The Art of Asking Everything

By Amanda Palmer

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 Oct 7, 2020

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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.

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Eli Pariser: How We Can Actually Use the Internet for Good Things
00:48:30

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/


 


 

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Oct 27, 2020
Laura Jane Grace: Punk Guilt
00:42:48

Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Laura Jane Grace. Recorded March 15, 2019 in Austin, TX.

 

Laura Jane Grace is the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the punk rock band Against Me!They’ve come out with 7 studio albums. Grace is one of the first highly visible punk rock musicians to come out as transgender and has become an outspoken advocate for transgender awareness. Her column Mandatory Happinesswas published by Vice for years. 

 

Her autobiography is entitled, "Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout."

 

Her debut solo album “Bought to Rot” was released in 2018. Her new album “Stay Alive” is out now on Polyvinyl Records.

 

We talk about enjoying music as an individual, musicians working in cycles, the relationship between speed and creativity, and punk guilt.

 

@LauraJaneGrace 

 

www.laurajanegracemusic.com

 

Stay Alive:

https://www.polyvinylrecords.com/product/stay_alive

 

Bought to Rot:

https://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/bought-rot

 

Against Me!:

https://www.againstme.net

 

Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout:

https://againstme.myshopify.com/collections/everything/products/laura-jane-grace-tranny-hardcover-book

 

 

 

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Oct 20, 2020
BJ Miller: An Expert on Death Talks About Life
01:11:53

Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with BJ Miller. Recorded May 9th, 2019 in Marin, CA.


 

BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at UCSF Medical Center. 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, comforting the dying.


 

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.”


 

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.


 

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 on Twitter


 

TED:

https://www.ted.com/speakers/bj_miller


 

A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death:


 

https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/A-Beginners-Guide-to-the-End/BJ-Miller/9781501157165


 

http://www.mettlehealth.com/


 

http://www.cdl.health/


 

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Oct 13, 2020
Lenny Henry: Humor, Trauma, and Flipping the Cosmic Spatula
01:00:25

Amanda Palmer presents an intimate conversation with Lenny Henry, recorded December 17, 2019 in London.

 

Lenny Henry is one of the most successful British stand-up comedians of all time.  In 1975, at just 17, his career took off when he was a repeat winner on the weekly TV talent show, "New Faces.” He went on to host his own sketch comedy program, "The Lenny Henry Show," starting in 1984. Later, Lenny stared in the 90’s BBC sitcom, “Chef!" Lenny is a founder, front-man and a creative force behind the charity Comic Relief.

 

In this episode we talk about the paradoxes of celebrity and social media, how the internet is a buffet, starting a career in entertainment in Working Mans’ Clubs, using humor as armor against racism, the history of minstrelsy in the UK, making your work the structure of your life, giving your loved ones fair warning when you publish a memoir, the beautiful meld of words and images in comic books, the power of masks and fiction and why giving advice to younger artists is so important. 

 

@LennyHenry

 

https://lennyhenry.net

 

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Oct 06, 2020
Elizabeth Lesser: Bullshit is Everywhere
01:04:48

Amanda Palmer Presents: An intimate conversation with Elizabeth Lesser. Recorded Aug 14, 2019 in Woodstock, NY. 

Elizabeth Lesser is an author and healer who co-founded Omega Institute in 1977.

She is the author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow,Marrow: Love, Loss & What Matters Most, The Seekers Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure and, most recently,Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes.


In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a ten-week online seminar based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, "A New Earth." The webinar has been viewed by over 40 million people worldwide.

She has two TED Talks - “Take The Other to Lunch” and “Say Your Truths and Seek them in Others.”

In this episode we talk about memoirs, Elizabeth’s books, telling other people’s stories, The Omega Institute, patriarchy and leading an examined life.

www.elizabethlesser.org

www.eomega.org

@ElizabethLesser on Twitter

TED:
https://www.ted.com/speakers/elizabeth_lesser

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Sep 29, 2020
Introducing... Everything
00:06:16

One day in my early forties I looked around and realized that I occupied a very strange social space: I was good friends with both doctors and porn activists, climate scientists and avant-garde writers and musicians. When I began recording these conversations, I realized that I'd accidentally created what I've always yearned for: an excuse to randomly call up really creative and compassionate people, dispense with the superficial chat, and get to the core heart-to-heart discussion about what's important in this life. Being able to create this podcast using patronage also means that I don't have to answer to a boss, rely on advertisement, or otherwise dilute the content of the conversation. This podcast is produced purely by me and my home-team, for my community, with no added artificial ingredients.

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Sep 18, 2020