Ep 36 // Adam Strauss and ‘The Mushroom Cure’ / ‘I, Tonya’

Premiere DateDec 15, 2017
00:00 Intro
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01:28 START /// Adam Strauss and ‘The Mushroom Cure’ w/ Matt Ruby
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03:14 Originals of show / OCD, etc.
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05:25 Benefits of OCD / perfectionism in comedy / productive channels
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06:29 Therapy + meds / psychedelics as OCD treatment
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09:48 “OCD about meditation”
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12:40 Mushrooms / cactus / bad taste = little door
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17:26 Brain chemistry
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19:08 Research chemicals / mescaline + synthetic psychedelics
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22:36 Would you have tried these even if you didn’t have OCD? / bad trips
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27:00 Integration / what actually worked? / acceptance of anxiety
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30:37 Deciding to turn the experiences into a show
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31:20 Critical reaction
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32:56 Other helpful things (yoga, etc.)
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33:47 Ayahuasca
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40:22 Power posing / defensive crouch of a New Yorker
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41:37 Advice for others with OCD /// END
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43:59 1st Person: David // Remembering His Grandfather
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47:24 Movie Review: ‘I, Tonya’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
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49:18 Movie Chat: ‘I, Tonya’ (spoiler alert)
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64:46 John Knefel // Sanitizing Trump
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67:34 “As We Know” (BTR Live Studio, 2017) The Ghost Of Paul Revere
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70:50 Outro / Credits
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71:35 Finish.
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This week, we have a conversation between contributor Matt Ruby and his guest, Adam Strauss, the award winning performer behind the one-person shows The Mushroom Cure and The Uncertainty Principle. They discuss Adam’s exploration of psychotropic substances for the purpose of treating his OCD and the ways those experiences led to his shows. We’re also joined by Jacqueline Sooler to discuss the recently released movie, I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie and starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, and Sebastian Stan. Along the way we’ll also hear from Radio Dispatch’s John Knefel with his thoughts on how language used to describe President Trump and his actions — as well as those of his allies — obscures certain truths and result in false equivalencies that tilt the political landscape. We’ll also hear from a man named David, who shares memories of his grandfather. And we’ll take a listen to a performance by the self-described “holler roots band from Maine” known as The Ghost of Paul Revere from their just-released BTR Live Studio session.

Music composed by and show edited by Hansdale Hsu.

Host J. McVay
J grew up down in Louisiana and Texas before moving to NYC for college. After college, he decided to stick around, working in film and television production for well over a decade. He came to BTR in 2011 when he…
Reg. Contributors Matt Ruby Jacqueline Soller

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