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Almost Awakened: 044: Myth Is All Around Us

Today we dip our toes into MYTH and how pervasive it is in our cultural and social structures. Any time we label or tell a story about the way things are and what they mean we are likely in the sphere of myth. Money, relationships, nationality and patriotism, family history, who people are…. all myth. […]

Almost Awakened: 042: George Floyd & Systemic Racism

Mekael and Bill utilize this episode to discuss the this George Floyd moment. His death, the protests and riots, the systemic racism in this country, the police abuse, and most importantly the ethnocentricity and tribalism that all these abuses and inequalities are rooted in. RESOURCES: https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/fall-2018/what-is-white-privilege-really https://www.cpt.org/files/Undoing%20Racism%20-%20Understanding%20White%20Privilege%20-%20Kendall.pdf https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack https://au.reachout.com/articles/standing-up-to-racism https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/resources-publications/lessons-talking-about-race-racism-and-racial-justice https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/people/how-to-deal-with-racist-people http://www.oprah.com/inspiration/7-ways-to-stand-up-to-racism_1 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/podcasts/1619-podcast.html https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/707189471/confronting-racism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4 […]

Almost Awakened: 040: How a Pawn Shop Works

Mekael Interviews Bill today about his career as a pawnbroker. How does a Pawn Shop Work? How do you know if something is stolen? What are the coolest things that have come through the shop? What skills are helpful to be a good pawnbroker? All this and more on today episode on the Almost Awakened […]

Almost Awakened: 039: Janet Bennion – Polyamory

Bill sits down with Janet Bennion, Professor of Anthropology at Lyndon State College. Prof. Bennion specializes in gender dynamics in Mormon fundamentalist communities which practice polygamy and slo in polyamory more generally. Bennion is one of the world’s leading ethnographers of North American plural marriage. She has raised the question of decriminalization of plural marriage in […]

Almost Awakened: 038: Five Wives Vodka

Mekael and Bill sit down with Steve Conlin from Five Wives Vodka to discuss the The History of their company and the challenges that their company has faced in getting their product out and how the alcohol industry generally is developing. As a side tangent we also touch on the history of the Barrison Sisters. […]

Almost Awakened: 035: Historical Pandemics

Mekael and Bill in lieu of the Covid19 Pandemic decide to do a brief historical dive into major pandemics in human history. RESOURCES: https://www.mphonline.org/worst-pandemics-in-history/ https://www.livescience.com/worst-epidemics-and-pandemics-in-history.html https://www.history.com/news/pandemics-end-plague-cholera-black-death-smallpox https://www.visualcapitalist.com/history-of-pandemics-deadliest/ https://www.healthline.com/health/worst-disease-outbreaks-history#1 https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/worst-pandemics-in-history