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A Conversation with Costa Boutsikaris, director of INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective, October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015


Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, maxresdefaultand people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible – what kind of projects and solutions are already underway. For those unfamiliar, it will be an introduction to a1795796_231363190390577_1805748255_o new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

In 2012, after finishing a Permaculture Design Course in NYC and
graduating from film school, Costa raised funds on KickStarter to convert a diesel van to run on Waste Vegetable Oil. The money was also used to Screen+Shot+2014-11-18+at+11.20.45+PMbuy an 80 Watt solar panel to create a renewable energy film vehicle that could allow for mobile editing and camera charging.

The following spring Emmett joined on and the two set off on a 4 month journey, visiting around 22 permaculture sites. The map above illustrates most of the journey. Filming wrapped in the Autumn of 2013 and by April of 2014 Costa and Emmett launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for editing/post production. After 8 days they surpassed their goal of $18,000 and eventually raised over $35,000 total.

Description from Inhabit website

CLICK HERE for Inhabit website

CLICK HERE for Wikipedia definition of Permacultureimages-4

CLICK HERE for information about the screening at the Jacob Burns Film Center on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30

CLICK HERE for INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective – Film Trailer

CLICK HERE for There’s Something Wrong with the World a film by Costa

CLICK HERE for Whole Systems Design’s Greenhouse a film by Costa

A Conversation with Christopher McDougall, author of Natural Born Heroes, September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015


Chris McDougall has done it beautifully!

“Done what?” you ask.

Written a self-help book disguised as a historical World War Two action-thriller.

McDougall_-Christopher_940_529_72-ppiHe’s taken a story of the daring kidnapping of the German General, Heinrich Kreipe, from the island of Crete in March of 1944—a story that everyone’s heard but no one really knows—then combined it with elements of fascia profunda science, foraging for greens with a former ballerina in the heart of Brooklyn, George Hebert’s Natural Method and Phil Maffetone’s 2-week test back to abduction-gang1health. And all along the way he’s giving us tantalizing bits of information about the festival of Dromaia, a Cretan passage into manhood; Parkour; The Firm, the WWII British Special Ops force; the celtic ritual of the “manhood stone”; the possible connection between the Chinese fighting technique of Wing Chun and the ancient Greek fighting style of Pankration (think Alexander) and so much more.

But maybe I’ve got it all wrong. Maybe it’s really a WWII action-thriller wrapped in a self-help book’s clothing. It doesn’t really matter. It’s an exciting read, it’s a fun read and it’s an exhilarating read.

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program “Graffiti” to listen to my conversation with Chris on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the HPR website.

CLICK HERE for the wikipedia entry for Christopher McDougalltumblr_nl230b1jpL1qzgd3go1_500

CLICK HERE for more information about the book Natural Born Heroes

CLICK HERE for a Youtube video about the bookachilles

CLICK HERE for Chris’s TED Talk entitled: Are we born to run?

CLICK HERE for the Erwan Le Corre/MovNat video: True to My Nature

CLICK HERE for a Parkour video



A Conversation with André Alexis, about his novel Fifteen Dogs, September 3, 2015

September 3, 2015

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What happens when two of the Olympian Gods—namely Apollo and Hermes—two of the “Bad Boy” gods—decide to spend a night of revelry in the Wheat Sheaf Tavern not far from Toronto’s waterfront?

Between their rounds of drinking, being worshipped and carelessly improvising at least one minor miracle, theyalexis-andre-2015 manage to have a conversation about the nature of humanity and human intelligence. It is this conversation that leads to the wager upon which André Alexis’s wonderful novel, Fifteen Dogs, is built.

Join me tonight at 7pm when I have a conversation with André Alexis about Fifteen Dogs on my radio program GRAFFITI. Listen to it on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or listen on-line at the Hellenic Public Radio/CosmosFM website.

For more information you might find the websites below useful.

CLICK HERE for André Alexis’s Wikipedia entry.

CLICK HERE for information on Fifteen Dogs.

CLICK HERE for the Brooklyn Book Festival Events: Subverting Tropes: Household Appliances, Talking Dogs, and Robinson Crusoe. September 20, 2015.

For more information about the Open Mic I’m hosting at the Hudson Valley Writers Center CLICK HERE.

For information concerning the class on Public speaking that I’ll be giving at the Hudson Valley Writers Center CLICK HERE.

A Conversation with J. E. ‘Ted’ Lendon Author of “Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins”. August 11, 2011

August 20, 2015


Hope you enjoy this show that orginally aired back in August of 2011.

Originally posted on Just My Eyes:

Back in 2005 I interviewed J.E. ‘Ted’ Lendon about his new book Soldiers and Ghosts a fascinating study about the crucial role culture played in ancient Greek warfare. At the end of our conversation Ted mentioned that he was working on a new book about the Peloponnesian War. Earlier this year as I was wandering through my library’s “New Titles” section and saw the name J.E. Lendon on the spine of a book. The books title:  Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins. It took half a decade but there it was.

Click here to listen to the 2005 conversation about Soldiers and Ghosts.

Click here to listen to our conversation on August 11, 2011 about Ted Lendon’s newest book: Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins

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A Conversation with Jeff Siger, author of “Sons of Sparta”, October 16, 2014

August 6, 2015

Originally posted on Just My Eyes:


For Chief Insp. Andreas Kaldis, interacting with known crime boss Orestes is just another day at the office in Siger’s perfectly plotted sixth mystery set in Greece (after 2013’s Mykonos After Midnight). But for Special Crimes Division detective Yianni Kouros things get a little too personal when a beloved relative, Uncle, drives his car off a cliff on the road to Cape Tenaro. Even though Uncle had “retired” from running his own crime syndicate for a decade, he was knee-deep in a land deal that’s beginning to smell fishier than a net full of sunbaked sea bass. Of course, Uncle’s demise puts the kibosh on that deal, and the intrepid detectives must figure out who benefits from the old man’s death before Kouros’s cousins revive ancient family feuds. Siger’s paints travelogue-worthy pictures of a breathtakingly beautiful—if politically corrupt—Greece. (Oct.)    From the Publishers Weekly starred review.

Tonight Jeff and I will be…

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A Conversation with Barbara Graziosi, author of “The Gods of Olympus”, November 27, 2014

July 23, 2015


Hope you enjoy the program.


Originally posted on Just My Eyes:



Let me start by apologizing for this rather skimpy blog tonight. My original plan was to leave tomorrow (Wednesday) so I could spend the holiday with my friends up in the far reaches of New Hampshire but decided instead to try to beat the storm that’s headed for us. So I’m just going to whip this off, then throw whatever comes to hand into the car, and hit the road. I should be there by 3am…I hope.

So here’s a number of sites you can go to to learn more about The Gods of Olympus and Barbara Graziosi.

CLICK HERE for Barbara’s bio.StaffBG

CLICK HERE for for her Durham University home page.

CLICK HERE for the publisher’s page for The Gods of Olympus.

CLICK HERE for for a great review from the Science Christian Monitor.

CLICK HERE for Barbara’s twitter feed.

Tune in…

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A Conversation with Penelope Karageorge, about The Neon Suitcase, a new collection of her poems, July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015

The best poems surprise us, touch us, move us, crash into our consciousness, set something vibrating—call it artistic sensibility—and even make a difference. Author Franz Kafka wrote: “What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like a suicide. A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us.”

                          Penelope Karageorge writing in her introduction to The Neon Suitcase

PenelopeCLICK HERE for information concerning The Neon Suitcase at the Somerset Hall Press website

Please tune in tonight at 7pm to my radio program Graffiti to listen to my conversation with Penelope on Hellenic Public Radio, WNYE, 91.5 fm. Or click here to listen on-line at the HPR website.


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