Tom Brosseau: On People, Places, and Music

Tom Brosseau makes the kind of music you rarely find in the world today. Though Tom himself would probably say – you just need to look around. While on his European tour this fall, he played at StudioBar in Amsterdam and the following day came to the kitchen-studio to talk about music, his return to North Dakota, things he is working on and learning and much more. Tom is a great observer of people and the world around him, this is normally expressed through his music, but the next best thing has got to be through a podcast conversation.

RLTS006 Facing and Fighting Terminal Cancer at 36

Whomever you are, wherever you are, chances are your life has been affected by cancer. In some cases we hear from those battling the illness, their triumphs, their tragedies, and all the wisdom and observations that are shared along the way. Other times people turn inward, they go quiet and get private in an effort to do what must be done.
A few short months ago Matthew Dons and his family got the news that he has cancer already in an advanced stage. Ever since then he has three major priorities in his life. Today on the podcast we are joined by Matthew to talk about what he is going through that many others out there may also be able to relate to. He will also talk about his funding campaign that needs your participation, to help him afford treatment that will give him more time to live.

RLTS005 Mitch Altman: The Joy of Making

Over the past decades Mitch Altman’s work hasnt been about just making things, but about making a difference, by teaching others the power of making things long before it became the hot topic for conferences, magazines, and governments around the world. Despite the fact that nowadays all of the above are eager to get him to come share his wisdom, hoping to spread the spirit and knowledge that comes with making things, Mitch has remained true to his life mission: to do what he loves while making the world a better (not worse) place. You might know him for the TV-B-Gone, but well beyond the device are the ideas and values that make him one of the great teachers of our time.

RLCK2 Checking in from Wikimania 2016

As I walk down a mountain path between trees and fields of green and the constant sound of streams and small water falls, decided to do this Reality Check to say hello and describe what the experience has been like.

RLTS004 Massoud Hossaini: War Photography and the New Generation of Afghanistan

More than 6 years ago I met Massoud Hossaini in Kabul just before parliamentary elections and at the start of Ramadan. Back then, just like today, he taught me about the ups and downs of life in Afghanistan. From culture, to economics, to politics, to the basics of how humans treat one another, Massoud is never shy to state what he sees going on. His photographs have earned him critical acclaim from all over the world, a fact that has helped ensure we continue to see each other over the years even if I can’t make it to Afghanistan. Today on the Realities Podcast, I’m very happy to bring you a conversation with Massoud Hossaini on topics like education, corruption, work, and global insecurity. Sit back and listen to a very passionate human being with insight and experiences that few on this planet can say they have.

RLCK1 On the Way to Wikimania

The first mini episode, or as they will be known from now on – Reality Check – on the way to Lake Como, Italy for Wikimania. Talking microphones, feedback on the most recent episode of Realities, latest writing on medium, Source Code Berlin and more. It’s brief. It’s unedited. It’s a Reality Check!

RLTS003 Erik Doesburg: Life, Learning, And Ultimate Frisbee

Today we’re talking with renowned International Ultimate Frisbee player and observer of human communication and behavior.. my friend Erik Doesburg.. about his changing relationship with a unique sport, and beyond that, questions we all ask ourselves about identity, purpose, and how we communicate or pursue those goals. It is a show about much more than ultimate frisbee but it happens to start there…

RLTS002 Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: Shafiur Rahman

For over a decade now documentarian Shafiur Rahman has been bring us images and voices of people who even in an era of hyper media, are rarely noticed. They are the undocumented, the untouchable, the imprisoned, and oppressed; and they live in rich and poor countries throughout this world.
For this second episode of our new podcast adventure, Shafiur joins us to present his work with refugees in the infamous “Calais Jungle”, River People in Bangladesh, and migrants trapped in Libya.. to name just a few of his powerful projects. How do we begin to understand so much of this human made suffering, and what is or can be done to alleviate it? How does Shafiur approach each topic and accomplish such difficult work? These questions and more on today’s edition of the Realities Podcast.

RLTS001 C.Y. Chong’s Journey: Life on Planet WWF

As the inaugeral episode of the Realities Podcast, we hear from CY Chong about his life’s work and his new book Life on Planet WWF; a personal journey of struggle, adventure, comedy, and self discovery.