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Intimate conversations with Dr. Patch Adams and his son Lars, dive deep into Patch's true not-Hollywood lifestory as Lars and producer, Rainbow Valentine, uncover how Patch, once a suicidal misfit, started a revolution for Love and Joy and ended up a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Part of Pantheon Podcasts.

The Best Day of My Life: Patch Adams' Journey to the Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Pantheon Plus

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

Intimate conversations with Dr. Patch Adams and his son Lars, dive deep into Patch's true not-Hollywood lifestory as Lars and producer, Rainbow Valentine, uncover how Patch, once a suicidal misfit, started a revolution for Love and Joy and ended up a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Part of Pantheon Podcasts.

    American Prankster: The Trailer

    American Prankster: The Trailer

    American Prankster is a deep dive with the iconic Wavy Gravy, unfolding his fascinating,historic and hilarious lifestory as an original Beatnik, comedy pioneer, hippie icon and pioneering activist who uses humor as a weapon.  
    Sharing stories that even he’d forgotten with producer/host, Rainbow Valentine, of Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter, Wavy gets down to the very nit of the grit and reminds us what it means to be human.
    From Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to Woodstock to the Acid Tests and running a pig for president, Wavy Gravy is an essential part of American counter culture history and more. 
    You will hear stories of his childhood, teen, army, college and beatnik years with Bob Dylan, Tiny Tim, Martha Graham plus tales of his comedy life with Lenny Bruce, Del Close, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters and his friendships with music icons like Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Mama Cass, Joan C. Baez and more! 
    Wavy shares absurdist yarns from his lifelong activism using humor as a weapon, along with pals, Abbie Hoffman, Jackson Browne, the Yippies and traveling roadshows of hippies. Plus how psychedelic globetrotting led to the SEVA Foundation and Camp Winnarainbow.  Wavy’s 8+ decades of embodying American Pranksterism, inspiring millions down the tie-dye colored path of life and spreading his ethos of Basic Human Needs, is a fundamental part of American, comedy, activist, music, food and global history. Plus he’s hilarious and a born storyteller.
    "When you get to the very bottom of the human soul, when the nit is slamming into the grit and you are sinking but you reach down to help someone else, that is when everyone gets high and you don't even need LSD to do that...and that's when I passed the acid test." – Wavy Gravy, American Prankster
    "He's like our Rabbi..." - Trixie Garcia
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    10: The Relentless Optimist: The Nobel Peace Prize is announced…

    10: The Relentless Optimist: The Nobel Peace Prize is announced…

    The Nobel Peace Prize is announced…
    Does Patch win or lose? 
    Does it matter?  
    Lars and his dad discuss the journey of the podcast, the meaning of the Nobel Peace Prize plus we hear from Patch’s life-partner, Susan and Lars shares what it was like growing up with Patch Adams as his dad.
    Thanks for listening!
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    • 48 min
    09: Warrior Clowns

    09: Warrior Clowns

    Shortly after 911, Patch & his friend, Ginevra, brought clowns to war-torn Afghanistan, where they infused bombed-out hospitals, orphanages & prisons, with joy & play, bringing relief from suffering to countless Afghanis caught in decades of war. Plus the story of combat war veterans with PTSD transformed by Patch’s Clown Trips.
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    • 44 min
    08: Cold War Clown

    08: Cold War Clown

    The origin of Patch’s humanitarian clown trips to the most dire places on Earth starts in the former USSR, once America’s number one enemy. Lars talks with Maria, the orphan advocate who organizes Patch's clown trips to Russian orphanages, prisons, mental hospitals & the school in Beslan, Chechnya, where in 2004, terrorist killed over 330 people, mostly children. Plus, we hear from the woman who joined Patch's clown trips at age 93. Part of Pantheon Podcasts

    • 48 min
    07: Patch Goes to Hollywood

    07: Patch Goes to Hollywood

    Lars and Patch discuss the making of the Patch Adams movie, Patch’s friendship with Robin Williams & Patch reunites with Mike Farrell (of the TV show MASH), who was instrumental in shepherding Patch’s story to the big screen; plus we hear about the murder of Patch’s dear friend whose death was repurposed to fit into the Hollywood version of Patch’s story.
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    • 48 min
    06: The Gesundheit Institute

    06: The Gesundheit Institute

    Lars dives into Patch’s Free Hospital: the one at the commune and the future dream hospital (whose plans feature a giant communal Whoopie Cushion room), plus stories from a Yale-trained psychiatrist who, after meeting Patch, became a tutu-wearing humanitarian clown & Truth Fairy.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

TheUkulady ,

Inspiring and psychologically interesting

So many pods are about the psychology of murderers and it’s so refreshing to listen to a series about the psychology of an extreme peace worker. Patch and his son are hilarious, smart and surprising. Fascinating, inspiring, funny and heartfelt. It’s amazing to hear the off-script Patch. Renews my hope in humans. Also, he’s an outlier weirdo, which is great and inspires my own inner weirdo to shine.

Herr Larsa ,

Doctors and clowns

Maybe Patch Adams should’ve practiced medicine surrounded by clowns making it comfortable environment for those that needed medical treatment. It’s been a lot of years and still no hospital in West Virginia. Maybe that should’ve been the first building to be built no matter how small. And you would think patch should’ve been a practicing physician, if he is board-certified and spent all those years studying. Maybe he could be a physician and a clown. Donations for a hospital sounds like a worthy cause, but it’s been many many years and it doesn’t seem close. Who supports patch and son? The donations? Even a small clinic for mental health or walk in clinic would be better than nothing. I enjoyed the movie with Robin Williams, although the movie industry didn’t give him much Financial support. Looking back now, I wonder why.

karinity ,

A very helpful and beautiful podcast

I’m enjoying the podcast so very much. I think it’s a super important one for right now with its emphasis on mental health. I love learning more about Patch Adams through conversations with his son. Thank you for doing it.

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