Cult Indoctrination with Matthew Remski

Matthew Remski is a Toronto-based yoga therapist and Ayurvedic consultant. He is the author of eight books, including Threads of Yoga: a remix of Patanjali’s Sutras with commentary and reverie and the forthcoming What Are We Actually Doing In Asana? Matthew offers razor-sharp insight and commentary into yoga culture at, as well as a number of online publications. He also spent time in two cults: the Gelukpa Tibetan Buddhist cult of Michael Roach and Charles Anderson’s Endeavor Academy. He has written extensively on both of these experiences to help others understand the indoctrination process, as well as how to heal after emerging from the spell of manipulative teachers. We started our conversation discussing Will Allen’s documentary, Holy Hell, which details the Buddhafield cult that emerged in Los Angeles in the nineteen eighties and, in another incarnation, still exists in Hawaii today. Needless to say, this is an intense conversation.

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Utopia is Creepy with Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr is the author of the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, as well as The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us. His new book, Utopia is Creepy, is a sliver of his vast collection of blog posts archived at, as well as some twitterings and magazine articles. Carr is a huge influence on my own work, especially his writings on technology’s effects on the very thing it promises: to connect us. In the process much is being lost and many are alienated. This is in part what we discussed in this podcast, along with how GPS takes away our sense of agency, the loss of physicality when we’re always connected, and how social media strips away our ability to develop compassion and empathy.

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Addiction Recovery with Tommy Rosen

Tommy Rosen is the founder of the Recovery Online 2.0 Conference, as well as the book and podcast of the same name. Twenty-seven years sober, Rosen has dedicated much of his life helping people suffering from a wide range of addictions—alcohol, opioids, food, sex, pornography—overcome habitual patterns and live rich, meaningful lives. During our chat we discuss the nature of pattern formation, the cue/routine/reward system, overcoming addiction through practices like yoga, the role of abstinence and psychedelics in recovery, and Rosen’s favorite subject, the Grateful Dead.

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Failing Intentionally with Andrew McPherson

Andrew McPherson is a singer/songwriter based in Guelph, a tiny city with a big musical reputation located an hour outside of Toronto. Most prominently known as the founder of Eccodek, Andrew has long been influenced by a variety of ambient artists, including Brian Eno, Michael Brook, Satie, and Debussy. His new album is under yet another name, Peppermoth. I caught up with Andrew in his studio via Skype to talk about this beautiful new record, Now You Hear Me. If you haven’t heard him, now is the time to do so. To hear Peppermoth check out

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Re-Sensitizing to Politics with Mike Hull

Mike Hull is the video producer in the election unit at the network Fusion. He is also a longtime filmmaker, cinematographer, and keen political thinker. As he attended both the Republican and Democratic conventions this year, I chat with him about what that experience was like, and what shape he sees American politics taking in the future.

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The Quest for Freedom

Freedom is individual and shared; it can’t be any other way. Just as consciousness is bound to the biochemical processes of our brain interacting with the physical reality of our body, freedom in society must in some ways respect the boundaries of that society—a vast, empty space with no clear lines is impossible to define as culture. We have to work together on these definitions—work within the constructs, not as if none exist.
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On Death & Gratitude

Sometimes death, even of a pet, can remind you of what is immediate and dear. I explore this notion after losing a cat, Anula, of eleven years.

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Poetry & Puerto Rico w/Vincent Toro

Poet Vincent Toro’s new book, Stereo.Island.Mosaic., is the winner of the 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. The collection ranges from the personal to the political, featuring Toro’s longtime activism in raising awareness about socio-political issues in his ancestral homeland, Puerto Rico. I’ve known the man for twenty-two years. We’re former roommates and collaborators, as well as longtime friends. I caught up with Vincent while he was in town speaking at the AWP Conference in downtown Los Angeles. Check out our conversation about poetry and Puerto Rico, and make sure to pick up his incredible book:

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Paleo Veganism?

Dr. Mark Hyman received some flack for coining the term ‘pegan’ a combination of paleo and vegan. After nearly twenty years of vegetarianism, including two as a vegan, in this podcast I discuss my recent dietary changes to a paleo-based diet and all the implications this has had in my life—including strength/flexibility, inflammation, energy levels, ethics, and more.

Joseph Campbell snippet from his lecture, ‘The World Soul.’

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Storytelling in Yoga and the Search for Contentment

We’re constantly telling stories with our bodies. How we move defines a sizable portion of our identity. In this podcast I briefly discuss why storytelling is such a crucial component of modern yoga , as well as why contentment is one of the most cherished and important qualities of this discipline. Being constantly distracted is not going to develop those higher-order emotions that are the hallmarks of this practice.

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