Dope Stories (Society and Culture)


Society and Culture




August 2018
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The reunion show! Shane shares stories from a recent trip to Jamaica. Pauly and Shane discuss the George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic) memoir. Shane has a new-found respect for Phish after attending a show at the L.A. Forum. Pauly describes an intense psychedelic experience in Las Vegas over Halloween. Finally, Pauly explains the new direction of his upcoming novel, Fried Peaches.

Direct download: dopestories-028.mp3
Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 12:16pm EDT

Dope Stories 027 - This Is The End

Description: Shane explains how he arrived at the difficult decision to end Dope Stories after 27 episodes. Shane and Pauly reminisce about their favorite moments from the show, and they also briefly discuss the New York Times op-ed series supporting the legalization of marijuana. Pauly shares a Las Vegas story about dropping LSD at the World Series of Poker on the day Phil Hellmuth made a grandiose entrance dressed as Julius Caesar. Dope Media includes Drunk History, WTF Podcast with The Amazing Jonathan, Graham Hancock's banned Ted talk, and Pauly’s upcoming novel Fried Peaches.

Direct download: dopestories-027.mp3
Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 4:11am EDT

Dope Stories 026 - Phish Tour

Pauly returns from two weeks on the road following Phish and Shane asks him about his travels in New York, Detroit, and Chicago. Other topics include: sleep as a drug, the nitrous mafia, Phish as a religion and what is a wook? Dope Media includes Down the Rabbit Hole (a novel by Juan Pablo Villalobos) and Michael Walker's book on Laurel Canyon.

Direct download: dopestories-026.mp3
Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dope Stories 025 - Turbo: Mexicali Blues

In this special "Turbo" vacation episode, Pauly asks Shane about living in Mexico as an online poker exile. Shane answers the popular question "Is Mexico dangerous?" and he describes his weekly routine commuting from Santa Monica to Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

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Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 5:49am EDT

Dope Stories 024 - Turbo: Sean Azzariti

In this special "Turbo" episode, Pauly interviews marijuana activist and veterans advocate Sean Azzariti. Sean talks about the controversial dismissal of medicinal marijuana researcher, Dr. Sue Sisley. Sean updates us on his recent work with Grow4Vets, which offers free cannabis for military veterans. Sean also explains how medicinal marijuana helps him and other Iraq War vets deal with PTSD.

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Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 9:54am EDT

Shane returns from Vegas, where he played poker with Michael Borovetz, a degenerate gambler most known for scamming people at airports. Shane and Pauly discuss heroin experimentation, while Pauly explains how he's too busy with work to be a full-blown junkie. Dope Media selections include Kid Cannabis film and 112 Weddings documentary.

Direct download: dopestories-023.mp3
Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Dopes Stories 022 - Jordan Morgan

Shane is on the road in Las Vegas and calls Pauly in the studio. They interview professional poker player Jordan Morgan moments after he won a tournament and his first World Series of Poker bracelet. Morgan was recently prescribed Adderall and he explains how the cognitive enhancer drug turned his life around. Shane and Pauly discuss Electric Daisy Carnival, Shane's worst festival experience, and Pauly's worst Phish show in Vermont. Shane also asks Pauly about his writing methods and inspiration behind his new novel, Fried Peaches. Dope Media includes True Romance (film recommended by Jordan Morgan), How I Hacked My Brain on Adderall article by Trent, and Supermensch, a documentary by Mike Myers about legendary manager Shep Gordon.

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Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 8:33am EDT

Shane returned from a long weekend in Vegas and asks Pauly about an article in The Believer about the future of marijuana growers in the Northern California's Emerald Triangle. Pauly explains how wholesale weed prices dropped dramatically over the last 10 years. Shane and Pauly discuss the documentary Crackhouse USA, in which narcotics police in Rockford, Illinois set up surveillance inside a stash house. Pauly remarks on the 44th anniversary of Dock Ellis pitching a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD and speed. Dope Media included Dead Prez and Michael Rappaport's documentary "Beats, Rhymes and Life" about A Tribe Called Quest.

Direct download: dopestories-021.mp3
Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 6:42am EDT

Dope Stories 020 - Dr. Shuglin, MDMA, and the New Reefer Madness

The passing of chemist Dr. Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin, a.k.a. the Godfather of Psychedelics, inspired a discussion on MDMA. Dr. Shuglin perfected MDMA in the 1970s and authored two books about his psychedelic discoveries like 2C-B and DOM. Pauly reminds us about Dr. Shulgin's philosophy on self-experimentation and his message about psychedelics: "Use them with care." Shane and Pauly warn listeners about the wave of severe depression that accompanies heavy usage of MDMA. Shane reveals an affinity for chocolate and Pauly delves into his recent addiction to Two Dots. Shane sounds off the new 'Reefer Madness' in the media and Maureen Dowd's op-ed in NY Times about overdosing on cannabis edibles. Dope Media picks include Finding the Funk documentary, VICE interview with Dr. Sasha Shulgin, and Believer article on the future of marijuana growers in NoCal's Emerald Triangle.

Direct download: dopestories-020.mp3
Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 3:18am EDT

Dope Stories 019 - Lost Vegas

The theme this week is "Las Vegas as a drug" and the nonstop temptations of Sin City. Pauly explains how he chats up strippers and other elements of the dark side of Las Vegas. Shane shares a couple of classic Vegas sex stories including the Glove Scam and he gives tips on how not to get rolled by a hooker. Shane started reading Pauly's book "Lost Vegas: The Redneck Riviera, Existentialist Conversations with Strippers, and the World Series of Poker" and asks Pauly about the book's origins and his Vegas psychedelic experiences from the 1990s. This week's Dope Media includes: Tom Wolfe essay on Vegas, Bob Dylan's Rambling Gambling Willie, Drugs Inc. (Las Vegas episode), and the obituary for Dr. Alexander 'Sasha' Shulgin (a.k.a. the Godfather of Ecstasy).

Direct download: dopestories-019.mp3
Category:Society and Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT