Commonwealth National Podcast

Summer of Love at 40-The Roots of a Counter Culture

Peter Finch, KFOG Radio –Moderator

Dr. David E. Smith, Prometa Center for Addiction, and Founder; Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, author, radio commentator, and former KSAN DJ

Wavy Gravy, Activist, Clown, Former Frozen Dessert

Paul Krassner, Writer, Founder, The Realist Magazine

This high-profile panel who experienced firsthand “The Summer of Love” will tell us how that historic time not only shaped a generation, but also their way of life. They will examine how they kept the ideals of the sixties alive: by providing social services, sharing religion, and passing on the spirit of joy to the next generation.
Wavy Gravy, who was the official clown of the Grateful Dead, security force and performer at Woodstock, has been a life-long self-declared activist and hippie. His Camp Winnarainbow has passed his ideals, and clowning, to a younger generation. Smith, a leader in addiction medicine, founded the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. He also pioneered the use of musical concerts to raise money for medicine. “Scoop” Nisker acquired his name in the sixties as the news director and a DJ of KSAN, the “Jive 95,” Bay Area revolutionary radio. He is now a Buddhist practitioner, an affiliate teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

This program was recorded live on July 26, 2007