Peace Matters

Peace Matters

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A show for concerned citizens everywhere, that lights a way through our turbulent times. Host Maya Mathias uses each week’s news to frame what matters, and pulls from her multifaceted experience to share what counts. Tune in for: – Curated stories that impact us as fellow humans – Tools for inner peace, and insights that rebuild our communities – Answers to your questions about building more peace in our world More at https://www.patreon.com/inventivelinks Please consider supporting our podcast with a small monthly donation.


35: Why Is Inclusion So Hard?
Jun 19 • 11 min
In today’s show, I talk about inclusion via: - Taylor Swift’s newest music video, and how it represents a new season of political activism for her - the underlying challenges in making inclusion a reality in America - a way forward into more inclusion,…
34: Fathers’ Day Special - Our Shared History of Masculinity
Jun 16 • 12 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on reliving history with: - a tribute to an honorable (and famous) father - the pain that some fathers inflict, and what a brave woman has done to flip the script - a sneak peek at my upcoming pieces of…
33: Funding For 9/11 Victims - Are Legislators Indifferent, or Misunderstood?
Jun 12 • 11 min
In today’s show, I talk about reliving history via: - a viral video of comedian and 9/11 victims advocate Jon Stewart testifying to Congress to secure victim compensation funds - the other side of this funding story - the need for all of us to start…
32: We Didn’t Start The Fire, But We’ll Try to Fight It
Jun 9 • 17 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on the power to govern with: - inspiration from a Billy Joel song, and some fascinating people in their 90s - a tribute to a music icon who was celebrated this week - an invitation to join me on my…
31: Who Should Govern?
Jun 4 • 13 min
In today’s show, I talk about the power to govern via: - reflecting on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests - where the power govern does, or could, reside - a sneak peek of a leader who governs our hearts and souls For the full story,…
30: When Helping Becomes a Way of Life
Jun 3 • 16 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on service with: - 1 4-point prescription for public service success - how art is being used to serve a community in rich and innovative ways - a book that illuminates how all of us can tap into that sense…
29: Can We Help Months After a Tornado?
May 28 • 11 min
In today’s show, I talk about the idea of service via: - helping tornado victims long after the storm - how a community rescues a missing person, who then shares her profound lessons learnt with that community - where you can watch #PeaceMatters LIVE For…
28: Mind Games, And a May Resignation
May 27 • 13 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on the battle over women’s minds and bodies with: - the pressure faced by worldly women in America and the UK - how a celebrated American abolitionist might get into money circulation after all - an…
27: Women’s Bodies - Control or Respect?
May 22 • 11 min
In today’s show, I talk about the battle over women’s bodies via: - a resurgence of the abortion debate in America - how supportive men can become a productive part of the conversation - how #PeaceMatters is evolving, and what’s happening to my…
26: Why Proxy Wars Often Hurt Us
May 20 • 15 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on proxy wars with: - the fallout from engaging in proxy wars - how we can heal, or learn, from proxy wars old and new - news about how this Peace Matters work is shifting For the full story, sign up for my…
25: Do Distant Battles Create Good Gains?
May 15 • 13 min
In today’s show, I talk about fighting distant battles via: - the proxy wars that are happening right now, and our shared history of fighting them - how we keep battles at arm’s length in our personal and professional lives - what to look forward to in…
24: Trading In Sustainable Circles
May 13 • 14 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on trade and the environment with: - thoughts on initial moves to a circular economy - where we stand on the sharing, or peer-to-peer economy - news about my Instagram profile For the full story, sign up…
23: Trading Our Planet Away?
May 8 • 15 min
In today’s show, I talk about trade and the environment via: - a new report on the state of our biodiversity, released by the United Nations - a new life celebrated with trans-Atlantic joy - what to look forward to in this week’s follow-up…
22: Some United Fronts
May 6 • 18 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on where and whether unity prevails with: - some campaign messages from 2020 US presidential hopefuls - stories in and outside the US, of where groups are presenting united fronts against darkness and hate…
21: Can Unity Prevail?
May 1 • 14 min
In today’s show, I talk about whether unity can prevail via: - (literal) bridge-building talks between America’s president and Congressional leaders, and movements within countries and political parties - a return to America’s core sense of unity - what…
20: Fighting Invisible Foes
Apr 29 • 15 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on fighting foreign and domestic enemies with: - some reasons why we’re either overwhelmed by, or suspicious of, the threats we’re dealing with in our communities and countries - some wise words from a wise…
19: Enemies Foreign…and Domestic?
Apr 24 • 18 min
In today’s show, I talk about protecting our national sovereignty via: - remembering what the Mueller report was about in the first place - how some countries’ citizens are responding to their inept leaders - what to look forward to in this week’s…
18: Where We Seek Refuge
Apr 22 • 16 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on symbols of peace and refuge with: - my thoughts on all the violent and confusing news stories on this Holy week for Christians and Jews - a new way to look at the religious and government institutions…
17: What Does Notre Dame Symbolize?
Apr 17 • 13 min
In today’s show, I talk about the symbols we value and protect via: - the unexpected Notre Dame cathedral fire, and what it aroused in people - some metaphysical musings on why the fire erupted this week - what to look forward to in this week’s follow-up…
16: Causes and Consequences Go Beyond Borders
Apr 14 • 17 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on border security with: - my take on other borders, or lack thereof, in our modern world that we need to pay attention to - thoughts on why some lawmakers and citizens couldn’t agree on the basic facts of…
15: Who’s Right About Border Security?
Apr 9 • 15 min
In today’s show, I talk about the crisis at America’s Southern border via: - the perspectives of the parties concerned - some practical considerations that haven’t been fully discussed in the public square - a broader look at the centuries-long…
14: When Humor, In Another Room, Wouldn’t Smell As Sweet
Apr 8 • 18 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on perceptions of inappropriate behavior with: - my take on how former VP Joe Biden addressed the allegations made against him - a reflection on how to play to a room without raising a hue and cry outside…
13: Comforting Hugger or Callous Human?
Apr 3 • 17 min
In today’s show, I talk about balancing affection and respect via: - allegations of inappropriate behavior by a former Vice President of the United States - expanding on the tensions that result when two different social worlds collide - inviting you to…
12: Voicing New Power
Apr 1 • 19 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on the new faces of power with: - my take on why there are so many emerging faces of power that we may not be accustomed to - a perspective on the journey to deep and lasting power - an invitation to join…
11: Who Embodies Power?
Mar 27 • 20 min
In today’s show, I talk about the changing face of power by: - sharing some of the eye-opening events I’m attending this week - walking you through the way I navigate identity-based minefields - giving you a sneak peek into my next campaign with, and for,…
10: The Changing Face of (Your) Great Work
Mar 24 • 25 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on great places to work with: - reflections on the release of the Mueller report, and the ongoing Brexit process - a recap of how to create great places to work, and the respective roles we play in that…
9: Are You In a Great Place to Work?
Mar 20 • 16 min
In today’s show, I talk about the growing importance of happiness at work by: - reflecting on why we seek happiness at work like never before - sharing highlights from a conference I’m attending this week - revealing lesser-known reasons why some people…
8: And The Youth Shall Lead Us
Mar 17 • 16 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts and stories with: - more on the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes worldwide - reflections on Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 campaign announcement - the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand - how school…
7: Grounding Airplanes - Rash or Prudent?
Mar 13 • 13 min
In today’s show, I explore our rash vs prudent natures via: - almost 20 countries deciding to ground the aircraft model that has crashed twice in less than 5 months - the stillness of speaking to an older person - what to decide when facts are in short…
6: The Comfort of Clear Evidence
Mar 11 • 20 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s thoughts on navigating murkiness via: - Michael Cohen’s hearing, Ilhan Omar’s messaging, R. Kelly’s & Jussie Smollett’s indictments, and the latest Michael Jackson documentary - town hall sessions with three 2020…
5: He Said, They Said?
Mar 5 • 14 min
In today’s show, I explore the murky context of: - investigative probes going into high gear in the US Congress, against the sitting President - the new documentary leveling sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson - where to land when we’re faced…
4: Healing a Country’s Soul
Mar 3 • 23 min
In today’s show, I round up this week’s exploration of values via: - how two American Senators transcended their political differences, and made peace with a former adversary in Asia - a moving panel discussion with survivors of a school shooting -…
3: Eastward Bound - Essential or Existential (Threat)?
Feb 27 • 15 min
In today’s show, I explore the theme of East vs West via: - initial thoughts on the Hanoi Summit between the US and North Korea, where denuclearization talks are happening this week - reflections on how US-Vietnam relations have healed since the Vietnam…
2: A Return to Decency
Feb 25 • 18 min
In today’s show, I explore the theme of decency and share: - whether potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz can win in 2020 - a declaration that emerged from last week’s Munich Security Conference, for free nations to reset their pursuit of peace…
1: To President or Not to President?
Feb 20 • 12 min
In today’s show, and in honor of America’s Presidents’ Day, I’m exploring the theme of presidential leadership, by way of: - the candidates throwing their hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination - the wisdom (or not) of running as…
Trailer: Why Peace Matters
Feb 7 • 2 min
What is this elusive thing we call peace? And why does it seem to be in short supply right now? Listen as Maya Mathias, peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, shares why she’s developed this show to build more peace within us, and for the world.