• Summary

  • A Rumor of Empathy is committed to providing a gracious and generous listening, empathy, in conversation with its guests and listeners. Join the host in chasing down and confirming or debunking an unsubstantiated report of empathy in the community and engaging in an on the air conversation in transforming human struggle and suffering into meaningful relationships, satisfying results and contribution to the community. When one is really listened to empathically and heard in one’s struggle and effort, then something shifts. Possibilities open up that were hidden in plain view. Action that makes a difference occurs so that empathy becomes less of a rumor and an expanded reality in your life and in the community. When all the philosophical arguments and psychological back-and-forth are over and done, in empathy, one is quite simply in the presence of another human being. Join Lou for an empowering conversation in which empathy is made present.
    Lou Agosta
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Episodes
  • 12 Shows About Empathy in One Roundtrip

    Jul 8 2015
    This show will be about how the past 12 shows have expanded empathy in the community, review the past 12 shows, saying how each has contributed to a conversation about empathy. This is like a summary or an index to the entire body of work on empathy. So in case you are wondering which conversation is most relevant to you, this is a good place to start. Hear about David Howe’s book What is Empathy and Why It Matters. Learn from James Garbarino about Listening To Killers: Lessons Learned from My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Case. Key term: “Listening”. Hear about how empathy is tracking software innovation as Affectiva in their implementation of Ekman’s Facial Action Coding Scheme. Get your mind blow – like really – in the work of Alice Dreger on what happens to social justice when empathy collides with the agenda of political advocacy groups and her book Galileo’s Middle Finger. Empathy is like oxygen for the soul - get some here and breath easier all week.
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    54 mins
  • 5 More Recommendations to Expand Your Empathy

    Jul 1 2015
    This show engages 5 more recommendations to expand your empathy. We started this conversation two weeks ago with several recommendations. This show continues the work. It will include further lessons learned from my three books on empathy. The occasion for the show is the publication of my book a rumor of empathy. My friends are excited about the publications – but what they have said to me is “Great Lou – nice work – but what I really need is tips and techniques is to expand my empathy in the next fifty minutes – and its already Wednesday at noon. I have been listening and that’s what this show is about. In empathy one person is quite simply in the presence of another human being. Empathy is supposedly like apple pie and motherhood. What’s not to like? Yet being empathic can be confronting and anxiety inspiring because one has to dispense with evaluations, filters, diagnostic labels, and egocentrism. Make empathy less of a rumor and an expanded reality in your world!
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    56 mins
  • Alien Love - Empathy with Androids, Extraterrestrials, and Humans

    Jun 24 2015
    Join Lou and his special guest Stan Schatt, Futurist and writer, for a discussion of his latest novel Alien Love. You know, boy meets girl, girls turn out to be an Alien and then the CIA gets involved. This has rich comic and dramatic possibilities, but also points to significant issues of communication. And Stan is the communicator's communicator. Find out how he does it. Learn about Stan's paranormal mystery Silent Partner, a book about sexual identity. Pen-L Publishing will release its sequel, A Bullet for the Ghost Whisperer, in November 2015. Booktrope published Alien Love, a science fiction novel that Schatt likens to a cross between Casablanca and Star Wars in April 2015. Schatt also has published Extraterrestrial First Contact, a non-fiction study of the impact of first contact between humanity and alien races. Tune in for something completely different - and completely entertaining!
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    56 mins

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