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404 - Michael Trainer (Peak Mind Podcast)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Release Date: 01/05/2020

422 - Theo Rossi (Actor/Podcast Host) show art 422 - Theo Rossi (Actor/Podcast Host)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Theo Rossi is an American actor, producer, and podcast host (THEOry). He's best known for his portrayal of Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz on the FX series Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014). He is also known for his portrayal of Hernan "Shades" Alvarez in Luke Cage (2016–2018).

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421 - Krystal Ball (Political Pundit/Author) show art 421 - Krystal Ball (Political Pundit/Author)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Together with Saagar Enjeti, Krystal Ball co-hosts Rising, a show featuring sharp political analysis seemingly free of commercial bias. Ball has worked for over a decade as a political consultant, analyst, and journalist -- having appeared on MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher, Fox News, and elsewhere.

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420 - Rick Beato (What Makes This Song Great?) show art 420 - Rick Beato (What Makes This Song Great?)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Rick Beato is a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher, producer, dad to Layla and Dylan, and host to three deaf animals (2 dogs and a cat). His YouTube show (What Makes This Song Great?) is the best guide to the magic and mystery of music I know.

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419 - Winston Sterzel & Matthew Tye (China YouTubers) show art 419 - Winston Sterzel & Matthew Tye (China YouTubers)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Matt and Winston lived in China for years, learning to speak the language, love the people, and distrust the government. Their insights are surprising and fascinating. 

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418 - WMTBG? 418 - WMTBG? "What You Can't Say," by Paul Graham

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

A reading and discussion of "What You Can't Say," a very powerful essay by Paul Graham, that shows the importance of tolerating thoughts and statements that may be "offensive," "inappropriate," and/or "heretical." More importantly, Graham shows how to find wisdom in our taboos and prohibited speech and thoughts.

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417 - Bryan Callen (Comedian, Actor, Podcaster, Bon Vivant) show art 417 - Bryan Callen (Comedian, Actor, Podcaster, Bon Vivant)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Bryan Callen is an American actor, comedian, and podcaster. He's also a very smart guy.

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Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

My discussion of "Cat Person," by Kristen Roupenian. The story offers a subtle, nuanced look at power, eroticism, and the confusion that often results when a man and a woman try (and fail) to understand each other, taking us inside the heads of people who share physical space -- but are miles apart. 

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Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

"Cat Person" offers a subtle, nuanced look at power, eroticism, and the confusion that often results when a man and a woman try (and fail) to understand each other, taking us inside the heads of people who are together -- and yet miles apart.

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414 - (Icey) Mike Imber (Reality Kings & Kimbo Slice's Manager) show art 414 - (Icey) Mike Imber (Reality Kings & Kimbo Slice's Manager)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Mike had a tennis scholarship to college, but things went a different way. Within a few years, he was helping to run Reality Kings, one of the biggest Internet porn companies in the world, and managing the career of Kimbo Slice, who Rolling Stone called "The King of the Web Brawlers."

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Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

This first episode of What Makes This Book Great (WMTBG) features "The Liar," one of my favorite short stories, by Tobias Wolff.

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Michael Trainer is a traveler, thinker, and innovator. One of the co-creators of Global Citizen, Michael hosts a podcast called Peak Mind.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “I Don't Want to Be a Billionaire” by Theo Katzman; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.