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Featuring notable guests Tim Minchin, Laura Jane Grace, Lenny Henry, Tim Ferriss, Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot), Dan Savage, Susan Cain, Tim Flannery and KT Tunstall
Amanda Palmer will launch her brand new weekly podcast, The Art of Asking Everything, on September 29. Named after her wildly successful book and TED Talk – viewed a combined total of over 18 million times and climbing – The Art of Asking Everything is powered by Amanda’s 15,000 Patrons and available wherever you get your podcasts. Palmer is a rock star, best-selling author, TED speaker and community leader who does everything on her own terms simply by asking. In her new podcast series, she turns the tables on her colleagues and heroes to find out how they create art, love difficult people, work for change and survive the worst moments of their lives. From porn stars to empathy researchers, and cartoonists to climate scientists no topic is out of bounds. Notable guests include Tim Minchin, Laura Jane Grace, Lenny Henry, Tim Ferriss, Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot), Dan Savage, Susan Cain, Tim Flannery and KT Tunstall.
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Palmer explains: “One day in my early forties I looked around and realized that I occupied a very strange social space: I was good friends with both doctors and porn activists, climate scientists and avant-garde writers and musicians. When I began recording these conversations, I realized that I’d accidentally created what I’ve always yearned for: an excuse to randomly call up really creative and compassionate people, dispense with the superficial chat, and get to the core heart-to-heart discussion about what’s important in this life.
“Being able to create this podcast using patronage also means that I don’t have to answer to a boss, rely on advertisement, or otherwise dilute the content of the conversation. This podcast is produced purely by me and my home-team, for my community, with no added artificial ingredients.”
The first podcast in the series is ‘Elizabeth Lesser: Bullsh*t is Everywhere’. Lesser is an author and healer who co-founded Omega Institute in 1977. She is the author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, Marrow: Love, Loss & What Matters Most, and The Seekers Guide and most recently Cassandra Speaks. In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a ten-week online seminar based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. The webinar has been viewed by over 40 million people worldwide. She has two TED Talks, “Take The Other to Lunch” and “Say your truths and seek them in others”. In this episode Palmer and Lesser discussed memoirs, her books, telling other people’s stories, The Omega Institute, patriarchy and leading an examined life.
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The Art of Asking Everything Premiere Episodes
Elizabeth Lesser (author and community leader): Bullsh*t is Everywhere
Lenny Henry (comedian and writer): Humor, Trauma, and Flipping the Cosmic Spatula
BJ Miller (doctor and death expert): An Expert on Death Talks about Life
Laura Jane Grace (musician, writer and trans-rights activist): Punk Guilt
Eli Pariser (voting and internet activist): How We Can Actually Use The Internet for
Leslie Salmon Jones (founder of Afro Flow Yoga): The Heart Doesn’t Lie
Nadya Tolokno (performance artist and Pussy-Rioter)
Jamil Zaki (professor of psychology and empathy expert): Tuning Your Empathy Fork
KT Tunstall (musician and activist): The Land of I Don’t Give a F**k
Storm Large (author, singer and activist): Knowing Who You Are Not
Leslie Salmon Jones
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