Theorizing Conspiracy Theory
Historian of religion Dustin Atlas joins me in trying to break down some general features of conspiracy theory without falling in the usual traps. We half succeed.
David Arnson, leader of the long-running psychedelic surf band Insect Surfers, talks dolphins, deserts, and pictures in your mind.
For the Wild
Neopagan scholar Sarah M. Pike talks about wilderness conversion, feral wonder, and her new book For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism.
Legendary electronic musician Pauline Anna Strom talks about space music, intuition, and being blind from birth
Morbid Anatomy founderJoanna Ebenstein talks about Goths, memento mori, Santa Muerta, and her new illustrated collection Death: A Graveside Companion
Electronic musician Marc Kate talks about nihilism, horror movies, and transmuting Nazi black metal into the ambient soundscapes of his latest album.
Poet and biographer Andrew Schelling talks about Jaime De Angulo: Big Sur bohemian, California Indian anthropologist, and great Coyote poet.
Psychologist Thomas Joiner talks about the mindfulness craze, stoicism, and his new book Mindlessness: The Corruption of Mindfulness in a Culture of Narcissism
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.