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November 30, 2021 32 min

After years of experimenting with drugs, Lily discovers the psychedelic underground. It’s a world of shamans and guides - people illegally practicing psychedelic therapy to treat trauma. Their secret mission is make this treatment more widely available in order to “promote the evolution of humankind.” But what will they overlook to get there?


Cover Story is a production of New York magazine.

Power Trip is co-created, produced, and reported by David Nickles and Lily Kay Ross.

Hosted and produced by iO Tillett Wright.

Senior producers are Marianne McCune and Whitney Jones. Also produced by Tarkor Zehn and Liza Yeager.

Executive producer and editor is Hanna Rosin.

Music by Lynx DeMuth and John Ellis.

Cover Story’s Theme music by Santigold.

Sound design and engineering by Mike Cruz and technical production by Sharif Youssef.

Fact-checking by Britina Cheng and Ted Hart.

Special thanks to legal minds Elissa Cohen and Samantha Mason. And also to Isabel Dahn, Paul Schneider, Crystal Finn, Harmony Stempel, and Karen Racanelli.

Power Trip is also produced with Psymposia, a non-profit watchdog group. For a deeper dive into some of these issues visit

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