Brendon Marotta Show

Brendon Marotta Show

Brendon Marotta is a filmmaker, author, and speaker. He is best known for his feature-length documentary American Circumcision, which appeared on Netflix. He is the author of multiple books, the next of which explores the treatment of children as a social justice issue.

Episodes

August 31, 2021 67 min

The moderator of r/Intactivism  on Reddit joins us for an in-depth discussion of social media activism. We talk about the incentives different social media platforms create and how their design changes the psychology of their users. We also talk about how to use internet memes to create laughter, change minds and build online communication.

Topics Discussed In This Episode

  • [01:18] Breaking down the Reddit social media platform
  • [02:17]...
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    Jay Mjinga is a Kenyan journalist working to end African circumcision. In this episode, we talk about how Western circumcision campaigns intersect with tribal conflict in Kenya. Jay shares how myths and misinformation about circumcision are worsening HIV,  used to support systemic racism, and contributing to forced circumcision hate crimes. If you want to understand the issue of circumcision in Africa, this is a must-listen episode...

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    Megan Russell, COO of Marotta Wealth Management (and my sister) discusses how your parenting can influence your child’s future relationship to money. 

    Megan shares experiences from her own parenting as we discuss our own beliefs surrounding money, how we can set ourselves up for financial success, and empowering our children to have healthy financial futures.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [1:19] How early you start setting up your...
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    Kerry McDonald talks about the massive growth of homeschooling and unschooling after the Covid-19 pandemic, and how you can start unschooling with your children.

    Kerry is a Senior Education Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education, author of Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom, and an adjunct scholar at The Cato Institute.

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  • [2:00] What is unsch...
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    Ari Hershkowitz talks about his journey and experiences in the Hasidic Jewish community explored in the Netflix documentary One of Us (2017). We discuss Ari’s healing journey, return to the Hasidic community, and how the Jewish community is changing.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [1:00] What a Hasidic Jewish Community looks like?
  • [2:21] Ari’s current stance in his community
  • [4:47] Journey to change within the Hasidic community and ...
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    Garrett Dailey and I candidly explore numerous topics, including the cycles of generational wealth, civilizations and the potential origins for autism and neurodivergencies.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [2:03] How people’s trauma creates their behavior, specifically from early childhood?
  • [9:22] Strauss-Howe generational theory
  • [14:26] Story of the Buddha?
  • [19:28] Scott Adam’s skill stack?
  • [22:20] Generalist vs. Specialists and appl...
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    Yolande Norris-Clark, freebirth educator and coach talks about family birth outside the system. Yolande shares her 20 years of wisdom and experience in natural home births. We discuss the importance of freebirth, the common misconceptions and how we can best provide a safe, natural environment for our newborns.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [2:43] Yolande’s Journey to freebirthing?
  • [3:19] How to prepare for having a natural home ...
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    Adam Fletcher talks about adultism, and the pervasive bias the society has towards adults over the needs of children.

    Adam Fletcher is the executive director of Youth and Educators Succeeding and the Free Child Institute. He is also the author of Facing Adultism. In this episode, we talk about how adulthood is socially constructed and give practical advice on what you can do to create greater engagement with your children.

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    Nick Duffell talks about the wounded leaders produced by the elite boarding school system and how their psychology has shaped the world. Nick also shares how leaders can change their psychology, integrate these experiences and better connect with the people they serve.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [1:13] Nick’s work in psychohistory and his interest in elite boarding schools
  • [9:18] How elite boarding schools were intentionally d...
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    Anthony Migliorino, a coach on fatherhood and the founder of Peaceful Fathers, shares his insight on peaceful parenting. 

    Peaceful Fathers focus on bringing up children peacefully, through positive parenting, which embraces hard work, improvement, dedication, and constant learning, rather than corporal punishment and abuse. He champions good fatherhood parenting aspects such as masculine self-development, peaceful parenting, and bon...

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    Author and historian Lynn Hunt shares her work on the history of human rights. We talk about how the new technology of the novel led to the inspiration for humans rights, the failures of early human rights movements, and what lessons history can teach modern activists today.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode

  • [1:14] Lynn’s Book “Inventing Human Rights: A History” and the story behind her interest in Human Rights
  • [2:47]  Is Human Rights...
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    Darcia Narvaez shares her research on neurobiology and the development of human morality, along with practical tips to create what she calls an Evolved Nest or way of raising human beings that is natural and loving.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode 

  • [0:57] Daricia Narvaez’s Book on human development “Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality”
  • [02:07] Early childhood experiences and inter-generational effects 
  • [03:45] How earl...
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    This special audio presentation features top voices against circumcision: Peter Adler, Brother K, Ronald Goldman, Georganne Chapin, John Adkison, and Anthony Losquadro.

    These guests explore the same five questions around the importance of the issue of circumcision, challenges facing their movement, and actions you can take to make a difference.

    Episode Chapters:

  • [0:28] Guest intros
  • [2:08] Feature presentation begins
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  • Five Questions:
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    The most talented healer I know joins the show: my wife, Kristeena Marotta. During this episode, we talk about the process and methods of healing as well as our own personal journey through healing work.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [1:26] What is healing?
  • [3:44] The unconscious mind 
  • [6:05] What is the process of healing?
  • [8:06] Handling objections and resistance to healing work
  • [9:18] Creating your own internal reality based off ...
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    Anthony Losquadro, the founder of Intaction, shares his lobbying efforts to disrupt the economic incentives for circumcision and original research he has done into the selling of infant foreskins.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [1:00] Anthony’s projects and Intaction
  • [7:45] How Anthony re-strategized through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • [9:40] Anthony’s strategy for legislative change at the state level
  • [16:14] Persuading sympathetic lawmak...
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    In this episode, I talk to two members of Foregen, an organization dedicated to regenerating the human foreskin.

    Tyler Drzod, Chief Operation Officer, and Eric Cunningham, Chief Science Officer, give an in-depth explanation of the science of regeneration, the structure of Foregen, and the possibilities for the future.

    Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • [1:03] Explaining Foregen to new people
  • [2:15] How does Foregen plan to regenerate ...
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    In this episode, I talk to Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., director of the Early Trauma Prevention Center. During this episode, we talk about what causes early life trauma, the lasting impacts of childhood trauma, and preventing adult social problems by confronting its origins in childhood.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [00:56] Defining trauma
  • [02:03] The two types of trauma and their examples
  • [03:23] What causes overwhelming feelings
  • [05:58...
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    March 18, 2021 21 min

    This episode is a talk Brendon Marotta gave to an online conference of Intactivists on May 30, 2020 based on his book The Intactivist Guidebook. It explores what will actually lead activist movements to victory.

  • The Intactivist Guidebook
  • Amazon
  • Gumroad
  • Barnes & Nobles
  • Video version of the talk: 
  • Vimeo
  • YouTube
  • Subscribe and support the show directly:
    https://brendonmarotta.com/show/

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    In this episode, I talk to Georganne Chapin, executive director of Intact America.

    During this episode, we talk about the new survey data which shows doctors are pushing circumcision more than ever. We also talk about the role of money in activism, the systemic aspects of the medical machine, and the  need for strategy to reach a social tipping point. 

    Topics discussed in this episode:

  • [0:40] New news in the world of Intact America
  • [4:...
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    In this episode, I talk to Brother K, founder of the intactivist protest organization, Bloodstained Men and Their Friends.

    During this episode, we talk about the spiritual wound of circumcision, how to stage an effective protest, and how Brother K uses shock and symbols to awaken the public on this issue.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • [01:05] Brother K explains  Bloodstained Men And Their Friends
  • [03:00] Circumcision crisis and the...
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