Rank #1: 119 - Dan Carlin (Hardcore History)
Dan Carlin is an American political commentator, amateur historian, and podcaster. Once a professional radio host, Carlin eventually took his show to the Internet, and he now hosts two popular independent podcasts: Common Sense and Hardcore History.
Rank #2: 157 - Graham Hancock (Magicians of the Gods)
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.
Rank #3: 290 - Joe Rogan and Duncan Trussell (Shrimp Parade #10)
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 s*****g. To call it a "wide-ranging" conversation would be an understatement.
Rank #4: 128 - Bailey Jay
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).
Rank #5: 303 - Bruce Damer (Origins of Life/Future in Space)
Bruce is 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. Bruce also hosts a podcast called Levity Zone.
Rank #6: TOMA 4 - Fairbanks Correctional Center
In which Russ and I find ourselves wearing shorts without underwear in a medium-security Alaskan prison.
Rank #7: 100 - Cacilda Jethá
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.
Rank #8: 307 - Jeff Leach (Microbiome Expert / Anthropologist)
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.
Rank #9: 261 - Peter Joseph (Zeitgeist Project)
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)
Rank #10: TOMA 8 (Chiapas)
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.
Rank #11: TOMA 12 (New York City)
In which I decide to live in New York City and wander into a solid gold trap.
Rank #12: 214 - Wade Davis (Ethnobotanist, Author, Explorer, Photographer)
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 s**t-knife story you'll ever hear.
Rank #13: 134 - David Steinberg (This Thing We Call Sex)
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."
Rank #14: 282 - Asa Akira (Porn Star)
Asa Akira could be the girl next door -- if you lived next to a super smart, sexy, funny, open-minded, porn star.
Rank #15: 169 - Stanley Krippner
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.
Rank #16: 265 - Michael Wood (Former Drug Detective)
Michael Wood was on the "other side" of the drug war when he realized that it was a colossal waste of money, effort, and time. Rather than just ride it out to retirement, he walked away and became a passionate advocate of reform in how the United States handles criminal justice.
Rank #17: TOMA - 11 Unconditional Love
Love builds on having been loved.
Rank #18: 204 - Wim Hof (The Iceman)
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.
Rank #19: 84 - Dennis McKenna
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.
Rank #20: 163 - Daniele Bolelli & Thad Russell
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.