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Exploring what makes nonviolence, as Gandhi said, "the greatest power at the disposal of humankind." Interviews with activists, scholars, and news-makers, and a regular feature of nonviolence in the news from around the movement in our Nonviolence Report segment.
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This episode of Nonviolence Radio welcomes Mel Duncan, the founding director of Nonviolent Peaceforce and longtime peace activist. Mel talks to Michael and Stephanie about a proposal to bring unarmed civilian protectors to Gaza. Unarmed civilian protection (UCP) – the practice of protecting vulnerable groups by having well trained unarmed people ac…
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Tim Chapman, restorative justice practitioner, trainer and former chairperson and board member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, comes to talk with Stephanie on this episode of Nonviolence Radio. Together, they explore the practice of and principles behind restorative justice, the ways in which it is able to offer a kind of lasting res…
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Topic Scans and Links: Mel Duncan has written an excellent article on the possibilities of inserting peace teams into the West Bank in Israel-Palestine. Educational institutions have agreed to divest from investments that go to Israel. In Central India, 90 villages have formed Maha Gramsabha. Gandhi Research Foundation is offering a postgraduate di…
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In this episode, we delve into the heart of campus activism sweeping across the United States, spotlighting the recent student protests in support of Gaza and calls to end violence. We connect with a faculty member from Yale to discuss the nuances of the current movement, and journey back to the spirited 1960s with a professor from Berkeley who onc…
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Part of the fun of nonviolence is showing where alternative practices and systems already exist and to lift them up to inspire more of us to explore and adapt them to our own time, cultures and needs. Take mediation: We know that when practiced with the intent of healing divides, de-escalting violence, and restoring relationships, it works (and “wo…
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This episode of Nonviolence Radio welcomes Dr. Craig Atwood, professor of theology at Moravian Theological Seminary and director of the Center for Moravian Studies. Together with Stephanie and Michael, Craig discusses his research and teaching on the history of Moravian thought and faith with special attention to medieval thinker, Peter Chelčický. …
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As a Palestinian, Sami and his family have suffered directly under the long Israeli occupation and more acutely now, from the current war. Sami speaks candidly about the ways in which politicians and media harness fear and exploit unhealed traumas so that violence seems to be the only response to conflict. This, he insists, is a distortion – and on…
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On this episode of Nonviolence Radio philosophy professor, Jen Kling (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), talks with Michael and Stephanie about refugees and the complex issue of resettling and caring for those who have had to leave their homes. Ensuring that people fleeing hardship at home can find a safe place to live, genuine opportunit…
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Topic Scans and Links: Tariq Habash, from the US Department of Education resigns over the war in Gaza. Good Shepherd Collective campaign called No Ceasefire, No Votes. 800 government employees from the US and other 12 nations published a letter protesting Israeli policies and stating that the leaders of their countries could be complicit in war cri…
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This episode of NV Radio offers insight into the ways AI might be used to support peace and nonviolence. Stephanie and Michael welcome Dr. Heather Ashby of the US Institute of Peace, an expert on technology and its intersection with government and politics. Their discussion explores the ways AI might be used for both ill and for good in the public …
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THE SEARCH FOR a better way to live will go on as long as unsatisfactory ways like ours are the norm, aka mainstream. Therefore all experiments in alternative communities, economies, even cultures are interesting, especially those that succeed. Like the Mondragón communes in the Basque region of northern Spain. In a well-defined geography with a la…
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While many people encounter nonviolence as forms of protest and resistance, the constructive side of it, the part that aims to re-establish a sense of self-knowing and trust in one’s community that has been harmed through violence can be overlooked. But it is this kind of work that uplifts a community’s sense of self through a reclaiming of inner p…
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Over 5,000 actions listed for nonviolence during Campaign Nonviolence’s Action Days Nonviolence is happening all over, even if we don’t often or always read about it in the mass media. Rivera Sun joins Nonviolence Radio to share a recap of hope and energy from Campaign Nonviolence’s Action Days which ran from the International Day of Peace to the I…
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“Everyone knows someone who was at the big party down south. Everyone knows someone who lives in one of the places that was destroyed. Every family has people who were called up. Earlier this week I built up the store of coffins for our cemetery.”द्वारा Nonviolence Radio
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Knesset Member Ofer Cassif on Ending Violence as the Only Mutual Security for Israelis and Palestinians. In this episode we turn to the conflict in Israel-Palestine and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We're joined by Dr. Ofer Cassif, a member of the Israeli Knesset with the Hadash-Ta’al coalition. He calls for an end to the occupation through peac…
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Zeiad Shamrouch, Executive Director of MECA, discusses the assault on Gaza and shares stories from friends on the ground. In this episode, we speak with Zeiad Shamrouch. He’s the Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance and he speaks to us about the work out they’re doing in Gaza, about the humanitarian and conflict crisis taking p…
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Neuroanatomist and author, Jill Bolte Taylor, comes to Nonviolence Radio to talk about her understanding of the brain, consciousness and what we are as humans. She explores the nature of experience, both a kind of transcendent oneness revealing the interconnectedness of all things and the more familiar everyday sense of being in this particular bod…
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Jasper Van Assche, a professor at the University of Gantt in Belgium, comes to Nonviolence Radio to talk to Michael and Stephanie about his research on the power of contact – direct and indirect – to decrease prejudice and cultivate tolerance and social cohesion within diverse and potentially antagonized groups. ‘Contact theory’ has been shown to l…
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On this episode of Nonviolence Radio, Stephanie and Michael welcome Cary Donham, the first and to date, only student to leave West Point as a conscientious objector. Cory speaks about his experience in his memoir,A Wrinkle in the Long Grey Line: When Conscience and Convention Collided, and here shares more about why he came to this decision, how it…
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This episode of Nonviolence Radio welcomes @hellaJinsella from the UK peace organization, DeMilitarise Education (dED/ ). Jinsella has been actively working to raise awareness about the ties between higher education and the military. As these relationships have not generally been made public, military funding, and the accompanying environmental deg…
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In this episode -- SchoolofNonviolence.org Nonviolent Peaceforce in Sudan Article by Miki Kashtan Mother Pelican Blog Break Through Popular Resistance – School Israeli Reservists Protest Bronx Anti-War Coalition Cop City Illegal Pipeline in Yaqui Community Line 5 Pipeline Trespass Campaign Nonviolence Action Week Black Prisoners Caucus Code Pink…
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It seems there is a cultural myth that union organizing is inherently nonviolent. On the one hand, any demonstration of the power of “people” versus greed and corruption in the workplace seems to tick the box in our cultural imagination about what nonviolence looks like. Images of warehouse workers from Amazon or coffee baristas advocating for bett…
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This week, journalist and biographer, Jonathan Eig, joins Stephanie and Michael on Nonviolence Radio to talk about his new book, King: A Life. His new biography of Martin Luther King Jr. draws on sources that have only now been recovered (perhaps most notably, transcriptions of conversations recorded by the FBI). Jonathan speaks candidly about how …
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Quaker Pastor Parfaite Ntahuba joins Stephanie and Michael on this episode of Nonviolent Radio to discuss her wide-ranging and inspiring work cultivating and spreading nonviolence, both within her community in Burundi and across the globe. From an early age, Pastor Ntahuba had firsthand experience with both domestic and political violence and has s…
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In this special episode of Nonviolence Radio, Stephanie and Michael return to an interview from 2017 with Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, who died at the age of 89 earlier this year. In what follows, we get to revisit some special moments from that program. We hear Arun speak about how his grandfather taught him about the broad and inclusiv…
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In this fascinating interview with distinguished anthropologist, Brian Ferguson, who has made a deep study of this critical question we learn much about how anthropology is done, about how easy it is to think we're seeing signs of warfare when we're not, and most importantly how we're justified in concluding that war is NOT inevitable and we can le…
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In this episode of Nonviolence Radio, we take time to focus on news from around the movement, while jumping right into the Nonviolence Report. In the later part of the show, we have some fun answering questions from some of our listeners from around the world.द्वारा Nonviolence Radio
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In this episode of Nonviolence Radio, Gwen Olton, co-director of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, talks to Stephanie and Michael about her effort to shift the way we understand and engage in conflict. Gwen encourages us to see conflict as normal. Given our varied backgrounds, needs and aims, we will inevitably find ourselves in conflict wit…
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In this episode -- Traute Lafrenze and the White Rose Traute Lafrenz who passed away at her home in South Carolina. She was 103 and the last surviving member of the White Rose. Zan, Zindagi Azadi – Woman, Life, Freedom Alliance for Democracy and Freedom in Iran Alliance for Democracy and Freedom in Iran Charter of Solidarity and Alliance for Freedo…
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This week, Nonviolence Radio welcomes Sarah Eskandari, Iranian activist and PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah speaks with Stephanie and Michael about the ongoing nonviolent protests in Iran and the brutal actions taken by the current regime in response to them. The interview goes on to explore the possibility of nurturing a str…
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In this news segment – Rage Against War Positive Peace - International Holocaust Remembrance Association - Compassionomics Le Chambon - Lest Innocent Blood be Shed Indigenous Communities Gaining Titles to Territories Chipko to EQAT Composting in San Francisco Peru and the Paradox of Repression Constructive Programs…
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This episode of Nonviolence Radio welcomes journalist and author, Thomas Ricks. Thomas talks to Michael and Stephanie about his new book, Waging a Good War. A military history of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968. Together the three explore the ways in which the American Civil Rights Movement framed nonviolence within a military context to advan…
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In addition to the Nonviolence Report (covering nonviolence in the world which is often overlooked by mainstream media), Stephanie and Michael welcome two inspiring guests on this episode of Nonviolence Radio: director of the Regional Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolent and Strategic Action in the Americas, Maria Belén Garrido, and t…
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This week, Nonviolence Radio brings together four voices, each one exploring a different aspect of nonviolence. We hear from religious scholar, activist and writer, Francesca Po; advisor to the Secretary General of Pax Christi International, Marie Dennis; pastor at Clackamas United Church of Christ, Adam Erickson; and senior lecturer in the Peace, …
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This week, we have two interviews from Nonviolence Radio, the first with peace activist, religion scholar and author, Francesca Po; the second with Jared Spears and David Fix from the E.F. Schumacher Center for New Economics. Francesca and Stephanie explore the concept of ‘self-religion’, the subject of Francesca’s chapter in the upcoming book, Rel…
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On this episode of Nonviolence Radio, Ela Gandhi, Tom Eddington and Michael Nagler come together for a lively, insightful and uplifting discussion about various aspects of nonviolence, both in theory and in practice. These three experts in the field explore (among other topics) the relationship between morality and nonviolence, the core spiritual e…
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In Part 2 of this two-part episode, we continue our discussion around the protest movement currently underway in Iran by speaking with Iranian-born Leila Zand, who now lives in the US and focuses on Track 2 Diplomacy in Iran/U.S. relations, as well as Citizen Diplomacy with CodePink. Having been raised in the throes of both the Islamic Revolution o…
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On Sept. 13, 22 year old Mahsa Amini was detained by the Iranian morality police and died in their custody three days later, allegedly at their hands. Protests have erupted across Iran and with solidarity actions taking place among the diasporic community across the world. A women- and youth-led movement has taken shape, and people are willingly fa…
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“Every individual should be deliberately and consciously living their life in a peaceful and nonviolent way. And that is the basic self-transformation which is important for the Culture of Peace. And that is the thing that we have been telling again and again, that peace is something very individual to all of us. Yes, we create the communities. We …
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In this week's episode of Nonviolence Radio, Stephanie speaks with interdisciplinary sociologist Ruba al-Hassani to bring context and understanding to the current protests in Iraq, and how they differ from the nonviolent Tishreen/October movement of 2019. To provide context to each of these movements, she first gives a deep explainer of the ethno-b…
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When Paul Cox was called by his draft board to serve in the U.S. war on the people of Vietnam, he did not feel he could, or should object. Once he arrived, however, he began questioning the motives and purpose of the war and felt it was a duty to do something about it, finding a community of other GIs and veterans who were also opposed. In this int…
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In this week's episode of Nonviolence Radio, Michael and Stephanie speak with members of the Nonviolent Global Liberation community (NGL) about their collective and individual experiments in nonviolence, including the process of building and working within the NGL community. Their commitment and resolve to explore and address all areas of life, fro…
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This week, Nonviolence Radio hosts three exceptional guests: Tim Pluta and Adrienne Kinne, two former veterans now working for peace, and writer and activist, Lawrence Cox. Tim and Adrienne talk to Stephanie and Michael about their recent work in Western Sahara with three women from the Khaya family who have been forcibly detained in their home for…
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In this episode, we hear from Kazu Haga from the East Point Peace Academy and Robin Wildman from Nonviolent Schools RI, exploring different aspects of nonviolent trainings to diminish the violence in our cultures. In the Nonviolence Report, Michael Nagler begins with the importance of “Thou Shall Not Kill” in the cultures of the world, and how that…
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Nigerian writer and activist Amos Oluwatoye joins Stephanie and Michael on Nonviolence Radio this week to talk about his path to nonviolent activism. He traces his path through radical Marxism and student activism to religious activism to a kind of synthesis and expansion of them all. At university, acting as a leader of his community, Amos was pus…
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This week, Nonviolence Radio broadcasts a talk by peace researcher and award-winning author, Maria Stephan. Maria is chief organizer and co-lead at the Horizons Project and collaborated with Erica Chenoweth on the book, Why Civil Resistance Works. In this episode, she explores how nonviolence might be effectively used in Ukraine – and the ways it a…
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Qamar Jafri visits Nonviolence Radio this week to talk with Stephanie and Michael about the Pashtun Protection Movement, committed to bringing about justice through nonviolent means, even in Pakistan, a place which has suffered from entrenched violent conflict. This interview explores not only the ways the Pashtun Protection Movement effectively us…
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This week’s Nonviolence Radio show shares the stories and wisdom of two guests: Osama Elewat, an activist from Combatants for Peace (a volunteer organization that brings together ex-combatants from Israel and Palestine to find peaceful solutions to the cycle of violence in the region) and Michael Beer, the director of Nonviolence International (an …
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Joanne Sheehan of War Resisters League and War Resisters International joins Nonviolence Radio to share insights and strategies for resisting militarization and ending war through nonviolence, with a focus on current events of the war in Ukraine.द्वारा Nonviolence Radio
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Dr. Vandana Shiva joins us on Nonviolence Radio this week to discuss her latest book from Synergetic Press, Philanthrocapitalism and the Erosion of Democracy: A Global Citizens' Report on the Corporate Control of Technology, Health, and Agriculture.द्वारा Nonviolence Radio
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