Gabor Mate: Brain Development and Addiction (1h5m)

This episode features a talk by Canadian physician and addiction expert Gabor Mate from 2009. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, compulsive work habits, sexual seeking or spending: what is amiss with our lives that we seek such destructive ways to comfort ourselves? And why is it so difficult to stop these habits, even as they threaten our health, jeopardize our relationships and corrode our spirits?

On Conversion Therapy

Radicals on the left and the right want to push youth through their own versions of conversion therapy. The right want to force gay conversion on youths so as to fix their minds to match their bodies. The left want to force body conversion on youths so as to fix their bodies to match their minds. Neither seem interested in helping youth feel comfortable with the minds and bodies they were born with.

Julieta’s Journey, Mexican Immigrant, Skyler’s Wonderful Wife (1h30m) – Episode 400

Episode 400 welcomes Julieta Collins to the podcast to chat with her husband on the following topics: her parents’ lives before and after they met; her father’s deafness and his challenges; what primary school was like for her; her birth in Mexico City, Mexico, a city of 13M at the time, 22M today; visiting Chicago, Illinois when she was 14 and nearly being sexually assaulted by a taxicab driver who apparently changed his mind; her visual impairment (Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy) and how it has affected her life; the devastating betrayal of her father by her uncle which precipitated her family’s need to move to the United States; meeting the Mormon missionaries and converting from Catholicism to Mormonism; moving to Chicago in 1999 on the same travel visa from 1994, which expired a few months later, and then Salt Lake City, Utah in 2002; losing her Spanish and what little English she had learned the moment she laid eyes on her future husband, Skyler Collins; the story of their engagement in Nauvoo, Illinois; and more.

Black Cooperative City, Texas Cop Assoc. Billboards, Jailing Priests, & Sickle Cell Cured (36m) – Episode 377

Episode 377 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following news stories: from CNN, “19 families buy nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia to create a city safe for Black people”; from CBS News, “Texas police group puts up billboard warning “enter at your own risk,” saying Austin defunded police”; from the ABC (Australia), “Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse”; and from 4WWL, “Indianapolis boy cured of sickle cell disease after stem cell transplant”.

Individual Lives Matter

Individual lives matter. All individual lives. (I’m not convinced collective “lives” have any reality.) But some people choose to throw their life away by making self-defense against them necessary– resulting in the loss of their life. If you force someone to kill you in defense you seem to be saying your life doesn’t matter to you.