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At a time when political polarization, dysfunction, and confusion seem to be at an all-time high, and when noise and static seem to be drowning out sane discourse … the Wiki Politiki Radio Show offers a heartening alternative: Fun, laughter, constructive conversation, and insight. Its purpose is to cultivate the wisdom of many perspectives, and create generative conversations to help us work together to find real solutions to the problems we face … or as Swami would say, “Let’s bring left and right front and center to turn the funk into function, and leave the junk at the junction.” Each week on the Wiki Politiki Radio Show, host Steve Bhaerman (also known as cosmic comic Swami Beyondananda) will bring two “visionary, solutionary” voices to the show to offer their viewpoints, and then collaborate to find a wiser way forward. We’re not expecting our guests to agree about everything. That would be boring and unproductive! We do expect that by speaking clearly and listening respectfully, there will be some “Aha’s” and new pathways for co-creation. And there will be plenty of ha-ha’s as well, as Steve and Swami bring much-needed humor to the political landscape. Even though the show is called Wiki Politiki, the topics and guests will represent a wide range of fields — from spirituality and psychology to economy and ecology, health and wellbeing, and of course, politics. The politics will not focus on the entrenched and clichéd conversations between polarized tribes, but rather on the “meta-issues” that help us rise above and see from a higher perspective. Listen Live every Tuesday at 5 PM EST at http://omtimes.com/iom

Episodes

  • Jack Reed - Do We Need A “Vaccination” Against Deception?

    Jack Reed - Do We Need A “Vaccination” Against Deception?

    05/05/2021 Duration: 57min

    Jack Reed – Do We Need A “Vaccination” Against Deception?A Sane and Sacred Community Will Help UsAchieve Herd Immunity Against Unheard of ImpunityDisclaimer: The views expressed on this show are those of the host and guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of OMTimes Media.Aired Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Global Visionary Jack Reed, Author of The Next Evolution: a Blueprint for Transforming the Planet.“Covering the mouth and nose to slow the spread of a viral disease is one thing. Being forced to cover our eyes and ears to stop the spread of novel viral ideas, that’s something else.” — Swami BeyondanandaWhen Lyndon Johnson was President, there was a popular riddle. How can you tell when the President is telling the truth? When he wiggles his ears, he is telling the truth. When he scratches his nose, he is telling the truth. When he rubs is eyes, he is telling the truth. When he opens his mouth … he is lying.We the people have been acculturated to being lied to by p

  • Mark Crispin Miller - Propaganda

    Mark Crispin Miller - Propaganda

    28/04/2021 Duration: 56min

    Propaganda Expert Is In Trouble For… Teaching About PropagandaIrony Deficiency and Truth Decay in “Not-See” AmericaAired Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTDisclaimer: The views expressed on this show are those of the host and guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of OMTimes Media.Interview with Author, Journalist and Professor Mark Crispin Miller“Notseeism: Deadly disease of the body politic where people choose to not see what is too uncomfortable to look at.” — Swami BeyondanandaAs the Swami has been telling us for years now, the body politic is one sick puppy, suffering from irony deficiency … truth decay … electile dysfunction … and most recently from bi-polar disorder.As a result, what we used to call democracy is in the intensive care unit – and those who intensively care about its survival are finding themselves more and more marginalized. Fortunately, we still have that bastion of truth, academia, where in the spirit of the Free Speech Movement more than half a century ago,

  • Dr. Bruce Greyson - Near-Death Experiences and the Great Upwising

    Dr. Bruce Greyson - Near-Death Experiences and the Great Upwising

    21/04/2021 Duration: 56min

    Dr. Bruce Greyson – Near-Death Experiences and the Great UpwisingHow the Prospect of “Life After Death” Informs Life BEFORE Death Aired Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Dr. Bruce Greyson, Author of “After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond”“I haven’t actually had a near-death experience myself, but I hear it’s out of this world.” — Swami BeyondanandaAnd now for something completely different…While we think of politics as extremely “this-worldly”, this week we are going to explore the otherworldly domain of near-death experiences and their implications for how we perceive life and death, and conduct ourselves in this world.This is a personal issue for me. When I was eight years old, my dad suffered a near-fatal heart attack, and afterward reported what would now be termed a near-death experience. While he was unconscious, his sister Betty, who had passed just a month before, beckoned to him from across a bridge. For some reason – possib

  • Diane Perlman - Grave New World?

    Diane Perlman - Grave New World?

    14/04/2021 Duration: 57min

    Diane Perlman – Grave New World?The Vaccine Passport and the Dynamics of DominationAired Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Political Psychologist, Activist and Writer Diane Perlman“Notseeism: The habit of choosing to not see what is too uncomfortable to look at.” — Swami Beyondananda Disclaimer: The views expressed on this show are those of the host and guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of OMTimes Media. You should discuss the Coronavirus vaccinations with your personal physician and get their recommendations based on your health history. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for the latest information.America – and indeed the world – is living in two parallel realities.In one reality, experts are lauding the new vaccines as the only way to liberate us from the COVID pandemic and lockdown. Those who are “vaccine-hesitant” or doubt the efficacy of masking and social distancing are seen as science-deniers and ignorant, selfish Trumpsters.In ano

  • Steven Newcomb - The ORIGINAL White Privilege

    Steven Newcomb - The ORIGINAL White Privilege

    31/03/2021 Duration: 56min

    Steven Newcomb – The ORIGINAL White PrivilegeThe Doctrine of Discovery and DominationAired Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Native American Scholar and Activist Steven Newcomb“Domination isn’t a race issue. It’s a human race issue.” — Swami BeyondanandaIn the wake of the “woke” culture and Black Lives Matter movement, there has been much focus on white privilege, and how the lives of privileged white people differ radically from those of people of color. While all this is undoubtedly true, and those people continue to suffer “micro-aggressions” from unconscious white folks, it’s the MACRO-AGGRESSION that nobody wants to talk about.That macro-aggression is the dominator meme that we conveniently mistaken for “the way things are” that impacts us all, reflecting the domination exploitation paradigm that permeates every institution in our society. And while the Doctrine of Discovery stems from the Papal bulls issued in the 15th century giving white conquistadors the right to rape

  • David Korten - From Ego-nomics to Eco-nomics

    David Korten - From Ego-nomics to Eco-nomics

    24/03/2021 Duration: 56min

    David Korten – From Ego-nomics to Eco-nomicsTransition to An Ecological CivilizationAired Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with David Korten, author of “When Corporations Rule the World”, and the “ Great Turning”“If we lose the Earth, there goes our GDP.” — Swami BeyondanandaIn 1972 a book was written that was designed to change the world. The book, the Limits of Growth, was the first report issued by the Club of Rome, an organization founded by Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei and Scottish scientist Alexander King in 1968. The report warned that economic growth could not continue indefinitely because of resource depletion. It went on to sell 30 million copies in more than 30 languages, making it the best-selling environmental book in history.And yet … here we are nearly half a century later, and experiencing peak everything. The book was remarkably prescient … but apparently had little impact. What happened? And … what can be done about it?Our guest on Wiki Politiki, David Ko

  • Jonathan Granoff - From Homeland Insecurity to Heartland Security

    Jonathan Granoff - From Homeland Insecurity to Heartland Security

    17/03/2021 Duration: 49min

    Jonathan Granoff – From Homeland Insecurity to Heartland SecurityShifting to A Global Culture of PeaceAired Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Attorney, Author and Documentarian Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute“If war is a necessary evil, it’s time to establish peace as a necessary good.” — Swami BeyondanandaIt is sadly true and truly sad. What has come to be known as globalism can also be called gobble-ism, as it has become a way for those with way too much money and way too much power to gobble up our planetary resources, and keep the world’s population armed against one another. To keep this system in place, there is a system of “impropaganda” perpetuated by a media controlled by a few corporate players. In other words, globalization = gobble-ization = Goebbelization.Fortunately, there is an awakening – an upwising – by those who see a new kind of global engagement that comes from bottom up awareness instead of top-down imposition.Our guest this w

  • Vandana Shiva - Bill Gates: Planetary Savior or Demonic Force?

    Vandana Shiva - Bill Gates: Planetary Savior or Demonic Force?

    10/03/2021 Duration: 59min

    Vandana Shiva – Bill Gates: Planetary Savior or Demonic Force?Conspiracy Theories vs. Con’s Piracy FactsAired Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with World-Renowned Activist Vandana Shiva, Author of “Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom”“Humanity is facing an existential crisis – do we want to continue to exist or not?” — Swami BeyondanandaBill Gates has become at least as much of a controversial figure as Donald Trump, particularly now that the question of massive and mandatory vaccinations have emerged in the wake of the COVID crisis.One narrative paints him as a benevolent benefactor determined to use technology to save humanity from disease and starvation.The other narrative portrays him as a megalomaniacal technocrat bent on owning all the world’s seeds, controlling our food supply, and subjecting the world’s population to mass surveillance, top-down control, and depopulation.Which of these is right, or better yet, which is closer to the truth?This week on W

  • Dr. Len Saputo - Making Sense of the Vexing Vaxx Narrative

    Dr. Len Saputo - Making Sense of the Vexing Vaxx Narrative

    03/03/2021 Duration: 56min

    Dr. Len Saputo – Making Sense of the Vexing Vaxx NarrativeIs The Vaccine Necessary and Desirable?Aired Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST Disclaimer: The views expressed here are not those of OMTimes Media, Inc. We believe individuals should follow the current CDC guidelines for safe practices – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html. In the event you believe you have COVID-19, immediately contact a qualified healthcare professional. Interview with Dr. Len Saputo, Integrative Medicine Pioneer and Author of “A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine”“Re COVID, we can use an injection of sanity.” — Swami BeyondanandaHere is a piece of information that seems to be getting buried in all the “good news” about vaccine availability: Are you aware of the COVID survival rates for the various age groups?Here goes:Under age 20 … 99.997% survival rateAge 20-49 … 99.98 % survival rateAge 50-69 … 99.5 % survival rateOver 70 … 95% su

  • Charles Randall Paul - From Dueling Dualities to Dynamic Duo Dance Partners

    Charles Randall Paul - From Dueling Dualities to Dynamic Duo Dance Partners

    24/02/2021 Duration: 56min

    Charles Randall Paul – From Dueling Dualities to Dynamic Duo Dance PartnersHow Trusting Hearts Can Live in “Peaceful Tension” with Opposing Minds Aired Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST Interview with Charles Randall Paul, President of Foundation for Inter-Religious Diplomacy“Truth lives in our hearts, beliefs lie in our heads.” — Swami BeyondanandaOne of the big problems with finding a commonly-sensed common sense consensus among citizens across the political spectrum is that … well, we disagree. And these days, different political narratives mean different realities. On last week’s show, we featured the new documentary, “The Reunited States of America,” and how respectful, face-to-face, heart-to-heart communication can rehumanize the “other” and affirm “beloved community.”And then what?Do we pretend we don’t disagree on fundamental issues and worldviews? Do we dance around these profound differences, or is there another way? Last summer, I interviewed two thirds of a trio looking to cr

  • Raj Krishna - The Reunited States of America

    Raj Krishna - The Reunited States of America

    17/02/2021 Duration: 56min

    Raj Krishna – The Reunited States of AmericaYes, Virginia (and the Other 49 States) – There IS a Sane and Sacred CenterAired Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with “Reunited States of America” Film Maker Raj Krishna“We need more visionaries and fewer divisionaries.” — Swami BeyondanandaIn the wake of the most contentious presidential election of our lifetime… there has indeed been an awakening.There has been a subtle yet world-changing shift toward what we are calling political climate change – warmer hearts and cooler heads. Even in selecting Biden over Trump, there was an affirmation of the politics of connection and collaboration over the politics of domination and separation.This politics of unity cannot pretend we all agree. Rather it involves finding ways to turn the dueling dualities of progressive and conservative into dynamic duo dance partners. In November, we interviewed transpartisan visionary and activist Mark Gerzon about a new documentary based on his book, The Re

  • Byron Belitsos - And the Last Trump Shall Blow

    Byron Belitsos - And the Last Trump Shall Blow

    10/02/2021 Duration: 56min

    Byron Belitsos – And the Last Trump Shall BlowThe Convenient Marriage of Trumpism and Christian ApocalpticismAired Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM EST Interview with Author and Integral Activist Byron Belitsos “Donald Trump and Q-Anon were made for each other: The super-duper duper meets the super-duped.” — Swami BeyondanandaIt’s been a paradox that “rational” observers have been puzzling over for nearly five years now. Why is it that so many Christian fundamentalists have gone gaga over Donald Trump, who seems to have embraced every one of the seven deadly sins as virtues? As the joke goes, Trump’s greatest asset is his liability – ability to lie – and yet many of Trump’s Christian followers find “truth” in his false statements.Our guest this week, Byron Belitsos, was a journalist on site at the January 6th MAGA demonstrations and storming of the Capitol. He took photos, and informally interviewed dozens of people. He came away with a deep understanding of why people were there, and also o

  • Michael Maxsenti - Finding and Cultivating Our Sane and Sacred Center

    Michael Maxsenti - Finding and Cultivating Our Sane and Sacred Center

    03/02/2021 Duration: 56min

    Michael Maxsenti – Finding and Cultivating Our Sane and Sacred CenterFrom Dueling Dualities to Dynamic Duo Dance PartnersAired Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Conservative Transpartisan Activist Michael Maxsenti“It’s time to bring left and right front and center to face the music and dance together.” — Swami BeyondanandaOnce again this week the news headlines are dominated by the entrenched oppositional positions of the two political parties. And yet … and I know I sound like a broken record here … behind the scenes, awakening elements on all sides are seeking what we are calling the “sane and sacred center” – a way to bring Americans together around the virtues and values that the 90% of us who are not sociopaths hold in common.In fact, here in California there is actually a new party emerging called the Common Sense Party, and if there is anything we need it is uncommon common sense!As their website says:“Our state used to take pride in our infrastructure, education, env

  • Daniel Pinchbeck - Conspiracy Theories or Con’s Piracy Facts?

    Daniel Pinchbeck - Conspiracy Theories or Con’s Piracy Facts?

    27/01/2021 Duration: 56min

    Daniel Pinchbeck – Conspiracy Theories or Con’s Piracy Facts?Finding Reality in a Post-Truth WorldAired Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Author, Publisher and Psychedelic Traveler Daniel Pinchbeck“There’s so much fake news and real lies out there, we don’t know what to NOT believe.” — Swami BeyondanandaWith reality checks bouncing like crazy for Q-Anon folks and others who believed that Donald Trump really won the election, one might imagine folks would sober up and join a group like Q-Anon-Anon to recover a bit of sanity.But … no.People continue to believe what they want to believe, and take shelter in preferred realities regardless of what is happening in “real” reality.At a time when the veils are being lifted on toxic perpetrations, some of which challenge our most fundamental beliefs about what is real, what do we do? At a time when folks on one side believe EVERYTHING is a conspiracy, and folks on the other believe that NOTHING is, how do we find a story that will hel

  • Jed Diamond - Do Shamed Men Become “Proud Boys”?

    Jed Diamond - Do Shamed Men Become “Proud Boys”?

    20/01/2021 Duration: 56min

    Jed Diamond – Do Shamed Men Become “Proud Boys”?The Psychology Behind Trumpism and What We Can Do About ItAired Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTInterview with Psychotherapist, Author and Men’s Health Expert Jed Diamond“Demagogue: A divisionary who spews impropaganda blaming ‘dem,’ and never ‘us.’.” — Swami BeyondanandaTrump may be going, going, gone yet Trumpism remains.Much has been written about Donald Trump’s psychological issues, and yet his appeal – particularly to a certain type of man – remains a bit of a mystery. Many, many people, certainly a majority of adult Americans, recognize Donald Trump as a self-serving liar and con artist. Yet many hold him as a hero, an upholder of American values, and the final firewall between our freedom and a top-down totalitarian “one world government.”Our guest this week Jed Diamond has been studying men’s health and psychology for more than half a century. Nearly five years ago, in May 2016, he predicted Donald Trump would be the next President.

  • Dr. Susan Rogers - Separate And UNEQUAL

    Dr. Susan Rogers - Separate And UNEQUAL

    13/01/2021 Duration: 56min

    Dr. Susan Rogers – Separate And UNEQUALCultural Segregation and Universal Health CareAired Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTAn Interview with Dr. Susan Rogers, Director of Physicians for a National Health Program“Our health care system needs to be healthier and more caring.” — Swami BeyondanandaAmerica’s health care system is seriously ill. And maybe instead of seeing a doctor, we need to see a paradox. Here are some paradoxical “irony supplements” to munch on. Did you know…• The U.S. spends more on health care as a share of the economy — nearly twice as much as the average industrial country — yet has the lowest life expectancy and highest suicide rates among the 11 Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.• The U.S. has the highest chronic disease burden and an obesity rate that is two times higher than the OECD average.• Americans had fewer physician visits than peers in most countries, which may be related to a low supply of physicians in the U.S.• Compare

  • Diane Perlman and Marilyn Langlois - Vexxed!

    Diane Perlman and Marilyn Langlois - Vexxed!

    06/01/2021 Duration: 56min

    Diane Perlman and Marilyn Langlois – Vexxed!How Do We Separate Truth From Propaganda Regarding COVID and Vaccines?Aired Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTAn Interview with Political Psychologist Diane Perlman and Peace and Justice Activist Marilyn LangloisSwami’s Dictionary“Irony Curtain: The invisible wall of impropaganda that separates we the people from the truth.” — Swami BeyondanandaYou may have heard of that controversial documentary called “Vaxxed” that caused quite a stir a few years ago. Well, I am calling the first show of this New Year “vexxed” because so many people are vexed and confounded by conflicting narratives around COVID, vaccinations, Bill Gates and the so-called new world order.I can tell you in advance we may not get to any definitive answers, but we WILL address some definitive questions to help you navigate the confusion, obfuscation, and the real and true information seeking to get heard. My guests today are not medical professionals, and so will not be offering an

  • Norlyn Dimmitt - Activating the 76%

    Norlyn Dimmitt - Activating the 76%

    30/12/2020 Duration: 56min

    Norlyn Dimmitt – Activating the 76%Can the “Beloved Community” Help us Rediscover Our Collective Core Values?Aired Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTAn Interview with Visionary Activist Norlyn Dimmitt“Of course Jesus believed in evolution, otherwise he would have said, ‘Now don’t do a thing until I return.’” — Swami BeyondanandaI’ve said it before, and it looks like this is going to become a broken record for my Wiki Politiki broadcasts for this coming year – we have a deeply UNITED body politic in that more than three quarters of us want to cooperate and collaborate, rather than fight one another.When this week’s guest, visionary activist Norlyn Dimmitt asserted that 76% of Americans want to come together to solve problems, it reminded me of something that happened nearly 25 years ago. I was listening to a talk by spiritual psychologist Patricia Sun, and she recounted a presentation she gave at a new age bookstore. Outside the bookstore were four fundamentalist Christians picketing the b

  • Marianne Williamson - Christmas In the Trenches, Revisited

    Marianne Williamson - Christmas In the Trenches, Revisited

    23/12/2020 Duration: 56min

    Marianne Williamson – Christmas In the Trenches, RevisitedCan America’s Warring Parties Emerge From Entrenched Positions and Find Our Sane and Sacred Center?Aired Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTAn Interview with Author and 2020 Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson“It’s time for conservatives to come out of their Fox-holes, and progressives out of their NPR-holes – time to play truce or consequences.” — Swami BeyondanandaIt used to be that the “work of heart” I most associated with Christmas was the Frank Capra movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” But ever since my friend Shanti Norman recorded John McCutcheon’s song, “Christmas in the Trenches” in 2000, I have held that extraordinary piece of work as best symbolizing the light that can shine in times of greatest darkness.After World War I started in 1914, the Pope suggested a truce around Christmas time. The generals pursuing the war didn’t like this idea one bit, and in fact one of their concerns was that the enemy trenches were so c

  • Michael Lerner - Revolutionary Love

    Michael Lerner - Revolutionary Love

    16/12/2020 Duration: 56min

    Michael Lerner – Revolutionary LoveA “Humanifesto” for A Caring SocietyAired Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM ESTAn Interview with Spiritual Political Activist Rabbi Michael Lerner“When a global Marshall Plan replaces the current ‘martial plan’ humankind will finally live up to its name.” — Swami BeyondanandaThere is a concept in Jewish theology called Tikkun Olam, roughly translated as the healing of the world. According to 16th century Rabbi Isaac Luria, in order to set the world right humans must be involved in this repair of the world. In our own times, this call for restoring wholeness has been taken up by this week’s Wiki Politiki guest, Rabbi Michael Lerner, founder of Tikkun magazine and of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in Berkeley, California.Rabbi Lerner is the author of several groundbreaking books, including The Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility in an Age of Cynicism, which caught the attention of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who invited him to stay at the White House. Te

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