04: Buddhism and the Brain with Evan Thompson

Evan Thompson is professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia. He writes about cognitive science, phenomenology, the philosophy of mind, and cross-cultural philosophy, especially Buddhist philosophy in dialogue with Western philosophy of mind and cognitive science. On this episode we discuss the concepts behind Evan’s latest book, Waking, Dreaming Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation and Philosophy, including the role of the self, consciousness from a Buddhist and scientific perspective, lucid dreaming, and reincarnation. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.

03: Modern Music with Adam Dorn (Mocean Worker)

My guest is bass player and producer extraordinaire Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, who joins me live in Palms, Los Angeles to discuss streaming music, the art of production, making a living in music, and, somehow, Nicki Minaj. Show music by Adam. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.

02: Race in America with Dax-Devlon Ross

Dax-Devlon Ross is the Executive Director of the NY/Newark chapters of After School All-Stars. He is also a prolific writer, covering issues concerning race and the prison system for the NY Times, Time, Next City and more.  Dax is also an old and very close friend. We started a publishing company together in 2005 and have hiked more times than I can ever remember. We have also been pulled over by the cops more times than I can remember, which prompted this episode, in which we discuss the recent Charleston shootings, growing up black in DC, race perception, and whether gay/transgender rights are really the ‘new Civil Rights.’ Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.

01: Music, Movement, Mythology

In this first podcast I explore the three most meaningful aspects of my life: music, movement, mythology. I take a look at the intersection of the three and how that results in the international-flavored yoga mixtapes I release on my Soundcloud. Stay in touch: http://www.derekberes.com.