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This Podcast is about meditation & wisdom tradition. I will share passages from ancient books on spirituality intended to bring inspiration and learning to smart, wisdom-seeking experts, thought leaders, coaches, and entrepreneurs, and everyone interested in the topic. I will interview extraordinary people from all kinds of backgrounds in meditation & healing practices. It will also be about philosophers, modern physics, and last but not least, about psychedelic journeys.
 
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Caligula the Roman emperor has been held up as the archetype of a crazy ruler for the last 2,000 years. But was he as bad as the history books say he was? And is everything you've read about him true? In this episode I examine Caligula and explain why he ranks fourth in my list of the 5 Craziest Roman Emperors. Pictures: Howard Stern Just before hi…
 
Morris dancing -- a traditional type of British folk dance is synonymous with villages fairs and men dressed in white dancing with wooden sticks. But there are many more elements to "Morris" that the stereotypes we are familiar with. In this episode, I explore its origins, and learn how it has expanded around the globe. Today's guests: Peter Austin…
 
Witches have existed in Denmark since primitive times. Though in the past, many were categorized as "cunning folk" since they were concerned with good deeds rather than ill. But in the late 16th century, anyone carrying around runes, whipping up potions, or practicing traditional folklore suddenly found themselves in danger. King Christian IV, deve…
 
The Roman Emperor Commodus is best know for Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of him in the movie Gladiator. There is little doubt the ranks as one of Rome's craziest emperors. In this Wednesday bonus mini-cast, I separate fact from fiction and examine the man behind the legend. Pictures credit: Actor Joaquin Phoenix at the 68th Berlin International Film…
 
Druids are synonymous with Stonehenge and the Summer Solstice but are these modern druids representative of their ancient forbears? And who exactly were the druids? Many people base their knowledge of the druids on brief remarks made by Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. But, there are many other sources – from Ireland – that provide us with much more in…
 
On 13 September 1999 Gennadiy Seleznyov speaker of the Duma announced to the Russian parliament that a terrorist attack had hit the remote and hitherto unremarkable city of Volgodonsk. The bombing did occur but not until 3 days later. But it was this incident in conjunction with other bombings that set in motion a series of events that salvaged the…
 
Founded in 1878, Everton are nine times English football champions but recent decades have seen the club slide into mediocrity. In this episode, I talk to fans who witnessed relegation in the 1950s, The Golden Vision and Holy Trinity of the 1960s, the pinnacle of success in the 1980s, and the rollercoaster ride since. Featured Interviewees: Isaac C…
 
Heroes of Space. Part III In 1990, astronaut Steven Hawley deployed the Hubble telescope in space as part of the crew of the space shuttle Discovery. Kansas-born Hawley was among the civilians selected to be part of the space program on the basis of his expertise in a specific area: astronomy. One of his subsequent trips into space involved complet…
 
Heroes of Space. Part II In the aftermath of World War II, the United States and USSR quickly turned their attention to space. In this episode, I talk to one of the world's leading experts on space history: Dr. Cathleen Lewis curator of International Space Programs and Spacesuits at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. We di…
 
The Anzac landings in Gallipoli quickly descend into chaos as Braund and other commanders try to lead their men to victory against overwhelming odds. In this episode, I explore the story of the tragic tale of George Braund, Henry Edward White, and so many others. I interview two experts in the field: Brad Manera, and Ian Hodges, who provide fascina…
 
In August 1914, New South Wales politician George Braund was tasked with forming the 2nd Infantry Battalion of the newly created Australian Imperial Force. One of his recruits was Henry Edward White. Both men had some prior military experience, and like many of their countrymen, they had been born in England. When the call came to defend the Britis…
 
Do you have Irish ancestry? Are you intrigued about the history of Carlow? John Kelly of the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society offers advice and resources for anyone thinking of making a visit or delving into genealogical research. This is bonus content attached to The Battle of Carlow and the 1798 Irish Rebellion episode.Links: Carlow H…
 
On the 24 May 1798, simultaneous revolts across cities and towns in Ireland signified the start of the long anticipated Irish rebellion. The insurectionists -- many of whom were members of The Society of United Irishmen -- were both protestant and catholic, rich and poor. But they shared a vision of an Irish republic -- free from British rule.In th…
 
When you hear people talk about zealots and religious hate groups, you tend to think of some dour old cave dweller with a long beard or a 17th century puritan with an obscenely large and seemingly unnecessary buckle on his hat. You don’t typically think of a smiling, colorfully dressed, personable wife and mother who drops terms of endearment like …
 
In season 3 Dan talks to NASA astronauts Jim Wetherbee and Steve Hawley as well as Smithsonian space historian Cathy Lewis. He discusses Gallipoli with Australian Department of Veteran's Affairs historian Ian Hodges and explores the 1798 rebellion in Ireland with Prof. Tom Bartlett and Carlow historian John Kelly. He delves into race relations with…
 
In the Spring of 2019, Scottish police launched investigations into incidents at two football matches. In the first, Aberdeen fans were accused of using colorful language to suggest that English football manager Steven Gerrard was an Orange man. A few weeks later, Aberdeen’s own manager Derek McInnes was targeted with similar chants from Celtic fan…
 
Heroes of Space. Part I I have always had a fascination with heroic figures. In the modern world, it's difficult to think of a task requiring more courage and skill than flying as a test pilot -- unless of course you decide to go into space. Jim Wetherbee is one man who did both. A decorated Navy veteran, NASA pilot and commander, he later brought …
 
In this episode, I delve deeper into the world of UFOs beyond the Hollywood flying saucers. I talk to four experts from the fields of academia, journalism, and research who have thoroughly investigated the phenomena either as skeptics or experiencers. Featuring: Professor of History Professor Greg Eghigian of The Pennsylvania State University Clas …
 
In this episode, I delve deeper into the world of UFOs beyond the Hollywood flying saucers. I talk to four experts from the fields of academia, journalism, and research who have thoroughly investigated the phenomena either as skeptics or experiencers. Featuring: Professor of History Professor Greg Eghigian of The Pennsylvania State University Clas …
 
Tamara Jones is a prominent civil rights activist and outspoken critic of well-documented instances of racism and corruption involving the Kansas City Police Force. More controversially, she is the Minister of Justice for The New Black Panther Party and is involved in The New Black Panthers for Self Defense -- two groups condemned by the American D…
 
Coming in March 2022. Dan investigates the UFO phenomena on Fascinating People, Fascinating Places. Guests include Professor Greg Eghigian of Penn State University, MUFON state director of Michigan William Konkolesky, author Robert Sheaffer, and journalist and Vice Chairman of UFO-Sweden Clas Svahn. Art and music courtesy of Pixabay.com --- Send in…
 
The Romanian revolution of 1989 was the result of the country’s long tradition of simultaneously resisting and embracing outside forces and influences. It’s a process that stretches back to the second century AD when the Roman Emperor Trajan conquered the area and plundered its gold. Goths, Hun, Bulgars, Magyars, and Ottomans followed. Each group w…
 
On 28 June 1914, a young Serb named Gavrilo Princip sat outside a Delicatessen in Sarajevo, reflecting on his role in a botched assassination attempt on Archduke Ferdinand – heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire. To his surprise, the intended target suddenly came back into view. This time there would be no mistake. He calmly approached the car and fi…
 
On the 30 January 1649, a large crowd gathers beneath a hastily erected scaffold at the Palace of Whitehall, at the stroke of 2pm a nameless masked man delivered a single blow to sever the head of Charles II. 700 hundred years after Alfred the Great sought to establish the Kingdom of England, the English monarchy was no more. A commoner and puritan…
 
On 1 April 527 AD, an extraordinary event unfolded in the ancient city of Constantinople -- known to the modern world as Instanbul. A 37 year old woman -- a former actress and prostitute dressed in the imperial regalia of Rome -- was crowned as empress of Byzantium -- the Eastern branch and largest remnant of the Roman Empire. But unlike many women…
 
Every year tens of thousands of young people descend on the small Christian community of Taize in Eastern France. Founded by a Swiss man, Roger Schütz, the ecumenical ministry provides a place of refuge where Christians and non-believers can reflect, pray, study, and engage with their contemporaries from around the globe. Special Thanks to: Sister …
 
Victoria Williams, Physical Health And Well Being Coach Victoria has over 30 years of experience in her field, with a zest for life and a passion for health and wellbeing she is a Therapist, Educator, Coach and International Speaker. Believing that in every person’s lifetime we are all going to need physical rehabilitation of some sort, some will n…
 
Alison J. Kay, Ph.D., Creator and Founder of the Vibrational UPgrade System, Holistic and Spiritual Advisor, Master Mind, Body and Soul Healer. Alison is a Master Mind-Body Energy Medicine practitioner for more than twenty years, and a world-traveler who lived and worked at an International School in Asia for ten years, while also performing energy…
 
Nathanael Garrett Novosel, author of the multi-award-winning book The Meaning Of Life Nathanael has been analyzing the drivers of humans’ sense of meaning for over 30 years, and his book dissecting the eight-core factors has won over 11 Book of the Year awards and accolades. Additionally, Nathanael has been advising the world’s leading executives f…
 
Mobuto Sese Seko, once described by Ronald Reagan as “a voice of good sense and goodwill” was one of the most powerful and controversial figures of the post-colonial era in Africa. From humble roots, his charisma and intelligence propelled him from obscurity to power of halls of Kinshasa. Music and sound: Simon-Pierre Boka Di Mpasi Londi, "La Zaïro…
 
Kandis James is a Dream Life Strategist She is an author, podcast host, and Applied Mindfulness and NLP Certified Life & Success Coach. She’s also the leader of the YOLO revolution. Rooted in the fact that the only life we are guaranteed to live is the one we are currently living, Kandis helps people overcome their fears and transcend the destructi…
 
Grace O’Malley, her name conjures up images of a wild, sword-wielding pirate terrorizing merchants off the West coast of Ireland. But in reality, she was far from the stereotypical patch-eyed, wooden-legged pirate of folklore. From her point of view, she wasn’t really a pirate at all. In this episode, I explore the woman behind the myth. The high-r…
 
On the 1st of December 1135, King Henry I of England died. His choice of successor was controversial but unequivocal. His daughter Matilda -- previously crowned as Empress of the Holy Roman Empire -- would be crowned as the first Queen of England. In theory, she was the most powerful woman in Europe, but neither Henry’s plans nor hers came to fruit…
 
With Germany divided, the GDR grapples with economic problems and unrest. The erection of the Berlin Wall draws US President John F Kennedy to Berlin, while the state represses the church, and embarks on a nationalized doping campaign to boost performance in sport. The arrival of Gorbachev signals the beginning of the end for Honecker and the Stasi…
 
In 1949, communist leaders formalized the division of a nation with the creation of the German Democratic Republic. In the West, this was portrayed as an opportunistic act by puppets of the Soviets who wished to impose their ideology on Eastern Europe. But the story of German communism began long before 1949. In this episode, I will examine the roo…
 
Keira Poulsen is an intuitive, energetic healer and creator. She has created The Spiritual Entrepreneur, an all-inclusive and everything people need to succeed in their work as a leader of light. She teaches people who feel a desire to share their message, gifts and work with the world. She is the creator and host of The Awaken Podcast, a show that…
 
The Great Exhibition of 1851 was the world's first global trade fair. Attendees included Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, and Karl Marx. But beyond the pomp and ceremony, there were fears of a violent insurrection. Critics implored the Queen to cancel the event. In this episode, I explore the exhibition's founders, critics, highlights, and enduring …
 
As the Nazi regime was defeated, East Germans hoped for a brighter future. Political exiles such as Erich Honecker returned to Berlin and set about rebuilding the nation. But, the fragile alliance of World War II soon collapsed. The Western nations found themselves at odds with the Soviets and Germany was divided. In this episode, I explore the ori…
 
The depraved and sadistic Roman emperor was one of the most reviled figures of antiquity. Allegations of incest, murder, and more bizarrely the promotion of his beloved horse to consul still linger in popular culture today. But was he really the deranged tyrant we learned about in history class or was there another side to him? In this episode, I w…
 
Roman Emperor Caligula raised an army and marched across Gaul with every intention of invading Great Britain. Having set sail, he neared the famous white cliffs of Dover before returning course and disembarking in France. Upon his return, two soldiers: Gaius and Lucius, are surprised to find themselves tasked with something other than battle. This …
 
Kristin Durney is the Co-Founder and Executive Consultant and Coach for Mental Wellness Unleashed. She is a seasoned Corporate Human Resources Executive with 20+ years working with large Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized and small organizations. She works with leaders, employees, and teams to develop and support an inclusive best-in-class mental …
 
Stephany Lane Yarbrough, Ph.D. is an author, developmental psychologist, spiritual facilitator, clairvoyant, and speaker. Prior to her working with women, men, and the alternative community, she created a groundbreaking model for understanding identity development in her Graduate work which was the foundation for her postdoctoral work in Women’s St…
 
Robert Gold, Trust Development Coach, and Author Once a telecommunication systems sales executive and owner of an electrical contracting business, Robert has been forever learning and exploring. He became fascinated by the relatively unknown field of ontology which combines architecture, anthropology, neuro and cellular biology. He has transformed …
 
Carolyn Feder Gold, Interior Designer and Author ​"Designing lovely spaces is a gift, creating surroundings that enhance lives, a privilege." ​When this classically trained Interior designer, discovered she possessed the unique gift of synaesthesia, everything in her life and practice, changed. She created innovative methods, based on science, to h…
 
Dane Dormio is a Martial Scientist, Chivangelist, MindBody Mastery Mentor. Dane is from San Diego, California, he studied martial arts since the age of 10, and QiGong for 16 years. Moreover, he studied Physics at San Diego State University, and Applied Math - Dynamical Systems at San Diego State University. Questions asked: Qigong combines exercise…
 
“Modern-day Rumi” Ellie Shoja is a serial entrepreneur, author of The 13th Planet and Your Heart Knows The Way, co-founder of Peace Unleashed, TEDx speaker, and the co-host of the Unleash Your Peace podcast. As the daughter of an international con man, Ellie moved 30 times and lived in refugee camps in Germany before immigrating to the United State…
 
Excerpts from my book with the same title. Copyright © 2017 Josef Schinwald, MDiv Introduction 9:41 Minutes Have you Ever Wanted to Learn Meditation? My name is JOSEF SCHINWALD and I can relate. In my early twenties, I traveled the world. I was usually accompanied by books like the Tao Te Ching, the Upanishads, or some new novel, i.e. Herman Hesse’…
 
Mark Schwimmer designs programs in Cognitive Behavioral Techniques that strengthen mindset, promoting confident mindful skills for peak results and wellness. Trained in hypnosis, NLP, and a Master Facilitator of the MythoSelf(tm), Soma-Semantic Model(tm), Mark leads each of his clients to their Somatic Signature(tm). They experience a realization; …
 
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