Humanize Me Podcast 2018-08-06T15:38:40+00:00

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What does it mean to flourish? How can I make the absolute best of my one and only life? If love really is the most excellent way, well… how does it work? Every week, humanist community builder Bart Campolo and his incredible array of guests are all over those questions and more. If you want to pursue better relationships and a better world, join the party, for goodness’ sake!

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Humanize Me is a production of Jux Media.

1402, 2019

406: Is pro-semitism a thing?

February 14th, 2019|

Is it even a word? Bart Campolo’s reaction to the anti-semitic shooting in Pittsburg was to reach out to his Jewish friends and ask how they were doing. It made him wonder if there is a way to be actively pro-semitic, and to support Jews more.

To answer this, Bart reached out to the hosts of the most popular Jewish podcast in existence, Unorthodox. Mark Oppenheimer, Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz chatted with Bart in this fun conversation about philo-semitism, stereotypes of Jewish people, the places where people can get to know more Jews, how to be part of a group identity, tribalism and bagel-sniffing.

Unorthodox is a production of Tablet magazine and can be found HERE and wherever podcasts are heard.

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Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by John Wright at JuxMedia.com.

602, 2019

405: Bart has a new community idea

February 6th, 2019|

A letter this week from a listener who says he’s hungry for community with like-minded secular people is just the latest one like it. But this one couldn’t have come at a better time, or landed on more fertile soil.

Two Sundays ago, Bart Campolo and a team of like-minded people held their first content-driven gathering at his new house in Cincinnati. The theme of the event was, ‘Paying Attention.’ They have decided to hold these meetings once every 2 weeks, with a different theme each week. Bart has a hunch that their material may be of interest to the wider Humanize Me community, and his team are excited to share their format.

In this episode, producer John Wright reads Phil’s letter, and Bart answers by talking about what they’re doing in Cincinnati and what he thinks may be of use to the wider community. If you’d like to read the letter Bart sent out to local friends describing the vision for the gatherings, go to bartcampolo.org/2019/02/letter.

If the content was supplied by Humanize Me, would you be interested in running your own house gatherings? Let us know in the Facebook poll HERE.

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Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

2901, 2019

404: A deep dive into pyrotheology, with Peter Rollins

January 29th, 2019|

You can be forgiven for not being familiar with ‘pyrotheology’, the lifelong philosophy project of Peter Rollins.

In this episode of Humanize Me, Bart Campolo attempts a philosophical deep dive with Pete, a friend of the podcast for years. It’s a very lively, argumentative conversation on the differences between Bart and Pete on human drive and desire, humanism, religion, death, meaning and meaninglessness.

Along the way, the pair touch on dialectics, human evolution, dual instincts, psychoanalysis, Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, ontological antagonism, fundamentalism and the death of God.

We recommend Pete’s podcast, The Fundamentalists, where he lays out his ideas to the keen interest of his friend, the comedian Elliott Morgan. For more on pyrotheology and everything Pete, go to PeterRollins.com.

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Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

2201, 2019

403: Can insignificance be liberating?

January 22nd, 2019|

One of our listeners read an interview with Conan O’Brien in the New York Times last week. He sent us this excerpt:

NYT: Is this how you want to go out, with a show that gets smaller and smaller until it’s gone?

Conan: Maybe that’s O.K. I think you have more of a problem with that than I do. [Laughs.] At this point in my career, I could go out with a grand, 21-gun salute, and climb into a rocket and the entire Supreme Court walks out and they jointly press a button, I’m shot up into the air and there’s an explosion and it’s orange and it spells, “Good night and God love.” In this culture? Two years later, it’s going to be, who’s Conan? This is going to sound grim, but eventually, all our graves go unattended.

NYT: You’re right, that does sound grim.

Conan: Sorry. Calvin Coolidge was a pretty popular president. I’ve been to his grave in Vermont. It has the presidential seal on it. Nobody was there. And by the way, I’m the only late-night host that has been to Calvin Coolidge’s grave. I think that’s what separates me from the other hosts.

I had a great conversation with Albert Brooks once. When I met him for the first time, I was kind of stammering. I said, you make movies, they live on forever. I just do these late-night shows, they get lost, they’re never seen again and who cares? And he looked at me and he said, [Albert Brooks voice] “What are you talking about? None of it matters.” None of it matters? “No, that’s the secret. In 1940, people said Clark Gable is the face of the 20th Century. Who [expletive] thinks about Clark Gable? It doesn’t matter. You’ll be forgotten. I’ll be forgotten. We’ll all be forgotten.” It’s so funny because you’d think that would depress me. I was walking on air after that.

Our listener takes this idea of Conan’s and asks: “I wonder why he finds it liberating and I find it depressing?”

Bart Campolo has lots to say about this, and in conversation with John Wright this episode attempts to give an answer. Along the way, hear references to this chess article and this poem.

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Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

1701, 2019

402: A humanist congregation, local issues

January 17th, 2019|

James Croft is the Outreach Director of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, a longstanding humanist congregation, and one of the largest in the world.

In this conversation with Bart Campolo, James talks about what his congregation is doing to engage with the issues of St. Louis, a place which has made many headlines in the past number of years for racial strife. James subscribes to ‘deed before creed’, an interest less in what people believe and more in what they commit to doing. His congregation is creating safe places to ask questions that people are worried about asking, or which may be loaded, in areas like LGBTQ matters or on topics like white fragility. In addition, he and Bart get into a discussion on the usefulness of protests and revolutions versus better conversations (spoiler alert: they eventually agree that both are of use).

The Ethical Society of St. Louis can be found online at EthicalStL.org. He is on Twitter @JFLCroft.

And, on this episode, we go out with a song! Eric Bachmann’s song ‘Mercy’ is very much in keeping with the spirit of this podcast. For more info, go HERE.

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Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

801, 2019

401: Reflections from a new grandfather

January 8th, 2019|

It’s a new year! A time for fresh ideas and new beginnings, and so much has been happening in Bart Campolo’s life that this episode serves as an update and a reflection on various themes, including:

  • How helping a parent cross life’s finish line can focus the mind and change your plans
  • How the birth of a first grandchild a few days later can turn the whole thing into a ‘circle of life’ motif, while turning attention on the kind of world they’re being born into
  • How suddenly becoming aware of your own habits and behaviors can give you a desire to change them.

Also, Bart talks about the expectations we have to react in certain standard ways when going through life’s journey, and how authenticity can cut through those expectations.

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Got a question for Bart to answer in a future show? Call the ‘Q Line’ at (424) 291-2092.

Humanize Me is hosted by Bart Campolo and is produced by JuxMedia.com.

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