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Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup

In conversation with Tod Goldberg
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Episode Summary

Smith takes us on a trip-mind-blowing and humorous-deep into the international underground where super-high-grade marijuana is developed, produced, sold, and entered into the Super Bowl of the marijuana world, Amsterdam's Cannabis Cup. Moving between California, the hub of the legalization and decriminalization debate, and the Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, Smith infiltrates a world where science, nature, and the sometimes criminal intersect.

Participant(s) Bio
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of four novels: Moist, Delicious, Salty, and Baked. He has worked extensively in film and television; his credits include the feature films Playing God (1997) and the Brazilian film A Partilha ( 2002) and original pilots for ABC and CBS television. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of California Riverside Palm Desert MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program.

Tod Goldberg is the author of eleven books, including the novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Fake Liar Cheat; and the popular Burn Notice series, as well as two collections of short fiction, Simplify and Other Resort Cities. His essays, journalism, and criticism appear regularly in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Las Vegas CityLife. He directs the University of California, Riverside's Low Residency MFA program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts.

Photo: LAPL Photo collection