Tangentially Speaking

Organic, revealing conversation with fascinating, freaky folks.
Ever wanted to hang with a dominatrix, comedian, famous health guru, or Italian prince? Here's your chance. Tangentially Speaking is dedicated to the idea that good conversation is organic, revelatory, and free to go down unexpected paths.

164 - Shane Gardner (The Things I've Seen)

Shane's photography combines the natural beauty of women with the beauty of nature. He's got the focus and obsessional creative need of a true artist. Shane's blog. His Instagram account. Download this episode.

Music: Folia, by Wagner Pa (iTunes link).

Timbuktú Music Project, Barcelona, Sala Luz de Gas, Julio 2012. Wagner Pa feat Max Moya (Ojos de Brujo) Cesc Pascual Tamara Barreto Sanjay Peters Jonas Santana Lucila Ciocoletto

163 - Daniele Bolelli & Thad Russell



Daniele and Thad both teach history in southern California, study martial arts, and have a lot to say about pretty much everything. Join me for this conversation with two of the smartest, most engaging guys I know. Download.

Good Daddy (Daniele)

Good Daddy (Daniele)

160 - Jake Johannsen (Standup Comic/Writer/Possum Wrangler)

Jake Johannsen appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman" 45 times. He has appeared in the “HBO Young Comedian’s Special” and PBS’s “Comedy Tonight” series, and was the host of Comedy Central’s series, “Two Drink Minimum”. He has also been nominated as “Best Male Stand-Up Comedian” for the American Comedy Awards. And he makes fantastic cajun food. Jake's site. Download. Song: "Negro et Beau," by Donny Elsood.

159 - Martin Polanco & Maria Teresa Chavez (Crossroads Treatment Center)


Martin is the founder and director of the center, and Maria is a counselor helping patients integrate the experiences they have at Crossroads into more healthy lives. They use ibogaine, a very potent African hallucinogen, to help people with addictive behavior patterns break those patterns and "reset" their lives. Read more about Crossroads here. Download this episode.

Music: Toto Bona Lokua, "Lisanga." Amazon and iTunes. Ibeyi, "River."  iTunes and Amazon.