Episode 98 – Monika Beerle

In 1989, 26-year-old Monika Beerle headed to New York City in hopes of fulfilling her dream of becoming a dance instructor. As she searched for affordable housing she met an eccentric pot dealer named Daniel Rakowitz who offered to share his apartment with her. She had no idea that the laid-back hippie who served food to the homeless wasn’t the pushover he appeared to be.

Listen to Episode #98 now to hear the firsthand account from someone who not only knew Daniel but recorded one of their conversations.

Music Credits:

The Minds Of Madness Theme Music – Duncan Foster

Feel The Madness – The Funkoars

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Research & Writing:

Ashton Morrow


Special Thanks:


Cheryl Lindsey – Livin’ With Me 


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