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Our mission at Psychedelic Times is to share the latest news, research, and happenings around the study of psychedelics as tools of healing, recovery, and therapy. We are passionate about the incredible potential that psychoactive substances such as marijuana, ayahuasca, MDMA, LSD, iboga, psilocybin, and DMT present to humanity, and are excited to share that passion with you.
 
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The Psych Files is a podcast for anyone who wonders why we do what we do. Experienced educator Michael Britt, Ph.D., in an upbeat and friendly style, shows you how ideas from the field of psychology apply to everyday life. If you’re a life-long learner, a student or a teacher, you’ll find his 20-30 minute episodes enjoyable and educational. Over 14 million episodes have been downloaded to date with over 100,000 people listening every month. See what all the talk is about!
 
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Why do some conspiracy theories seem to have so much evidence to support them? Well, that’s because if you look hard enough at any event, and you don’t have any particular theory before you start looking, you’re eventually going to find something. And you’ll probably think that thing is AMAZING. This is what careful thinkers and researchers hav ...…
 
Have you seen the musical The Fantasticks? Not only does it have wonderful music but it also has pearls of wisdom. Oh yea, and gender issues. In this episode I talk about the psychology inside this great show. I also talk about how you know when something you read online is probably true (hint: if what you read is boring then it's probably true ...…
 
In this episode I talk about whether there really is a bible code, anti-vaccination beliefs and whether jellybeans cause acne. It's all part of how we humans love to find patterns in the world and the amount of wiggle room we're willing to give ourselves to find them. Too often we make the Look Elsewhere error. And not just of everyday folk do ...…
 
Most of us have heard of Anton Mesmer and Jean Charcot. They were some of the first to dabble in the "mind cure" using hypnosis and the power of suggestion. But what role did syphilis play in the development of psychology? You'd be surprised. Join me and authors Dr. Allan Ropper and Brian David Burrell as we discuss their new book called "How t ...…
 
Chicago Creative, Chiest Love has a passion for helping others tell their stories. Now he can share that passion on the big screen during the premiere of his first double feature, short film ‘Side Eye/ Only Way’ Thursday, August 28th at The Harper Theatre This film is impactful for everyone because the men and women are given a voice. Love stat ...…
 
The Little Black Pearl resides in the Kenwood neighborhood in Chicago and for the past 25 years they’ve been thriving with a nonprofit program that serves the youth, adults and families. This year they’ll be celebrating with a free festival on the lake front for the entire family to enjoy food, fun and live music from musicians such as: Avery S ...…
 
There are too many knee-jerk, brief (and incorrect) explanations for why the US is experiencing such a rise in hatred and violence. Claiming that violent perpetrators are "mentally ill" is wrong. We have research and we understand the dangerous path that some young men get involved in and which ultimately leads them to violence. The right answe ...…
 
Even though he is mostly known for teaming up with his brother Shawn Wayans, Marlon has been venturing out solo for the past 5 years. He finally released his first stand-up comedy special “Woke-ish” in 2018 on Netflix. This was a big hit for the streaming site and gave fans an up close and personal experience with the comedian. While Marlon is ...…
 
Chicago Radio Host Alan ‘A.C.’ Green has been empowering people in the community tremendously for the past decade on his radio show, The A.C. Green Show. Composing music is one of his many skills. In fact, he created the “Yes We Can” jingle for the Obama campaign in 2004. That campaign slogan still influences his approach when it comes to helpi ...…
 
I talk about tech many times here on The Psych Files so where do I learn about Phone Addiction, Voice Assistants, Smart Watches and so forth? By listening to tech podcasts. There's a new one out I really like. It's called Waveform with MKBHD and I've got a clip from the show to listen to. I'm already learning a lot so check it out! Click here t ...…
 
Cannibis patients were restricted from medicating while visiting a hotel. Local businesswoman Holly Dupart (a licensed medical cannabis patient) saw a need and took action with the Spark Clubs in Chicago. A health and wellness retreat in vacation rentals that accommodates patients and Cannaseurs . In this episode Holly will give you a 101 on CB ...…
 
I haven't talked about sleep problems yet here on the Psych Files so I brought in the perfect person to talk to us about sleep and insomnia. Dr. Shelby Harris has written the Woman's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia and I learned a lot about how Cognitive Behavioral therapy is applied to this specific problem. Dr. Harris also has some tips you'll w ...…
 
Brandon “Avehre’ Avery is showing us that when opportunities knock, you must be prepared to open. He recently made a pit-stop at the WGN Skyline Studios while promoting the ‘Way Up Tour‘. He explained that for years he had been a songwriter and never imagined being in the spotlight singing. That was until Gladys Knight was in search for a back- ...…
 
The first season of ‘Ambitions‘ on OWN Network has been heating up households and social media since its premiere June 18th. What more could you expect when there’s a hot and seasoned cast line-up? This drama series explores the deceitful lifestyles of prominent blacks and power couples (now that’s a story line you don’t see too often). Even th ...…
 
The Bantu Fest is one of the biggest festivals in Chicago. Each year the attendance consistently grows with festival goers from near and far. “We bring a blend of different cultures and vibes from different countries.” – Bantu Fest Founder, Silvain Songo Over 30 countries are being showcased with a variety of food, art and entertainment. This y ...…
 
For decades Kevin Ross (owner & CEO of The Twoguard Group) has been marketing, managing and promoting artists in the music industry. His keen sense for music and knowledge of the industry is what makes him a powerhouse. This episode will explore Kevin’s journey into the music industry and we’ll get his viewpoint about the state of black music t ...…
 
I'll bet you're like me and you enjoyed the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast. As wonderful a story it is, let's take a moment just to acknowledge that there are some themes in the show that are, well, not so nice. I’ll take a look at this show from an angle of toxic masculinity in the Gaston character and possibly co-dependency in the relati ...…
 
For many, experiencing another culture can include visiting a museum, national monuments or archeological ruins. Many times we fail to notice what’s surrounding us everyday. Whether it’s food, clothing or entertainment. Culture is everywhere! At the 4th Annual Remarkable Indonesia Fair, you will get to experience their culture with food demo’s, ...…
 
What is known as a huge family reunion that takes place every year on Chicago’s South Side, The Chosen Few Picnic and House Music Festival continues to grow with family and fans that yearns for the feeling that house music has engraved in them for over 3 decades. Chosen Few started out with five local DJ’s trying to supply the demand of DJ’s ac ...…
 
Have you ever wondered if you're really being true to some inner person of yours? Wondered if there isn't someone else inside that you that you're supposed to be actualizing? Guess what? Maybe not. What is authenticity anyway? That's what we'll explore in this episode, along with a discussion of some of the doubts being cast on the famous Stanf ...…
 
It’s officially SUMMERTIME! If you’re finding it hard to find things to do then this episode should help. Published author D.A. Rhodes shares details about her (2) books, Rhodes Literacy Group and upcoming Author’s Brunch, Saturday, June 29th and Sunday June 30th. Click here for details. It’s never too late to get in shape! Fitness trainer Stac ...…
 
While staying true to the setting of the newly released film on Netflix which was filmed in Chicago, Executive Producer Chris Robinson wanted to make sure “the people from Chicago are proud of this film as we are proud of this film.” This coming-of-age emotional drama highlights family, mental health and music. An unlikely friendship is develop ...…
 
In the last episode I talked about the potential downside to having most of our digital assistants speak to us using a female voice. "Q" - will give us an option. Here's my interview with Emil Rasmussen, who will give you some of the background behind Q and his hopes for the future of Q.By Michael Britt.
 
Black Culture Week is a time for the world to gather in unison to celebrate and commemorate Black Culture. It is also a time for people everywhere to intentionally collaborate and create new contributions to the culture. From June 15th to June 23rd, ALL people, communities, corporations, organizations, and otherwise are invited to either produc ...…
 
Premier Health Urgent Care and Occupational Health Center will be hosting its official ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11am at 1301 S. 47th Street. The facility, which is the only urgent care in the Southside Hyde Park and the only black-owned urgent care, has been servicing patients since October 2018 and has been aiming to pr ...…
 
Why do our digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana have "feminized" voices and what are the effects of this trend? That's what I explore in this episode. Are there negative effects of using female voices in the devices we talk to and who talk to us? Are there alternatives? Turns out there is an alternative - a "genderles ...…
 
Three Chicago natives knew there was a message that needed to be shared about the underground world of dog fighting. ” We wanted to tell the movie from the dog’s perspective and leave the humans out,” said producer of the film, Philip James. James and screenwriter Kenny Young both agreed the best portrayal would be through animation. Chance, wh ...…
 
“Chicago at the Crossroad” is 1 out of only 5 documentaries selected to screen at the prestigious American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in Miami on June 15th. “It’s good for this film to have that premiere at ABFF because ABFF represents a lot of the topics that are in the film,” says Emmy winning producer & director Brian Schodorf. Schodorf deve ...…
 
For the first-time ever, Great Wolf Lodge will be celebrating a summer camp-in. They’ll be taking the traditional outdoor camping experience and bringing it inside. This summer celebration will begin Memorial Day weekend and run until Labor Day weekend. This is huge for the Gurnee, IL location! This location will be celebrating its first full s ...…
 
It's ingrained in western society that people should find work they really enjoy - work that fulfills a passion. If you're lucky enough to have found work you're passionate about you ought to know that there is a dark side. People who know that you're doing the work because you love it might just take advantage of that. In this interview with r ...…
 
The 100 Black Men of Chicago Inc. has been empowering the African American youth for 24 years now. The community-focused organization continues to live up to their mission and striving -“to improve the quality of life in our communities and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African Americans.” Annually, they organize colleg ...…
 
In this episode I cover a few interesting topics. First, have you ever "blanked out" in front of an audience? I recently did and I was determined to find out why this happened. I found some answers in a great book called Stop Talking, Start Influencing. Also I'll tell you about the memorization strategies I used in a recent play I was in, and w ...…
 
Tracy Edmonds does not take her role as a ‘boss lady’ lightly as she’s been producing film, TV and music for decades. She’s no stranger to the high-life, fabulous and famous lifestyle so it only makes sense that she jumped on-board as Executive Producer of BET’s newest, juicy and stylized drama, ‘Games People Play’ which premieres Tuesday, Apri ...…
 
Do you have your own little “tricks”? That is, ways of doing things that are faster than how you used to do them? Well, congratulations, you’re something of an efficiency expert. And if you can picture an assembly line of people putting products together, then you’ve seen one way of increasing productivity. But some of us are really, really obs ...…
 
Local Afro-Soul Singer, Nola Ade is stepping back onto the music scene after giving her fans a breather for the past few years. The summer is about get much hotter now that she’s unleashed her newest track ‘Good To You’. Often times she’s compared to other artists such as Indie Arie, Erykah Badu and Vivian Green, but Nola brings her own unique ...…
 
It was just a year ago when Chi STEM started as a once a week program that exposed youth to STEM curriculum. Founder Darius Nix quickly learned that the kids needed more time. This year he is excited to share that the program has been extended to 6 weeks during the summer. Zakiyah Williams (Curriculum Writer and Chief Program Officer) shared th ...…
 
Why is it okay - in some cultures - to jaywalk, while in others you could get arrested for jaywalking? Why was marijuana was sold - legally - for years in the streets of Amsterdam when it is only now become legal in the US? The reason: some cultures are what author Michele Gelfand calls "loose" and others are "tight". Here's my first episode on ...…
 
As we are adapting to the ever-changing world of technology, local entrepreneur Nauje Change figured out a way to combine beauty and technology with her new app ‘Beaudentity‘. This app was created to help ease the task of beauty management for black women as well as provide a platform for black-owned retailers and retailers that sells black bra ...…
 
For 10 years now, Astin Hayes has been growing frustrated with the lack of multi-player games that celebrated the black culture. After playing a game of Taboo with friends she knew something was missing and soon after she went to the store to purchase game cards. This trip to the store would later be a game changer for everyone. Amanda Spann is ...…
 
After recognizing the accomplishments of black Americans during the month of February for Black History Month, we are now celebrating the women who has influenced history for the month of March. So many people has played a role in shaping our nation which is why it is important for us to honor diversity. Chipedia Podcast, WGN Plus, Cinespace Ch ...…
 
Classically trained pianist, Megan Stokes is turning heads on the music scenes with her unique mix of blending classic music with other genres such as hip-hop, neo-soul and rock. She’s more than a pianist, she’s also a composer and teacher. She has taken the stage at numerous venues and has made a cameo appearance on the TV show ‘Empire’. Megan ...…
 
Would you like to get into the mind of someone who not only has OCD, but who also wrote a novel in which the main character deals with it as well? That's the premise behind the book, Waiting For Fitz. In this episode I interview the author, Spencer Hyde. He talks about the novel, the other characters (one of whom suffers from schizophrenia) and ...…
 
After recognizing the accomplishments of black Americans during the month of February for Black History Month, we are now celebrating the women who has influenced history for the month of March. So many people has played a role in shaping our nation which is why it is important for us to honor diversity. Chipedia Podcast, WGN Plus, Cinespace Ch ...…
 
The award-winning Praize Productions is set to take their audience on a spiritual journey for their 8th annual theatrical production. This year’s theme is titled ‘Smells Like Freedom’. Praize Productions founder and dance instructor Reesie Davis shared her inspiration behind the title, “I took a deep inhale and it smells like freedom.” “The sho ...…
 
The Circle Foundation is celebrating a decade of work that has helped facilitate educational development for Chicago youth at Innovations High School. The non-profit has effectively helped challenged high school students aim for high standards and harmonious social interactions. This year they will be honoring Sheila Brown (Executive Director o ...…
 
Only a little while ago cannabis (marijuana) was approved for medical purposes. Now "recreational use" of the plant is legal in many states in the US. It is being prescribed to treat PTSD, schizophrenia and chronic pain among others. But what is dispensary opens near you - can you trust the advice of the "budtender" (those who work at cannabis ...…
 
In celebration of Black History Month, Com-Ed launched their 4th annual Solar Spotlight program that exposes African American high school students to (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. With the rising numbers of STEM careers, African Americans fulfilling STEM degrees and jobs are lagging. Com-Ed has made a commitment to se ...…
 
It seems like there’s no end to TV shows about criminals who have various psychiatric disorders. It’s understandable that we find them fascinating, but how accurate are they? What is it really like to work with individuals who are convicted of serious crimes but who are unquestionably suffering from a mental illness? If you’re interested in the ...…
 
In honor of Cancer Awareness Month, Lotsu Digestive Health & Nutrition Center will host an open house Monday, February 18 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Dr. Dzifaa Lotsu M.D. is very passionate about educating people on digestive health and stresses that “cancer can be prevented if it’s detected early”. Hosting this open house for the community will gi ...…
 
“The hippest trip in American” will make an impression in households once again. ‘American Soul’ is a drama series that tells the story of Soul Train and its creator Don Cornelius. The 10 episode series will premiere February 5th on BET and will air every Tuesday. The all-star lineup cast and crew will put you in a time capsule that will take y ...…
 
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