Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the “28 pages,” a Congressional report from 2002 which points to foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers. Although many are calling for President Obama to declassify this document, Fein points out that the ability to do so lies with Congress. Congress, despite empty promises to publish the 28 pages, has failed to do so. This lack of action is not only denying American citizens their right to information, but preventing the families of 9/11 victims from pursuing justice.
Ostrolenk speaks with Roger Gordon, founder of Food Cowboy, which connects food unwanted by retailers and food banks, in an effort to prevent food waste and provide food to those in need. Millions of tons of food are wasted annually before reaching retailers and although recent legislation has created greater incentives for companies to donate, logistical barriers to donation still exist. Food Cowboy works to address these issues, including a smart phone application that allows food transporters to connect with a pantry that is able to take unwanted food. Gordon also discusses that in order to address food waste and eliminate hunger, a change in culture is needed. For this Food Cowboy has also started a No Waste Promise public awareness campaign to get people involved. To learn more about the work of Food Cowboy and get involved, visit their website: http://www.foodcowboy.com/
Ostrolenk asks Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein to comment on the United States’ recent agreement with Iran. Fein discusses the agreement must be understood in the context of historical US-Iran relations, and how misguided U.S. foreign policy in the region has created the power vacuum that precedes the agreement. The United States’ inability to understand the ramifications of its foreign policy actions has led to this agreement, ultimately creating a cure that are worse than the disease.
Ostrolenk speaks with Lora Lumpe, Senior Policy Advisor at the Open Society Policy Center, on the status of U.S. military aid. The United States government spends roughly 20 billion dollars on security assistance through both the State Department and the Department of Defense; however, the true amount, Lumpe points out, is difficult to determine. Spending is done through numerous different pots of money making it difficult not only for citizens, but also members of government oversight committees, to know how and where money is being spent. Without a comprehensive budget and increased transparency, it is difficult to know how the programs are interacting, what overall impact they’re having, and if the U.S. is reaching its goals. Most importantly, if the U.S. wants to spend money to ensure foreign governments are accountable and open to their people, it should model such behavior itself.
To learn more about Secuirty Assistance Monitor and their work, visit their website at: http://securityassistance.org/
Ostrolenk speaks with Keith Norris, Partner at Efficient Exercise, Co-founder of Paleo f(x), and Founding Partner of ID Life. Keith describes how he transitioned from a previous career in the corporate world to his life’s calling in the health and fitness field. His mission now is to help people to be healthy – in mind, body, and soul – so they can use their innate talents to help change the world. One of the ways Keith is working to accomplish this is through Paleo f(x). Not just about diet, Keith describes the Paleo mindset and how it can be used as a lens for economics, medicine, exercise, and spirituality. Specifically focusing on medicine, Keith elaborates on the benefits of plant medicine, such as Ayahuasca, and the importance of community in its utilization. As health is just one aspect of Paleo f(x)’s focus in improving human health, Keith will return for future conversations to further discuss efficient exercise, spirituality, and other elements of the Paleo mindset.
To learn more about Paleo f(x), visit the website (www.paleofx.com) and check out the Austin Paleo f(x) Conference from May 27-29th which features authors, physicians, scientists, health entrepreneurs and athletes, and activists involved in the Paleo movement.
Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the Declaration of Independence and its relevance today. Fein comments that in the rights-centered universe created by the Declaration, the purpose of the government is to secure the rights of the people, and the power to do so is given through the peoples’ consent. However, as transparency in government is largely absent, citizens today lack adequate information to give consent to govern. A liberty-centered universe no longer exists and America is no longer governed by the consent of the people. In this context, the relevance of the Declaration of Independence today is to act as a blueprint for government reform.
To learn more about Bruce Fein and his work, go to www.brucefein.com.
Ostrolenk speaks with Susan Hackley, Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Cofounder of Givenation.com, and former Chair of Alliance for Peace Building. In their conversation, Hackley details her documentary film project “A Child’s Guide to War,” which seeks to bridge the divide between military and civilians in America. While less than one percent of Americans have served in the military, Hackley advocates that all citizens have a role to play in the discussion of American military service and war. Furthermore, nearly two million American children have a parent who has served in war, inevitably impacting these families greatly. Through the stories in “A Child’s Guide to War,” we can begin to bridge the gap by promoting all citizens to support these families and for all parties to engage in productive conversations on war.
To learn more about Susan Hackley and “A Child’s Guide to War” visit their website:
http://achildsguidetowar.com/about-us/, or follow them on Twitter: @childsguide2war
Ostrolenk speaks with Kate Galliett, creator of “Fit for Real Life,” which brings together body, mind, and movement to help people become highly charged and fit for real life. Kate coaches online, in person, and through her program “The Unbreakble Body.” In their discussion, Kate details her background in physical therapy and coaching and the strengths, limitations, and differences between the two. Through “The Unbreakable Body,” Kate sought to develop a unique program that adapted to the individual needs of each person. She explains the significance of this model, as well as the challenges and importance of learning how to move your body in the right way, remove judgment, and search for new answers.
To learn more about Kate Galliett and her program –
follow her on twitter @kategalliett
Ostrolenk continues previous conversations with Coach Kiki on transpersonal psychology, and the various models he uses in his work as a coach. Transpersonal therapy seeks to open believers up to a greater reality than the one currently known; the focus is not on specific mythical or religious beliefs, but rather how a person can develop their own personal journey and use behaviors to live fulfilling lives. Incorporating this in to his work, Ostrolenk describes the five pillars he seeks to explore with his coaching clients: diet and nutrition, sleep patterns, movement and exercise, stress management, and social life. Ostrolenk then gives various examples of the work that can be done with this holistic approach. Although not used in his work, Ostrolenk also explains the use of psychedelics and various medicines in helping a personal to unlock from set patterns of behavior and thought. Ostrolenk concludes with some overarching ideas that are key to successful coaching, including accountability, truly hearing and knowing a personal, and having gratitude.
Ostrolenk speaks with Heather Hurlburt, director of New Models of Policy Change, Political Reform Project at the New America Foundation. This relatively new think tank helps facilitate new models of policy change by harnessing innovated, underutilized ideas. Hurlburt draws on recent New America projects, including her research into the transpartisan approaches to criminal justice reform, Pentagon budget reform and climate change. She also elaborates on the disconnect between ideas and politics, and how confidence in one’s own beliefs, and an open mind to others, can help bridge the gap. Hurlburt concludes by providing advice on how to participate in the current system, and continue to bring new ideas, without getting caught in the current orthodoxy.
To learn more about Heather Hurlburt and her work visit newamerica.org and click on political reform.