The Art of Asking Everything

Oct 27 2020 49 mins 472

Amanda Palmer is a rock star, best-selling author, TED speaker and community leader who does everything on her own terms simply by asking. Now, she turns the tables on her colleagues and heroes to find out how they create art, love difficult people, work for change, and survive the worst moments of their lives. From porn stars to empathy researchers, and cartoonists to climate scientists, no topic is out of bounds.





Eli Pariser: How We Can Actually Use the Internet for Good Things
Oct 27 2020 48 mins  
Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Eli Pariser, recorded July 24, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Eli Pariser wants to make technology and media serve democracy, instead of the other way around. He is an author, activist, and entrepreneur who became executive director of MoveOn.org in 2004, where he helped pioneer the practice of online citizen engagement. Eli is also the co-founder of Upworthy, a website for meaningful viral content, and Avaaz, a global citizen's organization. His book, “The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You” not only introduced the term “filter bubble” to the world, but also kicked off a conversation about online discourse that has only become more pressing. He is the author of two TED Talks that focus on social media’s responsibility to the greater good. He currently co-directs, with Talia Stroud, the Civic Signals Project, which aims to support the creation of more flourishing digital public spaces. Check out his recent piece in Wired about how to create public spaces online. In this episode we talk about how we should attribute people’s actions to their situation instead of their character, controlling your environment to change your behavior for the good, applying urban planning theories to The Internet, inviting in the things you want in your life, why it is so hard to be an artist in America, having empathy for people you don’t agree with, the struggle to raise children with the right amount of determination and grit, and how shame is a cultural tool to create conformity. @elipariser https://www.elipariser.org TED: https://www.ted.com/speakers/eli_pariser Civic Signals: http://civicsignals.io/ Wired: https://www.wired.com/story/to-mend-a-broken-internet-create-online-parks/ No ads. No sponsors. No censorship. We are the media. Exclusive content is available to Patrons only. Go to Patreon. Become a member. Get extra stuff. Join the community at amandapalmer.net/podcast





BJ Miller: An Expert on Death Talks About Life
Oct 13 2020 71 mins  
Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with BJ Miller. Recorded May 9th, 2019 in Marin, CA. BJ currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability. At the age of 19, BJ was electrocuted and lost 3 of his limbs. This accident led him down a path of studying art history and eventually towards his career of palliative care. His 2015 TED Talk, entitled “What Really Matters at the End of Life” presented BJ’s perspective on death. BJ is also the subject of the 2018 Netflix documentary, “End Game.” His book, “A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death,” was released last year. The Washington Post called it, “a gentle, knowledgeable guide to a fate we all share.” We talked about art history as therapy, living life as an art composition, the relationship between limitations and creativity, making the best of your situation and the allusion of independence. @bjmillermd @Mettle_Health TED: https://www.ted.com/talks/bj_miller_what_really_matters_at_the_end_of_life?language=nb A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death: www.abgtte.com http://www.mettlehealth.com/ www.thecenterforyingandliving.org No ads. No sponsors. No censorship. We are the media. Exclusive content is available to Patrons only. Go to Patreon. Become a member. Get extra stuff.








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