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EarthRise w/ Derek Beres
50 minutes | 10 months ago
93: Medicating Normal (with Angela Peacock & Wendy Ratcliffe)
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 the drugs as prescribed and also from attempting to withdraw. Angela Peacock, MSW, is a US Army veteran, benzo survivor, member of BIC’s medical board, and a tireless advocate for those who struggle with PTSD and psychiatric drugs. Her story is highlighted in Medicating Normal. Wendy Ratfcliffe was associate producer for the documentary Beyond Measure by Vicki Abeles. Medicating Normal is her first feature film. She has been involved in regenerative agriculture and alternative education for two decades. She has a B.A. in History from Yale University and an MBA from Duke University, and a diploma in Waldorf Education.
60 minutes | 10 months ago
92: Predicting the Pandemic (with R.P. Eddy)
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 Malaria. He is the CEO of Ergo, a strategy and geopolitical intelligence firm. Ergo is behind the COVID-19 Intelligence Forum, a team of public health officials, epidemiologists, and immunization experts, including HR McMaster, Reince Priebus, and Richard Clarke, a former Special Advisor to the President for Cybersecurity. Eddy co-wrote the 2017 book, Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes, with Clarke.
70 minutes | a year ago
91: Do antidepressants create more mental illness than they cure? (with Robert Whitaker)
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 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His first book, Mad in America, was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002. Anatomy of an Epidemic won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism.
19 minutes | a year ago
90: Lack of Grace
I came across this article today and had to respond. This melding of “wellness” with right-wing conspiracies is really disturbing. Specifically, I discuss implicit bias and white privilege in the context of the following paragraph. “There seem to be many incongruences with the black man who was murdered, was he really who he said he was, did he actually die, was that man really a cop, did they really work together, why was his casket closed, why was there even a big funeral allowed with politicians & celebrities when people all around the world are being denied funerals right now, why were protests suddenly allowed to happen when a week earlier we were told NOT to go outside, why were there riots, why were there 2 groups (peaceful protestors vs. destructive riotors), where did the rioters come from, why were bricks planted everywhere…..so many things being said about the situation of what is true and what is not true.”
53 minutes | a year ago
89: An Honest Conversation About Race (with Dax-Devlon Ross)
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 number of problems with Zoom, so I apologize for the audio quality. This conversation is too important to not release.
60 minutes | a year ago
88: The Kelly Brogan Effect & Red Pills (with Matthew Remski and Julian Walker)
Matthew Remski and Julian Walker join me to discuss the many suspect medical claims made by Kelly Brogan and Sayer Ji. We also talk about Julian’s new essay, “The Red Pill Overlap.” Read Matthew on Brogan and Julian’s essay. Subscribe to my newsletter here.
77 minutes | a year ago
87: Conspiracy Theories & Cult Dynamics (with Matthew Remski and Julian Walker)
Matthew Remski and Julian Walker join me for a discussion on conspiracy theories and cult dynamics centered on “Plandemic” and recent videos by comedian JP Sears. Subscribe to my newsletter.
21 minutes | a year ago
86: Prioritize Where to Focus Your Anxiety
This week I discuss anxiety management techniques during the pandemic. I also cover two studies for Big Think: one at UPenn on why Gen X is more stressed than other generations and another from Penn State about mistakes being necessary for learning. Subscribe to my newsletter.
32 minutes | a year ago
85: The Plandemic
My Big Think article discussing a clip from the documentary, “The Plandemic,” has been making the rounds. I recorded this episode to address the points being made in my writing.
26 minutes | a year ago
84: An Age of Anxiety
I intended to release this brief talk a few weeks ago announcing my anti-anxiety coaching program, EarthRise Wellness. Then the world changed. I had to reassess the entire talk. This podcast is the result.
60 minutes | a year ago
83: Imagining the Post-Corona Future (with Dax-Devlon Ross)
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 hopes regarding what comes next.
48 minutes | a year ago
82: The Uncertain Fate of America (with Jordan Hall)
Jordan Hall is the co-founder of Neurohacker Collective and one of the most interesting polymaths I’ve ever spoken to. We discuss life during the coronavirus, virtual reality, physiology and nootropics, and the fate of America.
66 minutes | a year ago
81: The Key to Resilience (with Scott Carney)
Investigative journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney is the author of the NY Times bestselling book, What Doesn’t Kill Us, about his time with The Iceman, Wim Hof. His forthcoming book is The Wedge: Evolution, Consciousness, Stress, and the Key to Human Resilience.
57 minutes | a year ago
80: Music is a Political Force (with Azam Ali)
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, and jewelry maker.
49 minutes | a year ago
79: Psychedelics and Imagination (with Richard J. Miller)
Richard J. Miller is the Alfred Newton Richards Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and author of Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs.
26 minutes | a year ago
78: MDMA and Ayahuasca in Therapy (with Charles Grob)
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.
36 minutes | a year ago
77: The Future of Psychedelics Research (with Michael Ehlers)
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.
33 minutes | a year ago
76: Success Begins with Not Craving Success (with Alla Kovgan)
Alla Kovgan is the award-winning filmmaker of “Nora” and many others. Her latest documentary, “Cunningham,” focuses on the work of avant-garde choreographer Merce Cunningham’s work between 1942-72.
29 minutes | a year ago
75: Everything You Want to Know About Marijuana (with David Bienenstock)
David Bienenstock is the author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High and co-creator of the podcast Great Moments in Weed History. Previously, he served as Head of Content at Hight Times and worked at VICE Media, where he co-produced the series, Bong Appetit.
38 minutes | a year ago
74: Cautionary Tales (with Tim Harford)
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 Tales.
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