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Welcome to the Andy’s Treasure Trove podcast, where your host Andy Moore interviews fascinating people and takes you along on audio adventures exploring Culture, Art, and Fun in San Francisco and beyond. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to this podcast (it’s free) so that each episode will be automatically delivered to you. Thanks, and happy listening!

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Welcome to the Andy’s Treasure Trove podcast, where your host Andy Moore interviews fascinating people and takes you along on audio adventures exploring Culture, Art, and Fun in San Francisco and beyond. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE to this podcast (it’s free) so that each episode will be automatically delivered to you. Thanks, and happy listening!

    24 – Psychedelic Drugs as Medicine, with Andrew Weil, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzger and “Don”

    24 – Psychedelic Drugs as Medicine, with Andrew Weil, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzger and “Don”

    In the last episode, number 23, we heard from visionary ethnobotanist, mystic and writer Terence McKenna, and from Rick Doblin, president of the Multidisciplinary Association For Psychedelic Science.


    This episode, number 24, is a continuation on the same topic, the increasing use of consciousness-expanding substances, also called psychedelics or hallucinogens, for health and personal growth. People around the world are using LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and a whole range of other psychedelic substances to treat conditions ranging from allergies and anxiety to substance abuse and alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other problems. Some people use these substances in tiny doses to enhance their everyday life, work, and play. Some use them in higher doses for more profound experiences. This topic has been getting more attention these days due in part to Michael Pollan’s recent book entitled How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.


    Today we’ll hear from Ralph Metzner, Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil and an anonymous friend "Don" under the influence of a “micro-dose” of LSD.


    Ralph Metzner, the German-born American psychologist and pioneering LSD researcher at Harvard University, and the author of The Well of Remembrance, The Unfolding Self, and Green Psychology, was speaking at the New Living Expo in San Francisco in 2012, and my friend Margie Lewis gave me a ticket to see him there in a panel discussing “the re-birth of psychedelic culture.” Right before the panel started, I asked Ralph for a brief chat as he was waiting to go onstage, to talk about psychedelic drugs as medicine to strengthen the body-mind connection.


    Then we’ll hear a few minutes from Timothy Leary’s talk at the University of California, San Diego, in 1976, recorded using the little cassette recorder that I recorded lectures with at the time.


    Then, Dr. Andrew Weil speaks at a MAPS conference in 2012 in San Jose, CA, about how he used LSD to help cure himself of allergies vis-a-vis the mind-body connection. After that comes my interview with Andy in 2012.


    [caption id="attachment_2886" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] (https://andystreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AWeil-and-AMoorePHOTO-198.jpg) Andy Moore and Andy Weil in San Francisco, 198? (Photo by Jack Walsh)[/caption]


    Next, hear my interview with a friend who asked to remain anonymous when discussing taking LSD to enhance his life and work. An hour or so before this interview occurred, he had taken what is called a “micro-dose” of LSD.


    (https://andystreasuretrove.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/IMG_0899.jpeg) Let's call him "Don."


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    This episode is dedicated to Dr. Norman Zinberg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Zinberg) and Dorothy Zinberg.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    • 46 min
    23 – Psychedelic Drugs as Medicine, with Terence McKenna and Rick Doblin of MAPS

    23 – Psychedelic Drugs as Medicine, with Terence McKenna and Rick Doblin of MAPS

    Part 1 of a two-part program about the increasing use of consciousness-expanding substances, many of them illegal, for health and personal spiritual growth. People around the world are using these consciousness-expanding substances, also called psychedelics or hallucinogens, to treat conditions ranging from allergies and anxiety to alcoholism and addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other problems. Some people use these materials regularly in low doses to enhance their everyday life, or they may use them more occasionally in larger doses for a more profound experience. This is a topic that has gotten more attention these days, due in part to Michael Pollan’s recent book entitled How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, which includes accounts of his own personal experiments with LSD, psilocybin and DMT.


    I thought that now would be a good time to dig into my trove of recordings and play you some that I’ve made on the topic of psychedelic drugs over the years between 1976 when Timothy Leary came to speak at my college, and just a couple of weeks ago when I recorded an interview with a friend who was under the influence of LSD at the time.


    In this episode I’m going to start out by playing you part of a recording that I made in 1991 of a talk given by Terence McKenna at the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. Terence was a visionary explorer and writer, and a singularly engaging speaker. He wrote books like The Archaic Revival, Food of the Gods, and True Hallucinations, all of which I own and recommend. He also happened to have gone to high school with one of my best friends in San Francisco, so I’m lucky to have gotten to know Terry personally a little bit too, and I treasure a letter that he sent me a short while before he died.


    After Terence McKenna, we’re going to hear from Rick Doblin, the President of an organization called MAPS (which stands for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Rick will talk about that organization’s work to bring currently illegal psychedelic materials into the light of science so that they can be studied properly and used to help people. You’ll hear Rick speaking to doctors, therapists, researchers and other members of MAPS at a MAPS conference in San Jose, CA in 2010, and then you’ll hear Rick in conversation with me, at MAPS’ former headquarters in Ben Lomond, CA, where I met him for the first time.


    In the next episode, episode 24, which is also available now, we’ll continue this psychedelic journey and you’ll hear my brief chat with psychologist Ralph Metzner, one of the early LSD research pioneers at Harvard University along with Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert (aka Ram Das), Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil. Ralph talked with me just before going onstage at the New Living Expo in San Francisco in 2012. After that I’m going to play you a short bit of a recording of Timothy Leary lecturing at my college, UC San Diego, in 1976 or 1977, talking about psychedelic drugs, pleasure, and human destiny. After that we’ll hear Dr. Andrew Weil at that same MAPS conference in 2010, talking about how he cured some of his own allergies using LSD, and then we’ll listen to a personal conversation I had with Dr. Weil around 2012, about the mind-body connection and how consciousness-expanding substances can play a role in optimizing that connection. Finally, I’ll have a chat with a friend here in Tucson Arizona, who, as we talked, was under the influence of LSD. He tells about the subtle ways that it is influencing his perceptions and his engagement with his art-making.


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    • 43 min
    22 – Karen Pedersen and the WGA Screenplay Library – Tour and Interview

    22 – Karen Pedersen and the WGA Screenplay Library – Tour and Interview

    Come along with me on a personal tour of the Writers Guild Foundation's Shavelson-Webb Library, the only library in the world focused entirely on screenwriting. Our guide will be Head Librarian Karen Pedersen. This library is a Los Angeles institution stocked with printed matter that is literally “the stuff that Hollywood dreams are made of,” and it hosts many public events with screenwriters.

    • 26 min
    21 – Hugh “Chopper” King, From Pyromaniac to Militant Radical to TV Producer/Personality

    21 – Hugh “Chopper” King, From Pyromaniac to Militant Radical to TV Producer/Personality

    This time my conversation is with Hugh King (also known as "Chopper King.") When I interviewed Hugh, it was at his and his wife Karen’s cavernous concrete home in Los Angeles about ten years ago. What I’ve selected from our conversation for this podcast has to do with three distinct parts of Hugh’s life that I find especially interesting: 1) His childhood pyromania; 2) The part Hugh played in the anti-war “GI Coffeehouse Movement” during the Vietnam War in the late 1960’s and 70’s; and 3) The emergence of Hugh's "Chopper King" character from the TV shows Biker Build-off and Motorcycle Mania.

    • 34 min
    20 – In London With Peter & Kath Hart

    20 – In London With Peter & Kath Hart

    This episode of Andy’s Treasure Trove features two great fans of my podcast, Peter and Kath Hart of London. When my family and I were in London a few years ago, we spent a very pleasant day with them, I presented them with some Andy’s Treasure Trove t-shirts, and recorded a short interview with Peter about things that he had mentioned during the day, including stories about his grandfather’s experiences in the British film industry, and the small village of South Ascot where he grew up. He also tells us about some British condiments that you might want to seek out and try. Kath chimes in at the end, and we parted company with warmth in our hearts and some insights into England that only real Brits could provide.

    • 17 min
    19 – SPARKS – An Homage to Ron & Russell Mael

    19 – SPARKS – An Homage to Ron & Russell Mael

    This is my homage to my favorite band, Sparks, and the core of Sparks, brothers Ron & Russell Mael. I speak to Tosh Berman of Tam Tam Books, who wrote a book about a history-making Sparks 21-album concert series in London and who published a book of Sparks song lyrics. I also chat with Eric Theise, an artist, musician and avid and articulate Sparks fan. Laurie Cohen, Director of the Mill Valley Philharmonic, shares her first impressions of Sparks music, and I mention something about each of Sparks' 25 albums from 1972 to the present, and play excerpts from some of my favorite tracks. The episode closes with "Part One" of my conversation with Ron and Russell Mael!

    There's a great podcast totally dedicated to Sparks called "All You Ever Think About Is Sparks" hosted by Christian Huey. It can be found at https://sparkspodcast.podbean.com if you'd like an even deeper dive into the music of Sparks. Check it out.

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Customer Reviews

chkpark ,

Hugh The Chopper King

Reflections of the 60s past of an interesting character who is ambivalent about his short exposure to television fame. For those of us who experienced the 60s and its anti war episodes, he relates a story about the “Coffee House” movement and his part in it. Including a gun battle with a group of Minute Men, preparing the farm house for an invasion, taking refuge in flooded foxholes, and hiding his children in a cast iron bathtub. Entertaining time with a guy who can relate a story with humor and seriousness.

Vincenzo 001 ,

Excellent Podcast

Listening to podcats is one of my favorite leisure activities and I place Andy's Trasure Trove among the best. Andy Moore is a skilled interviewer who is able to draw interesting stories from his guests in a comfortable unobtrusive manner without repeated questioning and interruption. Andy's voice, the background sounds and music he uses are all very pleasant. A genuinely enjoyable and interesting experience.

Tom in Normal ,

Mellifluous, never maleficent

Worn down by a world of audio incivility? The podcasts on Andy's Treasure Trove deliver kindness and curiosity in a rich, easy-listening voice. Andy is a collector of interesting people (aka his many talented and articulate friends) and he also has an artist's eye for overlooked objects. Enjoy his interviews and take time to scroll through his slides; they are full of surprises.

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