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.
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 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.
Indian Talking Machine
Sound artist and record collector Robert Millis talks about Indian 78s, Sublime Frequencies, and the sacred universe of Indian classical music.
Anthropologist Jack Hunter talks about possession, parapsychology, permaculture, and the ontology of spiritual beings.
Big Sur Encounters
Big Sur musician Fletcher Tucker talks landslides, hunting for songs, and his new record Cold Spring.
Cocreating Spiritual Reality
Transpersonal psychologist Jorge Ferrer talks about participatory spirituality, perennialism, and the transpersonal evidence of psychedelics.
Cross Cultural Qawwali
North American qawwali musician Tahir Faridi Qawwal talks about sacred improvisation, the mystic bliss of qawwali music, and his wonderful group Fanna-Fi-Alla.
Neuroscientist Matthew Baggotttalks about anxious mysticism, the MAPS conference, and the blind spots within psychedelic research.
Occult Control Systems
Hypermedia researcher Konrad Becker talks about algorithms from hell, media seances, and the madness of rationality.
Occult book dealer and underground musician Richard Bishop talks about modern grimoires, scorpion gods, and improvised atmospheres.
Spiritual leader A. Hameed Ali talks about truth in the post-truth era, the method of inquiry, science fiction, and his new book The Alchemy of Freedom.