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December 7, 2021 39 min

Lily visits the Ecuadorian Amazon to work on a project when something terrible happens to her. She barely escapes and makes it home alive. But it’s what happens next that really sets the course of her life. Meanwhile, the psychedelic renaissance is really starting to take off.


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, Rachel Monroe, and Genevieve Smith.

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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