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We're back after a brief hiatus! On this episode, we speak with undergraduate student and poet Gabriela Portillo Alvarado about their Quaker faith, their research, and their poetry. Gabriela also shares a brand new poem, written for our conversation! Episode 43 features music by Ruby Ibarra and Cambiowashere.The Soul Force Ones theme song was produced by OJ the Producer.Make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts and check out for more information. 
On this episode of the Soul Force Ones podcast, we speak with Josh Barousse, the co-founder and executive director of the award winning San José Spotlight, a non profit news organization dedicated to independent local reporting. We discuss a variety of topics ranging from journalism and the news to relationships, the differences between prayer and meditation, and work-life balance. After the interview, Jon and colin do the remix, where they reflect on a few of the episodes main themes. Get your notepad ready!Read the San José Spotlight.Find out more about the Soul Force Ones.This episode features the song Headlines by One Be Lo and Paper Boi featured in the FX show Atlanta. 
This week we are joined by Cherice Bock. Cherice works as a Creation Justice Advocate with Oregon Interfaith Power & Light and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and you can find more about her amazing work HERE. A few themes from  this episode are: our interconnectedness the importance of listening to how other species and parts of creation speak up to usthe notion of watershed discipleshiptraditional ecological knowledge andhope as an actionThis episode also features the song "Unconditional" by Lightheaded.Follow us on Instagram @soulforceones and find plenty of extra info online at
On episode 40 (40!!!), Jon and colin do something a little different. The hosts discuss a theme that spans several recent episodes, violence.  Is violence the antithesis of soul force?What does it mean to aspire for peace internally and externally?Is labor violent?... What about working yourself to death?Is there a violence of idleness?40 episodes in, and there's so much more to explore about Soul Force and that C.A.S.H. What’s been your favorite episode so far? Shoot us an email at and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you.Music included in this episode is from Oddisee and Cambio, and the Soul Force Ones theme song produced by OJ the Producer. 
Episode 39 features Dr. Ted Khoury, Associate Professor of Management and the Cameron Professor of Strategy, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship at Portland State University. An accomplished entrepreneurship scholar, Dr. Khoury discusses a few of the contributions of his collaborative work in refugee settings. He shares about his Palestinian background and how his family’s experiences have influenced his teaching and his research, and he touches on the refuge he finds in music and his work. After the interview, Jon and colin do the remix, where they discuss a few themes from the interview at depth, or reflect on the conversation at large. You can find more on Dr. Khoury’s work and today’s featured music via the links below. Dr. Khoury's Google Scholar pagePSU Faculty Feature on Dr. KhouryDAM (Da Arab MCs)Omar OffendumAna TijouxShadia MansourMake sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, and check out our website for more at
In episode 38, Jon and colin speak with José Santos Woss, the Director for Justice Reform with the Friend’s Committee on National Legislation. We explore how he came to Quakerism as a young Black Latino man, the meaning he finds in his work, and some of the urgent topics he’s working on at the moment. Following the interview, as always, we do a quick remix where we reflect on some key takeaways from the conversation. This episode features Want Something Done by Oddisee off of his album, The Good Fight.José Santos Woss - FCNL Page- Recent Article from Sept. 1, 2021Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: Website: www.soulforceones.comFOLLOW US @➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
This week's guest is Anthony Miranda, an ex-sergeant of the NYPD after over 20 years on the force. He has brought cases of discrimination against the New York Police Department, is an advocate for police accountability, and an executive chairman of the National Latino Officers Association. Today, we talk about the risks of speaking up as an officer, the need for immediate accountability, the importance of having support from others outside the force, and much more. Following the interview, hosts Jon and colin do the remix, where they take 10 minutes to discuss some of the major themes of the episode in greater depth. Music in today's episode is from Arts the Beatdoctor featuring Pete Philly, Ant of Atmosphere, and Ian Kamau. The Soul Force Ones theme song was produced by OJ the Producer. We reference the documentary Crime and Punishment available on HULU and Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas available on  HBO. Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: Website:www.soulforceones.comFOLLOW US @➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
On episode 36, hosts Jon and colin chat with firearms trainer and certified armed security professional Patrice Thomas. Patrice talks about her experiences as a Queer Black woman training in the police academy, instructing others on firearm safety, as well as the challenges and joys of her work. After the interview, Jon and colin do the remix, where they discuss a few main themes of the interview and make connection to their lives and other SF1 episodes.    Music in this episode is by Zion I. Stephen "Zumbi" Gaines, the MC of the group, passed away earlier this month. A GoFundMe has been set up to receive donations towards a college fund for his three sons. Please take a look and consider contributing if you are able:🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: Website:www.soulforceones.comFOLLOW US @➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
On today’s episode we are joined by Sheila Krishnan, director of career and professional development at the Harvard school of public health. We chat about social determinants of health, explore a few similarities and differences between Buddhism and Hinduism, we talk about grief, and Sheila raises the wonderful question, what if we just made it possible for people to live?  Music this episode is Dessa's "Good Grief" and Seven Star's "Inhuman".Artwork: Faviana RodriguezListen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: FOLLOW US➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
Elysse Grossi-Soyster is a Microbiology & Immunology graduate student with Stanford University's School of Medicine. She is the founder of the STEM Outreach Collective and a community educator for the Heart to Heart program, facilitating conversations with pre-teen girls about health and well-being. Elysse has also worked for NASA as a senior research associate, she’s created content for Khan Academy, and she makes vegan peanut butter cups. Needless to say, our conversation was SO much fun.We explore her journey to virology and her interest in zoonotic viruses, efforts towards equity and so-called diversity in STEM, her work with NASA, and alternatives to animal testing in science! Don’t let the topics intimidate you, we had a blast, and Elysse is an expert communicator! All music on today’s episode is by the late, great Gift of Gab of Blackalicious. We learned this weekend of his passing. One of the all time greatest lyricists and rhyme writers, a true expert of the craft, he will be greatly missed by the hip hop community at large. Rest in Peace Gift. Find his music as part of the Solesides collective and Quannum, Blackalicious, and his solo music as Gift of Gab🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: Website:www.soulforceones.comElysse Grossi-Soyster➕ STEM Outreach Collective➕Elysse’s BlogFOLLOW US➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
This week's guest is Beau Vandendolder. Beau is an acupuncturist, herbalist, yoga teacher, meditation leader, and instructor of Buddhist and Daoist philosophy. On this episode we discuss Integrated Daoism that incorporates Buddhism and Confucianism. We chat about the precepts, the practice, and the philosophy of Daoism, healing and the notion of the supreme physician, and the idea of Chi not as a thing, but a process.  Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: Website: www.soulforceones.comBeau Vandendolder➕ Practitioner SiteFOLLOW US➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:➕ Cunninglinguists - Beyond the Sun ft J-Live ➕ Junk Science - Really, Man➕ OJ the Producer
This week, we are joined by Dr. Omid Safi, professor of Iranian and Islamic studies at duke university. Dr. Safi was the director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and his books include Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition and Memories of Muhammad: Why the Prophet Matters.  On today’s episode we chat about: Rumi and Islamic MysticismHow love, care, and compassion are contagious The development of an expansive love and how our well being is wrapped up in others.    🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: Website: www.soulforceones.comOmid Safi Links➕Dr. Safi’s twitter➕Dr. Safi’s Sufi Heart PodcastFOLLOW US @➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube: List:0:00           Intro2:08           Interview with Omid Safi19:30        Shad ft. Eternia - Love Means37:30         Brother Ali - US1:01:02    Isatta Sheriff - Heartbeat1:02:38    Remix w Jon and colin1:18:11    Outro
On today’s episode Jon and colin share some laughs with comedian, musician, and vegan linguistics master Myq Kaplan. Myq has appeared on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, The Tonight Show, and Last Comic Standing. His specials include Vegan Mind Meld, Small, Dork, and Handsome, and his most recent album, A.K.A. was released last year. He also hosts two podcasts, Broccoli and Ice Cream, and The Faucet. But it’s not all jokes here, we also get into Buddhist ontology, the notion of emptiness, and much more.🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: Soul Force OnesEPISODE LINKS➕Myq Kaplan’s Website ➕Myq Kaplan’s TwitterFOLLOW US➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
Jon and colin talk with Chabre Vickers, Wells Fargo Vice President of Community Development in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We discuss her work to increase access to resources for underserved folks in the community, what liberation might look like in a corporate environment, the importance of owning our stories, the power of the radical imagination, and much more.  Chabre is also the keynote speaker for  the Oregon Diversity Career Symposium hosted by the University of Oregon and Oregon State University on May 19, 2021.❤️ SHARE THE LOVE: Listen, Subscribe and Review! Apple: 🔗 EPISODE LINKS➕Oregon Diversity Career Symposium➕Chabre Vickers - Woman of Influence 2021 ➡️  FOLLOW➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:🎧 MUSIC Sa-Roc - I Am Her K-OS - Fly Paper
Dr. Ravi Ravindra is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada) where he served for many years as a Professor in the departments of Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and of Physics.   Ravi has a Phd in Physics.  He knows science and scientific research.  He also knows spirituality and the spiritual search.  colin and Jon talk with Ravi about that,  how inner transformation is possible only through a serious self awareness, ego, yoga, the search for truth, and much more. 🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple:➕Dr. Ravi Ravindra’s Website➕ Soul Force Ones➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
Lillian Rambus is the owner of Simply Soulful Cafe in Seattle, WA.  Lilian shares about  carrying on the family tradition of feeding the community,  how great cooking comes from the heart and soul, and how 'soul food' epitomizes the Black experience; the beautiful struggle of  overcoming centuries of oppression, turning lemons into lemonades  and pigs feet and ox tails into delicious soul food.   And then there's Lilian's grandmother's, Elizabeth Hammond’s simple, yet mouth-watering,  sweet potato pie.Warning:  Avoid listening to this episode on an empty stomach.Tracklist:0:00       Intro1:37        Interview with Lillian Rambus of Simply Soulful Cafe7:33       The Roots - Grits47:32     Pete Rock - #1 Soul Brother48:58      The Remix with Jon and colin49:51     Excerpt from Ep. 7 of Soul Force Ones with Tommie Lindsey1:12:07  Outro🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple: ➕Simply Soulful CafeFOLLOW➕ Soul Force Ones➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
This week we’re joined by Marlan Simpson Jr. Marlan is an educator and entrepreneur,  life coach, artist, designer, producer, and  former HS principal. He's also  a former student of Mr. Tommie Lindsey, who we interviewed in episode 7.  Marlan carries on Mr. Lindsey's Legacy from room 408 at James Logan HS to his classroom at Brenkwitz Continuation HS.    Marlan discusses the importance of connecting with students, especially in pandemic times, vulnerability in the classroom, audacious hope, the purpose behind starting his own fashion business, and much more. From Room 408🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review!Apple:➕ Marlan’s Instagram➕ Marlan’s Clothing Line The MSJX➕➕Instagram:\➕Facebook:➕Youtube:       Excerpt from Episode 7 with Mr. Lindsey 23:19     Y Society - This Advice46:05     Y Society - Instrumental from end of “This Advice”
 Dr.  Sofia Adawy, MD is  director of the health center for IMAN, the Inner-city Muslim Action Network in Chicago.  Dr. Adawy shares about the history of IMAN, her Muslim faith, a holistic approach to health care, the importance of arts and culture in health work, and Doctor Adawy’s experiences and lessons as a breast cancer survivor.🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review! Apple:➕ A 5 question interview with Sofia Adawy ➕ IMAN’s website: ➕➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube: - Don’t Forget About MeTypical Cats - Thin Red Li
 Dr. Thomas Sharpton is a Microbiome surveyor, metagenome analyzer, bioinformatics programmer, and Associate Professor of microbiology at Oregon State University. Jon and colin talk about spirituality and science, the gut/brain axis, and the metabolic ballet within with Dr. Thomas Sharpton, and in the Remix, dig into the symbiosis that is the Soul Force Ones and make connections to other episodes. Time to metabolize!🎧 Audio Podcast -- Listen, Subscribe and Review! Apple:➕ Dr. Sharpton’s Twitter: ➕ Dr. Sharpton’s Lab: ➕➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:       Fatlip - I Got The Shit40:57     Souls of Mischief ft Casual, Opio and Tajai - Big Shit46:16      The Pharcyde - Oh Shit57:43     Kendrick Lamar - Hii Power1:05:07  Saul Williams - Poem from the film SLAM1:05:57  Saul Williams - on Blackalicious’ Release also ft Lyrics Born and Zach de la RochaSOUL FORCE ONESJon Stoll and colin cole host a provocative podcast about purpose and practice that examines how Careers, Activism, Spirituality, and Hip Hop (CASH) rules everything around us. 
Marilyn Freeman is a writer, filmmaker, multimedia artist and  author of the Illuminated Space: A Personal Theory and Contemplative Practice of Media Art. Contemplative, queer and creative, Marilyn is a Benedictine Oblate of St. Placid Priory and a spiritual director who offers a contemplative method of guidance anchored in evocative listening.   MUSICMarvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy MeThe Grouch - BreathStrange Fruit Project - Makin’ My WayFOLLOW➕ Marilyn Freeman:  ➕➕Instagram:➕Facebook:➕Youtube:
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