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Finlos Lives

A series of discussions about life, the arts, media, games, philosophy, and relationships.  Support us!

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Finlos Lives - 9.21.2022 - Juggling
This week I discuss the struggles of how we balance all the things we juggle in our daily lives.  Support us!
18:48 09/22/2022
Finlos Lives - 8.10.2022 - The End of Summer
This week I discuss transitioning away from summer and from teaching as well as Amazon Prime's the Wheel of Time. Support us!
13:41 08/10/2022
Finlos Lives - 7.17.2022 - Liminal Summer
This week I discuss liminal spaces, the James Webb Telescope, and Netflix's Archive 81.  Support us!
12:43 07/18/2022
Finlos Asks - Alice Motes
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. My guest for this episode is Alice Motes, a long-time friend. We discuss growing up in multicultural Miami, the impact of multi-origin parents, and international perspectives on life in America.  Support us!
47:16 06/30/2022
Finlos Lives - 6.25.2022
This week I discuss long-term relationships, threats to civil democracy, and Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi. Support us!
11:39 06/27/2022
Finlos Asks - Bobe McBride
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. My guest for this episode is Bobe McBride, a friend and fellow educator. We discuss growing up in rural southern Georgia, the impact of his parents on who he became as an adult, and how education and teacher training could make changes for the better, especially in a post-covid period.  Support us!
51:21 06/17/2022
Finlos Lives - 06.10.2022
A brief show to mark the arbitrary count of 20 episodes, as well as a quick review of the first four episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Support us!
06:24 06/11/2022
Finlos Teaches: Banned Books
Finlos Teaches is a show that explores practical classroom experiences, policy matters, the the teaching experience from educators in the field.  In this episode I discuss concerns and potential consequences relating to challenges of books in public schools and libraries. This topic was recently brought to the fore for Adam Tritt, a teacher and elected official in Brevard County, Florida, when his Gofundme project raising money to purchase challenged books was discovered by a local activist group and posted online. On one side, supporters of Moms for Liberty accused Tritt of being a groomer and encouraging inappropriate content, and on the other his supporters have now donated over $20,000. I had the chance to interview him for this episode.  Support us!
31:47 06/04/2022
Finlos Asks: Harry Nerenberg
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. My guest for this episode has impacted many lives throughout his career. Harry Nerenberg has been involved in education since he graduated from college. Whether teaching in an inner-city school in Philadelphia or an alternative school in Miami, or as a guidance counselor to a generation of graduates, harry has never questioned his chosen work. And unlike many who leave education exhausted or jaded, it took a pandemic to finally get him to accept retirement. Even now, he can be found volunteering on campus or advising young people in his community as they work through the college admission process. In this episode you’ll hear about his unwavering belief in the worth of all children, his dedication to his lifelong partner, and about the importance of having a comfortable seat in your office. Support us!
51:52 05/30/2022
Finlos Loves - Communication Part 3
Finlos Loves is a show about relationships and how they work, or don't work. We offer our honest stories with guidance from professional and personal experience as therapist, teacher, and two decades of being in relationship. This episode focuses on patterns of communication and how those patterns can become barriers. The conversation is broken into several segments, the third of which finishes the the discussion about the Disney film Encanto, the complications when language can serve as a colonizing force, and offering some tools to help strengthen communication. Support us!
63:04 05/21/2022
Finlos Asks - Tom Flanigan
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. In this episode I interview Tom Flanigan from Tallahassee's WFSU Public Radio station. We discuss his varying experiences in broadcast radio, the relationship between newscaster and audience, and that time he almost became a rock star.  Support us!
63:37 05/13/2022
Finlos Teaches featuring Jen DeRemer
Finlos Teaches is a show that explores practical classroom experiences, policy matters, the the teaching experience from educators in the field.  Recent data indicates that teachers are exiting the profession at an alarming rate. Common reasons are burnout, lack of pay, lack of respect, and an expectation that what can be asked of teachers is limitless. In this episode I have a conversation with Jen DeRemer. She is a fifteen-year classroom teacher veteran, and recently made the difficult decision to leave the classroom. Her experience is like so many others as teachers reach their limits. Support us!
45:28 05/05/2022
Finlos Asks: Justin David
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. In this episode I interview Justin David about his career as an actor, his pursuit of the arts against the wishes of his parents, and his ability to "bullshit just about anything." Support us!
24:46 04/30/2022
Finlos Loves - Communication - Part 2
Finlos Loves is a show about relationships and how they work, or don't work. We offer our honest stories with guidance from professional and personal experience as therapist, teacher, and two decades of being in relationship. This episode focuses on patterns of communication and how those patterns can become barriers. The conversation is broken into several segments, the second of which addresses barriers to communication, causing harm, and the connections between communication in relationships and the Disney film Encanto. Support us!
63:08 04/27/2022
Finlos Loves - Communication - Part 1
Finlos Loves is a show about relationships and how they work, or don't work. We offer our honest stories with guidance from professional and personal experience as therapist, teacher, and two decades of being in relationship. This episode focuses on patterns of communication and how those patterns can become barriers. The conversation is broken into several segments, the first of which addresses families of origin, the tendency for some partners to lose the thread of the story of their relationship, and the experience of talking, but not always being heard. Support us!
63:07 04/13/2022
Finlos Asks: Avni
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. In this episode I interview Dr. Avni Vyas about motherhood and a shifting identity, blending aspects of her parents into herself, and how her poetry is the "static between the fur of words." Support us!
47:38 03/29/2022
Finlos Asks: Devon
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. In this episode I interview Devon about moving across the country with his family as part of a cult; becoming a part of the hardcore scene in Tallahassee, Fl; being out of sync with his body; and the loss of a parent.  Support us!
53:55 03/14/2022
Finlos Teaches: Testing
In this episode I explore the pros and cons of the use of standardized tests, and featuring the opinions of actual students.  Support us!
15:53 03/07/2022
Finlos Reads: The Gunslinger and Snow, Glass, Apples
In this episode Naeem joins me to discuss his reactions to Stephen King's the Gunslinger. We talk about the plot, the strengths of the writing, and how our reactions to texts change to match our life experiences. After that I review the graphic novel Snow, Glass, Apples, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story by artist Colleen Doran.   Support us!
26:59 02/27/2022
Finlos Asks: Reggie
Finlos Asks is a show about how people live and grow amidst impermanence. Interviews feature people who have encountered cultural shifts and life changes and explore how they have endured and flourished in life's constant changes. In this episode I interview Reggie about moving to Miami, FL from London, UK; career changes; and growing older.    Support us!
65:51 02/23/2022
Finlos Loves - Decentering
Finlos Loves is a show about relationships and how they work, or don't work. We offer our honest stories with guidance from professional and personal experience as therapist, teacher, and two decades of being in relationship. This episode focuses on the concept of decentering and what the potential risks of self-centered behaviors and perspectives can be. The conversation covers many related ideas from child rearing, to enmeshment, to pop culture. If you have comments or questions, please leave them on social media.  Support us!
70:48 02/14/2022
Finlos Teaches Flannery O'Connor
Highlights from the week of teaching -- this episode focuses on the short story Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor and the interactions I had with students as they unraveled the text's layers, from racism to politics to Pixar.   Support us!
14:24 02/05/2022
Finlos Reads the Gunslinger
In this episode I give an overview of Stephen King's approach to writing this novel, some of his sources of inspirations, and why it is a worthy read even if you have no intention of starting yet another connected world series of books.    Support us!
15:54 01/29/2022
Finlos Reads the Matrix - Part 1
A discussion about the cultural and technological context around the release of the Matrix (1999).    Support us!
20:18 01/10/2022
Finlos Reads: Dune - Part 3
This episode wraps up the conversation about Dune with considerations of criticisms and limitations of the work, as well as my final thoughts for what the book has to offer.  Support us!
13:26 12/22/2021
Finlos Reads: Dune, part 2
This is the second episode of my Dune series and focuses on Paul Atreides and the development of his character.    Support us!
15:19 12/08/2021
Finlos Reads: Dune, part 1
In this episode I discuss worldbuilding elements in Frank Herbert's Dune. These are details that are often omitted from film adaptations, and only obscurely referenced in the original novels.    Support us!
16:30 11/28/2021