This week, contributor Matt Ruby speaks with Christopher Kelley, a university lecturer and a self-proclaimed Buddhist “psychonaut,” or “mind explorer,” who holds a doctorate in Religion from Columbia University where he studied Tibetan Buddhism. In his studies and teachings, he explores the parallels between Buddhism and dark comedy and the ways in which the tenets of the religion intersect with humor.
Also, Charles Hinshaw returns to discuss the new movie, Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan. And along the way, Radio Dispatch’s John Knefel discusses the increasingly authoritarian practices of President Trump, which began during his campaign and have continued into his administration; a woman named Mary tells us about how a trip to New York led to a change in goals and a career in fashion; and we’ll take an exclusive early listen to a performance by Dream Version from an episode of BTR Live Studio set to be released next week.
Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.
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