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 journalist and science writer Steve Silberman about autism activism, the vaccine wars, and his terrific new book NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.
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.
A talk with journalist Scott Carney about renegade gurus, spiritual ambiguity, and his book Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment.
A talk with dream worker Jennifer Dumpert about hypnagogia, Tibetan dream yoga, and surfing the waves of the unconscious.
A talk with ethnobotanist Kathleen Harrison about plant spirits, discernment, and the conflict between western and indigenous worldviews.