Podcasts

These podcasts were done in 2007-2008 before I began making a film. They were inspired by a crisis that doesn’t get much attention in the media these days although it has significant consequences for humanity. The crisis is that 90 percent of the world’s languages are expected to disappear in the next 100 years. Why is this important? Lost languages means lost knowledge. I was inspired by the book, Vanishing Voices: The Disappearance of the World’s Languages and wanted to share insights about this global crisis by talking to scholars and several practitioners of the Ifa faith. Even the Yoruba language is spoken by millions in Nigeria, it too is in danger of dying.
The issue of endangered languages is not as important as the issue of global warming, wealth inequality and climate change. I’ve decided to keep these podcasts on my website for visitors who haven’t had a chance to listen to them yet.

Interview with James Weeks and Dr. Charles Finch, a medical doctor and expert on African healing traditions. In this episode, Dr. Finch, the former Director of International Health at Morehouse, discusses the differences between African and Western Healing Traditions. He also shares some of his experiences in Senegalese healing traditions.

All of these podcasts were done in 2007-2008 before I began the journey of making film. I was inspired by the book, Vanishing Voices: The Disappearance of the World’s Languages and wanted to share insights about this global crisis by talking to scholars and several practitioners of the Ifa faith.

Interview with James Weeks and Dr. Daniel Nettle, linguist and co-author of the book Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World’s Languages. In this episode we discuss the crisis of endangered languages and cultures and the priceless knowledge that will be lost as languages continue to die. Scholars estimate that more than half of the world’s languages are expected to die by the turn of the century.

Interview with James Weeks and Dr. Robert Voeks, ethnobotanist and author of the book Sacred Leaves of Candomble. In this episode, Dr. Voeks voices concern about the priceless medicinal and botanical knowledge that might be lost if the current trends of vanishing languages and cultures continue. He also discusses some of his research in Brazil.

Interview with James Weeks and Dr. Wande Abimbola, an authority on Yoruba culture. In this episode, Dr. Abimbola, discusses the growing global interest in Ifa and shares some of his core spiritual values. He also talks about the importance of spirituality, culture and language.

Interview with James Weeks and Chief Fama, a well-known Yoruba priestess and author. In this episode, Chief Fama talks about Yoruba spirituality and culture.

Listen to an interview with Chief Aikulola.