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.
Miguel Romero (Absurd by Design)
Miguel Romero is my pal in Mexico City. He writes for The Daily Grail, does graphic design, and has interests ranging from crop circles to psychic phenomena to UFOs to ... you get the idea. He's a smart dude with informed, thoughtful perspectives on the current mess we're in.
Richard Schweid (Author of The Caring Class)
I first met Richard Schweid over a poker table many moons ago. A native of Nashville, he has lived in Barcelona for a good spell. His previous books include Consider the Eel, Hereafter: Searching for Immortality, and The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore. He served as production manager for the Oscar-nominated film Balseros, a documentary feature about Cuban refugees. Richard's latest book is The Caring Class: Home Health Aides in Crisis.
Joe Smarra and Jesse Trevino (Police Reform Advocates)
Buddies since their tours in Iraq in the Marines, Joe and Jesse founded Solution Point + in order to use their experience as police officers to bring better training models to police departments around the country. Their approach relies on collaborative partnerships within local communities and prioritizing behavioral and cultural change within law enforcement agencies to better handle calls involving mental health crises.
Tao Ruspoli in his Lair
Tao Ruspoli is a dear friend of mine and one of the most creative, magical people I know. He makes films, music, photographs, festivals ... worlds. We had this conversation in the music studio (former garage) at his compound near Joshua Tree, CA. Tao's podcast is called Being in the World.
Kraig Adams (Filmmaker, Hiker, Minimalist)
Kraig Adams is a filmmaker, hiker and minimalist living in New York City. I like this dude
Paul Saladino (Author of The Carnivore Code)
Dr. Paul Saladino is the author of The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet. He has used the carnivore diet to "reverse autoimmunity, chronic inflammation and mental health issues in hundreds of patients, many of whom had been told their conditions were untreatable."
Been one of my favorites for years!
I find myself saying “I love Christopher Ryan!” often when listening to his podcast or reading his books. He is so smart and cool and funny and down-to-earth. I’ve been listening since he first started Tangentially Speaking, in 2012!
Used to love it...
The consistent quality of the podcast has diminished over the years as the seemingly large audience he boasts about appears to have made him a bit lazy and full of himself. He could respect his listeners more (and their time) by not processing about his process in making the podcast and other “housekeeping” issues. He could respect his guests, & again listeners, more by actually preparing somewhat for his interviews, making the guest the focus with thought provoking questions, and not interrupting so much to talk about himself and the same stories we’ve all heard repeatedly through the years. Tim Ferris is an excellent example of someone who works hard at respecting both his guest and listener, and engaging in a high integrity interview with optimal quality of content.
In the recent Dean Radin interview Chris was obviously unprepared, low energy, and even seemingly bored at times. At the end of the podcast he comments to Dean that he basically just gave the same old interview that Deans done many times before. It didn’t have to be that way...
Wow this guy likes to hear himself talk! I liked the messages you played. You voice is not bad. You didn’t say anything profound but its pretty cool that you felt like you did.