Posted by: goatberg | February 13, 2008

In Search of the Divine Vegetal

I just finished listening to the two-part series on Ayahuasca, IN SEARCH OF THE DIVINE VEGETAL, from the CBC radio show Ideas, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.  It’s a fair-minded look at the history of the plant-teacher and the burgeoning drug-tourism industry in the Amazon resulting from westerner’s growing interest in the vine.  From their website:

From the Amazon jungles to downtown Canada, ideas about Ayahuasca revive a decades-old argument about the uses and abuses, the ecstasies and the efficacies of mind-altering plants. Ayahuasca has been part of shamanic tradition for centuries. Broadcasters Thomas McKinnon and Leonard Cler-Cunningham travel the old trails, attend the ceremonies, and debate the religious, economic and political questions surrounding the divine vegetal.

You can subscribe the to Ideas podcast here.



  1. Thanks…I was trying to find when IDEAS was running the show again (sometime this month I believe) and in response to the google search your snippet came up. Unfortunately it came up “I can’t recommend it” I was interested to hear your feedback and clicked on the link…quel surprise it had cut off enough. I’m glad you enjoyed it

    Leonard Cler-Cunnningham

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