Sheldon Solomon is a psychologist and professor of social psychology at Skidmore College, best known for developing Terror Management Theory, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski which is concerned with how humans deal with our own sense of mortality. Solomon co-authored the book The Worm at the Core: On the role of Death in Life with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski. Download this episode.
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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.
Mark Davis, ND is a founder and the medical director of Good Life Medicine Center, and his naturopathic practice, Bright Medicine Clinic, focuses on gastroenterological health. Dr. Davis is one of a handful of physicians in the North America with clinical expertise in fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).
After spending some time in Thailand teaching tigers not to eat people, Ben went to Chile, bought an old VW camper van, and set off for Alaska. Four years later, he dropped by Portland to chat with me about his many adventures. Along with his friend Leah and the amazing dog, Alaska, we spent a few very enjoyable hours in Laurelhurst Park. Download.
Roger has worked in film and television as a director, writer, producer and editor. He's worked with lots of famous people (Larry David, David Spade, Leonard Nimoy) and has made a series of unique documentaries about fringe communities and thinkers: Trekkies, Suckers (about car salesmen), Six Days in Roswell (UFO enthusiasts), The Nature of Existence. You can find out more at Roger's site.
Music: Blue Sky, by Dwayne Hoover (Ryan Brankin). Get you some. (See totally bizarre video below.)
Interval: Fugue State, by Vulfpeck.
Neil and I became friends when he interviewed me for The Truth, his just-released follow-up to the colossal best-seller, The Game. I wasn't a fan of some of the ideas underlying the approach to dating Neil describes in The Game and, as it turns out, neither is he. The Truth is certainly one of the most courageous, vulnerable, self-revelatory books I've read. You'll learn more about Neil and Ingrid than you know about some of your closest friends. We woke up very early to record this conversation while we were semi-conscious. Download this episode.
Music: The Mark of a Good Man (Bimini Road).
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Jen and Bryan left the security of good jobs and a nice house in Portland in an old VW van and spent a year meandering south with Karma, their dog. Now they're back in Portland, helping other people find a path toward minimal space/maximal experience living. Download this episode.
Music: Mexico, by Steve Forbert. Buy on iTunes.
Colin is a real mensch. He and his wife, Lisa drove all the way to Portland from Victoria, BC so we could spend the day chatting in Laurelhurst Park. And I'm glad they did. This is one of my favorite episodes, full of music, laughter, and twisted wisdom.