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.

209 - Josh Fox (Filmmaker: Gasland / How to Let Go of the World...)

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 arrange for a great 4-day party to run itself. Download this episode.

How to Let Go of the World (and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change)

Gasland and Gasland II

Music: "So Beautiful," by Unity to Thrive; "Maggot Brain," by Funkadelic; "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," by Bruce Cockburn; "Imperfectionist Xmas Recordings for Lee- Playing to the falling snow," by Josh Fox.

208 - Deia Schlosberg (Documentary Filmmaker, Walked the Andes)

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. Hence, the "pondcast." Download this episode.


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Music: "Song in Progress," by Will Irlam: "Forest," by David Beckingham.

Recording the pondcast.

Recording the pondcast.

206 - Tyler MacNiven (Walked Japan, Ran Iran, Wrestled Mongolia)

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. He wrestled 100 Mongolians (made a film about that, too). He ran Iran. Dude is busy! Plus, he's super smart and funny. Download this episode.

West of Pecos (the restaurant in SF).

Music: "Ballad of Cher Shimjer," by Paul Pena (Genghis Blues), "Walking in Memphis," Mark Cohn.

204 - Wim Hof (The Iceman)

Wim Hof is an extraordinary man. He 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. But what's most interesting is the work he's doing to show how disease and discomfort can be addressed through intention and breath work.  Download this episode.

Music: "Brightside of the Sun," by Basin and Range; "Little Gardens," by Eric Vitoff; "Ice," by Daniel Lanois; "Smoke Alarm," by Carsie Blanton.

Playing to the mountains and the setting sun in Huesca.

203 - ROMA 9

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

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How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change (iTunes link).

Music: "Rafiki," by Zap Mama; "Mykonos," by Fleet Foxes.

201 - ROMA 8

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. Download link.

200 - Willem (Safari Guide, Namibia)

Willem (seated)

Willem (seated)

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. He works for Wild Dog Safaris, based in Windhoek, Namibia. I did the 9 day Delta and Vic Falls trip, but they've got everything from day trips to month-long excursions. (I didn't get any discounts or anything in exchange for this. I just really liked Willem, so if you go, please tell them Willem brought in the business.) Special shout-out to my drunken comrades by the fire...

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Music: "Na Ye" by Toto Bono Luaka; "Nomvula" by Freshlyground; "Pygmy Lullaby" by Jan Garbarek.

Not a video, but a lovely version of the song.

NYU Steinhardt Jazz Interview Series at SubCulture in New York. Dr. David Schroeder interviews legendary musician Richard Bona.