If I’m being generous maybe one episode in five has merit. Guests with no agenda are sometimes entertaining and occasionally enlightening. Those flogging their book/movie/podcast are often tedious (although Ryan reads the books being plugged, unlike his douche mate Rogan). Avoid the ROMA rants that showcase Ryan’s academic savvy — they’re piled high and deep.
Enjoy listening to Chris
Long time listener here. I enjoy listening to Chris and he brings interesting guests.
I feel like Christopher Ryan is a friend of mine and one of these days. I’m going to meet the guy and we’re gonna have a beer. Just a great dude with very great insights. Well, I don’t agree with him about polyamory I do love his general take on the direction of human civilization. I’ve never heard a misanthrope who likes people so much. He’s an interesting guy. I really love the Roma in Toma episodes. The only criticism I could give really is maybe less music. But I know that Chris would say that he wants to involve the community so I guess I can’t really argue with that.
The ROMAs are great
Bitter man’s repetitive thoughts about the decline of the world, with increasingly more whataboutism and woo sprinkled in. I used to listen to this years ago, but have been disappointed for a while now. Downloaded a couple of episodes after not listening for a couple of years. No thanks.
Moving, insightful, and full of heart
This podcast dives you into the perspectives of fascinating people from all over the world, living lives you would never have thought possible. Listening to this as I've matured has been hugely influential in my life, opening my heart and mind to a world wilder and weirder than I ever would have known. Chris Ryan is a fantastic host and a thoughtful, open-minded human being with quite a unique life himself. This show rarely fails to surprise and illuminate.
Highly recommend, he is intuitive, thoughtful and kind and his voice is soothing. I notice that I tried to listen to other podcast by men and I cannot get through their intro because their voices or energy are so freaking annoying :) sorry dear men. But Chris is a great story teller and his voice is calm and soothing. To be honest the only podcast that I listen right now.
Conversations like these help me be more compassionate and restore faith in humanity.
I’ve been following this podcast for a while and decided to write a review to show some love. Chris’s conversations span such a beautiful spectrum of what’s possible they gives me hope, make me laugh and feel understood by a perfect strangers. Anyone looking to question their assumptions with friends, might want to give this show a listen.
Enjoy listening to men like this become less and less relevant in this big beautiful world
Mediocre may be too kind a description
Just a mediocre saggy old man child
His books are great and so is this podcast
I love hearing Chris’s opinions on everything, he has a very different take on the whole world and I enjoy it
Wide variety of interesting guests
Listening to like Chris and his guest is like listening to a couple of curious and well educated friends having a conversation. Wonderful
Longtime listener and friend
I have been listening to this podcast for several years now and feel like Chris is an old friend, even though we have never met. I love the interesting people that come on the show and all of the different perspectives. Just the fact that they are all open conversations like you are out in the world hanging out, when really I am glued to my desk, working from home, wishing I was living a different life. This podcast brings a lot of joy to my small corner of the world.
Chris is so excllent at stimulating my mind. The people he enages with never fail to get the neurons firing. A good author and a seemingly genuine dude.
laid back conversational flow
I’ve listened for years. Chris always keeps it interesting….
Used to be good
This used to be one of my favorite podcasts but over the past couple years has really gone downhill. It seems Chris is now only putting in the bare minimum effort required to keep his patrons/subscribers supporting his vagabond lifestyle. Most of the guests now are just random people he hangs out with, not anyone with a specific interesting subject expertise like most of his guests used to be. His whole focus now seems on his new girlfriend and her friends, who he repeatedly has as guests/co-hosts-- if I was interested in what she has to say I would listen to her podcast. Also really enjoyed the "What Makes This Book Great" time but that segment quickly died.
'Dr' Ryan is a Diet Woke, Useful Idiot
This podcast used to be frequently interesting but now it's just tedious. Except for Charles Eisenstein, the guests this last year have provided no information that is useful/helpful to anyone during these times. Chris Ryan and his girlfriend Anya Kaats are Diet Woke, Useful Idiots. P.S. 'Dr' Ryan's recent book Civilized to Death is Boring to Death.
Thank you Chris
Chris is one of the minds I stumbled across in my mid 20’s listening to Joe Rogan. As I’ve aged and matured Chris’s words have continued to resonate with me. Thanks for putting these out Chris.
This podcast convinced me that I could have whatever life I wanted, and helped me move through some extremely challenging transitions. It’s always been a light in the dark, and has inspired me in more ways than I can count.
Entertaining and Informative
Tangentially Speaking was the first podcast I listened to way back in 2016 while hiking the Appalachian Trail. I tore through the episodes out then and have kept up with it to the present moment. Chris does a great job choosing guests and allowing them the space to teach us a great deal about the world around us. From sex workers to environmentalists to artists, a the common thread exhibited throughout this podcast is curiosity. Through Chris and his guests’ limitless curiosity, they inevitably spill wisdom from their conversations, leading to a deep desire to learn about and see more of the beautiful world around us. Keep it up Chris! Curiosity reigns.
Very inconsistent podcast
And even more inconsistent host. It’s very strange to me how someone who always talked about the excessive fearfulness in western societies, who calls himself the “shame exorcist” who frees people from shame, who wrote a book on the corruption of institutions, and who encouraged us to always “question the premise”… started shaming his own fans for questioning the premise behind a fear-mongering narrative promoted by the institutions. And it’s very strange how quick he is to dismiss someone as a “troll” when they ask him to address these incongruities.
Chris is the GOAT
From his Ted talk on human sexuality (highly recommend) to interviews with some of the most interesting people with untold stories, you’re in for a treat.
Warning: This podcast could change you
I could be too young to confirm this, but it’s possible this podcast has altered my life’s direction, for the better. Chris’s ideas have been in the background of my life for several years, slowly taking me on a path of increased self-discovery & critical thinking about many of the cultural bromides that millions of people take for granted as facts of life. Hopefully I haven’t overstated the value of this podcast. Anyway, think for yourself & question authority.
The Tracy Clark-Flory episode
I was excited to listen to this interesting author but was repulsed by Chris Ryan’s creepy questioning. I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that he was masturbating throughout their conversation. This guy is 59 and getting slimier by the day.
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.
please talk better
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!
Love this show!
CRP is the man! “Sex at Dawn” changed my life. I’m enthralled by his insights and perspectives. Fun. Brave. Thoughtful! Give a listen today.
Simpsoni Balogni pony
If you are looking for an interesting train wreck, look no further
I was a fan for a couple of years then took a hiatus from the show, and have returned recently. Although I appreciate Chris’ candid nature, it is very revealing of a personality that my not be as wise as it claims. If you are needing an example please refer to Roma #43 where Chris talks about his recently deceased “friend”. In honoring his friend he criticizes his personality and achievements. He then boasts about his own achievements in contrast. After the “memorial” of his friend, he plays an out of touch song that he claims one of his past lovers told him reminded her of his essence......He tells his fans that his apocalypse farm is only for his personal “friends”. Then puts out price points for people to pay for a Skype conversation with him because he values his time.....I urge any frustrated disillusioned youth, or anyone else, to look elsewhere for interesting discussion and outlook. I almost can not believe how a person so traveled and open can be so unwise and dim....
Please tell Simon Rex to stop saying the word “Fortuitous”. Thanks.
The Best Podcast
Dr CPR is an excellent podcast host. His rants sometimes take 30 minutes but are interesting and make me laugh at the fact that he’s been going on for so long. He takes guests to weird places but doesn’t repeat the same conversation topics nearly as often as Rogan does. Definitely my favorite podcast out there
One of the best
Most of the podcasters I listen to fall into a category of “Balanced human decency in action”. His academic education (he’s earned a doctorate degree in one of the social sciences) coupled with his real world experience of traveling all over the world and hanging out in different societies for stretches of time has propelled his wisdom quotient to a very high level. And all this while maintaining a humility and gratefulness for his well earned position in life. I give him the highest rating possible.
I’ll tune back in
When a guy who spends most of his time in a van and in the woods keeps his political views to himself.
The ego, man
As his listenership grows, his confirmation bias grows, as his confirmation bias grows his ego grows, as his ego grows, his certainty grows... you can se where this is going. Go back to the post-modernist enclave from which you have dragged yourself Dr. (Phd) Ryan, stop gloating to your donating listeners that you do not have a job, we know, we used to listen to you at work.
My favorite podcast
Always there when I need you most in my life...
Enough of these Egotists!
just stumbled on this guy’s podcast - yet another egotistical guy who no doubt has interesting interviewees - but prefers the sound of his own voice and patting his own back while parading a faux humility. His status is derived from the people he gets to come on his podcast - an inveterate status seeker. Tiresome. There are a lot of others who are doing what we does who are more insightful and cogent in their interviewing of interesting people and a lot less egotistical and in the way.
Host forgets, Guest is the star
Gave it a shot for Mr Money Mustache interview. Host talked way too much, forgetting that the guest is the star, and went on tangents about Barcelona and other things. I cut my loss and quit about half way through.
My soon to be X is X rated
Rosa the crazy
Cool guests with a great interviewer.
Chris has a large variety of guests and always his audience to get good insights into new ways thinking.
The Authenticity in this Podcast is Great
Thanks Chris, you rock.
Very Interesting Podcast
I’ve learned a lot from Chris, and the guests come from all walks of life. This is one of the best podcasts out there.
I enjoy traveling the world, history, and mind while listening to the podcast. Especially like how he looks at things logically and speaks his mind.
My favorite podcast
Listen to this podcast if you want to hear extremely well reasoned thoughts on the state on the world in general and unconventional ways of navigating towards a meaningful life individually. It’s also flat out entertaining with great interviews and soliloquies. Picture Rogan at his best talking to an intellectual about a meaningful topic (rather than the libertarian, MMA and UFO nonsense).
old white engineer
Thank you for ROMA 38
Chris once again gets to the heart of the matter. Many out there seem not to be able to engage in critical thinking at any level. It’s discouraging to see basic health recommendations become “evidence” of a conspiracy to take away our freedoms. We are right to question authority, but we cannot lose our grip on reality.
As an intellectual who has bucked the system it is gratifying to hear Chris espouse the path less taken and to hear from all the other "freaks" he has found on that path. As Michael Franti says, "All the freaky people make the beauty in the world!" On top of that the discussion is fantastic and Chris manages to engage his guests in a way that makes them open and insightul. Even though the subject matter can be quite deep the discussion is always fun. That, for me, is the best part.
An absolute favorite.
This is just such a good podcast. The calm loving demeanor of this man radiates through this podcast into my ear holes and leaves me feeling light and happy. He’s inspired me to live a life that has me feeling complete
Be who you are
He helped me a lot with my journey after losing my Sister 2016, my Best friend in 2018 and Grandpa in 2020. I needed someone to help me get my head right, I love all the great conversations, especially Stephen Jenkinson’s interview. Thanks my friend
This man has helped relieve so much for me
Chris Ryan, you’re my role model!
I semi-idolize you man. You really speak my language
By far my favorite podcast!
Chris is a charming, entertaining, and extremely insightful host. No matter the guest or topic, every episode comes out a gem. Thanks for being you Chris!
I’ve been a listener for years. Chris Ryan is a breath of fresh air during these trying times. His monologues, ROMA, and TOMA’s are my favorite part of the podcast. He is well informed. I appreciate his ability to clearly articulate and challenge ones perception of the world. He is as much a philosopher with deep introspection, as he is a podcast host and author. With Bonobo Love from Colorado - Chris
Third Eye Open