A Better World (Live)

Hosted by:

McNair Ezzard



A Better World – Host McNair Ezzard

A Better World provides an in-depth look into the people and organizations, locally, nationally and internationally, who are working to create a world that works for everyone. Whether it be those who are working in the areas of hunger and poverty, social and economic justice, healthcare, education, housing, restoration of the environment or those people and organizations who bring a fresh perspective to spirituality – “A Better World” features interviews with people who are making a difference. Email us at: betterworldradioshow@gmail.com



Show #180 – Torture Machine – Racism and Police Violence in Chicago November 21, 2019

Guest: Attorney Flint Taylor, author of The Torture Machine, Racism and Police Violence in Chicago. For over 30 years attorney Flint Taylor has fought against systemic police violence and racial injustice and represented survivors of police brutality administered by a torture ring in the Chicago Police Department. A founding partner of the People’s Law Office, Flint represented, among others, the families of slain Black Panthers, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, in the case against the Chicago police. Through the years Flint has worked to help those who needed justice, but had no one to speak for them. www.peopleslawoffice.com


Show #179 – OASIS: finding purpose through recovery November 14, 2019

Millions of people struggle with alcohol and drug use disorder. Only 10% of them get treatment. For many who struggle there is OASIS Recovery Treatment Center in Asheville, a program that facilitates a transformative process using psychotherapy, mindfulness, HeartMath, Ajna light, art, massage, adventure outings and more to bring about a full and evolved healing from addiction. Our guests from Oasis are Sam Pennington, Creative Director and Vernetta Eleazer, VP of Operations. www.or-nc.com


Show #178 – Church World Service – serving humanity for over 70 years November 7, 2019

In the aftermath of WWII Church World Service was born. A faith-based organization, CWS transforms communities around the globe, through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. Join us as we talk to Rev. John McCullough, President and CEO, about the mission of CWS and their 70 years of service to those in need, through nearly 40 different faith denominations and people of all political persuasions working together. www.cwsglobal.org


Show #177 – Diary of a Death Doula October 31, 2019

This week on A Better World we’re speaking with Debra Diamond, a death doula, who has just released a new book – Diary of a Death Doula:25 Lessons the Dying Teach Us about the Afterlife. What happens to us when we die? Will we continue to exist? Will we see our departed loved ones? Will  anyone meet us on the other side? Debra Diamond as a researcher and psychic/medium and shares her insight to these and other questions about what happens after death. www.debradiamondpsychic.com


Show #176 – Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign at the UNCA October 24, 2019

Due to the work of students in the University of North Carolina Asheville Divestment Campaign, the UNCA Board of Trustees voted to divest 10% of the college’s endowment from fossil fuels and be reallocated to environmentally and socially responsible investment funds. The first in the UNC System to divest. Join us as we talk to Kelsey Hall and Natalie Izlar about their work and the goal of reaching full divestment for the University of North Carolina. www.facebook.com/pg/uncadivest/posts


Show #175 – The Word of Manna Foodbank – October 17, 2019

Guests: Hannah Randall, Chief Executive Officer and Kara Irani,  Director of Marketing & Communications. Many of us don’t know what it means to be hungry. But many of us find it a daily experience. Education is the first step to understanding what it’s like for the many people in our community who go hungry. In Western North Carolina, 108,000 people lack consistent access to regular meals. One out of four children lives with food insecurity. Listen in to get an update about out how MANNA is working to help, amidst an ever growing need. And learn about Hunger Action Month, which takes place nationally each September. www.mannafoodbank.org (previously broadcast August 30, 2018)


Show #174 – Politics for a New Time October 10, 2019

Many people see politics as a dirty business where polarization and corruption prevail. There is little compromise and solidarity. What causes the current divisive and hostile political climate? Is there a way forward? Is it possible to work together in politics and society at large for the common good, in a spirit of unity? Join us as we talk with London based writer and freelance journalist Patricia Pitchon. Author of the book, Searching for Maitreya.


Show #173 – People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival  October 3, 2019

Guest: Leslie Boyd. Leslie was a career journalist covering social justice issues when her son died from lack of access to health care. She left journalism to fight for health care access and became active in the Moral Monday Movement. She is a member of the North Carolina Poor People’s Campaign coordinating committee and is organizing in the Western region of the state. The Poor People’s Campaign is a national campaign on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised people of America, calling for an end to systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy. A moral campaign based on core religious and constitutional values that demand justice for all. www.poorpeoplescampaign.org


Show #172 – History of Poverty September 26, 2019

Guest: Alice O’Connor, professor – University of California at Santa Barbara and Director of The Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development. U.S. Administration officials claim only 250,000 citizens live in extreme poverty, but a recent UN report says the number is higher at 18.5 million people, with total numbers in poverty at 40 million. Exact numbers are hard to calculate, but there’s no doubt poverty is a hardship for many, a stain on America’s conscience. Listen in as we talk to Professor O’Connor about the history of U.S. poverty and where we stand today. She is also author of Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in 20th Century US History. http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/alice-oconnor/  (previously broadcast August 26, 2018)


Show #171 – Voices for Creative Nonviolence September 19, 2019

“Nonviolent action in solidarity with those in the crosshairs of U.S. war-making cannot be a single day event; we make a commitment and act upon it every day of our lives.” Our guest: Kathy Kelly is from Voices for Creative Nonviolence, an organization whose members have led over 70 delegations to Iraq to challenge economic sanctions imposed on Iraq by other countries. They have also have had delegations travel to Afghanistan to meet with and learn from nonviolent grassroots movements and have worked to raise awareness about the negative impacts of U.S. militarism. www.vcnv.org


Show #170 – Overthrowing Venezuela – Orchestrating a coup for oil September 12, 2019

The U.S. government says their efforts to overthrow Chavez and Maduro are for the purpose of advancing democracy and human rights in Venezuela. True? Not according to our guest, Dan Kovalik. U.S. interests have always been about one thing – oil. And what the U.S. and opposition resent most is Chavez and Maduro govern in the interest of the Venezuela’s poor. Dan is an author of The Plot to The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of      Elections Around the World and his 2019 book, The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the US Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil. Dan teaches International Human Rights at the Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Law. www.law.pitt.edu/people/daniel-kovalik


Show #169 – International Day of Peace: Climate Action for Peace September 5, 2019

Guests: Rachael Bliss from WNC 4Peace; Said Abdallah, Peacemaker of the year 2019 and a founder and leader with the Asheville chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. Peace Day is 37 years old this year. Originally started by the United Nations as “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says this years theme, Climate Action for Peace, reflects the concern that peace faces a new danger, the climate emergency. Listen in as our guests talk about this concern and the plans in place for the Asheville community to recognize Peace Day. www.facebook.com/groups/wnc4peace


Show #168 – Thoughts on Unity: wholeness and the end of suffering  August 29, 2019

Guest: Todd Lorentz – philosopher, therapist and writer. Why are we disconnected – from others, from nature, from our true self, from our source? This state has led to much suffering and desperation, individually and collectively. The world crisis reflects this state. What can be done? Is there hope? Todd speaks about the illusions of life and living; how it can change, will change, if humanity is to save itself and the planet. He has authored several books: Nagarjuna, Nondualism and the Nature of Nothing; Essays on Nonduality; Thoughts on Unity – wholeness and the end of suffering; and his 2019 book, Sounds of Emptiness.


Show #167 – Feeding America and the problem of Hunger in America August 22, 2019

41 million Americans suffer from hunger. They skip meals, eat less at meals, or if they’re parents they feed their kids but not themselves. It’s a persistent crisis and Feeding America has been working 35 years to help people through it. In 2018 the Feeding America Network distributed 3.6 billion meals to people in need. This week we’re talking about hunger and food insecurity with Zuani Villarreal, Director of Communication at Feeding America. www.feedingamerica.org


Show #166 – Save the Children and their work in global education August 15, 2019

Worldwide, 260 million children are not in school. Since 1911, Save the Children, the 1st global charity for children, has worked to improve the lives of children, including through education. Through Early Child Care and Development, Basic Education for school-age kids, or the Education in Emergencies program Save the Children has reached millions of children preparing them for a better future. Join us as we speak with our guest Carol da Silva about the status of education for children in the developing world and the work of Save the Children. Carol is Senior Advisor for Basic Education at Save the Children. www.savethechildren.org


Show #165 – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – a personal perspective August 8, 2019

This week on A Better World radio show we have Bill and Jackie Carden. Bill, 71, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, in January 2018. This was after a 22 year military career and then a corporate career (veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS). ALS affects 16,000 people in the U.S. and 450,000 people worldwide. There is no cure and the average life span is 3 years after diagnosis. ALS presents the affected person and their families a challenge few of us have to face. Bill and Jackie talk about ALS’s impact and what it has meant for them. www.alsa.org


Show #164 – The Opioid Crisis in Buncombe County – August 1, 2019 

A re-broadcast of our December 13, 2018 broadcast. Guests: Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams; Blake Fagan, MD, Assistant Director, Family Medicine Residency Program at MAHEC Family Health Center.The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid crisis. One hundred and thirty people died every day from opioid overdoses in 2016 – 2017 in the U.S. North Carolina had 1,384 deaths. In Buncombe County, NC for the first 8 months of 2017, 230 people experienced an opioid overdose, an 84% increase over the same time in 2016. Join in and listen to two local Buncombe County leaders discuss this crisis and what is being done to change its course. www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/communications/campaigns/closer.aspx


Show #163 – Meditation, Yoga and Addiction Recovery July 25, 2019

19.7 million adults in the U.S. had a substance use disorder in 2017. While there are various methods being used to help these people, programs are more and more focusing on a ‘whole person’ approach, including meditation and yoga. If you know someone with an addiction issue, listen to our interview with Margaret Kirschner and Eddie LeShure, both substance abuse counselors, and yoga and meditation practitioners and teachers that have worked successfully for years to help people in recovery. As founders of A Mindful Emergence, they offer programs for individuals in recovery from addiction, trauma, and major life stressors. www.amindfulemergence.com


Show #162 – Tragedy and Compassion in the Arizona Desert – the work of Tucson Samaritans July 18, 2019

79 people have died this year in the desert south of Tucson. Despite dangers of dehydration, heat stroke, hypothermia and death, children, women and men continue to cross the border seeking a better life. For 17 years, Tucson Samaritans has been a presence of compassion, providing humanitarian aid to distressed migrants in the Tucson Sector of the Arizona/Mexico border. Our guests Ed McCullough and Maria Ochoa talk about the work of Samaritans. www.tucsonsamaritans.org


Show #161 – Homeward Bound and the fight against homelessness July 11, 2019

500 people experience homelessness on any given night in our region. 45% are veterans. 7% are children. Domestic violence, medical emergencies, divorce, mental illness, job loss – events that can lead to homelessness, for any of us. Guests Eleanor Ashton and Emily Ball from Homeward Bound talk about this ongoing problem and what HB is doing to end it – a problem most U.S. communities are facing. www.homewardboundwnc.org


Show #160 – A music show for and about refugees and immigrants July 4, 2019

Join us for a special show this week, a music show about refugees and immigrants. The U.S. is a country founded by immigrants. So on this July 4 birthday we thought it is time to pay homage with songs like Immigration Blues, Migra, A Safe Place to Land, Matamoros Banks, Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall, New World, Immigration Man, and more.


Show #159 – Haiti and the struggles of the Haitian people June 27, 2019

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and the 16th poorest country in the world. 6 million Haitians, out of about 11 million total population, live below the poverty line. What has led to it being such a poor country? Our guest is Cécile Accilien, Director of the Institute of Haitian Studies and Professor and Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. Originally from Haiti, Cecile knows the struggles of the Haitian people. Listen in and hear her thoughts about what it will take to lift Haiti out of its seemingly endless life of hardship. www.haitianstudies.ku.edu


Show #158 – Dr. Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life June 20, 2019

A rebroadcast of our December 20, 2018 interview with Dr. Raymond Moody. His first book, Life After Life,  explores the question, does life continue after death? “That heart-felt question haunts all of us and has existed in every civilization throughout time. The need to know about life after death is embedded in our very nature.” Since the publication of Life After Life, Dr. Moody has written six more books including his autobiography, published in 2013. Learn more about Dr. Moody’s work in helping humanity come to grips with death and what comes afterwards. www.lifeafterlife.com and www.theuniversityofheaven.com


Show #157 – Lives given in service: Protecting the Brazilian rainforest and the rights of the poor June 13, 2019

Guest: Siste​r Nancy Schramm, OSF, Diocese of Joilet, Illinois; Board President U.S. Catholic Mission Association. For 32 years Sr. Nancy served as a missionary in the Brazilian rainforest. In addition to her work for the Diocese, she now lectures widely on Creation Care, climate change, deforestation and the impact of the life of Sr. Dorothy Stang, a nun who was assassinated in 2005 while working to defend the rights of the poor in the Amazon.


Show #156 – Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women’s Work June 6, 2019

Guest: Jenny Brown, women’s rights activist and author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women’s Work. There is a struggle going on over women’s reproductive labor. One side, elite policymakers, want an expanding workforce reared with a minimum of cost to employers. The other side, women, are refusing to produce children at levels desired and needed by economic planners. With little access to childcare, family leave, health care, and insufficient support, U.S. women are conducting a spontaneous birth strike – a strike with important implications for our ongoing economic system. Listen is for a lively and informative conversation with Jenny Brown. www.birthstrike.org


Show #155 – Trust Your Doctor. . . but Not That Much May 30, 2019

Guest: Reina Weiner, author of Trust Your Doctor. . . but Not That Much and a Patient Advocacy Coach, a former National Oncology Trainer and Nursing Instructor. She is presently a cancer patient in remission. If you’re unsure about how to navigate your way through medical professionals when you’re in need of medical care and treatment, Reina’s been there – done that. She offers her years of experience to people in need of guidance. www.reinaweiner.com


Show #154 – Sea Shepherd – saving habitat and wildlife in the world’s oceans May 23, 2019

Guest: Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd. Described as “the world’s most aggressive, most determined, most active and most effective defender of wildlife” Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd, was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century. Listen in as Paul talks about how Sea Shepherd staff and volunteers for over 40 years have been working around the world to save the lives of countless dolphins, seals, whales, fish, and other sea life and save the oceans from destruction. www.seashepherd.org


Show #153 – Darwin Animal Doctors – saving animals and ecosystems around the world May 16, 2019

Guest: Tod Emko. The Galapagos Islands are a fascinating place, but under great stress due to tourism and growth, and until 2010 they were under stress due to the lack of veterinarian services. That’s where our guest Tod Emko comes in. Tod is founder of Darwin Animal Doctors and co-creator of A Piggy’s Tale, the adventure tales of a 3-legged super dog. Piggy visits hospitals and schools for special needs children and is the inspiration behind the founding of Darwin Animal Doctors, which runs free veterinary clinics and humane education programs in the Galapagos Islands and in other countries around the world. www.darwinanimaldoctors.org; www.piggytale.com


Show #152 – Carolina Jews for Justice May 9, 2019 

Guests : Judy Leavitt, Board President and Frank Goldsmith, Board Member from Carolina Jews for Justice (CJJ). Listen to Judy and Frank talk about the Torah’s guiding principles in the work of CJJ: to influence local and state polices and encourage individuals and Jewish institutions to take a stand on important community issues related to social justice for the individual and society – to create positive change for the environment, in voting rights, in tolerance and respect for diversity, and with public education. www.carolinajewsforjustice.org


Show #151 – Tools to Change the World May 2, 2019 

Guest: Mirra Price, co-author of Tools to Change the World; Roar Bjonnes, a local Prout representative. Based on Progressive Utilization Theory (Prout), Tools to Change the World is a manual to help release the activist’s ability to build collective power and create positive change. A show for those of us who want to know how to get active to help make our world a better place.  www.proutwomen.org/2019/01/tools-to-change-the-world-new-study-guide/


Show #150 – Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption April 25, 2019

Guest: Walidah Imarisha, author of Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption.  Join us as Walidah wpeaks about her relationship journey with inmates Kakamia and Jimmy McElroy as they explore the questions of crime and what society can do in its aftermath? What does the face of redemption look like? She talks about the lives of people caught up within, and often destroyed by, the criminal justice system – and how change is necessary. www.walidah.com


Show #149 – Immigrants and immigration – truth vs. fiction April 18, 2019

Guest: George Pappas, Esq. Immigration attorney. Confused by politician’s rhetoric? Listen as George Pappas talks about the role of U.S. foreign policy in causing the refugee crisis; refugee asylum rights; what many call a broken immigration system. whether or not immigrants drain our tax base, and more. George is Affiliated with The National Committee for Refugees and Immigrant Children and is a fervent advocate for helping clients achieve freedom and realize their potential. www.libertyimmigrationusa.com


Show #148 – War Against The People Israel – April 11, 2019

Guest: Jeff Halper. Jeff is an American-born anthropologist,  author, lecturer, and political activist who has lived in Israel since 1973. He is a co-founder of The People Yes! Network (TPYN) and the former Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). Jeff is a  frequent writer and speaker on the subject of nonviolent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  His latest book is War Against The People Israel, The Palestinians and Global Pacification. He was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee. www.icahd.org; www.tpyn.org


Show #147 – Sunrise Movement – working to stop climate change – April 4, 2019

Guest: Sam Taylor of the Sunrise Movement. If you’ve heard of the Green New Deal, you’ve probably heard of the Sunrise Movement – a growing army of dedicated young people working to stop climate change and create good jobs in the process. “Everyone has a role to play. Public opinion is already with us — if we unite by the millions, we can turn this into political power and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.www.sunrisemovement.org


Show #146 – Christian Zionism and the search for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis – March 28, 2019

Donald Trump announces the U.S. should recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Benjamin Netanyahu visits Trump in Washington. Most Americans are unaware of the influence Christian Zionists have on American foreign policy decisions regarding Palestine and Israel. Christian Zionists have been a major supporter for what the Israeli government has been able to do to the Palestinian people.  Join us for a re-broadcast of Rev. Donald Wagner speaking on Christian Zionism, author of  Anxious for Armageddon and Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land and former National Program Director of Friends of Sabeel-North America. www.fosna.org


Show #145 – Share The World’s Resources – meeting the basic needs of all people – March 21, 2019

Guest: Adam Parsons from STWR. Our world is in the grip of an economic system that sees an ever-increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots. The London based organization, STWR, is campaigning for change – a call for economic sharing that embodies the need for justice, human rights and environmental stewardship – a call to meet the common needs of all people. “We have two broad objective: to raise awareness of the critical need for nations to share global resources and implement an international emergency relief programme, and secondly, to campaign for a united people’s voice that speaks on behalf of the least advantaged members of the human family…” www.sharing.org


Show #144 – Plight of the Refugees – March 14, 2019

Guest: Patricia Pitchon – a writer and freelance journalist based in London. Patricia is a licensed psychotherapist and has served as administrator of a refugee committee and as a refugee clinic psychotherapist in London. She also broadcasts over the radio on programs in South America, primarily in Colombia and Argentina. Join us as we talk about the world-wide refugee crisis, Patricia’s experience working with refugees, the right approach to solve this crisis, and the relevance of the ageless wisdom teachings. Patricia is also author of Searching for Maitreya. www.unhcr.org/en-us/


Show #143 – Greenpeace: climate change and activism to stop the tar sands pipelines – March 7, 2019

Guest: Rye Butler from Greenpeace. For over 40 years Greenpeace has been working to save earth and its people from the threat of climate change, destruction of forests, deterioration of the oceans, and the threat of a nuclear disaster. Listen in as Rye Butler talks about the efforts of Greenpeace to make a positive difference in the fight against climate change and their activism to stop the tar sands pipelines. ” Greenpeace challenges the systems of power and privilege that destroy the environment and place disproportionate burdens on vulnerable communities.” www.greenpeace.org/usa/


Show #142 – Affirmations of a Dissenter – February 28, 2019

Guest: Bishop C. Joseph Sprague, ordained United Methodist minister and former Bishop of the Chicago Episcopal Area and the Northern Illinois Conference. He is the author of Affirmations of a Dissenter. Recipient of AFSC Courage of Conviction Award, the Rainbow Push Civil Rights/Peace Award and the William Sloane Coffin Award for Justice and Peace. He is also a dissenter from key Christian ideas, such as the atonement, virgin birth, that Christianity is the only religion for God’s revelations. As Rev. Sprague once said,“I worry more about my own cowardice than I worry about what people think of me.”


Show #141 – Live Well Die Well – February 21, 2019

Guest: Kimberly Paul, host of the Death by Design podcast. Author of Bridging the Gap – Life Lessons From the Dying. Kimberly is on a nationwide tour connecting with people and sharing how she learned to live life boldly at the bedside of the dying. Listen as Kimberly shares her experiences with hospice patients and the lessons about living that she learned. Death and dying can be changed into the ultimate gift of connection with family and friends. www.deathbydesign.com


Show #140 – The Crisis in Yemen – February 14, 2019

Guest: Charles Schmitz, Chair, Department of Geography & Environmental Planning at Towson University and  Vice President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies. Even though it is largely absent from our national news, the tragic situation continues for the Yemeni people.5 6,000 people have been killed in the Yemeni conflict since 2016. 85,000 children have starved to death. 14 million people are at risk of famine. What’s behind this little-talked-about conflict and what can be done to stop it? www.aiys.org


Show #139 – The Origins of Fascism in the United States – February 7, 2019

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” Our guest, Michael Roberto, probably knows this better than most. His new book, The Coming of the American Behemoth – The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920-1940, explores the face of fascism in the U.S.. According to Michael, fascism never came to power in the U.S. during the interwar period (between WW1 and WWII), but fascist processes have now coalesced into a clear fascist trajectory.


Show #138 – Rastafari, Social Justice and Cooperative Economics – January 31, 2019

Our guest is Bobby Sullivan, author of Revolutionary Threads – Rastafari, Social Justice and Cooperative Economics, discussesthe emergence of Rastafari as a positive force for change and the impact of Rastafari on his life. We talk about the inspiration he has received that has motivated him to work on issues of social justice, a political prisoner support network, Rasta prison ministry and in the field of cooperative economics.  https://www.facebook.com/bobby.sullivan.1029


Show #137 – Re-broadcast of Factory Farming from June 14, 2018 – January 24, 2019

Guests: Kenny Torrella from Mercy For Animals; Erica Meier from Compassion Over Killing. If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” – Paul McCartney. But most of us don’t know what goes on behind those walls. Mercy for Animals and Compassion Over Killing are two organizations changing that. Both are working to inform us about what really happens to animals caught up in factory farming. They also seek to prevent farm animal cruelty and promote compassionate food choices. Join us for two separate interviews. Hear their stories. Learn about the plight of the animals we love to eat. www.mercyforanimals.org; www.cok.net


Show #136 – Francisco Ferrer and the founding of the Modern School – January 17, 2019

Francisco Ferrer – Anarchist revolutionary or freethinking educational innovator? We talk with Dartmouth lecturer, editor and author, Mark Bray, about his new book – Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. Ferrer was founder of the antiauthoritarian primary and secondary Modern School in Spain, inspiring such figures as Upton Sinclair and Jack London. His  execution by Spanish authorities spurred worldwide protests and initiated an rationalist educational initiative lasting decades. www.markmbray.wordpress.com/about/


Show #135 – God’s Diner – January 10, 2019

“No longer is color or status or size a way to divide us when seen through God’s eyes.” – A point emphasized by  Rebecca Lile in her first book for children – God’s Diner, which one reviewer says has, “Amazing lessons for all ages.” We talk to Rebecca, a counselor, diaconal minister, life coach and educator about her life path and what she hopes her book will accomplish in the hands of readers. A book about acceptance and living together in a world of diversity. As Rebecca says, “No child should ever have to wonder if they are loved.” www.rebeccalile.com


Show #134 – Music from A Better World – January 3, 2019

We take a listen to some of the best music played during the airing of A Better World in 2018. Tunes range from ones about saving the environment to songs about peace and war, songs about hunger and poverty, incarceration, animal rights, drug addiction, Palestine and songs about spirituality. A heartfelt thanks to all our guests (and the musicians whose songs we played) whose concern for our world served to inform and inspire us.


Show #133 – Finding Peace in an uncertain world – December 27, 2018

Guest: Scott Brown. Author of Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World. At a time when violence seems to be the order of the day, both in the U.S. and around the world, it’s good to hear a perspective from someone who has been working for peace. During this holiday season we offer this re-broadcast of an earlier interview with Scott Brown. Scott has spent his life being of service to others and offers a pragmatic message of how to make and live peace in a world ravaged by violence. www.4activepeace.com


Show #132 – Life After Life -December 20, 2018

Our guest is Dr. Raymond Moody. His first book, Life After Life,  sold 13 million copies, and explores the question, does life continue after death? “That heart-felt question haunts all of us and has existed in every civilization throughout time. The need to know about life after death is embedded in our very nature.” Since the publication of Life After Life, Dr. Moody has written six more books including his autobiography, published in 2013.  Join us for this inspiring interview and learn more about Dr. Moody’s work in helping humanity come to grips with death and what comes afterwards. www.lifeafterlife.com and www.theuniversityofheaven.com


Show #131 – The Opioid Crisis in Buncombe County -December 13, 2018


The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid crisis. One hundred and thirty people died every day from opioid overdoses in 2016 – 2017 in the U.S. North Carolina had 1,384 deaths. In Buncombe County, NC for the first 8 months of 2017, 230 people experienced an opioid overdose, an 84% increase over the same time in 2016. The crisis is not abating. Join in and listen to two local Buncombe County leaders discuss this crisis and what is being done to change its course. www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/communications/campaigns/closer.aspx


Show #130 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina -December 6, 2018

Guest: Robin Myer, Executive Director and Stephen Lyda, BBBS volunteer. 22 million children in the U.S. live with a single parent. Many of these children can benefit by having long-term relationships with another adult who believes in them and sees their potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of WNC has provided this relationship to 14,000 kids. History shows mentors serve as a role model, help kids achieve academic improvement, provide growth in self-confidence, support for development of life skills and building of higher life aspirations. www.bbbswnc.org


Show #129 – Overcoming the fear of death – November 29 2018

Guest:  Kelvin Chin, Founder of the Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation.  A Man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”- Mark Twain.  We are plagued by the fear of death. We know this, but feel helpless in the face of it. Kelvin Chin says he knows what to do and has years of experience helping people to overcome this fear. Whether it’s helping a person explore their fear, training caregivers, or supporting a grieving person, Kelvin sees death and fear as an opportunity to learn about ourselves and free ourselves to lead happier, more productive lives. www.overcomingthefearofdeath.org


Show #128 – Re-broadcast of Hunger in WNC and the work of Manna Foodbank from August 30, 2018 – November 22, 2018


Show #127 – A Spiritual Perspective on Drug Addiction: Its Causes and Solutions – November 15, 2018

Guest: Dick Larson, a retired California Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Internationally Certified Drug Counselor. Drug addiction in the U.S. is at epidemic proportions. In 2014 there were 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) with a substance use disorder. Recent federal legislation aimed at the opioid crisis highlights the problem faced by many. Join us as we talk with Dick Larsen about his work with people suffering with addiction, his spiritual perspective on both addiction and the social and economic changes we’re facing on a global scale.


Show #126 – Reclaiming Armistice Day – November 8, 2018

Guests:  Gerry Werham and Ken Ashe, Veterans for Peace. “So take away the gun, From every mother’s son, And put an end to war.” – Al Jolson. Originally recognized after World War I, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day after the Korean War,  and as many veterans see it, to a day honoring patriotism and war. Knowing  the inhumanity of war, veterans are calling for a return to the spirit of Armistice Day – a desire to unite for peace. Listen in to guests as we talk about the history of Armistice Day and how it was changed in the 1950s to Veterans Day. Find out why it is an important day and what it means for our nation. www.http://vfp099.org


Show #125 – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): Doctors without Borders – November 1, 2018

Guest:  Jose Ruiz, Logistician withMédecins Sans Frontières.“Compassion knows no boundaries.” Whether it’s working in a war-torn part of the world like Syria or Afghanistan, or working to save lives after the Haitian earthquake of 2010, MSF works tirelessly for those in need of health care. Since 1971 MSF staff have treated tens of millions of people in fulfilling their mission to alleviate suffering, protect life and health, and to restore respect for human beings and their fundamental human rights. Join us as we hear from Jose Ruiz about this organization that has done so much for humanity. www.doctorswithoutborders.org


Show #124 – Christian Zionism and the search for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis – October 25, 2018

Guest: Rev. Dr. Donald E. Wagner, author of  Anxious for Armageddon and Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land. Most Americans are unaware of the great influence Christian Zionists have on American foreign policy decisions regarding Palestine and Israel. Tied in with their view of Armageddon and the path of salvation, Christian Zionists have been a major supporter for what the Israeli government has been able to do to the Palestinian people. Join us as Donald Wagner, former National Program Director of Friends of Sabeel-North America, talks about Christian Zionists and the search for peace and justice for the Palestinians and the Israeli people. www.fosna.org


Show #123 – Oceans under siege – October 18, 2018

Guest: Janis Searles Jones, Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Conservancy. Our oceans are under siege – from the 8 billion tons of plastic released into the oceans yearly, to climate change and carbon pollution that is warming and causing acidification, to over-fishing which has decimated fish species. The oceans need our help. Since 1972, the Ocean Conservancy has been working tirelessly to bring the oceans back to health and help the species who depend on it for life, both animal and human. Listen in as Janis Jones talks about the state of our oceans and offers hope that the oceans can be saved. www.oceanconservancy.org


Show #122 – The November Midterm Elections – October 11, 2018

Guests: Trena Parker Velez, Director of Elections and Jennifer Sparks, Election Information Specialist, for Buncombe County Election Services. “Voting is a civic sacrament.”-Theodore Hesburgh. Elections are a time for us to choose the direction we want to go in as a society. Trena Parker Velez and Jennifer Sparks talk about the upcoming election preparations, security of elections and what it takes to ensure a successful election process. If you plan to vote in November, you don’t want to miss this important conversation. www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election


Show #121 – Criminalization of the poor – October 4, 2018

     Guests: Professor Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center; C. Daniel Bowes, North Carolina Justice Center. “Poverty… is too often treated as a criminal offense.”-Karen Dolan. Incarceration isn’t a pleasant experience for anyone, poor or rich. But if you’re living in poverty, the situation is compounded. Being victim of a judicial system primarily interested in punishment, your inability to pay fines or keep employment can mean the barriers to getting your life back on track are insurmountable. In separate interviews our guests discuss how criminalization of the poor got started and what is being done to change the situation. www.law.georgetown.edu/poverty-inequality-center; www.ncjustice.org


Show #120 – Oil spills, the environment and restoration claims against responsible companies – September 27, 2018

Guest: Roger Helm, PhD, former senior scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In March 1989 the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska. 10.8 million gallons of oil was lost into the environment. In April 2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster left 11 people dead and emptied 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. No doubt, oil spills are tragic for the environment. Roger Helm knows firsthand. He was involved in assessing the impact of these oil spills and pursued claims against responsible companies following the Exxon Valdez accident and BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Hear an update and learn how U.S., state and tribal governments responded when there were oil spills.


Show #119 – The International Day of Peace – September 19, 2018

Guests: Rachel Bliss, WNC 4 Peace; Peace Day Committtee’s 2018 Peacemakers of the Year, Palestine-born Yousef Natsha and Rachel Joy. September 21st is the International Day of Peace.  This year’s theme, “The Right to Peace,” celebrates a special birthday – the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Listen in as our guests discuss the need to work for peace and what it means to be selected as Peacemaker of the Year. www.facebook.com/groups/wnc4peace


Show #118 – The Affordable Housing Crisis – September 13, 2018

Guests:  Rachael Nygaard, Director of Strategic Partnerships; Nathan Pennington, Planning Director and Kassi Day, Communications Coordinator for Buncombe County Government. Author Matthew Desmond wrote, “Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country.” People, especially the poor, are struggling to find affordable housing. Desirable areas like Asheville and Buncombe County are having a difficult time. Wages have not kept up with living costs. This and other issues present an insurmountable barrier to housing for many people locally and around the country. Listen in to find out how the government of Buncombe County and its partners are working to address this pressing issue.  https://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/Planning/Housing.aspx;  https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/commissioners/strategic-priorities/Affordable-Housing.pdf


Show #117 – Remembering Stan Brock and his extraordinary life of service – September 6, 2018

Listeners of A Better World may know about the death on August 29, 2018 of Stan Brock. Stan was the founder of Remote Area Medical and former co-host of the late 1960s and 1970s NBC show, ‘Wild Kingdom.’ Remote Area Medical (RAM) was initially founded in 1968 to serve as a safety net provider of free medical care in remote areas of developing countries, but it wasn’t long before Brock began receiving requests to operate medical clinics in the United States. Today, more than 740,000 people have received free care from 960 of Brock’s RAM expeditions. RAM still operates a free, year-round, air ambulance program in Guyana, providing emergency medical transportation to villagers in need of immediate health care services. Brock was recognized as a CNN Hero in 2012, and in 2017 the Lions Club International Foundation recognized him with the Lions International Humanitarian Award. In recognition of his life of service we share this encore airing of a January 2018 interview with Stan Brock.


Show #116 – Hunger in Western North Carolina and the work of Manna Foodbank – August 30, 2018

Guests: Hannah Randall, Chief Executive Officer and Kara Irani,  Director of Marketing & Communications. Many of us don’t know what it means to be hungry. But many of us find it a daily experience. Education is the first step to understanding what it’s like for the many people in our community who go hungry. In Western North Carolina, 108,000 people lack consistent access to regular meals. One out of four children lives with food insecurity. Listen in to get an update about out how MANNA is working to help, amidst an ever growing need. And learn about Hunger Action Month, which takes place nationally each September. www.mannafoodbank.org


Show #115 – Building Bridges, Going Beyond Racism – August 23, 2018

Guests: Gerry Leonard, Board Co-Chair and David Greenson from Building Bridges. Today we listen to a re-broadcast of Building Bridges which is a Western North Carolina program working to fight racism through fostering better relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding and encourage action. www.bbavl.org


Show #114 – The History of Poverty in the U.S. and Where We Are Today – August 16, 2018

Guest: Alice O’Connor, professor – University of California at Santa Barbara and Director of The Blum Center for Global Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development. U.S. Administration officials claim only 250,000 citizens live in extreme poverty, but a recent UN report says the number is higher at 18.5 million people, with total numbers in poverty at 40 million. Exact numbers are hard to calculate, but there’s no doubt poverty is a hardship for many, a stain on America’s conscience. Listen in as we talk to Professor O’Connor about the history of U.S. poverty and where we stand today. She is also author of Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in 20th Century US History. http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/alice-oconnor/


Show #113 – Saving The Elephants and World Elephant Day- August 9, 2018

Guests: Jan Vertefeuille from the World Wildlife Fund and Joy Owens from The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN. The U.S. Interior Department announced in April it was lifting a ban on importing wild elephant trophies. But big game hunting is not the greatest threat to elephants. The illegal ivory trade causes the death of 20,000 African elephants yearly. Find out how the World Wildlife Fund is working on this issue and other elephant threats. And learn about The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, TN and the elephants who are given a home to live out their years in peace. World Elephant Day is August 12th. www.worldwildlife.org/species/elephant; www.elephants.com


Show #112 – Democratic Socialists of America – August 2, 2018

Guests: Noah Hall and Sky Wismer, co-chairs of Asheville Democratic Socialists of America. DSA is an organization for the people, with the belief that society should be democratically run and that the economy should meet human need – not put profits in the hands of the few. An activist and political organization, DSA uses legislative efforts and direct action to empower working people and bring about a more equitable society for all. The interview looks at the philosophy of DSA, its relevance for the people of the United States and the work of the Asheville chapter. www.avldsa.org


Show #111 – Diversity education for a better and peaceful world – July 26, 2018

Guest: Deborah Miles, Founder of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education. Deborah Miles is founder of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education and recently named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the NC governor. Many people are calling for exclusion and supremacy of one race or culture over others. Deborah believes in the opposite. She and others have been working to bring diversity education about inclusion and equity to communities, schools and organizations throughout Western North Carolina. She says it’s part of what we need to foster peace in our world. www.diversityed.unca.edu


Show #110 – July 19, 2018. Re-broadcast of Palestinian/Jewish Egalitarian Team – October 12, 2017


Show #109 – Southern Poverty Law Center – July 12, 2018

Guest: Sam Brooke, Deputy Legal Director, Economic Justice Project. Since 1971 the Southern Poverty Law Center has been dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Seeking to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement is a reality for all, SPLC monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S.;  reaches today’s youth through their Teaching Tolerance project; seeks  justice for victims of bigotry and discrimination. www.splcenter.org


Show #108 – July 5, 2018. Re-broadcast of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic from February 15, 2018 


Show #107 – Buncombe County Reentry Resources Hub – June 28, 2018

Guests: Christiana Tugman and Eric Jackson. 640,000 people are released from prison each year, people who will try to make a way for themselves – find a job, renew family relationships, assimilate into society. But society doesn’t make it easy. People do the time, but they still pay for the crime – for years after being released.  Reentry Resource Hub is working to make a difference. Learn the facts and myths surrounding re-entry; work of the Re-entry Hub; the Code for America. www.buncombereentryhub.org


Show #106 – Down syndrome WNC Down Syndrome Alliance – June 21, 2018

Guests: Guests: Alice Miller, past President WNC Down Syndrome Alliance; Aubrey Greene, an 18- year old Down syndrome student; Aubrey’s mother Melissa Greene. Every year, nearly 6,000 children are born with Down syndrome in the United States. Educational programs, a stimulating home environment, health care and positive support from family, friends and community make it possible for people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives. Contrary to what many people think, they are successful at school, they work, participate in decisions affecting their lives, have meaningful relationships, vote and contribute to society in many amazing ways. www.wncdsa.org


Show #105 – Factory Farming – June 14, 2018

Guests: Kenny Torrella from Mercy For Animals; Erica Meier from Compassion Over Killing. If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” – Paul McCartney. But most of us don’t know what goes on behind those walls. Mercy for Animals and Compassion Over Killing are two organizations changing that. Both are working to inform us about what really happens to animals caught up in factory farming. They also seek to prevent farm animal cruelty and promote compassionate food choices. Join us for two separate interviews. Hear their stories. Learn about the plight of the animals we love to eat. www.mercyforanimals.org; www.cok.net


Show #104 – Reconstructing Christianity – June 7, 2018

Guest: Brian Mclaren, author, speaker and activist. Brian is a passionate advocate for a new kind of Christianity – working with people of all faiths for the common good. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program’s Faith Working Group. Brian is the author of 15 books, including A New Kind of ChristianityWhy did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road; and recently, The Great Spiritual Migration – How the World’s Largest Religion is Seeking A Better Way to Be Christian. www.brianmclaren.net


Show #102 – VeganFest and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue – May 31, 2018 

Guests: Caitlin Campbell  Community Outreach Manager and Courtney Zurcher, Marketing Director of Save the Animals, Save the Earth Campaign. Asheville VeganFest is hosted by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, the largest no-kill shelter in North Carolina. Learn about the VeganFest schedule: latest vegan issues, panel discussions, youth activists, food revolution, social media and workplace activism. Find out about Brother Wolf, whose vision is a world that embraces a core ethic of uncompromised compassion. www.bwar.org


Show #101 – Dogwood Alliance – May 24, 2018

Guest: Danna Smith, Executive Director. Forests in the Southern U.S. are being destroyed. Lumber, paper and biomass industry needs prevail. Logging rates are four times greater than in South American rainforests. Government and industry say logging is a climate solution. Yet, climate change continues. Communities who sale their land to industry end up with empty promises, a degraded infrastructure and limited resources. Tune in to hear how the Dogwood Alliance is working to change this situation. www.dogwoodalliance.org


Show #100 – Humanity: A Time of Transition – May 17, 2018

Guest: Graham Peebles. Which will win out, the neo-liberalism values of ambition, greed, and social division, or perennial values of tolerance, cooperation and harmony? Graham talks about the choices facing humanity – the choice of sharing and justice and a world at peace or the choice of continuing conflict and deprivation. The future is up to humanity. Graham is an British writer, artist and director of The Create Trust, an NGO he founded in 2006. He has written for Nation of Change, CounterPunch, Truthout, and other outlets. He is a  long time student of the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, and eastern philosophy. www.grahampeebles.org


Show #99 – Mother’s Day For Peace – May 10, 2018

Guests: Rachael Bliss, representing Veterans For Peace and WNC 4 Peace and Patti Best. Patti lost one of her son’s to suicide, another son lives with a disability. Both served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffered from PTSD. Patti is now working to warn families about the dangers of sending their kids to war. A moving and heartfelt interview with two women working for peace. “We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.” – Julia Ward Howe, 1870  www.facebook.com/groups/wnc4peace/permalink/755357511257728


Show #98 – Maranatha Volunteers International – May 3, 2018

Guest: Kenneth Weiss, Executive Vice President. Maranatha is a non-profit, Christian organization building schools and churches around the world – in more than 80 countries since 1969. Where children often attend school in dilapidated structures and people worship in sheds or under trees, the provision of a church or school often becomes a center of outreach for a community. Maranatha has also collaborated to fund and drill more than 700 wells in Mozambique over a period of three years. www.maranatha.org


Show #97 – United Religions Initiative – April 26, 2018

Guest: Bishop William Swing, President and Founder. Conflict between religions is long-standing, especially among the religious hierarchy. Remaining within their silos, unable to work together with leaders of other faiths. The United Religions Initiative (URI) works to bridge that gap. Hear former Episcopal Bishop, William Swing, talk about the URI mission and how it is working for peace and justice by engaging everyday people of different faiths to bridge cultural and religious differences – working together for the good of their communities and the world. www.uri.org


Show #96 – Climate Change – A Disaster and the Answers- April 19, 2018

Guest: Roger Helm, PhD. Earth Day has celebrated its 48th birthday. To mark that milestone we speak about the most important issue facing our environment – Climate Change and the solutions for it. Roger Helm has a doctorate degree in biological ecology from UC Davis. As a senior scientist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he led environmental contamination assessments in the U.S. and internationally and has written peer review scientific papers on global climate change. www.ucsusa.org; www.ipcc.ch; www.globalchange.gov


Show #95 – Hebron – A film by Yousef Natsha – April 12, 2018

A conversation with Palestinian filmmaker Yousef Natsha. Recent events in Gaza have told the world again of the tragic situation existing between Palestinians and Israeli government, a situation not restricted to Gaza. For years the people of Hebron have been living under military occupation. We’ll talk about Yousef’s film, a compelling story of what it has meant for his community. As one reviewer described the film, “an unabashed perspective of an oppressed Palestinian populace.”


Show #94 – The Hunger Project – April 5, 2018

It’s not in the news, but there’s a crisis in our world. 815 million people are facing hunger. 1 in 6 Americans; 8.4 million Yemenis; 6 million South Sudanese. The list goes on. In light of this crisis we’re re-broadcasting a May 2017 interview with John Coonrod, Executive Vice President of the Hunger Project, a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. www.thp.org


Show #93 – Pax Christi International – A Worldwide Peace Movement – March 29, 2018

Guest: Marie Dennis, co-president, Pax Christi International – a Catholic peace movement of 120 organizations worldwide addressing peace, human rights, justice, reconciliation. It works to address the root causes and destructive consequences of violent conflict and war. Marie has served on the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development and authored or co-authored seven books, including Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings. She is a contributing editor to Sojourners magazine. www.paxchristi.net


Show # 92 – The struggle for common sense gun reforms: Moms Demand Action and March for Our Lives – March 22, 2018

Guests: Jean Sutton from Moms Demand Action; Elizabeth Leonard and Emily Hogan,  high school students. A state of crisis in the U.S.: Daily, 96 Americans are killed with guns. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sandy Hook, the Pulse nightclub. The list goes on. People have had enough and are seeking changes to gun laws. Along with Jean Sutton, we interview Elizabeth Leonard and Emily Hogan. These students, along with their peers, are leading the demand for common sense gun laws to keep students and other community members safe from gun violence.   www.marchforourlives.com; www.momsdemandaction.org


Show # 91 – SAFE Water Now and UN World Water Day – March 15, 2018

Guest: Tracy Hawkins, Executive Director of SAFE Water Now. Summer Smith, Development Director. Most of us take it for granted when we drink a glass of water, that it’s readily available. Not so for 2.1 billion people living without safe drinking, or 3.575 million people dying yearly from water-related disease. SAFE Water Now is working to change that by addressing unsafe drinking water in Tanzania. Tracy and Summer also talk about UN World Water Day on March 22, a day for focusing attention on the importance of water. www.safewaternow.org


Show #90 –  Honduras: A War on the People – March 8, 2018

Guest: Ken Jones. Veterans for Peace member and former professor of teacher education. Ken was part of a delegation recently returned from Honduras where they witnessed street demonstrations in response to a recent electoral coup there. Ken talks about the incredible courage of the Honduran people, especially in light of the fact that so many of their loved ones have been targets of the current government. Ken shares what his delegation saw in Honduras. We also take a look at global neoliberalism and the repression of people who try to resist.  www.commondreams.org/views/2018/02/03/accompaniment-honduras


Show # 89 – Center For End of Life Transition (CEOLT) / Carolina Memorial Sanctuary – March 1, 2018

Guests: Carolinae Yongue and Ruth Ostrenga. Dying is never easy. Our guests speak about their mission to help people during this time of suffering. Whether it’s through helping people prepare for a good death and life, or giving guidance on home funerals, or assisting with the ultimate expression of communion with nature – the green burial, Caroline and Ruth say we can still have personal choice and emotional integrity at a time that is usually full of fear and uncertainty. CEOLT.org  Carolinamemorialsanctuary.org.


Show #88 – Dr. Jeffrey Long – Near-Death Experience and the Evidence of God – February 22, 2018

Curious about the afterlife? Wonder what happens next? Does God exist? What about judgement? Listen to an inspiring interview, with Dr. Jeffrey Long, author of the 2011 New York Timesbestseller, Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences. And most recently, author of God and the Afterlife: The Groundbreaking New Evidence for God and Near-Death Experience. This provocative interview is sure to give some answers. www.nderf.org
Show #87 – Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT) – February 15, 2018

Guests: Nikki Harris, Caitlin Wyatt, Caitlin Owens. PPSAT serves 14 locations in NC, SC, VA, WV. Nationally, since 1916, Planned Parenthood: has been the leading provider of high-quality, affordable health care to women, men and young people; educating and empowering local communities; advocating for government policies, improving access to reproductive and sexual health care and education; working to advance global health with partners in Africa and Latin America for victims of war and poverty.  www.plannedparenthood.org


Show #86 – Mercy Ships – February 8, 2018

Guest: Dr. Peter Linz, International Chief Medical Officer. An inspirational story of how one organization seeks to help people in Sub-Saharan Africa who are so poor they can’t even access a doctor or hospital, people who suffer and die from conditions that are entirely treatable. Mercy Ships volunteers have sailed to Africa since 1978 providing over  89,000  free surgeries. And they work with local governments to start initiatives to train and mentor local health professionals. Their current ship, the Africa Mercy, is the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, with an onboard surgical capacity of 7,000 interventions per year. www.mercyships.org


Show #85 – Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) – February 1, 2018

Guest: Reverend Rick Schilling, Ministry Development Officer/Volunteer Director. Formed as a small partnership of area churches in 1969, ABCCM has grown to address hunger, poverty, homelessness and provide medical care for some 50,000 under-served individuals each year. Whether its organizing educational activities and religious services for incarcerated individuals, or providing help to families in crisis, or providing housing to the homeless, or helping veterans, ABCCM is committed to a faith in Christ and a demonstration of that commitment in service to the community. www.abccm.org


Show #84 – Urban Renewal and Its Impact – January 25, 2018

Guests: Patrick Bahls, professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville, UNCA student Laura Browne. There are differing opinions on the impact of urban renewal on urban communities. Supporters call it an economic benefit. Detractors call it a means of control, causing the abolition of entire neighborhoods. We also talk about the Prison Story Project and Michelle Alexander’s work – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. 

Photos and story of the East End community –http://library.digitalnc.org/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/ncmemory&CISOPTR=23532&CISOMODE=print


Show #83 – The Center for Death Penalty Litigation – January 18, 2018

Guest: Gretchen Engel, Executive Director. The Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) is a non-profit law firm in Durham that provides representation to indigent and disadvantaged individuals living on North Carolina’s death row. Since 1989 CDPL has been: helping reduce the number of executions in North Carolina; casting a light on a capital punishment system that is arbitrary and unfair; educating the public about the death penalty; spearheading litigation to change systemic injustice. www.cdpl.org


Show #82 – Remote Area Medical – January 11, 2018

Guest: Stan Brock, Founder. Emmy Award Winner Stan Brock, former star of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, is an authority on wildlife conservation and author of three books about the Amazon. Since 1985 Stan has been the driving force behind Remote Area Medical (RAM), an organization operating mobile medical clinics to provide free medical care to children, individuals, and families, (and animals) who do not have access or cannot afford a visit to a doctor. RAM has provided free care to 740,000 individuals and 67,000 animals since its founding. www.ramusa.org


Show #81 – Home of Hope India – January 4, 2018

Guest: Paul Wilkes, Founder and Executive Director. By one estimate there are 500,000 orphaned and abandoned girls living on the streets of India, many suffering from poverty, lack of education, HIV/AIDS, and sex trafficking. Working in close cooperation with the Salesian, Carmelite, and Franciscan Clarist Sisters in India, Home of Hope provides a safe place where these girls can get the love they deserve and a good education so they can go on to productive lives. To date, over 3,000 girls have found refuge in nine Homes of Hope orphanages around India. www.homeofhopeindia.org


Show #80 – A New Era is Dawning – A Message of Hope – December 28, 2017

During this holiday time, we thought listeners might enjoy a rebroadcast one of our shows from this fall.  Guests Felicity Eliot and Julian Creme, from Share International, Amsterdam, joined us to share a message of hope, to talk about the positive changes that are happening in our world. Our political, economic and social structures are changing – for the better. Eventually, life on planet earth will be characterized by justice, cooperation and unity – inspired by a group of great spiritual teachers, the Masters of Wisdom and their leader, The World Teacher, here to teach and lead humanity into a brilliant future. www.share-international.org


Show #79 – Brother Wolf Animal Rescue – December 21, 2017

For the holiday season enjoy this rebroadcast of an interview with the folks from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Caitlin Campbell, Community Outreach Manager and Audrey Lodato, Adoption Center Manager talk about the great work of animal rescuers, rescue groups and caring citizens working together to help animals in need. Founded in 2007 as a grassroots organization, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a no-kill community with the vision of a world that embraces a core ethic of uncompromised compassion. www.bwar.org


Show #78 – Veterans For Peace – December 14, 2017

Gerry Werhan and Bob Feldman from Veterans For Peace – Western North Carolina (VFP). There is probably no greater statement against war than when a person trained for war turns his/her back on it and works for peace. These are the people from VFP who educate the public about the full cost of war; act as a leading example in resisting militarism; help heal the wounds of war; help build a just and peaceful society. Much current work focuses on the war on terror, supporting veterans, closing the School of the Americas, opposing drone warfare, countering military recruitment in schools. www.vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot.com


Show #77 – Our Experience of Death – December 7, 2017

Guest: Donna Corso, author of the book, When the Wind Chimes Chime: Ending the Greatest Fear of All. Donna is a hypnotherapist and interfaith minister and has been a personal assistant to Neale Donald Walsch, author of the series, Conversations with God. Her book is a touching story about the end-of-life journey of a 7-year old boy whose choices were affected and dictated by the medical world and state law. It is a story about the emotional struggles of his family as they tried to protect the dignity of their child in his final months and days. Our conversation with Donna will look at the fears and beliefs that impact our experience of death. Is it possible to embrace death as a natural part of life? www.donnacorso.com


Show #76 – Hadaya Global and (DIS)PLACED: Life As A Tent City Refugee – November 30, 2017

Guests: Jennifer MacDonald and Vanessa Bell, co-founders of Hadaya Global and creators of the photography exhibit (DIS)PLACED: Life as a Tent City Refugee. In 2014, during a trip to the Middle East in 2014, Jennifer saw an unmet need among the refugee children. Thus, she and Vanessa started Hadaya Global to address “the overlooked needs of displaced children worldwide through creativity and play, providing them with books, developmental toys, art supplies and educational opportunities.” Jennifer and Vanessa provide an inspirational story about how they are working to make a difference in the lives of people they see as members of the one humanity. www.hadayaglobal.com


Show #75 – Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World – November 23, 2017

Guest: Scott Brown. Back in December of 2016 we had Scott Brown on the show. Scott is author of the book Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World. At a time when violence seems to be widespread, Scott has some important and wise suggestions for addressing violence in ourselves and in the world at large. In this interview Scott addresses the root cause of violence, the illusion of separateness, and the path that we can take to have the experience of true interrelatedness. Scott has spent his life being of service to others and offers a pragmatic message of how to make and live peace in a world ravaged by violence. www.4activepeace.com


Show #74 – Oxfam: a just world without poverty – November 16, 2017

Guest: Abby Maxman, President, Oxfam America. One out of three people on our planet lives in poverty. Oxfam is on a mission to end that manmade injustice. Starting in England during WWII, Oxfam initially responded to the needs of refugees in Greece. After the war Oxfam continued its work by supporting those groups who were helping the poor across Europe. Later, their support moved to distressed people in developing countries. Oxfam America started in 1970 and has had 47 years of working to end poverty throughout the world. In over 90 countries, Oxfam works to: save lives after disasters; help people overcome poverty; change laws and practices that keep people in poverty; educate the public about poverty and its underlying causes. www.oxfam.org


Show #73 – Kathy Bergen, human rights activist working for peace in Israel and Palestine – November 9, 2017

Guest: Kathy Bergen. For over 30 years, Canadian Kathy Bergen has been involved in working for justice and peace in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She has worked with the Mennonite Central Committee as its peace education worker in Jerusalem; served in Geneva as the director of the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the Question of Palestine; one of the founders of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Kathy helped found Friends of Sabeel North America, a nonprofit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. She has lived extensively in Ramallah and Jerusalem. www.fosna.org


Show #72 –  Indivisible Asheville WNC – November 2, 2017

Guests: Brenda Murphree, founder and Robin Lively Summers. Indivisible Asheville/WNC was born after the November 2016 election in response to what was seen as threats to basic democratic  values. As part of a nationwide network of groups, Indivisible Asheville/WNC saw that discrimination, loss of affordable healthcare, environmental threats and other issues could not be left unchallenged. Indivisible acts as a hub of information, resources and actions, to connect people and empower them to take action on critical issues. A non-partisan organization, Indivisible welcomes anyone who supports its mission of creating a welcoming and just world for all people. www.indivisibleavl.org


Show #71 – Helpmate – serving victims of Domestic Violence – October 26, 2017

Guests: Christy Price, Director of Outreach & Volunteer Programming and Katherine Taylor, domestic violence survivor. Helpmate is a non-profit organization working to help victims of domestic violence, women and men. It provides free and confidential services to survivors of domestic violence in Buncombe County. Having served over 2500 individuals in their last fiscal year, the Helpmate philosophy is one of empowerment and self-determination. Such services as counseling, support groups, education classes, court advocacy, emergency shelter and case management are provided free of charge. www.helpmateonline.org


Show #70 – A New Era Is Dawning – October 19, 2017

Guests: Felicity Eliot and Julian Creme, representatives from Share International, Amsterdam. According to Felicity Eliot and Julian Creme the old structures – political, economic and social are undergoing change, accompanied by much dismay and pain. Surprisingly, this change is for the better. Eventually, they say, instead of division and separation, life on planet earth will be characterized by justice, cooperation and unity. Julian and Felicity share information that in the world now, are a group of great spiritual teachers, the Masters of Wisdom. At their head is the World Teacher, here to teach and lead humanity into a brilliant future. www.share-international.org and www.info.sharenl.org


Show #69 – Palestinian/Jewish Egalitarian Team – October 12, 2017

Guests: Anne Craig, Cindy Osborne, Said Abdallah from the Palestinian/Jewish Egalitarian Team (PAJET) – is a group of activists and peacemakers dedicated to a just settlement of the ongoing conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. One of PAJET’s guiding principles is they believe Palestinians and Jews have a right to live in safety. They support all parties to the conflict working together for a political solution that is just and promotes economic cooperation, mutual prosperity, human rights, and human dignity. As Jews and Palestinians, members of PAJET “reject the religious fundamentalism, extremism, racism, and violent atrocities against innocent parties that they provoke.” www.pajetnc.org


Show #68 – Defenders of Wildlife – October 5, 2017

Guest: Tracy Davids, Southeast Program Coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife. Defenders of Wildlife was founded in 1947 and is at work on the ground, in the courts and the U.S. Capitol to “protect and restore imperiled wildlife across North America and around the world.” While they work on behalf of all species, an especially important part of their mission is the protecting of wild animals, especially large carnivores and they work tirelessly to protect species that are at risk due to illegal and legal trade. Their vision is a diverse wildlife population that are secure and thriving and sustained by a network of healthy lands and waters. www.defenders.org


Show #67 – Building Bridges – September 28, 2017

Guests: Gerry Leonard, Board Co-Chair and David Greenson from Building Bridges. Building Bridges is an important Western North Carolina program created to help “dismantle racism by fostering relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding and encourage action.” Key to the Building Bridges mission is an educational process coupled with a safe learning environment that encourages reflection and discussion. Since 1993, Building Bridges has positively affected the racism dialogue in Western North Carolina. Over 2000 people have attended the nine-week educational sessions that focus on black-and-white racism, including healthcare disparities, affordable housing, education equity, criminal justice, systemic racism and bias. www.bbavl.org


Show #66 – International Day of Peace – September 21, 2017

Guests: Rachael Bliss from WNC 4Peace; Elena Pedan, Ballerina with the Moscow Ballet; Amy Cantrell, founder of BeLoved Asheville. Each year around the world people observe the International Day of Peace as a shared commitment for all humanity to work for peace. Join McNair as he speaks with Rachael Bliss and Amy Cantrell about the International day of Peace, including the causes of war and the barriers to peace. He also speaks with Elena Pedan who is in town to audition local children to perform in the Moscow Ballet’s December performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker, which includes the dance,  “The Land of Peace and Harmony.” www.wnc4peace.com


Show #65 – HIV/AIDS and WNCAP – September 7, 2017

Guest:  Brodderick Roary, Executive Director of the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). Broderick speaks about the continuing HIV/AIDS epidemic, the success of antiretroviral medicines and the positive impact they are having on his life and the lives of others. He talks about WNCAP and the service it provides as a much needed program of education and support to those in need. Thanks to advances in treatment and organizations like WNCAP, people living with HIV/AIDS are continuing to live a full and meaningful life. www.wncap.org


Show #64 – Union, Workers and Labor Day – August 31, 2017

Guests: Tommy Pintacuda, Vice President of Teamsters Local 61 and Just Economics Executive Director, Vicki Meath. Vicky and Tommy talk about labor unions – their history, the challenges they face politically, the decline of unions in the South. the positive contributions of unions to workers and society in general. They also discuss the minimum wage campaign, meaning and history of Labor Day and events surrounding labor day week in Western North Carolina. www.teamster61.org; www.justeconomicswnc.org


Show #63 – United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County – August 24, 2017

Guest: David Bailey, President/CEO. David talks about the work of the United Way and how it is dedicated to building a caring community where everyone has the opportunity to achieve the desires we all share: a good education for our kids, a safe place to live, food on the table and the security that comes with financial stability. He talks about how donors, volunteers and partners do what no single organization can do alone: create solutions that reduce the impact of poverty, transform individual lives and drive systemic change that improves entire communities. www.unitedwayabc.org


Show #62 – Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project – August 17, 2017

Guest: Scott Bunn, Development Director. A local non-profit, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is a key player in the local food movement in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians, whose mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. Through the ‘Growing Minds Farm to School’ program, ‘Business of Farming Conference,’ and annual ‘Farm Tour,’ ASAP seeks to implement its vision of thriving local food economies, strong farms, and healthy communities where farming is valued as central to the local heritage and our future. www.asapconnections.org


Show #61 – Church of The Advocate – August 10, 2017

Guests: Rhonda Candler Kilby, Managing Director and Vic Mansfield, Interim Vicar. For twenty years, Church of The Advocate (COA) has served as a refuge for homeless and vulnerable people in the Asheville area, providing a community of support and caring through access to mental health counseling, basic nursing care, the opportunity to gain work experience on the Good Works Crew, and the opportunity to worship together in the Episcopal tradition, and break bread together on a regular basis. Boosted by the work of volunteers and a dedicated staff, COA is a much needed and appreciated service in the community. www.advocatechurchasheville.org


Show #60 – Veterans Healing Farm – August 3, 2017

Guests: John Mashie, Executive Director and Nicole Mahshie, Administrative Coordinator. The Veterans Healing Farm arose out of the desire to create a place where veterans can plug into a community, and discover a new “mission” away from the military. Seeing that the transition from military life back into the civilian sector was a challenge for veterans, Veterans Healing Farm seeks to foster a thriving micro-community of veterans and civilians who build deep friendships and who cultivate emotional, physical, and spiritual health. In addition to offering workshops on innovative gardening, their mission is to serve veterans by growing and donating high-quality fruits, vegetables, and flower bouquets to veterans and their caregivers, all free of charge. www.veteranshealingfarm.org


Show #59 – July 27, 2017. Re-broadcast of Krishnamurti Foundation of America from July 6, 2017


Show #58 – Brother Wolf Animal Rescue – July 20, 2017

Guest: Caitlin Campbell, Community Outreach Manager and Audrey Lodato, Adoption Center Manager. Founded in 2007 as a grassroots organization, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a no-kill community with the vision of a world that embraces a core ethic of uncompromised compassion. Through the work of animal rescuers, rescue groups and caring citizens, Brother Wolf has seen a dramatic decrease in the numbers of animals who have been killed in the local municipal shelter. A new sanctuary, breaking ground in 2017, will be a place for people and animals to heal, as well as a place to focus on working towards their vision for all animals. www.bwar.org


Show #57 – July 13, 2017. Re-broadcast of Hunger Project interview from May 25, 2017


Show #56 – Krishnamurti Foundation of America – July 6, 2017

Guest: Jaap Sluijter, Executive Director, Krishnamurti Foundation of America. Jaap Sluijter talks about Jiddu Krishnamurti, the man and the teachings. J Krishnamurti is regarded by many as one of the greatest philosophical and spiritual teachers of the last century. Although first discovered by the Theosophists in 1910, and thought to be the World Teacher for the coming time, in 1929 Krishnamurti renounced any plan to promote him as this Teacher. Instead, he traveled the world for the rest of his life teaching others about how they could be free and how they could transform themselves and society through self-knowledge and awareness. Jaap talks about Krishnamurti’s teachings about awareness, self-development, the role of thought, the fear of death and much more. www.kfa.org


Show #55 – Just Economics–creating sustainable livelihoods – June 29, 2017

Guest: Vicki Meath, Executive Director. Just Economics is a Western North Carolina economic justice advocacy organization, whose mission is to educate, advocate, and organize for a just and sustainable local economy that works for everyone, where everyone has an opportunity to have the basics necessities for living. Vicki speaks about the efforts of Just Economics that reflects a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people, and a belief in the value of a sharing and cooperative community in which all can participate. Just Economics works to ensure that everyone who is willing and able to contribute shares in the ability to live well, build assets, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. www.justeconomicswnc.org


Show #54 – Transmission Meditation, A World Service – June 22, 2017

Guests: Betsy Whitfill and Dan Dougherty. Betsy and Dan discuss the general topic of meditation, how to get started and its benefits for the practitioner. They also discuss Transmission Meditation, a simple, but powerful, group meditation that provides both a dynamic service to the world and is a means of personal spiritual development. They also talk about the origins of Transmission Meditation, guidelines for practice, its practice by groups around the world and its relation to the coming of the Masters of Wisdom and the World Teacher. www.transmissionmeditation.org


Show #53 – The Center for Development in Central America – June 15, 2017

Guest: Sarah Woodard, staff member at The Center for Development in Central America (CDCA). CDCA is a project of the Jubilee House Community, Inc., a non-profit organization, whose mission is to address the needs of poverty in Central America. Sarah talks about the work of CDCA, which takes place primarily in Nicaragua, the third poorest country in the Americas. CDCA works with the people in the areas of sustainable agriculture, sustainable economic development, health care and education. CDCA began their work in Ciudad Sandino in 1994, the most densely populated city in Nicaragua, a place where refugees from natural disasters and violence come to find a better life. www.jhc-cdca.org


Show #52 – Physicians for a National Health Program – June 8, 2017

Guest: Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe. Dr. Saxe speaks about the need and prospects for a single-payer healthcare system for the United States. Dr. Saxe has served as chair of Health Care Justice NC, a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a research and educational organization consisting of 20,000 health care professionals, including physicians, who support a single-payer national health insurance. PNHP seeks to educate physicians and other health professionals regarding the benefits of a single-payer system–including health insurance for the 30 million people in the United States who have no insurance. www.pnhp.org

Show #51 – Unity of The Blue Ridge – June 1, 2017

Guests: Reverend Darlene Strickland and Mariah Brooks. Unity of The Blue Ridge is a New Thought faith community of spiritual seekers who believe in an open-minded and accepting spiritual community that sees all paths to God as valid. Their purpose is to help people discover and live up to their innate spiritual potential. The basic tenets of their belief system are: God is the creator of all that is. Each person is created in God’s image. Our thinking determines our life experiences. Affirmative prayer has power. Knowledge of the principles is only part of the equation – people must live these spiritual principles. www.unityblueridgenc.org

Show #50 – The Hunger Project –  May 25, 2017
Guest: John Coonrod, Executive Vice President. John discusses world hunger and the mission of The Hunger Project.  Founded in 1977, The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Their vision is a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.  The Hunger Project empowers women and men throughout South Asia, Africa and Latin America to be the agents of their own development to overcome hunger and poverty. www.thp.org


Show #49 – Lenoir-Rhyne University – Center for Graduate Studies – May 18, 2017

Lenoir-Rhyne University – Center for Graduate Studies. Guests: Michael Dempsey, Ed.D, Dean and Director Center for Graduate Studies; Dr. Keith McDade, professor in the Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies;  Dr. Kimberly Price, professor in the Master of Public Health program. Join these professors as they discuss: public health; sustainability; the state of college education; student debt; and much more, including Lenoir-Rhyne’s growing impact on the Asheville area through educational offerings and community engagement. www.lr.edu/asheville


Show #48 – All Souls Counseling Center and Mental Health Awareness Month – May 11, 2017

Guests: Dr. Rhea Cravens and Phil Ramsey, LFMT.  Dr. Cravens and Phil Ramsey are professional therapists who provide mental health counseling at All Souls Counseling Center (ASCC). Join them as they talk about mental health issues and the path to healing; Mental Health Awareness Month; and the work of ASCC, a non-profit mental health counseling center that provides counseling to uninsured and underinsured residents of Western North Carolina. www.allsoulscounseling.org


Show #47 – Green Opportunities – May 4, 2017

Guest: Joseph “J” Hackett, Executive Director. Green Opportunities (GO) is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve families, communities and environmental health by connecting youth and adults from low-income neighborhoods to sustainable employment opportunities, through job training, placement and support. Community engagement projects include the Southside Kitchen, Southside Community Garden, the Joy Club, and bringing the Y’s Healthy Living Mobile Market to the Edington Center monthly. www.greenopportunities.org


Show #46 – 350.org – April 27, 2017

Guest: Jenny Marienau, US Campaigns Director for 350.org, a worldwide grassroots climate movement that operates on three principles – the fight against climate change is a fight for justice; different people and organizations have to collaborate to solve the climate issue; mass mobilizations bring change. Jenny talks about 350.org and its goals of: helping to build a new, more equitable low-carbon economy; working to keep carbon in the ground; pressuring governments into limiting emissions. She speaks of the environmental movement in midst of the current administration in Washington and the People’s Climate March. www.350.org


Show #45 – Amnesty International – April 20, 2017

Guest: Geoffrey Mock, Middle East expert with Amnesty International. Geoffrey talks about the mission of Amnesty International – a global movement of people working to fight injustice and promote human rights. Whether it be addressing the violations of refugee and migrant rights, children and women’s rights, or documenting torture or the atrocities of war, staff and volunteers of Amnesty International are tirelessly working on behalf of those who suffer human rights injustice at the hands of individuals and governments. www.amnestyusa.org


Show #44 – Civil Rights, poverty and economic opportunity – April 13, 2017

Guest: Al Whitesides. Long-time civil rights activist. A native of Asheville Al was involved as a teenager with ASCORE (Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality), a group of young people who worked to bring an end to segregation in local institutions and businesses. He attended what is now North  Carolina Central University where he remained engaged in civil rights. He ended up returning to Asheville where he had a long career as a businessman. He continues to work on community issues and was recently elected as the first African-American to serve on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.


Show #43 – Prison Ashram Project and Human Kindness Foundation – April 6, 2017

Guests: Sita Lozoff, co-founder of the Prison Ashram Project and co-director Human Kindness Foundation (HKF). John Collins, Board of Directors, HKF. In 1987, the HKF was formed to operate the Prison-Ashram Project, which was started in 1973 by Sita and her late husband, Bo Lozoff, author of We’re All Doing Time. Based on the three principles of live simply, devote your life to service and spend time every day in spiritual practice, HKF offers much needed hope and a path to spiritual growth for incarcerated individuals. www.humankindness.org


Show #42 – Physicians for Social Responsibility – March 30, 2017

Guest: Dr. Terry Clark and Brita Clark. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). For over 50 years PSR has worked to protect human life from some of the gravest threats to health and survival – nuclear war and nuclear arms proliferation, nuclear power, toxic chemicals and climate change. With a strong medical voice, PSR also advocates to reduce the role of the armed forces to settle conflict, stressing instead, diplomacy and the rule of law as the strategies for conflict resolution. For its efforts to build public pressure to reverse the nuclear arms race, it shared the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize with IPPNW,  the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. www.psr.org


Show #41 – Immigrant Communities: Concerns, Realities, and Rights – March 23, 2017

Guest: Thalia Hoy, with Pisgah Legal Services. A different approach to immigrants and immigration policy in the United States has left many immigrants living in fear and uncertainty. As part of Pisgah Legal Services, Thalia works to help eligible immigrants obtain work and secure legal status, as well as help them obtain food and housing. In addition, Thalia is working to educate members of the immigrant community, and the public at large, about immigrant rights and the current environment regarding detention and deportation. www.pisgahlegal.org


Show #40 – The Campaign for Southern Equality – March 16, 2017

Guests: Aaron Sarver, Communications Director and Britney Nesbit, Community Organizer with The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE). The southern United States hosts one third of all LGBTQ Americans. Yet across the area, they go without basic legal protections and live with vigorous opposition to their rights. CSE serves a vital function for the LGBTQ community. Whether it is in Mississippi, North Carolina or points in between, CSE advocates and supports individuals in the LGBTQ community and works to ensure that they enjoy the same rights and privileges as other American citizens. www.southernequality.org


Show #39 – Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity – March 2, 2017

Guests: Andy Barnett, Executive Director – Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and Shannon Kauffman – Homeowner Selection Coordinator. As part of the larger Habitat for Humanity International, the Asheville Area Habitat was the first Habitat affiliate in North Carolina. Since 1983, the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) has made it possible for over 1,350 adults and children to have safe and decent housing. AAHH has constructed 295 new homes and repaired over 170 homes. Offering ‘a hand up, not a hand out,’ AAHH operates on the basic principle that every woman, man and child has a right to have a safe and durable place to live. www.ashevillehabitat.org


Show #38 – Literacy Council of Buncombe County – February 23, 2017

Guests: Erin Sebelius – Program Director for English for Speakers of Other Languages and Lily Contorer – Program Director for Adult Education/ Augustine Project. For over 30 years the Literacy Council has been working to increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills for community members with low literacy skills. In a county where 1 in 10 adults struggle to read at a basic level and 10% of adults lack a high school diploma, the staff and volunteers of the Literacy Council of Buncombe County are successfully helping to create a community where literacy is valued and achievable. www.litcouncil.com


Show #37 – Refugee Resettlement – February 16, 2017

Guests: Bobby King and Jim Chatham. Bobby was the former Executive Director of Refugee Family Services in Clarkston, Georgia. He now serves as a volunteer in refugee resettlement with the International Rescue Committee. Jim Chatham is the former pastor of Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky and was involved in the founding of Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) in 1990. Jim is editor of the book, Faith Grows by Risk, stories from KRM’s life written by staff, volunteers, and refugees. www.rescue.org


Show #36 – Michael J. Carter from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Swannanoa Valley – February 9, 2017

Guest: Michael J. Carter – minister at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Swannanoa Valley. Michael is s graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York and an ordained interfaith minister. He is an accomplished author and has written two books related to the subject of UFOs and religion – Alien Scriptures: Extraterrestrials in the Holy Bible and A New World If You Can Take it: God, Extraterrestrials, and the Evolution of Human Consciousness. He has also written The Metaphysics of Spiritual Healing and The Power of Affirmative  Prayer.  www.michaeljscarter.com


 Show #35 – Earthjustice – February 2, 2017

Guest: Marianne Engelman Lado – former Senior Staff Attorney with Earthjustice and now Visiting Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School where she has launched a new Environmental Justice Clinic. Earthjustice is the country’s largest nonprofit environmental law organization, working to hold those people and organizations accountable who break the nation’s laws. They representing all their clients free of charge and pursue three goals: enforce laws that protect natural spaces and wildlife; fight to keep communities healthier places to live; fight for clean energy and a healthy climate. www.earthjustice.org


Show #34 –  UFOs and the Space Brothers – January 26, 2017

Guest: Gerard Aartsen. Gerard is an author, speaker and researcher from the Netherlands who writes about UFOs and the extraterrestrial presence on earth from his background as a student of the Ageless Wisdom teaching. His books have been published in various languages and his articles appear in magazines around the world. His books include Here to Help: UFOs and the Space Brothers; Priorities for a Planet in Transition – The Space Brothers’ Case for Justice and Freedom; and George Adamski – A Herald for the Space Brothers. www.bgapublications.nl



Show #33 – Four Seasons Compassion for Life – January 19, 2017

Guests: Maureen Williams, RN and Regional Director and Steve Mills, Caplain. Four Seasons, Compassion for Life, through its hospice and palliative care services, provides quality care and support to patients and their families – those facing serious illness and those going through the last phases of their life. Patient-centered care is delivered which addresses the whole person -body, mind and spirit. Four Seasons had its beginnings as the Hospice of Henderson County, which served its first patient in 1981. It now serves people in eleven counties of Western North Carolina. www.fourseasonscfl.org


Show #32 – Citizen’s Climate Lobby – January 12, 2017

Guest: Steffi Rausch, Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Asheville Chapter. CCL is a non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization that focuses its work on national policies that will have a positive effect on climate change. They work to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local communities in a effort to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action that crosses all political persuasions and all geographic regions. By focusing on shared values rather than partisan divisions, they empower Climate Lobby supporters to  work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions. www.citizensclimatelobby.org


Show #31 – Aura Freedom International – January 5, 2017

Image result for aura freedom internationalGuest: Marissa Kokkoros, Director of Aura Freedom International – a Canadian charity that advances the human rights of women and girls in Canada and beyond, working to fight human trafficking, gender inequality and gender-based violence. Following the earthquake in Nepal a few years back, Marissa was the founder of “Female Friendly Spaces” that helped thousands of women come together for safety following the devastation. Aura Freedom has also initiation the Human Trafficking Awareness for Canadian Youth program, which seeks to educate youth in schools and elsewhere about the dangers and extreme prevalence of human trafficking and sexual exploitation right in Canada. www.aurafreedom.org


Show #30 – Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World – December 22, 2016

Guest: Scott Brown, Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World. Violence in our world is the core problem we face, and yet who is talking about real solutions? Scott Brown addresses the root cause of violence, the illusion of separateness, and the path that one can take to the experience of true interrelatedness. Based on a life a service, Scott offers a pragmatic message of how to make and live peace in a world ravaged by violence. www.4activepeace.com


Show #29 – Share International Magazine – December 15, 2016

Guest: Monte Leach, U.S. Editor – Share International Magazine. Share International magazine is a monthly magazine, except bimonthly in January/February and July/August, that brings together two directions of contemporary thought, the political and spiritual. It seeks to show the synthesis underlying the social, political, economic and spiritual changes now unfolding on a worldwide scale. It presents information and news about Maitreya, the World Teacher and His priorities in order to create a world at peace and to save the environment. www.share-international.org/magazine


Show #28 – One Child’s Village: A Global Orphans Foundation – December 8, 2016

Guest: Todd Lorentz, co-managing director, One Child’s Village. One Child’s Village is an    Edmonton-based charity whose primary goal is to provide support for HIV/AIDS orphans in Africa. Working primarily in the Kawangware slums of Nairobi, Kenya, One Child’s Village provides the conditions, training and resources that are needed for children affected by the negative influence of HIV/AIDS. Through provision of resources that include education, medicine, food, clean water and sanitation the affected children are able to achieve physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. www.onechildsvillage.org


Show #27 – Entrepreneurship in Asheville and Talent Jam – December 1, 2016

Guests: Tom Ryan, Asheville’s Kaufmann Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Daniel Kairoff, Creative Director for Talent Jam. Tom and Daniel discuss entrepreneurship and what it means to be an entrepreneur and make it in business in the local ecosystem.They also discuss the upcoming Talent Jam, an event designed to encourage connections between local talent and the entrepreneurs, businesses, and startups that need them. www.talentjam.com


Show #26 – The ManKind Project – November 17, 2016

Guests: Drew Potter and Darryl Hansome from The ManKind Project. The ManKind Project is a nonprofit training and educational organization presenting experiential personal development programs for men. It is a global network of peer-facilitated men’s groups that supports men in leading lives of authenticity, integrity and service. The ManKind Project seeks to help men understand the true meaning of mature masculinity while at the same time helping them to learn new ways to comprehend feelings, resolve conflict, and challenge old habits that no longer work. www.ashevillemkp.org


Show #25 – Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina – November 10, 2016

Guests: Jim Lowder, Acting Executive Director, Homeward Bound. Derek Towle, Program Director, A-Hope Day Center. Homeward Bound is a nonprofit organization working to end homelessness in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. Operating from a belief in the “Housing First” model – a national best practice for ending homelessness – Homeward Bound seeks to help those community members who are the  most vulnerable among us. Homeward Bound believes that a safe, decent and affordable home is a basic human right. A-Hope Day Center is just one of the programs Homeward Bound provides to assist those in need. www.homewardboundwnc.org

Show #24 – Buncombe County Family Justice Center – November 3, 2016

Guest: Julie D. Klipp Nicholson, Family Justice Center Coordinator. The Buncombe Countyfamily-justice-centerFamily Justice Center is a confidential place of refuge for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. Assistance from professionals such as law enforcement, attorneys, nurses, counselors and case managers can help victims figure out how to find security and be able to move forward with hope.  FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER

Show #23 – Loving Food Resources – October 27, 2016

Guest: Nancy Gavin, Executive Director and Katie Adams, Board Member – Loving Food Resources. Founded in 1991 the mission of Loving Food Resources is to provide food, health, and personal care items to people in 18 Western North Carolina counties who are living with HIV/AIDS or those in home hospice care with any diagnosis. Loving Food Resources is a volunteer-driven nonprofit, with over 150 volunteers. Community support enables Loving Food Resources to serve more than 90 clients each week at the self-select food pantry.The total number of clients served by Loving Food Resources is over 200 people. www.lovingfood.org


Show #22 – Asheville Insight Meditation – October 20, 2017

Guest: Ronya Banks, Founder and lead teacher and Kate Freeman, teacher at the Asheville Insight Meditation community – an inclusive community of diverse individuals who nurture and support the practice of insight Meditation and its integration into daily life. It is a dogma-free meditation environment that offers Classical and modern Buddhist teachings (particularly in the Theravada tradition) and other occasions to learn and grow through participation in half-day retreats, workshops, the Buddhist book club and community volunteer opportunities. www.ashevillemeditation.com


Show #21 – Chinese Medicine – October 13, 2016
Image result for chinese medicineGuest: Phil Ramsey. Chinese Medicine Practitioner and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Phil become a licensed marriage and family therapist through Appalachian State University in 2000. Later, seeing the potential for Chinese medicine as a way to also help others, he graduated from the Daoist Traditions College of Medical Arts in Asheville. Phil is currently a therapist and Chinese Medicine practitioner in the Asheville area.


Show #20 – Jubilee! Community – October 6, 2016

Guest: Howard Hanger, Minister and Founder of Jubilee! Community, a community of faith in Asheville ‘committed to compassion and in the world at large.’ Jubilee teaches love and respect for all living things, acceptance of the wisdom of all religious traditions, compassion through open-heartedness, forgiveness, that we are all sons and daughters of God and that God continually calls us out to be who we are really meant to be. Howard is also the founder of Hanger Hall, A School for Girls, one of less than ten schools in the United States solely for middle school girls. www.jubileecommunity.org


Show #19 – Blue Ridge Pride Center – September 22, 2016

Guest: Michael-David Carpenter, President, Blue Ridge Pride Center. The Blue Ridge Pride Center was formed in 2009 as a non-profit organization dedicated to informing and educating the public about the history and diversity of the Western North Carolina LGBTQ community. It seeks to increase public awareness of the LGBTQ community to eliminate homophobia, transphobia and discrimination. Blue Ridge Pride Center holds an annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Asheville. Michael-David discusses the mission of the Blue Ridge Pride Center, misconceptions about the LGBTQ community, tolerance and HB2 and more.  www.blueridgepride.org


Show #18 – International Day of Peace – September 15, 2016

Guests: Colin Neiburger from Peace is Possible and Rachael Bliss from WNC 4 Peace. The International Day of Peace was first recognized by the U.N. General Assembly in 1981. It is held each year on September 21st will be the thirty-fifth year that the world has commemorated the International Day of Peace. It is a day “devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.”  Rachael and Colin talk about Peace Day, what it means and what events are happening in and around the Asheville area to commemorate this special time. They also discuss the Peace Maker of the Year Award. www.wnc4peace.com. www.peaceispossiblenc.org


Show #17 – Human Rights and the Refugee Crisis – September 8, 2016

Mark Gibney is the Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville and the Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University (Sweden). His most recent book are The Handbook of Human Rights; and Watching Human Rights: The 101 Best Films. He is also author of the book, The Global Refugee Crisis. Mark also serves as a Consultant with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Center for the Study of Civil War.  https://politicalscience.unca.edu/faces/faculty/gibney


Show #16 – YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina – September 1, 2016

Guest: Beth Maczka, Chief Executive Officer YWCA of Asheville and Western North Carolina. The YWCA has been active in eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all in Western North Carolina for a over a century. Its programs involve addressing inequities and disparities created by institutional racism, supporting and advocating for and with women. The YWCA is supportive of initiatives that contribute to the elimination of racism: eliminating racial profiling, improving immigrant rights, strengthening affirmative action, reducing hate crimes and providing education on racism and its elimination. www.ywcaofasheville.org


Show #15 – Globalization and the World Economy – August 25, 2016

Guest: James Quilligan. James is an international economist and has been an analyst and administrator in the field of international development since 1975. He has served as policy advisor and writer for many international politicians and leaders, including Pierre Trudeau, Willy Brandt, Jimmy Carter, and Tony Blair. James was a policy advisor and press secretary for the Brandt Commission (1978-1984) and the co-founder and policy development director of the Coalition for the Global Commons. www.kosmosjournal.org/contributor/james-bernard-quilligan


Show #14 – All Souls Counseling Center – August 11, 2016

Guests: Phil Ramsey and Barbara Kruszewski, therapists at All Souls Counseling Center (ASCC). ASCC is a nonprofit grass roots organization that provides quality mental health counseling to the uninsured and underinsured people of Western North Carolina. Since its opening in 2000, ASCC has provided professional counseling to well over 13,000 people. With a dedicated group of professionally licensed therapists, ASCC seeks to provide help to those people who have nowhere else to turn. www.allsoulscounseling.org


Show #13 – Pisgah Legal Services – August 4, 2016
Guests: Jim Barrett, Executive Director. Shoshana Fried – Justice For All Project. Founded in 1978 Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit organization that provides free civil legal aid to Western North Carolina’s most vulnerable people. In their efforts to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy services are provided to more than 15,000 people annually. The staff and volunteers at Pisgah Legal Services help to protect consumers against fraud, stop domestic violence, assist immigrants and much more. The Justice For All Project serves low-income immigrants, helping them to obtain legal immigration and/or work authorization status. www.pisgahlegal.org


Show #12 – Asheville Poverty Initiative – July 21, 2016

Guests: Reverend Shannon Spencer and Ben Cohan, Asheville Poverty Initiative facilitates opportunities for community building and personal encounters where the “the poor” of our community are heard and valued – seeking to challenge stereotypes and minimize fear that comes from an “us” and “them” attitude. The people at API believe that in learning from those most impacted by poverty, their work moves beyond charity to a changed community that works together to create a more just economic reality. www.ashevillepovertyinitiative.org


Show #11 – Plight of the Pollinators – July 14, 2016

Guest: Phyllis Stiles, Director of Bee City USA. Phyllis was named Pollinator Advocate of the United States in 2015 by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. While ‘Colony Collapse Disorder’ has brought attention to the plight of the honey bee, all pollinators are in trouble. Their numbers are decreasing at disturbing rates. Bee City USA works to make a difference in reversing the threat they face. ​Incorporated cities, towns, counties, communities and college campuses across America are joining in to make commitments to help these pollinators and become certified as Bee City USA affiliates or a Bee Campus USA. www.beecityusa.org


Show #10 – War Against The People Israel, The Palestinians and Global Pacification – July 7, 2016

Guest: Jeff Halper. Jeff is an American-born anthropologist,  author, lecturer, and political activist who has lived in Israel since 1973. He is a co-founder of The People Yes! Network (TPYN) and the former Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). Jeff is a  frequent writer and speaker on the subject of nonviolent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  His latest book is War Against The People Israel, The Palestinians and Global Pacification. He was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize by the American Friends Service Committee. www.icahd.org; www.tpyn.org


Show #9 – Near-death Experiences – June 30, 2016

Guests: Nancy Baumgarten, Director, Profound Awareness Institute and author of World’s In Collision – Near-death Experiences in WNC published in the Mountain Xpress April 13, 2016 and Dr. Robert Manasse, D.D.S., former Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Join Nancy and Dr. Manasse as they speak about the near death expeprience, an experience that, as Nancy writes in her article, millions of people have now had. Dr. Manasse, written about in World’s In Collision, speaks about his near death experience and the profound impact it had on his life. www.mountainx.com/living/worlds-in-collision-near-death-experiences-in-wnc


Show #8 – Center for Spiritual Living – June 16, 2016

Guest: Rev. Doctor John Waterhouse, co-minister at the Center for Spiritual Living in Asheville. He is the author of Five Steps to Freedom: An Introduction to Spiritual Mind Treatment and current President of Centers for Spiritual Living. Rev. Waterhouse has been studying, teaching and practicing Science of Mind principles for over 30 years. During his ministry he has held various leadership roles within United Centers for Spiritual Living (UCSL), including Dean of Holmes Institute Midwestern Campus, and President of United Clergy of Religious Science. www.cslasheville.org


Show #7 – Working for Peace in Western North Carolina – June 9, 2016

Guests: Rachael Bliss and Colin Neiburger from WNC 4 Peace. WNC 4 Peace is an organization working to build a culture of peace in Western North Carolina through: collaboration with other peace, justice and environmental groups; speaking for peace and  justice in relationships locally and globally among people; nurturing a culture of peace and nonviolence. Colin Neiburger is also with Peace is Possible, NC, an organization supporting educational activities and public events promoting peace. wnc4peace.com.  peaceispossiblenc.org.


Show #6 – Creation Care Alliance – May 26, 2016

Guests: Reverend Scott Hardin-Nieri, Director; Steering Committee members: Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel and Maureen Linneman from Jubilee! Community Church. Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina is a network of congregations and people of faith who have joined together around a moral and spiritual call to preserve the integrity, beauty and health of God’s creation. They work to bring practical and hopeful solutions to their congregations and the broader secular community by engaging people through inspiration, education, service and advocacy. www.creationcarealliance.org


Show #5 – Elders Fierce for Justice – May 19, 2016

Guests: Steve Kaagan and Mahan Siler. The Elders Fierce for Justice (EFFJ) was formed in 2014. A group of citizens over the age of 65 that are motivated by a fierce dedication to social justice, with a focus on three challenges – climate disruption, suppression of children’s basic needs and persistent racism. EFFJ has expressed its commitment to these challenges through writing op-ed articles, intergenerational conversations, and involvement in a coalition of other community organizations working for racial justice. www.eldersfierceforjustice.org


Show #4 – Veninos, Inc Farmworker Health Program – May 5, 2016

Guests: Amy Schmidt, Executive Director and Jamie Holbrook, RN. The Vecinos Inc. Farmworker Health Program incorporated as a nonprofit organization in February 2004. Since beginning, Vecinos, Inc. has provided free medical outreach, case management and health education to some of the most vulnerable people living and working in Western North Carolina – migrant farmworkers and their families. Vecinos, Inc. is only one of two medical outreach units serving farmworkers in the state of NC, currently operating in Jackson, Macon, Swain, and Transylvania Counties. www.facebook.com/VecinosInc


Show #3 – Buncombe County Re-Entry Council – April 28, 2016

Guests: Brent Bailey Program Coordinator for the Buncombe County Re-entry Council (BCRC).  Kathy LaMotte, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Collaborative. BCRC is comprised of 27 organizations and individuals who work cooperatively to serve and  support the men and women returning to the community after incarceration. The Equal Justice Collaborative, a non-profit law firm dedicated to creating fairness in the criminal justice system. They provide services to inmates in North and South Carolina who lack the financial resources to access legal representation. www.buncombereentry.org and www.equaljusticecollaborative.org


Show #2 – MANNA FoodBank – April 21, 2017

Guests: Cindy Threlkeld, Executive Director and Rasheeda McDaniels from MANNA FoodBank. MANNA FoodBank has been a giver of hope by providing food to Western North Carolina residents since 1983. MANNA provides a much-needed service in 16 Western North Carolina counties by working with the food industry and 229 partner agencies. In 2015 they provided over 15.7 million pounds of food to those in need. MANNA helps over 13,000 people weekly and 107,000 people annually. www.mannafoodbank.org


Show #1 – Western North Carolina AIDS Project – April 7, 2016

Guests: Jeff Bachar, Executive Director; and Amanda Stem, Advocacy Supervisor and Conner Adams, Advocacy Assistant for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). In operation since 1986 WNCAP serves the community in HIV/AIDS prevention, education and advocacy as well as helping people living with HIV to remain self-sufficient. Their work in 18 counties of Western North Carolina is guided by the belief that everyone should have equal access to health care and disease prevention. www.wncap.org

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    26 Responses to A Better World (Live)

    1. Vance Hilton December 5, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      A very professional interview with James Quilligan. Hope to hear more in the future.

    2. Cher Gilmore January 13, 2017 at 1:13 am #

      I just listened to the interview with Steffie Rausch, from the Asheville Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and enjoyed it thoroughly. The host was obviously well prepared and very professional and the guest was knowledgeable, articulate, and interesting to listen to. She certainly presented a hopeful and positive approach to solving the global warming crisis.

    3. Todd January 31, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      Thanks for the interview with Marissa Kokkoros about her work and nonprofit organization Aura Freedom International. Marissa is definitely one of the new-generation “change makers” and her work on empowering girls and young women is truly a force for good in the world. Keep up the great work McNair. Your interview style is easy to listen to and your selection of guests are engaging and inspiring. Very hopeful. I’m looking forward to listening to Gerard Aartsen and his information on UFOs and their spiritual mission here.

    4. Whitney January 31, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

      Fantastic program! Each segment is a fresh, new and intelligent topic that moves along at a great pace. Well done!

    5. Vance Hilton January 31, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

      A very interesting talk with Gerard Aartsen. Some great ideas and understanding of the Space Brothers.

      • Antonio Palena October 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

        I Agree Gerard brings the information down to a level which most can understand.

    6. Vance Hilton January 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm #

      An insightful discussion on the Kawangware situation. An intelligent and informative talk about the how to in running a charity organization with minimum overhead and administration activity.

    7. Vance Hilton January 31, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

      Monte Leach gives us a very thorough and informative talk on the making and content of Share International magazine. A professionally handled interview that I would suggest others to listen to.

    8. Meryl Tihanyi January 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

      After listening to the interview with guest Gerard Aartsen, I was very impressed by the clarity brought to bear on the subject of UFOs and ‘space brothers’. I had expected to hear the usual fear-based stories and was delighted to hear such a positive message about the reality of life on every planet. The host seemed well prepared, patient and asked great questions – thank you. I look forward to the upcoming show!

    9. Hayley Moore March 24, 2017 at 1:41 am #

      A friend recommended I listen to this program and I was happy to discover the broad progressive topics covered by this local NC show! I have listened to a handful so far that piqued my interest and was most struck with the one on refugees and the Family Justice episode. Very relevant and informative, I’m glad to hear some positive stories to balance the disheartening news of our current reality…
      Keep it up!

    10. Deborah April 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

      Mr Whitesides is a special man. What a great interview. It’s good to know there are people like him in positions of influence. Thank you.

    11. Antonio July 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

      Looking at A Better World progamme I’m really enjoying some of the interviews , the Michael j Carter interview and the Gerrad Aartsen especially the Hunger project another close to my heart Thankyou so much.

    12. Dee Parker October 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

      Wow! I loved this interview. It will give me a completely different perspective when I see the craziness happening all over the world. At least now I can look forward to being part of the huge change for the better.

    13. Antonio Palena October 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

      Great Interview Julian and Felicity are doing a great service letting the world know of the return of the World Teacher.

    14. Ira Palmer October 24, 2017 at 11:25 am #

      Thoroughly enjoyed interview with Julian Creme and Felicity Eliot from Share International organization and its myriad activities. If indeed true the story is easily the most compelling story in the history of this planet and gives me and others hope that all will be well. I’m especially relieved to hear that Sanat K, Maitreya and his group will intervene if there is a treat of nuclear war. Thanks for this insightful program!

    15. chip halbach November 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

      For me, shows earlier than August (show #60) do not play. Is there a special process for accessing the earlier shows?

      • Davyne Dial November 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

        Hi Chip,
        We’ve had some data storage issues, But I think McNair may have those back files stored somehwere, and hopefully they can be added back onto his page.
        Davyne Dial

    16. Vance Hilton December 28, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      A New Era is Dawning, is a great interview, a much needed talk about the World Teacher and his work toward Sharing, Justice and Peace for All Humanity. Hope to see more of these. Thank-you.

    17. Vance Hilton December 28, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      The Transmission Meditation talk is a great introduction to meditation. Hope to see more of these. Thank-you.

    18. Dee Parker February 8, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

      Mercy Ships. Thank you to all those who do such wonderful work. Another great show to restore our faith in humanity.

    19. Antonio February 12, 2018 at 4:25 am #

      Truly A Better World programme is shining the light on all the groups doing great work in the world, a bright future is coming.

    20. Anne Craig March 9, 2018 at 8:55 am #

      I very much appreciate McNair’s program. He helps to give ‘voice’ to issues of concern that are very under-covered in mainstream media. His programs help educate us about critically important issues and to think about the dominant paradigm that keeps us in endless cycles of violence, war, disrespect of human rights and our environment, etc. Yesterday’s show with Ken Jones was excellent and very informative on a topic few Americans are aware of but should be!

    21. Dee Parker June 24, 2018 at 10:05 am #

      Show: Western NC Down Syndrome Alliance
      Another inspiring show. Such great guests. Thank you so much for introducing us to Aubrey and her mother.

    22. Evan Kolosna August 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

      Really appreciate you all hosting my organization, Asheville DSA, on your show. McNair was very professional throughout and asked great questions- a pleasure to work with. Thank you for the publicity, and for all the good work you do!

    23. Cher Gilmore July 6, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

      I recently listened to the interview on Greenpeace, which I found inspiring and hopeful. It gave me a much deeper appreciation of the organization and the difference it’s making on the climate front. I want to thank McNair for his work in developing and hosting this show. It’s wide-ranging and upbeat in terms of guests, and McNair’s professionalism is unwavering. It’s the real deal.

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