Articles by The Proversation

What is PAIN?

Posted: February 20, 2020 by The Proversation

Pain--we all know when we feel it, but what exactly IS it? Universal, inevitable, and highly subjective, we all experience pain on a daily basis, probably both physically and emotionally--but to what end? In today's Proversation, we deep-dive into pain and its purpose in life.

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Low Yield and High Hopes: Reasons for Optimism

Posted: February 15, 2020 by Brian Johnston

A cursory glance at today's headlines tells a different story than what is typically drip-fed to us by the mainstream media. A Republican initiative to plant a trillion trees, the political awakening of American youth, and a big-picture look at the impact of next-generation nuclear weapons on arms control negotiations are just a few of the topics on hand for today's Proversation.

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Good VS Evil : Who is Winning?

Posted: January 31, 2020 by Brian Johnston

Sometimes it seems that the world is ensconced in negativity--a simple glance at the news and social media can quickly confirm this point of view. There seems no end to evidence that forces of evil are gaining traction in our society. But is this really accurate? In this, our first podcast of the new year, we take a deeper look at society in an attempt to assess the situation from a wider perspective.

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What Happens When We Die?

Posted: June 11, 2019 by Brian Johnston

While the path itself may differ, eventually we all eventually return to the dust from which we came. It is patently human to wonder what happens when we die. Each culture has its own set of beliefs in terms of death and any potential afterlife. At the end of the day, it seems that folks tend to believe what they WANT to believe.

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#009 — Saving Venezuela

Posted: April 12, 2019 by Brian Johnston

The economic crisis in Venezuela has created devastation and chaos, with the IMF projecting inflation rates hitting 10 million percent in 2019. The currency is so worthless that they no longer count it--they weigh it. In Venezuela today, a one-pound package of dry pasta costs a whole week's wages. We have the unique opportunity to save people's lives while politically 'flipping' a corrupt Communist government in our hemisphere with a legitimately-elected proponent of democracy in Juan Guaido. With a chance to do the right thing while strengthening our hand in the Western Hemisphere, could this crisis provide the impetus to create bipartisan legislation that breaks the American political logjam?

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#008 — Aliens: Is There Anybody Out There?

Posted: April 8, 2019 by Brian Johnston

When we cast our gaze out upon the millions of stars visible in just our galaxy, it is compelling to believe that we live in a universe that is teeming with life. If this is the case, the question begs asking: WHERE IS EVERYONE? In this PROBING episode of The Proversation, we ponder our place in the universe, the challenges of interstellar travel, our space program, UFO's, aliens, the pyramids, and reasons it still feels awfully lonely over here.

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#006 You Down Wit’ AOC?

Posted: January 21, 2019 by Brian Johnston

At 29 years of age, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history when she became the youngest woman elected to Congress, defeating an established Democrat, 'The King of Queens' Joseph Crowley, in the process. Arguably the second most polarizing figure in American politics, she has been called, '...the biggest star in the Democratic Party,' and '...the most dangerous person in America.' So who's right?

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#005 – Considering Koko: A Discussion and Tribute

Posted: August 3, 2018 by The Proversation

Koko the gorilla was 46 years old when she passed on July 9th of 2018. While she was hailed by some experts for her 'mastery of sign language,' she was dismissed by others as little more than a clever parlor trick. But for most of us, Koko touched our lives by reminding us that perhaps we are closer to our primate relatives than we originally thought. We hope you enjoy our tribute to Koko and encourage you to think about how you view the other thinking and feeling creatures around us. If you wish to donate or to learn more about Koko and the other intelligent animals achieving the ability to communicate with us, please visit The Gorilla Foundation at http://www.koko.org. Thanks for listening!

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#004 – Morality in America

Posted: June 21, 2018 by Brian Johnston

America has traditionally stood strong on the premise that a moral populace requires less governance. We hold dear the idea that when Americans vote their conscience, America wins. But as we wrestle with mass shootings, growing inequality, racism, tribalism, and a general lack of empathy the question must be asked: Have we lost our moral compass and if so, how do we get it back?

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