Back in the day, people feared that grandmama might fall victim to a familiar masquerading as a cat or fly. Now, we fear that grandma will fall prey to fake news or a scam spread by a bot. Familiar Shapes, a documentary in production by Heather D. Freeman, explores surprising similarities between bots and familiars.
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In California, fire and water are the big worries. How can we ensure having enough fresh water? How can we avoid out of control wildfires? In this dialogue, Dr. Arielle Halpern and Andy Fusso of the Mt. Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center discuss serious threats facing the Mt. Shasta area, how indigenous cultures can teach us about solving problems, their lives before they became Water Protectors, and more.
Ayahuasca tourism is part of a much wider spiritual ecology and political economy. Will the enlightened and the healed help the overwhelming fight against big companies eating up the rainforest and destroying the territorial survival of the very Shipibo communities from whom they are receiving so much benefit?
Self-proclaimed multi-drug user Dr. Ingrid Walker’s new book “High: Drugs, Desire & A Nation of Drug Users” is a comprehensive look at the soul of American drug use in its joys and hypocrisy, and how the war on drugs has stigmatized our view of different substances. In this interview, Gabriel Roberts and Ingrid discuss the war on drugs, the benefits and pitfalls of our present national policy and how we might see a better approach to drugs, moving forward.