The Harvard Psychedelic Club

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harvard-psychedlic-club.jpgIn the 1960's, sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll came together in a potent mix. Young people rejected the buttoned-down culture of their parents, and set out to forge a social, sexual, and spiritual revolution.

Ground zero was Harvard University, where four young men began to experiment with mind-altering drugs. Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil believed LSD could be a window to the soul -- a short-cut to an ecstatic religious experience.

But the joy and expanded consciousness they were after proved elusive. For some who tried psychedelic drugs, the outcome was instead paranoia and terror - even suicide. And for the men who started the movement, there was back-stabbing and disgrace - even jail.

But their legacy lives on in the way that mind, body and spirit are viewed today.

Mary Hynes talks with Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America.

 

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