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Medicating Normal follows the journeys of a newly married couple, a female combat veteran, a waitress, and a teenager whose doctors prescribed psychiatric drugs for stress, mild depression, sleeplessness, focus, and trauma. The subjects struggle with serious physical and mental side effects as well as neurological damage that resulted from taking t…
 
RP Eddy served at the White House National Security Council and as a senior US diplomat. He was Chief of Staff to US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke, Senior Adviser to Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, and Senior Policy Officer to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, where he served as an architect of the Global Fund to Prevent AIDS, TB, and …
 
Robert Whitaker is an American journalist and author who has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science, including the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article. In 1998, he co-wrote a series on psychiatric research for the Boston Globe that was a fin…
 
Dax-Devlon Ross has led a career as an educator, non-profit executive, equity consultant, and journalist with a focus on social justice. His recent investigative journalism has appeared in The Washington Post, NY Times, and The Guardian. In this episode, we discuss his recent essay, “A Letter to My White Male Friends of a Certain Age.” We had a num…
 
Dax-Devlon Ross has led a career as an educator, non-profit executive, equity consultant, and journalist with a focus on social justice. He is also one of my best friends. We’ve been having in-depth conversations since first meeting at Rutgers in the nineties. We share our thoughts on this generation-defining moment as well as our thoughts and hope…
 
Born in Iran and raised in India, Azam Ali has one of the most beautiful voices in the world. Through her solo albums and work with Niyaz and her former band, Vas, she has spread the explored, studied, and presented the sacred music of the world in new contexts for 25 years. She is also an accomplished producer, percussionist, santur player, artist…
 
Charles Grob is a professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He was the first researcher granted FDA approval to clinically study MDMA and ayahuasca in the nineties and has spent nearly 50 years studying psychedelics.…
 
Michael Ehlers is the former Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Biogen and former Chief Scientific Officer for Neuroscience at Pfizer. He was recently named as an advisor to Field Trip Health, the psychedelic research organization that has opened the world’s first psilocybin research center.…
 
Tim Harford has a popular Financial Times column where he writes thought pieces on the economics of the everyday experience. His books, including The Undercover Economist and Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, have become worldwide bestsellers and his TED talks have garnered over 8 million views. His new podcast is Cautionary Tale…
 
Austrian director and cinematographer, Richard Ladkani, is behind many important documentaries, including his latest, Sea of Shadows. The National Geographic film, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2019. The film illustrates how Mexican drug cartels and the Chinese Mafia have declared war …
 
Ronan Levy is one of the founders of FieldTrip, a venture firm blending operational execution with strategic investing across all aspects of the psychedelics value chain. They are behind the world’s first psilocybin research center in Jamaica. https://fieldtriphealth.com/ Stay in touch at https://derekberes.com/…
 
Lauren Slater is a psychologist and author of Prozac Dreams, Opening Skinner’s Box, and, most recently, Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs That Changed Our Minds. We talk about the history of psychotropic drugs as well as the future of psychedelics for therapeutic use. Stay in touch at http://www.derekberes.com.…
 
Britt Wray is completing a PhD in Science Communication (with a focus on synthetic biology) at the University of Copenhagen in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World, and author of Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction. Stay in touch at http://www.derekbere…
 
Kurt Andersen is a best-selling author and co-creator of the Peabody Award winning weekly radio show, Studio 360, which is also available in podcast form. He co-wrote a parody book on Donald Trump with Alec Baldwin, You Can’t Spell America Without Me. He’s been a columnist for the New Yorker, New York, NY Times, and Time. He is also known as the co…
 
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