Psychedelic Medicine: The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca

California has legalized recreational use of marijuana. The law went into effect January 1st, 2018. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently stated that he is rescinding the Cole Memo which had protected states from federal interference regarding cannabis laws.

Dr. Richard Miller talks with me about the history of marijuana suppression and the suppression of other psychedelic medicines and the harm this oppression has caused. His latest book is Psychedelic Medicine: The Healing Powers of LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca.

Dr. Richard Miller has been a clinical psychologist for more than 50 years. He is host of the syndicated talk radio show, Mind, Body, Health & Politics.  He has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan and Stanford University. He was an advisor on the President’s commission on mental health, a founding board member of the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, and a member of the national board of directors for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Also, web developer, Timothy Michel, explains the FCC’s decision to throttle Net Neutrality, how this will change the way we use the net, and what action Congress can take before February 15th to reverse this decision.

Interview with Miller starts at 10:05.

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It Came from Beyond Zen: A Conversation with Brad Warner

Brad Warner is a Soto Zen priest. He also plays bass for the punk band, Zero Defex. And he plays a zen priest named Brad in the important film, Zombie Bounty Hunter, M.D. He also has a curious interest in the 13th century Japanese Zen Master, Dogen. He is in the process of translating Dogen’s work for a modern audience.  In the course of the hour, we are going to explore a lot of stuff including Brad Warner’s two books based on Dogen’s work. They are Don’t Be A Jerk and Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master and It Came from Beyond Zen! More Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master.  Brad’s website is hardcorezen.info

Brad Warner is a Zen priest, filmmaker, blogger, and Japanese monster-movie marketer. He’s the author of Hardcore Zen; Sit Down & Shut UpSex, Sin & Zen; and most recently, There Is No God and He Is Always with You. The Huffington Post recently named him one of the top Buddhists to follow on Twitter and his writing appears in media ranging from Tricycle and Shambhala Sun to Suicidegirls.com.

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Cannabis, Spirituality, and Racism (ENCORE)

Stephen Gray is the author of Cannabis and Spirituality:  An Explorer’s Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally.  On October 1st, 2015, Oregon joined Washington and Colorado as the third state to legalize recreational use of cannabis.     Now that it is easy as going to one of the many cannabis shops in the state and choosing from a wide selection of strains, many who perhaps haven’t used cannabis since college or are curious and using it for the first time  may have many questions about the plant.

Many misconceptions about cannabis abound.   It is much maligned and misunderstood.  Today we will address questions such as: What are its effects?  What is a good dosage?  Why do some people have negative experiences with it (such as paranoia or anxiety)?  Is it addictive?   Is it good for society to legalize cannabis?

We are also going to talk about the spirituality of cannabis.   How can cannabis be an ally in spiritual practice?

I also speak with Michael Eric Dyson, author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America about police brutality, racism and the killing of teenager Quanice Hayes by Portland police.  Here is a letter I had published in the Oregonian and the Portland Tribune about the murder of Quanice Hayes and the failure of the grand jury to indict the officer, Andrew Hearst of the Portland Police Department. Also, a piece about it on my blog.

Interview with Michael Eric Dyson begins at 37:53

Danny Goldberg, In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea (ENCORE)

During one year, 1967, it seemed possible that the world could be transformed by peace, love, and meditation. The assassinations, violence, and polarization of 1968 hadn’t happened, and the hippies were exploring spirituality and social justice.
Danny Goldberg takes us back to 1967, to the music, the acid, Jefferson Airplane, Allen Ginsburg, Black Power, and Muhammad Ali.  He is the author of How the Left Lost Teen Spirit and Bumping into Geniuses: MY Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business. Danny Goldberg is president of Gold Village entertainment and author of the book we will discuss today: In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea.
This is an encore presentation of an episode originally produced for broadcast and podcast in June 2017.

The Divine Feminine and Jesus’s Secret Revelations to His Brother

Jann Aldredge-Clanton didn’t start out as a reformer. When she was a pre-teen, she almost starved herself to death trying to fit into the culture’s feminine mold. In high school she felt inadequate because she never won a beauty crown, even though she graduated at the top of her class. Slowly, she began waking up to her own voice, and became one of the first women ever to be ordained as a Baptist minister in the South. She is the author of several books including hymnbooks in which she writes hymns in honor of the divine feminine. Her books include: Intercultural Ministry: Hope for a Changing World, Earth Transformed with Music! Inclusive Songs for Worship, Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, and Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice.

Brent Landau of the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Landau and his colleague, Geoffrey Smith have made a discovery of an ancient apocryphal text in which Jesus shares secret revelations to his brother James.  Dr. Landau speaks to me about the significance of this discovery. Brent Landau is a lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies. He received his Th.D and M.Div from Harvard University and his chief research is on ancient Christian apocryphal writings.

Brent Landau 3:00 – 14:08

Jann Aldredge-Clanton 14:08-54:00

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Permanent Warrantless Spying Before Congress

Les Jamieson was live with John Shuck on Friday morning December 8th on KBOO’s The Beloved Community to discuss Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that is set to expire on Dec. 31st, 2017. This is the language which allows for warrantless spying on all Americans by the NSA. According to Mr. Jamieson, a vote could be taken before recess on December 15th on bills to extend Section 702 and make warrantless spying legal and permanent. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has proposed legislation to reform 702 and add safeguards to protect civil liberties. Wyden’s Bill is called The USA Rights Act.

In this episode Les Jamieson discussed NSA, Edward Snowden, spying, whistleblower William Binney (who is featured in Oliver Stone’s “A Good American”), and the software he created, “Thin Thread” would have done the work of foreign surveillance while protecting the privacy of Americans. It was discontinued three weeks before 9/11.

Les Jamieson is the founder of www.hr14.org

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A Guide to What We Don’t Know about the Universe

Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson have co-authored We Have No Idea: A Guide to The Unknown Universe. Jorge Cham is the creator of PHD Comics and Daniel Whiteson is a particle physicist at the University of California Irvine. In this book they explain everything we DON’T know about the Universe, from Cosmic Rays and Dark Matter to time travel and the Big Bang. Filled with their popular infographics, cartoons, and clear and entertaining explanations, this book is perfect for anyone who’s curious about science and all the big questions we still haven’t answered.

Plus, a new segment, Progressive Short, a five minute news report on issues that matter. This week, Les Jamieson talks with John Shuck about Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that is set to expire on Dec. 31st, 2017. This is the language which allows for warrantless spying on all Americans by the NSA. According to Mr. Jamieson, there is legislation before congress to extend Section 702 and make warrantless spying legal and permanent. More information about the call to action to end this extention is found at his website, HR14.org.

Les Jamieson 3:41 – 9:37

Cham and Whiteson 10:07-53:00

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