6 episodes

A two-part investigative series into the life & death of Carlos Castaneda.

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    • 4.2 • 258 Ratings

A two-part investigative series into the life & death of Carlos Castaneda.

    Part One Credits

    Part One Credits

    • 3 min
    V - This New Man (finale)

    V - This New Man (finale)

    At the peak of Castaneda's fame in the early 70s, rumors begin circulating about the authenticity of his books and his purported personal history. An all-star team of TIME Magazine journalists go looking for answers.


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    • 33 min
    IV - Path With Heart

    IV - Path With Heart

    The tremendous success of "The Teachings of Don Juan" will catapult Carlos Castaneda into the pop culture stratosphere and certify his status as a generational icon. But how exactly did a would-be anthropology master's thesis—which seemed destined for a dusty shelf in the UCLA library—become a bestselling bible for the counterculture?


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    • 21 min
    III - Drugs & Shamans

    III - Drugs & Shamans

    As the hippie movement flowered across college campuses in the 60s, Carlos Castaneda kept his hair neatly cut and wore brown, three-piece Brooks Brothers suits. But while his appearance may have been conservative, his approach to anthropology was radical. From the sands of Sonora, he was bringing back to campus mind-bending tales of psychedelic adventures with a desert shaman.


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    • 32 min
    II - Between Worlds

    II - Between Worlds

    Before achieving fame and fortune, Carlos Castaneda was once just another graduate student in the UCLA anthropology program. But even back then, his classmates remember him as being anything but ordinary. His megawatt personality and colorful stories left them spellbound; and his secretive research and purposefully veiled past stoked endless fascination.


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    • 25 min
    I - Bags of Stories

    I - Bags of Stories

    His reality-shattering books electrified a generation and inspired some of the greatest creative visionaries of our time — John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, George Lucas, Marvin Gaye, Oliver Stone. But who was Carlos Castaneda? A genius writer? A millionaire playboy? An enlightened guru? A shameless conman? And what answers lurk in a dark discovery made by two backpackers out amongst the sand dunes of Death Valley?

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

Gtrdun ,

Entertaining but misinformative

Interesting. Some of the people interviewed, particularly ‘biographer 🙄’ Robert Marshall, have obviously NOT read the books therefore has no credibility in deciphering truth from fiction. His Salon interview is full of falsehoods about the writings, as well as improper contexts galore. Nothing new here, the mystery remains. Highly entertaining podcast though.

Rayray & Naynay ,

More seasons?

What happened to the rest of the women? It feels like more was known about how they all lived than was shared. Will there be more seasons?

Thinkblu16 ,

Season2???

When will season 2 come out ? Very interesting!

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