Tangentially Speaking

Organic, revealing conversation with fascinating, freaky folks.
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235 - ROMA 15

Ranting Out My Ass about: What constitutes success? Can a straight woman love a gay man? Is anyone living the American Dream? And a bonus story about watching a Buñuel film on LSD.

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Music: "Stand Up," by The Revivalists; "Red Handed," by Obadiah Parker; "Working for You," by Patrick Sweany; "Someone New," by Hozier: "Roll the Bones," by Shakey Graves.

232 - Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty)

Hanging with Simon Rex is like being in a room full of people--all of them hyper-creative, super smart, and funny as hell. He's an actor, comic, rapper, former model and VJ on MTV, has a massive following on social media, and makes a hell of a blueberry/kale smoothie. His Instagram feed is the most reliable source of hilarity I've come across in years. His show on Comedy Central, Typical Rick, is currently in production for its second season. The first season is streaming live here. Download this episode.

231 - In Jake Johannsen's Kitchen

Go see Jake if you get the chance. He's coming soon to Denver, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Atlanta, Alabama, and Nashville. (Check his site for dates.) He's a class act, except for when he's hanging out with me. Then he has no class at all. But that's my fault. Download.

Jake's site. Music: "Have it All," by Jeremy Kay.

230 - Michael Shermer (Skeptic, Atheist)

Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of The Believing Brain, Why People Believe Weird Things, Why Darwin Matters, and others. His latest book is The Moral Arc, now out in paperback.  Download this episode.

The case of the man who's brain is (mostly) missing. 

Music: "Devil's Detail," by Lateef and Z-Trip. 

228 - Allan Havey (Actor/Comedian)

Allan has enjoyed a long career as a standup comic and actor. You may have seen him in Mad Men, The Man in the High Castle, Hail Caesar!, and anywhere else top notch comics or actors are found. Download this episode.

Music: "Treat Yo Mama," by the John Butler Trio.