Dave Eggers, Reza Aslan, Rabia Chaudry + More Guests on Bhi Bhiman's 'Peace of Mind', First Album To Ever Be Released as Serial Podcast
Peace of Mind is like a soundtrack to this crazy time in America. Each of the eight songs has a different theme - like immigration, voter suppression, mental health, etc. And Bhi didn't want to just release them into the album-cycle ether. So, he and the team at Critical Frequency have packaged these songs, one per episode, into what plays like a half-hour radio show w/ conversations, storytelling and cool sound design (comprised entirely of the stems for that song). At the end, Bhi shares the full song and the story behind it.
Podcast trailer, album tracks, etc: peaceofmindpod.com/media
*New episodes drop every Friday beginning Jan 25th on all podcast platforms and Bhi's website.
*The individual songs will simultaneously be available for streaming and download on all DSPs.
About Bhi Bhiman
Bhi Bhiman is an American recording artist and producer. Bhi's had critical acclaim, toured with some of his musical heroes and collaborated with creative powerhouses like Boots Riley, Chris Cornell, Rhiannon Giddens, and comedic actor Keegan-Michael Key. And yet, he's never been approached by a label. So to cut through the noise, Bhi has thoughtfully reimagined the modern album as a society & culture podcast.
Episode 1: Brother, Can You Spare Some Peace of Mind? [01/25/19]
In the first episode of Peace of Mind, we're talking about the fear and madness that characterizes so much of this crazy time in America. Our guests are author Dave Eggers, Glynn Washington (host of Snap Judgement on NPR) and renowned social psychologist, Lee Ross. The song for this episode is "Brother Can You Spare Some Peace of Mind?"
Episode 2: Can't Nobody Stop Us [02/01/19]
Democracy - the places where it thrives, the places where it dies. And what's at stake when any one of the 4 pillars of democracy are threatened. Our guests are investigative journalist and Frontline producer Neil Docherty, retired superior court judge LaDoris Cordell and journalist Salem Solomon (Voice of America's Africa division). The song for this episode is "Can't Nobody Stop Us".
Episode 3: Eenie Meenie [02/08/19]
The multi-pronged attack on voting in America. While there are threats from outside countries, like Russia and China, the greatest danger comes from within - from politicians and lawmakers who pervert the voting process to suit their agenda through gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and intimidation. Our guests are Dale Ho (Director, ACLU's Voting Rights Project) and Taz Ahmed (18 Million Rising, host #GoodMuslimBadMuslim). The song for this episode is "Eenie Meenie".
Episode 4: Beyond the Border [02/15/19]
Immigration policy and its human consequences. We'll discuss the differences between immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, and how these groups are often are often treated as criminals. Our guests are AhilanArulanantham (ACLU Sr. Counsel, former Director of the Immigrant Rights Project and Macarthur Fellow) and Paola Mendoza (activist and Co-founder of the Women's March).The song for this episode is "Beyond the Border".
Episode 5: Have a Little Faith! [02/22/19]
How do we remain optimistic through what could easily be the most absurd time in American political (or societal) history? We'll examine the role Faith has played in people's lives to keep things in perspective. Our guests include religious scholar Reza Aslan and Rabia Chaudry (of Serial, Undisclosed and The 45th). The song for this episode is "Have a Little Faith!".
Episode 6: With Love from Russia [03/01/19]
In this episode we examine the rise of Vladimir Putin and Russia's foray into Western politics and the election of Donald Trump. Our guests are the director and producers of Active Measures Jack Bryan and Laura Dubois, Jaleesa Johnson(host, Mueller She Wrote) and Neil Docherty who wrote and directed the Frontline documentary, Putin's Way in 2015. The song for this episode is "With Love from Russia."
Episode 7: Lawyers, Guns and Money [03/08/19]
This episode is partly about where politics meets art, and partly a showcase for some of the lawyers who are pushing back on the Trump Administration in courts everyday -- like Jonathan E. Taylor who helped file the emoluments cases against Trump. And we'll speak w/ musicians Gaby Moreno, Josh Ritter, and Sinkane about incorporating politics in music. Our song for this episode is a cover of Warren Zevon's "Lawyers Guns & Money".
Episode 8: GIANT [03/15/19]
Gender inequality and gender politics. The song for this episode is "Giant" and it was inspired by the millions of women around the world who are forced to take less and work more than their male counterparts. Some have accepted this as just the "way of the world", while others refuse are working to create a more just and equitable tomorrow. Our guests include co-founder of the Women's March and the Resistance Revival Chorus, Paola Mendoza, author and journalist Amy Westervelt, and Dr. Nimmi Gowrinathan, a professor and expert on Gender and Violence and the founder of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative.
Episode 9: Stand by Me [03/22/19]
In the season finale, we're discussing suicide how it has hit close to home for host. The song for this episode is not on the album...listen to find out why.