iHeartMedia Joins Forces with Protozoa Pictures To Launch New Original Podcast “PSYCHOACTIVE”

Hosted by drug policy pioneer Ethan Nadelmann, the new podcast tackles all things drugs. Listen to the trailer here.


iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, and Protozoa Pictures, the production company of Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, announced today a partnership to launch a new original podcast “PSYCHOACTIVE,” making this Aronofsky and Protozoa Pictures’ first entry into the podcasting space. The podcast is hosted by Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance and known as “The Godfather of Drug Policy Reform,” who will get to the bottom of our nation’s strange relationship to drugs by talking with scientists, politicians, activists and celebrities.

“PSYCHOACTIVE” is more timely than ever, with psychedelic research and start-ups booming, new synthetic drugs being created weekly, overdose fatalities reaching unprecedented levels, an awakening to racial inequity and mass incarceration, new marijuana policy reform around the country, illicit drug markets moving rapidly online, disruptive technologies transforming the tobacco industry and the federal government at last beginning to support harm reduction programs. “PSYCHOACTIVE” will be the first of its kind—a home for honest and informed conversations about drugs.

Ethan will sit down with former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Juan Manuel Santos on the international drug war and crafting drug diplomacy with President Obama; Dan Savage on how psychoactive drugs can benefit relationships...including his own; bestseller Dr. Andrew Weil on the health benefits of psychoactive substances; legal scholar and Pulitzer winner James Forman Jr. on the impact of the Drug War on the Black community; Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at National Institutes of Health on crafting government drug research policy under the last four presidents; lifestyle writer Tim Ferriss on mental health and the future of psychedelics; writer Michael Pollan on his new book This Is Your Mind on Plants; investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe on his investigations into Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family; and many more.


New episodes will debut every Thursday on iHeartRadio and all major platforms.


“PSYCHOACTIVE” is co-produced by Protozoa Pictures and is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network. Listen to new episodes on iHeartRadio and everywhere else podcasts are heard.


About Protozoa Pictures

Protozoa Pictures is Academy Award®-nominated director Darren Aronofsky's production company. Founded in 1996, the company’s work includes the critically-acclaimed films Some Kind of Heaven, mother!, Jackie, Noah, Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, and π; and the television series One Strange Rock for Nat Geo. PSYCHOACTIVE is Protozoa’s first podcast.

About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

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