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Hi, I'm Wil Boudreau, AKA The First Gen X Man. Did I ever tell you about the time I made a pizza commercial with a certain very recent ex-president? Or how about the time I was fired by a New Jersey mobster? Or that summer when I definitely did not become a movie star? Of course not. We've never met. But now you can hear these funny stories and more. Ripped from the endless adventure that is my life.From growing up in the shag carpeting covered suburbs in the 1970's.To working as an advertis ...
 
“Plants of the Gods: Hallucinogens, Healing, Culture and Conservation” is a new and unique podcast focusing on the hallucinogenic plants and fungi whose impact on world culture and religion – and healing potential - is only now beginning to be appreciated as never before. Unlike other podcasts relating to these issues, “Plants of the Gods” is hosted by renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin, a Harvard and Yale-trained scientist who has been studying the healing plants and shamans of the Ama ...
 
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The birth of the Psychedelic Renaissance is often attributed to Richard Schultes' research on peyote and magic mushrooms in the 1930's. Nonetheless, it was his collaboration with both Gordon Wasson and Albert Hofmann that brought this indigenous wisdom and chemistry to a wider world. At the same time, the equally extraordinary contributions of Vale…
 
"Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum!” This immortal chant from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “Treasure Island” encapsulates much of the history of sugar and rum and the role they played not only in piracy, but also the rise of capitalism and slavery. This episode covers those issues as well as the underappreciated role these plant products played in t…
 
The much-heralded Psychedelic Renaissance began in 1938 when Harvard graduate student Richard Schultes traveled to southern Mexico to investigate reports that the Mazatec peoples were ingesting mind-altering mushrooms for healing and divinatory purposes. His findings led to further research in both the field and the lab by folks like Gordon Wasson …
 
Palms- The Sacred Princes of the Plant Kingdom - In the words of the late ethnobotanist Richard Schultes, “A panorama does not seem tropical unless palms occupy a distinct and conspicuously visible part of the flora.” Although primarily associated with lowland rainforests, palms range as far north as Scotland and as high as 10,000 feet in the Andes…
 
Hemp—a fiber of the Cannabis plant—has played an outsized role in world history. It was not only one of the first crops cultivated by our species, but also one of the crops planted by the first Europeans who landed in the eastern US. The Pilgrims grew it, as did George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The foundational documents of American democrac…
 
Marijuana – What do the ancient Chinese, George Bush and The Beatles have in common? Knowingly or not, all benefited from one of the most well-known plants of the gods: marijuana. Between the highly practical uses of hemp fiber and its popular mind-altering properties, marijuana has been part of the human experience for thousands of years. Even so,…
 
This episode we're putting on our Sunday best, stories that is. Hear about the "embarassing bell incident" and random surprise funerals when I was an altar boy, the pageantry of midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, and a rare recording of the "Blessing of the Corned Beef and Cabbage" from a St. Bridget's Church St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance circa 1975.…
 
Stories about work, and home, and working from home. A rare recording from 1978 of a phone call to my mom at work, from her loving and somewhat belligerent children. The strange but true story of that time I really, really annoyed heavyweight champion George Foreman. Plus those pesky work distractions at home and the odd coincidence of my Dad and I…
 
This week, I'm telling stories all about our friendly four legged friends. Hear about how my Dad secretly ordered a puppy from a magazine ad in the early 1940's, the video that proved to us exactly how tolerant our dog Tilda is and the cautionary tale about our German shepherd Madeline. Plus from the advertising files, hear about a disastrous Memor…
 
The Life and Times of Richard Evans Schultes – Schultes was a scholarship student at Harvard College when entered as a Freshman in 1933. An undergraduate term paper on peyote resulted in an opportunity to partake in a traditional ceremony with the Kiowa in Oklahoma, which then led to research in southern Mexico where he produced the first detailed,…
 
Ergot, LSD and the Birth of Western Religions – Ergot is a fungus that parasitizes rye where - in the Middle Ages - it was sometimes milled into the flour used to make bread. Unfortunately for the unsuspecting folks who ate the bread, ergot is rich in powerful alkaloids that can cause a range of symptoms, from visions to gangrene to death. Some his…
 
Hexing Herbs and the Witches of Medieval Europe – The archetypal image of the witch as an old woman riding a broomstick was not a Hollywood creation. In the Middle Ages, “witches” were often skilled herbalists. Some used powerful plants of the Solanaceae family - plants like henbane and mandrake - that are rich in hallucinogenic compounds known as …
 
The Ethnobotany of Warfare – Plants have played a fundamental role in warfare, not just as poisons and medicines but as ships, chariots, weapons and wound bandages. This episode traces this history from the time of primate clobbering each other with sticks to potential new battlefield medicines from plants. Sources: Hughes, J.D. Pan’s Travail. John…
 
Opium – Perhaps the most ancient of the “Plants of the Gods,” plant remains in Europe clearly indicate that opium was being used by people more than 10,000 years ago. And not only was opium the first effective painkiller, it was also employed as an inspiration by composers and poets. Only in the 19th century did it become widely realized as a highl…
 
Curare – Once known as the “flying death of the Amazon,” curare is a mixture of rainforest plants that indigenous peoples smear on the tips of their arrows or blowdarts to give them a deadly effectiveness. In the hands of western physicians, however, curare has been converted into a life-sustaining medication, a muscle relaxant in abdominal surgery…
 
Wine – Wine grapes and wine are unquestionably the world’s most valuable medicinal plants: the global annual value of wine is over 300 billion dollars. And the history of wine predates the origin of the human species: primates are known to consume fermented fruit to enter an altered state. This episode traces the use of wine as medicine, from ancie…
 
Coca – not to be confused with coconuts or with cacao, the source of chocolate - is a large bush or small tree native to northwestern South America. Cocaine extracted from the leaves found favor among personages as diverse as Sigmund Freud and Ulysses S. Grant as it was once used as a component of various tonics, patent medicines and even a popular…
 
Hallucinogenic snuffs – though most hallucinogens like magic mushrooms or ayahuasca are taken orally, the indigenous peoples of Amazonia have created two different and highly potent snuffs from Amazonian trees which they consume for a variety of healing and divinatory purposes. As with ayahuasca, the author draws on his personal insights and experi…
 
Ayahuasca – From Argentina to Australia, from Israel to Indonesia, a once-obscure Amazonian vine, admixed with a few other plants is now celebrated – and even venerated – as a plant of power knowledge and healing. Ayahuasca – also known as “the vine of the soul.” Native to the northwest Amazon and employed by indigenous shamans for therapeutic purp…
 
“Plants of the Gods” is a new and unique podcast focusing on the hallucinogenic plants and fungi whose impact on world culture and religion – and healing potential - is only now beginning to be appreciated as never before. Unlike other podcasts relating to these issues, “Plants of the Gods” is hosted by renowned ethnobotanist Dr. Mark Plotkin, a Ha…
 
It's October 2020. Leaves are falling and stress is rising. Learn all about what's really scary this Fall, including spinning the Wheel of Stress, why horror movie monsters aren't returning this year, and the time my Mom made me wear a sweater over my costume. Oh, and then there was the time my wife had twins on Halloween night.…
 
In this episode more hot Disco tracks hits 1978 thru 1981 Today's performance : Richie family The Manhattan Transfer Beautiful bend Leroy Gomez Saturday night band Paul jabara Santa esmeralda Soccer Tantra Jessica Willians Arpeggio Gonzalez Cerrone John Davis and the Monster Orchestra'sBởi Omar Leon
 
Continuing our stories about summer, here's an episode entirely devoted to ice cream. From Erikson's Ice Cream in my hometown, to my job as a Soda Jerk at Brighams, and finally, I find myself discussing what it's like to eat ice cream on an air craft carrier during night flight operations. Pull up a bowl and a spoon and enjoy!…
 
In this episode we learn all about my profound lack of handiness during the Covid pandemic and my suburban Massachusetts childhood. Plus we hear about the unusual circumstances under which I met tech giant Ken Olson, founder of my home town's Digital Equipment Corporation, when I was 16 years old. And finally, the entertaining and cautionary tale o…
 
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