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In hon­or of the work of pio­neer­ing Swiss chemist Albert Hoff­man, who dis­cov­ered the hal­lu­cino­genic prop­er­ties of lyser­gic acid known as LSD in 1943, we present this out­stand­ing 1974 Doc­u­men­tary One Bil­lion Sec­onds Later.

In 2006, on the occa­sion of Hoff­man’s 100th birth­day, he told the crowd of well wish­er’s LSD want­ed to tell me some­thing. It gave me an inner joy, an open mind­ed­ness, a grate­ful­ness, opened eyes, and an inter­nal sen­si­tiv­i­ty for the mir­a­cles of creation.”

One Bil­lion Sec­onds Lat­er is the first doc­u­men­tary from pro­duc­er and now Paci­fi­ca Radio Archives arch angel Adi Gevins, which would win the pres­tiges Ohio State Award for Radio Excel­lence. The first of many awards.

This pro­gram explores the social his­to­ry, from it’s dis­cov­ery at San­doz lab­o­ra­to­ries in Switzer­land through the halls of acad­e­mia, to Gold­en Gate Park and beyond. Includ­ed are words from Albert Hoff­man, Tim­o­thy Leary, Baba Ram Dass, Ken Keasy, Dr. John Lil­ly and so many more. They all describe the LSD expe­ri­ence and spec­u­late on it’s use as a ther­a­peu­tic tool, a reli­gious sacra­ment, and a rev­o­lu­tion­ary or counter rev­o­lu­tion­ary agent.