Episode Archive

Episode Archive

15 episodes of AwokenWord since the first episode, which aired on October 30th, 2018.

  • #003: Raheel Raza - "Religion & the Real World"

    November 1st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 28 mins
    culture, feminism, humanity, islam, love, multiculturalism, muslim, pakistan, politics, raheel, raza, religion, tolerance, youth

    In this episode of the AwokenWord podcast, Anuj Rastogi speaks with Raheel Raza, author, speaker, and incredibly fierce activist and advocate for reform within the Muslim world. Raheel talks about her experience as a muslim, and a woman pushing for reformation within the community, and for open, honest dialogue. Raheel speaks about her work with youth, with the UN Human Rights Commission, and the crisis of an increasingly polarized world, and how difficult it can be to call a "spade a spade" in a climate where both sides of the political spectrum take issue with one's views without engaging in that dialogue.

  • #002: Raj Sharma - "Home"

    October 31st, 2018  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 9 mins
    brexit, home, humanity, immigration, law, lawyer, love, migrants, politics, raj sharma, refugees, society

    In this episode of the AwokenWord podcast, Anuj Rastogi talks to Raj Sharma, one of Canada's leading refugee lawyers. Raj talks about his experience as a refugee protection officer, as a refugee and immigration lawyer in the context of the current migrant crisis in the US, and potential impact on Canada. Anuj and Raj discuss the concept of home itself, what it means to leave home, and what it means to find a new place to call home. The conversation makes timely reference in the context of a rise in political polarization, brexit, far-right fears and increasing globalization.

  • #001: Anuj Rastogi (Intro) - "Theory of Encumbered Will"

    October 30th, 2018  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 38 secs
    awoken, determinism, free will, history, host, human experience, introduction, love, omnesia, podcast

    In this episode of the AwokenWord podcast, Anuj Rastogi introduces himself, the podcast and the reasons behind launching this podcast. Anuj also introduces his hypothesis on free-will, entitled the "Theory of Encumbered Will".