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412 - ROMA 36 (COVID 1)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Release Date: 03/29/2020

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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416 - WMTBG? - Cat Person (Part II) show art 416 - WMTBG? - Cat Person (Part II)

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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413 - WMTBG? (The Liar, by Tobias Wolff) show art 413 - WMTBG? (The Liar, by Tobias Wolff)

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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Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Unhinged opening rant from the good people at Profit-Driven Pharmaceuticals, followed by a lot of nonsense and good tunes.

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411 - Eli Marienthal (Back to Earth) show art 411 - Eli Marienthal (Back to Earth)

Tangentially Speaking with Christopher Ryan

Eli and his buddy, Jesse, run Back to Earth, an organization created to take groups of boys and young men into the wilderness for ten days and nights. What happens is powerful, magical, and utterly natural.

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Unhinged opening rant from the good people at Profit-Driven Pharmaceuticals, followed by a mention of this very funny animation of Joe Rogan and I having a picnic together, this article about the parallels between the fall of Rome and right here right now. Then a mention of Kyle Thiermann's chat with his dad, this conversation with psychologist Dan Ariely, a few Tiny Desktop Concerts I really enjoy, and the beauty of Tobias Wolff's writing and Dispatches, by Michael Herr.

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