EP 40 – Can Humans “Coexist”? A Jew, a Catholic, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Humanist, a Buddhist, and a Protestant walk into a podcast…

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With all the division we see in the world, is coexistence even possible? There was an interesting article recently in Psychology Today that spoke on this topic. The article pointed out how we are constantly reminded of our differences, but in reality we are all very much the same. We all want love, we all want purpose, we all want the best for our children, etc…But the #1 thing we have in common? We want to belong.

To test this theory, we invited seven guests who each have different belief systems and grew up in different cultures to share their views on coexisting:

Robert Scheer: American journalist and author of ten books, Scheer has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his nearly 60 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. He conducted the famous Playboy magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures.

He was a Vietnam correspondent and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. A National correspondent and a nationally syndicated columnist at the Los Angeles Times where he was named a contributing editor. Also, a former co-host for several years of KCRW’s political radio program Left, Right and Center, he now hosts Scheer Intelligence, a half-hour KCRW podcast with people who, through a lifetime of engagement with political issues, offer unique and often surprising perspectives on the day’s most important issues. Founder and Publisher of Scheer Post. Scheer is also clinical professor in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at USC.

Dr. Tom Catena: An internationally recognized humanitarian and Catholic lay missionary, Catena was awarded the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity in 2017 for his courageous work for serving more than half a million people in Sudan’s war-torn, Nuba Mountains. As the award winning Documentary “The Heart of Nuba” highlights, Dr Tom has been serving at the Mother Mercy Hospital since 2008. He typically treats up to 500 patients in a day and is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, delivering babies, performing surgeries, and treating injuries resulting from bombings.

Mobolaji Olambiwonnu: An award-winning director Speaker/filmmaker focused on social justice/cultural documentaries and narrative films with his B.A. in Communications from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and M.F.A. from the American Film Institute (AFI’s) directing program. He is widely known for his film, “Ferguson Rises.” He has earned 3 Hermes award, an international Videographer award and a Director’s Guild of America (DGA) award for his work.

Deepa Bharath: Award winning newspaper reporter and Religion Reporter at The Associated Press with 20-plus years of experience working for publications in Southern California.

Roger Fishman: As an artist, photographer, adventurer, Roger’s current focus is on the transformative power of water and ice and the impact of climate change on our natural landscapes. He has spent hundreds of hours in a helicopter circumnavigating Greenland and Iceland, filming and photographing the evolution of earth’s icebergs and waterways. His new work is not only beautiful, but is also being used to aid climate research by scientists from MIT, Columbia, Brown and UCLA.

Chantal Prunier: Chantal is an American Real estate executive and advisor and a regular visitor of Tibet and the Himalayas. Chantal speaks Tibetan, studies Buddhism and is awe-struck by the rugged beauty of the rooftop of the world and the strength of its people. She has a degree in Economics and Business from Ecole Superieure de Commerce, Dijon, France and an MBA from Harvard University.

Ryan Boyette: Ryan co-founded To Move Mountains (TMM) and leads the team with over 20 years of experience living and working in Sudan’s conflict area of the Nuba Mountains. Ryan ensures our educational programs live out the vision and mission of TMM. Ryan has managed multiple humanitarian and church-based efforts within Sudan and South Sudan and has a Master’s Degree from Vanderbilt University in International Education Policy and Management.

Check out our conversation with this brilliant and diverse group of humans here or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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