Episode 1: A Brief History of Hallucinogens, MK-Ultra, the CIA, LSD, Leary & the Psychedelic Sixties / Seventies
Robbie and Abby Martin start the series by exploring the Western world’s initiation into psychedelics: the CIA buying up the world’s supply of LSD to administer MK-Ultra’s dark experimentation against unwitting subjects as well as thousands of volunteers through research organizations and front groups at elite universities which spawned Silicon Valley. They discuss the evolution of main characters like Timothy Leary and how the San Francisco Bay Area became a hotbed of psychedelic renaissance through the hippie movement, from the Grateful Dead to Ken Kesey. Figures like John Lilly were attempting to sync consciousness with dolphins using hallucinogenic drugs and performance art by the likes of Alex Grey and others became representative of the era. Nixon’s ‘War on Drugs’ started the reactionary wave of psychedelic criminalization.
This is Episode 1 of an ongoing series on Psychedelic History, Episodes 1-4 are availible now. Patreon subscribers at the $5 tier get access to Episode 4 of the series: www.patreon.com/mediarootsradio
Episode 2: How Raves Brought Back the Psychedelic Subculture, DanceSafe, Pill Tests & the DEA vs MDMA
Episode 3: Terrence McKenna, Johnathan Ott, DMT, Pharmahuasca, Heroic Dosing, Utopianism & the Psychedelic New Age
Episode 4: When Microsoft Employee #9 Boosted an Online Psychedelic Revolution, Erowid.org, DXM & Salvia [Patreon Subscriber Exclusive]