The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy

Chion Wolf

Originally appearing here.

“Molly” is the nickname for MDMA, or Ecstasy, and it’s short for “Molecule”, meaning you’re getting the “real thing”, chemically speaking. Except you almost never do. On this show, we’ll talk about the dangers of Molly, the medical uses of MDMA, and the curious romance between the drug and the form of music known as EDM, Electronic Dance Music.


  • C. Michael White is a Professor and Department Head at UConn’s School of Pharmacy
  • Dr. John Halpern is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
  • Brad Burge is the Director of Comm. with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
  • Sam Tracy is the Chairman of the Board for Students for Sensible Drug Policy in Washington, DC
  • Tommie Sunshine is a music producer, journalist and DJ

WNPR interviews Brad Burge of MAPS along with University of Connecticut Professor C. Michael White, Dr. John Halpern of Harvard, Sam Tracy of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and EDM producer Tommie Sunshine in a special segment focusing on the risks, benefits, popular uses, and public health implications of MDMA.