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Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

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Ever wanted to hang with a comedian, dominatrix, health guru, bank robber, author, or Italian prince? Well, here's your chance. Tangentially Speaking is dedicated to the idea that good conversation is organic, uncensored, revelatory, and free to go down unexpected paths.

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Ever wanted to hang with a comedian, dominatrix, health guru, bank robber, author, or Italian prince? Well, here's your chance. Tangentially Speaking is dedicated to the idea that good conversation is organic, uncensored, revelatory, and free to go down unexpected paths.

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Love this podcast!

By Katkikker - Jul 30 2019
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Gotta check out the one with Tim Scully! Truly incredible:)

Great podcast

By zmbln - Jul 29 2019
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Great guests, awesome interviews. Tons of advice

iTunes Ratings

1532 Ratings
Average Ratings
1414
67
21
13
17

Love this podcast!

By Katkikker - Jul 30 2019
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Gotta check out the one with Tim Scully! Truly incredible:)

Great podcast

By zmbln - Jul 29 2019
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Great guests, awesome interviews. Tons of advice
Cover image of Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Updated 1 day ago

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Ever wanted to hang with a comedian, dominatrix, health guru, bank robber, author, or Italian prince? Well, here's your chance. Tangentially Speaking is dedicated to the idea that good conversation is organic, uncensored, revelatory, and free to go down unexpected paths.

Rank #1: 157 - Graham Hancock (Magicians of the Gods)

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Graham Hancock became a world famous bestselling author with Fingerprints of the Gods, a book that questioned the mainstream narrative concerning the origins of civilization—among many other things. Now, he's just published a follow-up, Magicians of the Gods, bringing recent discoveries to his controversial, compelling narrative.

Dec 14 2015
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #2: 290 - Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell (Shrimp Parade #10)

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Spent 4 hours today in the studio with these two beautiful maniacs. We talked about everything from DMT to the #metoo movement, to the size of Jeff Sessions's schlong. To call it a "wide-ranging" conversation would be an understatement.

Dec 12 2017
4 hours 1 min
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Rank #3: TOMA - 9 (Kodiak)

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My second summer in Alaska. This time, I got a job on a tender, and found myself engaged in an epic struggle for the soul of a young man. Photos at chrisryanphd.com.

Sep 28 2014
38 mins
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Rank #4: 128 - Bailey Jay

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Bailey Jay is a trans woman who is a pornographic actress, adult model, and podcaster. She's very smart, very funny, and pretty much my kinda girl. She's a regular on Jim Norton's show on Sirius XM, and was recently featured on Inside Amy Schumer.

Bailey's site (NSFW).

Jun 08 2015
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #5: TOMA 4 - Fairbanks Correctional Center

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In which Russ and I find ourselves wearing shorts without underwear in a medium-security Alaskan prison.

Jul 21 2014
35 mins
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Rank #6: 303 - Bruce Damer (Origins of Life/Future in Space)

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Bruce Damer is a Canadian-American multi-disciplinary scientist, designer, and author. He collaborates with colleagues developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth and in the design of spacecraft architectures to provide a viable path for expansion of human civilization beyond the Earth. He began his career in the 1980s developing some of the earliest user interfaces for personal computers, led a community in the 1990s bringing the first multi-user virtual worlds to the Internet, and since 2000 supported NASA and the space industry on numerous simulations and spacecraft designs. He has spent 25 years chronicling the history of computing in his DigiBarn Computer Museum and curates archives of counterculture figures such as Dr. Timothy Leary, Terence McKenna and others. He currently serves as Principal Scientist at DigitalSpace; Associate Researcher in the Department of Biomolecular Engineering at UC Santa Cruz; Associate of the NASA Astrobiology Center; Member of the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life, and Founding Director of the Contact Consortium. He also served as Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington and as a member of the Faculty at Charles University, Prague. Bruce also hosts a podcast called Levity Zone.

Feb 09 2018
3 hours 9 mins
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Rank #7: 134 - David Steinberg (This Thing We Call Sex)

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David Steinberg is an author, photographer, and a radically sane guy. We talk about his inadvertent work with the CIA, what it was like to be plugged into the anti-war political world of San Francisco in the late 60s, and his lifelong refusal to accept shame as a sensible response to human sexuality. Join us in Portland's Laurelhurst Park for this wide-ranging, intimate conversation.

Music:

Opening theme: Basin and Range.

Kim Churchill, "Don't Leave Your Life Too Long." iTunes link.

Closing theme: Carsie Blanton, "Smoke Alarm."

Jul 20 2015
2 hours 31 mins
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Rank #8: 204 - Wim Hof (The Iceman)

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Wim Hof holds a slew of world records and has done things like climb within spitting distance of the summit of Mount Everest in shorts, run marathons above the arctic circle in shorts and in the Kalahari desert without water, sit in ice water for 90 minutes, swim under icebergs.... You get the picture.

Sep 22 2016
1 hour 34 mins
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Rank #9: 307 - Jeff Leach (Microbiome Expert / Anthropologist)

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Like millions of people, I first became aware of Jeff Leach when I read about his attempt to transfer a hunter/gatherer's fecal matter to his own colon as a way to study the human microbiome. Little did I know I'd find myself sitting at the table with him in rural Texas a few years later or that he'd agree to share his insights with me on a podcast. Jeff's published in Science, Nature and everywhere else a groundbreaking researcher could dream of, but he's too busy with new projects to reflect much on past success.

Feb 26 2018
1 hour 42 mins
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Rank #10: 100 - Cacilda Jethá

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Dr. Cacilda Jethá is unlike anyone you've ever met. Guaranteed. My wife, friend, co-author, and partner in crime for the past 15 years, she can't remember how many people have died in front of her, or how many babies she's delivered. She's part Indian, part Persian, part African, part Portuguese, and speaks seven languages. She lives at the nexus of many worlds and moves between them with incredible grace, generosity, and humor.

Nov 25 2014
2 hours 50 mins
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Rank #11: 163 - Daniele Bolelli & Thad Russell

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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 26 2016
2 hours 5 mins
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Rank #12: 214 - Wade Davis (Ethnobotanist, Author, Explorer, Photographer)

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Wade Davis is an extraordinary guy. He's wandered into nearly every corner of this planet, published a slew of fantastic books (several of which have become films), studied hallucinogenic plants in the Amazon, explored voodoo rituals in Haiti, and tells the best shit-knife story you'll ever hear. 

Nov 27 2016
1 hour 58 mins
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Rank #13: 199 - David Ley (Sexologist)

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David Ley is a sexologist, therapist, and author of three important books that challenge mainstream views of human sexuality.

Aug 22 2016
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #14: 282 - Asa Akira (Porn Star)

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Asa Akira could be the girl next door -- if you lived next to a super smart, sexy, funny, open-minded, porn star.

Nov 15 2017
1 hour 44 mins
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Rank #15: 191 - Charles (Former Drug Smuggler)

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What began with a shrimp boat to Colombia in the late 70s grew into a major drug smuggling operation using a fleet of military transport planes over the next decade before it all came crashing down. Charles kindly agreed to share his extraordinary story with us.

Jul 04 2016
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #16: 336 - The Reverend Duncan Trussell, MD PhD

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Duncan is qualified to receive your reverence. He deserves it, too. You could live many lifetimes without meeting anyone who combines as much humor, wisdom, and sincerity as this guy. I'm always happy when we find some time to hang out, and especially when we're both living such pivotal moments in our lives. Check out The Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast.

Music: "Suffer Well," by Simon van Gend

Find me on Instagram or Twitter.

Please consider supporting this podcast on Patreon.

This Amazon affiliate link kicks a few bucks back my way.

Aug 23 2018
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #17: TOMA 8 (Chiapas)

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It's 1983, and I'm on my first trip to a foreign culture with a sharpened Kung-Fu star hanging from my neck. One thing leads to another and I realize I've stumbled into something far deeper, and more dangerous, than I could have imagined.

Aug 31 2014
44 mins
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Rank #18: 84 - Dennis McKenna

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One of the leading ethnobotanists in the world, Dennis has just published a fantastic memoir about his fascinating life (much of it shared with his very famous brother, Terence) called Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss.

Aug 04 2014
2 hours 23 mins
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Rank #19: 226 - Robert Clarke (Cannabis Expert)

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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.

Feb 06 2017
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #20: 261 - Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist Project)

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Peter Joseph is an American independent filmmaker and activist. He is best known for the Zeitgeist film series, which he wrote, directed, narrated, scored, and produced. He is the founder of the related The Zeitgeist Movement. (Wikipedia)

Jul 31 2017
2 hours 3 mins
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