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January 30, 2020  

Hilary Porta - “I had to be broken so I could be used”: a story of rebuilding one’s life to help others become unstoppable


Hilary Porta is a leading mindset expert and life architect who helps people design a career and life they love by combining neuroscience-based mindset coaching to shatter the mental limits and provide strategy and a framework for an epic life.

Hilary travels across the globe not only speaking on stages both domestically and internationally but also where she helps Fortune 500 CEOs, professional motorsport as well as pro sports (think: Formula One driver, NFL ) to level up and become unstoppable.

However, life hasn’t always been easy for Hilary. She went through some very dark times but that's where she learned the power of resilience and choice and has turned her loss into leverage.


Hilary Porta's website


Hilary recommends a Netflix Series and a book:



January 23, 2020  

Elan Leibner - From Israel kibbutz to the Waldorf School of Princeton: a story of passion for education


In this episode, we explore the idea behind a school system created 100 years ago in Germany and which is increasingly popular throughout the world: the Waldorf education based on the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy.

My guest is Elan Leibner the chair of the Pedagogical Section Council of North America and a teacher at the Waldorf School of Princeton. Elan grew up in Israel, lived in a kibbutz, and moved to the US at the age of 23. He married Tertia, the woman who recruited him to teach at Waldorf. He was a class teacher at there for 18 years, before directing the Teacher Education program at Emerson College in England.

Altogether, he has been involved in Waldorf education for almost thirty years.

Anyone researching Waldorf School on Google quickly realizes that the school has many fans but also some skeptics.

Waldorf School of Princeton 
Instagram: @princetonwaldorf
Twitter: @NJwaldorf

Elan recommends two movies:

What Dreams May Comes 
Round Midnight 

January 16, 2020  

Councilwoman Leticia Fraga - From Mexico to Princeton, NJ - A story of immigration and integration in America


Leticia Fraga is the first Latinx ever elected to Princeton Municipal Government.

She has many responsibilities in Princeton. Born in Mexicali, Mexico, Leticia is one of eight children. At the age of 12, she immigrated to the US, settling in Washington State with her family.

During their first five years in the US, she worked in the fields, side by side with her siblings and parents.

With their earnings, the Fraga family was eventually able to purchase their plot of land on which they cultivated asparagus.

In this episode, Leticia shares her experience as a young Mexican immigrant, her first meal at KFC, her difficulty settling in Princeton and how she made it to an elected councilwoman.
Leticia also shares her hope for some of the large projects she is currently working on.

For more information about Leticia Fraga visit her website (you will find the photo that she describes in this episode)


Links to the books mentioned in this episode

Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother

American Dirt: A Novel

Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust


January 5, 2020  

Chris Tyler - Part 3 of 3 - On white men’s privileges and reparations to African-Americans


This is part 3, the final part of my interview with Chris Tylor, in parts 1 and 2 we learned how he worked as a carpenter for 15 years. How he went on to lived in a Zen monastery for a year before deciding to go back to university for graduate social studies.

Here in episode 11, part 3 we talk about white men's privileges and reparations to the African-Americans.

How can white, educated men deal with the reckoning of their privileges?

As often in this podcast, I will ask Chris where he thinks this country will be in five years from today and what it means to be an American.

Music from Kabbalistic Village

January 4, 2020  

Chris Tyler - Part 2 of 3 - Helping men break free from trauma and abusive behaviors


In part 2 of my interview with Chris Tyler, we talk about his experience working with victims of domestic violence.

Chris is now a student in social studies and works with abusers. This conversation brings us on the topic of masculinity.

Chris is helping men step out of a cycle of trauma and abusive behaviors.

He talks about the social stereotypes of men and how to deal with them.

Listen to episode 11 part 3, the third and final episode of this conversation. Chris will dive into the notion of privileges.

How can white educated men deal with the reckoning of their privileges?

Chris will also discuss the difficult topic of reparation to the African-American.


Music from Kabbalistic Village

January 3, 2020  

Chris Tyler - Part 1 of 3 - A carpenter becomes a Zen monk for a year


I have edited my interview with Chris Tyler into three installments.

In part 1 we meet Chris. After being a carpenter for 15 years he is thinking about becoming a monk in a Zen monastery.
We discover what its like to seat for hours practicing mindfulness. Chris shares moments of doubt and awakening when what he calls a 'voice,' helps him move forward with his new life.

Listen to part 2 to hear Chris talk about his experience working with victims of domestic violence.

He wants to help men step out of a cycle of trauma and abusive behaviors.

This conversation brings us on the topic of masculinity.

Music from Kabbalistic Village

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