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Dr. Michael Parenti is an internationally-renowned lecturer and author, most recently of 'The Face of Imperialism'. In this interview, he discusses the use of entertainment media as propaganda, and the relationship between government agencies and the production of such content. Later on in the talk, Dr. Parenti also provides his take on the media's coverage of the Obama Administration's escalating use of drones, and the recent death of Margaret Thatcher. A great listen as always so enjoy, spread the word, and peace! 

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Thomas Gokey is the vice-president of The Rolling Jubilee Fund, an initiative of Strike Debt, that made headlines in the past month as a result of its efforts to eliminate 1 million dollars in personal medical debt in the Louisville area. He joins Guy Evans for Episode 65 of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast to discuss the formation of the project, its future plans, potential tax and legal issues, the long-term economic effects of abolishing debts, and much more! Check it out, share, and peace!

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"A presidential candidate may be 'drafted' in response to 'overwhelming popular demand', but it is well known that his name may be decided upon by half a dozen men sitting around a table in a hotel room." - Edward Bernays 

This week Guy Evans examines Chapter 3 of Edward Bernays' seminal text 'Propaganda'. In this chapter, 'The New Propagandists', Bernays characteristically boasts that the public are not aware of the 'invisible rulers' that control elected figureheads behind the scenes. He suggests that public opinion must be molded by the 'intelligent few', and argues that in many aspects of our daily lives, we are influenced by deceptive trend-setters that manipulate our desires and cause us to make uninformed, irrational choices. Enjoy the podcast and share with a friend!

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Edward Bernays, the 'Father' of Public Relations and highly influential in informing modern advertising techniques, quite literally wrote the book on Propaganda. It was released in 1928 and makes the case that "the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society (p.9)."

In this podcast series, Guy Evans examines just how influential Bernays' ideas were, and details the resulting impact in relation to public relations, advertising, celebrity culture, and democracy itself. This week, Chapter 2 is under the microscope, a chapter that further details the scientific underpinning that explains how the minority influence the majority.

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It's often been referred to as the 'scourge of society', a plague of communities and constant cause of anti-social behavior. Binge drinking has long been an issue, currently in New Zealand and perpetually, in the United Kingdom, specifically within its Universities.

There may be some signs, however, that in the words of Professor Fiona Measham, a criminologist at Durham University who has advised the Government on alcohol policy, a ‘cultural shift’ is taking place in regards to University drinking culture. "From about 2002 onwards, the tide turned," according to Professor Measham. I've seen it in my students and I've seen it when I do my research in pubs and clubs. Something is changing...there is no longer the desire to go out and get completely obliterated."

Eve Betts, a first year journalism student at the University of Sheffield and blogger for The Huffington Post, recently contributed to this notion by penning the article ‘The Sober Fresher – do you need alcohol to have a good time at University?’. She joins Guy Evans for Episode 62 of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast and makes her case for why having fun as a student doesn't necessarily have to be synonymous with getting 'hammered'.

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Chris Holmes, now known as 'Mr. Cake', made headlines yesterday after it emerged that he had quit his job as an immigration officer at Stansted Airport by baking his resignation ‘letter’. Mr. Holmes told his supervisors that he wanted to devote 'time and energy' to his family and business interests after recently becoming a father, and once his brother-in-law shared an image of the resignation cake, the story went viral on Twitter.

Was this a gesture designed to simply leave some former colleagues with a positive lasting memory, or, as Business Insider put it, 'brilliant' marketing? Find out in this episode where Guy Evans speaks to the man himself!

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Edward Bernays, born in Vienna in 1891 and famously the nephew of Sigmund Freud, was perhaps the pioneer in the field of Public Relations, and highly influential in providing the framework for modern advertising.

His work aimed to convince people to want things that they didn't need, and in the process, link their unconscious desires to the consumption of mass produced goods. This in turn, it was theorized, could be used to control the masses, as by keeping them distracted on frivolous happenings and relatively unimportant wants, they wouldn't interfere with the activities of what he called ‘the important few’.

All the while, he was remarkably candid about his intent. In one of his first books, 'Propaganda' (1928), he coined the term ‘Engineering of consent’ to describe his technique for controlling the masses. In this podcast series, Guy Evans examines just how influential these ideas were, and details the resulting impact in relation to public relations, advertising, celebrity culture, and democracy itself.

This is Part 1. Enjoy!

  

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Sam Simon is a director, producer and writer perhaps best known for being one of the co-creators of The Simpsons. Along with his contributions to the entertainment industry, he has had stints as a boxing manager, poker player, and philanthropist in establishing the Sam Simon Foundation. Fans of his were saddened however to hear of his recent cancer diagnosis, and in this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Sam joins Guy Evans to discuss this and a number of other topics, including:

*The Sam Simon Foundation and its work in rescuing dogs and feeding families;

*The lack of activism displayed by many in the entertainment industry;

*Celebrity culture and its propensity to distract the public from key issues;

*How he would rate his overall contribution towards 'The Simpsons';

*Why he was initially skeptical that the show could last more than one season;

*His current relationship with co-creators Matt Groening and James Brooks;

*George H.W. Bush's comments citing the show as an example of moral decline;

*How television has changed since his first involvement;

*Working with George Carlin and the resulting influence on his political beliefs;

*His case for why George W. Bush was the worst president ever;

*Thoughts on Barack Obama and the lack of actual change that has characterized his tenure thus far;

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Do you know what's in your food? Concern about genetically modified foods is rising, particularly in the wake of the 'Monsanto Protection' Act being signed into law. In this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Guy Evans is joined by community activist Leiha Maldonado to discuss GMOs, Monsanto, the food justice movement, and more. Enjoy!

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"The United States does stage false terror attacks." 

Such is the contention of Michigan lawyer Kurt Haskell, a passenger on the Northwest Airlines Flight 253, a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on December 25th 2009. The aircraft was targeted, it is claimed by the authorities, by Al-Qaeda in the form of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now known as the ‘underwear bomber’. However, Kurt and his wife Lori witnessed Umar, whose father had previously reported as a terrorist, being led on to the plane without a passport. In this episode of the Smells Like Human Spirit Podcast, Kurt recounts his tale, details what happened when he was visited at his office by FBI agents, and discusses his run for Congress last year. Enjoy!

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