Benjamin Breen on Margaret Mead, Psychedelics, and Utopia

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 26 February 2024 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Benjamin Breen about his book Tripping on Utopia: Margaret Mead, the Cold War, and the Troubled Birth of Psychedelic Science. Discusses the role of Margaret Mead, and her onetime-husband Gregory Bateson, in social anthropology and its impact on sex & gender mores, the early psychedelic drugs and their potential use for therapeutic purposes, and how the possibility of a realistic utopia didn’t always seem so far away.

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Mindbending Experiments: How Drugs Shaped Modern Science

History Extra | 17 April 2023 | 0h 33m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Mike Jay about his book Psychonauts: Drugs and the Making of the Modern Mind. Discusses formative experiments in drug taking from the 19C when cannabis, cocaine and heroin were widely available over the counter at the local chemist. Respected scientists and doctors tested out laughing gas and chloroform on their friends at dinner parties, while philosophers and artists dabbled in drug use to try and unlock different states of consciousness and even access the spirit world.

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The Therapeutic Potential of MDMA

The Gray Area with Sean Illing | 24 July 2023 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rachel Nuwer about her book I Feel Love: MDMA and the Quest for Connection in a Fractured World. Discusses MDMA, the history of its synthesis and use as a club drug, its demonisation by anti-drug propaganda, its likely legalisation for use in clinical therapy to treat conditions like PTSD, and the excitement about the research underway and what it might mean for everyone’s well-being.

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How to Rewire Your Brain with Professor David Nutt

Live Well Be Well with Sarah Ann Macklin | 21 June 2022 | 1h 13m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with David Nutt about his life and work researching drugs. Discusses drug science, how psychedelic treatment can lead to breakthroughs in mental health, drug policy, and the impact of drugs such as cannabis and alcohol.

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Rick Emerson on Unmask Alice

Thecuriousmanspodcast | 27 July 2022 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Rick Emerson about his book Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World’s Most Notorious Diaries. Explains how “Go Ask Alice”, the supposed diary of a middle-class drug addict, with its portrayal of sex, drugs and teenage self-destruction, demonised LSD, and led to the war on drugs.

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Chris Letheby: Philosophy of Psychedelics

The Dissenter | 11 March | 1h 07m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Chris Letheby about his book Philosophy of Psychedelics. Discusses the philosophy of psychedelics: epistemology; psychedelic therapy; the neurobiology of psychedelics; changes to the sense of self; autobiographical changes; the epistemic risks and benefits of psychedelic therapy; and spiritual experiences from a naturalistic point of view.

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Drug Use: Is Getting High an American Right?

The Next Big Idea | 4 March 2021 | 1h 24m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Carl Hart about his book Drug Use for Grown-Ups. Backgrounds research that suggests responsible use of drugs like cannabis, cocaine, heroin, and meth can be a good thing. Argues that the criminalisation of drugs is racist.

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Michael Pollan on the Psychedelic Society

The Ezra Klein Show | 14 December 2020 | 1h 16m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Michael Pollan discussing the Oregon ballot initiative that legalized the use of psilocybin. Covers what Proposition 109 does and the challenges it will face, the lost history of psychedelics being used as a therapeutic tool in the 1950s, why the mental health profession in America is so excited about the revolutionary possibilities of psychedelic treatment, why the “noetic experience” induced by psychedelics has such incredible healing potential, whether widespread psychedelic use would create massive population-level changes in society, and much more.

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