We sit down with Reggie, Ian Bollinger and Tomás Garret, 3 of the citizen scientists behind Oakland's own "Hyphae Labs", to learn about their groundbreaking work testing compounds within psilocybin containing mushrooms and we get pumped for the first annual Oakland Psychedelic Conference!
We travel to England to absorb researched perspectives on spirituality, religion, consciousness, ideas of "self", deep ecology and then take a deep dive on modern psychedelia and the cultural influences of the magic mushroom with ecological and religious scholar, Dr. Andy Letcher!
While exploring fundamental tenants of herbalism we learn all about medicinal mushrooms: their chemistry, effects on the body and even how to sort through all the claims and products on the market with generational herbalist and mycologist Christopher Hobbs PhD!
We drop in at University of Wisconsin Madison to learn about hidden mycoviruses; their effects on their fungal hosts, theories behind their evolution and so much more with doctoral researcher Bryce Alex!
We learn about the noble mission of the Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS) and how their team of volunteers are helping amateur naturalists to collect data on fungal biodiversity that can fuel fungal conservation efforts with project co-founder Bill Sheehan PhD & "Deep Funga" blog editor Gabriela D'Elia!
We take a trip to the tropics to study fungal biodiversity on islands like Vanuatu and Hawai'i where we'll even explore exotic bioluminescent mushrooms and endophytic fungi with tropical fungi expert Dr. Brian Perry!
We travel to Detroit, Michigan to visit Fungi Freights - an urban mycology lab and community space made of shipping containers to learn about the past, present and future of this ambitious project with founder and environmental scientist Tess Burzynski!
We chart a course through the intermingled countrysides and cityscapes of the UK to learn about the bounty of wild plants and wild mushrooms on offer, all while igniting our own emotional connection with green spaces, with John Rensten of Forage London as our guide!
We pierce the veil of mystery surrounding the entheogenic use of Amanita muscaria mushrooms with pioneering educator Amanita Dreamer as she shares her experience of the mushroom's effects along with preparation techniques and protocols for consuming this misunderstood medicine!
We take a journey from the University of Ghent to the forests of Panama to learn about fungal order Laboubeniales as well as other understudied pathogenic fungi and their habitats with mycologist and adventurer Danny Haelewaters PhD!
We take a trip into the ancient future with Fungi Foundation foundress Giuliana Furci and board member, actress and activist Nathalie Kelley, to learn about Fungi Foundation's work in documenting ancestral & traditional uses of fungi by indigenous communities around the world & to celebrate the upcoming "Future is Fungi" event on June 26, 2021!
It's an adventure to the University of Louisville where we drop into the academic universe of Dr. Michael Perlin to learn all about fungal plant pathogens - how they live, how they function and what they can teach us!