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.

350 - Lloyd Kahn (Green Architect)

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Lloyd Kahn is the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, Inc., and is the former Shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He is also an author, photographer, and pioneer of the green building and green architecture movements. Lloyd’s Instagram and Twitter.

Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “I Don’t Think You Understand,” by Goliath Flores; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

348 - Wim Hof ("The Iceman," Human Health Pioneer)

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During his long existential journey, Wim Hof came face to face with nature’s most primordial elements. Staring right back, the merciless cold and bountiful air revealed an energy now lost to most of modern society, dormant inside all of us and waiting to be reawakened.

Having embraced these majestic forces, and breaking record after record in a range of death-defying feats, Wim resolved to share this discovery with the rest of the world. He gradually whittled his accrued insight down to the core essentials, so that people young and old, healthy and sick could tap into this potential without having to invest the same decades worth of study, travel and daring. (from wimhofmethod.com)

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346 - Wednesday Martin (Author of Untrue/Expert on Female Sexuality)

345 - Alexandra Paul (Actress/Athlete/Activist)

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Alexandra played Lt. Stephanie Holden for 5 seasons on Baywatch, and has appeared in over 100 feature films and many TV programs. She's a serious activist, using her platform to support voting rights, animal liberation, progressive energy policies, and family planning. Want more? She's an athlete who completed the World Ironman Championship in Hawaii (a grueling 2.44 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile marathon), in 13:18:52. In 2012, Alexandra swam around Key West, a 12.5 mile race and in 2014 swam the 14 mile Reto Acapulco off the coast of Mexico.

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Cacilda, Alexandra, and Janelle Kaz (@motogypsy on Instagram).

343 - Mr. Money Mustache (Badass Financial Advisor)

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Mr. Money Mustache is a very early retiree who writes about how we can all live a frugal yet badass life of leisure. Based in Longmont, CO, he helps young people get their finances arranged to maximize freedom and minimize wasted time and money.

Mr. Money Mustache's blog is here. Follow him in the Tweetstorm.

Music: “Dhjana,” by Touek; “Journeys,” by Macajey.

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338 -ROMA 28

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If we don't grieve for the dead, are we necessarily cold-hearted? What's behind the collapse of the American empire? How to deal with the chaos and uncertainty of being young? How did disabled people fare among hunter-gatherers?

Music: "Rise the Moon," by Kate Vargas; "Stacia," by Mindel Band; "It Is What It Is (And That's All)," by Steve Forbert; "Big Jet Plane," by Tuku.

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337 - Steve Mullins (Ethnomusicologist / Flamenco Guitarist)

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What is music, anyway? Does a Beethoven sonata elicit the same emotions if played for someone who's never heard western music? Do any other animals experience music? Is singing related to crying? To laughing? These are the sorts of questions an ethnomusicologist thinks about. I learned a lot from Steve, and suspect you will, too. Steve's site.

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336 - The Reverend Duncan Trussell, MD PhD

Duncan is qualified to receive your reverence. He deserves it, too. You could live many lifetimes without meeting anyone who combines as much humor, wisdom, and sincerity as this guy. I'm always happy when we find some time to hang out, and especially when we're both living such pivotal moments in our lives. Check out The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast.

Music: "Suffer Well," by Simon van Gend

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335 - Adi Jaffe (Addiction Expert/Former Dealer)

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Adi gave me that shirt.

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction and stigma. He lectures in the Psychology department at UCLA. He is passionate about the role of shame in destroying lives and aims to greatly reduce the stigma of mental health in this country. In this context, Dr. Jaffe has used his personal experience as an incredibly effective inspirational and motivational tool.

During his undergraduate career, Adi began struggling with drug issues himself, eventually leading to a 4 year hiatus from studies and into the Los Angeles drug-dealing world, where Adi's days looked more like a re-enactment of a beatnik novel or a Quentin Tarantino film than the life of an upper-middle class suburban kid. Following a SWAT team arrest in his apartment, and extended court case and a year-long jail sentence, Adi began rebuilding his life. This eventually led to his attainment of a Ph.D. from UCLA's doctoral program in psychology. 

Music: "Ride," by Brett Newski

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334 - Weston Trapp (Falconer/Former Sniper)

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Weston likes a challenge. He gets things done. At the moment, he's off on a month-long hunting trip in the Colorado Rockies. He took up falconry as a way to transition out of a hyper-vigilant war consciousness back into something more appropriate to suburban Boulder. Thoughtful, generous, tough. I like this guy. 

Music: "I Don't Think You Understand," by Goliath Flores.

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.

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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.

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