A Wild And Crazy Time with Don Lattin

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As the 1950s came to a close, a new era of social, spiritual, sexual, political and psychological revolution was beginning. Here in this provocative dialogue, you will meet some of the wild characters who made the 1960s the most memorable decade of the 20th century. Lattin says, "[The] big question at the time was: are these experiences people are having the same as a mystical experience or religious experience? People would report the same kind of things, like a sense of wonder, awe, transcendence, and empathy. . . The important question is what do you do with the experience, and how does it affect the way you live your life? Are you living your life with more awareness and compassion after the experience?" This engrossing program tells the story of how it all began. You will be entertained and perhaps even shocked. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Don Lattin is a journalist covering alternative and mainstream religious movements. His work has appeared in dozens of U.S. magazine and newspapers. He's been a commentator on many television news programs.

He is the author of many books including:

To learn more about the work of Don Lattin go to www.donlattin.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What actually happened at Harvard
  • How Gerald Heard influenced Aldous Huxley and the psychedelic movement
  • Who was Timothy Leary
  • Why did Richard Alpert become Baba Ram Dass
  • What is the story behind Dr. Andrew Weil's healing journey

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 6/15/2010      Program Number: 3361

Music Playlist

From Album: Music for Yoga and Other Joys
Artist: Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
2003 Sounds True M768D 

Opening Essay: Track 01 Govinda
Music Break 1: Track 03 Natarajah
Music Break 2: Track 05 Surya 
Music Break 3: Track 02 - Mahadeva