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.

248 - Hunter Maats

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).

244 - Daniel Pinchbeck (Author)

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.

242 - ROMA 17

Love, drugs, travel, money, sex ... the usual. 

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Music:

  • "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.

241 - The Minimalists

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).

A very minimalist performance.

240 - ROMA 16

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.

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Vice herpes article.

Music:

  1. All Night, Lateef & Z-Trip (Ahead of the Curve).
  2. Brownskin Girl, Smithsonian Folkways World Music Collection.
  3. Tear Shit Up, Paris (Sonic Jihad).
  4. Can You Get to That? (Funkadelic).
  5. Promised Land, Ed Dupas (Tennessee Nights).
  6. Alaska, Maggie Rogers (Now that the Light is Fading).
  7. Vivre, Zap Mama (Ancestry in Progress).