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The New Dimensions Café
New Dimensions Foundation

Activism, art, education, science, psychology, philosophy, health, spirituality… All these and more are featured in this lively, short (10-20 minute) companion to the diverse, award-winning one-hour New Dimensions program that has been broadcast on public radio since 1973. For more information and over a thousand hours of downloadable programs visit newdimensions.org.   

The New Dimensions Café (Total: 55 episodes)

Anton Schwartz is a Jazz musician and son of the late Tony Schwartz who was a pioneer of the communications revolution of the 20th Century. He is the editor of the second edition of seminal book on media: The Responsive Chord: How Media Manipulates You: What You Buy, Who You Vote for, and How You Think (Mango Publication 1973-2017)

Tags: Anton Schwartz, Tony Schwartz, media, communications, hard sell, soft sell, advertising, marketing, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, jingles, indoor media, outdoor media, Folkways Records, Media, History, Social Change, Politics

David Bedrick, JD, DIPL PW is a teacher, counselor, attorney, organizational consultant, and writer. He’s a practitioner of Process Oriented Psychology, a branch Jungian psychology. He did his clinical training at the Process Work Institute which is inspired by the work of Arny Mindell. Bedrick is a diplomate of the Institute. Currently he maintains a practice as a counselor and coach for individuals and groups. He also speaks and writes on topics ranging from ethics, diversity, and relationships, to dreams, diet, body image, anger, and shame.  He’s the author of: Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology (Belly Song Press 2013) and Revisioning Activism: Bringing Depth, Dialogue, and Diversity to Individual and Social Change (Belly Song Press 2017)

Tags: MP3, David Bedrick, process psychology, depth psychology, process oriented psychology, inner critic, jealously, class issues, weight, Psychology, Personal Transformation, Self Help

Estelle Frankelis a practicing psychotherapist and spiritual advisor who blends depth psychology with the healing wisdom and spiritual practices of the Kabbalah. She has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the United States for over forty years in both academic and religious settings and was ordained as a rabbinic pastor and spiritual guide by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Her books include:Sacred Therapy: Jewish Spiritual Teachings on Emotional Healing and Inner Wholeness (Shambhala 20015) and The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty (Shambhala 2017)

Tags: MP3, Estelle Frankel, Jewish Theology, questions, child of Holocaust Survivors, Dizang and Fayan, wonder, entering the darkness, nature deficit disorder, uncertainly, the unknown, Psychology, Philosophy

Brenda Peterson is a novelist, nature writer, and writing teacher. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Orion Magazine, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She’s a regular commentator for Seattle NPR and the Huffington Post. She is the author of eighteen books, including Build Me an Arc: A Life with Animals and the novel Duck and Cover (Backinprint.com 2004), Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves (De Capo 2017) and I Want to Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth (Da Capo Press 2010) She is the Co-author of Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North  America( co-author Annie Marie Musselman) (Sasquatch Books 2016)

Tags: Brenda Peterson, wolves, Patricia Nelson Limerick, wild animals lawyers, legal rights of dogs, Jane Goodall, culling wildlife, Animals, Ecology, Nature, /Environment 

Andrew Forsthoefel is a writer, radio producer, and public speaker based in Northampton, Massachusetts. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2011 with a degree in environmental studies, he spent 11 months walking across the United States, gathering stories along the way. He first recounted part of that journey in a radio story featured on This American Life. He facilitates workshops on walking and listening as practices in personal transformation, interconnection, and conflict resolution. He is the author of Walking To Listen: 4000 Miles Across America, One Story At a Time. (Bloomsbury 2017.)

Tags: MP3, Andrew Forsthoefel, loneliness, pain, stealth camping, generosity, saying goodbye, Billy Guy, grief, anger, intention, conflict resolution, Community, Personal Transformation, Death & Dying, Peace, Non-Violence, Travel

Diana Leafe Christian is an author, former editor of Communities magazine, and a nationwide speaker and workshop presenter on starting new ecovillages, on building communities, and on sustainability. She lives in an off-grid homestead at Earthhaven Ecovillage in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She is the author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities (New Society Publishers 2003) and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community (New Society Publishers 2007)

Tags: Diana Leafe Christian, sociocracy, consensus decision making, democracy, governance, N Street Consensus, dealing with objections, Community, Social Change/Politics

Kate Marianchild is a “Citizen Scientist” who shares the delight that comes from walking slowly or sitting quietly in nature. She is the author of Secrets of The Oak Woodlands: Plants & Animals Among California’s Oaks (Heyday 2014).

Tags: Kate Marianchild, topophilia, adaptive survival skills, movie Lion, Yosemite, Scott Sampson, John Lane, Ann Meyer Maglinte. Oak Woodlands, Ecology, Nature, Environment, Science, Animals

Mary Mackey is an American novelist, poet, and academic. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and fourteen novels. Her Earthsong Series covers 30 years in the lives of the people of Neolithic Europe and about 26 years in Mary’s writing life. She's the author of The Year the Horses Came (Harper Collins 1993), The Horses at the Gate (Amazon Digital Services 2011), The Fires of Spring (Amazon Digital Services 2011), The Village of Bones: Sabalah’s Tale (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2016)

Tags: Mary Mackey, Neolithic history, prehistoric times, imagination, visualize, researching a novel, Basque language, Marija Gimbutas, Goddess cultures, goddess artifacts, Writing, History, Women’s Studies

Sarah van Gelder is cofounder and editor-at-large of the award-winning YES!Magazine. She writes and speaks internationally on environmental, social, and economic alternatives and on community-based change. She is the editor of: Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2015), This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent Movement (Berrett-Koehler publishers 2011). And author of: The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America. (Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2017)

Tags: Sarah van Gelder, grassroots activism, Dr. Victor Garcia, worker owned businesses, Jubilee year, Tamera Village Spain, place based community, reclaiming local power, Community, Political change, Politics, History, Indigenous Wisdom, 

Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized authority on life story interviewing, personal mythmaking, and soul-making, and is professor emeritus of cross-cultural human development and religious studies at the University of Southern Maine. He’s the director of Story Commons. His journeys have taken him on a series of adventures, including: sailing on the maiden voyage of the Clearwater with Pete Seeger and his singing crew; attending the Woodstock music festival; living in a cabin in the woods near the Hudson River; visiting Arlo Guthrie at his farm in the Berkshires; having a synchronistic and fateful meeting with Joseph Campbell that became a mentoring relationship; being given a cell in a Franciscan monastery as a guest; and, returning to teach a course at Southampton College, all of which frame his memoir of that period, Remembering 1969.  Robert Atkinson's books include: The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking (Praeger 1995)m The Life Story Interview (Sage 1998), Remembering 1969: Searching for the Eternal in Changing Times (Baha’i Publishing 2008), and The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness (Sacred Stories Publishing 2017)
Tags: Robert Atkinson, love, unity, evolution, diversity, unity and diversity, immigration, global nomads, Bahá'u'lláh, Bahá'í faith, planet citizens, global community, culture of oneness, social justice, Religion, Spirituality, Social change, Politics