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A conversational podcast about people and how they make their way in the world. Tangents often include why people think the world is the way it is, the root causes of things and what we can change about it. Topics cover philosophy, politics, religion, society, art, music, technology and, ultimately, mortality. Brian Parra rants about his Humanist worldview, liberal politics, spiritual quandaries, cultural fascinations and wacky ideas.
 
If you have a topic you'd like me to address or would like to join me on this podcast for a free form conversation that will be mostly about you and what you're into, contact me here. I'm willing to review your art, music, or discuss your work or passion.

There's No Time to Explain #2: Larry Mendoza

LarryMI have a conversation with Larry Mendoza of the Road to Reason TV Show and The Beltway Atheists. I ask the question, "What's Wrong with the Liberal Left?" Larry lists three issues that we only begin to discuss when he casually mentions he owns 23 snakes. We cannot help but discuss snakes (and what kind of metal Larry listens to when he's hanging with his snakes) for the next 45 minutes. Larry gives us the first installment of the segment, "I'm Not An Expert, But..." where he tells Stephen Hawking to get off his lazy tush and get cranking on figuring out the universe.  I wax poetic about the meaning of love in a vast and chaotic cosmos and give a movie review of The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, based on the true story from American history of mountain man Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who survived being mauled by a grizzly to be left for dead by his companions. The episode ends with a live (and poorly sung) recording of the song "Abraham Lincoln" by my old band, The American Cheese Band, which has a verse I wrote about Hugh Glass.

Larry mentions these bands during the podcast:

Eluveitie (Celtic folk metal hailing from Switzerland)

Amon Amarth (Melodic Viking death metal)

Ensiferum  (Finnish Folk Metal)


 
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There's No Time To Explain #1: Richard Carrier

richard carrierI'm starting a new podcast, There's No Time to Explain, a podcast with the premise that there is no premise. I wanted to do a podcast where every week I talk about whatever I happen to be thinking about with whomever I happen to be talking to. My first conversation is with noted author and historian Richard Carrier. We talk about his life as a freelance historian and traveling author and then our conversation turns to the idea that we wage war very differently depending on our cultural ideas. Yes, I meant "Kamikaze," not, "Bonzai," forgive me, sheesh. Richard offers up an obscure movie review for "The Call of Cthulhu," by the H.P. Lovecraft Society. I recorded this interview in early 2015, but I listened to every moment and it's all still relevant (Except Johnny Jihad is dead, so there's that.)
 
Take a listen and drop me a line here with feedback, questions, or, if you'd like to join me on my podcast for an interview or conversation about whatever, let me know! I'd love talk to you about your music, band, business, project or whatever questions you'd like to get into with me.  Grab the RSS feed to catch new episodes.
 

 
 
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There's No Time To Explain #0: Can Brian Pull This Off?

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Brian lines up all the technical feats he might encounter to make sure he can record his podcast.  He calls Ross Blocher of the Oh No Ross and Carrie podcast to make sure he can take calls. Ross talks about his podcast and working for Disney Animation and gives a sneak peak of Moana, due out in 2016.  Then Brian utterly fails to connect Debee Bracho to Ross over Skype, but gets the lowdown on living in the San Gabriel Mountian and seeing mountian lions.  Then as Monica Ocheltree sits down in the Parra Events Studio (aka: his garage) Brian outs Debee about dancing in Grease and then chats with Monica about being a mom on Halloween.  The kids jam on drums.
 

 
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New Podcast Launching Soon!

I'm launching a podcast soon called There's No Time To Explain.  It will be a weekly conversation between interesting and unique artists, musicans, creative types and others who have interesting perspectives on life. There will be music and provocative discussions as each episode we tacke a question posed by me to my guests.  It will be a little bit of everything and will definetly get weird.  Please stay tuned to this site, more will be posted soon.
 
 
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