Jared joined the Marines just before 9/11, and participated in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Download this episode.
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.
Joe Winke and Shannon Drake are partners in crime and commerce. We talk about what it's like to get a socially-conscious business up and running, the winding paths they each took, their aspirations for the future, and what it all has to do with a little dog called Jambo. Download this episode.
Music: Going Through the Motions, Joel Havea.
For just an instant, Devlin Baker created a tiny star in a warehouse outside Bellingham, WA. He's working on a project he (and his backers) hope will result in medical technology, the production of vital materials, and eventually, cheap, clean, limitless energy. Download this episode. Visit Devlin's site.
Opening Theme: Brightside of the Sun, by Basin and Range.
Closing song: Zirconium Fire, by Dwayne Hoover.
Kevin Johnson is a key player in the growing floatation movement. He owns the Zero Gravity Institute in Austin, TX, where he designs, sells, and installs the most innovative float chambers around. But he's also a very accomplished musician, songwriter, and cave explorer. Talk about a multi-faceted mofo! Download this episode.
Bailey Jay is a trans woman who is a pornographic actress, adult model, cutting-edge thinker, and podcaster. She's very smart, very funny, and pretty much my kinda girl. She's a regular on Jim Norton's show on Sirius XM, and was recently featured on Inside Amy Schumer. Download this episode.
Julie is a psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology, but her interests extend far beyond pills. She's expert in alternative therapies, including the use of sacred plants, and is the author of several books, most recently one called Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, The Sleep You're Missing, The Sex You're Not Having, and What's Really Making You Crazy. Hell yeah. Download this episode.
Aiden's music is here.
Brian's the kind of guy who gets a PhD while taking a rest from getting an MD—and makes it all look easy. He's currently a resident in emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. If I ever get loaded into an ambulance, I hope Brian's there to greet me at the end of that ride. Download this episode.
Nikki Glaser is a New York based stand-up comic who headlines at clubs all over North America, and has a project in development at Comedy Central. She's found a way to laugh at her deepest fears. Plus, she wipes her ass with facewipes and her dentist gives her brain orgasms. Download this episode.
Some links from the conversation (thanks, dkbose):
* 180° South Documentary
* Origins Documentary :
* Babies documentary :
* A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
* The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. Conway
* A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
* Walden by Henry David Thoreau :
Murphy's my bud. He's "about 13 and a half" and has more going on in his head than most people twice his age. If our species has a future worth living, it'll be because people like Murphy pulled us back from the brink. Download this episode.
"Guaranteed," by Eddie Vedder. Here's a video of Eddie Vedder performing the song.
Magnus is the creator of Marriage 2.0, a revolutionary feature film that treats explicit sexuality as an intrinsic part of the characters' lives, without resorting to worn out pornification. We discuss the challenges of trying to make erotic art for smart people in a market geared toward mindlessness.
Here's a recent interview with Magnus in Salon.com.
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Song: Thinking About Tomorrow (by Tom Parkes).
From his TED profile:
Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His first book, Chimpanzee Politics (1982), compared the schmoozing and scheming of chimpanzees involved in power struggles with that of human politicians. Ever since, de Waal has drawn parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality to culture. His scientific work has been published in hundreds of technical articles in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and outlets specialized in animal behavior. His popular books – translated into fifteen languages – have made him one of the world’s most visible primatologists. His latest books are Our Inner Ape (2005, Riverhead) and The Age of Empathy (2009, Harmony).
De Waal is C. H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and Director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Center, in Atlanta. He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (US), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2007, he was selected by Time as one of The Worlds’ 100 Most Influential People Today, and in 2011 by Discover as among 47 (all time) Great Minds of Science.
Thaddeus Russell is a renegade historian and author of A Renegade History of the United States. Within minutes, we're comparing Kim Kardashian to the Venus of Willendorf and porn downloads from Pakistan to Utah. Sex, death, and defecation. Nothing's off-limits with Thad.
Tao is one of the most interesting people I know. His father hung with Fellini, Brigit Bardot, and Dali. Tao's family tree goes back 1200 years. He got guitar advice from Keith Richards, hangs with Oliver Stone, and he was married to film/TV star Olivia Wilde. He makes films about his passions—which range from philosophy to flamenco to the nature of love and marriage. Download.
Tao's short profile of a great flamenco guitarist: Manuel Molina.
The article I mention about "falling in love" functioning to get us out of, not into relationships.
Dr. Tanya Luhrmann is a psychological anthropologist best known for her studies of modern-day witches, charismatic Christians, and psychiatrists. She is Watkins University Professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University, writes a column for the New York Times, and is the author of several books, most recently, Of Two Minds: The Growing Disorder in American Psychiatry and When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God. Download this episode.
Vid of El Principe Gitano is here.
My pal Richard has a talent for noticing where the trends of our society are headed, which makes him a very astute businessman and investor—as well as a fascinating and thoughtful observer of larger civilizational trends. Download.