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Mind Games: Sound Effect, Episode 55

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The brilliance of the human brain

  "Sound Effect" is your weekly tour of ideas, inspired by the place we live. The show is hosted by KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer. For this episode, Sound Effect is all up in your brain as we take on the theme of mind games.

Gabriel Spitzer heads out to Elbe, Washington to meet with Marc Shackman and learn about efforts being made to open a church dedicated to the imbibing of the Amazonian hallucinogenic, ayahuasca.

Then we hear from Wesley Scott about her personal relationship with narcolepsy, how that diagnosis led her to research the brain and how and why she would stare at a couch hoping for a hypnagogic hallucination.

Would you play a videogame if after you were unable to feel sad? That was one of the many legends of the mythic Portland arcade game, Polybius. Author and historian Joe Streckert helps Gabriel Spitzer level up and explore the lore of this coin-operated mind control myth.

Dr. Hazzard aka Linda Burfield Hazzard believed that fasting was the way to cure what ailed you and just after the turn of the 20th century she spread her good word here in Washington state. Gabriel Spitzer went and met Starvation Heights author Gregg Olsen to learn more about the mind games that caused many a patient to fast all the way to their death.