Can psychedelics treat depression? - Dr. Jim Fadiman

Dr. James Fadiman is considered America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use. In 1974 he co-founded the Institute for Transpersonal Pyschology, and has since continued to explore potential medical and creative uses of psychedelic drugs. In his most recent book, The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys (2011), he provides insight into safe and correct uses of psychedelic drugs. The book was inspired by his unique knowledge of psychedelic experiences and his desire to explain beneficial uses of those substances. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in Social Relations in 1960, and his M.A. and Ph.D from Stanford University in Psychology in 1962 and 1965, respectively.

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#55 The City Surf Project - Johnny Irwin

Johnny Irwin ( @CitySurfProject ) is the Executive Director of City Surf Project. Their mission is to teach underserved youth from low-income communities in San Francisco valuable life skills through the sport of surfing. By learning to ride waves, students will build self-confidence and discover tools necessary to overcome boundaries, both in and out of the water.

Not only do they seek to offer a physical education program in schools that do not provide a PE class, they aim to connect students with nature, teaching them to use the ocean as a stress reliever and a meditative outlet.

Students will complete a physically rigorous training program, developing an ethic of hard work and perseverance. Ultimately, their goal is to help youth bring the skills they learn riding waves back to their everyday life in order to relieve stress, deal with trauma, and maintain a positive mental state.

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#53 Float Tanks & The Aquatic Ape Theory - Dr. Chris Ryan

Dr. Christopher Ryan is an American author best known for co-authoring the book Sex at Dawn. He received a B.A. in English and American literature in 1984 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University, an accredited hybrid low-residency/online learning program based in San Francisco twenty years later. His masters thesis examined difference in specific personality measures between working fashion models and the general public. 

Ryan gave a TED talk in February 2013, contributes to Psychology Today and has an interview podcast called Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan.

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#50 Life In The Post-Antibiotic Era Is Going To Suck - Kevin Judice

Dr. Kevin Judice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University and PhD in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in San Francisco, California, United States.

Kevin Judice is the chief executive officer of DiCE Molecules. He also serves as the founder and principal of Cloudbreak Consulting and a member of the scientific advisory board at California Institute for Biomedical Research. Previously, he was the founder and chief security officer of Cidara Therapeutics. 

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#48 Sex At Dawn - Dr. Chris Ryan

Dr. Christopher Ryan is an American author best known for co-authoring the book Sex at Dawn. He received a B.A. in English and American literature in 1984 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University, an accredited hybrid low-residency/online learning program based in San Francisco twenty years later. His masters thesis examined difference in specific personality measures between working fashion models and the general public. 

Ryan gave a TED talk in February 2013, contributes to Psychology Today and has an interview podcast called Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan.

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#47 Documentary Filmmaker - Cyrus Sutton

Cyrus Sutton (@cyrus_sutton) is an American director and professional surfer. Growing up in Southern California and dividing his time between the coast and mountains, Sutton's inventive approach to filmmaking became the basis of the outdoor surf website Korduroy.tv Growing up near the ocean and participating in water sports such as body surfing, bodyboarding and surfing, he sought to use cinematography to document the surf culture around him and on his travels. His commercial clients include Adidas, Apple, Corona, Reef, and Patagonia. His career has been well documented by various national publications such as Surfer Magazine and the New York Times.

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#39 I Took Ayahuasca In Costa Rica - Dr. Jeff McNairy

Dr. Jeff McNairy has worked in the health care field for over 25 years in a variety of medical environments.  As former director of Passages Malibu, a world-renowned drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, McNairy was always seeking newer and better ways to help his patients achieve true, lasting recovery from their addictions. He now works as the head doctor at Rythmia.