewise come from Iran, or elsewhere in that region of the world. Show notes at humanitou.com.   ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes at https://humanitou.com/sara-meghdari/. [Episode transcript will be added soon.] 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/
Lucas Krump is CEO and co-founder of Evryman, a social enterprise that is cultivating a global men’s community, and is helping men to connect and to hone their emotional skills together. We get into Lucas’ personal journey. From growing up in Kansas and learning largely to support himself at a very young age in a house of turmoil. To a decade of pursuits around the world in his 20s, years spent running from his own emotional pain. Until what Lucas describes as an emotional volcanic eruption within that landed him momentarily at the precipice of suicide and, ultimately, in a psychiatric ward in Singapore. We talk about what he's learned -- and shares through Evryman -- about community, wellness and the importance of serving others. More at humanitou.com.   ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes at https://humanitou.com/lucas-krump-evryman/. [Episode transcript will be added soon.] 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/
Inaiah Lujan is a multifaceted and prolific creator. Music is at the heart of his work. In fact, he might be most widely known for his time with a folk band he co-founded, The Haunted Windchimes. Inaiah recently wrapped his first seasons of a web series called “Hanging Out with Inaiah Lujan” and his new podcast, Cast the Line, an interview series about creative process and wellness. We talk about his growing up on the Navajo Nation in Arizona as part of a non-Navajo family. We talk about impostor syndrome, authenticity, rebellion and Inaiah’s experiences with sweat lodge ceremonies. Inaiah also defines success and dispels the myth about being a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” He shares about a band breakup and getting divorced. And he shines light on mental health, overcoming shame, practices of loving oneself ... and the act of living as nothing short of magic. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes and transcript of this episode at https://humanitou.com/inaiah-lujan/.   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/
Laura Elizabeth Pohl is a humanitarian photographer and documentary filmmaker living in Cape Town, South Africa. Laura has traveled the world extensively, and spent many years living and working in developing countries, advocating for the dignity and humanity of the people she features in her visual storytelling. She has documented stories of HIV, ebola, migration, malnutrition and other deeply human subjects. In this conversation, I learn how Laura's journalism career started with interviewing celebrities -- e.g. Britney Spears, Winton Marsalis, Mary J. Blige -- and that she and I lived only an hour away from each other in South Korea when we experienced our generation’s biggest “where were you when” moment. I learn how Laura became a self-taught documentary filmmaker over the course of one weekend, and under deadline. I learn why she left behind a relatively stable job as a Dow Jones business reporter in Asia to start over as a photojournalist, and how she cobbled together paychecks to make the dream work along the way, including getting fired from a waitressing job after only two weeks. And a lot more. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes at https://humanitou.com/laura-elizabeth-pohl/. [Episode transcript will be added soon.] 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/
Kate is an Emmy®-nominated producer and director, a writer and filmmaker, a television host with Rocky Mountain PBS, and a rock musician -- currently in the band, Spirettes -- who has performed, recorded and toured near and far with her music. Kate shares her story of growing up in poverty on a 40-acre vegetable farm in remote Minnesota. She tells of leaving home for college at 16 and the importance of the winding road she took to finish college several years and a few schools later at 23. Kate has adventurously flowed back and forth across the country over the years. She has worked in various forms of journalism and media … has given birth to rock bands, and to a son who, now 9 years old, has taken to the backstage life with his mom. Along the way, we’ll hear Kate’s insights about trusting one’s inner voice, about self-validation and about exploring curiosity. We’ll talk about the value of silence, and Kate’s definition and experience of God. More at humanitou.com. ----MORE---- Humanitou is created, hosted and produced by Adam Williams. Show notes at https://humanitou.com/kate-perdoni/. [Episode transcript will be added soon.] 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/
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