Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

By Christopher Ryan

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Marcelo
 Mar 4, 2020
This is just one of the most complete podcast you can get, you never finish an episode being the same person.

Rob
 Dec 4, 2019
Love this podcast. Definitely a subscribe!

Brent
 Dec 3, 2019
best podcaster.

wade
 May 29, 2019
Real dude, very very interesting and varied topics. #1.

Carl
 Aug 14, 2018
good podcast, I listen to most episodes. in my top 5.

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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.

Episode Date
481 - Richard Schweid (Author: The Caring Class)
01:23:52

I first met Richard Schweid over a poker table many moons ago. A native of Nashville, he has lived in Barcelona for a good spell. He is a founder and senior editor of the city magazine Barcelona Metropolitan. His previous books include Consider the Eel, Hereafter: Searching for Immortality, and The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore. He served as production manager for the Oscar-nominated film Balseros, a documentary feature about Cuban refugees. Richard's latest book is The Caring Class: Home Health Aides in Crisis.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "He was a Friend of Mine," by Willie Nelson; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton

Jun 18, 2021
480 - Joe Smarro and Jesse Trevino (Police Reform Advocates)
01:14:58

Buddies since their tours in Iraq in the Marines, Joe and Jesse founded Solution Point + in order to use their experience as police officers to bring better training models to police departments around the country. Their approach relies on collaborative partnerships within local communities and prioritizing  behavioral and cultural change within law enforcement agencies to better handle calls involving mental health crises.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "101 (The Good Stuff)" by Knowmads; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton

Jun 12, 2021
479 - Tao Ruspoli, In His Lair
01:26:58

Tao Ruspoli is a dear friend of mine and one of the most creative, magical people I know. He makes films, music, photographs, festivals ... worlds. We had this conversation in the music studio (former garage) at his compound near Joshua Tree, CA. Tao's podcast is called Being in the World.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "A Thought is Just a Passing Train" by John Moreland; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton

Jun 10, 2021
478 - Kraig Adams (Filmmaker, Hiker, Minimalist)
02:04:49

Kraig Adams is a filmmaker, hiker and minimalist living in New York City. I like this dude.

Kraig on Instagram and YouTube.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Little Gardens," by Eric Vitoff; "Faith," by Joshua Redman; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton

May 24, 2021
477 - Paul Saladino (Author: The Carnivore Code)
02:00:10

Dr. Paul Saladino is the author of The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet. He has used the carnivore diet to "reverse autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and mental health issues in hundreds of patients, many of whom had been told their conditions were untreatable."

In addition to his personal podcast, Fundamental Health, he can be found featured on numerous podcasts including The Minimalists, The Model Health Show, Bulletproof Radio, The Dr. Gundry Podcast, The Ben Greenfield Podcast, Dr. Mercola, Health Theory, Mark Bell’s Power Project, and many others.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Fake Woke," by Tom MacDonald; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton

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May 16, 2021
476 - Dean Radin (Author/Investigator of Psychic Phenomena)
01:45:22

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Associated Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He earned a BS in electrical engineering (magna cum laude, with honors in physics), and then an MS in electrical engineering and a PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the IONS research staff in 2001, Radin worked at AT&T Bell Labs, Princeton University, University of Edinburgh, and SRI International. He has given over 600 talks and interviews worldwide, and he is author or coauthor of over 300 scientific and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, two technical books, and four popular books translated into 15 foreign languages: The Conscious Universe (1997), Entangled Minds (2006), Supernormal (2013), and Real Magic (2018).

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Living in a Dream," by Kbong; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

May 10, 2021
475 - ROMA 47 (On "The Myth of Black Athletic Superiority")
01:13:34

A few amazing intro snips from listeners (including a guy up a tree rescuing a cat), some talk about the nature of "friendship" in Hollywood, and an in-depth rant about this article and the problem with contemporary tendencies to argue backwards from a desired belief, rather than forward from data.

Music: "Beyond Belief," by Elvis Costello.

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May 04, 2021
474 - April Video ROMA 46
01:33:28

Here's the audio from this month's video ROMA that I make for supporters of the podcast. No video for you (!) but some extras, including talking about when/how to offer advice to friends, and how sometimes it's not about what the friend needs, it's what YOU need. Plus, what to do when you can't find your path, how to negotiate (or not) at the beginning of a relationship, and lots of other interesting issues. 

Music: "The End," by the Stereo MCs; "Daniela," by the John Butler Trio.

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Apr 30, 2021
473 - Eric Berkowitz (Author: "Dangerous Ideas")
01:42:59

ERIC BERKOWITZ is a writer, lawyer, and journalist. He has a degree in print journalism from University of Southern California and has published in The Los Angeles Times and The Los Angeles Weekly, and for the Associated Press. He was an editor of the West Coast’s premier daily legal publication, The Los Angeles Daily Journal. He lives in San Francisco.

He is the author of: The Boundaries of Desire: Bad Laws, Good Sex, and Changing Identities and Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging DesireHis new book, Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News is out now. Eric on Twitter.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "A Little Bit of Soul," by Kid Loco; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 29, 2021
472 - Jamie Wheal (Author: "Recapturing the Rapture")
01:33:04

Jamie is an expert in peak performance and leadership, specializing in neuroanthropology––the intersection of culture, biology and psychology. He is the co-author of the global bestseller and Pulitzer Prize nominated Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Navy SEALs and Maverick Scientists are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work and the founder of the Flow Genome Project, an international organization dedicated to the research and training of ultimate human performance.

His new book, Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex and Death in a World That's Lost Its Mind is now available.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "There will Be a Light," by Blind Boys of Alabama; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 27, 2021
471 - Tracy Clark-Flory (Author of "Want Me")
01:35:35

"Tracy Clark-Flory grew up wedged between fizzy declarations of “girl power” and the sexualized mandates of pop culture. It was “broken glass ceilings” and Girls Gone Wild infomercials. With a vague aim toward sexual empowerment, she set out to become what men wanted—or, at least, understand it." Tracy's book, Want Me: A Sex Writer's Journey Into the Heart of Desire, is intimate, courageous, vulnerable, and beautifully written. Follow Tracy on Twitter.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Dancing in the Moonlight," by King Harvest; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 21, 2021
470 - Steven Donziger (Human Rights Lawyer)
57:25

Steven Donziger is a renowned lawyer, writer, and public speaker with a focus on addressing human rights abuses and corporate malfeasance.  He is part of the team working with indigenous and farmer communities in an area of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest suffering from high cancer rates and other health ailments related to the massive oil pollution caused by Texaco, now owned by Chevron. Due to highly suspicious legal maneuvers on the part of Chevron and their lawyers, Steven has been under house arrest since August, 2019. Please support Steven's case here.

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Apr 15, 2021
469 - Robert Wright (Author and Journalist)
01:58:21

Robert Wright is an American journalist and author who writes about science, history, politics, and religion. He has written five books: Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information (1988), The Moral Animal (1994), Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny (1999), The Evolution of God (2009), and Why Buddhism is True (2017). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bloggingheads.tv and the founder and editor-in-chief of Meaningoflife.tv.

(Conversation begins at 35 minutes in.)

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Fair Game," by CSN; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 12, 2021
468 - Rafe Kelley (Evolve, Move, Play)
01:56:56

Rafe Kelley is an unusual guy. As focused on ideas as he is on physical movement, Rafe has studied martial arts, philosophy, parkour, anthropology, gymnastics, and evolution. He comes from an unusual family background (to put it mildly), and now teaches natural movement to everyone from UFC fighters to retired grandmothers. Super interesting, introspective, honest guy.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range;"The Way You Move" by Outkast, "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 06, 2021
467 - ROMA 45 (SJWs, Fear of Death, Madness of Crowds)
55:32

This is one of those "flush the pipes" ROMAs, where I talk about a slew of things that seemed unrelated until I started talking about them. By the end, I realized that they're all aspects of the same issue. Anyway, it goes from a defense of Dan Savage to the demise of organized religion to the necessary irrationality of group identity to institutional momentum to whether sex and gender are biological or merely cultural phenomena.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range;"It's Different for Girls," by Joe Jackson.

Mar 24, 2021
466 - Jenny Odell (Artist and Author of How to Do Nothing)
01:35:59

Jenny is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer based in Oakland, California, whose work generally involves acts of close observation, whether it's birdwatchingcollecting screen shots, or trying to parse bizarre forms of e-commerce. Her work has been exhibited at many prestigious museums and galleries, and she was the artist in residence at the San Francisco dump!

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Believer, The Paris Review, McSweeney's, SFMOMA's Open Space, The Creative Independent, and Sierra Magazine. Her NYT bestselling book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, was published by Melville House in 2019.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range;"Mouhamadou Bamba," by Orchestra Baobab; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Mar 19, 2021
465 - Brian Hare (Scientist. Author. Dog Guy.)
01:41:12

Dr. Brian Hare is a core member of the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience, a Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2004, and in 2005, following his work at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig was awarded the Sofia Kovalevskaja Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for scientist under 40. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named Hare one of the top 35 scientists under 36. Hare has published over 100 scientific papers and his research has received consistent national and international attention. In 2019, Hare and his research were featured in Steven Speilberg’s documentary series Why We Hate.

Hare’s first book with co-author Vanessa WoodsThe Genius of Dogs is a New York Times Bestseller.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range;"Seamus," by Pink Floyd; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Mar 10, 2021
464 - Roger Nygard (Director: Trekkies, The Office & Editor: Veep, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
02:02:32

Roger Nygard is perhaps best known for his acclaimed documentary Trekkies, about the most obsessive fans in the Universe. Nygard’s previous documentary The Nature of Existence, addressed the subject of the world’s philosophies, religions, and belief systems. Nygard has also directed television series such as The Office and The Bernie Mac Show. His work as a film editor includes Grey’s AnatomyThe League, and Emmy-nominated episodes of Who Is America? and Veep and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Nygard has made several other award-winning films, including the car-salesman cult-film Suckers, and a profile of UFO fanatics Six Days in Roswell, and now the documentary The Truth About Marriage, accompanied by The Truth About Marriage book. Most recently he co-produced and edited The Comedy Store, a documentary about the comedians who came though this world-famous LA club, as well as editing scenes from Borat 2 (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm).

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range;"Life Upside Down," by Brett Newski; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Mar 01, 2021
463 - Bryan Callen (Comedian and Actor)
01:22:33

Bryan Callen is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, podcaster, and a friend of mine. 

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range;"Sometimes," by Daniel Lanois; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Feb 19, 2021
462 - John Colapinto (Journalist and Author of This is the Voice)
01:59:42

John Colapinto is a journalist, author and a staff writer at The New Yorker. In 2000, he wrote the New York Times bestseller As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl, which exposed the details of the David Reimer case, a boy who had undergone a sex change in infancy—a medical experiment long heralded as a success, but which was, in fact, a failure. In 2007, The New Yorker published John's fantastic story of his time in the Amazon with the Pirahã people and linguist Daniel Everett. John's latest book is This is the Voice.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Say Goodbye," by Eva Cassidy.

Feb 18, 2021
461 - ROMA 44: The Way of the Inferior Man
01:07:22

Over the past few years, people keep asking me if I'd read The Way of the Superior Man, by David Deida. Having long ago given up on being a superior man, I hadn't. Finally got around to reading it, and as you'll hear in this episode, I have some things to say about what I think Mr. Deida gets right and some equally passionate thoughts on what he gets very, very wrong.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"She Drives Me Crazy," by The Fine Young Cannibals.

Feb 15, 2021
460 - Niles Heckman (Documentarian, Photographer, Essayist)
02:22:47

Niles is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and essayist who's work focuses around themes of ageless wisdom for our modern times. Sharing insights in his films, spoken-word essays, podcast "An Infinite Path," alternate media appearances, street photography blog "Philosophical Photography," and in mentorships with others. He is the director of the feature film Transmutation, the documentary series Shamans of The Global Village, the shorts Balanced Opposites and Mystery of History, and a collection of short-form documentary narrations. (from nilesheckman.com)

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Slow Down," by The Grid; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.  

Feb 10, 2021
459 - Deborah Copaken (Author, Photojournalist, Badass)
01:26:30

What a woman! Deborah Copaken has slept in caves in Afghanistan, produced documentaries, raised three kids, and written best-selling books on the A train under the cold streets of Manhattan. She's smart, funny, tough, and honest. A perfect podcast guest, in other words.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Go with God (Topless Shoeshine)," by Joe Henry; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.  

Jan 20, 2021
458 ROMA 43 (Diego Fresco)
01:37:32

Welcome to another Ramblin' ROMA. Lots to cover in this one. I talk about:

  • Current events (of course);
  • How/why to compliment the women/men in your life;
  • Why we need to think globally, but act locally;
  • The life and death of my friend Diego Fresco;
  • Why there's no shame in changing course in life;
  • Some suggestions for taking advantage of COVID;
  • Ideas for how to communicate with people enthralled with conspiracy theories;
  • A new consulting service I'm offering, here;
  • Some ideas for seminars I'm considering offering online.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"You Make Loving Fun," by Fleetwood Mac; "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin," by Colin Hay; "N Dey Say," by Nelly; "Playaz Club," by Rappin' 4-Tay.  

Jan 17, 2021
457 - ROMA 42
01:14:34

Hear that? That's the sound of shit hitting the fan. In this episode (not for the faint of heart), I trace current events back to the marriage of modern advertising and politics in the 1980s and the fragmentation of media. We're in for a wild ride, folks. It's just beginning. 

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"American Kid," by Carsie Blanton; "If I had a Rocket Launcher," by Bruce Cockburn; "Blind Willie McTell," by Bob Dylan.  

Jan 10, 2021
456 - Dr. Eleonor Janega (Expert on Medieval Sexuality)
01:56:31

Eleanor Janega is a very smart, very funny medieval historian, specializing in late medieval sexuality, apocalyptic thought, propaganda, and the urban experience in general, and in central Europe more particularly. She teaches medieval and early modern history at a number of universities across London.

She considers herself to be "a sad, sad medievalist," who hopes to "explain the medieval influences on the everyday world, and hopefully to get people through the quotidian grind of life in late stage capitalism." A worthy cause if ever there was one!

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"The Summer of My Mind," by Highly Portable; "Star People 97," by George Michael.

Jan 04, 2021
455 - VROMA 12.2020 (Audio of Monthly VROMA for Subscribers)
54:55

In this episode, I answer listener questions about whether to savor or defend a world that may be dying, how to be single but not alone, how to choose a safe place to make a stand, and my feelings about the holiday season. Check What Makes This Thing Great?

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range.

Dec 22, 2020
454 - ROMA 41 (How to Think for Yourself)
01:35:59

In this episode, I talk about how to think independently, why it's an important skill, and how to cultivate it -- all while dipping in and out of Paul Graham's essay, "How to Think for Yourself."

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Disturbed," by Peter Gabriel; "Distinto," by Orishas; "Graceland at 4AM," by Bobby Weidman.  

Dec 18, 2020
453 - Erin Ginder-Shaw and Anya Kaats (Whore Rapport Podcast)
02:14:42

Anya and Erin are two of my all-time favorite people. Whore Rapport is their podcast, where they explore and discuss a version of sexuality that is healthy, strong, and aware, by "delving into topics such as gender, orientation, intimacy, and power without pathologizing desire, victimizing femininity, or demonizing masculinity."

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Sexual Healing," by Ben Harper; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.  

Dec 11, 2020
452 - Rick Beato Returns (Music Producer and Host of What Makes This Song Great?)
01:59:02

For my money, Rick Beato is the most knowledgeable, most enthusiastic, most open-hearted guide to the world of music. Dude can break a song down to its essence without draining its magic and beauty. Quite the opposite, in fact. After a few episodes of What Makes This Song Great?, you'll understand music -- and hear it -- in a whole new way. Here's a link to our previous conversation.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Pygmy Lullaby," by Jan Garbarek; "Don't Fear the Reaper," by Blue Oyster Cult

Dec 02, 2020
451 - Dr. Ted Achacoso (Health Optimization Pioneer)
01:29:46

Dr. Ted Achacoso attained a college degree in biology at the age of 18 and a doctor of medicine at the age of 22.

A polymath who has professionally trained in interventional neuroradiology, pharmacology, neurology, medical informatics, neuro-interventional radiology interventional endocrinology, and nutritional medicine. Dr. Achacoso's current mission revolves around HOMe: "Health Optimization Medicine".

Instead of waiting for a patient to develop a reason for medicine, Dr. Achacoso hopes to swing the pendulum towards optimizing health by detecting and correcting imbalances in your body (hormones, nutrients, toxins, etc).

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range, “Where Is the Love?,”  by Black Eyed Peas; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Nov 30, 2020
450 - Whitney Lake (Inventor & High School Buddy)
02:34:15

"Hey Chris, this is Whitney. I love the podcast! You should come visit me in the pyramid next time you're in Montana."

It had been four decades since I'd heard from Whitney Lake, who was a legend at Cazenovia High School in 1979-80. His reputation for brilliant disruption greeted me when I moved to town, halfway through senior year. He still excels at brilliant disruption. He lives in a pyramid he designed himself, is a multi-instrumentalist, designs and builds string instruments, wind turbines, and various other devices (patents pending). Dude is mad smart, funny, charming, and generous. And his BBQ sauce is amazing! Learn more about his work at AERI.net.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,Drinkee,”  by Sofi Tukker.

Nov 21, 2020
449 - Chad Hilke (Writer - Hipcrime)
01:24:04

Chad came to my attention via his always thoughtful, articulate posts on the Tangentially Speaking subReddit. I wanted to know the guy behind this intelligence. I'm really glad he agreed to come on the podcast.

Chad's musings on Substack can be found here.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range, “You Haven't Done Nothing,”  by Stevie Wonder.

Nov 13, 2020
448 - Rutger Bregman (Historian and Author of Humankind)
01:22:33

Rutger Bregman is a historian and author. He has published five books on history, philosophy, and economics. His books Humankind (2020) and Utopia for Realists (2017) were both New York Times Bestsellers and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He also dared to speak truth to billionaires at Davos and provoked Tucker Carlson to melt down into a pool of frustration and rage.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range, “Son of a Preacher Man,” cover by Menno Roymans.

Nov 09, 2020
447 - ROMA 40 (How to Live in the Absence of the Sacred)
40:09

My fetid thoughts on the perfect sh*tstorm that is sweeping through America in 2020.

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Music: “Morning in America,” by Durand Jones and the Indications.

Nov 06, 2020
446 - Joey Rositano (Documentarian: Shamans of Jeju Island, South Korea)
01:29:28

After extensive adventures in Europe, Joey Rositano found himself on Jeju Island, South Korea, teaching English. During those initial years he heard about a mysterious practice of shamanism on the island that he decided to explore for himself. What he found was the fascinating world of mystical shrines, indomitable grandmas, and spirits among us. Rositano set out to record the voices and stories of the island in his documentary Spirits and the associated photobook

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Big Sky Blues," by Phil Griffin.

Oct 28, 2020
445 - Tim Cahill (Adventure Writer and Co-Founder of Outside Magazine)
01:33:25

Tim Cahill is one of the best writers of his generation. His work is funny, surprising, and deep. I first read him back in the 80s, when I was a young dirtbag hitchhiking to Alaska in search of adventure and a disgusting job. (Found both.) He's inspired generations of writers, travelers, and humorists.

Here's a link to Tim's conversation with Kyle Thiermann.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Side of the Road," by Jemma and the Good Thing.

Oct 25, 2020
444 - Eric Weiner (Author of The Socrates Express)
01:33:25

Eric Weiner is a popular speaker and author of the New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss, Man Seeks God, The Geography of Genius and The Socrates Express. He is a former foreign correspondent for NPR and the author of numerous articles about travel and culture. He spent a decade overseas for NPR, based in New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range,"Big Jet Plane," written by Angus and Julia Stone, performed by Tuka.

Oct 19, 2020
443 - ROMA 39 (Wear a Mask! Pt 2)
34:11

I respond to some of the feedback I've received in the past day or two in response to my posts on wearing masks. The article I mention in Nature is here.

Music: "I Don't Think You Understand," by Goliath Flores.

Oct 15, 2020
442 - ROMA 38 (Wear a Freakin Mask!)
27:44

Some thoughts on the difference between ignorance and stupidity, competing authority figures, the corruption of institutions, and the role of common sense in navigating all of the above. Music: "Watch it Fall," by Billy Strings.

Oct 12, 2020
441 - (WMTBG?) "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," by Ursula K. LeGuin
01:07:21

This commercial-free episode of What Makes This Book Great? includes listener responses to "Cat Person," and a reading of Ursula K. LeGuin's story, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," written in 1974.

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Oct 08, 2020
440 - Jake Johannsen and Belinda Waymouth
01:51:55

Jake and Belinda are close friends of mine and have been married to each other since before either of them can remember. This is what happens when the three of us hang out WITHOUT wine.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Making Do," by Lake Street Dive; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Oct 07, 2020
439 - TK Coleman (Speaker and Entrepreneur)
01:42:19

TK Coleman is a writer, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, teacher, and a few other things -- but that's enough to give you the idea. He's smart, funny, thoughtful, and overflowing with optimism. We talk about race, Muhammed Ali, and whether the free market can save us from the free market. Learn more about TK and what he's up to at fee.org/rev1.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Sometimes," by Daniel Lanois; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Oct 05, 2020
438 - Miguel Romero (Red Pill Junkie)
02:09:37

Miguel has become a good friend, due to his always-smart comments on many episodes of this podcast, his help with editing and graphic design, and his insights on everything from UFOs to Mexican culture and history (which can be found at The Daily Grail). I always enjoy our conversations, and am thrilled we finally got around to recording one!

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "God's Child," by Selena and David Byrne; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Sep 27, 2020
437 - Kyle Creek, aka "The Captain" (F*cking History)
01:51:34

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Too bad it’s usually boring as sh*t. Enter Kyle Creek, aka "The Captain," the ultimate storyteller who brings history to life (and to your life) in this hilarious, intelligent, brutally honest, and crude compendium to events that happened before any of us were born.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Contract on the World Love Jam," by Public Enemy; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Sep 14, 2020
436 - Beth Ryan (My Sister, Stepping Forward LA)
01:43:54

Beth Ryan, my younger sister, has lived in a multitude of places and now resides in Los Angeles. She attended college in Boston and worked for two start-up computer companies. Wanting to get a better work-life balance, she took a year off and traveled around the world. This trip allowed her to find her passion and her voice.  She now runs a non-profit called Stepping Forward LA (www.steppingforwardla.org) supporting foster youth who age out of the foster care system. She was my first "listener" and probably has more embarrassing stories of me than anyone else.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "I Wish," by Stevie Wonder; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Sep 12, 2020
435 - Julie Ryan (My Mom)
01:45:26

Julie Carr married my dad, Frank Ryan in 1960, and had me two years later. My sister, Beth, was born four years after that. While raising us, she worked as a teacher in Middle and High Schools and in various administrative positions. She's smart, sweet, and a hell of a mom. She doesn't do social media, bless her heart, but you can leave her messages when you order swag from "the cottage," as many of you have done over the years -- much to her delight.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "All Along the Watchtower," by Bob Dylan; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Sep 06, 2020
434 - Monk Yun Rou (Daoist Monk/Martial Artist/Author)
01:29:35

Daoist Monk Yun Rou (his name means Soft Cloud) has been called the new Alan Watts for his Daoist teachings and the zen Gabriel Garcia-Marquez for his works of magical realism set in China. Born Arthur Rosenfeld in New York City, he received his academic education at Yale, Cornell, and the University of California. He was ordained a monk at the Chun Yang (Pure Yang) Daoist Temple in Guangzhou, China. His award-winning books, optioned for film in both Hollywood and Asia, bridge spirituality, philosophy, and history. From 2010 – 2013, he hosted the national public television show "Longevity Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld."

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Sep 01, 2020
433 - Callie Russell (Modern Nomad - Contestant on "Alone")
01:59:39

Callie is the original bada$$. She spends months at a time alone in the wilderness with her goats, living off the land. She was among the last three people on this season's "Alone," on the History Channel, lasting 89 days before frostbite ender her run.

(This episode is co-hosted with Anya Kaats, host of A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World.)

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Long Time Coming," by Leela James; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Aug 24, 2020
432 - Andrew Couch (Vanlifer/Monkey Tooth Podcast)
02:06:33

Andrew has been a pal since he showed up in Topanga in the same van I drive (2006 Dodge Sprinter), with a cool little mutt named Pele and a plan to drive from Alaska to Chile. He and his wife, Tiffany (and Pele) got as far as Costa Rica before things went sideways.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "I Got So High (That I Saw Jesus)," by Warren Delaney, "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Aug 10, 2020
431 - J.R. Martinez (Wounded Vet, Actor, Dancer)
01:58:01

J.R. Martinez is a burn survivor (over 40% of his body) and Army veteran who, after many surgeries and months of healing, went on to win Dancing with the Stars, become a New York Times best-selling author, star in the television series All My Children and become a keynote speaker at events all over the world. Dude's on quite a ride.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Take a Ride" by The Vegabonds

Aug 07, 2020
430 - ROMA 37
02:01:07

I've been falling behind on the ROMAs, so here's a mega-ROMA. Lotsa music, lotsa my dumb opinions on things like toilet paper, camp chairs, sexual communication, the Me Too movement, and how to have a good time on a sinking ship. Hope you find something of value in this tossed salad.

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Music: “Inner City Blues,” by Marvin Gaye; "Moment of Surrender," by Nick Mulvey; "I Don't Want to Be a Billionaire," by Theo Katzman; "Two Warm Hands," by Out of the Pine; "Mississippi," by Afroman

Aug 05, 2020
429 - Anya Kaats (A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World podcast)
02:27:34

Anya Kaats hosts A Millennial's Guide to Saving the World podcast, and co-hosts Whore Rapport, with Erin Ginder-Shaw. Anya consistently challenges her listeners to reconsider what's really going on within discussions of gender, power, sexuality, spirituality, regenerative agriculture, trauma, grief and community. Through curiosity, creativity and conversation, Anya hopes to encourage others to dream new dreams, ask new questions & interpret the world in new ways. 

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Border Country" by The Paper Stars

Aug 03, 2020
428 - Kyle Thiermann in CO (Podcaster/Big Wave SurferWriter/)
02:04:06

I guess when you grow up surfing waves taller than the trees that tower over your house, you learn to be careful. Kyle is one of the most deliberate, thoughtful, open-hearted dudes I know. He makes as many mistakes as the rest of us, but he squeezes every possible lesson from each one of them. Check out his podcast here, follow his adventures on Instagram here.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Your Wicked Ways" by The Mighty Olas; "Suffer Well," by Simon van Gend Band; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 18, 2020
427 - Diana Rodgers (Sacred Cow)
01:09:22

Diana Rodgers, RD, is a “real food” nutritionist and writer living on a working organic farm. She runs a clinical nutrition practice, hosts the Sustainable Dish Podcast, and speaks internationally about human nutrition, sustainability, animal welfare and social justice. Together with Robb Wolf, Diana has created Sacred Cow, a documentary film and book exploring the ways regenerative agriculture can lead to better health for humans, animals, and ecosystems. Far from being the destroyers of land, she argues, cattle can help bring it back from desertification.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "I Wish I Was a Cowby" by S.E. Rogie; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 06, 2020
426 - Fabian Dittrich (Adventurer, Lifeaholic, Digital Nomad)
01:54:20

Fabian has been around. A bout with malaria in Congo somehow led to a high-pressure job in Silicon Valley which somehow led to running a company from a Range Rover while bumping through African backroads. He's now teaching free-diving in Montenegro. (Of course he is!) No idea what's coming next in this guy's life, but I'm looking forward to hearing about it.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Good American Life" by Ed Dupas; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 05, 2020
425 - Ben Horton (Adventure Photographer/TV Host)
01:45:38

Ben Horton's passion is to use photography as a means to inspire people to take stewardship of the planet. He aims to give people who may not be able to see something for themselves a vicarious experience through his images that will instill a passion in them they would never have otherwise. Ben started his career with National Geographic by telling the story of the sharks of Cocos Island. He traced the illegal fishing industry from Costa Rica to China, and as a result of his work helped to increase the park boundaries and protection of two of Costa Rica’s national parks. He was awarded the National Geographic Society’s first ever Young Explorer Grant for his work, and he has since moved on to receive a number of other National Geographic grants, assignments, and recently stared in a documentary for National Geographic featuring his work in Thailand. Ben is based in southern California, where he works primarily on adventure campaigns

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Iwoya" by Angelique Kidjo (with Dave Matthews); “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jun 29, 2020
424 - Dacher Keltner (Psychology Researcher/Author)
01:37:33

Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at University of California, Berkeley, where he directs the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab. He is also the founder and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. and host of the podcast The Science of Happiness. He is the author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence (2017), Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, (2009) and a slew of academic books and scientific articles.

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Intro music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Into the Country" by Three Dog Night; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jun 19, 2020
423 - Dan Doty (Evryman)
01:33:40

Dan Doty, is an EVRYMAN co-founder and former director of cult hit TV show MeatEater. His many media appearances include multiple segments on the Joe Rogan Experience and Today Show, always sharing that today to be a man means to be yourself all the way through.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "One Good Man" by Janis Joplin; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jun 12, 2020
422 - Theo Rossi (Actor/Podcast Host)
01:45:09

Theo Rossi is an American actor, producer, and podcast host (THEOry). He's best known for his portrayal of Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz on the FX series Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014). He is also known for his portrayal of Hernan "Shades" Alvarez in Luke Cage (2016–2018). Despite his fame and success, Theo has both feet on the ground and is a no BS dude. You can listen to Theo picking my brain on his podcast here.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; "Old Green House," by Sail Cassady (Colin Craveiro) -- Check out the video here; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jun 03, 2020
421 - Krystal Ball (Political Pundit/Author)
01:34:20

Together with Saagar Enjeti, Krystal Ball co-hosts Rising, a show featuring sharp political analysis seemingly free of commercial bias. Ball has worked for over a decade as a political consultant, analyst, and journalist -- having appeared on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher, Fox News, and elsewhere. Ball has published two books: The Populist's Guide to 2020: A New Right and New Left are Rising (2020, with Saagar Enjeti), and Reversing the Apocalypse: Hijacking the Democratic Party to Save the World (2017).

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “To Ndje” by Kaissa; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

May 29, 2020
420 - Rick Beato (What Makes This Song Great?)
01:36:25

Rick Beato is a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher, producer, dad to Layla and Dylan, and host to three deaf animals (2 dogs and a cat). His YouTube show (What Makes This Song Great?) is the best guide to the magic and mystery of music I know.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Kid Charlemagne” by Steely Dan; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

May 18, 2020
419 - Winston Sterzel & Matthew Tye (China YouTubers)
01:17:05

Matt and Winston lived in China for years, learning to speak the language, love the people, and distrust the government. Their insights are surprising and fascinating. 

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May 10, 2020
418 - WMTBG? "What You Can't Say," by Paul Graham
01:23:35

A reading and discussion of "What You Can't Say," a very powerful essay by Paul Graham, that shows the importance of tolerating thoughts and statements that may be "offensive," "inappropriate," and/or "heretical." More importantly, Graham shows how to find wisdom in our taboos and prohibited speech and thoughts.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Bill Lee,” by Warren Zevon.

May 04, 2020
417 - Bryan Callen (Comedian, Actor, Podcaster, Bon Vivant)
01:13:25

Bryan Callen is an American actor, comedian, and podcaster. He is most known for his recurring role as “Coach Mellor” on ABC’s Schooled and The Goldbergs; which he has played since 2014. Callen has also appeared in such TV and films as Kingdom, 2 Broke Girls, Ride Along, Hangover 1 & 2, Sex and the City, Old School, MADTv, Entourage, Californication, and many more.

Callen performs in theaters and comedy venues across the world, but most often can be seen at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His third one-hour comedy special, “Complicated Apes”, topped the iTunes charts upon its release in March, 2019, and is also available on Amazon.

Callen is co-host of the top-rated iTunes podcast, The Fighter & The Kid alongside Brendan Schaub. Bryan is also a regular on The Joe Rogan Experience and Fight Companion podcasts.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Civilized to Death” by Colby Kent and the Stomping Ground; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 28, 2020
416 - WMTBG? - Cat Person (Part II)
52:14

My discussion of "Cat Person," by Kristen Roupenian. The story offers a subtle, nuanced look at power, eroticism, and the confusion that often results when a man and a woman try (and fail) to understand each other, taking us inside the heads of people who share physical space -- but are miles apart. 

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Mean Flower,” by Joe Henry.

Apr 19, 2020
415 - (WMTBG?) Cat Person - by Kristen Roupenian
01:06:52

"Cat Person" offers a subtle, nuanced look at power, eroticism, and the confusion that often results when a man and a woman try (and fail) to understand each other, taking us inside the heads of people who are together -- and yet miles apart.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Wicked Little High” by Bird York; “Lost Cause,” by Beck.

Apr 19, 2020
414 - (Icey) Mike Imber (Reality Kings & Kimbo Slice's Manager)
01:32:45

Mike had a tennis scholarship to college, but things went a different way. Within a few years, he was helping to run Reality Kings, one of the biggest Internet porn companies in the world, and managing the career of Kimbo Slice, who Rolling Stone called "The King of the Web Brawlers."

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Uluaki Fepaki” by Joel Havea Trio; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 14, 2020
413 - WMTBG? (The Liar, by Tobias Wolff)
01:22:03

This first episode of What Makes This Book Great (WMTBG) features "The Liar," one of my favorite short stories, by Tobias Wolff.

Music: "Home Again," by Michael Kiwanuka; "Lovely Day," by Bill Withers.

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Apr 03, 2020
412 - ROMA 36 (COVID 1)
01:08:43

Unhinged opening rant from the good people at Profit-Driven Pharmaceuticals, followed by a mention of this very funny animation of Joe Rogan and I having a picnic together, this article about the parallels between the fall of Rome and right here right now. Then a mention of Kyle Thiermann's chat with his dad, this conversation with psychologist Dan Ariely, a few Tiny Desktop Concerts I really enjoy, and the beauty of Tobias Wolff's writing and Dispatches, by Michael Herr.

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Mar 29, 2020
411 - Eli Marienthal (Back to Earth)
01:54:39

Eli and his buddy, Jesse, run Back to Earth, an organization created to take groups of boys and young men into the wilderness for ten days and nights. What happens is powerful, magical, and utterly natural.

Eli is trained through The Tracking Project in Corrales, New Mexico, a non-profit led by John Stokes devoted to peacemaking, nature awareness and cross cultural respect. He is a NOLS alumnus and a certified Wilderness First Responder.

In addition to his work at Back to Earth, Eli is PhD candidate in Geography at UC Berkeley, working on a dissertation about public space and the politics of belonging in Oakland. He has previously conducted research in Haiti and India, and holds a double bachelor's degree and a master's degree in international development studies from Brown University.

Eli is also a poet, dancer, songwriter and spoken-word performer. He was a first generation Youth Speaks poet, and was (maybe still is) the youngest member of a winning Brave New Voices National Slam Team, as well as the youngest to win the Bay Area Slam. He continues to perform original work in a wide variety of venues.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Key West Run” by Bobby Weidman; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Mar 18, 2020
410 - Jody Armour (Race, Justice, Law)
02:21:55

Jody Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California and author of Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America, but don't think this dude is some dry, boring, law professor type. Hell no. Jody's father taught himself law in prison and Jodi struggled to get where he is today. There's no chance of his ever forgetting where he came from. We talk about race, language, justice, shame, and redemption. Zero fluff in this one.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Nothing to My Name” by István Varga-Roman; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Mar 09, 2020
409 - Zofia (Motorcycle Adventurer)
01:40:30

I caught up with Zofia in Patong, Phuket (Thailand), along her journey from Poland on her motorcycle. She's a fascinating woman, who's been riding bikes -- with and without motors -- all over the world for years. Her courage and hunger for life are inspirational. Plus, she's a lot of fun to hang out with!

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “American Kid,” and “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton.

Feb 27, 2020
408 - Richard Bandy (Near Death or Death?)
01:16:11

Richard survived the surgery -- or did he? When he regained consciousness, his memory was wiped clean. Nothing remained of his life before that day. No memory of his wife, children, friends ... nothing. His life was effectively over, but another was just beginning. You can read a book about this experience (from his wife, Sonya's perspective): Wondering Who You Are. You can also hear Sonya discuss the experience on this previous episode of Tangentially Speaking.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Green Grass” by Cybelle; “Into the Mystic,” by Van Morrison. 

Feb 09, 2020
407 - Georgy Gusev (Cellist Extraordinaire)
02:00:11

Georgy Gusev is a graduate of the famed Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He performs at major music festivals and events around the world. He does things with a cello that are unimaginable until you hear/see him perform.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 27, 2020
406 - Tom Sewell and Tao Ruspoli (80 Years of Finding Beauty in Unexpected Places)
01:27:27

Tom Sewell is a multi-media artist, designer, photographer, filmmaker, sculptor, environmental visionary; self-proclaimed "Master of mischief, maker of dreams". Tao Ruspoli is a filmmaker, musician, bohemian visionary, and soul-connector. This is one of my all-time favorite conversations.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Op 130, Alla danza tedesca; Allegro assai” by Beethoven (performed by the Tokyo String Quartet); “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 20, 2020
405 - Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis (Thug Kitchen)
02:08:37

Matt Holloway and Michelle Davis put the thuggery into Thug Kitchen, a multi-media empire built around the idea of eating like you give a f*ck and writing like you don't. These two came from nowhere with nothing but a great idea and the courage to stick to their guns. Now look at them!

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Stay Here” by Manna Ray; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 10, 2020
404 - Michael Trainer (Peak Mind Podcast)
02:00:04

Michael Trainer is a traveler, thinker, and innovator. One of the co-creators of Global Citizen, Michael hosts a podcast called Peak Mind.

Social Media: @michaeltrainer

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “I Don't Want to Be a Billionaire” by Theo Katzman; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 05, 2020
402 - ROMA 35 (From Chiang Mai, Thailand)
54:32

Thoughts on returning to Chiang Mai 30 years after my first visit. Why it's hard to be young. How long should we linger when we travel? Why do people say such nasty shit online? Thoughts on ambition.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Long Roads” by Neil Sorsby; “N Dey Say,” by Nelly.

Dec 26, 2019
402 - Ramesh Srinivasan (Technology's Effects on Politics, Economics, and Culture)
01:01:45

Ramesh Srinivasan has been a faculty member at UCLA since 2005 in the Information Studies and Design Media Arts departments. He is a surrogate for Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign on issues of technology policy and the founder of the UC-wide Digital Cultures Lab, and studies technology’s impact on the lives of people across the world. He is an author as well. His most recent book, Beyond the Valley (MIT press), explores the the relationships between new technologies and our political, economic, and social lives. This includes such themes as tech’s relationship to democracy, social movements, and elections; automation, the gig economy, and worker futures; algorithmic bias and AI; and the relationship between tech and the nations and peoples of the global South.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Frohmut” by Poetenleben (PL); “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Dec 22, 2019
401 - ROMA 34
50:56

What's the word for your ex-wife's husband, who you love more than a brother? How is "never enough" different from "never too much?"

Music by Sail Cassady, Gypsy Chicken, and Bimini Road.

Dec 02, 2019
400 - Simon Rex (Nervous Rex Podcast)
01:43:02

Simon Rex is utterly unique. Actor, fashion model, MTV personality, rapper, social media star, intellectual, spiritual seeker, goofball, #vanlifer.... There's nobody like him -- or even similar. No category broad enough to contain him or his unlikely career. He's my brother, and I love the dude. Check out his new podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “The Logical Song” by Supertramp; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Nov 25, 2019
399 - Jon and Cassie Walker (Formerly of Panic! at the Disco)
02:09:23

Jon and Cassie met in high school. Jon played guitar and wrote some songs. One day, he was invited to join a band. That band blew up, and the next thing he knew, he was on stage before tens of thousands of screaming teenagers. Money, fame, pressure, and confusion soon followed. Then Jon and Cassie decided to jump off the train of "success" and head down to Costa Rica for a while. Cassie wrote a book about all this, called, Everything is Moving.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Everyone but You” by Jon Walker and The Young Veins; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Nov 18, 2019
398 - Akshay Nanavati (Fearvana)
01:55:40

Akshay is an extraordinary guy living an extraordinary life. He's battled addiction, searched for IEDs in Iraq, dragged a sled across Greenland, climbed mountains, and sat in total darkness for 7 days and nights. These experiences and others informed his book, Fearvana -- endorsed by the Dalai freakin Lama, among others.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Detox Mansion” by Warren Zevon; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Nov 04, 2019
397 - Mike Brancatelli (Mikeadelic Podcast)
01:53:03

For 3 1/2 Years, Mike was the co-host of the popular libertarian podcast, Part Of The Problem with stand up comic & Fox News regular Dave Smith. He now hosts his own podcast called Mikeadelic, which focuses on the benefits of psychedelics and our right to cognitive liberty. He's traveled widely and was a stand up comic for 3 years in New York.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Back in the High Life Again” by Warren Zevon; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Oct 13, 2019
Video ROMA 1
01:16:55

This is the soundtrack to the first Video ROMA I recorded for the good folks who support the podcast via my new web site. I found the experience to be surprisingly intimate. For as little as $2/month, you get a monthly video ROMA, access to all the podcast-related ebooks (so far, Tangentially Reading, and Tangentially Talking Drugs -- Tangentially Talking Sex coming soon). I decided to make this one available to everyone. I'll keep doing occasional ROMAs on this open platform, but not as often.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Life Upside Down” by Brett Newski; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

 

Oct 07, 2019
395 - Shawn Dinkel (Therapist: Male Rage)
01:42:42

Shawn is a deeply thoughtful man who helps other men confront and tame their demons. He's worked with addiction and men who have been abusive to themselves and the people around them. 

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Tear Shit Up” by Paris; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Sep 30, 2019
394 - Doreen Stokes (Africa Guide)
01:05:56

Doreen is a surfer who lives in Montana. She's planted over a million trees, and guides trips to Africa. My kinda woman!

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Poem” by She Drew the Gun; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

 

Sep 23, 2019
393 - Jeff Shapiro (Base Jumper/Wingsuit Flyer)
01:34:15

Jeff is a legend in the extreme sports community. He's one of those seemingly insane guys who jump off cliffs thousands off feet high -- either in a wingsuit or with a parachute. His thoughtful, calm demeanor presents an interesting contrast to the realms of sheer terror he's drawn to.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Flip, Flop, and Fly” by Big Joe Turner; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.


Sep 10, 2019
392 - Daniel (Former Marine/SWAT member)
01:46:14

After over a decade carrying a gun (first with the Marines in Iraq and then as a member of a SWAT team), Daniel is now living off the grid in Idaho with his family, starting a different kind of life. We go deep into what it means to be a man, how to integrate caring and courage, and whether the military is a good place to get one's life together.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Low Rider,” by War; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.



Sep 02, 2019
391 - Lierre Keith (The Vegetarian Myth)
01:29:20

Lierre spent twenty years refining and restricting her diet in search of better health -- but her health was getting worse, not better. Finally, a doctor told her she'd die if she didn't eat animal-derived foods. This led to a major shift in perspective and a deeply controversial book: The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability 

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “River," by Ibeyi; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Aug 29, 2019
390 - Tony Perrottet (Sex Lives of Fidel and Che)
01:49:50

Tony Perrottet is a journalist and author fascinated by the area where history and sexuality overlap. His latest book, Cuba Libre, includes lots of new material on the sexual lives of Fidel, Che, and the other characters (including many women) who pulled off what may be the most audacious revolution in history. He’s written other books about the Naked Olympics and Napoleon’s Penis. You get the idea.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Don’t You Miss Me” by Seamus Og; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Aug 22, 2019
389 - ROMA 33
01:05:45

When is love toxic? Should we insist on the "meaning" of words, or let them change over time and context? Is English the best f*&king language in the world?

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Trampoline,” by Joe Henry; “Daniel,” by Elton John; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Aug 21, 2019
388 - Kevin Russell (Former TechnoOptimist)
02:05:25

Kevin is one of the smartest, most thoughtful people you’ve never met. His 15 minutes of fame came when he and his daughter were featured on a TV show, focusing on his technique of helping her overcome fear by balancing on his hand. Formerly a leader in the world of Techno Optimism, being a dad has led him to rethink some of his previous positions. We talk about everything from God to AI to drugs to the importance of podcasting.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Studebaker,” by Jordan Zevon; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Aug 13, 2019
387 - Nathan Schmidt and Sunil Kumar Aggarwal (AIMS Institute)
02:12:25

Drs. Nathan and Sunil have more degrees and certifications than I can list here. Even more impressive than all that paperwork is the fact that both of them have dedicated their lives to finding innovative ways to help people who are suffering in the deepest ways. At the AIMS Institute in Seattle, WA, they are exploring the use of Ketamine, psilocybin, and other modalities to treat the toughest forms of dis-ease. If you’d like to support their research (tax deductible), please go here.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Long Time Coming,” by Leela James; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Aug 05, 2019
386 - Dr. Lori Brotto
01:23:27

Dr. Lori Brotto conducts research on women’s sexual health and difficulties, develops and tests psychoeducational interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal complaints, and studies many aspects of sexual health including: culture and sexuality, hormones and sexual desire, cancer and sexuality, concerns about HPV and sexuality, asexuality, and more.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Like She Was a Hammer,” by Joe Henry; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 30, 2019
385 - Derrick Jensen (Ecological Activist/Author)
01:48:49

Derrick Jensen is a coauthor of Deep Green Resistance, and the author of Endgame, The Culture of Make Believe, A Language Older than Words, and many other books. He was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” and won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2008. We discuss animal communication, the trajectory of history, and the dangers of comfort.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Summertime,” by Fort Francis; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 22, 2019
384 - Michael Ellis (Naturalist & Travel Guide)
01:26:09

Michael Ellis has been around. His goal in life has been to excite and educate people about the rhythms of the natural world and biological processes, thereby stimulating an active participation in the protection of the valuable resources of the planet. By acting as a communication bridge between academicians and interested but untrained individuals he hopes to make the world of science less threatening but still wondrous. (Shamelessly lifted from Footloose Forays)

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Nothing Turns My Lock,” by Kate Vargas; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 15, 2019
383 - Astrid Daley (Escaped Abusive Relationship)
02:01:36

Astrid honored me by sharing a story that is both profoundly personal and, in some ways, not terribly uncommon. If you’ve ever felt that a relationship (or partner) was absorbing you into an alternate reality, this conversation will speak to you.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “101 (The Good Stuff),” by Knowmads; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 08, 2019
382 - Seane Corn (No BS Yoga Teacher)
01:29:53

SEANE CORN is an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher and public speaker known for her social activism, impassioned style of teaching, and raw, honest and inspired self-expression.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Rise the Moon,” by Kate Vargas; "A Good American Life," by Ed Dupas; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jul 03, 2019
381 - Mickey Avalon (Glam Rapper)
01:50:01

There’s nobody quite like Mickey Avalon. His perspectives on art, music, fame, performance … are unique, thoughtful, and always sincere. He’s on tour with our mutual friend, Dirt Nasty (Simon Rex) this summer, so go see them if you get a chance. Their show is some strange and wonderful mix of comedy, rap, rock, and raunch.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Fuzzy Freaky,” by David Byrne; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jun 24, 2019
380 - Hunter Maats (Metacognitivist)
02:44:23

Hunter likes to think about how we think. And he's plenty good at it. 

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jun 16, 2019
379 - Leigh Ann Orsi (Former Actress/Pole Dancer)
01:15:53

Leigh Ann Orsi is an American dancer and former actress. She is best known for playing Brad's second girlfriend, Ashley, on the sitcom Home Improvement. Also featured as Hannah in the 1994 film, The Favor starring Brad Pitt. She's currently trying to get Facebook to allow ads for pole dancing as exercise.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Slip Sliding Away,” by Paul Simon; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jun 10, 2019
378 - John Harrison (Therapist and Fugitive from Injustice)
01:45:54

John Harrison has enjoyed much of his time on the planet exploring both the inner and outer landscapes. A therapist with a practice based in San Diego specializing in Addiction Treatment and Personal Transformation, John was Principal Investigator for MAPS’ (Multidisciplinary Assn. for Psychedelic Studies)  pilot study investigating the efficacy of the plant medicine ibogaine in the treatment of opiate addiction. John studied and was trained in Clinical Psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies, and was formerly a resident at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Ca. A Zen Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years, John is the founder of Blue Dragon Zen Community in San Diego. John is an avid hiker and high altitude mountaineer. John is also a connoisseur of amazing and breath-giving sunsets!

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Down Under,” by Colin Hay; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

May 21, 2019
377 - Charles Eisenstein (Author/Philosopher)
01:46:03

Charles is a public intellectual, speaker, and the author of five books, including Climate: A New Story, Sacred Economics, and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Don't You Miss Me,” by Seamus Og; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton

May 16, 2019
376 - On the Big Island with Kyle and Simon
01:51:51

We recorded this one during a pig hunting trip. Our conversation ranges far and wide, to put it mildly. Check out Simon's podcast, Nervous Rex, and The Kyle Thiermann Show.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin,” by Colin Hay; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

May 06, 2019
375 - Chris Paine (Filmmaker/Environmentalist)
01:40:15

Chris Paine is an American filmmaker and environmental activist. His notable works as director include the documentaries Who Killed the Electric Car? Revenge of the Electric Car and Do You Trust This Computer? Paine received a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay for Who Killed the Electric Car?

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Fences,” by Chris Frisina; "Canzoni d'Amore," by Neil Sorsby; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 27, 2019
374 - Daniele Bolelli (Badass Historian)
01:45:51

Daniele Bolelli is a writer, martial artist, university professor, and podcaster. He was born in Italy and currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “If 6 was 9,” by Axiom Funk; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 15, 2019
373 - James Ostrer (Artist/Lunatic)
02:20:26

James Ostrer has been known to dress himself in the flayed flesh of pigs and take self-portraits as a commentary on, what? How we're all encased in the suffering of other animals? How humans are both sacred and just meat? How "art" is both absurd and utterly serious? I don't know, but James's work is never boring or pretentious, always provocative and thoughtful.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Water from the Sky,” by Elena B. Williams; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 07, 2019
372 - ROMA 32
01:05:42

In which I call out Gandhi, question the narrative of a recent Hollywood sex scandal, share some thoughts on hunting, and discuss my fear of becoming a douchebag guru.

Apr 01, 2019
371 - Hawaii Hunt (Special Episode)
02:28:35

This is a somewhat chaotic conversation involving Kyle Thiermann (big wave surfer), Mark Healey (surfing legend), Ben Greenfield (fitness guru), and a little bit of me (flabby imposter). It was recorded on the island of Molokai, Hawaii, at the end of a week-long hunting trip.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Canto para Elewa y Changó,” by Orishas; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Apr 01, 2019
370 - Dan De Lion (Forager)
01:38:49

Dan De Lion is an Earth Herbalist, Forager, Musician, and Teacher dedicated to working with Nature to facilitate the reunion of the people with our planetary purpose.  He teaches through Return to Nature, providing classes, lectures, and seminars on wild food foraging, mushroom identification, herbal medicine making, as well as primitive and survival skills with a focus on wild foods and forest medicines.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “What You Won't Do For Love,” by Victor Wooten; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Mar 24, 2019
369 - Shane Heath (Mudslinger)
01:51:53

Shane wasn’t mad at coffee, he was disappointed. He was sold the dream that coffee would allow him to do more and do it faster. But, he noticed that he was reliant on it just to get to baseline. The jitters, the anxiety, shitty sleep. He loved the ritual, but questioned whether it was helping or hindering his mental and physical performance. So he created Mud.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “When We Grew Older,” by Chris Vince; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

 

Mar 20, 2019
368 - Philip van Wyck (Missionary/Sea Gypsies)
01:23:28

Philip is a South African Christian missionary working with the Moken people (aka Sea Gypsies) on the island of Ko Phayam, in Thailand. When the tsunami in 2004 destroyed their boats, they were forced to live on land. Philip is trying to help them make the transition to a new way of life. He sees his role as striving to be the embodiment of God's love, not as trying to convince anyone to adopt his particular beliefs. 

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Life Upside Down,” by Brett Newski; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Mar 11, 2019
367 - ROMA 31
01:13:20

Are vaccines dangerous? Is meat important? If so, why? Does love always have to hurt? What are the dangers of humility? Can people and animals sense your vibe when you're tripping? These and other pressing issues are featured in yet another ROMA episode.

Mar 05, 2019
366 - Carsie Blanton (Singer/Songwriter/Troublemaker)
01:19:40

Nobody writes songs like Carsie. They come from straight from her heart, her head, or her ... genital chakra. No filters. No shame. No prepackaged commercial nonsense. She's unabashedly political, sexual, and animal. She's one of my favorite Homo sapiens.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Jacket” and "To Be Known” by Carsie Blanton.

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Mar 04, 2019
365 - Igor Vamos/Mike Bonano (Yes Men)
01:32:33

Mike/Igor is half of the duo known as The Yes Men. These guys combine humor, political outrage, and medial savvy to convey radical ideas through the tools of the oppressor. Drawing on techniques that date back to the ever-present trickster-shaman, The Yes Men deliver harsh truths with a straight face.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Boa Sorte (Good Luck),” by Vanessa da Mata and Ben Harper; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Feb 26, 2019
364 - Greg Simmons (Endangered Music)
02:08:38

Greg is a sound engineer who is working hard to try to save some of the endangered music of Asia. We met on Ko Phayam, Thailand, where he’s spent a lot of time with the Moken people (aka “Sea Gypsies”) who have been living on shore since the tsunami swept away their boats in 2004. Greg leads small groups on trips in India, Nepal, Laos, and elsewhere, recording songs and languages that are in danger of being lost forever.

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Feb 24, 2019
363 - Bruce Carpenter (Art Historian in Bali)
02:13:01

Author and co-author of more than 20 books and numerous articles on Indonesian art, culture and history, Bruce W. Carpenter is considered a leading expert in the field of Indonesian studies. He's also an accomplished traveler and an old friend of Stanley Krippner's. His publications include Ethnic Art of Indonesia (2010), Gold Jewelery of the Indonesian Archipelago (2011), Nias Sculpture (2013), Lempad of Bali, the Illuminating Line (2014) and Indonesian Tribal Art (2015).

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Sunglasses,” by Chase and the Barons; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Feb 04, 2019
362 - Tony Perrottet (Cuba Libre)
01:43:21

Tony is an old friend of mine and the author of several books of sexy history. Among them are Napoleon's Penis, The Naked Olympics, and most recently, Cuba Libre -- a book that reads like an adventure novel, but is the juicy true story of the Cuban revolution. If you have any interest in Cuban history, political revolution, or hot Latin sex, you'll dig this conversation and Tony's book. If you don't, what's wrong with you?

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Do You Want My Job?,” by Little Village; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 28, 2019
361 - Johann Hari (Author: Chasing the Scream)
01:23:51

Johann is a journalist, columnist, and the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, and Lost Connections. His TED talk on addiction has been seen over 9 million times. His mind goes a mile a minute, so strap in for this one!

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Minor Swing: For Django,” by Children of the Revolution; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 17, 2019
360 - Greg Lansky (Porn Mogul)
01:47:25

Greg knew he wasn't going to make it in the normal world. He craved the disapproval of hypocrites and scolds. He wanted to be an outlaw, but didn't want to risk getting shot or put in a cage. And he liked sex. So he fought his way to the top of the adult entertainment industry by being smarter, working harder, and betting it all on himself.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Nouveau Western,” by MC Solaar; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 07, 2019
359 - Ben Stewart (Filmmaker/Musician)
02:11:10

Ben Joseph Stewart is a filmmaker, musician, veteran, traveler, thinker.... Lots going on with this guy. Find him on Instagram.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Inexile,” by Capercaillie; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Jan 01, 2019
358 - ROMA 30
01:02:07

How to laugh on a dying planet? How to lose a dad? What do you wish you'd known when you were young? And 70s party music.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Sonfo,” by Sekouba Bambino; "Dancing in the Moonlight," by King Harvest; "Come and Get Your Love," by Leon Redbone; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Dec 26, 2018
357 - Jake Johannsen (@JakeThis)
01:19:35

Jake Johannsen is a comedy legend. He was on David Letterman's show 14,682 times (more or less). His standup is so good that I often steal his jokes. And he's one of my closest buds. Join us in Jake's kitchen for a co-released wide-ranging conversation featuring the sexual frustration of marijuana plants, #metoo from a middle-aged white man's perspective (everyone loves to hear that!), and my awkward innuendos about how hot Jake's wife is. 

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Deja Vu All Over Again,” by John Fogerty; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Dec 20, 2018
356 - Karley Sciortino (Slutever)
02:24:32

Karley Sciortino is a writer, television host, and producer. She is the founder of Slutever, a website that focuses on sex and sexuality, and executive producer and host of the Viceland documentary series of the same name. She also writes Vogue's online sex and relationships column, Breathless. Karley is @Slutever on Twitter, @KarleySlutever on Instagram.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Fun for Me,” by Moloko; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Dec 15, 2018
355 - Janelle Kaz (Motogypsy)
01:45:13

Janelle is a lot more than a pretty face. She spent months exploring Colombia while bringing attention to the problem of illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife. She's a passionate defender of the natural world and an excellent photographer. Plus, she looks real good on two wheels.

Janelle on Instagram: @motogypsy

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Le Monde est Fou,” by Balla Tounkara; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Dec 09, 2018
354 - Adam Skolnick (Badass Travel Writer)
02:16:42

Adam's writing ranges from surprising to insightful to necessary -- normally all of the above. He's been published everywhere from the New York Times to Men's Health to Outside. He's also written a slew of Lonely Planet guidebooks. With no experience or contacts, he decided he wanted to make a living traveling, and he's pulled it off. 

Adam's Instagram and Twitter is @adamskolnick

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Ride,” by Brett Newski; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Dec 03, 2018
353 - Connor Jones (Permaculture Farmer)
01:46:13

Connor lives on a piece of desert that he and his family have shaped and caressed into Paradise. East End Eden is a living, working demonstration of what's possible with knowledge, planning, patience, and hard work. Hell yeah!

Learn more about the land here.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Run on for a Long Time,” by The Blind Boys of Alabama; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Nov 22, 2018
352 - Bruce Parry (Explorer/Traveler/Documentarian)
01:44:27

Bruce Parry is an English documentarian, indigenous rights advocate, author, explorer, trek leader and former Royal Marines commando officer. His documentary series for the BBC: Tribe, Amazon, and Arctic have shown Bruce exploring extreme environments, living with remote indigenous peoples and highlighting many of the issues on the environmental frontline.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Fern,” by Zoe Keating; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

Nov 18, 2018
351 - ROMA 29
01:18:14

Eleven listener messages and my rambling, non-sensical responses. Hey, it's free! Plus, some cool world music: "Tajabone," by Ismael Lo (Senegal); "Bubi Chen," by Sabah Habas Mustapha and the Jugala All-Stars (Indonesia); "Vivre," by Zap Mama (Democratic Republic of Congo).

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Nov 04, 2018
350 - Lloyd Kahn (Simple Living/Green Architecture)
01:31:10

Lloyd Kahn is the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, Inc., and is the former Shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He is also an author, photographer, and pioneer of the green building and green architecture movements.

Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “I Don't Think You Understand,” by Goliath Flores; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

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Oct 31, 2018
349 - Stephen Jenkinson (Orphan Wisdom School)
01:55:10

Stephen is a teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, farmer, and founder of the Orphan Wisdom School, a teaching house and learning house for the skills of deep living and making human culture. It is rooted in knowing history, being claimed by ancestry, working for a time ​yet to come.

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Oct 29, 2018
348 - Wim Hof ("The Iceman"/Human Health Pioneer)
01:06:59

During his long existential journey, Wim Hof came face to face with nature’s most primordial elements. Staring right back, the merciless cold and bountiful air revealed an energy now lost to most of modern society, dormant inside all of us and waiting to be reawakened.

Having embraced these majestic forces, and breaking record after record in a range of death-defying feats, Wim resolved to share this discovery with the rest of the world. He gradually whittled his accrued insight down to the core essentials, so that people young and old, healthy and sick could tap into this potential without having to invest the same decades worth of study, travel and daring. (from wimhofmethod.com)

Harmonies from Intro snip by Foxglove.

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Oct 23, 2018
347 - Charris Ford (Environmental Activist/Rapper/Very Cool Dude)
02:01:39

I first met Charris at a beach party near Barcelona almost ten years ago. He remains one of the most creative, charming, and inspiring people I know. He’s off the grid, in pretty much any sense you can think of. If you’d like to know more about him and his family, check him out on the MonkeyTooth podcast.

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Oct 15, 2018
346 - Wednesday Martin (Author of Untrue/Expert on Female Sexuality)
01:24:10
Oct 07, 2018
345 - Alexandra Paul (Actress/Activist)
01:35:45

Alexandra played Lt. Stephanie Holden for 5 seasons on Baywatch, and has appeared in over 100 feature films and many TV programs. She's a serious activist, using her platform to support voting rights, animal liberation, progressive energy policies, and family planning. Want more? She's an athlete who completed the World Ironman Championship in Hawaii (a grueling 2.44 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon), in 13:18:52. In 2012, Alexandra swam around Key West, a 12.5 mile race and in 2014 swam the 14 mile Reto Acapulco off the coast of Mexico.

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Oct 04, 2018
344 - Paul Kloppenburg (Multi-faceted Badass)
01:52:15

In 1969, 18 year-old Paul left Holland, hitchhiking east, with a vague sense that he wanted to spend time with Tibetans. His life has been a stream of adventure and insight ever since. Traveler, philosopher, builder, designer, artist, forager ... this is a man who knows how to live with depth, passion, and integrity.

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Oct 01, 2018
343 - Mr. Money Mustache (Badass financial advisor)
01:36:03
 

Mr. Money Mustache is a very early retiree who writes about how we can all live a frugal yet badass life of leisure. Based in Boulder, CO, he helps young people get their finances arranged to maximize freedom and minimize wasted time and money.

Mr. Money Mustache's blog is here. Twitter.

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Sep 24, 2018
342 - Theo Von (Standup Comic / Podcaster)
01:39:34

Theo Von is funny, smart, and deeply kind (and not necessarily in that order). He’s a guy on the fame train, wondering where to get off. I am really enjoying the process of getting to know him better, as you’ll hear. Theo's podcast is called "This Past Weekend." I was his guest on episode 100, here.

Music: “Hot Air Balloons,” by Tennessee Bum.

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Sep 21, 2018
341 - Aron Ralston (Played by James Franco in 127 Hours)
01:29:40

Aron Ralston is an avid outdoorsman, author, and motivational speaker. In April of 2003, he dislodged a boulder while descending a slot canyon at Blue John Canyon, in Eastern Wayne County, Utah, crushing his hand and pinning it against a canyon wall. After five days of entrapment with little water and food, Aron resorted to amputating his arm in order to free himself. The incident is documented in his autobiographical memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place and is the subject of the Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours, directed by Danny Boyle, and starring James Franco.

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Sep 17, 2018
340 - Ricardo Serpa (Photojournalism/Epic Motorcycle Trips)
02:15:59

Ricardo happened to meet my pal Andrew (host of the Monkeytooth podcast) on the road, and Andrew thought we should hang. So we did. A few hours later, we were planning a motorcycle trip to Patagonia together. Trust me on this one. This dude is legit.

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Sep 10, 2018
339 - Susan Nemcek (Willow Farm Contemplative Center)
01:17:52

Susan is a healer, therapist, and Zen buddhist chaplain. She is also the founder of Willow Farm Contemplative Center, where she works with people facing end of life issues.

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Sep 05, 2018
338 - ROMA 28
01:06:16

If we don't grieve for the dead, are we necessarily cold-hearted? What's behind the collapse of the American empire? How to deal with the chaos and uncertainty of being young? How did disabled people fare among hunter-gatherers? 

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Aug 29, 2018
337 - Steve Mullins (Ethnomusicologist / Flamenco Guitarist)
01:32:31

What is music, anyway? Does a Beethoven sonata elicit the same emotions if played for someone who's never heard western music? Do any other animals experience music? Is singing related to crying? To laughing? These are the sorts of questions an ethnomusicologist thinks about. I learned a lot from Steve, and suspect you will, too. 

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Aug 27, 2018
336 - The Reverend Duncan Trussell, MD PhD
01:40:48

Duncan is qualified to receive your reverence. He deserves it, too. You could live many lifetimes without meeting anyone who combines as much humor, wisdom, and sincerity as this guy. I'm always happy when we find some time to hang out, and especially when we're both living such pivotal moments in our lives. Check out The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast.

Music: "Suffer Well," by Simon van Gend

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Aug 23, 2018
335 - Adi Jaffe (Addiction Expert / Former Dealer)
01:37:01

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction and stigma. He lectures in the Psychology department at UCLA. He is passionate about the role of shame in destroying lives and aims to greatly reduce the stigma of mental health in this country. In this context, Dr. Jaffe has used his personal experience as an incredibly effective inspirational and motivational tool.

During his undergraduate career, Adi began struggling with drug issues himself, eventually leading to a 4 year hiatus from studies and into the Los Angeles drug-dealing world, where Adi's days looked more like a re-enactment of a beatnik novel or a Quentin Tarantino film than the life of an upper-middle class suburban kid. Following a SWAT team arrest in his apartment, and extended court case and a year-long jail sentence, Adi began rebuilding his life. This eventually led to his attainment of a Ph.D. from UCLA's doctoral program in psychology. 

Music: "Ride," by Brett Newski

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Aug 20, 2018
334 - Weston Trapp (Falconer/Former Sniper)
01:33:20

Weston likes a challenge. He gets things done. At the moment, he's off on a month-long hunting trip in the Colorado Rockies. He took up falconry as a way to transition out of a hyper-vigilant war consciousness back into something more appropriate to suburban Boulder. Thoughtful, generous, tough. I like this guy. 

Aug 14, 2018
Weston Trapp (Falconer/Hunter/Former Sniper)

Weston likes a challenge. He gets things done. At the moment, he's off on a month-long hunting trip in the Colorado Rockies. He took up falconry as a way to transition out of a hyper-vigilant war consciousness back into something more appropriate to suburban Boulder. Thoughtful, generous, tough. I like this guy.

Aug 13, 2018
333 - Seth (the pizza guy) Buchanan
01:16:28

In his mid-20s, Seth took a look at his life and realized it made no sense. Rather than doubling down on a losing hand, he basically started over. He changed his life and lost half his body weight in the process. Ten years later, he's a very different man on a path with heart.

Aug 05, 2018
332 - Layne Kalbfleisch (Neuroscientist)
01:33:34

Layne's research has been focused on extraordinary abilities in people with cognitive deficits. She's recently left a stellar academic career in order to consult directly with families facing the challenges an atypical child will generate. She has been featured on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, SiriusXM Doctor Radio, The Coffee Klatch – Special Needs Radio, and Rhode Island PBS ‘School Talk’. She is now based at Ghost Ranch, in Arizona.

Aug 01, 2018
331 - Michael Reynolds (Earthships)
50:05

Michael has devoted his life to the simple, radical notion that a home can provide the essential elements of a good life: shelter, food, water, waste management, and energy. His designs for Earthships provide all of this and more, as they're largely made from discarded materials: tires, bottles, cans, and so on. If your home can provide what you need, you've suddenly become free, revolutionary, and very dangerous.

Jul 26, 2018
330 - Abby Martin (Investigative Journalist /Activist)
01:40:58

Abby Martin is an American journalist who asks questions and challenges assumptions in a way very few journalists ever dare. She speaks truth to power with a snarl. You can see her show, The Empire Files on TeleSur and YouTube.

Jul 19, 2018
329 - Patrick House (Neuroscientist / Writer)
03:24:10

Patrick House explores the brain, how it works, what it is, and the tiny creatures that invade it and rearrange the furniture. This raises fundamental questions like: What are we? What does it mean to be alive? and How conscious are we of our consciousness?

Jul 13, 2018
328 - Captain James Nash (USMC / Hunting Guide / Rancher)
01:29:43

Captain James Nash is the fifth generation of his family to live on the 6 Ranch, raising cattle near Joseph, OR. James served in the US Marine Corps as a tank officer and fought in Afghanistan after which he was awarded two Purple Hearts.

Jul 08, 2018
327 - Wallace J. Nichols (Marine Biologist - Water Wizard)
02:52:15

From J's site: "Dr. Wallace "J" Nichols - called “Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine, “a visionary" by Outside Magazine and a "water warrior" by AQUATICS International - is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot)."

Jun 25, 2018
326 - In Jake Johannsen's Man Cave
01:58:00

I got together with my buddy, world-famous comic Jake Johannsen, to catch up after his tours in Asia and Europe. We cover a lot of ground in this one, mainly focusing on how comedy works (or doesn't) in different cultures. Check out Jake's podcast, JakeThis, where this episode was co-released.

Jun 19, 2018
325 - Raam Seyed-Emami
02:03:22

Raam's father was a prominent Iranian environmentalist who was arrested and interrogated for supposedly being a foreign spy. After he mysteriously died in prison, Raam and his brother decided to pressure the Iranian government for answers. Telling his story here is part of that pressure.

Jun 14, 2018
324 - Rayanne Irving (Former Child Prostitute / Horse Trainer / Public Speaker)
02:42:25

Rayanne Irving is an accomplished kickboxer, writer, horse trainer, public speaker, and all-around badass. As a homeless teenager, she was drawn into prostitution in Vancouver, Canada. Her understanding of her own decisions and the behavior of the people who have crossed her path is one of compassion, forgiveness, and hard-won wisdom.

Jun 04, 2018
323 - Jim Fadiman and Kyle Thiermann
01:46:52

Dr. Jim Fadiman is considered America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use. Kyle Thiermann is a professional big wave surfer, documentary filmmaker, and podcast host.

 

May 27, 2018
322 - Angela White (Porn Powerhouse)
01:22:15

Angela came by to chat. Aside from the harassment we suffered from a very persistent insect, we had a great time talking about her roles as actor, producer, and director, the meditative and transporting qualities of sex, what it's like to be a wildly horny young woman in a world that both celebrates and denigrates you, and some of the hang-ups one has to face in order to have sex on camera.

May 21, 2018
321 - Peter Gorman (Amazon Explorer and Psychedelic Expert)
01:42:50

Peter Gorman is an award-winning journalist, former editor of High Times magazine (from 1986-1998), and pioneer in the understanding and use of psychedelic substances from the Amazon, such as ayahuasca and kambo. His most recent book is Sapo in my Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine.

May 16, 2018
320 - Ryan Frisinger (Health Consultant)
02:21:14

Ryan is a very smart dude who knows a lot about how the human body works: diet, exercise, healing plants, etc. If you know someone with a medical issue that isn't responding well to conventional approaches, he may be able to help. 

May 09, 2018
319 - Andrew Couch (Monkeytooth Podcast)
01:39:05

Andrew is living the dream. A few days after recording this, he, his wife, and a dog named Pele set off for Argentina via the Arctic Circle (the scenic route). Follow their peregrinations via their site, where you'll find a blog, photos, and the latest episodes of their podcast.

May 02, 2018
318 - John Porter (Rattlesnake Expert)
02:36:08

John is fascinated by the things that frighten him -- from nudity to venomous snakes. He's been studying rattlesnakes for around 50 years. He's been bitten 15 times, so far, but has no intention of giving up on the pursuit of his passion. He's a fully realized, no-bullshit human being. 

Apr 25, 2018
317 - ROMA 27
45:59

The abbreviated version, for non-Patreon supporters. I talk about the recent dust-up between Sam Harris and Ezra Klein, the questions around racial differences in "intelligence," and a bit about my thoughts concerning Jordan Peterson and the underlying hunger for the sort of guidance he offers young men.

Apr 20, 2018
316 - Alexandra Snow (Dominatrix and Adventure Seeker)
01:45:18

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.

Apr 19, 2018
315 - Wednesday Martin (Bestselling Author)
01:11:28

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.

Apr 09, 2018
314 - Wil Forbis (Street Philosopher and Musician)
01:50:52

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?

Apr 02, 2018
313 - Tony Drewrey (Terlingua Adventure Beer Company)
55:38

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.

Mar 27, 2018
312 - Cyrus Sutton (Filmmaker and Surfer)
01:34:28

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.

Mar 21, 2018
311 - Mickey Avalon and Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty)
01:14:56

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!

Mar 16, 2018
310 - Lisa Menna (Magician/Activist)
01:02:42

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.

Mar 15, 2018
309 - Josh Fox in NOLA (Film-maker & Playwright)
01:15:17

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.

Mar 07, 2018
308 - Diana Adams (Lawyer/LGBTQ Rights Activist)
01:01:22

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.

Feb 28, 2018
307 - Jeff Leach (Microbiome Expert / Anthropologist)
01:42:21

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.

Feb 26, 2018
306 - John Duarte (Photojournalist & Long-Distance Cyclist)
01:01:23

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

Feb 26, 2018
305 - Mike Lang (My Best Buddy)
02:09:06

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.

Feb 21, 2018
304 - Zhana Vrangalova (Sex Researcher and Educator)
01:35:13

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.

Feb 12, 2018
303 - Bruce Damer (Origins of Life/Future in Space)
03:09:14

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.

Feb 09, 2018
302 - Johann Hari (Author/Journalist)
01:59:25

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.

Feb 06, 2018
301 - Steve Silberman (Author/Science Journalist)
01:31:35

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.

Jan 31, 2018
300 - Michael Brooks (Talk Show Host/Political Analyst)
01:35:34

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. 

Jan 30, 2018
299 - Jamie Kilstein
03:09:48

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.

Jan 25, 2018
298 - David Stansfield (Arabist/Author)
01:41:43

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.

Jan 22, 2018
297 - David Beckingham (Singer/Songwriter)
01:06:43

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.

Jan 16, 2018
296 - Charlotte McKinney (Model/Actress)
01:32:32

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.

Jan 13, 2018
295 - Michael Shermer (Author/Skeptic)
01:45:15

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.

Jan 09, 2018
Happy New Year
18:01

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

Dec 30, 2017
294 - With Kyle Thiermann in Baja
02:16:31

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/

Video Links:

 
Dec 26, 2017
293 - Malcolm Fleschner and Simon Rex
03:04:21

Just a few dudes talking. @simonrex415 @cultureschlock

Dec 21, 2017
292 - Reza Aslan (Author/Religious Scholar)
01:11:49

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

Dec 19, 2017
291 - Micah Springer (Author)
01:59:09

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.

Dec 14, 2017
290 - Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell (Shrimp Parade #10)
04:01:46

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.

Dec 12, 2017
289 - To Dana Point with Simon Rex
01:00:05

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

Dec 10, 2017
288 - Kelly Brogan (Renegade Psychiatrist)
01:19:23

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.

Dec 07, 2017
ROMA 26a
27:28

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. 

Dec 04, 2017
287 - ROMA 26
59:12

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

Dec 03, 2017
286 - Jude Angelini (Author & Radio Personality)
01:45:35

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.

Nov 30, 2017
285 - Liam and Allison
02:15:00

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. 

Nov 28, 2017
284 - ROMA 25
01:05:59

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?

Nov 21, 2017
283 - Tim Scully (Orange Sunshine)
01:57:43

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.

Nov 20, 2017
282 - Asa Akira (Porn Star)
01:44:17

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

Nov 15, 2017
281- ROMA 24
57:25

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

Nov 06, 2017
280 - Michael Aranda (C-List Internet Celebrity)
01:48:44

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

Nov 02, 2017
279 - Cacilda Jetha
01:35:05

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

Nov 01, 2017
278 - Sol Sebastian (What is Masculinity?)
02:13:35

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.

Oct 30, 2017
277 - Geoff Dyer (genre-defying author)
01:31:11

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)

Oct 26, 2017
276 - Floating with Duncan Trussell
01:53:26

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.

Oct 19, 2017
275 - Jim Fadiman (Psychedelic Researcher)
01:41:56

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

Oct 14, 2017
274 -- TOMA 17 (Barcelona/Alaska/Snake)
42:28

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.

Oct 11, 2017
273 - Neal Brennan (Co-creator of The Chappelle Show)
01:41:26

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.

Oct 09, 2017
272 - Amy Baldwin (Sex Educator)
02:14:10

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.

Oct 04, 2017
271 - ROMA 23
01:21:50

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

Sep 26, 2017
270 - Hunter Maats
02:11:49

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

Sep 20, 2017
269 - Lyle Estill (Environmentalist & Entrepreneur)
01:34:44

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.

 

Sep 18, 2017
268 - Godi Godar (Congolese Environmentalist)
01:45:24

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.

Sep 11, 2017
267 - ROMA 22
01:32:35

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

Sep 07, 2017
266 - Ryan LeCompte & Matt Simpson (VET)
01:26:25

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

Sep 05, 2017
265 - Michael Wood (Former Drug Detective)
01:59:41

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.

Aug 28, 2017
264 - Kabui (Sparkroot Farm)
01:20:24

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.

Aug 23, 2017
263 - Stanley Krippner
01:24:39

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.

Aug 14, 2017
262 - Alisa Esposito (Sparkroot Farm)
02:50:54

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

Aug 07, 2017
261 - Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist Project)
02:03:51

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)

Jul 31, 2017
260 - Toby Thiermann
01:33:45

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.

Jul 24, 2017
259 - Chris D'Elia
01:26:09

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.

Jul 19, 2017
258 - Jeff McNairy
01:32:51

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

Jul 17, 2017
257 - Gerry Powell (Rythmia)
01:47:59

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.

Jul 10, 2017
256 - ROMA 21
01:04:49

Special 4th of July episode.

Jul 10, 2017
255 - ROMA 20
01:22:00

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

Jul 05, 2017
254 - Debra Berger (Actor, Artist, Mother, Traveler)
01:38:29

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.

Jul 03, 2017
253 - Kaj Larsen (Former SEAL, Journalist)
02:02:53

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.

Jun 26, 2017
252.5 ROMA (Recorded at Rythmia, in Costa Rica)
01:11:26

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.

Jun 19, 2017
252 - Don Mirra (Photographer, Adventurer)
02:59:58

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.

Jun 19, 2017
251 - Calla Rose Ostrander (Positive Deviant)
01:17:08

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.

Jun 12, 2017
250 - Tom White
02:17:32

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.

Jun 07, 2017
249 - Sarah Larsen
01:52:23

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.

May 30, 2017
248 - Hunter Maats
02:24:36

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.

May 23, 2017
247 - Kyle Thiermann (Pro Surfer/Filmmaker)
02:30:49

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.

May 22, 2017
245 - Eddie Ifft (Standup Comic)
02:05:11

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.

May 15, 2017
246 - ROMA 18
01:46:41

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

May 14, 2017
244 - Daniel Pinchbeck (Author/Psychonaut)
01:06:22

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.

May 08, 2017
243 - Adi Jaffe (Addiction Specialist)
01:39:38

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.

May 01, 2017
242 - ROMA 17
01:30:45

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

Apr 23, 2017
241 - The Minimalists
01:49:21

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.

Apr 22, 2017
240 - ROMA 16
01:38:38

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.

Apr 12, 2017
239 - Ryan Cleek (Mountain Bike Journalist/Filmmaker)
02:11:27

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.

Apr 10, 2017
238 - Jenny Nordbak (Mistress Scarlett)
01:34:22

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.

Apr 03, 2017
237 - Moshe Kasher
01:48:52

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.

Mar 26, 2017
236 - Ron Finley (Gansta Gardener)
01:46:36

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

Mar 19, 2017
235 - ROMA 15
01:28:58

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

Mar 16, 2017
234 - Hunter Maats
02:26:12

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. 

Mar 13, 2017
233 - Neil Strauss & Marg
02:06:55

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.

Mar 06, 2017
232 - Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty)
01:51:52

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.

Feb 27, 2017
231 - In Jake Johannsen's Kitchen
01:36:53

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.

Feb 24, 2017
230 - Michael Shermer (Author, Skeptic, Atheist)
01:47:19

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.

Feb 20, 2017
229 - ROMA 14
01:03:16

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

Feb 15, 2017
228 - Allan Havey (Actor & Comedian)
01:36:01

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.

Feb 13, 2017
227 - ROMA 13
01:09:51

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

Feb 08, 2017
226 - Robert Clarke (Cannabis Expert)
01:39:41

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.

Feb 06, 2017
225 - Bryan and Patrick (Bike Across the US)
01:36:52

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

Jan 30, 2017
224 - Kelly Hennigan MacNiven (Neuroscientist)
01:46:18

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.

Jan 24, 2017
223 - Elena Argento (Indian Sex Workers & Hallucinogens -- corrected file)
01:31:23

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.

Jan 19, 2017
222 - AJ Leon (Misfit, Inc.)
02:14:20

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.

Jan 09, 2017
221 - Peter Suedfeld (Psychology of Isolation)
01:58:12

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.

Jan 02, 2017
220 - ROMA 12 (Hypernormalisation)
01:30:28

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

Dec 28, 2016
219 - Jake Johannsen Blowin' in the Wind
01:53:46

World-famous Jake and I sit in his kitchen, talking about the importance of dicks and complaining about leaf blowers. And other stuff, too.

Dec 28, 2016
218 - Neil Strauss on the Sofa
01:12:42

Neil Strauss is the author of 8 bestselling books and was music critic for Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, and the New York Times. We're chilling on his sofa.

Dec 19, 2016
217 - ROMA 11
01:16:16

Emails, most of the "should I stay or should I go" variety.

Dec 15, 2016
216 - Ted Slingerland (Ancient Chinese Philosophy)
01:39:12

Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and author of Trying Not to Try: The Power of Spontaneity, Slingerland has a uniquely informed perspective on the biggest questions we all face.

Dec 11, 2016
215 - Georgina Haig (Actress)
02:06:47

I met Georgina on a plane. Long before the seatbelt sign had gone off, I knew I was going to enjoy chatting with her all the way to LA. Getting to know this smart, funny, candid, and quirky woman, the hours flew by. She agreed she'd appear on my podcast a few weeks down the road--once she'd finished shooting a film. I doubted she'd get around to it, but true to her word, she found some time for this wide-ranging conversation about fame, beauty, Hollywood, Australia, and what it's like to make a living pretending to be someone else.

Dec 04, 2016
214 - Wade Davis (Ethnobotanist, Author, Explorer, Photographer)
01:58:08

Wade Davis is an extraordinary guy. He's wandered into nearly every corner of this planet, published a slew of fantastic books (several of which have become films), studied hallucinogenic plants in the Amazon, explored voodoo rituals in Haiti, and tells the best shit-knife story you'll ever hear. 

Nov 27, 2016
213 - ROMA 10
55:51

The tenth episode of Ranting Out My A$$. 

Nov 15, 2016
212 - Brian Norgard (Tinder)
01:47:19

Brian is one of the top dogs at Tinder. He invited me to headquarters in Hollywood, where we had this candid chat about technology, business, dating, and the future of all of them.

Nov 14, 2016
211 - Wim Hof & Stanley Krippner
01:48:39

This very special episode features Wim Hof (the Iceman) and Dr. Stanley Krippner discussing extraordinary human capacities. Co-hosted by Sam Lawrence and co-released on his podcast: Grow Big Always.

Nov 07, 2016
210 - Darcia Narvaez (Primal Parenting)
01:25:49

Darcia Narvaez teaches in the Psychology department at the University of Notre Dame. She's an expert in how human beings raise children in various cultures around the world.

Oct 31, 2016
209 - Josh Fox (Filmmaker: Gasland / How to Let Go of the World...)
02:41:49

Academy award nominee, playwright, banjo player, dancer, rabble-rouser, and kick-ass pasta saucer, Josh Fox is a freakin force of nature. Join us as we talk about the state of the world, how Josh became Josh, and how to run a great 4-day party.

Oct 24, 2016
208 - Deia Schlosberg (Filmmaker, Walked South America)
02:39:54

Deia makes documentary films. She has worked with troubled kids in the remote wilderness and walked from Ecuador to the tip of Tierra del Fuego, through the Andes. We recorded this one floating on a pond in northeast Pennsylvania, which makes this one a "pondcast."

Oct 14, 2016
207 - TOMA 16 Jaisalmer
59:01

Adventures with camels, mace, and a special woman in Jaisalmer, India.

Oct 10, 2016
206 - Tyler MacNiven (Walked Japan)
02:07:23

Tyler is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, winner of The Amazing Race, and has walked the length of Japan--then made an award-winning documentary about the experience, called Kintaro Walks Japan. Dude is busy! Plus, he's super smart and funny.

Oct 05, 2016
205 - Simon (Marijuana and Birds of Prey)
02:05:33

Simon is a biologist with special interest in birds of prey and marijuana. You'll hear how one led to the other (by way of Zimbabwe). We spent a lovely Dutch afternoon chatting amidst the animals all around us. He is the owner of Serious Seeds, one of the most respected lines in Holland, and originator of famous strains like AK-47, Bubble Gum, Chronic, Kali Mist, and White Russian.

Sep 25, 2016
204 - Wim Hof (The Iceman)
01:34:55

Wim Hof holds a slew of world records and has done things like climb within spitting distance of the summit of Mount Everest in shorts, run marathons above the arctic circle in shorts and in the Kalahari desert without water, sit in ice water for 90 minutes, swim under icebergs.... You get the picture.

Sep 22, 2016
203 - ROMA 9
01:31:06

The inherently fraudulent nature of fame, fortune, and beauty; premature ejaculation; traditional education; the Unabomber, and existential despair.

Sep 14, 2016
202 - Mark Manson Doesn't Give a F*ck
01:33:01

Uber-blogger Mark Manson has a new book coming out called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, which was inspired by a blog piece he wrote that struck a nerve. 

Sep 11, 2016
201 - ROMA 8
01:17:18

A man in his 30s starts to think he might be gay, a young couple wonder about seeing other people, a couple try to deal with a rape.

Aug 31, 2016
200 - Willem (Safari Guide in Namibia)
01:32:40

Willem was the guide on my 9-day tour of southern Africa. Over the course of our trip, I grew to know and like him. He's quiet, but runs deep, as you'll hear.

Aug 28, 2016
199 - David Ley (Sexologist)
01:48:37

David Ley is a sexologist, therapist, and author of three important books that challenge mainstream views of human sexuality.

Aug 22, 2016
198 - Johann Besserer (Galapagos)
01:49:53

When Johann arrived in the Galapagos for an educational trip, he knew that something important had changed in his life. He's built a life around that recognition.

Aug 14, 2016
197 - Rivah Winter (Marine Biologist)
01:15:26

Rivah Winter is a marine biologist specializing in coral reef systems. As of 2017, she'll be at the Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Florida.

Aug 07, 2016
196 - Andrew Baker (Marine Biologist)
01:20:07

Andrew Baker teaches at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami, FL. He studies coral with a focus on resiliency and recovery.

Aug 01, 2016
195 - ROMA 7
01:07:20

I respond to a guy who is mystified at all the people who are taking totally absurd shit seriously. It's the fundamental conundrum all sane people face in an insane society.

Jul 24, 2016
194 - Malith & Izia (World Travelers)
01:10:44

Malith walked away from his home in France about 15 months ago and has been walking ever since. He walked past me last night and I knew I wanted to hear his story. He wandered along the Camino de Santiago then kept going south in Portugal until he reached Gibraltar, where he met a couple sailing to the Canary Islands. He'll be here for a while, then hopes to find a boat going to the Caribbean, South America, and on to Asia. He's a bit over a year into a 5-year journey.

Jul 19, 2016
ROMA 6
01:06:49

I consider the difference between appreciating something and wanting it, porn addiction, the importance of constructive crashing and burning in one's love life, and serve a large dollop of troll chow.

Jul 17, 2016
192 - Uncle Dan
02:06:40

That Dos Equis guy's role model must have been my uncle Dan. Has Mr. Dos Equis ever delivered babies? Has he piloted several types of planes all over North America? Has he been rolling in money and then seen it rolling away? Does he effortlessly charm women 30 years younger than him without so much as a hint of creepiness while laughing about two types of cancer and serious nerve damage from a motorcycle accident? Go on, Mr. Dos Equis, have another drink and listen to my uncle Dan's story.

Jul 10, 2016
191 - Charles (Former Drug Smuggler)
01:20:05

What began with a shrimp boat to Colombia in the late 70s grew into a major drug smuggling operation using a fleet of military transport planes over the next decade before it all came crashing down. Charles kindly agreed to share his extraordinary story with us.

Jul 04, 2016
190 - ROMA 5
01:01:47

Listener emails, including a Homeric epic rendering of episode 99 (Justin de Ruyter's brush with death on the Deschutes), intergenerational relationships, how to escape the rat race, and advice for someone else's kid.

Jun 30, 2016
189 - Pree Kastelic
01:56:04

Pree spent six months on the Appalachian Trail, searching for organic time and avoiding becoming the kind of person who spends their life wishing they'd taken the time to take some time for themselves. You can follow her on Instagram at @preeconceptions. This conversation was recorded just 20 days after she'd returned to "the real world," or its opposite.

Jun 26, 2016
188 - Tom Spanbauer (Author and Legendary Writing Teacher)
01:35:57

"Tom Spanbauer is the critically acclaimed author and founder of Dangerous Writing. As a writer he has explored issues of race, of sexual identity, of how we make a family for ourselves in order to surmount the limitations of the families into which we are born. His five published novels Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon, In The City Of Shy Hunters, Now Is The Hour, and I Loved You More." (from Tom's site)

Jun 19, 2016
187 - ROMA 4 (with Justin de Ruyter)
01:24:15

My pal Justin joins me in Spain to talk about prehistoric cave art, his first impressions of Spanish culture, and the challenges of living life to the fullest without getting stressed about it. And of course, we answer your emails.

Jun 12, 2016
186 - Dr. Llamas (Worm Therapy)
01:11:46

Extensive research and clinical trials have demonstrated that the introduction of small doses of intestinal worms may be effective in the treatment of asthma, allergies, and some autoimmune conditions. Dr. Llamas is a pioneer in this emerging field.

Jun 06, 2016
185 - ROMA 3
33:46

I respond to two listener emails in this one:

1. How to handle old friendships gone sour.

2. How did/do hunter-gatherers treat people with disabilities?

May 31, 2016
184 - In Jake Johannsen's Kitchen
02:52:34

Jake and I drink too much coffee and discuss what to do when you get sand in your twat, the dubious nature of having a circus-sized penis, guaranteed basic income, blind pigs looking for acorns, and the coming Age of Trumpocracy.

May 30, 2016
183 - Dr. Dan Engle (Integrative Psychiatrist)
01:29:53

Dr. Dan Engle, MD is a practicing psychiatrist, board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He graduated medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, and finished his residency in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After residency he completed a fellowship in child psychiatry at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR.

His current practice combines functional medicine with integrative psychiatry to enhance the foundations of regenerative health and peak performance training. Before completing his medical degree he was a collegiate soccer player for St. Edwards University in Austin. (Bio from Dan's bio at Onnit.com, where he is a consultant.)

May 27, 2016
182 - Susie Bright (Pioneering Sex Activist)
42:46

Susie has been at the forefront of progressive socio-sexual change for decades. She's written books (most recently, a memoir: Big Sex, Little Death), several plays, countless articles and editorials, and hosts a popular podcast called In Bed with Susie Bright. She's a very smart woman with a lot to say about some of the most important issues of our age.

May 16, 2016
181 - Dan Pardi (Sleep/Health Researcher)
01:50:48

Dan Pardi is one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the fields of sleep and health research. He does research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His current research looks at how sleep influences decision making (publications). Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain vigilant performance in both combat and non-combat conditions.

May 09, 2016
180 - Reid Mihalko (Sex Geek)
01:38:08

Reid is one of the leading sex educators in the United States. His humor, thoughtfulness, and common sense have made him a much sought-after presence on the college speaking circuit.

Apr 30, 2016
179 - ROMA 2A (Listener Emails)
01:10:30

In which I respond to listeners' responses to my responses to listeners.

Apr 29, 2016
178 - ROMA 2 (Listener emails)
57:29

The second episode devoted to responding to listener emails.

Apr 27, 2016
177 - Bennett Grunberg
01:05:26

This conversation was recorded March 10th, 2016, six weeks before Bennett died unexpectedly.

Apr 25, 2016
176 - Zach Leary
01:42:44

Zach Leary (like Kelly Carlin, ep #172) managed to grow up in a world somewhat distorted by his father's fame without becoming distorted himself. As you'll hear, he's got a very thoughtful, balanced, and deeply informed perspective on himself, the world, and his place in it.

Apr 20, 2016
175 - Charles Johnston (Eagle Scout, former junkie)
02:13:57

Charles was raised as a Mormon, became an Eagle Scout, went to Japan for a while, and then began exploring various consciousness-altering substances. He eventually stumbled into a heroin addiction. From there, things took a dark turn for a while. He now works helping others find their way back. Download this episode.

Apr 13, 2016