Tangentially Speaking with Dr. Christopher Ryan

Tangentially Speaking is dedicated to the idea that good conversation is spontaneous, organic, revelatory, and free to go down unexpected paths with unexpected people. Come hang with porn stars, comedians, bank robbers, drug smugglers, health gurus, scientists, authors, world travelers, and an Italian prince or two.
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May 16, 2016

Susie has been at the forefront of progressive socio-sexual change for decades. She's written books (most recently, a memoir: Big Sex, Little Death), several plays, countless articles and editorials, and hosts a popular podcast called In Bed with Susie Bright. She's a very smart woman with a lot to say about some of the most important issues of our age.

May 9, 2016

Dan Pardi is one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the fields of sleep and health research. He does research with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at Stanford, and the Departments of Neurology and Endocrinology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His current research looks at how sleep influences decision making (publications). Dan also works with Naval Special Warfare to help the most elite fighters in the world maintain vigilant performance in both combat and non-combat conditions.

Apr 30, 2016

Reid is one of the leading sex educators in the United States. His humor, thoughtfulness, and common sense have made him a much sought-after presence on the college speaking circuit.

Apr 29, 2016

In which I respond to listeners' responses to my responses to listeners.

Apr 27, 2016

The second episode devoted to responding to listener emails.

Apr 25, 2016

This conversation was recorded March 10th, 2016, six weeks before Bennett died unexpectedly.

Apr 20, 2016

Zach Leary (like Kelly Carlin, ep #172) managed to grow up in a world somewhat distorted by his father's fame without becoming distorted himself. As you'll hear, he's got a very thoughtful, balanced, and deeply informed perspective on himself, the world, and his place in it.

Apr 13, 2016

Charles was raised as a Mormon, became an Eagle Scout, went to Japan for a while, and then began exploring various consciousness-altering substances. He eventually stumbled into a heroin addiction. From there, things took a dark turn for a while. He now works helping others find their way back. Download this episode.

Mar 31, 2016

The first episode in which I just rant for a while, then respond to a few of your emails.

Mar 30, 2016

Somewhere around 2001 or 2002, a friend gave me a cd of some of his favorite tracks, which included a few by a South African singer I'd never heard of named Simon van Gend. Yesterday, I finally met the man who's been singing to me all these year

Mar 17, 2016

Kelly grew up in the blinding glare of her father's brilliance and fame. It's been a long road, but she's emerged as a smart, funny, relaxed woman. We talk about her life, her new book, and poker.

Mar 14, 2016

After selling his donkey in Pakistan, Viram's adventures continue...

Mar 9, 2016

I met Viram on a beach in Goa, India in 2003 and we've been close friends ever since. He's one of the most interesting men I know, and I'm very happy to be able to share a taste of our friendship with you.

Mar 2, 2016

Stanley Krippner is a world-famous authority on parapsychology, altered states of consciousness, mythology, and just about everything else interesting. He's also one of my best friends.

Feb 24, 2016

Carli Davidson is a well-known animal photographer whose career got a huge boost when she recognized the esthetic potential of dog drool. Seriously. Carli's site: http://www.carlidavidson.com/

Feb 18, 2016

Justin Alexander was on episode 143, and returns now in a two-part conversation. The first part took place on Venice Beach a few weeks ago, and Part II happened here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We talk about Justin's 18,000 miles on a motorcycle in the American west, as well as his visit to a hunter-gatherer village in the Philippines and our recent motorcycle trip to a town call Pai, in the mountains north of Chiang Mai. Always fun to chat with this guy.

Feb 15, 2016

Stephan Schwartz has been involved in trying to make the world a better place for a long time. He's worked in the upper reaches of the defense department, helping transform the military from the draft-era to the professional, volunteer force of today. He's also worked in grass-roots social change organizations fighting for social justice. His insights into the trajectory of history are informed by decades of paying very close attention from multiple perspectives.

The Schwartz Report. Amazon link to Stephan's book.

Song: "Only a Mirage," by Jean Marc Yee. Information about Jean Marc and his music.

Feb 8, 2016

Lodhy is my favorite kind of person. An unassuming man who has lived a life full of adventure, learning, challenges, love, and generosity. His life has ranged from living in a house formerly occupied by Winston Churchill in Pakistan to riding a motorcycle from London to Islamabad and from LA to the Arctic Circle. 

Feb 1, 2016

Shane's photography combines the natural beauty of women with the beauty of nature. He's got the focus and obsessional creative need of a true artist. Check his work at http://www.thethingsiveseen.com/.

Jan 26, 2016

Daniele and Thad both teach history in southern California, study martial arts, and have a lot to say about pretty much everything. Join me for this conversation with two of the smartest, most engaging guys I know.

Jan 20, 2016

Heather was born in Arkansas and grew up with few advantages. But thanks to an indomitable spirit, hard work, and some solid friendships, she's got a great thing going. We talk about poverty, meth culture, Portland, and planning one's escape.

Heather's blog. Her Instagram feed.

Music: Humans from Earth on iTunes.

Jan 19, 2016

Jeff went to Yale, where he was a stand-out linebacker and came to the attention of the Cowboys, who drafted him in the second round. He brought his laid-back vibe from the beaches of southern California to the NFL, where he excelled for seven years. He now lives in Venice, CA, where he is raising two great kids with his wife, Heather, and does a lot of cooking and painting.

Jan 11, 2016

Jake Johannsen appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman" 45 times. He has appeared in the “HBO Young Comedian’s Special” and PBS’s “Comedy Tonight” series, and was the host of Comedy Central’s series, “Two Drink Minimum”. He has also been nominated as “Best Male Stand-Up Comedian” for the American Comedy Awards. And he makes fantastic cajun food.

Jan 4, 2016

Martin is the founder and director of the center, and Maria is a counselor helping patients integrate the experiences they have at Crossroads into more healthy lives. They use ibogaine, a very potent African hallucinogen, to help people with addictive behavior patterns break those patterns and "reset" their lives.

Dec 28, 2015

Tre Hardson is "a journalist of the times" who just happens to be a rapper, dancer, musician, and something of a philosopher as well. Best known as one of the founding members of The Pharcyde, his current band is called Bizarre Ride. This conversation covers the long road from South Central Los Angeles to Laurelhurst Park, in Portland, Oregon.

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