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Humanitou: Conversations of Humanness + Creativity

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Conversations of Humanness + Creativity | Humanitou is about humanness and creativity.  These interviews are about cultivating a space for vulnerable, courageous dialogue and sharing. And in the process, I’m challenging all of us to truly listen, with openness and empathy, to others’ stories and to hear ourselves in them. Together, we will challenge the truths we hold about ourselves and each other. The Humanitou Podcast is about connection and empowerment through conversations of humanness and creativity, yours and mine.
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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. This and all episodes are at humanitou.com.
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. All this and much more at humanitou.com.  
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. All of this and more Humanitou Podcast episodes at humanitou.com.
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. All at humanitou.com. 
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. All this and more episodes of the Humanitou Podcast are at humanitou.com, and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Dáreece Walker talks with Humanitou about his artwork, which combines race, identity and religion into socio-political responses. We talk about his work that speaks against police brutality, and his series that celebrates black fathers and addresses the lack of positive imagery of black men in society. We navigate creative process, and facing fear, vulnerability and one's inner critic. Among other things. This and all episodes of the Humanitou Podcast are availble at humanitou.co, and via your favorite podcast players.
In this episode of the Humanitou Podcast, Jessica Patterson shares some intensely shaping experiences in her life and where her feral spirit comes from. We talk about yoga as a homonym, how the word, while it looks and sounds the same in its uses, conjures different meanings for different people and leads to common misperceptions. We talk about how we construct identities and realities through language, and the essential value of taking a reverent pause. And we explore how to hold a perspective of hope and not to get swallowed up in this challenging season of despair. This and all episodes of the Humanitou Podcast at humanitou.co, and via your favorite podcast player.    
In this episode of the Humanitou Podcast series, I talk with singer-songwriter and musician Joe Johnson, a storyteller that learned at the sides of homegrown orators on the porches of Southern Mississippi. The most common themes of his music -- death, loss and isolation -- have been with him his entire life. He’ll share why. We find plenty of laughter in our conversation, too. We explore truth in fiction. There’s plenty of music, drugs and friction with the law, and then a rainbow that led to a new foothold far, far away. And … just a lot more really good stuff. It's all at humanitou.com.
Sister Ayya Dhammadhira is a Bhikkhuni, a fully ordained Buddhist nun, who has lived, worked and practiced in Buddhist monasteries around the world -- and now does so independently -- these past 20 or so years. We talk about Ayya’s upbringing in a Catholic family and the family tragedy that sent her inward with her spiritual questions at 12 years old. We talk about what carried Ayya from her young adult life as a married school teacher across the transom from layperson to ordained Buddhist monastic. We talk about her family’s reaction to this radical shift, too. Among other things. All Humanitou episodes and more at humanitou.co.
Jamal Parker is a two-time International Slam Poetry Champion. He grew up in Japan, where he first explored his poetry, and in Florida, where as a teenager he first came to recognize the politics of race with the murder of Trayvon Martin nearby. In this conversation, we cover a range of topics, many of which you can find laid bare by Jamal in his poetry and performances, including: identity and blackness in America, mental health and faith. We also talk about how Jamal's love of comic books and superheroes connected him with his poetry. All Humanitou episodes and more at humanitou.com.  
Cody Oldham is a professional wildlife and landscape painter who lives with his family -- and mountain lions that Cody’s dad rehabilitates for return to the wild -- on 20 acres in the mountains of Colorado. Cody also is a rather precocious and self-motivated 15-year-old who has a penchant for stylish men's wear, preferring to wear a tie and pocket watch even while he paints in his studio. All Humanitou episodes and more at humanitou.co.
He’s appeared in National Geographic magazine, the Washington Post, Huffington Post and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, among other places in the media. Not to mention his work in visual and performance arts, public speaking and in other creative disciplines. In galleries, museums, at universities and other venues -- and on the street. We talk about his work and how it addresses identity and stereotypes, pain and healing. We talk about struggles and resilience, impermanence and criticism. And, as two dads in their 40s, we get into matters of fatherhood and masculinity as we saw it as boys and now live it as men. Among other things. Gregg gives us a ton of food for thought in a short time here. This Humanitou episode and more at humanitou.com.
In this inaugural Humanitou Podcast episode, I talk with my amazing wife, Becca Williams. I reveal a secret I’ve been holding throughout our 17-year relationship, something I’d been playing it cool with since our beginning and just decided now’s the time to ’fess up. We get into some intimate experiences we’ve shared along the way but haven’t talked about for many years: the decision to have kids and the miscarriages that occurred in the process. Becca tells why she went into the Peace Corps in her 20s — and subsequently dropped out. She also shares how she applies her spiritual practice of yoga to life “off the mat,” including in her career as a consultant in the technology field. Among other things. Learn more about Becca at thoughtdistillery.co. And more Humanitou is always on at humanitou.co.
Humanitou is about humanness and creativity. These interviews are about cultivating a space for vulnerable, courageous dialogue and sharing. And in the process, I’m challenging all of us to truly listen, with openness and empathy, to others’ stories and to hear ourselves in them. Together, we will challenge the truths we hold about ourselves and each other. More at humanitou.com.
Introducing Humanitou

Introducing Humanitou

2020-03-0201:46

Humanitou is about humannesss and creativity.  These interviews are about cultivating a space for vulnerable, courageous dialogue and sharing. And in the process, I’m challenging all of us to truly listen, with openness and empathy, to others’ stories and to hear ourselves in them. Together, we will challenge the truths we hold about ourselves and each other.  
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