Integral Politics With Jeff Salzman (Episode 109)

integral politics

Integral politics involves appreciating what’s good, true, and beautiful and what’s missing in every worldview in our culture. This is neither the mushy middle nor mere theory, but instead a practical way forward in a puzzling world. The idea of integral politics is straightforward: listen closely to every perspective, take the best, and jettison the […]

Episode 99: Resilience And Racialized Body Trauma With Diane Woods

First, let’s get one thing out of the way. Understanding trauma and how it functions is scientifically sound, empirically useful, and one of the most effective ways to develop to your full potential. The great challenge of adulthood is embracing complexity. We do this by taking on multiple perspectives in our minds and building this […]

Episode 80: White Nationalism And Male Identity with Elizabeth Debold [The Amiel Show]

A year ago Sunday, white nationalists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia carrying torches and chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.” It was not a pretty sight. Most people I know found it abhorrent. The author Ta-Nehisi Coates did, too, but he wasn’t surprised. In an earlier episode Diane Woods explained why. The […]

Episode 75: Stomping the Blues, Reimagining American Identity with Greg Thomas [The Amiel Show]

Fasten your seatbelts. This week, we’re going on a rollicking, rhythmic, high-minded, and heartfelt ride through the core of the American experience. Greg Thomas, our guide through the True but Partial Challenge on race, joins me again to steer us through this week’s journey. Or should I say: journeys? That’s how much territory we cover. […]

Next Tuesday we’ll stomp the blues

Allow me to entice you. Next Tuesday at 10am PST, the second to last day of Black History Month, check your email inbox. I’ll give you an interview about the most important American writer on culture you’ve probably never heard of. Unless your name is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard, who called this writer […]

Episode 74: Whites’ Self-Interest In Opposing Racism With Diane Woods [The Amiel Show]

You support Black Lives Matter and oppose racial discrimination because you want to help black people. If you have light skin, you can’t get much more noble than that, right? Not quite. According to this week’s guest, leadership coach and retired executive Diane Woods, the idea that white people need to be altruistic toward blacks […]