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VividLife Radio’s Ed and Deb Shapiro welcome Eve Ensler, New York Times bestselling, Tony Award Winning, Activist and Author, to discuss her new book In the Body of the World
From the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek’s 150 Women Who Changed the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the world.
Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler has devoted her life to the female body—how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body—a disconnection brought on by her father’s sexual abuse and her mother’s remoteness. “Because I did not, could not inhabit my body or the Earth,” she writes, “I could not feel or know their pain.”
But Ensler is shocked out of her distance. While working in the Congo, she is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and through months of harrowing treatment, she is forced to become first and foremost a body—pricked, punctured, cut, scanned. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world.
Unflinching, generous, and inspiring, Ensler calls on us all to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world.
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Paul K. Chappell (www.paulkchappell.com) grew up in Alabama, the son of a Korean mother and a half-black and half-white father, who fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After Paul graduated from West Point he was deployed to Baghdad. He rose to the rank of captain and left active duty in November 2009. The author of four books, he lectures throughout the country and internationally, and teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Leadership. He serves as the peace leadership director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation whose mission is to educate and advocate for peace in a world free of nuclear weapons, and to empower peace leaders.
Paul he sees himself as living proof that nonviolent struggles such as the civil rights movement can create positive change, and he has dedicated his life to unlocking the full potential of strategic nonviolence. Paul’s latest book is, THE ART OF WAGING PEACE: A Strategic Approach to Improving
William Eddy, L.C.S.W., J.D. draws unflattering but striking parallels between high conflict divorces and the US political scene. Drawing on 30 years of experience as a family law attorney, therapist and mediator, Bill shows how the voters are reacting like children in a nasty court battle, forced to choose between warring parents. Siding with one parent or the other, or turning their backs on both, no one wins and deep scars remain.
In his book, SPLITTING AMERICA: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce, Bill shows how to return civility to political discourse for the good of the nation.
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