discuss how different cultures throughout history have
used mind altering plants for intoxication.
of Power: how do they work?
Which plants are produce the
chemical substances that make up all major drugs?
And just how do these chemicals affect the body?
Randolph Nesse, Professor of Psychiatry at the
University of Michigan and co-author of Evolution
and Healing:The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
and Ethan Nadelmann, head of the Lindesmith
Centre, the Open Society Institute's drug-policy
think-tank in New York City.
of Power: how is the brain affected?
Why does the human brain respond
to plants of power? And do other animals have the
With Dr Andrew Weil, author
of The Natural Mind: A New Way Of Looking At Drugs
And The Higher Consciousness. Neuro-scientist,
Dr Clive Coen, from King's College, London;
Pharmacology Professor Susan Greenfield,
from the Univeristy of Oxford; and artist and zoologist
Jonathan Kingdon, whose latest book is The
Kingdon Field Guide To African Mammals.
of Power: when is a plant a drug?
Is coffee a drug? Is sugar
a drug? Which substances do different societies
around the world view as drugs?
With Andrew Sherratt, from
the the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, co-editor of
Consuming Habits: Drugs in History and Anthropology.
Edward Behr, author of Prohibition: The Years
that Changed America. Animal researcher, Dr Ron
of Intoxications and Fire in the Brain, Dr Andrew
Weil and Jonathan Kingdon.
of Power in nomadic societies
Have all societies used mind
altering substances and how do shamans and healers
use intoxicating plants to wield power in their
With anthropologist Richard Rudgley,
author of Alchmey of Culture: Intoxicants in Society.
Ethnopharmacologist Christian Ratsch,
author of the Encyclodpaedia of Psychoactive Plants,
Cho, Hung-Youn Cho, Professor of Cultural Anthropology
at Hanyang University,
Dr Ron Siegel
and Professor Susan Greenfield.
of Power in traditional American communities
the history of plants of power in the Amazon, studied
by the famous Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans
Schultes, and find out how todays global drug trade
has grown out of traditional coca-chewing in the
anthropologist Wade Davis, whose biography
of Richard Evans Schultes, is called One River.
Professor of Botany
Emboden, author of Narcotic Plants. Anthony
Henman, author of Mama Coca and Big Deal:The
Politics of the Illicit Drugs Business. Colombian
economist Oscar Rodriguez Aguilar,
Raymond Kendall, Secretary General of INTERPOL,
the International Criminal Police Organisation and
of power a special case: opium
has been cultivated for thousands of years for food
and for use as a pain-killer. Find out how it is
synthesized from poppies, the revenue the British
Empire raised from opium sales, and how heroin use
flourished in the ninteenth century.
With William Emboden, author
of Narcotic Plants. Professor Roy Porter
of the Wellcome Institute for the History of
Medicine in London, Dr Andrew Weil and Wade
of Power was originally a radio series on BBC World
Service written and produced by Nick Rankin.)