Shift for Brains

Shift for Brains

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Shift for Brains (say it fast!) is a podcast dedicated to provide a sounding board and an open safe space for people to carry on discussions about difficult and challenging subjects. It is hoped that these conversations will result in shifts to our thinking that will eventually lead to healthy shifts in our society and culture. Shift for Brains is a podcast for those of us who want to move from our society from apathy to empathy and hype to hope. Shift for Brains is currently available as a podcast and a weekly radio segment on News 95.7 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


What We’ve Learned from the Pandemic
Jul 3 • 19 min
This week on Shift For Brains, Bill uses the concept of “sociological imagination” to discuss what we’ve learned from the pandemic, and what we have to do with what we have learned. Shift for Brains is recorded in Mi’Kma’ki unceded Mi’kmag territory. A…
Rules to Live By
Jun 26 • 19 min
This week Bill & Sheldon discuss rules to live by - social norms, morality, a philosophy of action - all things we need to consider deeply, especially in this changing time. Shift for Brains is recorded in Mi’Kma’ki unceded Mi’kmag territory. A…
Discussions in Times of Crises
Jun 19 • 20 min
This week Bill & Sheldon talk about how to have discussions in times of crises. How do we have these discussions without them becoming degenerating and becoming hurtful and useless. Shift for Brains is recorded in Mi’Kma’ki unceded Mi’kmag territory. A…
White Fragility: Confessions of a White Man Part 2
Jun 12 • 19 min
Bill and Sheldon continue their discussion about the pandemic of racism that is being exposed across the world. Shift for Brains is recorded in Mi’Kma’ki unceded Mi’kmag territory. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in…
White Fragility: Confessions of a White Man
Jun 5 • 22 min
Bill and Sheldon discuss the pandemic of racism that is being exposed across the world. Shift for Brains is recorded in Mi’Kma’ki unceded Mi’kmag territory. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
A Hesitation To Open Up
May 29 • 21 min
Bill & Sheldon talk about why we are hesitant to open up. Are we ready to open up as a society? Are we ready to take responsibility for what that means? Most importantly, are we ready to do it right? Shift for Brains is recorded in Mi’Kma’ki unceded…
Being Stupid
May 22 • 22 min
This week we’re talking about being stupid. At some point we’re all stupid, right? Bill and Sheldon discuss the word “stupid” and why we should keep it in our vocabulary. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova…
The Impact of Words
May 15 • 21 min
Bill and Sheldon discuss the importance of words, the importance of self-talk, and how we have to be very careful of what we say to ourselves, especially in stressful times. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova…
You’re Not The Boss Of Me
May 8 • 20 min
This week Bill chats with Todd Veinotte, filling in for Sheldon MacLeod. They discuss how we make decisions, and who do we let make decisions that are life and death? Bill also talks about a new idea called “Trump Roulette”. A co-production with The…
Imprints
May 1 • 19 min
Bill & Sheldon discuss imprints (or impressions) - ideas that have been impressed upon us in our youth or later from society and things around us without us even knowing it. Sometimes we act from those, without knowing, with very dangerous outcomes. A…
The Art of Reframing
Apr 24 • 20 min
How do we best frame what we’re seeing so we see it in a useful way? How do we make something good out of something that feels bad? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Exposure
Apr 17 • 21 min
Bill and Sheldon talk about exposing ourselves to different ideas, things we don’t like or don’t enjoy, and people we don’t like. How do we find value in that exposure? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova…
Motivation
Apr 9 • 22 min
This week Bill explores the great experiment called “Life”. How can we get, and stay motivated in times when it’s hard to be motivated? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Words. Words. Words.
Apr 4 • 10 min
Bill & Sheldon discuss the importance, and impact, of words in stressful times. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The First Three Things To Do During the Pandemic
Mar 28 • 18 min
This week Bill discusses the first three things we should all be doing during the pandemic - self-inquiry, journaling, and meditation. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Social Distancing
Mar 21 • 12 min
This week we discuss ten things you can do while social distancing that will make this experience not only tolerable but enjoyable and ultimately valuable. Our full list is available here. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in…
Fear.
Mar 7 • 21 min
Fear. When does it help? When does it hurt? How do we manage it effectively? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Climate Change or Climate Crisis?
Mar 3 • 20 min
Is it climate change, or a climate crisis? Does it matter what we call it? How do we talk to climate crisis deniers and the “Ostrich Effect”. A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Questions, Not Answers.
Feb 25 • 19 min
Have you ever stopped and questioned why you believe what you believe? Could it be because of the way you think? Or could it be because of the way you don’t think when you think? This week we discuss a restorative framework for dealing with difficult…
Political Parties?
Feb 7 • 20 min
Do we need political parties? Bill doesn’t believe we need them, and some cognitive biases would suggest political parties hinder more than help. How do we shift our brains around our political system? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News…
Political Correctness
Jan 24 • 20 min
How can we talk about political correctness and find a way to shift our brains? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Police & Cultural Competencies
Jan 17 • 20 min
How do we shift our brains around the police and cultural competencies? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The News
Jan 10 • 20 min
How do we think about what’s happening in the news? Good and bad. How do we shift our brains about that? A co-production with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Shifting Your Brain
Jan 3 • 20 min
An introduction to the show’s philosophy and how Shift Your Brain is going to do just that - shift people’s brain. Our first episode with The Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 CHNI in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Elder Care
Jun 2, 2018 • 39 min
Bill talks with Bob and Norma Silverstein, Cape Breton patient advocates with parents who experienced tragic circumstances in care. Norma’s parents, now passed, were married for 70 years and could not be placed in same nursing home, and her father died of…
Ethical Meat? - Part 2
Apr 27, 2018 • 40 min
Part two of our discussion of ethical meat deals with the shift that happens when you change from a meat based diet to a plant based diet. In this episode Bill sits down with David Baxter who, along with his family, is making a transition from raising his…
A Simple Matter of Justice
Mar 20, 2018 • 52 min
A Simple Matter of Justice. On March 21st, Abdoul Abdi will learn whether he will be deported back to Somalia, a country he has never been to. Born in Saudi Arabia to a Somalian mother, Abdi arrived in Canada at the age of 6, lived in 31 different foster…
Ethical Meat - Part 1
Feb 23, 2018 • 40 min
Bill sits down with Rae Lutz, and her daughter Megan Rand, from Pasture Hill Farms, and Lil MacPherson, food activist and owner of the Wooden Monkey restaurants to talk about ethical meat. They tackle everything from animal rights, to the environmental…
The Potcast
Jan 26, 2018 • 41 min
Marijuana. The Canadian government is set to legalize it in 2018. Bill sat down with Chris Enns from Farm Assists, and Carl Morgan of Scotia Green Inc. to discuss legalization, recreational use, government control over distribution, and their first hand…
Food Insecurity
Dec 18, 2017 • 38 min
Food Insecurity, our first episode, is all about a silent epidemic that permeates our communities and diminishes all of us with its insidious debilitating effects on far too many of our most vulnerable. We are talking with Jackie Torrens – a film maker…
Shift for Brains Trailer
Dec 12, 2017 • 0 min
Shift for Brains (say it fast!) is a podcast dedicated to provide a sounding board and an open safe space for people to carry on discussions about difficult and challenging subjects. It is hoped that these conversations will result in shifts to our…