“Stoner” podcast host Aaron Lammer has a pretty interesting resume. He has co-written songs for Chance The Rapper and Drake and also co-hosts writing podcast “Longform” with Max Linsky and Evan Ratliff.
However, his secret knack is for getting the most honest and interesting interviews. While most pot-casts become a stoney promotional session for the featured guest, Lammer puts that on the back burner to see what makes these creative pot smokers tick. He is your everyday kind of smoker, and his podcast “Stoner” is a window to an everyman’s kind of pot conversation.
Lammer’s list of guests is very impressive and varied, and have included Metafilter founder Matt Haughey, writer Amanda Chicago Lewis, and producer and songwriter Benny Blanco. The line of questioning and vibe of the show is professional, with topics ranging from the corporate agriculture business patenting weed strains to allegations that white men have hijacked the cannabis industry.
However, the charm of the show is Lammer’s ability to distract his guest in a wonderful way with his line of questioning. Very often that question is “When was the first time you ever smoked weed?” Most of the guests are very creative and accomplished people who relish in the honesty and nostalgia of what got them into smoking without diverting into the logistics of the current weedscape.
It’s a linear point A to point B timeline of their life connected with smoke. His interviewing style works very well to bring out their motives, likes and dislikes regarding past and present cannabis culture. He touches on their preference for ingesting, purchasing, potency, as well as trends like weed dinner parties and the sense of community as it develops.
The guests are some of the most accomplished pothead shakers and movers out there. Captains of industry, science and art are all welcome, the cliche of unmotivated couch potatoes vanishing in a puff of smoke once you get a whiff of what motivates these people.
When asked why he didn’t have a more euphemistic name for his Podcast than “Stoner,” Lammer’s answer is the premise of the show. Most people that smoke want to get high. He wishes more people could admit that.
With the required terminology regarding medicinal and recreation use, a veneer of rhetoric has been created to cover a simple pleasure. He aims to strip that away by showing his audience successful people and their connection to pot, without stigma.
The term “stoner” may have negative connotations, like “nerd.” He believes that the word is ready to be repurposed. The fading era of “don’t ask don’t tell” applies to pot users, too.
New podcasts episodes of Stoner usually come out every week and can be found at www.stoner.co.
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