A talk with anthropologists and filmmakers Roberto Lopez Melinchon and Nicholas Spiers about the indigenous use of salvia divinorum, the plant's healing powers, and current attempts to ban salvia in Mexico. http://divinorum-doc.com
A talk with famed psychedelic researcher Dr. Stanislav Grof about nightmare visions, birth trauma, and H.R. Giger's trains. http://www.stanislavgrof.com/books-and-media/
A talk with writer and editor Allan Badiner about dharma, science, spiritual liberty, and the new edition of his edited book Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics. http://www.zigzagzen.com/
A talk with ethnomusicologist, musician, and composer Alexandre Tannous about drones, overtones, the art of listening, and the problems with a lot of "sound healing" today. www.soundmeditation.com
A talk with art historian and religious scholar Marcia Brennan about multiple worlds, the art and technology of dying, and her work as an Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Palliative Medicine at Houston's M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
A talk with cultural historian Alan Piper about LSD, fascist modernism, and Albert Hoffman's friendship with the enigmatic right-winger Ernst Jünger. http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Drugs-Makes-For-Bedfellows/dp/1514152517
A talk with psych-folk musician Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance) about improvisation, Agrippa, and his new Hexadic System book and playing card set. www.sixorgans.com.
A talk with scholar and musician Jason Bivins about improvising religion, sound as transformation, and his new book Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion.
A talk with scholar Marques Redd about Sun Ra, cosmic Egypt, and stepping out of academia to explore esoteric initiation.