Sarah is young, but has covered a lot of ground already. Born and raised in a Mormon community in Utah, she felt compelled to strike out on her own path—one that's led her as far as Australia, India, Myanmar, and Laos. Download this episode.
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.
Hunter has a beef with Sam Harris. In addition, he is an author, podcast host, and a very smart guy who has lived all over the world. He's dedicated to clear, critical thinking. We don't agree on everything, but our disagreements are fruitful. I always learn a lot in conversation with this guy. Here's the article we discuss, about ESP and whether "science is broken." Download this episode.
Music: "Wichita Lineman is a Song I Once Heard," by The KLF (Chill Out).
Kyle Thiermann is a professional surfer and filmmaker from Santa Cruz, CA. When he’s not chasing building-sized waves around the globe he works with Discovery Digital Networks as an on-camera correspondent and producer. He also works closely with his main sponsor, Patagonia to beat up products and help implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Check out his podcast here. Download.
Eddie Ifft has been called one of the most underrated comics in America by the Onion and has performed to sold-out crowds in over 15 countries. He is co-host of one of the most successful podcasts in the comedy world called Talkin’ Sh*t. Download. Here's Doug Stanhope, with some thoughts on drunk driving.
Daniel has written many books, the most recent being How Soon is Now: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation. He's spent time with indigenous tribes, done extensive inner work with psychedelics (including an iboga experience in Africa), and engaged in serious thinking about where our species is headed. Download this episode.
Music: "Let's Call it Good," by CoJack & Company.
Doctor Adi Jaffe is a UCLA trained addiction expert. But before he got involved in addiction research in UCLA classrooms and labs, he was a drug dealer and meth addict. For over eight years, his own drug use was out-of-control. After being arrested for the 4th time, and going to rehab twice, Adi managed to get his act together and steer his life back on course. Download this episode.
Music: "Love is Free," and "Fast Train," by Gasoline Lollipops.
Love, drugs, travel, money, sex ... the usual.
- "Listen to the DJ," Z-Trip & Lateef.
- "Another Day," Joel Havea Trio.
- "Stay in Bed," Charlie Haggard.
- "South 2nd," Coco Rosie.
- "Geulis," Sabah Habas Mustapha.
- "Grillos," Paco Fernandez.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are spreading the message that finding the good life requires dumping all the unnecessary crap we tend to accumulate and living foot-loose and fancy-free. To which I say, hell yeah. Download this episode.
Notes: "A Place for My Stuff," by George Carlin; "I Used to Get High," by John Butler Trio.
The Minimalists' site (get tour info).
Why not to have kids, misuse of non-monogamy, why not check out of society, the end of friendships, on herpes, abandonment issues, life with a beauty queen.
Note: I messed up. I conflated Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). I've edited the audio file to clarify.
- All Night, Lateef & Z-Trip (Ahead of the Curve).
- Brownskin Girl, Smithsonian Folkways World Music Collection.
- Tear Shit Up, Paris (Sonic Jihad).
- Can You Get to That? (Funkadelic).
- Promised Land, Ed Dupas (Tennessee Nights).
- Alaska, Maggie Rogers (Now that the Light is Fading).
- Vivre, Zap Mama (Ancestry in Progress).
Ryan Cleek (@cleekndestroy) has been on all sides of mountain biking, as a champion racer, journalist, and award-winning filmmaker. We talk about danger, thrills, and what drives someone to try to jump over a canyon on a bicycle. Download this episode.
Music: "Bomb the World," by Michael Franti.
Jenny spent a year and change working for a construction company during the day and moonlighting in a dungeon at night, where she learned a lot about men, sex, power dynamics, and herself. Her book about the experience is called The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon.
Music: "Alaska," by Maggie Rogers; "Settle Down," by Kimbra.
Moshe is a stand-up comedian, writer, podcast host, and actor. He is the author of the 2012 memoir Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16. Download this episode.
Music: "Time," by Z-Trip & Lateef (Ahead of the Curve).
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.
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.
Hunter Maats is an author, podcast host, and international man of intrigue. He's been around the block a few times, and has given it a lot of thought. We talk a lot about thinking, perception, and what makes science science. You can catch him on the Mixed Mental Arts podcast. Download this episode.
Music: "Spider Bite," by Man Made Lake.
Neil and I are joined by Marg, who helped raise Neil from a young age. We talk about music, books, what it was like to come to the US in 1968, and whether it was obvious that Neil was going to be a successful writer. Download this episode.
Music: "Rodeo Clown," by G-Love & Special Sauce; "Rock On," by David Essex.
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.
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.
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.