Feb 28, 2023


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A Little Bit Culty

Stolen Youth Continued: Zachary Heinzerling on Larry Ray’s Cult

If you haven’t heard of the Sarah Lawrence Sex Cult, it is perhaps time to get out from under that rock you’re living under. Also, you should listen to our last episode with Daniel Levin, for which this episode is part two! But essentially, after being released from prison, Ray moved into his daughter’s student residence just 30 minutes north of Manhattan and began terrorizing her friends through physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. This lasted a shocking ten years before Ray was finally arrested and held accountable for his wrongdoings.

Our guest today is Zachary Heinzerling, the director behind the Hulu docuseries “Stolen Youth,” which depicts the cult’s bizarre development with real footage (which is, by the way, not for the faint of heart).

Watch STOLEN YOUTH on Hulu.

Please note, this series includes details of sexual abuse. Listener discretion is strongly advised. If you, or someone who know, is a survivor of sexual assault, abuse, grooming, child abuse, or human trafficking, RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline offers support at 800.656.HOPE (4673).

Episode available since February 27, 2023

Herbal Radio

Plant Stories | Featuring Doug Elliot

Welcome to the second episode of “Plant Stories” on Herbal Radio. Our hope is for this show to be entertaining and fun – and maybe we’ll learn a little something along the way too.

There may be no better person that embodies the vision of “Plant Stories” like herbal troubadour and Appalachian naturalist, Doug Elliot. A gifted storyteller, Doug recites both wisdom and whimsical through spoken word and song. We’ve compiled some of our favorite songs that Doug has recorded with us and are releasing them together, in this delightful and heart-warming episode. Our host, Thomas, gives a brief introduction in between Doug’s sets, offering context for each of the four botanical tales & tunes.

Today’s episode also comes with a special visual bonus! We had the pleasure of visiting with Doug in the summer of 2022 at his Appalachian homestead. Click here to see some of the photos of Doug in his element.

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Doug Elliot is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. For many years made his living as a traveling herbalist, gathering and selling herbs, teas, and remedies.

He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C. He is the author of five books, many articles in regional and national magazines, has recorded a number of award winning albums of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, and the History and National Geographic Channels.

In recent years, he has received a variety of honors. The National Storytelling Network (the largest storytelling membership organization in the world) inducted him into their Circle of Excellence for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contribution to the art of storytelling.” The International Herb Association presented him with the Otto Richter Award honoring his work with herbs and useful wild plants. The National Association for Interpretation (the professional organization of park rangers, naturalists, museum curators, etc.) gave him the Master Front Line Interpreter Award for his “mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects” celebrating the natural world and our human connection to nature.

Elliot’s passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, “That boy knows what’s under every rock between here and town.” He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

Episode available since Feb 24, 2023

Voices of the Sacred Feminine

Radical Regeneration with Carolyn Baker

Carolyn Baker, professor of psychology and history, psychotherapist for two decades and author of 15 books chats with me today about her newest book, co-authored with Andrew Harvey titled Radical Regeneration: Sacred Activism and the Renewal of the World.

In our interview we'll discuss the prescription for the planet's restoration and renewal. Included will be her assessment of where we stand today in terms of fixing big climate problems, the alternatives to industrialism and technology destroying the earth, how American natural proclivity for hope and optism factors into our potential ability to save ourselves and the planet and what blame belongs to Donald Trump. Also we'll delve into how negative emotions such as fear, anger, grief and despair can be a good thing and Carolyn will define Sacred Activism and how we might "return to joy."

Wed, March 1, 2023 at 02:00 pm [Eastern]


Desperate House Witches

The 4:15 - March 2nd, 2023

Join Star Bustamonte (News Editor - The Wild Hunt) and Raina Starr (Host/Producer - Desperate House Witches) for this month's news of interest!

Please note, the opinions expressed on this show belong to the hosts, and do not represent the opinions of the Wild Hunt or any of its subsidiaries.

Thu, March 1, 2023 04:00 pm [Eastern]

Bending The Binary: Polarity Magic in a Non-Binary World - Deborah Lipp

Renowned author Deborah Lipp, joins me to discuss her newest book, Bending The Binary: Polarity Magic in a Non-Binary World.

Break polarity free from outmoded ideas of gender and heteronormativity while still celebrating its energy. This pioneering book explores polarity from many angles, examining its evolution throughout history, why it's important in the occult, and how it relates to identity and sexual orientation. Deborah Lipp shows you what it means to both include polarity magic and be inclusive.

Bending the Binary adds depth and nuance to polar concepts in magic, such as day and night, male and female, self and other. Deborah offers a third perspective on these opposites, inviting you to explore the space between them through rituals, journal prompts, and detailed research. She also teaches how to incorporate binary-bending practices into your personal magical system. This book encourages everyone to expand their perceptions and strengthen their magic.

Sun, March 5, 2023 11:00 am [Eastern]


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