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.
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.
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).
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.
Tom is the father of a friend of mine. After chatting with him for a few minutes, I asked if he'd share a bit of his life story on the podcast. I'm glad he did. He's living a life of adventure and depth, as you'll hear. Download this episode. Music: "Lovin is Easy," by Carsie Blanton.
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.
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).