Photographer, artist, and ethnographer Shannon Taggart talks about Spiritualist mediums, ambiguity, orbs, and the metaphysics of photography. www.shannontaggart.com

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Author, historian and curator Mike Jay talks about Bedlam, lunacy, Big Pharma, and the history of mental illness he covers in his new book This Way Madness Lies: The Asylum and Beyond. 

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Philosopher and writer Joshua Ramey talks about oracles, markets, spontaneous order, and his new book The Politics of Divination: Neoliberal Endgame and the Religion of Contingency. 

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Religious studies scholar Hugh Urban talks about the colorful guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, freak tantra, intellectual property and religion, and his new book Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement. 
 
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The psychotherapist and MAPS researcher Dr. Phil Wolfson talks about psychedelic transformation, secular Buddhism, the rubber band effect and his new edited collection The Ketamine Papers. http://philwolfsonmd.com

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The art critic and music curator Brian Chidester talks about his new compilation album of songs by Eden Ahbez, a  California composer and hippie prophet whose wrote the tune "Nature Boy" and also walked the talk. Chidester's blog on Eden is at https://bcxists.wordpress.com/

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The artist John F. Simon, Jr talks about multimedia, improvisation, contemplative practice, and his wonderful new book Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation.  

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The award-winning novelist John Crowley talks about fantastic literature, alchemy, and his new translation of the 17th century hermetic classic, The Chemical Wedding by Christian Rosenkreutz (Small Beer Press).  

 

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Ganga White, founder of the White Lotus Foundation and one of the architects of American yoga, talks about gurus, psychedelics, flow, and the value of a pathless path. https://www.whitelotus.org

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Occultist and researcher "Azi Rasa" talks about the contemporary plight of the Yazidi, a religious minority group in Iraq whose worship of the Peacock Angel has inspired both fascination from modern occultists and genocidal hatred from ISIL.

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