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Welcome to the Minority Trip Report Podcast

Minority Trip Report ™ (MTR) is a podcast spotlighting stories of personal transformation and under-represented leaders in mental health, psychedelics, and consciousness.

Hosted by Raad Seraj

Available wherever you listen to your podcasts
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This thoughtful and engaging podcast is a wonderful breath of fresh air. Going beyond the many generic and stale podcasts out there, Raad guides his guest and the listeners on a journey that artfully interweaves candid autobiographical narratives with quality information. Expect to be touched, informed, and inspired.

Manesh Girn, Chief Research Officer, EntheoTech and MTR Guest

Season Two

Join us for season two of the Minority Trip Report Podcast.

Episodes will be available here, or on Apple, Spotify or Google Podcasts.

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Episode 13 - Joseph Zamaria

Joseph Zamaria, PsyD, ABPP, is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist and an associate clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the UCSF School of Medicine. At UCSF, he serves as a clinician and researcher in clinical trials examining the potential of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy to treat a range of conditions, and teaches to medical and pharmacy students about the use of psychedelic-assisted therapy for racial trauma. Outside of his activities at UCSF, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology and serves on the advisory board of the Fireside Project. Finally, he is on the faculty of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, serving as the Lead Instructor for Psychotherapy and Clinical Science.

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Episode 12 - Joel Brierre

Joel Brierre is the Founder and CEO of the psychedelic wellness companies Kaivalya Kollectiv and Tandava Retreats, as well as co-founder of the 5-MeO-DMT education and training platform F.I.V.E.. Joel has been a leader in the modern psychedelic movement, specifically in the realm of 5-MeO-DMT and has spent years helping to create safe and effective protocols around this molecule. With a passion for preparation and integration, Joel and his team are involved in everything from clinical research and trainings to experiential retreats in Mexico and Jamaica.

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Episode 11 - Maya Bastian

Maya Bastian is an award-winning Tamil-Canadian filmmaker and artist with roots in conflict journalism. Her work has been supported by Netflix, The Canadian Film Center, HBO, UN IOM, The Globe and Mail and the CBC. She has exhibited internationally including at Edinburgh Fringe, Colombo Art Biennale and Cannes Court Metrage. Her work frequently explores the trauma related to displacement and migration.

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Episode 10 - Maria Velkova

Maria is the Managing Partner of Tabula Rasa Ventures, an acceleration fund focused on the blind spots of the healthcare industry, starting with psychedelic therapeutics. Maria was named top 15 Global Psychedelics Executives by Business Insider and she is a Board Member of Benzinga Psychedelics Advisory Council. In May 2022, she co-founded the first-ever Medical Psychedelics House of Davos at the World Economic Forum. Maria’s expertise bridges the silos in drug development and spans across R&D, clinical trial design as well as M&A.

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Episode 9 - Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith is a producer, writer, director, editor, and founder of Feenom Films;  a full-range media company on a mission to create content inspired by exploring consciousness. His documentary, "The Art of Healing"  (featuring New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk) premiered to a sold-out audience at Psychedelic Science 2023.  As an unscripted Development Executive, Charlie created true crime series, Cold Valley (Investigation Discovery, 2017), the weather disaster format, Rogue Earth (Discovery Channel, 2016), the true crime podcast, Taken Abroad (iHeartRadio, 2021), and co-developed popular science formats: Invent This (Discovery Science, 2021) and The Mightiest (Discovery+, 2021).

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Episode 8 - Ifetayo Harvey

Ifetayo Harvey founded the People of Color Psychedelic Collective (POCPC). The POCPC educates and builds community with people of color interested in psychedelics and ending the war on drugs. In 2022, Open Society Foundations named Ifetayo a 2022 Soros Justice Fellow.

For all episodes in Season Two, click here.

Season One

The inaugural season of the Minority Trip Report Podcast.

Listen here or wherever you get your podcast episodes.

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Episode 15 - Jonathan Lu

Jonathan Lu is the co-founder of VCENNA, a drug discovery company that creates mental wellness solutions from psychoactive plants used ceremonially in Ancestral Eastern traditions.  Jonathan is an engineer that has been studying 2000 year old Chinese texts in search of compounds, formulations, and rituals that have been lost to history...

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Episode 12 - Sisi Lee

Sisi Li is the Senior Data Architect Lead at Porta Sophia, a non-profit online library for innovators and patent examiners to find relevant prior art in the field of psychedelics. She has a B.Sc in molecular and cellular biology and psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin...

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Episode 14 - Kowsheek Mahmood

Kowsheek Mahmood is a software engineer by trade, currently working at Adobe’s Substance 3D & Immersive Labs. Kowsheek joined Adobe through its acquisition of BRIO, where he was the Head of Technology for the web-based 3D presentation platform. Prior to this, Kowsheek served as CTO for several companies in the FinTech, transportation, and marketing automation spaces...

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Episode 11 - Sanjay Singhal

Sanjay Singhal is an Author and philanthropist best known for founding and selling Audiobooks.com. He is the author of the auto-biographical “Zero to Tesla”, and an active philanthropist with Nikean Foundation, founded in 2019 with the hopes of promoting psychedelic science and bringing to the forefront novel medicines for mental health disorders...

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Episode 13 - Mary Lin

Mary Lin is the cofounder of Odin, a startup that builds powerful tools allowing people to invest together in anything. Long term, Odin’s vision is to drive systemic change, by creating better ways for people to connect, collaborate and create value.

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Episode 10 - Adam Aronovich

Adam is a doctoral candidate in Medical Anthropology and Cultural Psychiatry. He is an active member of the Medical Anthropology Research Center (MARC) and has spent close to 5 years living and working in the Peruvian Amazon, facilitating workshops and retreats while conducting extensive fieldwork and qualitative research...

For all episodes in Season One, click here.
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