He doesn't drink Mexican beer, but Frank Delaney is definitely one of the most interesting men in the world. His career includes over a dozen best-selling novels, a truck-load of non-fiction books, and a slew of articles and TV programs. Frank is smart, funny, candid, and open-hearted.
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.
Marissa was born a boy, but eventually realized she was a girl. She's still got a male side—who comes out when yard work needs doing—but has transitioned primarily to living as a woman. I felt deeply honored to have this opportunity to share Marissa's experience and insight.
If you don't know who Dan Savage is, you haven't been paying attention. Sex advice columnist, humorist, political activist ... Dan has spent the past 22 years using his wit, smarts, and compassion to drag American culture toward equality and decency—and away from a rising tide of Santorum threatening to engulf us all (Google it—I dare you).
Dr. Gabor Maté is a Canadian physician and author who specializes in the treatment of addiction and mind-body interaction. He's published four bestselling books (in twenty languages) exploring attention deficit disorder, stress, developmental psychology, and addiction.
Dr. Maté's site: http://drgabormate.com/
A fantastic film about Dr. Maté's work with ayahuasca.
— MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
— Squarespace (10% off if you enter Tangent10)
— Sure Design T-shirts (10% off if you use discount code: sexatdawn)
— Carsie Blanton (theme song: Smoke Alarm)
Dr. Carl Hart is a badass intellectual. His book, High Price, tells the story of his journey from the bad part of Miami to the upper reaches of Ivy League academia. In this conversation, we talk about why drugs are so hard for our society to get real about, and how often they've been political weapons used against marginalized populations—and how antithetical to good research these political uses are.
Fifteen years ago, Dave Asprey took a look at himself and didn't like what he saw: he was about 100 pounds overweight, had chronic nosebleeds, slept poorly, and felt like crap. But unlike most of us, he had the time and financial resources to focus his considerable intelligence on his predicament. What he discovered about his own condition turned out to be applicable to the rest of us: chronic infections, fungal contamination, vitamin deficiencies, dietary craziness—you name it. Check out Dave's site and bio-hack your way to health.
Kim Airs is a sex toy entrepreneur (I had to look up the spelling), motorcycle maven, and militantly free spirit. She rode her motorcycle into the depths of Topanga Canyon to chat with me about working for Larry Summers at Harvard, cornering the market on dildos, and "flatbacking for fun and profit."
Natasha is a very smart high-energy actress/comedian who's blazing a meteoric path across the Hollywood sky. We talk about everything from women's rights to dogs giving birth to what constitutes cheating to Fleshlights in the shower.
Man, this one ranges far and wide. We talk comedy (these dudes are hilarious), good ways to use bad words, porn in the Vatican, and what it's like to be raised by deaf parents.
— The guy writing the article in the Vatican is my friend, Tony Perrottet.
— Song is a Clocks remix by Buena Vista Social Club.
— Intro/Outro is Smoke Alarm by the great Carsie Blanton.
Conner Habib is a gay porn star, a scholar of human sexuality, and an evolutionary biologist with thoughtful insights on all those subjects and far more. Join us in a cloud overlooking the Pacific Ocean for this wide-ranging conversation.
Comedian, Ari Shaffir and I talk about everything from Elvis, to fat Jesus, to our private fears to advice on pissing in public in this podcast that flows deep and wide as the mighty Mississippi.
- I Wonder (Rodriguez)
- Sugar Man (Rodriguez)
- Lay Lady Lay (Dylan)
- Seamus (Pink Floyd)
- Smoke Alarm (Carsie Blanton)
Duncan is the madman who first got me into podcasting — as well as various other kinds of trouble — so it's fitting that he and our mutual pal, Daniele help me celebrate this 30th episode of Tangentially Speaking. There must be some numerical convergence there: 3 & 30. Our friend Kyle Del Bonis joined us on the spur of the moment and although we only had 3 mics, he chipped in some of his characteristically deep shit.
Music: Down in the Hole (domaje), Jungle Love (Steve Miller Band), and the great Carsie Blanton plays us out with Smoke Alarm.
Photos: Kyle Del Bonis (@TheDelbonk)
Join Chris and Baron on the latter's living room floor for an in-depth discussion of comedy, acting, why this is the golden age of television, and growing up on the rough side of Vegas. Follow Baron on Twitter: @barvonblaq
Music: Joe Henry (Trampoline, Like She Was a Hammer).
Theme Song: Carsie Blanton (Smoke Alarm).
Nina Hartley is a legendary porn star, actress (Boogie Nights), sex-positive feminist, nurse, and sex educator extraordinaire. In this wide-ranging, intimate, and surprising interview, she talks about her parents' politics, studying medicine, and the nature of her own sexuality.
Liam is the son of our friends, Brian and Marta, in Barcelona. I've known him since he was a fetus. As you'll hear, he's got some interesting things to say about the keys to success in life, why bad luck should always come before good, and the challenges of having three sisters.
Charlie is just shy of his tenth birthday and has seen more of the world than most adults. He recounts his travels in the Amazon, Alaska, and the Galapagos. The beautiful thing is that all these experiences aren't wasted on him at all. He's paying close attention to everything he sees.
... is a very smart, well-read woman, as well as a porn star on both sides of the camera. Nica schools Chris on the many sub-genres of porn as well as questioning his stance regarding Steven Pinker's views on prehistoric warfare. Nica also gets Chris to talk about his own time working in the porn business in Spain. Here's a recent article Nica wrote for Huffington Post.
... joins Chris to take a shameless look at things we're told to ignore: death, sex, and sexy death. Caitlin brings refreshing candor and humor to a difficult subject.
Did someone say Road Trip?
Chris is joined by his amazing friend, 80 year-old parapsychologist, Dr. Stanley Krippner. They're heading south on Route 5, from Bakersfield to LA. Hop in.