Podcast 375 – “Story Time with Ken Adams”

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Guest speaker: Ken Adams


Today we get to hear another of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were held at the 2013 Burning Man Festival. This talk features the artist, experimental film maker, micro-publisher, and media developer, Ken Adams, who for many years was a close friend and neighbor of the late Terence McKenna. You will be delighted with some of the true stories Ken tells as we get to wander with him through the mind of a uniquely creative artist. Also, I tell a couple of my ‘grandfather stories’, and we finish with Ron Shock telling the greatest dope story ever.

“We have shared experiences that the entire world knows about, like 9-11 and all the catastrophes in Japan and Haiti and all over the world, the Gulf. We’re being introduced to a level of experience that’s post tribal, post national, where we’re all sharing the same emotional experiences and beginning to develop the persona of a new human being, a human being that’s never been here before. It’s something that’s completely unique in human history.”
-Ken Adams

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The Terence McKenna Experience

ceremonial cinema by
Ken Adams

(pay-what-you-can movie download)



  1. Bryan Said,

    October 29, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    That’s the best god damn dope story I’ve ever heard! Haha. Great podcast as always Lorenzo. Also, I’m downloading Ken’s movie now. Very excited to watch it! Thanks for the link! Wish I could have been out on the Playa for this one.

  2. lil b Said,

    November 1, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Amazing! Thank you so much for bringing me the joy I find in the podcast… helps get me through these cold wet months! Ken Adams is fascinating and I can’t wait to pull up to the couch tonight with his movie and a nice cup of tea! Much love

  3. Dim Said,

    November 2, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    What a beautifully expressive story teller!! Was hooked all the way thru. Thanks Lorenzo!

  4. Paul Said,

    November 4, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    I enjoyed this talk. He is a charming speaker. Note that here is another example of an ayahuasca experience which was quite painful, as beneficial as it might have been in the end.

  5. Igor Said,

    November 5, 2013 @ 11:21 am

    C’mon let’s call the speaker out for making a racist cliche comment about how it’s expected that a black person sells pot. It doesn’t matter how anyone spins it, that was a racist comment and he knew it because he quickly elaborated that “everybody” smokes pot. That kinda shit is embarrassing and for me takes the credibility from all his “love” mumbo jumbo.

  6. Revlin John Said,

    November 7, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Thanks for the Turn-On to Lefty’s Lounge, Lorenzo. Exquisite!

    Here’s a longer version of the Kat William’s clip he mixed into #180: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqe3HvVf8nk

    @Igor, You should use quotes if your going to critique a specific line out of a lecture:

    “I don’t think they’re too interested in finding out that I like to do psychedelics. That’s like finding out that there’s a black dude in Brooklyn that sales pot. Well, that’s not very useful information. There are a lot of people selling pot in Brooklyn. There are a lot of people doing psychedelics.”
    (Adams, ~40m00s)

    If you listened to some of the past podcasts in which Ken appears (), you would hear comments from him showing that he is very conscious and sensitive to race-based discrimination and artificial social segregation. Thank you for being tuned-in enough to hear what you heard. Would you be able to take that awareness a step further and say something that helps us to come together?

  7. Igor Said,

    November 8, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Hey Revlin, I’m sure Ken’s a nice guy and has an excellent social platform, but his unfortunate comment does not serve to bring black people together into this paradigm and it should be pointed out as such.

    We should be about the business of making people not feel discrimination and THAT will bring us together. I’ve even heard Terence McKenna make disparaging comments about how “we” (referring to psychonauts) aren’t street people. Perhaps you can recognize the utility of removing accidental/derivative stereotypes from our gatherings?

  8. Alex Wall Said,

    November 9, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Great podcast! “Terence McKenna Experience” Bummer: Pay what you can doesn’t allow PayPal. Have to wait. Oh well. I’m sure it’s worth the wait. 🙂

  9. Astral Brain Tentacles Said,

    November 16, 2013 @ 4:23 am

    “You will be dead soon. All the people you know will be dead soon. but it is not the end. Nothing ever ends. Every thought you have and every kindness you bring to the world changes the world. Every little piece of it. “

  10. Henri Said,

    November 28, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I love the Lorenzo style to talk about things. Always wraps a little pepite in some casual looking-like stories. Lorenzo you rock. Your podcasts are such an oasis helping making sense and giving material to reflect on our actions in this world.