65 episodes

In these strange days, when you think it can’t get any weirder, it does. Musician Oteil Burbridge and comedian Mike Finoia talk with artists, comedians, activists and more to discuss where we are today, and where we go from here. Oteil and Mike aim to inspire, entertain, and show some silver linings in this cloudy time.

Comes A Time Osiris Media / Oteil Burbridge / Mike Finoia

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    • 4.9 • 295 Ratings

In these strange days, when you think it can’t get any weirder, it does. Musician Oteil Burbridge and comedian Mike Finoia talk with artists, comedians, activists and more to discuss where we are today, and where we go from here. Oteil and Mike aim to inspire, entertain, and show some silver linings in this cloudy time.

    James Fox

    James Fox

    On this episode of Comes A Time Mike and Oteil welcome film director and UFO specialist James Fox onto the show. In this expansive conversation you’ll hear about an interview that James conducted with former Arizona governor Fife Symington about the Phoenix Lights sighting in 1997, a smoking gun linking J. Edgar Hoover to the Roswell UFO crash, and an experience of connection that occurred on the moon that is unlike anything we’ve heard on Comes A Time. James, Oteil, and Mike also talk about the confirmed legitimacy of UFOs from intelligence reports in recent years, “men in suits” and government organizations seizing UFO-related evidence, and much more.


    James Fox is a film director and UFO researcher and specialist. As they discuss in the episode, James has directed a number of films including the documentaries The Phenomenon and UFOs: 50 Years of Denial? His work in film explores the wonders of the cosmos that cannot yet be explained, as well as the efforts that our government has made to cover up verifiable UFO sightings in the past. In The Phenomenon, which includes testimony from high-ranking government officials and NASA Astronauts, Senator Harry Reid says that the evidence "makes the incredible credible." Throughout this episode James dives into the wealth of knowledge that he has about extraterrestrial life form sightings, and will leave you amazed at what’s been uncovered about UFOs.


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    Comes A Time is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Production, Editing and Mixing by Eric Limarenko and Matt Dwyer. Theme music by Oteil Burbridge. Production assistance by Matt Bavuso. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Lindsay Kent

    Lindsay Kent

    This week on Comes a Time Oteil and Mike talk with documentary filmmaker Lindsay Kent, who details the process of telling the story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters through her feature-length documentary film Going Furthur, which was released in 2021. In this conversation you’ll hear Lindsay, Mike, and Oteil talk about Kesey and the Pranksters and their incredibly anomalous antics, Lindsay’s introduction to the universe of the Grateful Dead, the process of understanding her purpose as a filmmaker, and much more. You’ll also hear an interesting discussion on how human beings make collective artistic progress over time, and at the end of the episode you’ll hear an interview from the archives between Mike and Ken Kesey!


    Lindsay Kent is a Bay area-based documentary filmmaker with a passion for social impact-focused content. She uses her storytelling abilities to bring meaningful productions to the public at large, and debuted her talents when she screened an early cut of Going Furthur in 2016. The final film was released this year, 2021. The feature-length documentary tells the story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, digging deep into the roots of the counterculture movement. Conductrix is her second feature-length documentary film as producer and director, and in 2019 she curated the first ever Women's Visionary Film Symposium, which took place at a New York retreat center. You can watch Going Furthur On Demand right now through September 30 at Goingfurthur.com. To learn more about Lindsay’s work, visit KrenshawFilms.com 


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    Comes A Time is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Production, Editing and Mixing by Eric Limarenko and Matt Dwyer. Theme music by Oteil Burbridge. Production assistance by Matt Bavuso. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Bela Fleck

    Bela Fleck

    On this episode of Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil talk with banjo virtuoso and 14-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, who is best known for his innovative playing with New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. In this conversation Béla, Oteil, and Mike talk about the creative and recording processes behind Béla’s upcoming album, the intricacies of playing music in a group setting, the origin of the banjo in Africa, and much more. You’ll also hear Mike tell a story about a time when Béla’s music saved him from a “horrible mind state” at the first ever Bonnaroo, and Béla imparts deep musical wisdom as the three dive deep on similarities between jazz and bluegrass music. Béla is an incredibly knowledgeable musician with experience playing alongside some of the greatest artists of the last century, and you won’t want to miss what he has to say in this discussion.


    Béla Fleck is a wizard-like banjo player from New York City who is best known for his playing with New Grass Revival and with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Béla is widely acknowledged as a pioneer within his craft for fusing elements of bluegrass, jazz, and traditional African music. He has won 14 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 33 times, and in 2020 he was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame as a member of New Grass Revival. In this episode you’ll get a glimpse inside of his incredible musical mind and find out how he perceives his craft and approaches his playing. When you hear what he has to say, it’s no wonder that he’s created such captivating music throughout his career.


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    Comes A Time is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Production, Editing and Mixing by Eric Limarenko and Matt Dwyer. Theme music by Oteil Burbridge. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Trixie Garcia

    Trixie Garcia

    This week on Comes a Time Oteil and Mike talk with a very special guest, Trixie Garcia! The daughter of our fabled guitar hero Jerry Garcia, Trixie shares unique insights about the Garcia family in this conversation, as well as some of our favorite topics here on Comes a Time. You’ll hear the three discuss Trixie’s love for hip hop and how she discovered music outside of the realm of the Grateful Dead as a teenager, Jerry’s rule of no parties consisting of more than 5,000 people while he was out on tour, how the natural world stabilizes Trixie in the midst of the chaos going on in our society, and much more. You’ll also hear Trixie talk about the women in the Garcia family and how they keep the ship steady long after Jerry’s passing, the “work hard play hard” mentality of her family, and how she finds solace in the mystery of life.


    Trixie Garcia is the daughter of Jerry Garcia, and one of the members of the Garcia family behind Garcia Hand Picked Cannabis, which launched in California in 2020. Trixie is an active member of the Grateful Dead community, and a crucial part of the scene around the Dead, which continues to thrive long after the band’s final years together. Trixie has also appeared in several big-screen productions about the Grateful Dead, including Amir Bar-Lev’s masterful 6-part documentary on the band, Long Strange Trip. In this episode she joins Oteil and Mike to impart an incredibly unique perspective on the Grateful Dead world, as she provides unique insights that only a member of the Garcia family could tell.


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    Comes A Time is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Production, Editing and Mixing by Eric Limarenko and Matt Dwyer. Theme music by Oteil Burbridge. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Laurie Santos

    Laurie Santos

    On this episode of Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil welcome Yale Psychology Professor Laurie Santos onto the show.  Laurie is the host of The Happiness Lab, a podcast focused on the science of happiness that provides helpful advice on ways to improve your life.  In this conversation you’ll hear the three talk about the mental health crisis on college campuses, the idea of happiness existing as a relative concept, how misguided expectations can lead to disappointment and vice versa, and much more.  You’ll also hear Laurie’s insights on money versus time in regards to which of the two will result in enhanced mental health, and her crucially important advice on how to properly process negative emotions in order to experience more positivity.  Laurie’s knowledge and wisdom provides advice that everyone can benefit from, and the practices that she speaks about can truly alter your satisfaction with your daily life.  


    Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology at Yale University, the Director of the school’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory and their Canine Cognition Lab, and is also the Head of Yale's Silliman College.  Laurie has been featured as a TED speaker, and was listed in Popular Science as one of their "Brilliant Ten" young scientists in 2007.  One of the classes she teaches at Yale, Psychology and the Good Life, is the most popular class in the history of the school, and at one point it had one-fourth of the school’s undergraduate population enrolled in it.  She is also the host of The Happiness Lab Podcast, a podcast that examines the latest scientific research on happiness, and shares practical takeaways that can help alter people’s approaches to negative situations, resulting in happier lives.  


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    This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please leave us a rating or review on iTunes!


    Comes A Time is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Production, Editing and Mixing by Eric Limarenko and Matt Dwyer. Theme music by Oteil Burbridge. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Jerry Grillo

    Jerry Grillo

    This week on Comes a Time Oteil and Mike talk with Jerry Grillo, who recently published a biography about Col. Bruce Hampton titled The Music and Mythocracy of Col. Bruce Hampton: A Basically True Biography.  In this conversation, the three dive deep on the mystical life of Col. Bruce, and Oteil reflects on some wild and inconceivable tales about his beloved mentor.  You’ll hear about how Col. Bruce could intercept people's thoughts through certain stages of dreams, the story of an evening when Bruce and his band were forced to play James Brown songs at gunpoint, how Bruce’s music “dismantled” Widespread Panic (in their own words) during the early stages of their career and almost caused them to break up, and a whole lot more.  It’s impossible to cover the entire realm of Col. Bruce’s anomalous nature in one podcast, but Jerry, Mike, and Oteil pack in a ton of captivating stories and commentary in this episode.  You’ll even hear their insights on the craziest thing that they think Col. Bruce ever did!


    Jerry Grillo is an award-winning music journalist and a science writer at Georgia Tech.  Jerry worked for a variety of different newspapers and magazines as an editor, writer, and photographer and has produced multiple regional and national award-winning stories and columns.  In April he published The Music and Mythocracy of Col. Bruce Hampton: A Basically True Biography, which details the life of Col. Bruce Hampton and even includes one-on-one interviews with the man himself.  Jerry still works as a freelance writer for publications like Atlanta magazine, Emory Medicine magazine, and Super Lawyers magazine, and is also a playwright, having co-written eight plays that have all made it to the stage.  In this episode you’ll hear him talk in-depth about the legacy of Col. Bruce, and tell wondrous tales about Bruce’s incredible life.




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    This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Please leave us a rating or review on iTunes!


    Comes A Time is brought to you by Osiris Media. Hosted and Produced by Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia. Executive Producers are Christina Collins and RJ Bee. Production, Editing and Mixing by Eric Limarenko and Matt Dwyer. Theme music by Oteil Burbridge. To discover more podcasts that connect you more deeply to the music you love, check out osirispod.com
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    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

Paul Torrez ,

Fine wine

Started off skeptical.. was slightly annoyed with Mike always talking about his time with Ken kesey.

But for some reason I kept listening and now I feel like Mike and Oteil are like buddies I grew up with that have turned out to be amazing, loving, human beings that want the planet to be a better place.

Btw, Mike no longer talks about his time with Kesey and instead has become a super thoughtful interviewer and brings the best out of their guests.

I don’t know how many times I finish a new podcast with these guys and feel inspired to be a better Dad, husband, friend and fly fishing guide! Ha!

Thanks guys for an amazing project… please don’t stop.

Paul
Wimberley, Tx

Daba the great ,

Great Pdo cast

Met Mike at a JRAD show and he told me about this pod cast. Listened to it yesterday and hooked! Great info and I love Oteil.

SryNameTaken ,

Love this!

Excellent podcast and always enlightening - I’m so thankful Oteil and Mike started this. It helped through the pandemic and is still a blessing

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