Liyah Babayan: The Baku Pogrom & The Pain Of Survival

Liyah Babayan describes what her, and her family, experienced as Armenians during the Baku Pogrom - a horrendous act of mass violence perpetuated against the Armenian population in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. In particular, Liyah discusses how this experience profoundly impacted her development as an individual, having to bear the weight of indescribable trauma through adolescence and into adulthood - all while living as a refugee in the United States, with all the social pressures, barriers, and freedoms that come with that.

In the late 80’s and into the early 90’s, a pogrom was enacted against ethnic Armenians in the city of Baku (the nation’s capital and Liyah’s place of birth), as well as in surrounding areas, resulting in the expulsion, and mass murder, of thousands of Armenians - in what has been described as the Baku Pogrom: “From January 12, 1990, a seven-day pogrom broke out against the Armenians civilian population in Baku during which Armenians were beaten, tortured, murdered, and expelled from the city. There were also many raids on apartments, robberies and arsons. According to the Human Rights Watch reporter Robert Kushen, ‘the action was not entirely (or perhaps not at all) spontaneous, as the attackers had lists of Armenians and their addresses.’” (Source:

Liyah Babayan is a local entrepreneur, activist, Armenian refugee, and the owner of Ooh La La! consignment boutique ( in Twin Falls, Idaho. She is the author of a memoir titled ‘Liminal,’ release forthcoming.

This is a segment of the third episode in a series of interviews and conversations with individuals who, whether they officially or not fall under the category, are refugees. These episode are done in collaboration with Cynthia Jones, Artistic Director of the Inspirata Dance Project, for an upcoming production that will feature segments of these recordings.

This is a segment of episode #131 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Other: Genocide; Life After w/ Liyah Babayan.” Listen to the full episode:

Shane Burley & Rob Seimetz: Occupy ICE - From Occupation To Community

What is the Occupy ICE movement, and what are its aims? What are the dynamics of these encampments - a form of direct action - against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency? Filmmaker and journalist Shane Burley brings us all up to speed on the development and aims of this movement, and journalist and radio host Rob Seimetz remarks on the community dynamics present in the Occupy ICE Portland encampment in its underlying structure and organization.

Shane Burley is a filmmaker and journalist, and is the author of 'Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It.'

Rob Seimetz is a writer and the host of the radio show 'Moving Forward' on the Progressive Radio Network.

This is a segment of episode #130 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Abolish ICE: Direct Action; From Occupation To Community w/ Shane Burley & Rob Seimetz.” Listen to the full episode:

Peter Sjöstedt-H: Beauty, Aesthetics, & The Psychedelic Experience

Psychedelic philosopher of mind Peter Sjöstedt-H discusses Beauty, as experienced under the influence of psychedelics. Why is it, that under the influence of psychedelic compounds, one can begin to perceive everyday objects as infinitely beautiful, as if a shroud has been lifted, revealing it's aesthetic nature more fully? In this segment, we discuss why this might be the case --- that by applying philosophical concepts to the psychedelic experience, we can begin to contemplate the nature of Beauty, and the nature of aesthetics more generally.

Peter Sjöstedt-H is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher of mind with a focus on psychedelics and panpsychism, who specializes in the thought of Whitehead, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. Peter is the author of ‘Noumenautics’ - a collection of essays on metaphysics, meta-ethics, and psychedelics. Learn more about Peter and his work at his website

This is a segment of episode #129 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Suffused With Mind: Panpsychism, Psychedelics, & Philosophy w/ Peter Sjöstedt-H.” Listen to the full episode here:

Title card features the work of Daniel Adel.

Aldous Huxley on his experience with mescaline in 'The Doors of Perception':

‘”This is how one ought to see," I kept saying as I looked down at my trousers, or glanced at the jeweled books in the shelves, at the legs of my infinitely more than Van-Goghian chair. "This is how one ought to see, how things really are." And yet there were reservations. For if one always saw like this, one would never want to do anything else. Just looking, just being the divine Not-self of flower, of book, of chair, of flannel. That would be enough. But in that case what about other people? What about human relations? In the recording of that morning's conversations I find the question constantly repeated, "What about human relations?" How could one reconcile this timeless bliss of seeing as one ought to see with the temporal duties of doing what one ought to do and feeling as one ought to feel? "One ought to be able," I said, "to see these trousers as infinitely important and human beings as still more infinitely important." One ought-but in practice it seemed to be impossible. This participation in the manifest glory of things left no room, so to speak, for the ordinary, the necessary concerns of human existence, above all for concerns involving persons. For Persons are selves and, in one respect at least, I was now a Not-self, simultaneously perceiving and being the Not-self of the things around me. To this new-born Not-self, the behavior, the appearance, the very thought of the self it had momentarily ceased to be, and of other selves, its one-time fellows, seemed not indeed distasteful (for distastefulness was not one of the categories in terms of which I was thinking), but enormously irrelevant. Compelled by the investigator to analyze and report on what I was doing (and how I longed to be left alone with Eternity in a flower, Infinity in four chair legs and the Absolute in the folds of a pair of flannel trousers!), I realized that I was deliberately avoiding the eyes of those who were with me in the room, deliberately refraining from being too much aware of them. One was my wife, the other a man I respected and greatly liked; but both belonged to the world from which, for the moment, mescaline had delivered me “a world of selves, of time, of moral judgments and utilitarian considerations, the world (and it was this aspect of human life which I wished, above all else, to forget) of self-assertion, of cocksureness, of overvalued words and idolatrously worshiped notions.’ (

Guy McPherson: Global Dimming & The Bad News About Collapse

The collapse of industrial civilization, as a result of abrupt climate change, will lead to a severe reduction of fossil fuel consumption and to the immediate diminishment of the “Global Dimming” effect, in which particulates flung into the Earth’s atmosphere from decades of fossil fuel use will begin to settle, resulting in an abrupt rise in global average temperature, likely leading to the near-term extinction of the human species and the mass death of countless living beings on this planet.

Guy McPherson is a public speaker, researcher, author, and professor emeritus of natural resources and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. Learn more about Guy McPherson’s work regarding the subjects discussed in this segment on his website

This is a segment of episode #128 of Last Born In The Wilderness “This Is Probably It: Put On A Good Face, Time Is Short w/ Guy McPherson.” Listen to the full episode:

Joel Wainwright: Climate X & The Impoverished Political Imagination

In this segment, Joel Wainwright, co-author of ‘Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future,’ discusses a topic often overlooked in the broader discussion about global climate change and our planetary future: how our political and economic institutions will respond to global climate change. Joel outlines his view of what he and co-author Geoff Mann have dubbed “Climate X,” a political framework that consists of coalition of grassroots movements spanning the globe that are attempting to mitigate and adequately respond to global climate change as it unfolds, and how this political framework currently stands up against the dominant economic and political frameworks responding to climate change today.

Joel Wainwright is a professor at Ohio State University, where he teaches in the department of geography. He is the author of three books: ‘Decolonizing Development: Colonial Power and the Maya’ (which won the Blaut award), ‘Geopiracy: Oaxaca, Militant Empiricism, and Geographical Thought,’ and, most recently, ‘Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of our Planetary Future,’ co-authored with Geoff Mann. Learn more about ‘Climate Leviathan’ here:

This is a segment of episode of episode #127 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Climate Leviathan: Climate Change & Our Political Future w/ Joel Wainwright.” Listen to the full episode:

Tom Aiello: BASE Jumping & LSD at El Sótano de las Golondrinas (Cave of the Swallows)

Tom Aiello, founder and lead instructor at the Snake River BASE Academy, shares an amazing story about the time he spent BASE jumping at the legendary Sótano de las Golandrinas (Cave of the Swallows) in the jungles of Mexico, “the largest known cave shaft in the world and the second deepest pit in Mexico. The cave gets its name from the green parakeets and white-collared swifts that live along its walls. Each day the birds fly in concentric circles up the cave shaft before the flocks come spilling out of the of the hole into the jungle.” Source:

This is an excerpt of episode #126 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Snorting The Ashes Of The Dead: An Unproductive Conversation w/ Tom Aiello.” Listen to the full episode:

William Rees: Cognitive Blindspot; The Road To Extinction

In the face of abrupt climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity around the globe, and rapid species decline across the board in recent decades, why are we, as a species, unable to clearly perceive the very perilous situation we find ourselves in? What is it about creating very large-scale, complex systems (technologies, cultures, societies), that makes us unable to perceive how our way of living detrimentally impacts planetary life-systems, which we rely on for our own survival and well-being? In the face of the physical reality we are forging for ourselves and all other life on this planet, what can we expect to happen in the face of these profound changes currently underway?

In this segment, Dr. William Rees discusses the neuro-biological, cognitive and cultural barriers to sustainability, including human’s well-developed capacity for self-delusion. Dr. Rees is human ecologist, ecological economist, and is the originator and co-developer of the Ecological Footprint Analysis, the world’s best-known metaphor for the human "load" (the resources required of ecosystems to maintain our current mode of living) on the planet.

Learn more about the Ecological Footprint concept at The Global Footprint Network website:

This is a segment of episode #125 of Last Born In The Wilderness "Marching Toward Collapse: Biophysical Limits & Our Cognitive Blindspots w/ William Rees." Listen to the full episode:

John Mark Dougan: Seth Rich, WikiLeaks, & The Connection

This is a segment of my interview with John Mark Dougan, whistleblower and founder the whistleblower website PBSOtalk.

In this excerpt, John claims that prior to fleeing the United States to escape prosecution under the Espionage Act (learn more about John’s story in episode #94 of this podcast), he had met with Seth Rich, an employee of the DNC and the alleged source of the 2016 DNC email leaks released by WikiLeaks that same year. John claims that during that meeting with “the man in DC,” he received a flash drive containing internal email exchanges within the DNC. John then goes over the details of how these emails eventually made their way to WikiLeaks, and how this event fits within the larger story of John’s life up to this point.

John Mark Dougan is a former police officer, whistleblower, and founder of PBSOtalk, an online forum dedicated to exposing police corruption within the Palm Beach County Police Department. John’s very interesting and peculiar story was covered in episode #94 of this podcast. Listen here:

Listen to a segment of episode #94 here:

This is a segment of episode #124 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Man In DC: Seth Rich, The DNC, & WikiLeaks w/ John Mark Dougan.” Listen to the full episode here:

Zak Witus: The Madman Theory, Israel, Syria, & The Greater Middle East

“Over the past six years, Israel has launched at least 100 attacks against convoys in Syria that were allegedly carrying weapons (perhaps advanced missiles) to Hezbollah and other Shi’ite militias. In February, the Guardian reported that Israel had been conducting near weekly strikes in Syria for the past 18 months, and there’s little reason to think that the rate of attacks has since ebbed. These attacks, which escalated under Trump, target Syrian government forces, Hezbollah and, as of late, Iran.”

What are the aims of the Israeli government in attacking Syria? How does U.S. President Nixon’s infamous “Madman Theory” describe the kind of behavior coming from the state of Israel? Zak Witus, freelance journalist and activist, goes over the details in this segment.

Read up on the subjects discussed in this segment in Zak’s recent article published in Truthout ‘Israel Continues Aggression Against Syria While Playing the Victim’ here:

This is a segment of episode #123 of Last Born In The Wilderness “A Bull In A China Cabinet: Israel, Gaza, and The Madman Theory w/ Zak Witus.” Listen to the full episode here:

Franklin Lopez (The Stimulator): De-Zucking Social Media

Frank Lopez of SubMedia discusses the catch-22 of using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like to promote independent media and news, while simultaneously trying to build decentralized forms of online organizing and social media outside of centralized corporate media platforms.

Frank Lopez is man behind the Stimulator, the shit-talking riot-loving anti-authoritarian host of the SubMedia program "Here's The Fuckin' News." Watch the show at:

This is a segment of episode #122 of Last Born In The Wilderness "Here's The Fuckin' News: Decentralizing Social Media w/ Franklin Lopez (The Stimulator)." Listen to the full episode: