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“The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast,” the official Grateful Dead podcast, is a series devoted to exploring the music and mythology behind one of the most enduring, progressive, and influential bands in the history of recorded music. The podcast’s tagline is “For The Committed And The Curious,” as episodes will invite new fans to explore the band’s enormous mythology in digestible chunks and enlighten life-long Dead Heads about corners of the band’s history they never knew existed. No topic will be off limits on “The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast” as hosts Rich Mahan and Jesse Jarnow explore the band’s outrageous history, innovations, and impact from 1965 to today.

70 Episodes
The Adventures of Pigpen, part 2The Deadcast concludes our tribute to Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, exploring his years with the Dead, featuring more documents from the McKernan family archives, his alleged firing, former housemate Tom Constanten, lost song lyrics, & last songs.GUESTS: Jim Sullivan, Tom Constanten, Denise Kaufman, Eric Thompson, Starfinder Stanley, David Lemieux, Kay Alexander, Mike DolgushkinSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Adventures of Pigpen, part 1The Deadcast marks 50 years since the passing of original Grateful Dead frontman Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, in part 1 uncovering his mysterious pre-Dead years in the Palo Alto folk scene, featuring a visit to the McKernan archives, never-heard performances, & archival interviews.GUESTS: Jim Sullivan, Denise Kaufman, Eric Thompson, Ted Claire, David LemieuxSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Long Strange Tech, part 2

Long Strange Tech, part 2


The Deadcast concludes its dive into the Grateful Dead’s entanglement with technology, exploring Jerry Garcia’s digital graphics obsession, how Dead Head online communities helped shape the emergent internet, lyricist John Perry Barlow’s manifestoes, & more. Guests: Paul Martin, Mary Eisenhart, David Gans, Steve Silberman, Bob Bralove, Dan English, Doug Oade, Christian Crumlish, Charlie Miller, John Markoff, Erik Davis, Michael CaloreSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Long Strange Tech, part 1

Long Strange Tech, part 1


The Deadcast explores the Grateful Dead’s long-term cosmic entanglement with the California technology world & the architecture of the internet itself, featuring biomusic pioneer Ned Lagin, Dead Heads at the Stanford AI Lab & Apple, sonic heroes from Alembic & Meyer Sound, & more.Guests: Ned Lagin, Ron Wickersham, Susan Wickersham, Daniel Kottke, John Meyer, Helen Meyer, Paul Martin, Andy Moorer, Steve Silberman, Erik Davis, John MarkoffSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
We present an encore of the Deadcast’s Denmark episode from earlier this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Europe ‘72’s proper release, as well as to get you ready for (or debrief you from) the Meet-Up At The Movies presentation of the Dead’s historic Danish telecast.Guests: Sam Cutler, Steve Parish, Mountain Girl, Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay, Ben Haller, Alan Trist, Jim Sullivan, Gijsbert Hanekroot, John Morris, Sam Field, David Lemieux, MC Taylor, Lars Bennike, Bjørn Lindstrøm, Hans Francke, Jens Skovby, Palle Lykke, Lars Movin, Graeme Boone, Shaugn O’DonnellSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Bobby 75

Bobby 75


The Grateful Deadcast celebrates Bobby Weir’s 75th with the birthday boy himself, exploring Weir’s world with Don Was, Jeff Chimenti, members of the expanded Wolfpack, & orchestral collaborator Giancarlo Aquilanti. Guests: Bobby Weir, Don Was, Jeff Chimenti, Barry Sless, Giancarlo AquilantiSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Ace 50

Ace 50


Ace 50The Deadcast welcomes Bobby Weir to honor the 50th anniversary of his 1972 solo debut “Ace” (& its forthcoming reissue), made with an all-star backing band that happened to be the Grateful Dead, featuring archival audio with “Ace” lyricists John Perry Barlow & Robert Hunter.Guests: Bobby Weir, Donna Jean Godhaux-MacKay, Don WasSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Pack the Microbus & hit the road with the Dead in ‘83, hang out with the deep scene of Dead Head graffiti writers & frisbee players in Central Park, & get back to Madison Square Garden for two shows with two room-shaking bustouts.Guests: David Lemieux, John Meyer, Helen Meyer, Dan English, Alan Trist, John Scher, Eric Schwartz, John Leopold, Charlie Miller, Jim Wise, Bob Minkin, Lee Greenfeld, Johnny Dwork, Eric Pooley, Rich Farrell, Larry Price, Dean Heiser, Mary Eisenhart, Corry Arnold, Elijah Funk, Alix Ross, Mark RodriguezSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Deadcast examines how the Grateful Dead remained a center of innovation in 1982, exploring their new sound system with John & Helen Meyer of Meyer Sound, an audacious plan to sell live tapes, the DIY zine scene, one future hit, & two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.Guests: Alan Trist, John Meyer, Helen Meyer, Dan English, Bob Minkin, Charlie Miller, Jim Wise, Eric Schwartz, Chris Goodspace, John Leopold, Johnny Dwork, Shaugn O’Donnell, Jeff Pincus, Marty Meyer, David Lemieux, J. Christian GreerSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
We point the Deadcast to the ‘80s & channel the room-shaking power of the 1981 Madison Square Garden shows on the new box set with archivist David Lemieux, promoter John Scher, photographers Jay Blakesberg & Bob Minkin, tapers Jim Wise & Charlie Miller, & many more.Guests: David Lemieux, John Scher, Jay Blakesberg, Bob Minkin, Charlie Miller, Christina Schreiber, Jon Huntley, Jim Wise, Chris Goodspace, Eric Pooley, Shaugn O’Donnell, Marty Meyer, Frank BoeschSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
On a very special bonus episode, we check in with Mickey Hart about his latest drones and hear high tales of Grateful Dead madness, from frying bacon onstage to using firearms as percussion, plus stories about his handcrafted instrument, the Beam, and a look into the Barn, his recording “crucible” in Novato and one of the great and oft-forgotten studios of the ‘70s and ‘80s.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
This week, the Deadcast swaps feeds with the Comes A Time podcast hosted by Dead & Co. bassist Oteil Burbridge & comedian Mike Finoia, featuring their interview with promoter Peter Shapiro, impresario behind Fare Thee Well & the Capitol Theatre, & author of a new book.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
We time travel to one of the Grateful Dead’s most legendary shows, the 1972 benefit that saved the Springfield Creamery, featuring eyewitness accounts of heads freaking freely in the scorching heat amid some of the most incandescent jams of the band’s career.Guests: David Lemieux, Johnny Dwork, Justin Kreutzmann, Chuck Kesey, Sue Kesey, Mike Sherwood, Dave tharp, Joshua Clark Davis, Nancy Hamren, Richard Sutton, Larry Roberts, Jay Kerley, David Koranda, Strider Brown, Sam field, Adrian Marin, Camille Cole, Al Strobel, Dano Hikinin, Michele Lefowith, Don Witten, and Mango ManSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Deadcast explores the backdrop for one the Grateful Dead’s most extraordinary shows, saving the Springfield Creamery at an off-the-grid potluck picnic amid Merry Pranksters, colorful commune dwellers, & innovative yogurt pioneers during the heady summer of 1972.GUESTS: Chuck Kesey, Sue Kesey, Nancy Hamren, Huey Lewis, Sam Field, Al Strobel, Adrian Marin, Strider Brown, Richard Sutton, Camille Cole, Danno Hikinin, Michele Lefkowith, David Koranda, Lawrence Roberts, Don Witten, David Lemieux, Joshua Clark Davis, Johnny DworkSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Europe '72: Epilogue

Europe '72: Epilogue


Our Deadcast season finale explores how the Grateful Dead crafted 73 hours of tape into the sparkling triple-LP Europe ‘72, commissioned iconic cover art, spawned several new businesses, created a global impact, & eventually built a groundbreaking box set four decades later.Guests: Bob Matthews, Sam Cutler, Alan Trist, Steve Parish, Janet Furman, Ben Haller, Oteil Burbridge, David Lemieux, Jeffrey Norman, Steve Silberman, Erik Davis, Philipe Sicard, Bill Giles, Dave Speidel, Mark Mumper, Corry Arnold, Stephen Gardiner, Chiku Parbat, Andrew Stuart, Ferrnand Berger-VasqSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Europe '72: Lyceum Ballroom

Europe '72: Lyceum Ballroom


The Grateful Dead (& the Deadcast) finish the Europe ‘72 tour with 4 rapturous nights at London’s Lyceum Ballroom, where they record much of their new live album, including a most psychedelicized tour finale, plus deep dives into “Ramble On Rose,” “Morning Dew,” & other classics.Guests: Sam Cutler, Steve Parish, Alan Trist, David Nelson, Ben Haller, Janet Furman, John Morris, Courtenay Pollack, Allan Arkush, Alex Allan, Andy Childs, Ken Hunt, Chris Jones, Graham Walker, Bill Giles, Derek Gillman, John Kieffer, Jim Smolen, Jeremy Poynton, Volkmar Rupp, David Lemieux, Graeme Boone, Nicholas Meriwether, Stephen GardinerSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Europe ’72 tour’s last week on the Continent includes a free show in Lille (where a Greenpeace co-founder has a far-out experience), a broadcast from the biggest pirate radio station in the world, a famous new sticker for Jerry Garcia’s Stratocaster, & adventures in the Alps.Guests: Sam Cutler, Steve Parish, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Mountain Girl, Rick Turner, Rosie McGee, Alan Trist, Candace Brightman, Ben Haller, Kid Jensen, Rod Marining, Philipe Sicard, Daniel Duchene, Thomas Storch, Sebbie Buhler, Mimi, Richard Parkinson, Chris Jones, Bill Giles, Simon Phillips, Uli Teute, David Lemieux, Steve Silberman, Graeme BooneSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The Grateful Deadcast explores the Netherlands with band & crew, dives deep into “He’s Gone,” learns why Dutch Dead fans were headier than regular Dutch rock fans, glides through the longest ever “Dark Star,” & traces the Hippie Trail from its northwestern terminus in Amsterdam.Guests: Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Steve Parish, Sam Cutler, Berry Visser, Alan Trist, Ben Haller, Geert Driessen, Dickson Hall, Peter Swift, David Johns, Sjaak Leitjens, Eric Alden, David Lemieux, Graeme Boone, John Colpitts, Michael KramerSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
The biggest gig of the Grateful Dead’s Europe ‘72 tour, their largest ever overseas show, & one of our biggest Deadcasts yet, reconstructing the legendary Bickershaw Festival mudbath with enraptured audience members including an extended conversation with Elvis Costello.Guests: Elvis Costello, Michael Moorcock, Mountain Girl, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, David Nelson, Steve Parish, Sam Cutler, Alan Trist, Janet Furman, Ben Haller, John Morris, Allan Arkush, Peter Luttner, Alex Allan, Chris Jones, Bill Giles, Barbara Nellist, Simon Phillips, Steven Feldman, Brain Petheram, Adam Gotley, Mick Etherington, David Lemieux, Graeme BooneSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Europe '72: France

Europe '72: France


Europe ‘72: FranceThe Deadcast’s grand tour of Europe ‘72 hits the City of Light, goes museum-hopping with band & crew, digs deep into 2 classic shows at L’Olympia & the 5 songs recorded there for the live album, reconstructs how everybody got too high, & puts together the pieces of the Lille riot.GUESTS: Sam Cutler, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Steve Parish, Mountain Girl, Rosie McGee, Alan Trist, Courtenay Pollack, Janet Furman, Ben Haller, Candace Brightman, Jim Sullivan, Philipe Sicard, Daniel Duchene, Harry Tuft, David Lemieux, Graeme Boone, Shaugn O’DonnellSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Comments (6)

Richard Lowson

just discovered this cast . thanks so much . sanity restored.

Apr 24th

Mike Dunbar

i just wanna say that I really appreciate this podcast, and the work that must go into it. Thank you!

Apr 17th


very interesting podcasts. learning a lot.

Feb 21st

David Gray

Exceptionally well done! To think I could not appreciate the Dead any more than I do....lucky proved wrong. Thank you guys for this terrific new podcast.

Jan 1st

Jason Mobbs

So stoked this second season is already happening. Amazing podcast folks. 💀 🌹 ❤

Oct 2nd

tlc jr

i had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Sam on a radio show a decade or so ago when his book came out. It was one of my all-time favorite interviews in 30+ years of radio. So awesome to hear him again. Love the podcast and hoping you'll do all of the albums. 🤘

Aug 11th
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