Interviews of Podcast

The Guardian Books podcast: Michael Pollan on the history, science and experience of taking psychedelic drugs

On this week’s show, we’re talking to Michael Pollan. You may know him from his food writing – books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, or Cooked, which is also now a Netflix show. His latest focus, however, is something quite different – still something consumable – it’s psychedelic drugs.

The Spectator Books Podcast: a psychedelic trip with Michael Pollan

This week’s Spectator Books Podcast asks: is LSD good for you? I’m joined by the author Michael Pollan, who talks about the fascinating lost history of psychedelic drugs, speculates on what they may tell us about the human mind and the universe, recalls his own mind-blowing encounter with toad venom, and reveals that serious scientific research is even now being done into whether the “machine elves” that DMT users meet are hallucinations or visitors from another dimension. Plus, we learn why “enough LSD to kill an elephant” isn’t just a figure of speech…

Freedom From the Known

In this episode the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Michael Pollan about his new book How to Change Your Mind. They cover the the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in clinical practice and end-of-life care, the “betterment of well people,” the relationship between thinking and mental suffering, the differences between psychedelics and meditation, the non-duality of consciousness, the brain’s “default mode network,” their experiences with various psychedelics, and other topics.

The Joe Rogan Experience — Michael Pollan

Listen to the whole interview with Joe Rogan here.

Author Michael Pollan on Recode Decode

Michael speaks with Kara Swisher about his new book.

The Ezra Klein Show: A mind-expanding conversation with Michael Pollan

This is a discussion about how to expand your mind — how to expand the connections it makes, the experiences it’s open to, the sensory information it absorbs. And, more than that, this is a conversation about recognizing that our minds are narrower than we think, that there is a lot we’re filtering out and pruning away and outright ignoring.

The Tim Ferriss Show: Exploring the New Science of Psychedelics

Michael talks with Tim Ferriss about his new book, the science and applications of psychedelics, his exploration, and his own experiences.

The Upshot podcast: Psychedelic Cure

Michael speaks with Leah Rose about the renaissance of psychedelic research. Listen here.

The New Yorker Out Loud: Psychedelics as Therapy

Michael joins host Amelia Lester, the executive editor of newyorker.com, to discuss the history of psychedelics research, the difference between a recreational psychedelic journey and a therapeutic one, and why he finds the effects of these drugs so intriguing. Listen here.

Podcast of Michael’s appearance on BBC Radio

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