Supremely Partisan

Court decisions are often not sourced in the Constitution or the law, but in the personal views of the Justices.

James ZirinSupremely Parisan

In recent years we are not so used to such rancor in our political landscape. But, it has been going on in our nation even before we were a nation.

However, if we lose faith in our valued institutions, also something we have experienced in the past, it is even more disturbing. When one of those institutions, the Supreme Court, considered the most revered by many loses its way, the situation is more urgent.

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It is one thing when our media and other institutions feel on shaky ground due to extreme partisanship, it is a whole other story when it comes to our legal system. There, in many cases, in can be a matter of life and death.

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In my discussion this week with acclaimed attorney James Zirin, about his book Supremely Partisan, we explore how raw politics can tip the scales of justice and why we must be more diligent than ever in our role as citizens.

To believe in the American experiment, we need to have faith that our people share with the framers of the Constitution a moral judgment.

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This week, on most of our PBS stations, get an insider view of the court and how it has gone astray. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

But also, remember to keep the faith for we have been through so much worse and have always come out stronger in the long run. As Sir Winston Churchill said: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they tried everything else.”

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Keep on keeping on and have a great week,

Barry

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Part 1

We owe the remarkable diversity of life on earth and we presume the universe, to the cosmic abundance of carbon and the countless simple and complex molecules that contain it. 

– Neil deGrasse Tyson– 

Neil deGrasse Tyson is loved throughout the world for explaining the concepts of astrophysics so all can understand and appreciate the spectacular universe we inhabit.

As the director of the world renowned Hayden Planetarium he has spread the glory of the cosmos and now, with his book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, that glory is right at your fingertips.

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It’s a small book but is so packed with information I’m doing two episodes with Dr. Tyson. In our first conversation, airing this week on most of our PBS stations, we’ll explore the universe from the big bang up to Isaac Newtown. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

I know you will enjoy this remarkable man and wide range of universal concepts we cover.

Have a Happy and Healthy Fourth of July and when you look up at all the fireworks don’t forget to see all the splendor of the heavens above.

Enjoy,

Barry

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Ed Asner

Never stand still. Only stand still enough to learn, and once you stop learning in that stance, move off. Always keep yourself engaged. 

– Ed Asner–

Ed Asner is the most honored actor in the history of television. With seven Emmy awards and over 15 nominations, his iconic role of Lou Grant in both, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and his own series, makes him one of the most recognizable faces to grace the small screen.

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But Ed never rests on his laurels. He is currently starring in the one man play, A Man and His Prostate and his starring role as Carl, the balloon salesman, in the Academy Award winning film Up assures that generations to come will also know this most talented man.

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In our conversation this week you will see that the man known for his curmudgeonly portrayals is a most sweet and gentle man who wants to give his all in any role and in front of any audience. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

Enjoy,

Barry

 

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WE ARE GROOT: The Wisdom of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

That thing you search for your whole life is right beside you, and you don’t even know it.

– James Gunn – Writer/Director – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This year’s big summer block buster film to date, and still playing in theaters, is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. So it was a thrill for all of us to have James Gunn, the writer/director of the film in our studio just before it debuted.

But what was most exciting was to realize that after seeing the movie, I could not help but realize this was much more than a box office success sequel. And then after my conversation with James, to see the deep philosophical vision that transcends the typical summer blockbuster fare was a pure delight.

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Yes, you will laugh at all the exploits, and thrill at all the action, but you’ll also be pleasantly surprised to hear the philosophical and social underpinnings that went into the making of this magical piece of art. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

Be sure to catch this while it is still in the theaters because it is a most wonderful film to enjoy on the big screen.

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Enjoy the weekend and a trip to your local box office,

Barry

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Why Are We Here?

We humans see beauty in nature, and we seek meaning. We don’t just want to know how the universe operates; we want to understand how we fit in. 

Leonard Mlodinow, Ph.D 

Our quest to understand our role in the universe is one of our deepest instincts. In fact, according to my guest this week, the great theoretical physicist Leonard Mlodinow, he has been thinking about just that on many levels.

Theoretical physics, in most cases, leaves even the great physicists shaking their heads in confusion. But Dr. Mlodinow is the one person they turn to when it comes to explaining the most complex concepts.

The co-author of two books with the legendary Stephen Hawking, Leonard is able to distill profound concepts of physics to show how they relate to our everyday lives.

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In our conversation this week we combine many of his own writings to shed light on some of mankind’s most puzzling questions. Questions that range from consciousness itself to the unconscious mind where most of our brain’s activity takes place without us even knowing it. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

As Dr. Mlodinow writes:

It is by uncovering the workings of the unconscious that we can best understand both how we are related to other species and what makes us uniquely human.

This is an episode that will leave you with more questions than answers, but in this case, that is a good thing.

Enjoy the inimitable Leonard Mlodinow and have a great week,

Barry

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Surviving Your Own Sensitivities

Remember to be compassionate with yourself.

Judith Orloff, M.D.The Empath’s Survival Guide 

Sensitive people always find it easier to be compassionate to others than to themselves. However, as difficult as it is, my guest this week believes that those who are very empathetic are the new pioneers and must develop self compassion.

Dr. Judith Orloff is a leader in the field of psychiatry that is dedicated to the most sensitive amongst us. She also passionately believes that we ALL have the power to transform our negative emotions and achieve inner peace.

In our conversation this week we explore how empathy is a key to human survival but how some people are so empathetic that they forget about their own health. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

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All of us fall somewhere on the empathetic spectrum and Dr. Orloff embraces that but gives a heads up on how to deal with it.

To become whole I had to embrace my sensitivities, not run from them. 

I find that much in our emotional life needs to be embraced rather than feared. We often do not see our own values and we can end up short changing ourselves and our loved ones. As Dr. Orloff writes: A sacred responsibility comes with our sensitivities, which demand more of us than simply retreating into isolation.”

Enjoy our conversation and be sure to share it with all the beautiful empaths in your life,

Barry

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Why You Must Discover Your Cosmic Self

There’s one relationship in your life — in everyone’s life — that has been kept a secret. This is your relationship to reality.

Dr. Deepak ChopraYou Are the Universe

We are always trying to find our place in the world and our reason for being. However, what if the answer is found by not only looking deeper within ourselves, but farther out of ourselves as well.

Dr. Deepak Chopra is a pioneer in many fields. He has broken new ground in integrated medicine and personal transformation and now goes one step further. With his book, You Are the Universe, co-authored with Menas Kafatos, Dr. Chopra brings a new alliance of science and spirituality.

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In our conversation we delve into our cosmic self, our consciousness and many other issues that are rarely spoken about but play a deep role in understanding our world, our universe and our role in it all. (Click here for times and channels in your area)

As Deepak writes:

A conscious universe responds to how we think and feel… The real question isn’t whether you are creating reality — all of us are — but how deeply your interventions go.

And believe me “deeply” is an understatement when you see how our discussion traverses topics as far ranging as physics to philosophy, the self to the infinite, and existence to the spiritual.

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Enjoy this rare conversation and have a great week,

Barry

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