The incomparable Dennis McKenna joins MDWH to talk about plant medicine, ayahuasca, drugs, consciousness, community... and aliens. Dennis and I explore some questions, concerns, and ideas including:
• What will happen with psychedelic research following the election results?
• Is ayahuasca at risk of over harvesting and depletion due to the recent trend in ayahuasca exploration?
• What can we learn from plants?
• What is the interesting stuff in science right now?
• How technos and bios are merging
• Elegant design of nature parallel to human culture
• The unspoken connection of UFO/Alien research and psychedelics
Ashley Smith and I shot 7 years ago and never worked or talked with each other again due to a stupid misunderstanding. We reunited recently based around a side project she is currently working on and discovered we share a lot more in common. Following her recent Playboy cover and feature, she received some backlash for her looks, so we we sat down with a little too much beer to talk about the complex and complicated world of those of us navigating art and branding around sexiness and sexuality within the commercial/fashion infrastructures. We also talk through Ashley's hustle and drive.
PS: We get a little drunk in the making of this episode and sing for you... you'll love our singing because we love you!
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Kristin was the 3rd generation of her family to live in a cult. born in to a religious sex cult, her family left when she was 10 after a murder within the organization. She has since found her balance in the outside world by blending mainstream world with valuable attributes nurtured within the organization. Today we talk about:
• what it was like growing up in a cult
• how growing up in a cult effected her perspective
• how cults and mainstream culture mirror each other
• the importance of imagination and creativity
• the benefit of really knowing who you, your family, and your friends are
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- Here is a doc on Children of God to further understand the environment of the Family.
- A short news clip from 1972 when it was just beginning
- Here are the True Komix given to adults within The Family (anyone 12 and older)
(Media Theorist, Author, Luminary) One of the worlds most important minds appears on today's show to talk a little about how human reality has been pre-programmed for 400+ years. We touch on his new book (Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus), the illuminati, economics, family, social media, community and more.
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Working against the stereotypes and institutionalied solitude, Caleigh started an orgination that would bring together and organize educated, inspired, and active models who are working toward their futures outside of modeling. Today we talk about life, art, and her orgnization, Models with Minds. Some subjects we touch on:
• Born in a body
• "Naked in the World at 16"
• Rape education
• The future of men, women, and equality
• Models with Minds
• No one prepares you for what's not possible
• Realizing nothing lasts forever and growing to follow your bliss
• Talking about sexy
• Finding models to feature
• Kill the mood board
• Launching Models w/ Minds
• Connecting with your community
• Gettng our highs and lows from art in a post-equal world
I first met Dan Nakamura, AKA Dan the Automator, when I shot his album and press kit for his band, Got a Girl," with our mutual friend Mary. Dan has been a hip hop producer who's work has been heard for the past 30 years in a variety of genre's of music. Though his work he has collaborated with the greatest musicians and gathered insight and wisdom about creativity, art and music. Today I sit down with him in the East Village to talk about art.
Some topics we go over:
Adding distraction to remove the pressure
Validation through Commercializations contrasted to Validation through art
Make the art you want to make
Likeminded people find eachother to make awe
Doing what makes you happy without compromise
Creating your own world with a do or die attitude
Working with odd, different people, who drum to their own beat that are in the world in spite of the world
Using your humor for difficult subjects
The joy of the ups and downs
The future of music
Through documenting Humans of New York (HONY), Brandon Stranton has created a blog showcasing the people in Gotham and the stories that have shaped their lives. While his work started as a simple photographic essay of colorfully dressed people he found on the street, it eventually morph into an intimate digest of accounts shared by the people he was photographing. Over time Brandon began to extract and broadcast their stories of deeper feelings and instances of transition mixed with candid humor. Eventually these stories shaped an online community of 13+ million followers which continues to share their collective thoughts and emotions regarding the subjects and their matter.
Today Brandon and I sit down to talk about the world we live in: a place where, once warmed up, people are more comfortable to talk about personal matters with a stranger than they are with their loved ones. Today's show discusses:
Creating HONY through good stories
The effects of interviewing 10,000 people
Working to find the individual story of each person through presence
The Key to life is…
Keeping it grounded beyond your worldview
Is Brandon a Reptilian Overlord?
Working beyond definition
Being a New Yorker with a larger-than-life project
Approaching strangers and cutting through
Broadcasting to strangers vs connecting with the people closest to us
Changing with friends
Sincere connection with each other
Manifesting your dreams for control and freedom
Living in the work is the reward
Let go of monetary concerns to get power in your life
The worlds dumbest question
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Lindsey is a model with a sincere drive to get people interested in looking at our role with community and the environment. We talk about purpose, environmentalism, using social media for change, depression, inner talk, community, and more. Coming from a very unique perspective socially, Lindsey presents a fresh take on the concerns of the emerging youth generation regarding the direction we're going as a species, and how she is applying her concerns by actively working on building her environmental goals.
Buddhist and meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg, takes time out of her busy schedule to come on the show and talk about life, meditation, dealing with difficult jobs, forgiveness, community, letting go, and beginning again. She also provides some tools on how to get through the daily grind.