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

Premiere DateDec 15, 2017
00:00 Intro
01:28 START /// Adam Strauss and ‘The Mushroom Cure’ w/ Matt Ruby
03:14 Originals of show / OCD, etc.
05:25 Benefits of OCD / perfectionism in comedy / productive channels
06:29 Therapy + meds / psychedelics as OCD treatment
09:48 “OCD about meditation”
12:40 Mushrooms / cactus / bad taste = little door
17:26 Brain chemistry
19:08 Research chemicals / mescaline + synthetic psychedelics
22:36 Would you have tried these even if you didn’t have OCD? / bad trips
27:00 Integration / what actually worked? / acceptance of anxiety
30:37 Deciding to turn the experiences into a show
31:20 Critical reaction
32:56 Other helpful things (yoga, etc.)
33:47 Ayahuasca
40:22 Power posing / defensive crouch of a New Yorker
41:37 Advice for others with OCD /// END
43:59 1st Person: David // Remembering His Grandfather
47:24 Movie Review: ‘I, Tonya’ w/ Jacqueline Soller
49:18 Movie Chat: ‘I, Tonya’ (spoiler alert)
64:46 John Knefel // Sanitizing Trump
67:34 “As We Know” (BTR Live Studio, 2017) The Ghost Of Paul Revere
70:50 Outro / Credits
71:35 Finish.

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