How Bat-shit Crazy Became the New Normal: Donald Trump’s “Family” Values

January 16, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 5:00 PM EST

How Bat-shit Crazy Became the New Normal: Donald Trump’s “Family” Values

A Conversation With Steve Villano, Author of TIGHTROPE: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo and My Brother

“Our President is a champion of ‘family values’ — Gambino Family values.” — Swami Beyondananda

Over the past week or two, the media buzz has been about Michael Wolff’s book that has called into question Donald Trump’s emotional and mental capacity to govern.

My guest this week, author Steve Villano, offers a much, much deeper analysis of the “shituation” tracking Donald Trump and the Trump family history to the KKK and the Mob. Villano’s new book, TIGHTROPE: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo and My Brother, chronicles his own “balancing act” when he was head of New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo’s New York City Press Office while his brother was connected with the John Gotti crime family.

As we will learn, the book is much more than a personal history.

It’s the story of Italians in America, including discrimination and even lynchings. It is also a chronicle of “Mob rule” (i.e., mobster rule) in New York and the long history and relationship between the Donald Trump family and the various crime families in New York. So why is this important?

Because Steve Villano argues that Robert Mueller’s case against Donald Trump is not just about collusion with Russia, but as being part of a worldwide criminal syndicate. For example, did you know that Donald’s dad Fred Trump’s business partner in the 1950s was a capo in the Genovese Crime Family, Willie Tomasello?

According to Villano, both Trump and Tomasello were hauled before a U.S. Senate Committee to be grilled about misuse of federal funds in housing they built in Brooklyn. This was the same housing where the elder Trump sought to exclude blacks, resulting in a successful lawsuit by the Federal government. “THAT,” says Villano, “was the case where Trump hired Roy Cohn to represent him, and Cohn introduced him to a new crop of mobsters. I think it’s important to establish that ALL of Trump’s money–from the very beginning–was Dirty Money.”

Speaking of discrimination, did you know that Trump’s father was arrested at a KKK rally in May 1927? The Klan was, in addition to anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic, and ALSO anti-Italian. Three months later, in August 1927, two Italians, Sacco and Vanzetti, alleged “radical anarchists” were executed on “trumped up” (no pun intended) charges.

In addition to working closely with New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Steve Villano has been a journalist and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsday and Today’s Education. He has also served as CEO of various nonprofit organizations, including the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

If you’re ready to hear a fascinating tale about Steve Villano’s own personal “tightrope”, learn about the history of discrimination against Italians in America, and go deeper into what the Robert Mueller investigation might really be about, join us for this conversation with Steve Villano.

Business As UNusual: How A Life Economy Can Overgrow the Death Economy

January 10, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 9 January 2018, 5:00 PM EST

Business As UNusual: How A Life Economy Can Overgrow the Death Economy

A Conversation With Conscious Business Initiative’s Steve Farrell

“Putting the pie-in-the-sky ideal into the down-to-earth real deal is where the karma meets the road.” — Swami Beyondananda

Steve-Farrell_Wiki-Politiki_OMTimes-RadioA little more than a year ago, I heard author John Perkins (Confessions of An Economic Hit Man) speak, and found one piece of his message particularly heartening. Perkins, as you may know, spent years working for the World Bank selling boondoggle projects to developing nations. His book was an exposé of economic exploitation disguised as “development.” He has since turned his focus to exposing the “death economy” that involves four “E’s” (extraction, exploitation, extortion and yes, extinction) and empowering the life economy based on 4 R’s — renewables, respect for the web of life and human life as well, and redefining “growth” as growth in happiness and wellbeing while using more resourcefulness and fewer resources.

The most heartening statement was this: In corporations worldwide, there is an awakening awareness to this new “bottom line” that reflects what Swami has said: “If we lose the earth, there goes our GDP.”

This awakened awareness is now being sparked and cultivated by this week’s guest, Steve Farrell, founder of Conscious Business Initiative and the Conscious Business Declaration.

Steve’s own background, epiphany and transformation make him the perfect convener for this new initiative. He co-founded and led two high growth technology companies based in Silicon Valley in the 1990’s that were featured in INC 500 Magazine. His companies included some of the brightest minds in the technology corridor. Steve walked away from the Valley because he felt a deeper calling, a calling to transform an emerging vision into reality. At its core, it was about a shifting paradigm where business attunes to the interconnection among all stakeholders, including stockholders, employees, and the community, as well as with the sacred inherent in all life.

Join us this week as we discuss the why, the what, the who and the how of the role business can play in helping us “live into” the simple prescription Joe Simonetta offered on last week’s show: Be healthy, be kind, respect the environment.

As Director of Humanity’s Team, sponsor of Global Oneness Day, Steve Farrell will offer plenty of examples of how this theme and meme of “oneness” is helping to reorganize the business world around this evolutionary idea.

7 Words That Can Change The World Can A Simple Idea Coalesce A Movement of Movements?

January 2, 2018

Aired Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 5:00 PM EST

7 Words That Can Change The World Can A Simple Idea Coalesce A Movement of Movements?

A Conversation With Author Joe Simonetta

“Of course Jesus believed in evolution. Otherwise he would have said, ‘Now don’t do a thing till I get back’.” — Swami Beyondananda

At a time when “reality” is up for grabs, and the chasm between competing worldviews in this country seems almost unbridgeable, could there possibly be a unifying thought, idea, human aspiration that can unite us?

Architect, author, and Harvard Divinity School graduate Joe Simonetta thinks so, and he has boiled it down to seven simple words. No, I won’t tell you what those words are. You’ll have to tune in to find out. I will tell you, they are NOT the seven words that George Carlin said cannot be said on the air!

In Spontaneous Evolution, Bruce Lipton and I recognized that our world was caught between two competing paradigms, neither of which by itself could take us through the current “existential crisis” of our species. Whether we acknowledge it or not, our species is currently in the question, “do we continue to exist, or not?”

Perched atop the “endangering species” list, and the list of endangered species as well, either we seize the time today and evolve into a wise, coherent, sane and integrated species — or else our time will be seized from us.

The two competing paradigms — monotheistic religion and scientific materialism — each simultaneously hold key pieces to the puzzle, and yet are in other ways obsolete, and “obsolethal.”

Monotheistic religion with its off-planet God, patriarchal and hierarchical system, has condemned our species as “original sinners.” (If you think this is no longer the case consider that one-time Catholic priest Matthew Fox was first silenced and then ex-communicated for writing a book, Original Blessing.)

On the other side of the religious secular divide, we have scientific materialism that insists that only the material world is “real”, and that has given us technology with no morality. Those scientists who acknowledge the ineffable and invisible that every human has observed for themselves (think about someone flashing into your mind, and having that person call a few minutes later) are branded as “quacks”. That’s why Rupert Sheldrake’s TED talk was banned ( and why neither Bruce Lipton nor I were EVER interviewed on NPR.

Meanwhile, there IS an evolutionary upwising, as integral thinkers recognize that each stage of evolution “includes and transcends” prior stages. That means we take the value from each prior meme, and weave it into a new and more complete awareness.

This is why Joe Simonetta’s ( work has such potential in these evolutionary times. His simple prescription for a world of thrival for each and all is based simultaneously on the fundamental awareness “under-truthing” all religious and moral thought, AND can be shown to work by observation, without need for an invisible off-planet God. Writes Joe in his book, 7 Words That Can Change The World, “Sacredness is not about a Supreme Being. It’s about a way of being.”

In an information age when we are overwhelmed by content, this might just be the context we have been seeking. Please join us for an enlightening conversation to start the New Year, and maybe a new world.

Eco-Astrology: The Planetary Ecosystem, the Human Ego-System and the Evolutionary Upwising

December 26, 2017

Aired Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Eco-Astrology: The Planetary Ecosystem, the Human Ego-System and the Evolutionary Upwising

A Conversation With Eco-Astrologer Stephanie Austin

“I don’t make predictions because I don’t want to lose my non-prophet status.” — Swami Beyondananda


Before I met my wife Trudy, I was a skeptic. Anytime anyone asked, “What’s your sign?” I would reply, “Slippery when wet.” Ha-ha- ha.

However, I couldn’t discount Trudy’s insights about my own personality based on this ancient tool. Then there was the time we were watching our first World Series together, and the announcer was Joe Morgan. At one point, she asked, “Is he a Virgo?”

Looked it up in my trusty Baseball Encyclopedia and sure enough he was. So I devised a test. I chose three of my family members whom she had met, but didn’t know their birthdates. For each, I gave three possible birthdates, one of them correct. In all three cases, she picked the correct birthdates, based on what she knew about their personalities.

Now it’s 30 years later, and over time I have cultivated great respect for how heavenly bodies might be impacting our earthly lives. And so as one year ends and another begins, I decided to consult my favorite wise woman astrologer, Stephanie Austin, not to hear any “predictions” but to put our times into cosmic context.

Stephanie Austin M.A. is an astrological counselor, teacher, and writer, specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship since 1986. Her background includes a Master’s degree in Consciousness Studies, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and extensive explorations in holistic health, eco-psychology, meditation, and inner work. An adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University for 15 years, Stephanie has written for the Mountain Astrologer magazine since 1990. She is the also the author of two e-books, EcoAstrology: Finding Our Way Home and Life After Twinkies: A Holistic Guide to Dietary Change. Her EcoAstrology Update newsletter, covering current astrological alignments and how to work with them, is available via email subscription.

Writes Stephanie:

EcoAstrology combines myth and mysticism with transpersonal psychology and the new physics. It provides an owners manual and roadmap for identifying and staying on your path. It outlines potentials, not predictions. It details what you came to learn, and what you came to share. It validates what you already know in your heart and soul.

If you’re ready for a true “meta-view” of where we’ve been and where we might be headed, one that combines ancient wisdom, modern science and an “evolved” view of evolution, join us for this enlightening and entertaining conversation. I predict you will gain helpful insight into these times of challenge and opportunity.

CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES: Breaking the Trance of War and Standing for Justice

December 19, 2017

Aired Tuesday, 19 December 2017, 5:00 PM EST

CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES: Breaking the Trance of War and Standing for Justice

A Conversation With Author David Swanson (War Is a Lie) and Activist Jul Bystrova

“If war is a necessary evil, why not stand for peace as a necessary good?” — Swami Beyondananda

It used to be that the “work of heart” I most associated with Christmas was the Frank Capra movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life.” But ever since my friend Shanti Norman recorded John McCutcheon’s song, “Christmas in the Trenches” in 2000, I have held that extraordinary piece of work as best symbolizing the light that can shine in times of greatest darkness.

After World War I started in 1914, the Pope suggested a truce around Christmas time. The generals pursuing the war didn’t like this idea one bit, and in fact one of their concerns was that the enemy trenches were so close, that soldiers could hear the enemy speaking to their comrades, and even smell the food they were cooking.

What came to be known as the “Christmas truce” happened at a number of places along the front lines. As the song suggests, peace might have “broken out” due to soldiers hearing their enemies singing Christmas carols in their native tongue, and then joining in singing in two languages. As soon as the “enemy” was “re-humanized” after the dehumanization necessary to get ordinary humans to kill other ordinary humans, the trance was broken. In some cases, the trances lasted a day, in others three days. Despite this brief respite of sanity, the war continued nearly three more years, killing 18 millions soldiers and civilians and wounding another 23 million.

This week’s first guest, David Swanson, talks about how humanity can collectively break the trance of war. David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of and campaign coordinator for Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.

We then talk with activist Jul Bystrova, founder of Era of Care, who has literally been “in the trenches” as an activist for justice. Last year, she spent months at Standing Rock, as a witness and as one “making a stand” against the war of exploitation against native peoples and the earth. Please join us this week to explore the “new edge” that encompasses activism and pacifism.

EXPLOITATION AND SEXPLOITATION: Beyond Shame and Blame, Victims and Villains

December 12, 2017

Aired Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 5:00 PM EST

EXPLOITATION AND SEXPLOITATION: Beyond Shame and Blame, Victims and Villains

A Conversation With Relationship Specialist, Sexologist and Empathy Expert Veronica Monet

Why is it that so many self-righteous males who claim to be following the Big Guy Upstairs are really following the little guy downstairs? — Swami Beyondananda

It started with Harvey Weinstein… and has now turned Al Franken into Frankenstein.

Over the past month, more and more men in high places have been accused of inappropriately touching women in private places. This obviously has been going on for centuries, so why is it coming to the surface now? Is this backlash against the groper-in-chief currently in the White House? Is this the new Inquisition against abusive male power? Will it lead to more retribution, or will there be a breakthrough?

This week on Wiki Politiki we interview Veronica Monet, a one-time sex worker who now offers perspective and wisdom through her platform, The Shame-Free Zone. A wise woman who has earned her wisdom through experience, Veronica will take us beyond the shame (psychiatrist James Gilligan says that shame “is the primary or ultimate cause of all violence, whether toward others or toward the self”) to a deeper awareness of how we got to this point, and ways we can heal.

So many awakened people I’ve spoken with have been having mixed feelings about the shame-fest / blame-fest that has been fueled by the #METOO movement. On one hand, obviously those who’ve used the privilege of power to exploit and hurt women (or other men) need to be called out, and this behavior must stop. On the other hand, there has been an orgy of blame and retribution that like so many media-fueled campaigns create more heat than light. Ironically, progressive icons like Al Franken and Garrison Keillor have been toppled, while Emperor Copious Gropius and his sidekick Roy Moore remain unmoved.

So, how DO we turn the heat down and the light up? What are the lessons learned, and what is the new field we establish? How do we relate male exploitation of the feminine to the “rape” and violation of Mother Earth? How do we transform shame into something more generative?

Tune in this Tuesday to discover how we shift the “scared” masculine and feminine into sacred dance partners.

Defying Gravity: How the Power of Levity Can Uplift Us in Unfunny Times

December 5, 2017

Aired Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Defying Gravity: How the Power of Levity Can Uplift Us in Unfunny Times

A Conversation With Firesign Theatre Co-Founder Phil Proctor

We must all laugh together, or else we will cry separately. — Swami Beyondananda

It was the summer of 1969, and I found myself in Berkeley visiting a friend. I had just smoked some particularly strong California weed, and that put me in an altered state. What happened next would alter my state even more …

As I walked into her house, I heard a strange radio show playing, a quiz show called “Beat the Reaper”… it sounded so real, and yet the premise was entirely bizarre: The contestant was injected with some deadly disease, and if he or she guessed the disease in time, they’d be given the antidote. After a while it became apparent I was listening to some dark parody, kind of Bob & Ray meet the Twilight Zone. I soon discovered I was listening to the Firesign Theatre, and from that moment on I was hooked.

Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers… All Hail Marx and Lennon… I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus… Everything You Know Is Wrong… and more. Rolling Stone magazine called the Firesign Theatre “the Beatles of Comedy”… the “M.C. Escher of Comedy” would fit just as well.

That’s why I am thrilled that this week’s guest on Wiki Politiki is Phil Proctor, one of the founders of Firesign Theatre, as well as a prolific and sought after voice talent (name any Disney animation, he’s in it!). Yes, he’s funny. And he’s more than a wise guy. He’s a wiser guy.

He’ll share some of his wisdom on the uses of comedy to “go sane” in crazy times, and include some of his own stories of “guerilla comedy” during the Vietnam War years, and a mind-blowing story of someone you would least expect to be a Firesign Theatre fan.

Phil Proctor also publishes Planet Proctor, his monthly comedy digital zine and continues to write and perform comedy in LA and around the world.

Tune in … you’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh!

As a special treat, this show will have a call-in segment in the second half, so you can CALL IN and ask Phil questions… and maybe even get some answers. Here is the number to call 202.570.7057

Join us Tuesday, December 5th at 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET right here:

What the Alt Right and Alt Left Both Know - That We ALL Need to Know

November 28, 2017

Aired Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 5:00 PM EST

What the Alt-Right and Alt-Left Both Know - That We ALL Need to Know

A Conversation With Alt-Left Journalist Mark Crispin Miller and Alt-Right Commentator Paul Craig Roberts

“We need more forums, and fewer againstums.” — Swami Beyondananda

Friday … March 6, 1981.

A notable date, and I’m willing to bet no one recognizes it or its significance. I only know it because I looked it up. It was the last broadcast Walter Cronkite made as anchorman on CBS Evening News. It was the last time he would say, “And that’s the way it is…” and have the majority of Americans regardless of which party they favored believe him.

It was the beginning of the end of an era where Americans shared a common narrative, and a commonly-sensed faith in the “goodness” of America, its institutions, and its people. It was before the polarization brought on by the weaponized politics of Newt Gingrich, and the betrayal of America’s working people by neoliberal Democrats. It was 20 years before the 911 attacks that recalled other perpetrations against the American people like the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations.

It was back there — way, way back in almost ancient history — when “fake news” was called by its real name, “lies”.

A key purpose of Wiki Politiki — quixotic as it may seem — is to bring awakening elements of left and right front-and-center in a conversation to go above and beyond both mainstream news and fabricated disinformation, and to find a likelier story that will help us metabolize the past and move forward as a healed and healthy body politic.

The question isn’t “Can we do it?” but “HOW can we do it?” A common sense consensus of “what’s so … so what … and now what” is REQUIRED for the survival and thrival of our experiment in self-governance.

In the first of what I hope will be many such conversations for possibility, I am bringing together two courageous outside-the-box thinkers, alt left journalist Mark Crispin Miller and alt right commentator Paul Craig Roberts in a conversation for co-creation. What DO the alt left and the alt-right agree is “so”, and how can this become the foundation for a new, truth-based narrative that will heal the disheartenment in the heartland and move us toward the future the vast majority of us desire?

Mark Crispin Miller and Paul Craig Roberts have one significant thing in common: They’ve both held prestigious positions in mainstream journalism and politics. Miller is a communications professor at NYU and wrote a humorous and mainstream book in 2002 called The Bush Dyslexicon. However, two years later his book Fooled Again, provided ample proof that both the 2000 and 2004 elections were stolen by hacked voting machines — and he became less of a mainstream darling.

Paul Craig Roberts served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during the Reagan Administration and was an editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He has been a critic of neo-conservativism and neoliberalism since the Iraq War and has been outspoken in his critique of the official 911 narrative.

In addition to finding out how each of these individuals found the perspective and courage to venture outside the mainstream narratives, we will also discover what common ground they share, AND how we the people can call forth and empower a media we can rely on, and a government that does the bidding of the people, not the bidding of the highest bidder.

Forgiveness and Healing the Body Politic

November 21, 2017

Aired Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Forgiveness and Healing the Body Politic

It might seem a bit strange for a program called Wiki Politiki to do a show on something as personal and spiritual as forgiveness.

And yet it makes perfect sense, particularly if we want to go above and beyond the current level of polarized discourse, where each side has dehumanized the other. If we truly want a healthy, thriving, vital, and wise body politic we have to metabolize the toxins of 5,000 years of the Rule of Gold: Doo-doo unto others before they can doo-doo unto you.

There isn’t an ethnic group, religion (with the possible exception of the B’hai faith) or other tribe that hasn’t “done unto” some other group, and had it “done unto” them. The history of man(un)kind is filled with atrocities and silent holocausts that have left just about all of us with some form of PTSD.


South Africa took steps to heal (i.e., restore wholeness) through their Truth and Reconciliation movement a quarter century ago so that they could acknowledge and forgive the wrongs perpetrated by both sides, without revenge, retribution and punishment. If we want to heal the body politic in the USA and elsewhere, we now must do the same.

This week’s guest, Dr. Leonard Laskow, offers a deep and practical wisdom on the power of forgiveness, personal, tribal and global. Dr. Laskow is the author of For Giving Love: Awakening Your Essential Nature Through Love and Forgiveness, and offers scientific evidence that the process of forgiveness yields positive physiological benefits!

We’re also featuring the healing work of Celeste Yacoboni, author of “How Do You Pray?” who offers a Hawaiian forgiveness ritual, Ho ‘opono Pono (making the right, right) as a way of forgiving yourself and others. Tune in and find out about how a medical doctor at a mental health hospital in Hawaii helped “heal” the inmates — by doing the process on himself!

Please join us Tuesday, November 21st for this enlightening and heartening show.

Conscious Evolution: Antidote to Mass-Extinction with Bruce Lipton

November 14, 2017

Aired Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 5:00 PM EST

Conscious Evolution: Antidote to Mass-Extinction with Bruce Lipton

“Crisis precipitates evolution, and if we look at our world in crisis, we see the chances of precipitation are 100%.” — Swami Beyondananda

As we create a new foundation for “political climate change”, what better place to begin than biology itself, evolution, and where we humans fit (or don’t fit) in the web of life? So it’s “fitting” that my first interviewed guest on Wiki Politiki is my friend, colleague and co-author, Bruce Lipton.

Bruce is a pioneer in epigenetics, and the author of bestseller and classic, The Biology of Belief. He and I co-wrote Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here, a book that suggests that the next phase of human evolution is seeing ourselves as cells in the body of a super-organism called Humanity — or as I prefer to call it, Humankind, because the currency of this new and evolved organism is human kindness.

So, how are we doing?

For one thing, Bruce and I agree that when we published our book in 2009, “spontaneous evolution” was a noun in the future, and today it is a verb in the present. Burgeoning crises are making evolution necessary.

Among those crises is what is being called the Sixth Great Extinction, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that our own species tops the Endangered (and Endangering) species list.

Please join us for this lively, informative, and ultimately heartening discussion of how our human conditioning has impacted our human condition, where we are now, and what we can do to create what Charles Eisenstein calls “the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.”

Half a century ago, inventor and visionary philosopher Bucky Fuller wrote a book about humanity’s future called, Utopia Or Oblivion. In a shrinking world that could surely use a “good shrink”, these were the two stark choices he saw. Given the option for “oblivion,” perhaps we should consider utopia more carefully. And … as we explore the amazing similarities between the human body and the body politic, we recognize that what we consider “utopia”, the 50 trillion cell community beneath our skin would merely recognize as “health”.