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.

333 - Seth (the pizza guy) Buchanan

In his mid-20s, Seth took a look at his life and realized it made no sense. Rather than doubling down on a losing hand, he basically started over. He changed his life and lost half his body weight in the process. Ten years later, he's a very different man on a path with heart.

Music: "Hymn of the Big Wheel," Massive Attack.


332 - Layne Kalbfleisch (Neuroscientist)

Layne's research has been focused on extraordinary abilities in people with cognitive deficits. She's recently left a stellar academic career in order to consult directly with families facing the challenges an atypical child will generate. She has been featured on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, SiriusXM Doctor Radio, The Coffee Klatch – Special Needs Radio, and Rhode Island PBS ‘School Talk’. She is now based at Ghost Ranch, in New Mexico.

Music: "Treat Yo Mamma," by John Butler Trio.


331 - Michael Reynolds (Earthships)


Michael has devoted his life to the simple, radical notion that a home can provide the essential elements of a good life: shelter, food, water, waste management, and energy. His designs for Earthships provide all of this and more, as they're largely made from discarded materials: tires, bottles, cans, and so on. If your home can provide what you need, you've suddenly become free, revolutionary, and very dangerous. This is a very serious guy.

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329 - Patrick House (Neuroscientist / Writer)


Patrick House explores the brain, how it works, what it is, and the tiny creatures that invade it and rearrange the furniture. This raises fundamental questions like: What are we? What does it mean to be alive? and How conscious are we of our consciousness?

Music: "Masterpiece," by Big Thief

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327 - Wallace J. Nichols (Marine Biologist - Water Wizard)


From J's site: "Dr. Wallace "J" Nichols - called “Keeper of the Sea" by GQ Magazine, “a visionary" by Outside Magazine and a "water warrior" by AQUATICS International - is an innovative, silo-busting, entrepreneurial scientist, movement maker, renown marine biologist, voracious Earth and idea explorer, wild water advocate, bestselling author, sought after lecturer, and fun-loving Dad. He also likes turtles (a lot)."

Music: "Wade in the Water," by Eva Cassidy.

326 - In Jake Johannsen's Man-Cave


World-famous comic Jake Johannsen and I got together to catch up after his tours in Asia and Europe. We cover a lot of ground in this one, mainly focusing on how comedy works (or doesn't) in different cultures. Check out Jake's podcast, JakeThis, where this episode was co-released.

325 - Raam Seyed-Emami (Victim of Iranian Politics / Singer Songwriter)

Raam's father was a prominent Iranian environmentalist who was arrested and interrogated for supposedly being a foreign spy. After he mysteriously died in prison, Raam and his brother decided to pressure the Iranian government for answers. Telling his story here is part of that pressure. Here's a video of Raam and his brother, Mehran explaining their situation to Christiane Amanpour, on CNN.

Music: "The Hunter," by King Raam.


324 - Rayanne Irving (Horse Trainer / Former Child Prostitute / Kickboxer)

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Rayanne Irving is an accomplished kickboxer, writer, horse trainer, public speaker, and all-around badass. As a homeless teenager, she was drawn into prostitution in Vancouver, Canada. Her understanding of her own decisions and the behavior of the people who have crossed her path is one of compassion, forgiveness, and hard-won wisdom.

From Rayanne's website

In the spring of 2015, my partner committed suicide in a horse barn. In a sense by doing so, he killed us both that day; turning my safe haven into an inferno of agony. The absence of his love and support stripped me bare of the two demential character I had been hiding behind for seventeen years. Naked of all attachments to the persona and life I had created as a cowgirl and horse trainer, what I discovered at the bottom of the rubble - was a promise I had made to the universe in the fall of 1998.

I was just a sixteen-year-old girl then, on the run from pimps, hookers, and gangs alike. During the days and nights when I should have been reveling in my youth, instead, I was hiding from the world in dark spaces. Both literally and figuratively. My attempt to reach out for support was met with fear and . Which only reinforced the fear conditioning I had been subjected to by pimps and police alike during my indenture to the streets. Mine was a pain that no one wanted to acknowledge. A pain that no one was prepared to understand - not even my family who turned their heads in denial, content to allow me to carry the burden of blame in silence.

The price of freedom for my young body, had come at a cost that was too steep for my child mind to bare. On the verge of running back to my enslavors, out of my mind in pain, I went to bed each night grasping a bloody chef’s knife in one hand and a box of chocolates in the other; begging a god I didn’t believe in for the courage to slice open my own veins.

Instead, a magazine found its way into my hands. In less than 800 words, a girl whose name I will never know, explained her decision to leave prostitution. Although her’s and mine stories were dissimilar in how we managed to escape the streets, she instilled me with a feeling of connection and hope. I knew right then and there, that someone else knew the truth about the terrors of being a hostage to another's greed and desires. I was not alone in my darkness. I made a promise, that one day - I would do the same for another.

Over the years and on the rare occasion the death or arrest of a child prostitute did make social media - I recognized, as I aged and healed, that their reporting accomplished little more than scratching the surface of a growing epidemic. Unintentionally social media was helping the pimps to glamorize the public myth of drug addled Lolita’s and the teenage succubus. (continue)

A powerful essay by Rayanne.

Music: "Wa Tye E Yoo," by MC Twitch. Help her fund music education in Uganda here.

323 - Jim Fadiman (Psychedelic Pioneer) & Kyle Thiermann (Surfer/Environmentalist)


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Music: MC Twitch. She doesn't have a site or place to buy her music, but please consider supporting her musical education project for kids in Uganda.

Dr. Jim Fadiman

Dr. Jim Fadiman is considered America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use. In 1974 he co-founded the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and has since continued to explore potential medical and creative uses of psychedelic drugs. In his most recent book, The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys (2011), he provides insight into safe and correct uses of psychedelic drugs. The book was inspired by his unique knowledge of psychedelic experiences and his desire to explain beneficial uses of those substances. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in Social Relations in 1960, and his M.A. and Ph.D from Stanford University in Psychology in 1962 and 1965, respectively.


As a professional big wave surfer, documentary filmmaker, and podcast host, Kyle Thiermann (28) possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly between intellectual and athletic circles and serve as a conduit between typically disconnected worlds.

With the support of his long-time surf sponsor, Patagonia, he created and hosted the YouTube series, Surfing For Change. While surfing building-sized waves around the globe, he created short-form gonzo documentaries about current environmental issues happening in the areas. In the series, Thiermann focused on the power people have to create systemic change through everyday decisions. His first documentary in the series detailed how money kept in multinational banks can be used to finance destructive projects all over the world. This video inspired people to move large amounts of money out of centralized banks and into local banks and credit unions around the world.

From 25-27 Thiermann worked as a correspondent for Discovery Digital Networks covering issues ranging from a little-known indigenous conflict in southern Chile, to the impact wild pigs have on coral reefs in Hawaii. Thiermann speaks at universities throughout the country and in 2011 gave a TEDx Talk in his wetsuit.  


322 - Angela White (Porn Actress

 Angela is pretending to admire my AVN award. I'm such a dork.

Angela is pretending to admire my AVN award. I'm such a dork.

Music: "Get All Crazy," by Alex Beraldo.

Angela came by to chat. Aside from the harassment we suffered from a very persistent insect, we had a great time talking about her roles as actor, producer, and director, the meditative and transporting qualities of sex, what it's like to be a wildly horny young woman in a world that both celebrates and denigrates you, and some of the hang-ups one has to face in order to have sex on camera. More about Angela from her site:

Angela White was still in high school when she entered the adult industry in 2003. As an adolescent, Angela openly identified as bisexual and was criticised for her uninhibited sexuality. She was motivated to become involved in pornography because she saw it as a space where her sexuality would be accepted, a space in which having multiple partners of any gender was encouraged and a space in which sexuality was celebrated rather than denigrated. Through performing in pornography, Angela has been able to explore her sexual desires in a safe environment with other open minded, sex-positive people.

Angela was inspired to enroll in a Bachelor of Arts degree upon hearing feminist critiques of pornography as degrading and exploitative of women. Not being able to pair these assertions with her own experiences of the industry, Angela conducted qualitative research into the experiences of female performers in the Australian pornography industry. The findings were vast and complex but did support the fact that pornography can be a positive and transformative space for many female performers. In 2010, Angela graduated from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honours in Gender Studies. The findings from her Honours thesis were delivered at the Erotic Screen and Sound conference at Griffith University in 2011.

Angela’s interest in gender politics led her to spend a year studying at the prestigious Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (the Institute of Political Science in Paris, France) more popularly known as Sciences-Po. Subsequently, Angela ran as a political candidate for the Australian Sex Party in the 2010 Victorian state election, in which she publicly fought for the rights of sex workers. Angela generated media attention when she sent copies of her pornographic DVDs to the Attorney General in her campaign to relax regulations for X-rated films. 

321 - Peter Gorman (Amazon Explorer / Psychedelic Pioneer)


Peter Gorman is an award-winning journalist, former editor of High Times magazine (from 1986-1998), and pioneer in the understanding and use of psychedelic substances from the Amazon, such as Ayahuasca and Kambo. His most recent book is Sapo in my Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine.

Music: "Michelle's Waltz," by Leo DiSanto; "Home Again," by Michael Kiwanuka.

319 - Andrew Couch (Monkeytooth Podcast)


Andrew is living the dream. A few days after recording this, he, his wife, and a dog named Pele set off for Argentina via the Arctic Circle (the scenic route). Follow their peregrinations via their site, where you'll find a blog, photos, and the latest episodes of their podcast. You can hear Andrew interviewing me a few hours previous to this recording at mtp.dog.

Music: "Waltz for Rain," by Leo DiSanto.

318 - John Porter (Rattlesnake Expert)


John is fascinated by the things that frighten him -- from nudity to venomous snakes. He's been studying rattlesnakes for around 50 years. He's been bitten 15 times, so far, but has no intention of giving up on the pursuit of his passion. He's a fully realized, no-bullshit human being. 

Music: "The Mark of a Good Man," by Bimini Road.


317 - ROMA 27

The abbreviated version, for non-Patreon supporters. I talk about the recent dust-up between Sam Harris and Ezra Klein, the questions around racial differences in "intelligence," and a bit about my thoughts concerning Jordan Peterson and the underlying hunger for the sort of guidance he offers young men.


315 - Wednesday Martin (Bestselling Author)

Wednesday Martin is the real deal. Her upcoming book, Untrue (out in September) is a look at the emerging science of female desire and some of the most prominent women behind the controversial research.Her memoir, Primates of Park Avenue was greeted as a hilarious, touching, and insightful look into the exotic world of Manhattan motherhood. Stepmonster, a finalist for the prestigious Books for a Better Life Award, is widely considered the “go-to” source for stepmothers, adult stepchildren, therapists and others who seek a uniquely candid, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and comprehensive look at the topic. She is also the author of Marlene Dietrich, tracing the actress and cabaret performer's life, career, and impact on the image of women.

Music: "Two Sticks," by Joel Havea.

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir
By Wednesday Martin Ph.D.

Show Notes:

Wednesday Martin is the real deal. Her memoir, Primates of Park Avenue is a hilarious, touching, and
insightful look into the exotic world of Manhattan motherhood. Her next book, Untrue, is a look at the
emerging science of female desire and some of the most prominent women behind the controversial
Introduction (00:00-16:34)
(00:00) Intro/ Being on Joe Regan and learning from criticism.
(03:04) Intro to Wednesday and how they originally met.
(05:10) The interesting Relationship with Joe Rogan being almost completely in the public eye.
(09:40) General updates/ Patreon targetently reading etc.
(14:05) Two Sticks Joel Haveha.
(16:34) End of intro.
Interview (07:27-1:05:10)
(16:25) Intro Banter.
(17: 54) The connection between sex at dawn and Wednesdays work.
(19:15) The two major currencies in life (time vs money.) The end of affluence and The emergence of
trends like minimalism, mindfulness, van life ect.
(24:30) The flow of life, trying not to time things and believe in the wisdom of thugs going the way
they're going.
(30:50) Wednesday's book, untrue an instance best seller. And why the hell her name is Wednesday!?.
(36:00) mid conceptions about human sexuality and hunter gathers. "How women were the shit!
(43:15) Nisa (check spelling) research about the Kun in Botswana.
(48:28) Body dysmorphia in the modern age and in USA vs Europe.
(53:45) Trump & US politics, Flo Kennedy.
(1:02:15) Porn Scholar, Mireille Miller-Young and her work.
(1:05:09) End of interview.
(1:05:10:31) Outro
(01:00:13) “Smoke Alarm” by Carsie Blanton

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