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.

181 - Dan Pardi (Sleep/Health Researcher)

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. Download this episode.

Dan's site.

Music: "California Dreamin," Funkadelic. "So Long, Lonesome," Explosions in the Sky.

NSFW Reader photos (I discussed in the intro).

179 - ROMA 2A (meta edition)

In which I respond to listener's responses to my responses to listeners. Download.

Music: "I'm Sick of You," by Lou Reed (New York, New York). "Simple Man," by Man Made Lake.

177 - Bennett Grunberg

Painting by Mona Octopoda

Painting by Mona Octopoda

This conversation was recorded March 10th, 2016, six weeks before Bennett died unexpectedly. Through his company, SureDesign T-shirts, Bennett sponsored this podcast (as well as that of Duncan Trussell and Daniele Bolelli) since the beginning. Sad as I am at the loss, I'm glad we had a chance to spend some time together, brief as it was. His kindness, wisdom, and generosity come through loud and clear. We'll miss you, Bennett. Download this episode.

For a little humor relief, check out Duncan Trussell's SureDesign commercials here.

175 - Charles Johnston (former Mormon/Eagle Scout/heroin addict/drug counselor)

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.

Crossroads (where Charles works now).

Music: "Watermelons," from Suffer Well, by Simon van Gend Band. Unnamed song, by Colin Craveiro (Sail Cassidy Project, upcoming), and "Nostalgia," by James Thomas, from Before the Light.