Episode 64 :: Activist Frank Cordaro


Dorothy Day, founder of The Catholic Worker

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Frank Cordaro, an out-spoken former priest and now an internet activist, practices radical acts of mercy with the Catholic Worker in Des Moines, IA, and protests war and militarism at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha and elsewhere.

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“My primary interest concerns people’s values and goals, and how they relate to quality of life. Over the last decade I have been especially focused on studying ‘materialistic values,’ i.e., being wealthy, having many possessions, being attractive, and being popular.

“My colleagues and I have found that when people believe materialistic values are important, they report less happiness and more distress, have poorer interpersonal relationships, contribute less to the community, and engage in more ecologically damaging behaviors. My research has recently been investigating how values relate to well-being in various nations around the world, as well as what leads some people to become especially focused on different types of values.”

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6 thoughts on “Episode 64 :: Activist Frank Cordaro

  1. Good interview and educational alternatives presented to the public is essential today. Thanks for this program. Namaste!

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