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New Orleans, LA

Improv Conference New Orleans, in conversation with Mark Plotkin and Randy Fertel

Frederick, MD

Weinberg Center For the Arts POSTPONED

Eugene, OR

Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Bend, OR

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Boston, MA

HubWeek Fall Festival

Denver, CO

The Denver Post Pen & Podium Series 

Boston, MA

Northeastern University—The 2019 Morton E. Ruderman Lecture

Chicago, IL

American Psychological Association Convention

Where I Stand on Magic Mushrooms

My position on the recent initiatives to change the legal status of psilocybin in various jurisdictions is somewhat nuanced and perhaps for that reason has been misrepresented in several press accounts. To be clear: I support decriminalization. “No one should ever be arrested or go to jail for the possession or cultivation of any kind of mushroom,” as I said in my New York Times op-ed piece. As I told interviewers in the days after the Denver initiative passed, I would have voted in favor of it had I been eligible.

Today, Explained: Mushroom magic

Denver and Oakland have become the first US cities to effectively decriminalize magic mushrooms. Michael Pollan, author of “How to Change Your Mind,” explains how taking a trip could help treat depression. Listen here.