Stoner is a freewheeling conversation that often starts with “when was the first time you ever smoked weed?” and can end up anywhere. Guests range from artists to musicians to those working in the marijuana economy. Host Aaron Lammer is also the co-host of the Longform Podcast and has co-written songs with Francis and the Lights for artists like Chance the Rapper and Drake.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT + Francis Starlite Rerun
Dec 19, 2018 • 59 min
Stoner is taking a hiatus so I can write a book for Ten Speed based on this podcast! Gonna re-run some of my favorite Season 1 episodes over the holidays, then back with new episodes in 2019 after the book is turned in.
42: Ross Simonini, writer and artist
Dec 11, 2018 • 58 min
Ross Simonini is the the author of The Book of Formation and the longtime interviews editor of The Believer. We talked about touring in bands, cults, and self-restrictions.
41: Elise McDonough, author of Bong Appétit
Dec 4, 2018 • 43 min
Elise McDonough is the author of *Bong Appétit* and *The High Times Cannabis Cookbook.* She lives in Santa Cruz.
40: Matt Taibbi, co-writer of The Business Secrets of Drug Dealing
Nov 27, 2018 • 37 min
Matt Taibbi discovered a longtime acquaintance had a secret life as a marijuana kingpin, sending product all over the United States in car trunks. With his anonymous co-author, he collaborated on ‘The Business Secrets of Drug Dealing,’ an intimate and…
39: Ann Friedman, co-host of ‘Call Your Girlfriend’
Nov 20, 2018 • 56 min
Ann Friedman is a longtime “casual but committed ” marijuana fan and a writer in Los Angeles. She co-hosts Call Your Girlfriend with previous Stoner guest Aminatou Sow.
38: Peter Watts, author of Altered States: The Library of Julio Santo Domingo
Nov 13, 2018 • 31 min
Peter Watts discusses the life and collections of Julio Santo Domingo who filled his homes and warehouses with the world’s largest private collection related to the subjects of drugs, sex, magic, and rock and roll.
37: Amanda Mac from Terp School
Nov 6, 2018 • 42 min
Amanda Mac from Terp School talks about how terpenes tell you a lot more than sativa and indica labels. We also got into chronic pain and the differences between full spectrum and “gateway” CBD.
36: Paul Flannery, sportswriter
Oct 30, 2018 • 31 min
Paul Flannery is a sportswriter and a serious runner who went to the Colorado mountains to train with a championship ultramarathoner who runs stoned.
35: Alexis Coe, historian
Oct 23, 2018 • 50 min
Alexis Coe is a historian and the author of ” Alice+Freda Forever.” We talked about setting weed rules for yourself, why it’s hard to leave a legalization state behind, and which Presidents she thinks might have smoked weed.
34: Justin Ouellette Returns
Oct 16, 2018 • 56 min
Justin Ouellette of Portland’s Lightscale Labs returns to talk about why strains are a bad way to sort weed, experimenting with CBD and micro-dosing LSD, and why he’s starting his own cannabis garden.
33: Ashley Brooke & Tahirah Hairston from The High Ends
Oct 9, 2018 • 48 min
Ashley Brooke & Tahirah Hairston talk to women about their weed habits at The High Ends.
32: Eduardo Sanchez & Gregg Hale of Haxan Films (Blair Witch Project)
Oct 2, 2018 • 43 min
Director Eduardo Sanchez and Producer Gregg Hale of Haxan Films talk weed and their longstanding creative partnership which started with The Blair Witch Project in 1999.
31: Anja Charbonneau from Broccoli Magazine
Sep 25, 2018 • 46 min
Anja Charbonneau is the editor-in-chief of the free weed magazine Broccoli and former creative director of Kinfolk.
30: Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR), co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus
Sep 18, 2018 • 22 min
Congressman Earl Blumenauer has represented Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District since 1996. He is a co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus which was formed in 2017. He doesn’t smoke marijuana but has “no problem with people who do” and predicts…
29: ‘Elon Musk Hit the Blunt’ w/ Charlie Warzel from Buzzfeed
Sep 12, 2018 • 37 min
Buzzfeed tech reporter Charlie Warzel returns to discuss Elon Musk hitting a blunt on the Joe Rogan Experience and whether we’re ready for a stoner CEO.
28: Adam Lisagor, director and founder of Sandwich Video
Sep 4, 2018 • 49 min
Adam Lisagor directs commercials for the internet and TV. We talked about life before the internet, when weed takes you to a dark place, and discovering CBD.
27: Jia Tolentino, writer for The New Yorker
Aug 28, 2018 • 49 min
Stoner is back for Season 2! Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker who wrote recently about the teen vaping sensation Juul. We talked about her intention to die on the moon, the etiquette of sharing popcorn with a complete stranger during a…
26: Cannabis Bar Association co-founders Amanda Conley and Shabnam Malek
Sep 26, 2017 • 34 min
[Amanda Conley]( and [Shabnam Malek]( are Bay Area lawyers who co-founded the [National Cannabis Bar Association]( They also maintain their own practice, [Brand &…
25: Mira Gonzalez, poet and writer
Sep 19, 2017 • 48 min
[Mira Gonzalez]( is a poet and writer in L.A. She got a job at a dispensary when she was 19 and she once drank an entire bottle of weed lube.
24: Benjamin Dickinson, filmmaker
Sep 12, 2017 • 41 min
[Benjamin Dickinson]( is a director whose most recent film is [Creative Control]( We talked about being a movie director in the age of TV, his daily writing routine, and his…
23: Tao Lin, novelist and poet
Sep 5, 2017 • 43 min
[Tao Lin]( is is the author of the novel [_Taipei_]( and a forthcoming book _Beyond Existentialism_ about Terence McKenna and psychedelics. We talked…
22: The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery w/ Amanda Chicago Lewis
Aug 29, 2017 • 29 min
Amanda Chicago Lewis returns to the show to discuss her new GQ story “The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery” about a shadowy business group that is trying to patent marijuana strains.
21: Ian Vanek from Japanther and Howardian
Aug 22, 2017 • 32 min
[Ian Vanek]( spent 13 years in the art project duo Japanther. He’s currently touring the country by himself on a dirt bike as part of his new project [Howardian]( We talked about the challenges of solo…
19: Matt Haughey founded Metafilter and works at Slack
Aug 8, 2017 • 37 min
[Matt Haughey]( never touched weed as a teen, despite being a competitive BMX rider in Southern California. He didn’t smoke any weed in his 20s either, busy founding [Metafilter]( one of the…
18: Samantha Miller, Chief Science Officer at HMBLDT
Aug 1, 2017 • 38 min
Samantha Miller does research that informs the formulation of the special vape pens that hmbldt makes branded not by strain but effect: sleep, bliss, calm, relief. Prior to becoming HMBLDT’s in-house scientist, Miller founded Pure Analytics, one of the…
17: Cards Against Humanity co-founder Max Temkin and writers Joanna Feldman & Julia Weiss
Jul 25, 2017 • 33 min
Max Temkin is a co-founder of Cards Against Humanity, a “party game for horrible people,” and Chicago comedians Joanna Feldman and Julia Weiss are its head writers. After a successful Kickstarter in 2011, Cards Against Humanity was released independently,…
16: Digby, an English cannabis enthusiast who has lived in Morocco since 1973
Jul 18, 2017 • 38 min
In 1973, Digby traveled from England to Morocco seeking out villages that practiced traditional hashmaking. Forty-six years later, he’s still there.
15: Benny Blanco, producer and songwriter
Jul 11, 2017 • 47 min
[Benny Blanco]( has produced twenty-six #1 hits and his records have sold over 100 million copies (or so Wikipedia tells me.) His writing credits include Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream,’ Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds,’ Justin…
14: Dope Girls Zine (Beca Grimm & Rachel Hortman)
Jun 27, 2017 • 29 min
[Dope Girls Zine](’s editor [Beca Grimm]( and art director [Rachel Hortman]( discuss why they made a zine for women who “can still get shit done while getting…
13: Sebastián Silva, director of Crystal Fairy & The Magic Cactus and Nasty Baby
Jun 20, 2017 • 40 min
### [Sebastián Silva]( is a filmmaker and grew up in Chile. He directed [Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus]( about a group of Chileans and Americans on a road trip seeking…
12: Emma Chasen, Director of Education at Portland’s Farma and former budtender
Jun 13, 2017 • 26 min
Emma Chasen quit her job doing research trials at Brown and took her degree in Medicinal Plant Research to Portland. Within a week she had a job at Farma, where she was first a budtender and now focuses on cannabis science education.
11: Jake Lodwick, creator of Vimeo and Keezy
Jun 6, 2017 • 50 min
When he was in college, Jake Lodwick was brought on as one of the original developers of [CollegeHumor]( Shortly thereafter he co-founded Vimeo and three years later he posted [a photo of himself taking a bong…
10: Ricardo Baca, founding editor of The Cannabist
May 30, 2017 • 47 min
Ricardo Baca is the founding editor of The Cannabist, a site from the _Denver Post _that covers the “marijuana industry like it was the oil industry” and the subject of the documentary _Rolling Papers_. He recently left The Cannabist to found Grasslands,…
09: Francis Starlite from Francis and the Lights
May 23, 2017 • 58 min
Francis Starlite is behind [Francis and the Lights](, who in 2016 alone released the album _Farewell, Starlite! and_ worked collaboratively with [Bon Iver, Kanye West](,…
08: Alexandra Chasin, author of a biography of America’s first drug czar Harry J. Anslinger who coined the term ‘marijuana’
May 16, 2017 • 32 min
Alexandra Chasin is an associate professor at The New School. Her new book [Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs]( is a…
07: Bill Levin, founder of The First Church of Cannabis
May 9, 2017 • 24 min
In 2015 longtime activist Bill Levin founded the First Church of Cannabis in Indianapolis. He is currently suing for the right to use the “sacrament of cannabis” as part of his church’s religious practice. Despite being frequently written about online,…
06: Charlie Warzel discusses shocking weed revelations from Alex Jones’ custody hearings
May 2, 2017 • 42 min
Charlie Warzel is a technology reporter who spent the last two weeks sitting right behind America’s favorite conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in an Austin, TX courthouse. At stake in Alex Jones’ custody dispute is whether the unhinged character he plays on…
05: Amanda Chicago Lewis, weed journalist and Rolling Stone columnist
Apr 25, 2017 • 19 min
Amanda Chicago Lewis is a journalist in Los Angeles. Amanda has spent the last few years covering the entrepreneurs, charlatans, and weirdos who make up the largest weed market in the world for LA Weekly and Buzzfeed. We talked about California’s…
04: Krishna Andavolu from Weediquette
Apr 18, 2017 • 38 min
Krishna Andavolu is the host of Weediquette, a TV show on Viceland in which he travels America and the world telling the stories of people whose lives are are deeply impacted by marijuana. Weediquette’s third season kicks off as part Vice’s Weed Week on…
03: Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media
Apr 11, 2017 • 19 min
Nick Denton founded Gawker Media in 2004. In 2016, Gawker’s portfolio of sites were either sold off or shuttered after a lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan bankrupted the company. This lawsuit, over the posting of Hulk Hogan’s sex tape, was financed by Peter…
02: Justin Ouellette from Lightscale Labs
Apr 4, 2017 • 35 min
[Justin Oullette]( was a major programmer in New York’s technology scene, working on Vimeo, [Muxtape](, and Tumblr, before leaving it all behind to start a marijuana testing facility, [Lightscale…
01: Aminatou Sow from ‘Call Your Girlfriend’
Mar 28, 2017 • 33 min
Aminatou Sow is the co-host of the podcast ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ and consults extensively in the technology industry. Her family is Guinean and she grew up in Nigeria so I was curious to hear about her experiences as a weed-enthusiast, immigrant, and…
00: Teaser
Mar 24, 2017 • 1 min
Stoner is a freewheeling conversation that often starts with “when was the first time you ever smoked weed?” and can end up anywhere. Guests range from artists to musicians to those working in the marijuana economy. Host Aaron Lammer is also the co-host…