Episode 27: This Is The End

Episode 27 - This Is The End
Time: 53:57
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

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 Johnathan, Graham Hancock's banned Ted talk, and Pauly’s upcoming novel Fried Peaches.

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Dope Media (Ep. 27):
1. Drunk History
2. WTF Podcast with Amazing Johnathan
3. Graham Hancock banned TedTalk on "The War on Consciousness"
4. Lost Vegas and Jack Tripper Stole My Dog by Pauly
5. Fried Peaches (new novel by Pauly)
6. 2009 WSOP: Welcome to the Psychedelic Circus (via Tao of Poker)

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Episode 26: Phish Tour

Episode 26 - Phish Tour
Time: 51:39
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Pauly returns from two weeks on the road following the band Phish for seven concerts and Shane asks him about his psychedelic travels in New York, Detroit, and Chicago. Other topics include: sleep as a drug, habituation and compulsion of social media, the nitrous mafia, Phish as a religion and "what is a wook?" Dope Media segment features Down the Rabbit Hole (a novel by Juan Pablo Villalobos) and Michael Walker's book on the Laurel Canyon music scene.

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Dope Media (Ep. 26):
1. Down the Rabbit Hole novel by Juan Pablo Villalobos
2. Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock-and-Roll's Legendary Neighborhood by Michael Walker

Episode 25 - TURBO: Mexicali Blues

Episode 25 - TURBO: Mexicali Blues
Time: 20:49
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: 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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Episode 24 - TURBO: Sean Azzariti

Episode 24 - TURBO: Sean Azzariti
Time: 20:48
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: 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. FYI... Sean was previously a guest on Episode 11.

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Episode 23 - Degens of Summer

Episode 23 - Degens of Summer
Time: 49:38
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: 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.

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Dope Media (Ep.23):
1. 112 Weddings (documentary film on HBO)
2. Kid Cannabis (trailer and Rolling Stone article)

Episode 22 - Jordan Morgan

Episode 22 - Jordan Morgan
Time: 1:06:39
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description:  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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Episode 21 - Dope Economies

Episode 21 - Dope Economies
Time: 40:39
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane returns 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 includes Dead Prez and Michael Rappaport's documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life about A Tribe Called Quest.

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Dope Media (Ep. 21):
1. Fucked Up by Dead Prez
2. Beats, Rhyme & Life (documentary film on A Tribe Called Quest)
3. Dock Ellis LSD No-Hitter (animation)

Episode 20 - Dr. Shulgin, MDMA, and the New Reefer Madness

Episode 20 - Dr. Shulgin, MDMA, and the New Reefer Madness
Time: 48:44
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: 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.

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Dope Media (Ep.20):
1. Finding the Funk documentary by Nelson George
2. Interview with Dr. Sasha Shulgin (VICE)
3. Heart of the Emerald Triangle (Believer)

Episode 19 - Lost Vegas

Episode 19 - Lost Vegas
Time: 49:32
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: 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).

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Episode 18 - We Are So High

Episode 18 - We Are So High
Time: 52:56
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane and Pauly sound off on a recent episode of This American Life "I Was So High." Shane has issues with Ira Glass' Us vs. Them theme and Alex Blumberg's segment about his pothead father. Pauly claims he can spot which chefs on Top Chef are high. Shane touches upon recent articles about Harm Reduction in the Guardian and Buzzfeed's Buzzreads, which brought attention to different programs to help heroin users in NYC and cocaine users in the U.K. Dope Media includes Howard Stern's interviewing Doug Stanhope and Billy Joel, and a book on the Oral History of L.A. Punk called We Got the Neutron Bomb by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen.

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Dope Media (Ep. 18):
1. Howard Stern interviews Doug Stanhope and Billy Joel
2. We Got the Neutron Bomb: Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Marc Spitz and Brendan Mullen

Episode 17 - I Get High With A Lil Help From Strangers

Episode 17 - I Get High With A Lil Help From Strangers
Time: 55:33
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane and Pauly swap different dope stories involving strangers. Shane's stories include his first crack experience, getting stoned with his friend Dee Dee and two German tourists, and meeting a Dutch traveler who helped shape his mind about traveling. Pauly's stories include hanging out with spies in Amsterdam hash bars, gambling on basketball with British ex-pats in Jamaica, and following Phish in Japan and meeting generous local hippies. Dope Media included Keith Richards autobiography and Pharoahe Monch's newest album.

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Dope Media (Ep. 17):
Life by Keith Richards
P.T.S.D. - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by Pharoahe Monch

Episode 16 - High Maintenance (Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld)

Episode 16 - High Maintenance (Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld)
Time: 48:54
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane and Pauly interview Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the co-creators of High Maintenance, which is a critically acclaimed web series about a weed delivery guy in NYC who encounters an eclectic pastiche of customers and characters. This interview was conducted at Thank You For Coming in Atwater Village.

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Episode 15 - The Acid Test, Part 2: Furthur

Episode 15 - Acid Test, Part 2: Furthur
Time: 54:47
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane gifts Pauly a vinyl copy of Europe '72 by the Grateful Dead. John Lennon reminds us to thank the CIA and U.S. Army for LSD. Shane reviews the Magic Trip documentary and explains why he wouldn't want to travel on the Furthur bus with the Merry Pranksters. Shane and Pauly discuss Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and why Kesey's problems with the film version of his novel. Other stories include Shane's trip on a Green Tortoise adventure tour, teenaged Pauly "adopted" by older hippies on Grateful Dead tour, and Shane's encounter with a sketchy "leprechaun" in Central Park. Dope Media includes Searching for Sound by Phil Lesh, Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys, Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow by Funkadelic, Paul Krassner's Impolite Interviews, and The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity by Mark Vonnegut.

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Dope Media (Ep (15:)

1. The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity by Mark Vonnegut
2. Searching for Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead by Phil Lesh autobiography
3. Free Your Mind... and Your Ass Will Follow by Funkadelic
4. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
5. Impolite Interviews by Paul Krassner
6. Europe '72 by the Grateful Dead

Episode 14 - The Acid Test

Episode 14 - The Acid Test
Time: 56:45
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Pauly read Acid Dreams (book by Martin A. Lee) and shared his notes with Shane that includes Timothy Leary at Millbrook, the CIA buying 100 million hits of LSD from Sandoz labs in Switzerland, Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters, Neal Cassady driving the Furthur bus, the history of the Acid Tests, the Grateful Dead dosing Playboy bunnies, and the time Allen Ginsberg gave Psilocybin to Theolnious Monk. Shane re-examines his initial experimentation with psychedelics (including a DMT experience on Halloween) leading up to his psychotic breakdown in Amsterdam. Dope Media included Silicon Valley (new show on HBO), Magic Trip documentary, El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Simpsons episode when Homer trips on Guatemalan insanity pepper), Bates Motel, Broad City, and Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: the CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond.

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Episode 13 - The 4/20 Show

Episode 13 - The 4/20 Show
Time: 49:00
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Special episode to commemorate 420 Day. Half-baked festivities included sampling pre-rolled joints, vaping "Brown Sugar" shatter, and setting off the smoke detector in Pauly's office. Shane and Pauly had a brief discussion about Gimme Shelter, the documentary on the Rolling Stones and Altamont. Shane told a story about losing an ounce of weed and drinking shroom tea on Easter and tripping at Roseland Ballroom. Dope Media included Dave Chappelle/Neal Brennan, What You Want Is in the Limo by Michael Walker, Don't Look Back (Bob Dylan documentary by D.A. Pennebaker), and Seven Ages of Rock documentary.

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Episode 12 - International Dope

Episode 12 - International Dope
Time: 57:52
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Pauly's girlfriend shares a lost in translation story from London. Shane tells a couple crazy tales about trying to score in Europe and in the Bahamas (including a night involving a character named Mack Daddy). Pauly talks about his first visit to the Christiania "green-light district" in Copenhagen, along with the time he was accused of being a CIA agent in Uruguay. Pauly also tells of the time he met Kate Hudson backstage at Big Day Out music festival in Australia. Dope Media includes books by Tom Davis, Geoff Dyer, and Russell Banks, and the most recent episode of SNL with Seth Rogen.

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Episode 11 - Sean Azzariti, Medicinal Marijuana Activist

Episode 11 - Sean Azzariti, Medicinal Marijuana Activist
Time: 1:05:05
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane and Pauly interviewed medicinal marijuana activist and Iraq War veteran Sean Azzariti, who uses marijuana to treat his PTSD. Sean is most known for being the first person to ever buy legal weed in Denver, Colorado on Jan 1, 2014. Sean explains how he got tapped to be the first recreational buyer along with how he's working on a bill to help get PTSD listed as one of the approved conditions for medicinal marijuana in Colorado. Sean also talked a little bit about his two tours in Iraq with the Marines, including his encounters with trecherous camel spiders and day workers trying to bribe him with bags of hashish. Dope Media segments included: High Times podcast - The Stash, Back and Forth (documentary about Dave Grohl forming the Foo Fighters), Pharoahe Monch's new album P.T.S.D., Roadside Prophets (1992 movie with John Cusak), and Scrapple documentary.

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Sean Azzariti was the first person to purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado on Jan 1, 2014.

Sean Azzariti was the first person to purchase recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado on Jan 1, 2014.

Dope Media (Ep. 11):

1. P.T.S.D. by Pharoahe Monch

2. High Times Podcast - The Stash

3. Back and Forth (documentary film)

4. Roadside Prophets (1992 film)

Episode 10 - Ridin' Dirty

Episode 10 - Ridin' Dirty
Time: 1:02:05
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane roadtripped to New Mexico and calls into the Dope Stories studios to chat with Pauly. Shane tells his infamous Amtrak story involving a near bust. Pauly tells a few stories about using a Jedi mind trick with a security guard, an encounter with a drug dog checkpoint on a Kansas freeway, and the time he randomly met Bill Murray in NYC. This week's Dope Media included: High Maintenance, Gil Scott-Heron, Mistaken for Strangers (documentary film), A.K.A. Tommy Chong (documentary), Murder City by Charles Bowden (book about Juarez, Mexico), Lost in America/Easy Rider, and the new War on Drugs album.

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Dope Media (Ep. 10):

1. High Maintenance (Web Series) - New Episode: Rachel

2. "Home Is Where the Hatred Is" by Gil Scott-Heron

3.  Mistaken for Strangers documentary (Trailer)

4. A.K.A. Tommy Chong documentary (Full Film)

5.  Murder City by Charles Bowden

6.  Lost in America (Trailer) and Easy Rider (Trailer)

7. The War on Drugs (band) new album "Lost in a Dream"

Broke Stories - Episode 1

Broke Stories - Episode 1

Time: 56:01
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane and Pauly created a new podcast about going broke. Pauly's broke stories include shoplifting CDs in the East Village, meeting a weed dealer at a country club in Atlanta, selling his hair in Seattle, losing a $6,000 bet on a March Madness basketball game, blowing his poker winnings on Phish tour, and getting stiffed by a bookie. Shane's broke stories include winning his first prop bet inside a Bronx diner, panhandling for 25 cents to take a crosstown bus, betting/losing on tennis matches during summer camp in Maine, and taking a wrong turn along the way to a Rainbow Gathering in Montana.

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Episode 9 - Media Dope

Episode 9 - Media Dope
Time: 41:14
Hosts: Shane & Pauly
Producer: DJ Trent

Description: Shane shares some lyrical insight he grokked from Dead Prez and Wu-Tang Clan. Shane and Pauly discuss the Gus Van Sant film Drugstore Cowboy. Pauly's Dope Media suggestions include a biography on David Foster Wallace and podcasts with Duncan Tressell, Amber Lyon, and Dean Delray. Shane watched Drugs, Inc.: Jamaica. Also, Shane explains his recent run in a poker tournament and how $151,000 is not really what it seems.

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Fact Checker: James Fogle is the author of Drugstore Cowboy. He passed away in 2012.

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Dope Media (Ep. 009):

1. Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: The Life of David Foster Wallace by D.T. Max

2. Drugstore Cowboy (film by Gus Van Sant)

3. WTF Podcast with Duncan Trussell and Dean Delray

4. Duncan Trussell Family Hour with Amber Lyon

5. Drugs Inc.: Jamaica

6. Joe Rogan Experience with Amber Lyon