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Podcast 468 – “Investigating Life – Part 2”

Guest speaker: Peter Gorman
Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine By Peter Gorman

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I have never gone to bed in Peru without having learned something new that day.” -Peter Gorman

Today’s podcast features the second part of an interview with Peter Gorman, one of the larger-than-life figures to be found among our psychedelic elders. The program begins by picking up with a story about river pirates in the Amazon, migrates to tales of running a bar in the jungle town of Iquitos, Peru that was frequented by DEA agents, and continues with Peter talking about his interactions with luminaries such as Albert Hofmann, Alan Ginsberg, Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, and Terence McKenna. Also, Peter talks about his new book “Sapo In My Soul”, which is the first book to be published about this interesting medicine. Of interest to our younger saloners will be his telling of how, as a young man himself, he financed his trips to the Amazon and the methods he used to search for medicinal plants in the jungle.

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Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine
By Peter Gorman

Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming
By Peter Gorman

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Podcast 465

This program was removed at the request of the speaker.

NOTICE: Unfortunately, there were a few mis-statements made during this talk, and as a result the speaker asked to have it removed.

This podcast featured California lawyer Ariel Clark, who specializes in marijuana business law. This talk was given at the Venice Salon hosted by Ashley Booth. Given the fact the city, state, and federal laws are quite different in regards to the marijuana business, helping growers and distributors navigate their way safely through this legal morass is no small matter.

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Podcast 462 – “Psychedelic Advocacy”

Guest speakers:
Ashley Booth and Amy Ralston Povah
Ariel Clark, Ashley Booth, & Amy Ralston Povah

Today’s podcast features Ashley Booth, scientist and psychedelic advocate, and Amy Ralston Povah, a victim and hero of the War on Drugs. The talk by Ashley was given at the 2014 Palenque Norte Lectures at the Burning Man Festival, and the talk by Amy was given at a Venice, California salon hosted by Ashley in celebration of Bicycle Day 2014. Together these talks will give you a lot of things to talk about, both with friends who agree with you and the old Nancy Reagan just say no crowd. . . . As Ashley says, “By being a psychedelic advocate, I’m not saying that psychedelics are good for everyone, by any means. I would just like it to be an opportunity for people who would like to try it.”

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Aware Project
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Podcast 453 – “Palenque Norte Tribute to Sasha Shulgin”

Guest speakers: George Greer, John Gilmore, Rick Doblin, Annie Oak

Sasha Shulgin

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Today’s podcast features the tributes to Sasha Shulgin that were made at the Palenque Norte lectures during the 2014 Burning Man Festival. In addition to comments from the audience, we hear from Dr. George Greer (MDMA Researcher and Co-founder of the Heffter Research Institute), Rick Doblin PhD (President of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), John Gilmore (Co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation), and Annie Oak (Co-founder of the Women’s Visionary Congress).

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The Shulgin Research Institute

Sasha Shulgin's Laboratory

Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate from George Wada on Vimeo.

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Podcast 443 – “The Legendary Venice Salon”

Guest speaker: Kathleen Wirt

Bicycle Day in L.A. - April 18, 2015

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Today we feature a talk given by Kathleen Wirt, the hostess of the legendary salon that took place in Venice, California. While the stories Kathleen tells are of interest from an historical point of view, they are also very informative for anyone who is also interested in starting a salon in their area. Kathleen’s talk was given at the inaugural session of the Aware Project Salon, which has picked up the torch and is carrying this work to a new generation. You may know about Leary and McKenna, but if you don’t know about Kathleen’s Venice Salon you only have part of the historical story.

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Psychedelic Awareness Salon with Kathleen
(Video Jan 2015)

Ashley Booth’s Web Site

Aware Project: Rethinking Psychedelics

Aware Project on Facebook

Aware Project on Twitter

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Podcast 432 – “GAPS, MAPS, and PTSD”

Guest speakers: Katie Tomlinson & Rachel Hope

The Secret Chief Reveialed by Myron Stolaroff

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Today’s podcast features two of the Palenque Norte Lectures that were given at Burning Man in 2014. The first talk is by Katie Tomlinson, founder of GAPS, the psychedelic student organization at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. For anyone interested in establishing student groups on other campuses this talk has some great pointers for you . Following Katie’s talk we hear Rick Doblin, the founder of MAPS, introduce Rachel Hope, a participant in one of the MDMA studies sponsored by his organization. Rachel tells her amazing story of a very long struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how the treatment being perfected by Dr. Michael Mithoefer and his wife Annie has cured her of PTSD.

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The Evergreen State College

The Secret Chief Revealed
By Myron J. Stolaroff

MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto’s Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025

“Confessions of an Ecstasy Advocate”

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Podcast 430 – “The Danger is Madness”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Directed by Brett Harvey

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I sort of see [cannabis] as the pilot light of Gian consciousness.]

“The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness.”

“LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.”

“Matter is simply a concept. The world is made of language.”

“If you’re truly psychedelic the difference between living and dying is quite immaterial. No pun intended.”

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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
Directed by Brett Harvey


The Hasheesh Eater & The Poem of Hashish
By Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Charles Baudelaire

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Podcast 427 – “Stand Up And Be Counted!”

Guest speakers: Lorenzo Hagerty & Chris Hedges

Rainbow Love

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Chris Hedges.]

“I think when we speak today about American values what we’re really speaking about are corporate-instilled values.”

“When you spend over a decade brutalizing people, people become brutal.”

“You can’t use the word ‘liberty’ when your government watches you 24 hours a day. That’s the relationship of a master and a slave.”

“There is no difference between a night raid in Oakland and a night raid in Falluja . . . none!”

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Hedges v. Obama

U.S. Drones kill more people than ISIS: Chris Hedges

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Industrial Workers of the World A Union For All Workers

COINTELPRO

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Podcast 417 – “Earth Mind and Monkey Mind”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Alcohol could hardly be more different than psilocybin in terms of the social values that it promotes.”

“Warfare is the natural consequence of agriculture.”

“I really see psilocybin as a kind of inoculation against the primate nature.”

“Noting on Earth is as much like a man as a woman. We tend to forget this. And ego is not now a male problem. We are all completely infected by ego.”

“We do not have group values. The reason the planet is dying is because we cannot place the good of the group above our own desires, consistently.”

“The big news is that the rise of the ego has suppressed a portion of reality, which is that nature is an animate and minded thing of some sort.”

“Culture is the condensation of language.”

“Every society is based upon a lie of some sort.

“Drug smuggling is like assassination, if the government isn’t involved it never seems to really happen.”

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Podcast 409 – The Shulgin Memorial

Guest speaker: Friends of Ann & Sasha Shulgin

Images from the Shulgin Memorial

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On August 2, 2014, a memorial was held for Sasha Shulgin. In addition to several of the talks that were presented that afternoon, Bruce Damer captured a few sound bites from those in attendance. At the end of the podcast you will also hear a short segment from one of the famous “Ask the Shulgins” conversations.

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Pihkal: A Chemical Love Story

By Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin

Tihkal: The Continuation

By Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin

The Shulgin Memorial (video)

Shulgin on Alchemy, Basel, 2006

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