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DOUG WHEELER - Jonah and the Future

DOUG WHEELER - Jonah and the Future

September 1, 2021

FtB host Doug Wheeler flips the script and sits down with guest host Scott Burnett to discuss his five-year journey with the Jonah story that produced deeper self discovery, a forthcoming book, and a multi-season podcast.

ROUNDTABLE: Dangerous Fundamentalism ~ Susan Miller, Chuck Strozier

ROUNDTABLE: Dangerous Fundamentalism ~ Susan Miller, Chuck Strozier

August 25, 2021

Authors and Psychotherapists, Susan Miller & Chuck Strozier, discuss the psychological fractures and futuristic thinking of both religious and non-religious fundamentalism, resulting in a dualism that breeds fear, social unease and violence toward the “other.”

JAMES SHIPMAN - Celebrating One’s Written Voice

JAMES SHIPMAN - Celebrating One’s Written Voice

August 19, 2021

Successful author James Shipman shares his luminous journey of becoming a writer of fictions while disclosing some practical steps to sharpen one’s writing skills and move succinctly toward getting published. 

SHANNON STOWELL - The Power of Eco-Tourism

SHANNON STOWELL - The Power of Eco-Tourism

August 5, 2021

Adventure Travel Trade Association CEO Shannon Stowell shares what makes adventure travel different from mass travel, and the powerful good that tourism done right can do for people and the planet.

ROUNDTABLE: Shaping the Artistic Soul ~ Sienna Burnett, Gabriel Wheeler, Ethan Coomer

ROUNDTABLE: Shaping the Artistic Soul ~ Sienna Burnett, Gabriel Wheeler, Ethan Coomer

July 22, 2021

Sienna Burnett, Ethan Coomer & Gabriel Wheeler return to FtB to share their colorful journeys of making music, weathering the wins and woes of dream-chasing and how cultivating a craft can reveal purpose and identity.

CHUCK STROZIER - The Brilliance of Heinz Kohut

CHUCK STROZIER - The Brilliance of Heinz Kohut

July 15, 2021

Veteran psychotherapist, historian and prolific author Chuck Strozier, with expertise of soul, brings Heinz Kohut’s “psychology of the self” into brilliant focus for the twenty-first century.

WARREN POSTMA - The Many Legacies of Mark Heard

WARREN POSTMA - The Many Legacies of Mark Heard

July 8, 2021

Warren Postma, a key catalyst for the popular Mark Heard Fans Facebook group, joins Doug for a rich talk about the folk rock singer's musicianship, cultural impact and lyrical vigor that since his untimely death have left a lasting imprint of truth for a world in need of reconciling love.

ROUNDTABLE: Friendship, Tour Stories & Michael Been ~ Dan Russell, Jim Goodwin

ROUNDTABLE: Friendship, Tour Stories & Michael Been ~ Dan Russell, Jim Goodwin

June 24, 2021

Creative music entrepreneurs Dan Russell & Jim Goodwin return to FtB, sharing their rich friendship along with fascinating stories about band "The Call," touring on the road in the 1980s, and how deeply they miss lead singer Michael Been, who passed in 2010.

Demystifying the Vaccine ~ featuring Dr. Michele Andrasik

Demystifying the Vaccine ~ featuring Dr. Michele Andrasik

June 8, 2021

Senior staff scientist and UWA clinical professor Dr. Michele Andrasik returns to field questions about the COVID-19 vaccinations, their success rate vs. continued skepticism, and how misinformation and miseducation have endangered the truth.

DON HUDSON - Palestine and Israel: Part 2

DON HUDSON - Palestine and Israel: Part 2

June 2, 2021

In the second half of last week’s conversation, Don and Doug cover the American propensity toward zionism, both socially and politically, and the conundrum of how to judge a one-sided war.

DON HUDSON - Palestine and Israel: Part 1

DON HUDSON - Palestine and Israel: Part 1

May 27, 2021

Professor of Religious Studies Don Michael Hudson shares his learned perspective on the history, terminology and latest chapter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as how having once lived in a Palestinian village shapes his views.

SCOTT BURNETT featuring WALTER BRUEGGEMANN - The Wellspring of Divine Creativity

SCOTT BURNETT featuring WALTER BRUEGGEMANN - The Wellspring of Divine Creativity

May 19, 2021

Celebrated artist and local pastor Scott Burnett returns to discuss the interplay of working with colors on canvas and spiritual practices along with musings by sage scholar and friend of the show, Walter Brueggemann.

Artwork titled "Chosen" by Scott Burnett

JESS HANSON - A Whole New World of Joy

JESS HANSON - A Whole New World of Joy

May 6, 2021

Young, loving mother of two little daughters, Jess Hanson shares her incredible journey raising nine-month-old Ruby, who was born with a brain injury and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

ROUNDTABLE: Disrupting Power with Creative Culture ~ Frederick Taylor, Willie Aron, Marvin Etzioni

ROUNDTABLE: Disrupting Power with Creative Culture ~ Frederick Taylor, Willie Aron, Marvin Etzioni

April 29, 2021

Daring filmmaker & photographer Frederick Taylor joins LA-based multi-talented musicians Marvin Etzioni & Willie Aron in a brave conversation about oppression and the creative acts that disrupt unchecked power.

ROUNDTABLE: Masculinity in America ~ Kristin DuMez, Jay-Paul Hinds, Caleb Wheeler

ROUNDTABLE: Masculinity in America ~ Kristin DuMez, Jay-Paul Hinds, Caleb Wheeler

April 22, 2021

Bestselling author and professor Kristin DuMez, seminary professor Jay-Paul Hinds, and independent filmmaker Caleb Wheeler deconstruct the many forms and origins of toxic, militant masculinity.

ROUNDTABLE: Learning How to Lament ~ Soong Chan-Rah, Lynn Gibson, Scott Burnett

ROUNDTABLE: Learning How to Lament ~ Soong Chan-Rah, Lynn Gibson, Scott Burnett

April 15, 2021

Professor and author Soong-Chan Rah, Bereavement Researcher Lynn Gibson, and Pastor Scott Burnett critique societal violence by identifying the lack of lament practices in our communities and offer remedies for restoration.

PAUL PEARSON on Thomas Merton - Poet, Prophet, Monk

PAUL PEARSON on Thomas Merton - Poet, Prophet, Monk

April 8, 2021

Paul Pearson, director of the Thomas Merton Center, talks about the late monastic monk’s most impassioned foresights about civil rights, non-violence and spirituality that resonate in 2021.

Life and Times of From the Belly

Life and Times of From the Belly

April 7, 2021

We at From the Belly want to let you in on some recent shifts in the show’s direction. 

This podcast was initially a way to introduce and build an audience around Doug’s study and reinterpretation of the biblical story of Jonah, and his forthcoming book, Reimagining Jonah. Using music, philosophy, and academia to guide us, the vision was to distill the book’s intent through conversation with guests of all kinds and across all walks of life. What came of that intent was an effortless evolution toward wider themes of spirituality, social activism, racial inequality, grief recovery, toxic systems of power, and the ways art can embody it all. 

We’ve expanded beyond the Jonah framework as we’ve seen how this greater spectrum of remarkable people and modern movements is something that cannot be ignored or rendered through a narrow perspective. Different beliefs systems, radical cultural thinking, passionate niche vocations… these diverse persuasions are the stuff of life and truly shape our world. Our pursuit is to help harmonize our existences and combat fragmentation, to mine the minds of fascinating people and discover the soul of creativity. 

Thank you so much for learning and relearning alongside us in the name of exploration and love! The journey continues.

SCOTT BURNETT - The Art of Abstraction

SCOTT BURNETT - The Art of Abstraction

March 31, 2021

Scott Burnett describes the complex physicality of painting, finding redemption through "ruined art," and the importance of being stirred by our own creations.

MICHELE ANDRASIK - Inequities in Medicine

MICHELE ANDRASIK - Inequities in Medicine

March 24, 2021

Dr. Michele Andrasik talks about racial bias in healthcare, and the historical trauma and violence surrounding inhumane study of the "Black Body."

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