The Paths To Understanding Podcast

A podcast that looks at various topics through the lens of wisdom traditions. Panel discussions on Challenge 2.0 and Wisdom From Our Neighborhood take different approaches to sharing the stories and expertise of our guests.

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In last week’s edition of Challenge 2.0, we examined the connection but also the tension between personal rights and personal responsibilities…a tension which has increased during the COVID pandemic. In “No One Tells Me What to Do-Part Two”, we continue this discussion on the implications, the dangers of this tension, and what balance is needed. 

Sixty one million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID as of this date-eight hundred and thirty eight thousand have died. The COVID Pandemic is proof of our interconnection, our interdependence. Yet instead of focusing on how we can meet and beat this threat together, we’re hearing much about personal ‘rights’. That’s the focus of this edition of Challenge 2.0, “No One Tells Me What to Do”.  

When we celebrate holidays such as Christmas or Hanukkah, seasons marked less by personal or collective celebrations of faith and more by gatherings at stores-online or brick and mortar. Is this so much a trend related to a decline in religious faith or a larger question of what our society has come to value? That’s the subject of this weeks’ Challenge 2.0-“In Shopping We Trust”. 

Like it or not, Christmas has become the most commercialized holiday in the U.S. Americans spend over 600 billion dollars on the holiday, compared to 6 billion dollars for Halloween-the second most commercialized holiday. One in five Americans go into debt to finance their gift and decoration purchases. What is lost by the focus on consumer spending? What are alternatives? That’s the focus of this week’s Challenge 2.0.  

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Health impacts have been the most recognized cost of the COVID epidemic. But perhaps a longer lived impact will be on the learning and future of today’s children. The damage depends upon where the children live and attend school. In this edition of Challenge 2.0, we’ll discuss the problems educators and their students face, and what needs to be done for a recovery of possibilities as well as health.

Chief Seattle is among the best known of Native American leaders. A tribe he led, the Duwamish, were the first to sign the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855.  Yet the Duwamish people have been denied federal recognition. This episode will examine the struggle of the Duwamish and the prospects to achieve the recognition promised more than a century ago. 

The environmental crisis has been called, at its core, a crisis of values and a crisis of faith. Organized religions have been criticized for contributing to if not even causing the disconnect between people, our planet and those we share it with. But in this episode of Challenge 2.0, we explore whether the ancient roots of faith may also offer solutions. 

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The mega-heatwave of this past June drove temperatures in the Pacific Northwest past the one hundred degree mark for days. Among the hundreds of deaths caused by that heat was a migrant farm worker in Oregon. In this episode of Challenge 2.0, we’ll examine the risks farm workers face to bring produce to our tables, needed protections and the hard questions we need to ask ourselves and our grocers.

The speed was shocking. The fall of Afghanistan came not in months or weeks, but in just days…and it came after two decades of war, and the deaths of 100,000 Afghans and 6,000 Americans. There are many questions to be answered, but the most pressing now include what is needed by Afghans seeking refuge and how can each of us help. 


Terry is joined by Rabbi Alana Suskin and Steve Martin to discuss The Meaning of Salvation in their faith traditions.


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