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Tangentially Speaking Podcast

by Christopher Ryan

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Ever wanted to hang with a comedian, dominatrix, health guru, bank robber, author, or Italian prince? Well, here's your chance. Tangentially Speaking is dedicated to the idea that good conversation is organic, uncensored, revelatory, and free to go down unexpected paths.

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  • 316 - Alexandra Snow (Dominatrix and Adventure Seeker)
    Thu, Apr 19, 2018

    Alexandra was a nerdy kid who grew up to be a bombshell. No doubt. We get into it all: What it's like to be a pro-dom; Why Star Trek is important; How sex is like travel; The therapeutic aspects of dominance and submission. Music: "Vim and Vigor," by Carsie Blanton.

  • 315 - Wednesday Martin (Bestselling Author)
    Mon, Apr 09, 2018

    Wednesday Martin is the real deal. Her memoir, Primates of Park Avenue is a hilarious, touching, and insightful look into the exotic world of Manhattan motherhood. Stepmonster, a finalist for the prestigious Books for a Better Life Award, is widely considered the “go-to” source for stepmothers, adult stepchildren, therapists and others who seek a uniquely candid, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and comprehensive look at the topic. She is also the author of Marlene Dietrich, tracing the actress and cabaret performer's life, career, and impact on the image of women. Her next book, Untrue, is a look at the emerging science of female desire and some of the most prominent women behind the controversial research.

  • 314 - Wil Forbis (Street Philosopher and Musician)
    Mon, Apr 02, 2018

    I came across Wil's blog years ago, while researching primate penises, and have been a fan of his insightful, comic take on life ever since. What more do you need to know?

  • 313 - Tony Drewrey (Terlingua Adventure Beer Company)
    Tue, Mar 27, 2018

    Tony was our door into Terlingua, Texas. Thanks to his quick response to an Instagram, we met all the good folks of that town, and ended up staying way longer than we'd planned. If you get out that way, drop in at his bar: TABC (Terlingua Adventure Beer Company), and give him a big hug from us.

  • 312 - Cyrus Sutton (Filmmaker and Surfer)
    Wed, Mar 21, 2018

    Cyrus believes in creating films which promote curiosity and ecological literacy. He's been directing documentary films for fifteen years since his award-winning surf film Riding Waves in 2003. He won a Southwest regional EMMY when he was 23 and has directed hundreds of short films since.

  • 311 - Mickey Avalon and Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty)
    Fri, Mar 16, 2018

    These dudes are smart, funny, and talented. I caught up with them on tour, after their show in San Diego. If you like to have fun, catch them if they come to a town near you!

  • 310 - Lisa Menna (Magician/Activist)
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018

    Lisa Menna uses the wonder provoked by her magic tricks to trigger real magic: the kinds of thoughts that can make the world a better place. Having performed in over 40 countries, Lisa and her organization (Cause to Wonder) are working to show people around the world that good things come to those who respect and protect women and girls.

  • 309 - Josh Fox in NOLA (Film-maker & Playwright)
    Wed, Mar 07, 2018

    I caught up with Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox in New Orleans (Gasland, How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change), where he's doing his Josh Fox things: writing, organizing political protests against a fracked gas power plant, playing music, creating art (paintings), and eating a lot of crawfish. His cat Sandy joins us to rub her face on the microphones.

  • 308 - Diana Adams (Lawyer/LGBTQ Rights Activist)
    Wed, Feb 28, 2018

    Diana is the founder of a boutique LGBTQ family law and mediation firm based in New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, serving primarily same-sex couples and non-nuclear families. Diana is about supporting  healthy, stable families, whether between same-sex couples, platonic co-parents, polyamorous families, or different-sex couples, by facilitating conversations that support the creation of clear personal agreements, as well as solid legal agreements to protect their families.

  • 307 - Jeff Leach (Microbiome Expert / Anthropologist)
    Mon, Feb 26, 2018

    Like millions of people, I first became aware of Jeff Leach when I read about his attempt to transfer a hunter/gatherer's fecal matter to his own colon as a way to study the human microbiome. Little did I know I'd find myself sitting at the table with him in rural Texas a few years later or that he'd agree to share his insights with me on a podcast. Jeff's published in Science, Nature and everywhere else a groundbreaking researcher could dream of, but he's too busy with new projects to reflect much on past success.

  • 306 - John Duarte (Photojournalist & Long-Distance Cyclist)
    Mon, Feb 26, 2018

    Cassie and I met John Duarte at a highway rest stop in Dateland, AZ. He was riding his bike from El Paso to San Diego, which is a short "training run" for him. Join us for this spontaneous conversation in the van. #vanthropology2018

  • 305 - Mike Lang (My Best Buddy)
    Wed, Feb 21, 2018

    Mike has been my best-buddy since I was 15 years old. The Mr. Spock to my Captain Kirk, he's kept me marginally out of trouble for 40 years now. Mike's a talented musician, speaks several languages fluently, and comes out of a confluence of culture and history. There's nobody quite like him.

  • 304 - Zhana Vrangalova (Sex Researcher and Educator)
    Mon, Feb 12, 2018

    Zhana is a NYC-based sex researcher, writer, and educator. She has a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, where she studied how different aspects of sexuality (especially casual sex/promiscuity and mostly heterosexuality) are linked to health and well-being. Currently an adjunct professor at the NYU Psychology department, Zhana teaches the first Human Sexuality course this department has offered in a long, long time.

  • 303 - Bruce Damer (Origins of Life/Future in Space)
    Fri, Feb 09, 2018

    Bruce Damer is a Canadian-American multi-disciplinary scientist, designer, and author. He collaborates with colleagues developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. He began his career in the 1980s developing some of the earliest user interfaces for personal computers, led a community in the 1990s bringing the first multi-user virtual worlds to the Internet, and since 2000 supported NASA and the space industry on numerous simulations and spacecraft designs. He has spent 25 years chronicling the history of computing in his DigiBarn Computer Museum and curates archives of counterculture figures such as Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and others. He currently serves as Principal Scientist at DigitalSpace; Associate Researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz; Associate of the NASA Astrobiology Center; Member of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and Founding Director of the Contact Consortium. He also served as Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington and as a member of the Faculty at Charles University, Prague. Bruce also hosts a podcast called Levity Zone.

  • 302 - Johann Hari (Author/Journalist)
    Tue, Feb 06, 2018

    Johann is the author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections -- both of which are largely about the traumas created by trying to live in a pathogenic society. He's a brilliant writer and conversationalist. In the first part of this podcast, we're in his hotel room in Beverly Hills (Thanks, Rupert Murdock!). The second part is in my car, headed south on the 405. I had a great time hanging with Johann, and hope you enjoy it, too.

  • 301 - Steve Silberman (Author/Science Journalist)
    Wed, Jan 31, 2018

    Steve Silberman is an award-winning science writer whose articles have appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the MIT Technology ReviewNatureSalonShambhala Sun, and many other publications. He is the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity (Avery 2015), which Oliver Sacks called a “sweeping and penetrating history…presented with a rare sympathy and sensitivity.”  Follow Steve on Twitter: @stevesilberman.

  • 300 - Michael Brooks (Talk Show Host/Political Analyst)
    Tue, Jan 30, 2018

    Host of the Michael Brooks Show, and contributing host for the four time award winning independent political talk show, The Majority Report, Michael appears regularly as a political and cultural analyst on outlets including Huffpost Live, SirusXM, AlJazeera English, CCTV and France 24. His writing has appeared in Al Monitor, Al Jazeera, the Washington Post, among others, and he has blogged for leading trend watch site PSFK. He is also know for his impressions of cultural figures from Donald Trump to Nelson Mandela. 

  • 299 - Jamie Kilstein
    Thu, Jan 25, 2018

    Jamie was a prominent stand-up comic before he drifted into political commentary, eventually becoming a leading voice among the social justice warrior crowd, with his radio show (Citizen Radio). That ended when he was accused of "inappropriate behavior" and he suddenly found himself the target of the same kinds of uncritical condemnation he'd directed at others. It's been a wild ride, but he's back on his feet, and wiser for it.

  • 298 - David Stansfield (Arabist/Author)
    Mon, Jan 22, 2018

    David Stansfield has spent many years studying Arabic and the cultures of the Middle East. Together with his partner and wife of 42 years, Denise Boiteau, he has produced documentaries for television and written several books. He's a sophisticated, kind, and fascinating man.

  • 297 - David Beckingham (Singer/Songwriter)
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018

    David Beckingham is a Canadian musician who drove down to Oregon to catch the eclipse with me this summer. Afterwards, we hung out in the woods and on the slopes of Mount Hood for a few days, where we recorded this podcast.

  • 296 - Charlotte McKinney (Model/Actress)
    Sat, Jan 13, 2018

    Charlotte McKinney is a sweet, kind, smart young woman who happens to occupy the sort of body that many men would sell their soul to get close to. To say that's been a mixed blessing for her is to put it mildly. She's been featured in Super Bowl commercials, on the cover of GQ, in a slew of ads for Guess, and everywhere else sexy women's images are used to sell stuff. In this conversation, we get behind the image and meet the woman who lives there.

  • 295 - Michael Shermer (Author/Skeptic)
    Tue, Jan 09, 2018

    Dr. Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skepticmagazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University where he teaches Skepticism 101. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird ThingsWhy Darwin MattersThe Science of Good and Evil, and The Moral Arc. His new book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality & Utopia.

  • Happy New Year
    Sat, Dec 30, 2017

    Just a quick message, wishing you a smooth transition to 2018.

  • 294 - With Kyle Thiermann in Baja
    Tue, Dec 26, 2017

    Kyle Thiermann is a professional big wave surfer, Patagonia surf ambassador, documentarian, journalist, and pal of mine. We took a drive down to Baja to get some work done and hang out.

    As a correspondent for Discovery Digital Networks, Kyle Thiermann covered important issues ranging from a little-known indigenous conflict in Southern Chile, to the impact wild pigs have on Hawaii's coral reefs.

    Thiermann's surfing skills earned him a spot among an elite group of athletes as a Patagonia Surf Ambassador. With Patagonia’s support, Thiermann created and hosted the award-winning documentary series, Surfing For Change. The series included stories about the Indonesia trash epidemic, Hawaii’s Monsanto protests, and the adverse impacts of surf tourism in Nicaragua.

    Thiermann speaks at universities throughout the country and in 2011 gave a TEDx talk in his wetsuit. His surfing and journalistic successes have earned him Surfrider’s Pro Surfer Environmental Achievement Award, the Brower Youth Award, the American Clean Skies Film Award, and the Peter Benchley Blue Vision Award.

    Thiermann has spent years becoming an expert in the ocean and is an alternate in the prestigious annual big-wave event at Mavericks. He hosts a weekly podcast that explores subjects that include psychedelics, sex, and surfing.  

    Website link: http://www.kyle.surf/

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  • 293 - Malcolm Fleschner and Simon Rex
    Thu, Dec 21, 2017

    Just a few dudes talking. @simonrex415 @cultureschlock

  • 292 - Reza Aslan (Author/Religious Scholar)
    Tue, Dec 19, 2017

    Reza is a bestselling author, most recently of God: A Human History

  • 291 - Micah Springer (Author)
    Thu, Dec 14, 2017

    Micah and a friend had been traveling for a year in Africa when she met a Samburu herdsman and quickly fell in love. Her memoir of that voyage is called The Keepers of The Story.

  • 290 - Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell (Shrimp Parade #10)
    Tue, Dec 12, 2017

    Spent 4 hours today in the studio with these two beautiful maniacs. We talked about everything from DMT to the #metoo movement, to the size of Jeff Sessions's schlong. To call it a "wide-ranging" conversation would be an understatement.

  • 289 - To Dana Point with Simon Rex
    Sun, Dec 10, 2017

    Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty) joined me for a ride down the 405 to visit with Stanley Krippner. Hop in and come along!

  • 288 - Kelly Brogan (Renegade Psychiatrist)
    Thu, Dec 07, 2017

    Kelly Brogan, M.D. is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression.

  • ROMA 26a
    Mon, Dec 04, 2017

    An addendum for a guy who's a little worried about traveling for the first time. Advice on how to puke, and why anything that's in our gut is kind of outside our body already. 

  • 287 - ROMA 26
    Sun, Dec 03, 2017

    Am I an angry aging hippie? Why do we emulate billionaires instead of real geniuses and visionaries?

  • 286 - Jude Angelini (Author & Radio Personality)
    Thu, Nov 30, 2017

    Jude grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, near Pontiac, Michigan. He tells it like it is. He brings the same no-bullshit attitude to his writing, his radio show on Eminem's Sirius XM station (The All-Out Show), and his conversation. Same guy. Same voice. Same authenticity. He's the author of two books, Hyena and Hummingbird. Either one would make a wonderful gift for your mother-in-law.

  • 285 - Liam and Allison
    Tue, Nov 28, 2017

    My friends Liam and Allison confronted every parent's worst nightmare when their 8 year-old son fall off a 40-foot cliff, just an arm's length away from them. We talk about how their confrontation with their own helplessness changed their approach to parenting, work, marriage, and ultimately every aspect of their lives. 

  • 284 - ROMA 25
    Tue, Nov 21, 2017

    Another episode full of nonsensical advice from a totally unqualified source: Is it always a lie to say you'll love someone forever? Are poly relationships possible? How can one become "a writer"? Why do people take advantage of people who allow themselves to be taken advantage of?

  • 283 - Tim Scully (Orange Sunshine)
    Mon, Nov 20, 2017

    Tim Scully produced millions of hits of very pure LSD known as "Orange Sunshine" in the late 1960s, hoping to save the world. He was eventually sentenced to 20 years in prison for his troubles.

  • 282 - Asa Akira (Porn Star)
    Wed, Nov 15, 2017

    Asa Akira could be the girl next door -- if you lived next to a super smart, sexy, funny, open-minded, porn star.

  • 281- ROMA 24
    Mon, Nov 06, 2017

    Listener emails about travel, woman troubles, tipping, letting kink get out of control, and a few other things I can't remember right now.

  • 280 - Michael Aranda (C-List Internet Celebrity)
    Thu, Nov 02, 2017

    Michael is a musician, vlogger, and strikingly deep thinker.

  • 279 - Cacilda Jetha
    Wed, Nov 01, 2017

    This is a special, very personal episode. Cacilda is going to the Amazon in search of new ways to be a "soul doctor" (psychiatrist).

  • 278 - Sol Sebastian (What is Masculinity?)
    Mon, Oct 30, 2017

    Sol Sebastian leads small groups of men on journeys into the African bush in search of a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

  • 277 - Geoff Dyer (genre-defying author)
    Thu, Oct 26, 2017

    Geoff is the author of four novels: Paris TranceThe SearchThe Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and many genre-defying books: But BeautifulThe Missing of the SommeOut of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do ItThe Ongoing MomentZona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, and Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush. (shamelessly copied from geoffdyer.com)

  • 276 - Floating with Duncan Trussell
    Thu, Oct 19, 2017

    Duncan is a stand-up comic, writer, actor, podcast host, and occasional summoner of Satan. He's also one of my best friends. We recorded this shortly after giving the keynote presentation together at the annual float tank conference in Portland, OR.

  • 275 - Jim Fadiman (Psychedelic Researcher)
    Sat, Oct 14, 2017

    Dr. Jim Fadiman is a psychologist and author best known for his pioneering psychedelic research -- most recently concerning micro-dosing of LSD and psilocybin.

  • 274 -- TOMA 17 (Barcelona/Alaska/Snake)
    Wed, Oct 11, 2017

    A long-awaited TOMA episode in which lots of worlds interconnect: an apartment in Barcelona, a drunken night in Kenai, and a snake at a water trough in Sicily.

  • 273 - Neal Brennan (Co-creator of The Chappelle Show)
    Mon, Oct 09, 2017

    Neal is a writer, actor, director, and standup comic. He's been involved in everything from Half Baked to The Chappelle Show to Saturday Night Live to the White House Correspondent's Dinner to The Daily Show. His most recent special, called 3 Mics (Netflix) is a work of true genius.

  • 272 - Amy Baldwin (Sex Educator)
    Wed, Oct 04, 2017

    Amy Baldwin is a Somatic Sex and Relationship Coach, Certified Sex Educator as well as co-owner of a mother-daughter owned pleasure boutique called Pure Pleasure Shop. Amy has a passion for promoting shame-free, pleasure-focused sexuality education while emphasizing the deep emotional and energetic forces behind great sex and intimate connection, offering everything from how-to workshops to erotic empowerment retreats.

  • 271 - ROMA 23
    Tue, Sep 26, 2017

    I answer emails about 3-way etiquette, experience vs. thinking, introverts who want to travel, Burning Man, and the Path of Totality.

  • 270 - Hunter Maats
    Wed, Sep 20, 2017

    Hunter Maats is an author, scholar, and co-host of the Mixed Mental Arts podcast.

  • 269 - Lyle Estill (Environmentalist & Entrepreneur)
    Mon, Sep 18, 2017

    Lyle Estill is a writer, environmentalist, and entrepreneur who thinks way beyond the bottom line. He has founded companies, grown enterprises, and traveled successfully through the business world for several decades -- primarily in alternative energy.


  • 268 - Godi Godar (Congolese Environmentalist)
    Mon, Sep 11, 2017

    When he was young, Godi had a dream that he would leave his small village far behind, but come back to help. Now he's living that dream by directing forest preservation projects in the Congo while raising money and awareness in the U.S.

  • 267 - ROMA 22
    Thu, Sep 07, 2017

    Is "pussy" a bad word? Can marriage survive infidelity? Are middle-class white Americans disgusting?

  • 266 - Ryan LeCompte & Matt Simpson (VET)
    Tue, Sep 05, 2017

    Ryan and Matt (Veterans for Entheogenic Treatment) are working to bring ayahuasca-assisted therapy to veterans suffering from treatment-resistant PTSD. 

  • 265 - Michael Wood (Former Drug Detective)
    Mon, Aug 28, 2017

    Michael Wood was on the "other side" of the drug war when he realized that it was a colossal waste of money, effort, and time. Rather than just ride it out to retirement, he walked away and became a passionate advocate of reform in how the United States handles criminal justice.

  • 264 - Kabui (Sparkroot Farm)
    Wed, Aug 23, 2017

    Kabui was born and raised in Kenya. He came to the US to study, and has been based in North Carolina ever since. He's a medical anthropologist, chef, and food activist working to bring the wisdom of an African village into contemporary American dialogue.

  • 263 - Stanley Krippner
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017

    Stanley Krippner is one of the most interesting, funny, kind-hearted men I know. We chatted in his room at the Oakland Marriott about channeling spirits, altered states of consciousness, life after death, and the importance of a good breakfast.

  • 262 - Alisa Esposito (Sparkroot Farm)
    Mon, Aug 07, 2017

    Alisa's path to the heart of the community at Sparkroot Farm has been winding and hilly, to say the least.  

  • 261 - Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist Project)
    Mon, Jul 31, 2017

    Peter Joseph is an American independent filmmaker and activist. He is best known for the Zeitgeist film series, which he wrote, directed, narrated, scored, and produced. He is the founder of the related The Zeitgeist Movement. (Wikipedia)

  • 260 - Toby Thiermann
    Mon, Jul 24, 2017

    Toby is continuing a family legacy of film-making. He's a cinematographer, director, whatever it takes. He's been traveling the world with a camera for over 15 years searching for the perfect frames and images. His adventures have brought him from Steven Spielberg sets to Cambodian mine fields to the North Pole.

  • 259 - Chris D'Elia
    Wed, Jul 19, 2017

    Chris D'Elia is an American stand-up comedian, actor, presenter, writer, and comedy singer. He is known for playing Alex Miller on the NBC sitcom Whitney and for the role of Danny Burton on the sitcom Undateable, also on NBC.

  • 258 - Jeff McNairy
    Mon, Jul 17, 2017

    Jeff McNairy is the Chief Medical Officer at Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica. 

  • 257 - Gerry Powell (Rythmia)
    Mon, Jul 10, 2017

    Gerry made millions, lost them, then made even more. But he was miserable. He'd checked every box on the scorecard of life, but still felt he was losing. Then life took a turn that led him to found the world's first medically licensed center using traditional Amazonian plant medicine.

  • 256 - ROMA 21
    Mon, Jul 10, 2017

    Special 4th of July episode.

  • 255 - ROMA 20
    Wed, Jul 05, 2017

    On the impermanence of love (and everything else), concern for parents, why getting out of the nest can be crucial.

  • 254 - Debra Berger (Actor, Artist, Mother, Traveler)
    Mon, Jul 03, 2017

    When Debra was 17, she fell in love with a man 30 years older than she who happened to be an Italian prince known throughout Europe for his creatively bohemian lifestyle. They had two sons together, one of whom is my friend Tao Ruspoli (episodes 3 and 115). Debra was generous in sharing some of her incredible life story with me -- but more importantly, in sharing her very clean and unpretentious approach to a life that's rich in pretty much every way possible.

  • 253 - Kaj Larsen (Former SEAL, Journalist)
    Mon, Jun 26, 2017

    Kaj spent 5 years as a Navy SEAL before getting a Master's from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and then moving into journalism—first with CNN, and currently with VICE TV. He's the friendliest badass dude you'll ever meet.

  • 252.5 ROMA (Recorded at Rythmia, in Costa Rica)
    Mon, Jun 19, 2017

    I talk about the Rythmia Life Enhancement Center (where I recorded this), men's obsessions with their dicks, and my thoughts on male-female relations in other cultures I'm familiar with.

  • 252 - Don Mirra (Photographer, Adventurer)
    Mon, Jun 19, 2017

    Don is one of the most well-traveled, thoughtful, talented men I've met in a long time. Join us for a few beers as we talk about his time in the Marines, what it's like to sleep on a cot hanging thousands of feet above the ground, the plight of orphans around the world, and the challenges of photographing beautiful women.

  • 251 - Calla Rose Ostrander (Positive Deviant)
    Mon, Jun 12, 2017

    Calla Rose is a brilliant, open-hearted woman with a passion to help guide the world toward the light. Her work straddles politics, environmental activism, business consulting, and a few other areas I'm not smart enough to recognize.

  • 250 - Tom White
    Wed, Jun 07, 2017

    Tom is the father of a friend of mine. After chatting with him for a few minutes, I asked if he'd share a bit of his life story on the podcast. I'm glad he did. He's living a life of surprising adventure and depth, as you'll hear.

  • 249 - Sarah Larsen
    Tue, May 30, 2017

    Sarah is young, but has covered a lot of ground already. Born and raised in a Mormon community in Utah, she felt compelled to strike out on her own path—a path that's led her as far as Australia, India, Myanmar, and Laos.

  • 248 - Hunter Maats
    Tue, May 23, 2017

    Hunter is an author, podcast host, and a very smart guy who has lived all over the world. He's dedicated to clear, critical thinking. We don't agree on everything, but our disagreements are fruitful. I always learn a lot in conversation with this guy.

  • 247 - Kyle Thiermann (Pro Surfer/Filmmaker)
    Mon, May 22, 2017

    Kyle Thiermann is a professional surfer and filmmaker from Santa Cruz, CA. When he’s not chasing building-sized waves around the globe he works with Discovery Digital Networks as an on-camera correspondent and producer. He also works closely with his main sponsor, Patagonia to beat up products and help implement solutions to the environmental crisis.

  • 245 - Eddie Ifft (Standup Comic)
    Mon, May 15, 2017

    Eddie Ifft has been called one of the most underrated comics in America by the Onion and has performed to sold-out crowds in over 15 countries. He is co-host of one of the most successful podcasts in the comedy world called Talkin’ Sh*t.

  • 246 - ROMA 18
    Sun, May 14, 2017

    Mostly talk about dysfunctional relationships and the essential sadnesses of modern life.

  • 244 - Daniel Pinchbeck (Author/Psychonaut)
    Mon, May 08, 2017

    Daniel has written many books, the most recent being How Soon is Now: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation. He's spent time with indigenous tribes, done extensive inner work with psychedelics (including an iboga experience in Africa), and engaged in serious thinking about where our species is headed.

  • 243 - Adi Jaffe (Addiction Specialist)
    Mon, May 01, 2017

    Doctor Adi Jaffe is a UCLA trained addiction expert. But before he got involved in addiction research, he was a drug dealer and meth addict. For over eight years, his own drug use was out-of-control. After being arrested for the 4th time, and going to rehab twice, Adi managed to get his act together and steer his life back on course.

  • 242 - ROMA 17
    Sun, Apr 23, 2017

    Love, drugs, travel, money, sex ... the usual. 

  • 241 - The Minimalists
    Sat, Apr 22, 2017

    Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are spreading the message that finding the good life may require dumping all the unnecessary crap we tend to accumulate and living foot-loose and fancy-free.

  • 240 - ROMA 16
    Wed, Apr 12, 2017

    Why not to have kids, misuse of non-monogamy, why not check out of society, the end of friendships, on herpes, abandonment issues, the challenges of life with a beauty queen.

  • 239 - Ryan Cleek (Mountain Bike Journalist/Filmmaker)
    Mon, Apr 10, 2017

    Ryan Cleek (@cleekndestroy) has been on all sides of mountain biking, as a champion racer, journalist, and award-winning filmmaker. We talk about danger, thrills, and what drives someone to try to jump over a canyon on a bicycle.

  • 238 - Jenny Nordbak (Mistress Scarlett)
    Mon, Apr 03, 2017

    Jenny spent a year and change working for a construction company during the day and moonlighting in a dungeon at night, where she learned a lot about men, sex, power dynamics, and herself. Her book about the experience is called The Scarlet Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon.

  • 237 - Moshe Kasher
    Sun, Mar 26, 2017

    Moshe is a stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He is the author of the 2012 memoir Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16.

  • 236 - Ron Finley (Gansta Gardener)
    Sun, Mar 19, 2017

    Ron looked around at his neighborhood and saw a need for nutritious food, community, and knowledge. So he started planting seeds.

  • 235 - ROMA 15
    Thu, Mar 16, 2017

    What constitutes success? Can a straight woman love a gay man? Is anyone living the American Dream? And a bonus story about watching a Bu?uel film on LSD.

  • 234 - Hunter Maats
    Mon, Mar 13, 2017

    Hunter Maats is an author, podcast host, and international man of intrigue. He's been around the block a few times, and has given it a lot of thought. 

  • 233 - Neil Strauss & Marg
    Mon, Mar 06, 2017

    Neil and I are joined by Marg, who helped raise Neil from a young age. We talk about music, books, what it was like to come to the US in 1968, and whether it was obvious that Neil was going to be a successful writer.

  • 232 - Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty)
    Mon, Feb 27, 2017

    Hanging with Simon Rex is like being in a room full of people--all of them hyper-creative and funny as hell. He's an actor, comic, rapper, former model and VJ on MTV, has a massive following on social media, and makes a hell of a blueberry/kale smoothie. His Instagram feed is the most reliable source of hilarity I've come across in years. His show on Comedy Central, Typical Rick, is currently in production for its second season.

  • 231 - In Jake Johannsen's Kitchen
    Fri, Feb 24, 2017

    Go see Jake if you get the chance. He's a class act, except for when he's hanging out with me. Then he has no class at all. But that's my fault.

  • 230 - Michael Shermer (Author, Skeptic, Atheist)
    Mon, Feb 20, 2017

    Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, and others. His latest book is The Moral Arc, now out in paperback.

  • 229 - ROMA 14
    Wed, Feb 15, 2017

    The anti-Valentine's Day episode. What is love? Should we have kids? What about a three-way marriage?

  • 228 - Allan Havey (Actor & Comedian)
    Mon, Feb 13, 2017

    Allan has enjoyed a long career as a standup comic and actor. You may have seen him in Mad Men, The Man in the High Castle, Hail Caesar!, and anywhere top notch comics are found.

  • 227 - ROMA 13
    Wed, Feb 08, 2017

    In which I rant about the usual: Carrie Fisher, Karl Marx, Matt Le Blanc, micro-aggressions, love, sex, passion, and despair.

  • 226 - Robert Clarke (Cannabis Expert)
    Mon, Feb 06, 2017

    Robert Clarke is one of the world's foremost cannabis experts and author, most recently, of Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany (together with Mark D. Merlin). We met by chance in Hanoi in 2003 and have been friends ever since.

  • 225 - Bryan and Patrick (Bike Across the US)
    Mon, Jan 30, 2017

    Patrick and Bryan are brothers who rode bicycles across the US, from Massachusetts to LA. Their trip is documented at livehigh.org.

  • 224 - Kelly Hennigan MacNiven (Neuroscientist)
    Tue, Jan 24, 2017

    Kelly is a postdoc at Stanford. She's using fMRI to investigate whether cognitive processes may help predict relapse after addiction treatment. But we talk about everything from free will to hallucinogens to how the brain generates the feeling of having a mind.

  • 223 - Elena Argento (Indian Sex Workers & Hallucinogens -- corrected file)
    Thu, Jan 19, 2017

    Elena is a graduate student at UBC in Vancouver. She spent four months researching sex workers in India, and is now focussed on the therapeutic potential of hallucinogens.

  • 222 - AJ Leon (Misfit, Inc.)
    Mon, Jan 09, 2017

    A.J. walked away from a corner office on Wall Street because he realized that his life was inauthentic. Since then, he's been on a roll. He founded Misfit—one of the most enigmatic, admirable hunter-gatherer enterprises around. His life is full of travel, love, passion, and positive energy. Plus, he's brilliant, good-looking, and dances like a Cuban. F*ck that guy.

    Music: "Distinto," by Orishas; "Lekela Muadi," by Tshala Muana.

  • 221 - Peter Suedfeld (Psychology of Isolation)
    Mon, Jan 02, 2017

    Dr. Suedfeld is a Holocaust survivor whose research is focused on how people experience extreme, unusual, challenging, and traumatic events and environments -- including arctic explorers, astronauts, and prisoners.

  • 220 - ROMA 12 (Hypernormalisation)
    Wed, Dec 28, 2016

    A bit of a critical look at Adam Curtis's film, Hypernormalisation, and a few totally unqualified responses to listener's emails.

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