Rank #1: Psychedelic Integration
From a music festival to a therapists couch, journey with me as I discover the real dangers (and benefits) of mind-altering substances, and meet the professionals helping users process their psychedelic experiences. I speak with the executive director of E.R.I.E. (Entheogenic Research Integration Education), the founder of psychedelictimes.com, a psychotherapist helping set up a Ketamine Clinic, and another offering Psychedelic Integration Services, mixed with stories from the festival grounds.
Phalanges - G Jones and Bleep Bloop
Reach Out - Nphonix (Om Unit Remix)
WitchHunty - Bruxa
Hallucinations 2 - YUNG $AM V
Day n Days - Moresounds
Nov 24 2017
Rank #2: Moldavia
This is a non-narrated episode, with no formal introduction or outro. Please rate/review!
Moldavia says she has "nine bloods in her." A black bigot who believes in radical multi-culturalism, supports Drumpf, and runs a 'foundation' which works to inspire Americans to learn more languages and cultures, Moldavia herself can say something in over 3,000 languages.
I unpack my encounter with her, which I am calling "the most frustrating interview I've ever conducted" with a friend of mine, Stephen Williams. Stephen tells me a little bit about his experience growing up in the USA as an African American and raising two mixed-race sons. We discuss how to help people
Check out Moldavia's foundation, SAPAWLAC's Youtube page here.
Feb 03 2019
Rank #3: College Dropout Part 1
One out of every two students who attend Community College drop out. Only 1 in 5 will get their degree in four years. Why?
I’m Nikolas Harter, and in this three part series produced out of the KCSF studios at the City College of San Francisco, I interview students and administrators, and break down statistics to come to some surprising conclusions about our flawed system of higher education.
If you don’t know what career you want to pursue, is going straight to college after high school really the best option? How is acquiring an education connected to success, happiness, and becoming an adult? These days, is our system of higher education even capable of raising the financial well-being of its students, or does it perpetuate society’s inequities?
In Part 1, I approach this question of why 47% of students drop out of school by breaking down the data. Did you know “work responsibilities” is the number one reason students report for dropping out of school? It’s ironic, because “financial struggle” is the number one reason students go to college in the first place! We’ll meet a couple CCSF community members, and put some faces to the data.
Apr 21 2019
Rank #4: College Dropout Part 2
In Part 2, I explore the personal reasons for why a student might drop out with “F-Everything” Paul Lopez. Paul dropped out of school when he was 18. Back then, he didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he left school and moved up to the bay with his sister to get a full time job. Now he’s back, returning to school at C.C.S.F. at 22 years old. I told him about the high drop out rate at Community Colleges, and he told me he feels like a number.
We’ll also meet the students from S.M.A.C. (students making a change), a student group on campus advocating for the rights of the school’s minority populations (and everyone else’s too). 80% of C.C. students in California are placed into remedial classes, and S.M.A.C. is not happy about it. It’s not just personal, or existential reasons for why so many students are dropping out. The system itself discourages students by preventing them from taking college level courses until they repeat High School Math and English. No wonder it takes most students (four out of five) more than four years to graduate.
Thankfully, the C.C.S.F. administration has been made aware of the problem (thank you S.M.A.C.), and is implementing new systems, such as Guided Pathways, to channel students through college in a more efficient manner.
Music by Sam Vanderlist
Apr 21 2019
Rank #5: The First Move
Is it harder for young people to find a committed partner? Is the next generation transforming courtship gender roles, or entrenching them in the online space? I hit the streets, go to university, torture my girlfriend, and investigate polyamory to check on the state of modern dating.
I Turn My Camera On (John McEntire Remix) by Spoon
Water No Get Enemy by Fela Kuti
Mar 05 2018
Rank #6: Oxytocin
This week I examine the notion that online social interactions could be chemically as fulfilling as in-person interactions. It's been found that oxytocin (the "cuddle chemical") is released after social media use, but can that be believed? I battle with the internet and confer with Dr. Love to decipher the conflicting studies.
Nov 10 2017
Rank #7: Think You Know How to Talk?
I interview folks on the street about small talk, what it's good for, its pitfalls, and whether or not it's necessary. Topics range from common ice breakers to microaggressions as I seek advice from the bonafide conversation coach, Beacon Driscoll.
Musical Credits: ALL CAPS by G Jones and Bleep Bloop, Superstition by Stevie Wonder, Here Comes the Judge by Peter Tosh. A very special thanks to all the crosswalk signals, street performers, and cable cars who also appear in this episode.
Oct 13 2017
Rank #8: Joaquin
I follow the eccentric Joaquin around for a day while he shows me the ins and outs of trash collection, and shares some messages from the galaxy.
Sep 28 2017
Rank #9: 420 at Hippie Hill
I don't know if you heard--Marijuana just got legalized in California--it's a pretty big deal, and it's cause for celebration for the legions of stoners who live in the state. Or is it?
One of the biggest celebrations of this magical plant takes place every year on 4/20 just down the road from my house, at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park.
On this episode I spend the day at Hippie Hill, interviewing stoners, and investigating how the festival has changed since it started being regulated by the city last year. This microcosm of the cannabis community offers insights as to how legalization will effect the larger cannabis culture.
May 21 2018
Rank #10: New Episodes Starting 12/9 (Teaser)
Teaser for a new season of The 38 starting 12/9.
Nov 26 2018