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211: Program or Be Programmed, with Douglas Rushkoff

Episode 211 of Smells Like Human Spirit explores our ever-increasing use of technology, in a modern world seemingly obsessed with smartphones and social media. First, Douglas Rushkoff, a highly influential media theorist, author, and Professor of Media Studies at Queens College joins the show. Mr. Rushkoff, the creator of four award-winning PBS "Frontline" documentaries, discusses the impact of modern technologies on communication, the political process, and social progress. In the second part of the episode, Guy calls up a friend to discuss the effect of social media specifically on today's young people.

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

210: Bearing Witness, with Jo McElroy Senecal

Today's podcast focuses on a topic that many of us would like to avoid discussing - death - or more specifically, the experience of being present in the final moments of someone's life. To do so, Guy Evans is joined by Jo McElroy Senecal, author of the powerful New York Times opinion piece 'Bearing Witness', and counselor and family liaison for a nonprofit organization called the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp. Enjoy!

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

209: Phesto Dee of Souls of Mischief talks his career, innovation in music, social issues facing America, police brutality, the banking system, and more

Phesto Dee, a member of one of the most respected and revered hip-hop groups of all-time, Souls of Mischief, joins Guy Evans for Episode 209 of SLHS.

In the first half of the interview, we discuss Phesto's career, his experiences navigating the murky world of music industry politics, and his thoughts on originality and creativity in the genre of hip-hop.

Later we get into some broader topics of discussion including the social problems facing America today, police brutality, and the global banking system. Enjoy!

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Phesto Dee Quotables:

"When they talk about the 1% versus the 99%, and the top 1% making more than the bottom 50% of the population in the world...[international bankers] are ultimately who they're talking about. It's not just these Wall Street executives, or Goldman Sachs or those people...it goes a step further than that."

"The goal of these record labels is flat-out to make money. They're not trying to re-invent the wheel with music, they're not trying to put out great albums that rival the great music of yesteryear. That's why you have a lot of bottomless music that's out there - it doesn't have any substance or style to it. It's all recycled, but the ultimate goal is not to make great music. The ultimate goal is to make money, unfortunately."

"The essence of hip-hop is underground music. It's not meant to be this big, huge, corporate thing - even though it became that. But that's not what we originally set out to be."

"If you're just watching from afar, you see [artists with] fancy cars, [big] houses. They don't know that this stuff is [often] rented and leased for the video, just to create this image that these people are having all of this success."

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

208: Podcasting about Podcasting, with guest Elsie Escobar

"[Podcasts] are nothing. [They are] irrelevant. You learn nothing.” - Howard Stern

Our guest for Episode 208 of Smells Like Human Spirit is the podcaster, yoga lifestyle specialist, and digital media strategist Elsie Escobar. Elsie joined the show to discuss the mainstream's media latest obsession with podcasting, what the future holds for the medium, and why Howard Stern was wrong!

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She podcasts - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/she-podcasts/id891885238?mt=2

The Feed - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/feed-official-libsyn-podcast/id668413144?mt=2

Elsie's yoga class  -https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/elsies-yoga-class-inspiration/id181891173?mt=2

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 9:35pm EDT

207: Director Robert May on the 'Kids for Cash' Scandal

Today's guest is the noted producer and director Robert May, whose resume includes an executive producer credit on the Oscar Award Winning film ‘The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from The Life of Robert S. McNamara.’

More recently, Mr. May served as the Director for the 2013 documentary ‘Kids For Cash’ - a piece focusing on the 2008 scandal involving a zero tolerance judge who sentenced some 3,000 children to a private for-profit detention facility, all the while pocketing a ‘finder’s fee’ of $2.2 million resulting from the facility’s construction.

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 6:52pm EDT

206: Smells Like Human Spirit Is Back/Thoughts on the 'Podcasting Boom'

It's official - Smells Like Human Spirit is back!!! In this episode, host Guy Evans discusses his six-month absence from the microphone, and examines the apparent 'podcasting boom' as touted by mainstream and independent media alike. Will the future of podcasting mirror the trajectory of the numerous other new media that came before it? 

 

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

Smells Like Human Spirit RETURNS on March 2nd!

Smells Like Human Spirit RETURNS on Monday 3/2!

Many of you know that I’ve been dealing with a (relatively) severe back issue for the past year or so. The condition became pretty debilitating last summer, and by September, sitting down for an hour to record a podcast was a ridiculously excruciating task. It was with much regret that I had to step away from the microphone until things improved, but fear not – Smells Like Human Spirit is on the comeback trail! After just experiencing my first completely pain-free weekend in many months, it is time for business to pick up once again.

You can e-mail me at smellslikehumanspirit@gmail.com with your suggestions for upcoming topics and/or guests…and stay tuned!

Peace :) 

-Guy

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Category:Podcasts -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

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