Life And Life Only
Episode 33- The Corporation

Episode 33- The Corporation

September 14, 2022

In an edited version of what was originally a video podcast (link below), Antony and Luke Thompson dissect the seminal Canadian documentary written by law professor Joel Bakan and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott.

Although often run by people with decent intentions, the modern corporation, complete with its legally-determined 'rights of a person', has become a monster that seeks to devour all that stands in its own way while polluting the environment and often ruining lives. You may be shocked to hear the documentary's diagnosis of this legal monster, which we outline during the talk.

Some of the talking heads (including critics of the entity, corporation CEOs and everything in between) include Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore and Naomi Klein.

 

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The original unedited video version of this talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZgKhah2Acc

Luke's podcast and website

https://teacherluke.co.uk

Luke's Twitter page

https://twitter.com/EnglishPodcast

A recent film review collaboration between Antony and Luke (Monty Python!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMtOOBpRBaA

 

episode links

Links to the documentary itself and its 'unfortunately necessary' sequel https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPcHj...

Rutger Bregman cuts through the crap at Davos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paaen3b44XY

The news, sponsored by Pfizer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2LQW1TY0lY&t=45s

TED talk by John Perkins, former economic hitman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btF6nKHo2i0

 

 

 

 

Episode 32- Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

Episode 32- Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed

August 10, 2022

Nicnac Marsh has a podcast that delves into his psyche and the challenges of the complex business of existence in an ever-changing and increasingly confusing world. I was delighted to make 2 appearances on his show around this time last year so this latest offering is a compilation of the two.

Our talk goes to many different places but there is particular emphasis on creativity and also discussions on how the world might actually work beyond the propaganda and some discussion of John Lennon, which was Nicnac’s original entry point to my work.

There are audio clips included to complement the conversation and also musical contributions from Nicnac, myself and others 

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Nicnac’s podcast

https://anchor.fm/nicnacmarsh

 

episode links

The peerless Bill Hicks live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfdEN4ipoiw

Life Goes On Stargate Odyssey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1u2pyBi_Xk

In The Psychiatrist’s Chair- featuring R.D. Laing

https://podtail.com/podcast/in-the-psychiatrist-s-chair/rd-laing/

John Lennon’s slow piano version of ‘Help!’ (1970)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh8Q6RQ8cj0

Episode 31- ’Unvaccinated’ and the Propaganda of Presumption

Episode 31- ’Unvaccinated’ and the Propaganda of Presumption

July 26, 2022

The BBC, once considered the bastion of fairness in journalism, has in recent times begun to wear its propaganda on its sleeve. Antony attempts to give a fair but critical overview of their recent 'Unvaccinated' documentary and point out both the overt and more subtle propaganda techniques used in a piece of programming whose agenda is clear from the very start. 

 

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episode links

the documentary itself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLr6mqufuNM

2 mainstream reviews of the doc (one positive, one highly critical but neither showing any vaccine hesitancy)

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/jul/20/unvaccinated-review-the-most-infuriating-tv-show-of-the-year-so-far

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/unvaccinated-review-painfully-patronising-documentary-treated/

An interview with 2 of the participants

https://brandnewtube.com/watch/nazarin-veronica-speaks-on-gbnews-on-the-unvaccinated-bbc-documentary_2uCdpBk5ODJU268.html

 

Episode 30- The Miracle of Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister

Episode 30- The Miracle of Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister

June 20, 2022

Yes Minister, which later became Yes Prime Minister, was a BBC sitcom that ran from the late 1970s to the late 80s. On one level it was an extremely well-scripted and funny comedy, but it also offered a very profound and only slightly exaggerated look at the very interesting but also rather dark and slightly insane way in which we and our lives are governed by those at the top of the power game.

Indeed, it seems to get more and more relevant as time goes on, and this podcast explores the various levels of the show and the way in which its message seems to have been somewhat lost in the comedy aspect of it.

This is mostly a solo effort from Antony but there is a coda included which includes 'spiritual brother' of this podcast Julian Charles of 'The Mind Renewed'

 

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episode links

Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister basic details

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_Minister

Some classic clips of the show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynGg8r0zfzI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilSBK6D1oYY

Documentary about the show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRocvuyAMeI

'The Secret World of Whitehall' (The Real Sir Humphrey)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utDEkUWyQ8Y

The Thick of It (21st Century 'Yes Minister' with far more swearing!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpT0U-KDcXM

Julian Charles's website and our 'truth comedy' episode

https://themindrenewed.com/

https://themindrenewed.com/episodes/2014-15/608-ep016

 

 

Episode 29- Life And Life Only profiled on ’Pods Like Us’

Episode 29- Life And Life Only profiled on ’Pods Like Us’

May 15, 2022

On this episode, Antony discusses 'Life And Life Only' on the podcast about podcasts known as 'Pods Like Us', hosted by 'Marv' Quibell

 

Marv and Antony get into some LALO topics including self-coaching, self-education and conquering (and embracing) your fears, as well as some discussion of social compliance and the limitations of mainstream media. Antony talks about previous episodes of the show and there are a few tangents, including John Lennon, Nirvana and Table Tennis!

 

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episode links

Marv's website and a link to his show

https://themarvzone.org

https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/pods-like-us-martin-marv-quibell-Hl1fomU6iR4/

Social compliance video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8BkzvP19v4

The Milgram experiment

https://www.simplypsychology.org/milgram.html

I Am The Slime (Frank Zappa song about television)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiCQcEW98OY

Social Classes sketch (The Frost Report)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDIHrX-Jp2E&t=5s

 

 

Episode 28- An Uplifting Conversation About Depression

Episode 28- An Uplifting Conversation About Depression

April 28, 2022

In what will hopefully be an inspiring edition of the podcast, documentarian Simon Weitzman joins Antony to talk about depression (and hope) from a variety of angles. We talk about some of our own experiences and then look at this thorny topic from the perspectives of creativity, diet, sleep, technology/social media, music, comedy and the importance of perspective itself. We also give book & other recommendations and discuss various coping mechanisms. There are a few audio clips in here to complement the conversation, featuring contributions from Stephen Fry, Matt Haig and John Lennon

 

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episode links

Simon's upcoming film about the Beatles and fandom-

https://www.beatlesdoc.com/

Matt Haig's excellent and inspiring book 'Reasons To Stay Alive'

http://www.matthaig.com/reasons-to-stay-alive/

Stephen Fry's 2-part BBC documentary about bi-polar disorder

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtImgnj5DN0

An overview of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/talking-therapies-medicine-treatments/talking-therapies-and-counselling/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-cbt/overview/

Professor Green talks about depression (various talks)

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=professor+green+depression

Some Tim Vince comedy skits (guaranteed to make you chuckle)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCn9lkazxjk

 

 

 

Episode 27- Nick Drake- The Biography with Patrick Humphries

Episode 27- Nick Drake- The Biography with Patrick Humphries

April 14, 2022

Patrick Humphries wrote the first biography of Nick Drake in 1997. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Patrick spoke to Antony about his memories of writing the book and we also discussed the many Nick Drake myths and his music, life and legacy. Patrick also talks about his latest writing project, an upcoming biography of a fairly well-known band from Liverpool…

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episode links

Patrick Humphries author profile https://www.bitebackpublishing.com/au...

Link to Patrick’s Nick Drake biography https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nick-Drake-B...

Facebook group connected to Richard Morton Jack’s upcoming authorised biography of Nick https://www.facebook.com/groups/72550...

3-part Nick Drake podcast profile https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Highly-recommended documentaries about Nick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roORx...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VAXi...

'Five Leaves Left' reviewed on the 'Love That Album' podcast https://lovethatalbumpodcast.blogspot...

Episode 26- The Art of Happiness (Part 3 of 3)

Episode 26- The Art of Happiness (Part 3 of 3)

April 14, 2022

In this final part of our look at the highly-recommended 1998 book, Antony reads extracts related to bringing about change in a realistic way, dealing with anger & anxiety, building self-esteem, mindfulness/meditation, and the basic spiritual values that can lead to a truly spiritual life (with no necessity to move to Tibet and become a monk!)

East meets West as Tensin Gyatso, better known as 'The Dalai Lama' (in fact the 14th Dalai Lama), and American psychiatrist Howard Culter exchange ideas on what constitutes happiness and how we can train our minds and alter the human outlook that shapes our perceptions of events and the world itself.

Both the book and this podcast series are full of impactful and easy-to-use ideas to enrich our life experience and indeed that of others, and Antony adds comments on the text and some of his own insights based on his life experiences

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related links

Animated summary of 'The Art of Happiness'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGQwTALSL6U

The Dalai Lama interviewed on the BBC (2019)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXSlpy7Ku9c

 

 

Episode 25- The Art of Happiness (Part 2 of 3)

Episode 25- The Art of Happiness (Part 2 of 3)

March 15, 2022

Antony continues to read multiple extracts from the seminal 1998 book 'The Art of Happiness', with particular attention given to the role of compassion, suffering and pain in our lives.

East meets West as Tensin Gyatso, better known as 'The Dalai Lama' (in fact the 14th Dalai Lama), and American psychiatrist Howard Culter exchange ideas on what constitutes happiness and how we can train our minds and alter the human outlook that shapes our perceptions of events and the world itself.

Both the book and this podcast series are full of impactful and easy-to-use ideas to enrich our life experience and indeed that of others, and Antony adds comments on the text and some of his own insights based on his life experiences

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Animated summary of 'The Art of Happiness'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGQwTALSL6U

John & Yoko 1971 interview extract (episode-relevant section starts at 3.50)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfIhYtCPnPY

 

Episode 24- The Art of Happiness (Part 1 of 3)

Episode 24- The Art of Happiness (Part 1 of 3)

February 12, 2022

The first of a 3-parter in which Antony reads multiple extracts from the seminal 1998 book 'The Art of Happiness'. East meets West as Tensin Gyatso, better known as 'The Dalai Lama' (in fact the 14th Dalai Lama), and American psychiatrist Howard Culter exchange ideas on what constitutes happiness and how we can train our minds and alter the human outlook that shapes our perceptions of events and the world itself.

Both the book and this podcast series are full of impactful and easy-to-use ideas to enrich our life experience and indeed that of others, and Antony adds comments on the text and some of his own insights based on his life experiences

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Episode links

Noam Chomsky on 'what we really want' (propaganda vs 'human nature')

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CFwSQiTu3I

Life Coaching page (free consultation to start)

https://www.fiverr.com/lifecoach1975/give-you-sympathetic-realistic-and-inspiring-life-coaching-sessions

 

 

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