6 episodes

We all want relief—and now more than ever, we’re finding it in psychedelics. From underground parties to Silicon Valley, micro-dosing and psychedelic therapy have officially hit the mainstream. But in the rush to legalization, are we overlooking a pattern of deception and abuse among some of the movement’s leaders? The story centers on Lily Kay Ross, who was abused and discouraged from speaking out publicly. She’s now back to uncover some of the movement’s secrets and have an honest dialogue before psychedelic therapy goes mainstream. Cover Story is a new investigative podcast series drawing on New York’s history of richly reported features. The first season, Power Trip, uncovers the truth behind the psychedelic renaissance. Hosted by iO Tillett Wright. From New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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    • 4.0 • 568 Ratings

We all want relief—and now more than ever, we’re finding it in psychedelics. From underground parties to Silicon Valley, micro-dosing and psychedelic therapy have officially hit the mainstream. But in the rush to legalization, are we overlooking a pattern of deception and abuse among some of the movement’s leaders? The story centers on Lily Kay Ross, who was abused and discouraged from speaking out publicly. She’s now back to uncover some of the movement’s secrets and have an honest dialogue before psychedelic therapy goes mainstream. Cover Story is a new investigative podcast series drawing on New York’s history of richly reported features. The first season, Power Trip, uncovers the truth behind the psychedelic renaissance. Hosted by iO Tillett Wright. From New York Magazine and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    House Full of Sh*t

    House Full of Sh*t

    Stories of transgressions multiply. Psychedelic therapists are meddling in marriages, dating their clients, and worse. Francoise Bourzat herself tells us what she thinks is going on, and how her psychedelic community has handled complaints in the past.

    Credits
    Cover Story is a production of New York magazine.
    Power Trip is co-created, produced and reported by David Nickles and Lily Kay Ross.
    Hosted and produced by iO Tillett Wright.
    Senior producers are Marianne McCune and Whitney Jones. Also produced by Tarkor Zehn and Liza Yeager.
    Executive producer and editor is Hanna Rosin.
    Sound design and scoring by Mike Cruz, Brandon McFarland, and Sharif Youssef, who also engineered the show.
    Cover Story’s Theme music by Santigold.
    More Music by Lynx DeMuth and John Ellis.
    Fact-checking by Britina Cheng and Ted Hart.
    Crystal Finn is the voice of Susan, Harmony Stempel is the voice of Connie, and Karen Racanelli is the voice of Catherine.
    Special thanks to legal minds Elissa Cohen and Samantha Mason. Also to Gaby Grossman, and to the band Night Lunch for use of their song “House Full of Shit”.
    Power Trip is also produced with Psymposia, a non-profit watchdog group. For a deeper dive into some of these issues visit psymposia.com/powertrip.
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    • 54 min
    Bad Hug

    Bad Hug

    We go to the source - a Mexican psychotherapist named Salvador Roquet, who is known as a “master of bad trips.” It starts to dawn on “Susan” that the problem is not her one rogue mentor. What if boundary crossing is baked into the psychedelic guide training, and implicates Francoise Bourzat and her husband Aharon Grossbard?

    Credits
    Cover Story is a production of New York magazine.
    Power Trip is co-created, produced and reported by David Nickles and Lily Kay Ross.
    Hosted and produced by iO Tillett Wright.
    Senior producers are Marianne McCune and Whitney Jones. Also produced by Tarkor Zehn and Liza Yeager.
    Executive producer and editor is Hanna Rosin.
    Sound design and scoring by Mike Cruz, Brandon McFarland, and Sharif Youssef, who also engineered the show.
    Cover Story’s Theme music by Santigold.
    More Music by Lynx DeMuth and John Ellis.
    Fact-checking by Britina Cheng and Ted Hart.
    Crystal Finn is the voice of Susan.
    Special thanks to legal minds Elissa Cohen and Samantha Mason. Also to Gaby Grossman.
    Power Trip is also produced with Psymposia, a non-profit watchdog group. For a deeper dive into some of these issues visit psymposia.com/powertrip.
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    • 38 min
    I Am the Wolf

    I Am the Wolf

    We cross through the portal to the underground where “Susan” goes through the training to become a psychedelic therapist. Her mentor Eyal crosses way too many boundaries. (Is he the wolf?). And we finally meet Francoise Bourzat, honey-voiced trainer of trainers.

    In an earlier version of episode 3, we misidentified Eyal Goren as a “licensed therapist.” He became a licensed therapist in the State of California in November of 2019. When "Susan" became his client, he was still registered as an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist. We’ve updated the episode to correct the mistake.

    Credits
    Cover Story is a production of New York magazine.
    Power Trip is co-created, produced and reported by David Nickles and Lily Kay Ross.
    Hosted and produced by iO Tillett Wright.
    Senior producers are Marianne McCune and Whitney Jones. Also produced by Tarkor Zehn and Liza Yeager.
    Executive producer and editor is Hanna Rosin.
    Music by Lynx DeMuth and John Ellis.
    Cover Story’s Theme music by Santigold.
    Sound design and engineering by Mike Cruz and Sharif Youssef.
    Fact-checking by Britina Cheng and Ted Hart.
    Crystal Finn is the voice of Susan.
    Special thanks to legal minds Elissa Cohen and Samantha Mason. And also to Isabel Dahn and James Kent.
    Power Trip is also produced with Psymposia, a non-profit watchdog group. For a deeper dive into some of these issues visit psymposia.com/powertrip.
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    • 52 min
    That's an Old Story

    That's an Old Story

    Lily visits the Ecuadorian Amazon to work on a project when something terrible happens to her. She barely escapes and makes it home alive. But it’s what happens next that really sets the course of her life. Meanwhile, the psychedelic renaissance is really starting to take off.

    Credits
    Cover Story is a production of New York magazine.
    Power Trip is co-created, produced and reported by David Nickles and Lily Kay Ross.
    Hosted and produced by iO Tillett Wright.
    Senior producers are Marianne McCune and Whitney Jones. Also produced by Tarkor Zehn and Liza Yeager.
    Executive producer and editor is Hanna Rosin.
    Music by Lynx DeMuth and John Ellis.
    Cover Story’s Theme music by Santigold.
    Sound design and engineering by Mike Cruz and technical production by Sharif Youssef.
    Fact-checking by Britina Cheng and Ted Hart.
    Special thanks to legal minds Elissa Cohen and Samantha Mason. And also to Isabel Dahn, Rachel Monroe, and Genevieve Smith.
    Power Trip is also produced with Psymposia, a non-profit watchdog group. For a deeper dive into some of these issues visit psymposia.com/powertrip.
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    • 39 min
    I See a Sh*tshow

    I See a Sh*tshow

    After years of experimenting with drugs, Lily discovers the psychedelic underground. It’s a world of shamans and guides - people illegally practicing psychedelic therapy to treat trauma. Their secret mission is make this treatment more widely available in order to “promote the evolution of humankind.” But what will they overlook to get there?

    Credits
    Cover Story is a production of New York magazine.
    Power Trip is co-created, produced, and reported by David Nickles and Lily Kay Ross.
    Hosted and produced by iO Tillett Wright.
    Senior producers are Marianne McCune and Whitney Jones. Also produced by Tarkor Zehn and Liza Yeager.
    Executive producer and editor is Hanna Rosin.
    Music by Lynx DeMuth and John Ellis.
    Cover Story’s Theme music by Santigold.
    Sound design and engineering by Mike Cruz and technical production by Sharif Youssef.
    Fact-checking by Britina Cheng and Ted Hart.
    Special thanks to legal minds Elissa Cohen and Samantha Mason. And also to Isabel Dahn, Paul Schneider, Crystal Finn, Harmony Stempel, and Karen Racanelli.
    Power Trip is also produced with Psymposia, a non-profit watchdog group. For a deeper dive into some of these issues visit psymposia.com/powertrip.
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    • 32 min
    Introducing Cover Story: Power Trip

    Introducing Cover Story: Power Trip

    Mind. Body. Control. Uncover the dark truth in Power Trip, the first season of Cover Story, a new investigative series from New York Magazine. Hosted by iO Tillett Wright.
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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
568 Ratings

568 Ratings

Suki424 ,

Interesting and thought provoking

Well done and kept my interest throughout. As someone who has benefitted from psychedelic therapy and will continue to do so, I found this podcast edifying without casting aspersions on the medicine, rather a compilation of cautionary tales which serve to help seekers in navigating this relatively new and groundbreaking territory.

soulfulblues ,

Why the Indigenious Appropiation?

I humbly submit my review. I applaud the Courage the Truth Telling and I appreciate the Purpose of your Sharing. Thank you.

Why is this still happening...rituals, ceremonies and traditions belong to the Indigenious people who practice it. It is SACRED!
As an Indigenious Native American Woman it Saddens me Greatly to know the Greed and Appropriation that continues. Faith, Belief and Prayers are a person's practice and personal relationship with the Creator.

APPROPRIATION
[əˌprōprēˈāSH(ə)n]
NOUN
the action of taking something for one's own use, typically without the owner's permission.

please be more balanced ,

Unbalanced

Sensationalistic, one sided and seems more an attempt to persuade (maybe even take down) than to report. I’m sorry lily (and too many others) have been hurt by charismatic narcissists.

Psychedelic assisted therapy is very different than what is being presented here and the authors don’t make the distinction. I would’ve given more credence to this reporting /podcast if the authors had interviewed professional therapists who practice psychedelic-assisted therapy. Nobody should attempt to receive therapy from someone who’s not a trained therapist. Buyer/consumer beware and please be well informed.

MAPS has been training therapists to treat pts, a notoriously difficult condition to treat by talk therapy alone. Professional psychedelic assisted therapy requires three preparatory sessions before the medicine day and one or two integration sessions after. In the current trials mdma assisted therapy has eradicated pts in 67% of the cases. Pretty impressive given the tenacious quality of pts.

Cover story might do a podcast on consumeristic cultures who are susceptible to and hurt by the false promise of quick fixes and the cult of personality syndrome.

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