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#31 Waking Up to Ourselves & to the World with Mike(adelic) Brancatelli

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Release Date: 08/13/2019

#53 Inventing and Implementing a #53 Inventing and Implementing a "Happiness GDP" with Micah Kaats

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Very excited to bring this conversation with my brother to the podcast. Micah is currently working at The Happiness Research Institute developing an alternative to GDP that focuses on happiness, well-being and quality of life instead of profit. We discuss what happiness means, how it's measured and how it might be implemented. We also discuss the current state of the world and how our upbringing has informed our worldview. From living in different countries for most of our adult lives, to what it was like to be siblings, to being raised in an unconventional household, we both share our...

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#52 Buddhism, Psychology & The Trauma of Everyday Life with Mark Epstein show art #52 Buddhism, Psychology & The Trauma of Everyday Life with Mark Epstein

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Mark discusses the ways in which trauma weaves its way through the story and life of the Buddha, the difference between discipline and control and how narratives and feelings intersect and why both are useful. We also chat about the importance of integrating pain and grief into our lives and the fallacy of thinking that things ever "return to normal".    Find out more about Mark at  and on .   Mark's Book...

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#51 Evolving Outdated Stories and Breaking Out of our Collective Cage with Charles Eisenstein show art #51 Evolving Outdated Stories and Breaking Out of our Collective Cage with Charles Eisenstein

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker and author of several books including Climate: A New Story, Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible. Charles and I set out to have a discussion embracing as many paradoxes, taboos and uncertainties as possible, and I think we did just that. We discuss the addictive nature of control, the similarities between skeptics and believers, the role we play in writing personal and collective narratives, the inevitable crisis that precedes any lasting change and the importance of seeing our lives within the context of much...

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#50 Sex, Uncertainty & Becoming Uncivilized with Chris Ryan show art #50 Sex, Uncertainty & Becoming Uncivilized with Chris Ryan

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Chris Ryan is the bestselling author of Sex at Dawn & Civilized to Death. He also hosts a podcast called Tangentially Speaking. We talk about everything from President Clinton's infamous blowjob to male vulnerability to the importance of embracing uncertainty and heartbreak in one's life to the myth of "progress" and the (eventual? hopeful? inevitable?) downfall of civilization as we know it.

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#49 Healing through Sexual Embodiment and Turning Victimization into Empowerment with Mackensey Alexander show art #49 Healing through Sexual Embodiment and Turning Victimization into Empowerment with Mackensey Alexander

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Mackensey is a trauma-informed tantra & intimacy coach, an ACS certified sexologist and an embodiment portrait photographer who offers energy and somatic healing to those looking to cultivate a deeper sense of intimacy, sexual and emotional intelligence, connection and pleasure. Our conversation explores the nature of sexual embodiment and feminine power, the intersection of sexuality with religion/spirituality and "fawning" as a trauma response. We also discuss the Lilith myth, psychological projection and what it means to be "a teacher".  Find out more about Mackensey at and on...

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#48 Deconstructing #MeToo, Identity Politics & Media Literacy with Kaj Larsen show art #48 Deconstructing #MeToo, Identity Politics & Media Literacy with Kaj Larsen

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Kaj Larsen is a journalist, US Navy Seal and Harvard graduate. He's worked for Vice News, CNN, NowThis News and Current TV. He's also one of the kindest, smartest and most curious people I know. Kaj and I discuss the fallacy of identity politics, his experience of being accused during the #metoo movement, the way culture forces us to compartmentalize our identity, the dangers of irresponsible journalism + the importance of being an informed consumer of media & embracing our collective, human experience as opposed to falling into the spoon-fed traps of fear, demonization and...

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#47 The Divinity of Nature, Intuition & Finding our Place in the World with Eli Marienthal show art #47 The Divinity of Nature, Intuition & Finding our Place in the World with Eli Marienthal

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Eli and his friend Jesse run Back to Earth, taking groups of boys and young men on journeys into the wilderness. Eli is also a poet, dancer, songwriter and spoken-word performer. We speak about the divinity of the outdoors, the importance of physical space in defining community & identity, how each of us defines and identifies with spirituality, what it means to be "initiated," and how to locate and follow our intuition.  (There was a glitch in the audio of the original file I uploaded - be sure to delete and hit re-download for the clean copy!) Find out more about Eli and Back...

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#46 Embracing the Duality and Wholeness of our Personal and Collective Thawing with Kestrel Neathawk show art #46 Embracing the Duality and Wholeness of our Personal and Collective Thawing with Kestrel Neathawk

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Kestrel is a psychotherapist, astrologer, and one of my closest friends. Our conversation builds on last week's episode as we discuss her life-long involvement in the climbing community and the parallels and intersections with her work as a therapist. Our conversation is far-reaching, covering everything from the therapeutic relationship and process, the complexities of grief, the contagious nature of vulnerability and the state of our personal & collective evolution.  Find out more about Kestrel at . Kestrel's Book Recommendation: by Mikel Dunham and the Dalai Lama Songs...

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#45 Life, Death and Climbing with Madaleine Sorkin and Henna Taylor show art #45 Life, Death and Climbing with Madaleine Sorkin and Henna Taylor

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Henna and Madaleine are the founders of The Climbing Grief Fund, created to evolve the conversation around grief and trauma in the climbing, alpinism and ski mountaineering community and connect individuals to effective mental health professionals and resources. Our conversation touches on the nuanced and complex nature of this project in particular and broadens the discussion to include our thoughts on the duality of life/death, grief/love and loss/gratitude.  Find out more about . Henna and Madaleine's Book Recommendations: by Richard Powers and by Mark Epstein Poem featured:...

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#44 Honesty, Adventure and the Continuous Construction of Authenticity with Zofia Radzikowska show art #44 Honesty, Adventure and the Continuous Construction of Authenticity with Zofia Radzikowska

A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World

Zofia is one of the most badass women I've ever met. She set out from Poland on a bicycle, eventually graduating to a motorcycle (riding one for the first time) across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, mostly alone. We met in Thailand and chatted about all of my favorite topics - what it means to embrace fear and be brave, how to give up and admit you were wrong about a thing + the importance of expanding your horizons in order to figure out who you really are and what you want in life. Find Zofia on and Zofia's Book Recommendations: by Chris Ryan & Cacilda Jetha and by Barbara Demick...

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Mike is the host of Mikeadelic, a podcast that focuses on the benefits of psychedelics and our right to cognitive liberty (the freedom to control own mental processes and consciousness). We talk about our parallel experiences of growing up in suburbia, childhood trauma, anger, grief and the painful/complicated process of deconstructing the status quo and waking up to our true selves & purpose in the world. We touch on community, spiritual bypassing, imposter syndrome, going through a dark night of the soul, the impending apocalypse and many other hashtag millennial topics.

Mike's Book Recommendation: Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse

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