Mythographer William Rowlandson talks about Borges, magical trees, and Yankee mysticism.
The Voyager Golden Record
Futurist and Boing Boing co-editor David Pescovitz talks space exploration, world music, Carl Sagan the stoner, and the new release of the Voyager Golden Record.
Mentored by a Madman
Neurologist Professor A.J. Lees talks about William S. Burroughs, drugs, Parkinson's disease, and his terrific medical memoir Mentored by a Madman.
Into the Muck
Israeli therapist and psychedelic activist Galia Tanay talks about deep dharma, the problems with mindfulness, and how psychedelics shape the self.
Robotics wizard Ken Goldberg talks about autonomous vehicles, free speech on campus, and the Singularity myth.
Technology critic Adam Greenfield talks about magic bullets, the melancholy of machines, and his important new book Radical Technologies.
Divination in Troubled Times
Professional diviner (and former co-host) Maja D’Aoust talks about solstice magic, AI, archetypes, and her new Tarot deck.
Studying the Dead
Grateful Dead scholar Ulf Olsson talks about jamming, pirate ships, and his new book Listening for the Secret: The Grateful Dead and the Politics of Improvisation.
The Spoonman inspires with talk about avant-vaudeville, spontaneous spirituality, and the lameness of precision.
The Fifth Wall
Novelist Rachel Nagelberg talk about trauma and her intense debut novel The Fifth Wall.
The Weirdness of Being
My Breaking Convention 2017 talk on the weirdness as an aesthetic, psychedelic, and ontological reality.
Playwright Daisy Campbell talks about Robert Anton Wilson, the dangers of synchronicity, and her amazing recent staging of Cosmic Trigger: the Play.
Sociologist Tehseen Noorani talks about hearing voices, studying psychedelic studies, and the biases of pharmacology.
The Weird Naturalism of the Brothers McKenna
The protocols of the Experiment grew in the matrix of Jungian alchemy, Marshall McLuhan, and science fiction. This allowed Terence and Dennis McKenna to “esotericize” media theory into an occult apparatus of resonance, sympathy, and apocalyptic ontology.
The Zombie Complex
John Cussans talks about zombie cinema, revolutionary transgression, the politics of race, and his new book Undead Uprising: Haiti, Horror and the Zombie Complex.