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Unveiling the iboga experience for first-timers and shamans alike, Iboganautics is the podcast committed to discovering everything there is to know about "Tabernanthe iboga," or simply called iboga, a naturally occurring psychedelic plant from Gabon in western Central Africa. While other podcasters and content producers mainly focus on the addiction interruption properties of ibogaine, the main acting alkaloid in iboga, there is so much more to discuss, so much more one could and should know ...
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Welcome to Mirage Travel Writing Podcast, I’m your host William Barlow. After two decades of indigent wanderings, I’m coming to you with stories, curiosities, and questions. In this first season, there will be narratives of sleeping on the streets in European capitals. There will be tales of crocodile men in remote Central African Republic and armed groups in eastern DR Congo all told through the experience of an aid worker. We will try to understand what it means to be a foreigner in clanic ...
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Ukrainian Dialogue

The Aspen Institute Kyiv

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In the Ukrainian Dialogue podcast Ukrainian leaders talk about features of Russian and Ukrainian societies, reasons for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, its consequences to other countries, ways how the Western community can help to protect values and peace in the world. It is not only analytics and insights but their personal stories of fighting for freedom and dignity. Discussions are held by the leadership dialogue platform of Aspen Institute Kyiv and its International Partners.
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The Bangui Magnetic Anomaly, refers to a variation in the Earth's magnetic field centered at Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. I wrote a story with the same name in response to a friend's question—what is a day like in the life of an aid worker in Central Africa? The article was written, beer soaked and sunburnt on a back porch, …
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I’m calling as I drive through Saxony Anhalt, in eastern Germany, because I’ve drank more coffee than water and need to talk. We've talked a lot about travel in the past, you know, in our 20s, always writing to one another with the question of where to live. From ever-changing locations, we would hand in our trip reports via email. I would attach c…
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I once thought each culture had its neuroses, I now think each culture is a neurosis. Neurosis is defined as a particular atrophied behavior, the expression of which results from some sort of malady. Mental conditions that are not caused by organic disease, but involve symptoms of stress, such as obsessive behavior, but not a radical loss of touch …
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Multiple times a day, on a whim or by demand, I sing my son the song The Wheels on the Bus. He's just turned two and loves repetition. He watches my lips as I describe the movements of wheels, wipers, and the driver as the driver says move on back. All over an idealized town, this bus drives over a dozen times a day. At any time of the day, I can r…
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Travel writing is always going on about place. And travelers are forever comparing and positioning themselves between home and away. But if you travel long enough, the home you think you know will vanish in time and as you touch down in your home country or hometown, you’ll suddenly realize there's often nowhere to return to. Leave us a message or …
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A blow by blow of a humanitarian aid distribution in eastern DR Congo The aid industry is selling you a lie but it’s one that’s necessary. The poignant photos on aid organization websites showing beneficiaries in Africa and Asia as grateful recipients of aid are misleading. The lie is necessary because you, the viewer might not know that Giving Thi…
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In this episode we have a crash course in clanic values in Palestine when yours truly is robbed and the question of justice—formal justice or informal justice is forced upon me, the wayward traveler. Intro music by Sam Widaman, episode music by Bull of Heaven, He is Not Dead, but Sleepeth Leave us a message or question 🫠 If you enjoy what you're li…
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Anyone who has ever had his or her heart shit on, enjoyed needle drugs, or rotted away in Sub-Saharan Africa might have witnessed things and could have things worthwhile to say. Worth what? I haven't the faintest idea. At least not yet. This is a story. It could be mine, or it could be yours. In all reality, it is of little significance, the Africa…
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In this episode we have the politics of foreign aid as it relates to the KONY 2012 campaign told through a story about an aid worker kicking painkillers in the Central African Republic. We have crocodile men, a cameo by Celine Dion, and we turn the narrative of Central Africa as a warzone full of witch hunts on its head. Intro music by Sam Widaman,…
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Herbert Marcuse's book "Eros and Civilization" proposes a non-repressive society by attempting a synthesis of the theories of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. He describes a utopia based on aesthetics, sensuality and play, as opposed to our current construction of civilization based on reason, production and repression. When I was a horny twenty-year-o…
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When I was living in West Africa, I learned the hard way why people are poor. And why, during the International Year of Microcredit, why the clients of the microfinance institution where I interned failed to reimburse their loans, and why that was a good thing. Intro music by Sam Widaman, episode music by Christopher Mathis available on bandcamp Le…
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Thinkers, intellectuals, diplomats, and human rights activists from Ukraine, other European countries, and the United States discussed the challenges of war and a new global architecture of peace. Elliott Gerson, Executive Vice President of The Aspen Institute (USA), and Natalie Jaresko, Chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board, ad…
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Ukrainian and Indian leaders discussed Ukraine’s desire for peace within its state borders, the real reasons of the Russia-Ukraine war and evolution of geopolitics that it caused. Speakers also talked about concerns that were raised by Russia’s nuclear threats against Ukraine. Speakers of the discussion were: Natalie Jaresko, Chairperson of the Asp…
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Ukrainian and African leaders explained relations between Ukraine and African countries, how the Russian-Ukraine war impacts the African continent, why Russia is waging a colonial war in Ukraine, and why it is dangerous to allow the colonial power to blackmail the world. Speakers of the discussion were: John Ulanga, Regional Director for East and C…
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Ukrainian leaders explained what is the difference between Ukrainians and Russians, how Russia continues the Soviet Union’s imperialistic paradigm, what are Ukraine’s main needs and how the world can support it. Speakers of the discussion were Natalie Jaresko, the Head of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board and the Minister of Finance of Ukr…
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How did Russia break the security system of the world? Why will military defeat be good for Russia and Russian society? How do the Japanese perceive the Russia-Ukraine war? What is the Japanese government’s position in the case of Russian military aggression against Ukraine? What else should the world's democracies do to support Ukraine? Ukrainian …
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Ukrainian leaders explained what’s wrong with the Russian opposition, why doesn’t Ukraine have plan B, what are Russian propaganda’s actual narratives, and how did the Russian invasion help Ukrainians to realize their identity better. Speakers of the discussion were Andriy Zagorodnyuk, the Head of the Board of the Centre of Defense Strategies, Lesy…
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What problems with humanitarian aid is Ukraine facing? What could anyone of us do to help Ukraine prevail? What kind of world are we looking for after Ukraine's victory? Natalie Jaresko, a Chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board and the Minister of Finance of Ukraine from 2014 to 2016, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, a Chair of the Pa…
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Why has the Ukrainian economy been more resilient than anyone could have expected and how could the world help it to exist? How does Ukraine overcome history? What losses can the world have if sanctions aren’t introduced simultaneously in all countries? What are the consequences if Crimea and other parts of Ukraine will not remain under its control…
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How can the further partnership between Ukraine and the European Union develop? How could the rebuilding of Ukraine be funded? What narratives does Russian propaganda use in Romania and other European countries? Alona Shkrum, member of Parliament of Ukraine, Natalie Jaresko, Chairperson of the Aspen Institute Kyiv Supervisory Board and the Minister…
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Ukrainian leaders explained how the Russian military invasion of Ukraine impacts the economy, why continuing business in Russia means playing the Chamberlain card, how the current Russian government sees its role in the world, and what goals it has toward Ukraine. Speakers of the discussion were Hennadiy Chyzhykov, the President of the Ukrainian Ch…
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Ukrainian leaders explained: how the Russian-Ukrainian war changed Ukrainian society, why the Russian regime is pure fashistic, why there is no reason to look for a compromise with the aggressor. Speakers of the discussion were Vasyl Myroshnychenko, the Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia, Aliona Shkrum, a Member of the Parliament of Ukraine, Pavlo …
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Why can we say that nazism has returned to Europe? The Russian war against Ukraine will have large-scale consequences for the world’s economy — what are they? What are the losses inflicted on Ukraine by Russia and how are they growing everyday? Ukrainian leaders answered these questions during the third Ukrainian Dialogue. Speakers of the discussio…
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Ukrainian leaders explained: why it is important to boycott Russian businesses, what issues do Ukraine's economic recovery plan include, how Russian aggression is connected with oil and gas purchasing, why it is important to stop it, what worldview of ordinary Russians is and why are they ready to accept the crimes of this country’s klepto-oligarch…
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What are the reasons for the Russian war against Ukraine and how did it change the lives of Ukrainians? How do big Ukrainian businesses operate in conditions of war? What type of security system should be built in the world to prevent wars? How do Russians behave in temporarily occupied cities? What is the biggest need of Ukraine right now? Anton D…
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Dr. Michael Marder is Ikerbasque Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country where, for example, he teaches courses in “Ecology and Phenomenology,” and “Philosophical Anthropology.” His research interests include ethical and political philosophy, environmental philosophy, and phenomenology, and he has authored a number …
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Dr. Felix Krengel recently completed his PhD in biological sciences at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. His research interests include phytochemistry, metabolomics, and plant tissue culture, focusing particularly on the biosynthesis of monoterpenoid indole alkaloids by Mexican species of the Apocynaceae plant family. I in…
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Dr. Chris Jenks has applied his background in organic chemistry to ibogaine extraction studies since the 1990s. Over the years, he developed simpler and less expensive procedures and manufacturing methods to extract ibogaine from various plant materials, resulting in multiple manuals and papers detailing the process. The driving force behind his ef…
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Dr. Surajit Sinha is professor at the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), in Kolkata, West Bengal. His research interests broadly include organic synthesis, chemical biology, drug discovery and delivery, and more specifically, iboga alkaloids. I invite Surajit on the podcast to discuss no…
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Dr. Lowan H. Stewart is an emergency physician and was an associate clinical professor who currently resides in Oslo as a result of working with a team to bring the specialty of Emergency Medicine to Norway. Additionally, he has over 20 years of experience with clinical use of ketamine, is a member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, fo…
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Dr. Peter H. Addy has a PhD in clinical psychology, conducted postdoctoral research and eventually promoted to faculty member at Yale School of Medicine, and co-founded the Yale Psychedelic Science Group in 2016. In 2018, he started a private practice in psychotherapy, and soon thereafter began offering professional trainings, including one on Salv…
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Welcome to . . . Iboganautics: Unveiling the iboga experience for first-timers and shamans alike. I’m your host, AM. Season 3, Neuro & Plant Science, is about how iboga-type alkaloids affect the human brain; neurophysiological and phenomenological overlaps between iboga and other hallucinogens; iboga botany; and ibogaine extraction methods. The mai…
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Art Hsieh is Paramedic Program Director for the Public Safety Training Center at Santa Rosa Junior College where he also teaches. His career in emergency medical services spans nearly 40 years, including serving as president of the National Association of EMS Educators, presenting at conferences at home and abroad, and is the author of two books: T…
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Andrés Gómez Emilsson is Director of Research at, and co-founder of, the Qualia Research Institute where he works with algorithm design, psychedelic theory, neurotechnology, and mapping the computational properties of consciousness, to name several. He has a master’s degree in Computational Psychology; worked professionally with graph theory, stati…
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Dr. Kenneth L. Koch is a practicing physician, professor of gastroenterology at Wake Forest University, and professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He’s been on numerous institutional, divisional, and national committees and boards, and has authored hundreds of papers and book chapters during his career. His latest book is…
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Joaquín González is a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the University of the Republic (UdelaR) in Montevideo, Uruguay. In addition to teaching master’s students the neurobiological and neurochemical basis of sleep, he conducts research with his colleagues at the Laboratory of Sleep Neurobiology regarding ibogaine’s effects on sleep and wakefulness …
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Dr. Andrew G. Lee is a professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, is currently the Chair of the Blanton Eye Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital, has been on the editorial board of fourteen scientific journals, and my favorite part of Andrew’s CV is his YouTube channel called “Neu…
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Dr. Tibor M. Brunt has conducted multiple researches related to addiction science at the Free University of Amsterdam and the Trimbos Institute in Utrecht, and he’s currently a postdoctoral fellow at Radboud University in Nijmegen, and a scientific supervisor at the Amsterdam University Medical Center. I invite Tibor on the podcast to discuss his a…
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Matt Cooper is a nutrition consultant, integrative health coach, and strength & conditioning coach from Los Angeles, California. You can tell by looking at his website’s bio at RewirePerformance.com that he’s an avid learner who applies and combines his knowledge from different fields to craft tailormade training programs for his clients ranging fr…
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Tricia Eastman conducts healing ceremonies around the world after years of iboga training in Mboumba, Eyano, Mimbare, and Missoko Bwiti traditions from Gabon, in addition to working with 5-MeO-DMT in shamanic and ceremonial contexts. She’s an inspiring voice on the psychedelic lecture circuit, presenting at conferences such as the Aware Project, th…
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Welcome to . . . Iboganautics: Unveiling the iboga experience for first-timers and shamans alike. I’m your host, A.M. Season 2, The Body on Iboga, is about the physical aspects of the iboga experience people should consider. The main questions that guide each episode are: “What is happening to my body while on iboga,” and, “How am I experiencing my…
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Dr. Steve Katsikas is a professor of clinical psychology and Chair of the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. His research interests include but are not limited to: assessment and treatment of children with behavioral difficulties, cross-cultural diff…
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Greg Lawrence is a Psychedelic Integration and Transformational Coach, and Energy Worker, and is affiliated with various psychedelic integration centers such as The Transpersonal Counseling Center, Psychedelia, and Innerspace Integration. People seek out Greg’s knowledge and guidance regarding self-exploration and integration before and after psych…
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Dr. Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna’s Department of Science and Technology Studies. She was a visiting researcher at Harvard University, a scholar at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the list goes on. In genera…
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Conclusion chapter of my master's thesis. See episode 1.3 description for more information. CONNECT Twitter (https://twitter.com/AMhouot) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amhouot/) Academia (https://independent.academia.edu/AMHouot) ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Am_Houot) DISCLAIMER Iboganautics is a podcast intended for e…
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Chapter 3 of my master's thesis. See episode 1.3 description for more information. CONNECT Twitter (https://twitter.com/AMhouot) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amhouot/) Academia (https://independent.academia.edu/AMHouot) ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Am_Houot) DISCLAIMER Iboganautics is a podcast intended for entertainm…
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Chapter 2 of my master's thesis. See episode 1.3 description for more information. CONNECT Twitter (https://twitter.com/AMhouot) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amhouot/) Academia (https://independent.academia.edu/AMHouot) ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Am_Houot) DISCLAIMER Iboganautics is a podcast intended for entertainm…
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Chapter 1 of my master's thesis. See episode 1.3 description for more information. CONNECT Twitter (https://twitter.com/AMhouot) LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amhouot/) Academia (https://independent.academia.edu/AMHouot) ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Am_Houot) DISCLAIMER Iboganautics is a podcast intended for entertainm…
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In this episode including the following four episodes, taking 2 hours and 52 minutes in total, I read my master's thesis to the non-readers among us, and secondarily to podcast listeners. I have two people in mind when I’m reading my thesis: my parents. My dad told me he wouldn’t read my thesis, a piece that took me over a year to research and writ…
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The Colombian-born Dutchman, Rico Mesa, is a calisthenics athlete who competes internationally in events such as the WSWCF World Cup, Calisthenics Cup in The Netherlands, CCB Royal Barz, Call Out competition, Battle of the Barz, and many more. We speak about Rico’s methods to control the body, and what we can take away and possibly apply toward con…
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