Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan

Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan

United States

Would you like to hang with a smart dominatrix, famous comedian, bank robber, drug smuggler, famous health guru, scientist, author or Italian prince? Here's your chance. Tangentially Speaking is dedicated to the idea that good conversation is spontaneous, organic, revelatory, and free to go down unexpected paths with unexpected people.


237 - Moshe Kasher  

Moshe is a stand-up comedian, writer 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.

236 - Ron Finley (Gansta Gardener)  

Ron looked around at his neighborhood and saw a need for nutritious food, community, and knowledge. So he started planting seeds.

235 - ROMA 15  

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.

234 - Hunter Maats  

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. 

233 - Neil Strauss & Marg  

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.

232 - Simon Rex (Dirt Nasty)  

Hanging with Simon Rex is like being in a room full of people--all of them hyper-creative 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.

231 - In Jake Johannsen's Kitchen  

Go see Jake if you get the chance. 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.

230 - Michael Shermer (Author, Skeptic, Atheist)  

Michael Shermer casts a doubting eye on most of what he sees. Maybe all of it. He's the founding editor of Skeptic magazine, writes a column for Scientific American, and is the author of several books, most recently Skeptic: Viewing the World with a Rational Eye.

229 - ROMA 14  

The anti-Valentine's Day episode. What is love? Should we have kids? What about a three-way marriage?

228 - Allan Havey (Actor & Comedian)  

Allan has enjoyed a long career as a standup comic and actor. You may have seen him in Mad Men, The Man in the High Castle, Hail Caesar!, and anywhere top notch comics are found.

227 - ROMA 13  

In which I rant about the usual: Carrie Fisher, Karl Marx, Matt Le Blanc, micro-aggressions, love, sex, passion, and despair.

226 - Robert Clarke (Cannabis Expert)  

Robert Clarke is one of the world's foremost cannabis experts and author, most recently, of Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany (together with Mark D. Merlin). We met by chance in Hanoi in 2003 and have been friends ever since.

225 - Bryan and Patrick (Bike Across the US)  

Patrick and Bryan are brothers who rode bicycles across the US, from Massachusetts to LA. Their trip is documented at livehigh.org.

224 - Kelly Hennigan MacNiven (Neuroscientist)  

Kelly is a postdoc at Stanford. She's using fMRI to investigate whether cognitive processes may help predict relapse after addiction treatment. But we talk about everything from free will to hallucinogens to how the brain generates the feeling of having a mind.

223 - Elena Argento (Indian Sex Workers & Hallucinogens -- corrected file)  

Elena is a graduate student at UBC in Vancouver. She spent four months researching sex workers in India, and is now focussed on the therapeutic potential of hallucinogens.

223 - Elena Argento (Sex Work & Psychedelics Researcher)  

Elena is a graduate student at UBC in Vancouver. She spent four months researching sex workers in India, and is now focussed on the therapeutic potential of hallucinogens.

222 - AJ Leon (Misfit, Inc.)  

A.J. walked away from a corner office on Wall Street because he realized that his life was inauthentic. Since then, he's been on a roll. He founded Misfit—one of the most enigmatic, admirable hunter-gatherer enterprises around. His life is full of travel, love, passion, and positive energy. Plus, he's brilliant, good-looking, and dances like a Cuban. F*ck that guy.

Music: "Distinto," by Orishas; "Lekela Muadi," by Tshala Muana.

221 - Peter Suedfeld (Psychology of Isolation)  

Dr. Suedfeld is a Holocaust survivor whose research is focused on how people experience extreme, unusual, challenging, and traumatic events and environments -- including arctic explorers, astronauts, and prisoners.

220 - ROMA 12 (Hypernormalisation)  

A bit of a critical look at Adam Curtis's film, Hypernormalisation, and a few totally unqualified responses to listener's emails.

219 - Jake Johannsen Blowin' in the Wind  

World-famous Jake and I sit in his kitchen, talking about the importance of dicks and complaining about leaf blowers. And other stuff, too.

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