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.

260 - Toby Thiermann (Film-maker)

Toby is continuing a family legacy of film-making. He's a cinematographer, director, whatever it takes. He's been traveling the world with a camera for over 15 years searching for the perfect frames and images. His adventures have brought him from Steven Spielberg sets to Cambodian mine fields to the North Pole. Check out his work at Lensfire Films. Download this episode.

Music: "It's Going Down," by Blackalicious.

259 - Chris D'Elia (Comic, Actor)

Chris D'Elia is an American stand-up comedian, actor, presenter, writer, and comedy singer. He is known for playing Alex Miller on the NBC sitcom Whitney and for the role of Danny Burton on the sitcom Undateable, also on NBC. He broke the condom the first two times he had sex. Download this episode

Music: "Rock the Nation," by Spearhead.

257 - Gerry Powell (Rythmia Life Advancement Center -- Costa Rica)

Gerry made millions, lost them, then made even more. But he was miserable. He'd checked every box on the scorecard of life, but still felt he was losing. Then life took a turn that led him to found Rythmia, the world's first medically licensed center using traditional Amazonian plant medicine. Download. Music: "Heaven's Sake," by Joel Havea.

256 - ROMA 21

Special 4th of July episode. Kink among hunter-gatherers and other pressing issues are discussed with great urgency. Music: "Summertime," by Fort Francis. Download.

254 - Debra Berger

When Debra was 17, she fell in love with a 47 year-old Italian prince who was known throughout Europe for his creatively bohemian lifestyle. They had two sons together, one of whom is my friend Tao Ruspoli (episodes 3 and 115). Debra was generous in sharing some of her incredible life story with me -- but more importantly, in sharing her wise, unpretentious approach to a life that's rich in pretty much every way possible. Download this episode. (Music: "Mother and Child Reunion," by Paul Simon).

With Prince Dado Ruspoli.

With Prince Dado Ruspoli.

253 - Kaj Larsen (Navy SEAL, Journalist)

Kaj spent 5 years as a Navy SEAL before getting a Master's from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and then moving into journalism—first with CNN, and currently with VICE TV. He's the friendliest badass dude you'll ever meet. Download this episode.

My conversation with Kaj Larsen, 5/29/17.

252 - Don Mirra (Photographer/Adventurer)

Don is one of the most well-traveled, thoughtful, talented men I've met in a long time. Join us for a few beers as we talk about his time in the Marines, what it's like to sleep on a cot hanging thousands of feet above the ground, the plight of orphans around the world, and the challenges of photographing beautiful women. Download this episode.

Link to Don's book, The Reluctant Muse. (Use the code "tangent" to get 25% off.)

Music: "Assouf," by Tinariwen.