After the Swiss government chose to welcome 50,000 refugees into their country, a plan was developed to disperse the refugees throughout the country. As you can imagine (just like in much of the United States) some of the Swiss people were not on board with the government’s efforts. To wit: the residents of Swiss village of Oberwil-Lieli. They chose to pay a $290,630 fine instead of accepting ten refugees into their community. “Why?” you may rightly ask. What could be so important to them that they don’t want to welcome just ten Syrian refugees?
One of the residents spoke on behalf of their 22,000 people village (which includes 300 millionaires), “We have worked hard all our lives and have a lovely village that we do not want spoiled.” Other residents added:
“We do not want them here, it is as simple as that.”
“We are not suited to take in refugees, they would not fit in here.”
“Money could be sent to help them, but if we are housing them here it sends out the wrong message.”
“Yes, the refugees from Syria have to be helped and they are better served by being helped in the camps nearer their home,”
The mayor of the village, Andreas Glarner, claims their decision was not based in racism (well that’s a relief). The Telegraph reported that in response to the accusations, Glarner said, “the town rejected the quota because it was not told whether the refugees were Syrians or ‘economic migrants from other countries.'”
Ah, so it’s not racism, so much as it’s …not wanting to accept certain people based on their nationality.
Now government officials will have to find a village better “suited” to these ten refugees. Or, at the very least, a village where they would “fit.”
Whatever that means.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.