How to Die
Classics professor James Romm about mortality, Stoicism, suicide, and his new book of Seneca translations.
Spencer Kansa about bohemian LA visionary artist Burt Shonberg and the hard work of gumshoe underground biography.
Erowid on Pineapple
Erowid Center senior editor Sylvia Thyssen talks about experience reports, drug geekery, and Erowid's current Pineapple fund-matching drive.
Futurist and inventor Mark Pesce talks about Facebook mind control, surveillance capitalism, and his essay “The Last Days of Reality.”
The Gnostic New Age
Gnostic scholar April DeConick about altered states, religious conspiracy theory, and her new book The Gnostic New Age.
Occultist and drug geek Julian Vayne about Baphomet, evolution, and his new book Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony.
Meditation teacher Jeff Warren talks about Buddhist hedonism, ADD, and his contributions to Dan Harris's new book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics
Booting Up Life
Psychonaut and NASA researcher Dr. Bruce Damer talks about innovation pools, Terence McKenna, and a new scientific vision of the origins of life.
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.