On this week’s Poodle Radio, the radio show of the Santa Barbara Independent, Colin Marshall is joined by author Mark Christensen, food editor George Yatchisin, pop culture editor Aly Comingore, and intern Alex Khatchadourian. Mark Christensen first discusses his book Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy, both a biography of Kesey, the divisive 1960s cultural figure who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and went on to lead the pro-hallucinogen Merry Pranksters, and Christensen’s own story of getting involved with Kesey and his coterie as a youngster

Then, George Yatchisin briefly discuss the inaugural Foodies, the Indy‘s brand new food awards. They’ll celebrate culinary triumphs like great sushi in unexpected places, the most effective dishes to kill your hangover, and lifetime achievements in cooking and serving right here in S.B. For the final segment, Aly Comingore and Alex Khatchadourian talk about the mammoth task they’ve recently finished: sorting through all the submissions sent in to the Indy‘s annual band contest. They talk about which kinds of music were popular, which were surprising, and which might be best for the soundtrack to your next party boat cruise.

You can tune into Poodle Radio live every Tuesday morning at 8:00.