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Minority Trip Report Podcast

Minority Trip Report (MTR) is a podcast for under represented views and life journeys with mental health, psychedelics, and consciousness.

Hosted by Raad Seraj

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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 1 Episodes

1_9 Ruby Singh: DMT, Sikhism, and Art as a Canvas for Connection and Solidarity

Ruby Singh is a multi award winning composer and producer residing on the unceded territories of  the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh Nations (Vancouver BC.). His creativity crosses the boundaries of music, poetry, photography and film engaging with mythos, memory, justice and fantasy. In 2022 he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Jubilee Award for excellence in art and music. Singh believes in art’s ability to reimagine futures, to repurpose aesthetic freedoms toward civil and environmental justice.

1_6 Skander Ben Hamda: Tunisian Revolution, Technology as a Superpower, and Stewarding Nature with Blockchain

Skander is an entrepreneur and digital nomad. He founded several ventures and projects including “Decentralize Impact”; the first Blockchain & Web3 Accelerator in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in partnership with IFC.

1_3 Javid Jah: Grafitti, Hip-Hop, and Islamic Mysticism

Today's guest is Javid Jah. With a background in public art and an education in architecture, Javid Jah’s practice explores the traditional origins of sacred geometry.

1_8 Manesh Girn: Curiosity as Freedom from Circumstance, the Default Mode Network, and Nature of the Networked Mind

Today's guest is Manesh, a PhD researcher in Neuroscience at McGill University and lead or co-author on over a dozen scientific publications and book chapters on topics including psychedelics. He is also the Chief Research Officer at the psychedelic bioscience company EntheoTech Bioscience. In his free time Manesh runs a YouTube channel called The Psychedelic Scientist where he discusses the latest findings in psychedelic science in an easy to understand but nuanced form.

1_5 Aminah Vasco: Ayahuasca, Mixed Race Upbringing, and Building Community

Today my guest is Aminah Vasco. Aminah is a plant medicine advocate, clinical herbalist, and founder of Amita Earth. 

1_2 Raad Ahmed: Art, Rebellion, and Resolve in Building a Tech Startup

Raad Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of Lawtrades as well as an angel investor, writer, and musician. In 2011, Raad started myfbcoverphoto, one of the first apps in the Facebook app store that grew to over 30 million hits per month, while attending law school.

1_7 Sherry Rais: Social Impact, Psychedelic Therapy as Employee Benefit, and Finding Strength as a Female CEO

Sherry Rais is the CEO of Enthea, a benefit plan administrator that provides health plan benefit for psychedelic healthcare. Sherry believes in living and working in alignment with purpose and is currently focused on alleviating human suffering. Before this, Sherry consulted for over 10 years with the UN and World Bank.

1_4 Chubbicorn80: Intergenerational Trauma, Pivoting the Self, and The New Internet

Today my guest is a wonderful human who goes by the persona, Chubbicorn80 on Twitter. Chubbicorn80 works at the intersection of mental health and Web3. 

1_1 Kim Haxton: Indigeneity, Power of Listening, and Holding the Paradox

Today's guest is Kim Haxton (Potowatomi) from the Wasauksing First Nation in Ontario. She takes her place among thought leaders in the area of decolonization, particularly as it applies to language, art, economics and gender. 

Sharing stories with Raad on his podcast was an enlightening experience for me. There was a sense of familiarity, humility and genuine interest in my work that made me feel honored to have this conversation with Raad. His approach is refreshing as he brings a great deal of experience in community engagement, pluralism and creative enterprise, facilitating a conversation that is rich in diverse ideas and intersections. Raad highlights the traditional and cultural influences that affect creatives from immigrant families, helping us express a narrative that is nuanced and sensitive to our hybrid identities.

- Javid Jah, Interdisciplinary Artist and MTR Guest

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