Pathways Radio with Paul O’Brien features 30-minute conversations with authors, luminaries, and leaders about personal development and cultural evolution. Paul O’Brien has been the host since 1984, when the program began airing on KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland, Oregon.

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Pathways for March 31, 2024: Stanislav Grof, LSD Pioneer – Brigitte Grof

Stanislav Grof is a pioneer in psychedelic research and transpersonal psychology. He started work with LSD believing it was simply pharmacology and then went on to discover the perinatal, transpersonal, and archetypal levels of the psyche. The book features an extended interview with Stan Grof, exploring in great depth the full arc of his lifelong research in his own words. Read More & Listen »

Pathways for Feb. 17, 2022: Dopamine Nation – Anna Lembke

All around us people are looking at their phones too much, eating too much, drinking too much. Our world is addicted to fleeting distracting pleasures that get us nowhere. We’re living in a time of unprecedented access to high-reward, high-dopamine stimuli: drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting. The increased numbers, variety, and potency is staggering. We have all become vulnerable to compulsive overconsumption. Read More & Listen »

Pathways for May 2, 2021: The Deep Heart

The great human quest is to discover who we really are—a discovery that changes our lives and the lives of those around us. Author John J. Prendergast says the heart can be a portal to our deepest psychological and spiritual nature. By opening your heart, you can begin to see through your core limiting beliefs, and discover the true nature of your being. John J Prendergast, PHD, is the author of the new book, The Deep Heart: Our Portal to Presence. Read More & Listen »

Pathways for March 21, 2021: The Story Within

Author Yehudit Silverman uses art therapy to connect people with myths, fairy tales, and ancient stories in order to help process their own obstacles, demons, and monsters. From Persephone to the Ugly Duckling, the themes and challenges within these stories can promote healing. Read More & Listen »

Triggers

David Richo, Ph.D., is the author of the new book, Triggers: How We Can Stop Reacting and Start Healing. Dave is psychotherapist, writer, and workshop leader. He is a prolific author of almost 30 books. He teaches at a variety of places … Read More & Listen »

Your Symphony of Selves

James Fadiman, Ph.D., is the co-author of the new book, Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are. James has degrees from Harvard and Stanford, was the president of two companies, taught at four universities, is an international seminar leader, … Read More & Listen »

Fasting the mind

Jason Gregory is the author of the new book, Fasting the Mind: Spiritual Exercises for Psychic Detox. Jason is an author, philosopher, and spiritual teacher specializing in Eastern and Western philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, metaphysics, and ancient cultures. He is the author of several … Read More & Listen »

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Lori Gottlieb is the author of the new book, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. She’s a psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author who also writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column. A contributing … Read More & Listen »

Feeling Good

David D. Burns, MD, is Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His best-selling book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, has sold more than five million copies  and is the book most frequently recommended for … Read More & Listen »

Shame and Guilt: Masters of Disguise

Jane Middelton-Moz is the author of the book Shame and Guilt: Masters of Disguise. Jane is an internationally known speaker and author with over twenty-five years of experience in consultation, training and community intervention, and she is Director of the Middelton-Moz Institute. She has … Read More & Listen »

An End to Upside Down Thinking

Mark Grober is the author of the new book An End to Upside Down Thinking: Dispelling the Myth That the Brain Produces Consciousness, and the Implications for Everyday Life .  Mark is a partner in a Silicon Valley investment bank

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Passing Judgment

Terri Apter is author of the new book, Passing Judgment: Praise and Blame in Everyday Life. Terri is a psychologist, and Fellow Emeritae at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her nine books include Difficult Mothers, The Sister Knot, The Confident Child, and What

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The Effects of Inequality

Keith Payne is the author of the book The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die. He is a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at

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Surviving your childhood as an adult

Ira Israel is the author of the book How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional clinical counselor. Ira graduated from the University of … Read More & Listen »

Why Buddhism is True

Robert Wright is the author of the new book, Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Robert is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, and … Read More & Listen »

Fear: The Enemy of Education

Ba Luvmour is one of the developers — along with his wife, Dr. Josette Luvmour — of “Natural Learning Relationships.” This is a whole-child understanding of childhood development that supports optimal well-being in children. Ba is a renowned specialist in child development, … Read More & Listen »

The Brain’s Hidden Quest for “Cool”

Steven Quartz is the author of the new book, Cool: How the Brain’s Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World. By bringing together the latest findings in brain science, economics, and evolutionary biology to form a provocative theory … Read More & Listen »

The Antidote

Our guest this week on Pathways is Oliver Burkeman, author of the new book The Antidote: Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking. Oliver is a feature writer for the Guardian. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology called “This … Read More & Listen »

When the Past is Present

David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T. is a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California. He is the author of the new book, When the Past is Present. He combines Jungian, poetic, and mythic perspectives in … Read More & Listen »

Portland Insight Meditation Community

Robert Beatty describes the Portland Insight Meditation Community. He brings 35 years of Buddhist practice to his teaching and therapy. He is a successor to Ruth Denison in the lineage of the Burmese master U Ba Khin. Robert is a member of … Read More & Listen »

The Demartini Method

Dr John Demartini is a world leading inspirational teacher, philosopher, speaker and author. John was also one of the stars of The Secret. His scope of knowledge and experience is a culmination of 34 years of research and studies of more than … Read More & Listen »

Holistic Psychology and Alchemical Psychotherapy

Judy Chang Gummelt speaks about the process called “Alchemical Psychotherapy” as well as a relatively new modality known as eye movement therapy for overcoming post-traumatic stress, or EMDR. Judy lives and has a practice half the time in Manhattan and has started … Read More & Listen »

How to Negotiate with Kids

Scott Brown, author of How to Negotiate with Kids, is a founding member of the acclaimed Harvard Negotiation Project, and brings his negotiating skills to the parenting arena. A parent of four himself, he realized that parents can apply the same negotiating … Read More & Listen »

The Allure of Toxic Leaders

Jean Lipman-Blumen discusses The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians – and How We Can Survive Them. It was cited by FastCompany magazine, as well as by ManyWorlds, Inc., as one of the top business books … Read More & Listen »