Podcasts

A New and Ancient Story: The Podcast

A New and Ancient Story PodcastFrom the merely unorthodox to the truly revolutionary, this podcast features Charles Eisenstein in conversation with a series of extraordinary guests: activists and healers, scientists and spiritual teachers, artists and entrepreneurs, indigenous people and those from the elite. Topics revolve around concepts of interbeing and “technologies of reunion” — anything drawing from and contributing to a new story, including material, social, psychological, agricultural, healing, and educational “technologies.” For greater interactivity, the podcast includes live chats, discussion forums, and Q&A sessions. “No one can occupy the new story alone,” says Charles. “We need to hold each other there.” That is the purpose of this podcast and the community that surrounds it — to strengthen the field and spread the ideas of a new and ancient story.

Joanna Harcourt-Smith (E22)

Joanna Harcourt-Smith is a fascinating woman whose life story spans her origins in Europe's power elite to a marriage to Timothy Leary. Our conversation spans questions like, "What has to happen for hate to turn to love?" I'd say that is the underlying theme of the conversation, which touches on ...
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A Conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge (E21)

This is a conversation with the political thinker and activist Helena Norberg-Hodge. She had a huge radicalizing influence on my political thinking through her film Ancient Futures. By "radical" I don't mean the usual leftist politics. Helena is a tireless advocate for re-localization, the reclaiming of the commons, and the ...
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An Evening with Satish Kumar (E20)

Satish Kumar is, in the truest sense of the word, an elder in the peace and ecology movement. To me personally, he is one of those deep allies who confirms that the most radical ideas I work with are not in fact crazy. It was my honor to weave this ...
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In Conversation with Martin Shaw (E19)

Martin Shaw is a mythologist and storyteller from the area of Devon, England. He and I share a deep appreciation for the way myth and story shape the world. Martin starts our conversation with a story about Fox Woman Dreaming that is still with me months later, working inside me ...
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Orland Bishop: Word, Gift, and Money (E18)

This podcast is a conversation between me and Orland Bishop, recorded in Santos, Brazil in front of the attendees of Giftival. Even though the audio quality isn't perfect, I want to release this recording anyway in hopes of transmitting to you some of what Orland has transmitted to me. He draws ...
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Kelly Brogan: Restoring Blunted Consciousness (E17)

Kelly Brogan is a psychiatrist who made a radical break with pharma-centered orthodoxy to pursue holistic approaches to mental health, with extraordinary results. We recorded a conversation that started with psychiatric drugs and visited many perennial topics: working inside versus outside the system; the importance of community, the blunting of ...
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In Conversation with Rupert Sheldrake (E16)

This podcast is a recording of a second conversation between me and Rupert Sheldrake, one of my favorite renegade scientists and the number one target of the defenders of scientific orthodoxy. He hardly needs any introduction, but I'll say he is prolific author and researcher with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry ...
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The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment (E15)

The Fertile Ground of Bewilderment was the title of a speech I gave at St. James Church in London. I'm sharing it with you all because it was such a high-energy event and I ventured into territory I haven't brought into public speaking before. I even went a little into ...
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Marietta Schürholz: Reinventing Ritual (E14)

This interview with the filmmaker Marietta Schürholz is on ritual -- a topic about which I've thought a lot and written very little. We tend to think rituals are vestiges of an earlier, more superstitious time, or perhaps elements of indigenous cultures that we need to learn from. We think ...
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Eivind Skjellum: Journey through the Archetypes (E13)

This conversation with the Norwegian men's coach and teacher Eivind Skjellum is a deep and at times raw introduction to an extraordinary transformational map Eivind has created (or, more accurately, that he has discovered). Created for men, I think it has impact on anyone who encounters it. The places he ...
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Carol Bowman: Three Stories (E12)

What would you think if your 4-year-old displayed thorough knowledge of WWII aircraft, without having ever been exposed to them? Carol Bowman is a prominent past life researcher who focuses on the past life memories of children. She recounts three extraordinary cases in this conversation, that call into question the ...
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Lyla June Johnston (E11)

What are the perils of working "in the system" as opposed to trying to change it from the outside? In this multidimensional conversation, Lyla and I expand and perhaps transcend that question. We weave together topics as seemingly divergent as Peak Oil, recovering dying languages, the "emperor's new clothes" syndrome, ...
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Rex Brangwyn: Building Erotic Intelligence (E10)

This conversation I recorded with Rex Brangwyn was originally part of my online program Masculinity: A New Story.  The outpouring of gratitude, insight, and stories it provoked from participants has prompted me to share it more widely. You may not agree with everything he says, but he is a sincere ...
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Cynthia Jur’s Kiva (E09)

Full discussion MP3 above (2 hours). The podcast is split into two, 1-hour segments below. This podcast was recorded in late November 2015 at Cynthia Jurs' "kiva" in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originally meant to be a recorded discussion between Charles and David Abram (philosopher/author of The Spell of the Sensuous and ...
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Seppi’s Place (E08)

Here is a conversation with a group gathered for Charles' birthday at "Seppi's Place," which is kind of a new story waystation for people, especially young people, to develop in ways that society's institutions don't support. We envision a network of such places developing around the country and around the ...
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Rupert Sheldrake: The Crisis of Science (E07)

Rupert Sheldrake is one of the most thoughtful, lucid people I have ever met. In this conversation we talk about the foundations of science, both as an institution and as a path to knowledge. Like all the institutions of modernity, science faces a crisis that is increasingly recognized within science ...
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Brown Koroskenyi and Pamela Lyness: Healing With Nature (E06)

Charles speaks with Brown Koroskenyi and Pamela Lyness of the Avatar Centre, an experimental community in the Amazon dedicated to recovering knowledge of how to live harmoniously with the land. Of course, we needn't go to the Amazon to do this, but each place on earth has its own unique medicine. What ...
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Julio Olalla: A Story of Gratitude (E05)

Charles speaks with life coaching legend Julio Olalla about the power of gratitude, and more generally, the role of story and perception in forming the ground from which actions arise. Julio shares an amazing story of synchronicity and gratitude that also hints at the world-changing effects of choices that, in ...
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Francis Weller: Of Grief and Reverence (E04)

Charles talks with Francis Weller about grief as a gateway to joy, to reverence, and to community, and the power of public grief to bring healing on a personal, community, and political level ...
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Chris Martenson: Deep Wealth and Transformation (E03)

A conversation with Chris Martenson, creator of the Crash Course, who like I have has moved beyond (way beyond) economics to explore systems change and narrative change. We talk about real wealth and fake wealth, community, technology, healing, and the impossible. A deep dive! Chris Martenson, is an economic researcher and ...
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Amy Lansky: Synchronicity and the Impossible (E02)

A conversation between Charles and Amy Lansky, a computer scientist and NASA researcher who was propelled down the road less traveled through her son's autism and its subsequent "impossible" cure. We talk about radicalization, skepticism, and gateways to synchronicity. Amy Lansky was a NASA researcher in artificial intelligence when her ...
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Nipun Mehta: Changing the Story with Kindness (E01)

A conversation with Nipun Mehta, founder of ServiceSpace, on kindness and generosity, non-monetary wealth, and how even small, simple acts of kindness alter the fabric of our world to have potentially enormous social and political consequences ...
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Maria Scordialos: Reconnecting to the Strength We Have (Introduction)

Here is a conversation with Maria Scordialos, an activist in Greece. We talk about the upcoming referendum, the solidarity economy, the role of fear in politics, the economics and politics of debt, and the revolutionary potential of authenticity in leaders. Maria gives us a peek at what is happening on ...
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