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I interviewed Michael Meade on April 30th.This is part one of a two part interview. Here's the original audio podcast link: Michael Meade; Apocalypse, Living in the Shadow of Democracy, and why the world doesn't end
Thanks to Don Caldarazzo for doing the transcript.
I first encountered the genius of Michael Meade at the founding mythic Journeys conference. I've been wanting to interview him ever since.
Michael Meade BIO
Michael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.
He is the author of Why The World Doesn't End, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, The World Behind the World, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul; editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart; and editor of Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage. Meade is founder of Mosaic Voices Multicultural Foundation a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
Start Interview Transcript
Rob Kall: And welcome to the Rob Kall Bottom Up radio Show, WNJC 1360 AM, reaching metro Philly and South Jersey out of Washington Township, New Jersey, sponsored by Opednews.com . My guest tonight is Michael Meade. I first encountered the genius of Michael Meade at the founding Mystic Journeys Conference in Atalanta in 2004. Michael is a renowned storyteller, author and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. The bio is really long. I'm going to cut to some of the writing. You're the author of Why the World Doesn't End, Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul, The World Behind the World, The Water of Life, Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul. And that's just a small part of it. Now, you also have an organization. Could you tell us a little bit about that? That's "Mosaic?"
Michael Meade: "Mosaic Multi-cultural Foundation," and it's about 25 years old. I started it, and through it we work with at-risk youths in communities all around the country; and we also work with battle veterans coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq, and we also do work in prisons. But we also work with college students, and so on, and we do a lot of community organizing, bringing artists and activists together to build soulful communities.
Rob Kall: And the website is Mosaicvoices.org . That's a place where people can also find out about your writing and your work as well.