Burning Man draws inspiration from Cargo Cults

John Frum Day.
John Frum Day.

If you’re not at Burning Man this weekend, you’re in the Default World.

The temporary attempt at utopia in the Nevada desert draws tens of thousands of visitors interested in art, music, self-expression, and –yes— hallucinogenic drugs.

Every year, the festival also has a theme. This year theme is the fascinating phenomenon of Cargo Cults.

Not familiar with that term? You should be. Because it’s a pretty interesting story.

One that Alissa Walker wrote about for Gizmodo.

She spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about it.