The Leftscape Podcast: ‘Choose Joy: A Conversation with Edie Weinstein (Episode 36)’

Edie Weinstein wants you to live in joy. Joy is a choice and touch is essential. These are central tenets for the internationally known author, speaker, columnist, medical social worker, certified Cuddle Party facilitator, and Laughter Yoga coach. Edie has written for HuffPostElephant JournalWisdom Magazine, The Good Men, and more, and is the author of The Bliss Mistress Guide to Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary. She speaks with Robin Renée on this episode about her journey as a touch educator who points the way toward healing in a world in which so many of us have grown up in families where touch was nonexistent, limited, or in some way coercive. Among the love and life-affirming adventures Edie talks about in the interview: offering Free Hugs across Ireland, creating a “wall of love” in Pennsylvania between protesters and a story time event featuring drag queen Annie Christ, and co-facilitating a 400+ person Cuddle Party near Washington, DC.

This episode packs in a lot around the main segment. In News, Wendy Sheridan tells us about the U.S. Supreme Court’s stay of Louisiana’s anti-abortion law and the co-hosts discuss the complicated tale of Jeff Bezos’ extortion claim against The National Enquirer and its potential legal and political fallout. Later, Mary McGinley reveals her lonely sock problems. We are invited to celebrate World Day of Social Justice, A Day Without News, and National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Birthdays shout outs include Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Nina Simone, Julius “Dr. J” Earving, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Steve Jobs, George Harrison, Erykah Badu, Johnny Cash, and Tony Randall. Robin recalls an informal, post-college social club, the Tony Randall Appreciation Society. Somewhere in the conversation, there is a strange detour into talk of Bigfoot and dinosaur porn and gay niche erotica writer Chuck Tingle. Google at your own risk!

The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Choose Joy: A Conversation with Edie Weinstein (Episode 36).


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