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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 06.02.16

The legendary PAUL KRASSNER is the star of this Solartopia Show.

We join Paul in his California home to run through his astonishing lifetime as a “guerilla satirist,” stand-up comedian, author, activist, videographic expert, psychedelic pioneer and much much more.

Paul has been with us in Solartopia before, but his boundless experience and wit make him always an A-List guest.

Today we discuss Ken Kesey, Tim Leary, the CIA, LSD and the Agency’s inadvertent role in introducing psychedelics to the counter-culture.

Since Paul was the founder of “Yippie,” the hippie/left offspring of the 1960s anti-war movement, we also ruminate on what “might have been” had Mayor Richard Daley granted permits to the demonstrators (me among them) at the 1968 Chicago Convention.

We also then plunge into today’s booming world of on-line pornography. Paul was a writer for Hustler when its publisher Larry Flint was shot, and has written extensively about the industry that has become the most-watched phenomenon in all the world of video. The discussion is fascinating but unfinished, so we’ll have to have Paul back with us again soon!

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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 06.10.15

PAUL KRASSNER, America’s pioneer investigative satirist, takes us partway through his astonishing career.

We begin with a violin concerto alone on the stage of Carnegie Hall at age 6. Paul spins us through how he scratched an itchy leg with his other foot, drawing the laughs that would define his career.

We meet him at MAD Magazine and carry through the founding of The Realist, American’s first adult satirical periodical.

We meet Lennie Bruce, Allen Ginsberg, Abbie and Anita Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and a host of those who’ve shaped our nation.

We also take an LSD trip on the witness stand of the Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial, and much more.

At 83, Paul is a national treasure. Be sure to hear the beginnings of his amazing story, which we will continue at a later date….