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IAH – Episode 133 – Dr. Andrew Weil

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This episode of the show features an exclusive interview with the legendary Dr. Andrew Weil. The interview centers around the new science of psychedelics and why current research plays such an important role in crafting a new model for overall integrative medicine. Dr. Weil lends his insight and expertise into the areas of psychedelic research that go hand in hand with his decades long work into alternative medicine and overall well being. Dr. Weil has seen 50 years of psychedelic research go through many peaks and valleys and we’re honored to have gotten his input for this amazing interview.

Intro rant – Documentaries on dysfunctional anti-heroes

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit.













A MAPS Podcast Bit of Hate Mail

I’ve been waiting for this email to come. I admit it’s an ego trip to bring it out into the public like this however, this is the first and last time I want to address it.


I think you are a good podcaster. You’re a good interviewer and actually listen to your guests which is nice to see. I’m stuck on another issue – how could you possibly host the MAPS podcast with a good conscience? Rick Doblin spent years publicly shaming your father and turning him into psychedelic research enemy number one. It was blatant, often and ultimately seemed political. MAPS early years were built off of the trash Timothy Leary trip.

Are you that hungry for fame and notoriety that you’re willing to ignore these facts? MAPS is the biggest brand name in psychedelics and no doubt hosting the podcast is good for your career. Just seems obvious and cowardly to me. Stand up for your dad and don’t fall into the trap of mainstreaming psychedelic pandering.

I do admit, I enjoy listening to your interviews, I just sometimes wish it were someone else doing it.


Complicated topic for me. First, yes I admit doing the podcast was a good opportunity for me. I’m not naive in that. The history is much more complex from my perspective, I want to start by saying that I personally like Rick and what MAPS is doing.

I do vaguely recall the days when Timothy was alive and interacting with MAPS/Rick and I do recall Tim being pretty prickly and lovingly difficult. As he often was. That was part of his charm. It’s not like he was trying to make friends with Rick. Subsequently, I think Rick admired Timothy a great deal but was also frustrated that his already existing persona was getting in the way of the MAPS agenda and they were at a crossroads. What happens next is not for me to comment on simply because I’m not an expert.

Cut to 2016 and even before the MAPS podcast, I found myself in the middle of the new wave of psychedelic research simply because of my last name. It was booming while also creating a cultural explosion of love, curiosity and open minded dialogues. I was being invited to more psychedelic salons, podcasts and whatever else seemed appropriate to have a Leary a part of it. Turned out that I also had my own perspective to share that was very different than Timothy’s and I started to feel a certain sense of pride in being able to articulate a narrative separate from Timothy’s.

I’m a pragmatist in that I was also very impressed with the success that MAPS was responsible for. I have no problems with going to the inside of the devils playground (ie, the Pentagon) or taking money from all sides of the political spectrum – these things do not bother me. I don’t believe that keeping this culture as an underground, secret society is helpful for anyone in the long run. Because of all of this, it made sense for me to host the MAPS podcast. I’ve spent time with Rick in recent years and his stance on Timothy has softened and our dialogue is healthy, honest and vibrant. Rick would be the first to have a public discussion with me on Timothys work if the need were ever to arise. The point being – no one is avoiding it. I believe in the MAPS vision and the even larger psychedelic movements new warm waters. If you listen to the podcast you’ll see that I have no talking points given to me and no editor. I talk about Timothy, my own work, the people who have influenced me and the research that I find most interesting. MAPS has been generous enough to give me a platform that is based off of mutual respect. If any of my listeners feel that I need to specifically address the Timothy situation on the podcast, I’ll be more than happy to do so. I just don’t think there is a need. I’m more saddened by the Pollan book stance on Timothy and that I didn’t properly address it in that podcast.

We’re all doing the best we can and I’m feeling good about where I am and how I can help this bigger movement. I never ever wanted to be so close to psychedelics as a movement, it always seemed to close to the Sun. But we all change, adapt and evolve. Timothy wasn’t perfect, neither is Rick and neither am I.

Zach Leary, March 22, 2019

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MAPS Podcast – Episode 34 with Tricia Eastman

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Episode 34 of the MAPS Podcast is an all new interview with Tricia Eastman, a pioneer in the psychedelic renaissance. Our conversation takes a look at the inquisitive psychedelic work she does in the deep corners of what’s left of the worlds indigenous cultures. Because her work covers the globe I especially wanted to see what wisdom she brings back is applicable to the American experience. Her tales of mind expanding explorations in these cultures is a beautiful juxtaposition against the life we take for granted. Tricia is a fresh yet wise voice in the psychedelic community. I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I did.

Intro topics: End of the year podcast with Rick Doblin, advertising on the MAPS podcast and psychedelic therapy career tracts.

Tricia Eastman

Tricia is a pioneer in the psychedelic renaissance. Eastman’s holistic approach incorporates eastern philosophy, bio-hacking, soul retrieval, archetypal mapping, meditation, somatic therapy, shamanism. As a medicine woman, she curates retreats in countries where use is legal working 5-MeO-DMT, from the Sonoran Desert Toad and Iboga. She has been initiated into Bwiti traditions of Mboumba Eyano and trained in the Missoko, as well as facilitated the psychospiritual iboga program for Crossroads Treatment Center in Mexico.













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MAPS Podcast – Episode 30 – LIVE from LAPSS!

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Episode 30 – LIVE from LAPSS: Transcending the Medical Frontiers, Exploring the Future of Psychedelic Drug Research

Making up the panel is David Jay Brown, Daniel Pinchbeck, James Oroc, Ben Stewart and was moderated by Zach Leary.

Taped live at the first ever Los Angeles based psychedelic symposium (LAPSS) the hour long conversation is a lively exploration into what lies beyond the medical applications of psychedelic drugs.

Based on an article written by David Jay Brown the panel itself took on many of the core concepts originally presented in the piece. The science of pleasure, increased creativity, increased problem solving ability, ESP and psychic phenomena are just some of the potential psychedelia applications touched on by these incredible minds.

Tune in to hear this engaging, funny and inspiring conversation that opens up the myriad of possibilities on the psychedelic horizon.


It's All Happening Podcast

IAH – Episode 121 – Shane Mauss

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Comedian, psychonaut and star/creator of the new film “Psychonautics”, Shane Mauss drops by the IAH podcast zone to take us on a journey of his life, his comedy and the creation of his new film. The latter is a first hand documentary style account of Shane’s deep dive into the world of psychedelics and their effect not just on him but also on humanity. Our conversation recounts some hilarious moments during the films making and some cautionary tales that are essential for anyone on the psychedelic path. Shane is not just a comedian, he’s a modern day philosopher. His insights shed light on many facets of our culture that are worth exploring and discussing.

INTRO RANT – The retirement of Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy

Shane Mauss – Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan. Since that time, he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, Comedy Central ‘Presents’ and ‘This Is Not Happening’. For over a decade he has been headlining shows all over the world.

Shane has also been getting a lot of attention as a popular guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Marc Maron’s WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, The Joe Rogan Experience, Never Not Funny, Bertcast, TOFOP, Crabfeast, and Keith and The Girl. He also travels the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast ‘Here We Are’ which has a 5 star rating on iTunes.













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IAH – Episode 120 – Michael Pollan (MAPS Podcast #29)

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Episode 29 with Michael Pollan as he discusses his new book ‘How to Change Your Mind – What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence’

Michael beams into the IAH Podcast (Originally for the MAPS Podcast) for an all new episode of the show. His iconic books on the nature and ethics of food have become staples within the zeitgeist of the modern diet and sustainable agriculture. Now, as evidenced in his new book and this podcast, he’s taken on the world of psychedelic science and research with as much insight and objectivity as you would expect from him.

Zach Leary’s conversation with Michael dives into the importance of the research he studied while writing the book, the origins of his interest on the topic and his own personal experiences with psychedelic medicines.

INTRO RANT – the passing of Anthony Bourdain

Michael Pollan – For more than thirty years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in our minds. He is the author of the new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence and five New York Times bestsellers.











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IAH – Episode 114 – Duncan Trussell (MAPS Podcast 26)

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This episode of the IAH podcast is actually a double dipping orgasmic sonic podcast co-share with the MAPS Podcast (www.maps.opg). The interview with Duncan was so good, of course, that I felt compelled to use it for both shows that I host. What can be said about a talk with Duncan? Not much that hasn’t been said before however, since this episode was recorded for the MAPS show it’s focus is primarily on psychedelics. Duncan is one of the smartest psychonauts in the multi-verse and is no doubt one of the finest representatives for the power and potential of psychedelics. Enjoy!

INTRO RANT – On John Perry Barlow

This episode of the podcast is brought to you by The Timothy Leary Project a new book by Jennifer Ulrich, published by Abrams Books.

Duncan Trussell is a comedian, psychonaut and host of the wildly popular Duncan Trussell Family Hour













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MAPS – Episode 10 – Future of Psychedelic Psychiatry

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Live from Psychedelic Science ’17 in Oakland, this panel explores the future of psychiatry in the psychedelic context. In this conversational panel format, the conversation discucces with great candor and honesty all the pros, cons, triumphs and setbacks that have occurred within the last 10 years. Dr. Summergrad and Dr. Insel both share their experiences from the mental health and patient-doctor perspective.

Moderated by George Goldsmith and featuring Paul Summergrad, MD, and Thomas Insel, MD.

George Goldsmith is a co-founder and director of COMPASS – a non-profit medical research organisation dedicated to accelerating access to evidence-led innovation in mental health and wellbeing. George’s early training and experience was a blend of cognitive psychology, clinical psychology and computer science.

Paul Summergrad, M.D., is the Dr. Frances S. Arkin professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and psychiatrist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center.

Thomas Roland Insel is an American neuroscientist and psychiatrist who led the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2002 until November 2015. Prior to becoming Director of NIMH, he was the founding Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


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