Prepare for a wild trip with mycology legend, author and pioneer Professor Michael Beug as he guides us through the extraordinary fungal diversity of the Columbia River Gorge his new book "Mushrooms of Cascadia", the modern history of psychedelia, and the healing potentials of mushrooms!
Our journey takes us from China to Canada as we marvel at breathtaking art pieces shaped with mediums like pearls, cicadas and mushrooms make us question our relationship with nature, culture and life itself guided by the talented hand of artist Xiaojing Yan
Generational mushroom farmer Amir Karian takes us behind the scenes into the world of commercial agaricus mushroom farming at Monterey Mushrooms, the frontiers of fungal genetics at Amycel and his own journey seeking out the highest quality medicinal mushroom supplements that saw him found Alchemi Mushrooms!
We take an expedition through the wilds of Scotland to learn about the power of herbal medicines, the inner universes of microbiomes all around us and the realities of living for a year on only wild food with forager, research herbalist and ethnobotanist Monica Wilde!
We take a deep dive into taxonomy to learn how a fungus gets its name, how scientists attempt to group these enigmatic organisms into "family" "genus" or "species" and how these efforts, married with the efforts of amateur naturalists, are central to fungal conservation with accomplished mycologist Else Vellinga!
The mystical, and oft maligned, world of Psilocybin mushrooms opens up before us as we are guided on a journey to understand, cultivate and create culinary delights using "magic mushrooms" with authors and researchers Dr. K Mandrake and Virginia Haze!
We wade into vast swathes of history and analyze cultural perspectives as we examine the roots of western, institutional "Science", how new concepts like "queer theory" and "queer ecology" inform scientific discourse and how mycology can be considered a queer discipline, with activist and scientist Dr. Patricia Kaishian!
We visit the headquarters of community mycology movement Fungi for the People to take a deep dive into bioremediation, mushroom cultivation, mycorrhizal fungi and more with founder and facilitator Ja Schindler!
We visit the wilds of Wicklow County in Ireland to learn all about the Irish forage landscape, wild foods, herbal medicines & pierce the stigma surrounding Amanita muscaria with founder of Hips & Haws Wildcrafts, Courtney Tyler!
We traverse the underexplored mountain ranges and high meadows of California to learn about the unique geographies that give rise to diverse biological communities of plants & fungi, including everyone's favorite morel mushrooms, with lifelong Sierra Nevada naturalist Thea Chesney!