Comes A Time

In these strange days, when you think it can’t get any weirder, it does. Oteil Burbridge and Mike Finoia interview guests and discuss where we are today and where we go from here.

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  • Nigel Hall

    This week on Comes A Time, Oteil and Mike are joined by vocalist and keyboardist Nigel Hall. Nigel and Oteil grew up in the same neighborhood, and they waste no time reconnecting as they dive into a riveting conversation that covers everything from Nigel’s new musical project, to a deep dive on bass and Nigel’s…

  • Ted Alexandro

    This week on Comes A Time, Mike and Oteil are joined by comedian Ted Alexandro. Ted tells the guys about his current tour with Jim Gaffigan, why he enjoys meeting different people from different worlds through his standup career, and the rewarding challenge of closing for Roger Waters and Cornel West at a gig. The…

  • Peter Coyote

    On this episode of Comes A Time, you’ll hear from a voice that you’ve certainly heard from on TV before, Peter Coyote. Peter tells the guys about his two new books that he just released, what Haight-Ashbury was like before the hippies moved in, and how he got away with smuggling 8 kilos of weed…

  • Christian McBride

    This week on Comes A Time, upright bass giant Christian McBride joins Mike and Oteil to talk about playing with James Brown and other legendary musicians like Bob Weir and Paul McCartney, why the road isn’t always as glamorous as it seems, and how his Philadelphia roots made him an open-minded musician. You’ll also hear…

  • On The Road

    On this episode of Comes A Time Oteil checks in from https://deadandcompany.com/ as he tells Mike why he’s so happy on the road right now, talks about his new bass and how it’s affecting the great tour that he’s having, and how he matches Bob Weir’s insanely high guitar volume when they’re on stage. The guys also…

  • Michael Meade Returns

    This week on Comes A Time Oteil and Mike welcome Michael Meade back onto the show! You’ll hear Michael discuss the importance of sacred human rituals, how to manage the pressure and chaos of the digital world, and “the God of modern culture.” Michael also tells the guys about ways of reimagining culture that will help our society…

  • Richard Schwartz

    This week on Comes A Time Oteil and Mike welcome forward-looking psychotherapist, Richard Schwartz, onto the show. You’ll hear the guys talk about the genesis and benefits of Richard’s Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy, different religious interpretations of the “Self,” and the importance of listening to negative parts of yourself instead of ignoring them.…

  • Joe Russo

    For the 100th episode of Comes A Time, Joe Russo joins Mike and Oteil to talk about the wonders of transcendental meditation, Joe’s discovery of the limitless nature of Grateful Dead music through Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and why JRAD is constantly looking for new ways to challenge one another. Joe also tells the guys…

  • Joe Corsello

    This week on Comes A Time Oteil and Mike talk with jazz drummer Joe Corsello. Joe tells the guys what it was like to play with Benny Goodman, watch Miles Davis and Bill Evans play from a few feet away (for $2 dollars), and perform a high-pressure audition for Sonny Rollins. You’ll also hear Joe…

  • Ready For Tour

    On this episode of Comes A Time Mike and Oteil debrief before Oteil hits the road for Dead & Company summer tour. You’ll hear the guys relive the roller skating and skateboarding days of their youths, talk about breaking bones, funny observations about tour travels, and much more. You’ll even hear Oteil design his dream…

  • Wavy Gravy

    This week on Comes A Time Mike and Oteil sit down with a hippie icon and a legend of the counterculture movement- the one and only Wavy Gravy! You’ll hear Wavy tell the guys about his friendship with Bob Dylan when they lived atop the Gaslight Cafe in New York City, opening for John Coltrane…

  • Brando Rich (CashorTrade)

    On this episode of Comes A Time Oteil and Mike welcome Brando Rich, founder and CEO of CashorTrade, onto the show. You’ll hear the guys discuss the origin of CashorTrade and the principle ideas behind the service, how the company has maintained the feel of a close-knit community as they’ve grown larger, and the war…

  • Marco Benevento

    This week on Comes A Time Mike and Oteil are joined by one of the most talented musicians on the planet- the one-and-only Marco Benevento! You’ll hear Marco talk about his upcoming record and the experience of playing all of the instruments on the album, touring with Mike Gordon, Joe Russo, and Trey Anastasio as…

  • Oteil is Back!

    On this episode of Comes A Time Oteil and Mike celebrate the life and legacy of Oteil’s father, William Burbridge Jr., who passed away on April 29, 2022. You’ll hear Oteil remember touching memories from his father’s life as the guys dive deep into the mysticism of life and death, offering powerful advice on the…

  • Jesse Jarnow and Rich Mahan

    This week on Comes A Time Mike and Oteil are joined by the hosts of the Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast, Jesse Jarnow and Rich Mahan, for a riveting hour of conversation on why the Dead were so good at channeling emotion through music, how Jesse and Rich create a Grateful Dead time machine through their…

  • Adam Deitch and Jesus Coomes

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Adam Deitch and Erick “Jesus” Coomes of Lettuce join the guys to talk about the present iteration of the band and their new album, Unify,  how hip hop was a major part of Lettuce’s musical identity, and a story from Jesus about getting Kanye West’s number on his…

  • Ivan Neville

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Oteil and Mike are joined by an all-time great New Orleans musician- Ivan Neville! You’ll hear the three discuss Dumstaphunk playing the Superdome and how Ivan is the only person to open for the Rolling Stones at the Superdome twice, Ivan’s first payed gig and what it was…

  • Anna Lembke

    This week on Comes A Time, Dr. Anna Lembke talks with Mike and Oteil about “digital drugs” and how they exploit our motivational neural pathways, the balance between pain and pleasure from a psychological standpoint, and why Dr. Lembke prefers natural, behavior-focused solutions over prescribed medication. The three also discuss physical manifestation of spiritual growth,…

  • Weedie Braimah

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Weedie Braimah joins Oteil and Mike to talk about the 111 generations of drummers in his family, how the emotional articulation of rhythm has changed throughout the history of Africa and America, and Weedie’s new album, The Hands of Time, which was ranked #8 on Time Magazine’s list…

  • Recap the Cap

    This week on Comes A Time, the guys recap the Oteil and Friends run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on March 11th & 12th, 2022. The band featured Eric Krasno, Jason Crosby, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, James Casey, Tom Guarna, and Pete Lavezzoli. Oteil talks about the process of preparing and rehearsing…

  • Stephan Schwartz

    This week on Comes A Time, Mike and Oteil welcome Stephan Schwartz, writer, faculty member, and researcher focused on consciousness and extraordinary human functioning. Stephan shares his theories on non-local consciousness and discusses the idea that space-time arises from consciousness, not vice versa. He also goes in-depth on his firsthand experience working with remote viewing…

  • Jeffrey Mishlove

    This week on Comes A Time, Mike and Oteil welcome parapsychologist, radio and television interviewer, Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove. They discuss how he became the only recipient of a doctoral diploma in parapsychology at UC Berkeley, the different planes of hyperspace, and higher dimensions of existence – and the many ways humans experience and investigate them.…

  • Diamond Dallas Page

    This week on Comes A Time, Mike and Oteil welcome professional wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page onto the show! You’ll hear Dallas talk with the guys about the years of hard work that went on behind the scenes before he became an “overnight success,” the story of how he set out to become a world…

  • Scott Metzger

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Oteil and Mike sit down with guitarist Scott Metzger! The three discuss the genesis of Scott’s upcoming solo album, what it was like to watch his now-wife (the incredible violinist, Katie Jacoby) crush her spotlight moment with The Who at Madison Square Garden, and getting a $50 tip…

  • Karina Rykman

    This week on Comes A Time, Mike and Oteil are joined by bassist and singer Karina Rykman! The three discuss the genesis of her band and why she didn’t fully consider herself to be a bassist until she started playing with Marco Benevento, what growing up and living in New York City means to her…

  • Jon Laster

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Mike’s friend Jon Laster sits down with Oteil and Mike to talk about how hosting a comedy show is like playing point guard, what he learned from moving to New York City as a 23 year-old trying to make it as a comedian, and his newly-launched app BLAPP,…

  • Raghu Markus

    This week on Comes A Time, Raghu Markus joins Mike and Oteil to talk about tracing paths of mindfulness, the practice required behind achieving transformation, and how creating mental spaciousness allows us to see more idealistic possibilities in life. They also discuss the monumental importance of teachings from spiritual leaders such as Ram Dass, Dalai…

  • Steve Parish

    Oteil and Mike are back to kick off 2022 with a very special guest, the one and only Steve Parish! In this conversation you’ll hear one of the wisest, longest-running members of the Grateful Dead family talk about illusions of being on the road, why being a musician is one of the most difficult professions,…

  • Wood Brothers

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Mike and Oteil talk with Oliver and Chris Wood of The Wood Brothers! You’ll hear about their familial musical roots and the unique artistic connection that they share as brothers, the importance of the collective healing process that our society must go through after COVID-19, and Oteil and…

  • Gary Gulman

    This week on Comes A Time, comedian Gary Gulman joins Oteil and Mike to talk about why we’re supposed to be exactly where we are at all times, “doing the work” to improve your mental health and how it’s impossible to stop positive progress once you’ve started, and the importance of simultaneously knowing that you…

  • Write Your Own Book

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Mike and Oteil sit down to catch up and talk about Oteil’s recent tour with Dead & Company, experiences of spiritual growth, and various forms of inspiration that help guide them along their paths in life. You’ll hear Oteil and Mike compare their own versions of isolation on…

  • Michael Meade

    This week on Comes A Time, Oteil and Mike are joined by Michael Meade to discuss the tension between what limits us and what we’re called to do in life, powerful influences of Greek mythology on western societies, and why Michael believes that we all have an intrinsic purpose to be a conduit for good.…

  • Anthony DiDomenico

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Anthony DiDomenico joins Mike and Oteil to talk about his inspirational weight loss journey, the double-edged sword of saying exactly what you mean, and much to Oteil and Mike’s very pleasant surprise, pro wrestling. Anthony tells the guys about how he aims to provide a voice of support…

  • Gary Lambert

    This week on Comes A Time, Gary Lambert joins Oteil and Mike to talk about the eclectic range of influences of the Grateful Dead, the ways that art can reflect the state of a society, and why it’s important to take healthy breaks from “the earth clock,” as Mike cleverly describes it. You’ll hear Gary…

  • Charles Wojcik

    In this special-edition episode Mike and Oteil sit down with former United States Marine, Charles Wojcik, to commemorate Veterans Day and talk about his experience in the military. In this conversation you’ll hear Charles, Oteil, and Mike discuss Charles joining the Marine Corps at 17 (with his father present to grant him legal permission), his…

  • Jim Belushi

    On this episode of Comes a Time Jim Belushi joins Mike and Oteil from Los Angeles, CA to talk about Belushi’s Farm and how they grow their premium, all-natural cannabis. You’ll also hear Jim tell captivating stories about how cannabis has helped people with chronic medical conditions, and fond memories of his late brother John.…

  • George Porter Jr.

    This week on Comes a Time, the one and only George Porter Jr. joins Oteil and Mike for an enriching conversation about his riveting life in music. You’ll hear about why George is proud of the record that he made over quarantine and how the process of making it was different than what he’s used…

  • Solo Show

    On this episode of Comes a Time Mike and Oteil catch up, and talk through their words half-spoken and thoughts unclear. In this intimate conversation between your Comes A Time hosts, you’ll hear about why it’s crucial to bomb performances on occasion and embrace failure, Mike’s appreciation for Norm Macdonald and what made him an all-time…

  • Will Siu

    This week on Comes a Time, psychedelic medical practitioner Will Siu talks with Oteil and Mike about his experience with psychedelics and treating patients with them as a psychotherapist. Having received degrees from several of the most prestigious universities in the world, Will is incredibly knowledgeable on some of our favorite topics here on Comes…

  • Adam Bramlage

    On this episode of Comes a Time, founder and CEO of Flow State Micro Adam Bramlage joins Mike and Oteil to talk about the limitless potential of microdosing. In this conversation you’ll hear the three dive deep on how microdosing can rewire the brain to help develop new neural pathways, breaking intergenerational trauma through microdosing, and…

  • Nikki Glaspie

    This week on Comes A Time Oteil and Mike talk with one of the top young drummers in music, Nikki Glaspie. In this conversation Nikki, Mike, and Oteil discuss why Nikki knew that it was the right decision to leave school at Berklee to gig on her own, her move to New York City and the…

  • James Fox

    On this episode of Comes A Time Mike and Oteil welcome film director and UFO specialist James Fox onto the show. In this expansive conversation you’ll hear about an interview that James conducted with former Arizona governor Fife Symington about the Phoenix Lights sighting in 1997, a smoking gun linking J. Edgar Hoover to the Roswell…

  • Lindsay Kent

    This week on Comes a Time Oteil and Mike talk with documentary filmmaker Lindsay Kent, who details the process of telling the story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters through her feature-length documentary film Going Furthur, which was released in 2016. In this conversation you’ll hear Lindsay, Mike, and Oteil talk about Kesey and the…

  • Bela Fleck

    On this episode of Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil talk with banjo virtuoso and 14-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck, who is best known for his innovative playing with New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. In this conversation Béla, Oteil, and Mike talk about the creative and recording processes behind Béla’s upcoming album,…

  • Trixie Garcia

    This week on Comes a Time Oteil and Mike talk with a very special guest, Trixie Garcia! The daughter of our fabled guitar hero Jerry Garcia, Trixie shares unique insights about the Garcia family in this conversation, as well as some of our favorite topics here on Comes a Time. You’ll hear the three discuss Trixie’s love…

  • Laurie Santos

    On this episode of Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil welcome Yale Psychology Professor Laurie Santos onto the show.  Laurie is the host of The Happiness Lab, a podcast focused on the science of happiness that provides helpful advice on ways to improve your life.  In this conversation you’ll hear the three talk about the…

  • Jerry Grillo

    This week on Comes a Time Oteil and Mike talk with Jerry Grillo, who recently published a biography about Col. Bruce Hampton titled The Music and Mythocracy of Col. Bruce Hampton: A Basically True Biography.  In this conversation, the three dive deep on the mystical life of Col. Bruce, and Oteil reflects on some wild…

  • Fred Guttenberg

    On this episode of Comes a Time, gun safety activist Fred Guttenberg joins Oteil and Mike for a crucially important conversation about gun violence, and hope for a brighter future. You’ll hear the three discuss the powerful moment at a vigil for the Parkland shooting when Greg became aware of his mission to end gun violence,…

  • Annabelle Garcia

    This week on Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil welcome a very special guest, Annabelle Garcia.  A direct member of the Grateful Dead lineage, Annabelle has too many riveting stories to tell for one podcast, but she makes sure to pack as many as she can into this episode!  You’ll hear the three talk about…

  • 057 – Rick Doblin

    In this episode of Comes a Time, psychedelic researcher and drug activist Rick Doblin joins Oteil and Mike for an informative conversation about psychedelics, wolves, and cultural progress. During the introduction, Oteil says “I’m telling you, watch this one” and he sure wasn’t kidding! This is a can’t-miss conversation, and Rick delivers new insights on some of…

  • Episode 57 – Rick Doblin

    In this episode of Comes a Time, psychedelic researcher and drug activist Rick Doblin joins Oteil and Mike for an informative conversation about psychedelics, wolves, and cultural progress. During the introduction, Oteil says “I’m telling you, watch this one” and he sure wasn’t kidding! This is a can’t-miss conversation, and Rick delivers new insights on some of…

  • 056 – Mike and Oteil Solo Show

    This week on Comes a Time, Oteil and Mike catch up! You’ll hear your two favorite podcast hosts discuss a myriad of subjects ranging from working hard at their respective art forms in their salad days, to differences between performing in large venues versus small ones, to weirdness on the New York subway, and much more. The…

  • Episode 56 – Mike and Oteil Solo Show

    This week on Comes a Time, Oteil and Mike catch up! You’ll hear your two favorite podcast hosts discuss a myriad of subjects ranging from working hard at their respective art forms in their salad days, to differences between performing in large venues versus small ones, to weirdness on the New York subway, and much more. The…

  • Amir Bar-Lev

    In this episode of Comes a Time Mike and Oteil talk with filmmaker and producer Amir Bar-Lev, who joins the duo for an infatuating conversation about his masterpiece documentary Long Strange Trip, and finding ways to embody the qualities that we love about our cultural heroes. Each minute of this riveting discussion is packed with insightful commentary…

  • Episode 55 – Amir Bar-Lev

    In this episode of Comes a Time Mike and Oteil talk with filmmaker and producer Amir Bar-Lev, who joins the duo for an infatuating conversation about his masterpiece documentary Long Strange Trip, and finding ways to embody the qualities that we love about our cultural heroes. Each minute of this riveting discussion is packed with insightful commentary…

  • Episode 54 – John Greenewald

    This week, Oteil and Mike welcome government secrets extraordinaire John Greenewald onto the show. John has been unearthing some of the most puzzling UFO and government-related mysteries all his life, and in this conversation he fills the guys in on the intricacies behind these seemingly unsolvable enigmas. You’ll hear the three talk about the recent UAP report…

  • David Gans

    On this episode of Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil talk with musician, author, and Grateful Dead historian David Gans. In this exciting conversation you’ll hear the three dive deep on the intricacies behind putting on a successful live performance, how Robert Hunter’s lyrics and the music of the Grateful Dead combined to deliver an all-encompassing…

  • Episode 53 – David Gans

    On this episode of Comes a Time, Mike and Oteil talk with musician, author, and Grateful Dead historian David Gans. In this exciting conversation you’ll hear the three dive deep on the intricacies behind putting on a successful live performance, how Robert Hunter’s lyrics and the music of the Grateful Dead combined to deliver an all-encompassing…

  • Episode 52 – Andrew DeAngelo

    This week on Comes a Time, Oteil and Mike talk with Andrew DeAngelo, co-founder of the Last Prisoner Project (LPP), a non-profit dedicated to cannabis-related criminal justice reform. In this eye-opening conversation Andrew walks listeners through the journey of dedicating his life to this cause, as he explains the efforts and the impact that the LPP…

  • Episode 51 – Dr. Pol

    In this episode of Comes a Time, Oteil and Mike are joined by Dr. Jan Pol, veterinarian and star of the hit TV show The Incredible Dr. Pol. To kick off the discussion the three get right into it (literally), as Dr. Pol vividly explains how he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian after helping deliver a litter…

  • Episode 50 – Bill Kreutzmann and John Mayer

    This week on Comes a Time, the show celebrates its 50th episode with a can’t-miss conversation, as Bill Kreutzmann and John Mayer join Oteil and Mike for an action-packed discussion! The four deep on their musical philosophies, Billy’s recent shows in Hawaii with Carlos Santana and Billy Strings, and Mayer jokes amongst Deadheads. You’ll also hear Oteil…

  • Episode 49 – Road to 50

    In episode 49, Oteil and Mike take a look back on season one of Comes a Time before the show hits the big five-O mark. Both hosts reflect on what they love about the podcast, and talk in-depth about how this experience has been valuable to each of them, especially during the pandemic. You’ll hear Mike and…

  • 48 – Luther Dickinson & Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

    This week on Comes A Time, Luther Dickinson and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer join Oteil and Mike for an action-packed episode chock full of captivating conversation.  Oteil, Luther and Taz discuss their connection to Col. Bruce Hampton and the impact that his teachings had on each of them, and Taz describes what it was like to…

  • Episode 48 – Luther Dickinson & Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

    This week on Comes A Time, Luther Dickinson and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer join Oteil and Mike for an action-packed episode chock full of captivating conversation. Oteil, Luther and Taz discuss their connection to Col. Bruce Hampton and the impact that his teachings had on each of them, and Taz describes what it was like to play…

  • Episode 47: Jeff Chimenti

    On this episode of Comes A Time Oteil and Mike welcome Oteil’s bandmate from Dead & Company, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, onto the show.  Since joining RatDog in 1997 Chimenti has been the go-to pianist for projects started by former members of the Grateful Dead, and he has become a fundamental contributor in keeping the Dead’s…

  • Episode 47: Jeff Chimenti

    On this episode of Comes A Time Oteil and Mike welcome Oteil’s bandmate from Dead & Company, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, onto the show.  Since joining RatDog in 1997 Chimenti has been the go-to pianist for projects started by former members of the Grateful Dead, and he has become a fundamental contributor in keeping the Dead’s…

  • Episode 46: Dr. Stanley Krippner

    “The integral experience is where people come up with mystical experiences, spiritual experiences. Not everybody gets that far, but those that do often feel a sense of oneness … or some of them feel that they’re in the presence of God or of the Spirit. And again, this can be very very powerful and in previous days,…

  • Episode 45: Alex Peavey

    “We got the prognosis and they said, OK, maybe a year we’ll see as we kept going. So we keep pushing the outer limits, but it’s the perpetual opportunity to immerse yourself in the present. That’s ultimately the outcome.” – Alex PeaveyThis week, Oteil and Mike talk with Alex Peavey, a mindfulness consultant and the…

  • Episode 44: Page McConnell

    Mike and Oteil welcome a very exciting guest on this week’s episode: Phish keyboard player Page McConnell, who recently released a new solo album Maybe We’re the Visitors. Once Mike finishes gushing over having just talked with one of his heroes, they get into the interview. Page enlightens the guys about his trip to Iceland,…

  • Episode 43: Alex and Allyson Grey

    This week, Mike and Oteil talk with legendary visionary artists and couple Alex & Allyson Grey, who together founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, CoSM, a spiritual creative retreat center outside of New York City. Alex & Allyson talk about using psychedelics with intention to find the “mystic light” that runs through everything, and the…

  • Episode 41: Dr. Fadiman

    On today’s episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Dr. James Fadiman, psychologist and writer known for his extensive work in the area of psychedelic research. Dr. Fadiman shares his first life-changing experiences with psychedelics, talks about using psychedelics as compared to prescription drugs, the personalities of the best spiritual teachers, and more. He also talks about…

  • Episode 42: Dr. Fadiman

    On today’s episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Dr. James Fadiman, psychologist and writer known for his extensive work in the area of psychedelic research. Dr. Fadiman shares his first life-changing experiences with psychedelics, talks about using psychedelics as compared to prescription drugs, the personalities of the best spiritual teachers, and more. He also talks about…

  • Episode 41: Dennis McNally

    On today’s episode, Oteil and Mike talk with Dennis McNally, Author, Historian and longtime publicist for the Grateful Dead. Dennis is also known as the biographer for Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Dennis talks about bonding with Jerry over their love for Beat writers, shares stories about Jerry Garcia’s time in the army, and…

  • Ken Babbs

    Mike and Oteil are joined by famous Merry Prankster Ken Babbs. Babbs shares adventures from his time with the Merry Pranksters, tales from the acid tests, and jokes aplenty. Ken talks about the book of stories he’s putting together called “Cronies,” encounters with the Hell’s Angels and Ram Dass, and the three discuss the meaning…

  • Episode 40: Ken Babbs

    Mike and Oteil are joined by famous Merry Prankster Ken Babbs. Babbs shares adventures from his time with the Merry Pranksters, tales from the acid tests, and jokes aplenty. Ken talks about the book of stories he’s putting together called “Cronies,” encounters with the Hell’s Angels and Ram Dass, and the three discuss the meaning…

  • Episode 39: Victor Wooten

    “I love Willie Nelson because nobody has a voice like that. Bob Dylan, I wonder if he can even sing? Can he really even sing? That’s a question. But there is no one like him, so we love him. And to me, that’s the thing that really draws people in, whether we realize it or…

  • Episode 38: Billy Strings

    Oteil & Mike talk with singer, songwriter and musician Billy Strings on the heels of his GRAMMY win for Best Bluegrass Album. Billy shares the genesis of his 6-night ESP experiment stream series at the Capitol Theatre, which paid homage to the Grateful Dead’s 1971 run. He talks about the mentors that helped turn his…

  • Episode 37: Briahna Joy Gray

    Mike & Oteil welcome Briahna Joy Gray, National Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders 2020 presidential campaign and co-host of the Bad Faith podcast. Briahna is a brilliant, sensible, and refreshing voice in progressive politics. She shares the story of giving up her career in law to pursue her passion for writing in the political…

  • Episode 36: Denise Kaufman

    This week, Comes a Time welcomes Denise Kaufman, musician, yogi, activist, founding member of the all-girl SF band Ace of Cups, Merry Prankster, and so much more. Having joined her first Civil Rights picket line at 14 years old, Denise found herself as a young activist in the 1960’s San Francisco in the heart of…

  • Eric Krasno

    Today’s episode is chock-full of adventures from the life of touring musicians. Oteil and Mike are joined by guitarist, producer, and fellow podcaster Eric Krasno. Eric has been a fixture in popular music for decades, and his musical talent and breadth of knowledge is nearly unparalleled. The three discuss the power of discovering certain music…

  • Episode 35: Eric Krasno

    Today’s episode is chock-full of adventures from the life of touring musicians. Oteil and Mike are joined by guitarist, producer, and fellow podcaster Eric Krasno. Eric has been a fixture in popular music for decades, and his musical talent and breadth of knowledge is nearly unparalleled. The three discuss the power of discovering certain music…

  • Episode 34: Bob Weir and Paul Stamets

    If you’re interested in the power of mushrooms and the potential for elevation of human consciousness, you won’t want to miss this episode. Mike & Oteil welcome Paul Stamets, mycologist, entrepreneur, researcher, and expert in all things fungi. Also joining the conversation is Bob Weir, legendary Grateful Dead singer and rhythm guitarist. Paul is a…

  • Episode 33: Ben & Jerry

    “It’s partly about lying or not telling the truth, but fundamentally, it’s – is there any trust between people and institutions? And if people in those institutions are not telling the truth, there is no trust. And why should you bother listening to anything they tell you or why should you comply with anything you’re…

  • Duncan Trussell

    “We’re all going around here acting like you’re not going to lose everything, everything at any given moment. That is scary. But the reason it’s scary is because you think you have something to lose. That’s why it’s scary. And so self knowing is where you begin.” – Duncan TrussellThis week on Comes a Time,…

  • Episode 31: Dr. Chayim Newman & Zack Borer

    Today’s episode is the therapy session you didn’t know you needed. Or maybe you did. Dr. Chayim Newman & Zack Borer come back to the podcast as the first repeat guests. The group has an honest conversation about what they’re struggling with, how they’re dealing with it, how they’re not, and what it all means.…

  • Episode 30: Avi Loeb

    Oteil & Mike welcome Avi Loeb, Harvard Professor of Science and Chair of the Department of Astronomy. On today’s episode, Avi explains his theory that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star, his philosophy around science, and his views on how the academic and scientific community should approach…

  • Ophira Eisenberg

    Oteil & Mike chat with comedian Ophira Eisenberg this week on Comes a Time. Ophira shares her experience doing some comedy shows during COVID, and she and Mike discuss the internal monologue and the many quirks that come along with being a comedian. The three ponder the “inner critic,” its many forms and their aspirations…

  • Episode 29: Ophira Eisenberg

    Oteil & Mike chat with comedian Ophira Eisenberg this week on Comes a Time. Ophira shares her experience doing some comedy shows during COVID, and she and Mike discuss the internal monologue and the many quirks that come along with being a comedian. The three ponder the “inner critic,” its many forms and their aspirations…

  • Episode 28: Capitol Insurrection

    Mike & Oteil share a bonus solo episode this week, discussing the events of January 6th, 2021, when a large group of violent pro-Trump protestors invaded the US Capitol, along with their thoughts around politics today, the current state of the nation and the place of the news and social media in our lives. This podcast…

  • Episode 27: Don Was

    “If you understand the process of making records, the style of music doesn’t matter. What matters is that whoever the artist is, that they’re being for real, that they’re opening up and letting out this part of their inner life that defies explanation, where words fail to convey the true depth of our inner emotional…

  • Episode 26: Jen Hartswick

    On today’s episode, Mike and Oteil chat with singer and trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick, best known for her work with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. Jennifer talks about performing in Trey’s Beacon Jams live streamed series this fall, how it came together, and the details of what it felt like to do. She also discusses the fast-paced…

  • Episode 26: Jennifer Hartswick

    On today’s episode, Mike and Oteil chat with singer and trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick, best known for her work with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. Jennifer talks about performing in Trey’s Beacon Jams live streamed series this fall, how it came together, and the details of what it felt like to do. She also discusses the fast-paced…

  • Bob Roth

    “The analogy of an ocean, where you have choppy waves on the surface, which is constantly tumbled and the choppy waves on the surface are our thoughts, are our feelings up and down and our life up and down, up and down. Success, failure, happy, sad, love, hate, hot, cold, pleasure, pain. […] Everyone, like…

  • Episode 25: Bob Roth

    “The analogy of an ocean, where you have choppy waves on the surface, which is constantly tumbled and the choppy waves on the surface are our thoughts, are our feelings up and down and our life up and down, up and down. Success, failure, happy, sad, love, hate, hot, cold, pleasure, pain. […] Everyone, like…

  • Episode 24: Kat Dyson

    “Baby, if you serve the Blues, the Blues will serve you.” – B.B. King, to Kat DysonMike & Oteil welcome Kat Dyson, a guitar player and vocalist with an impressive resume after a lifetime of playing with legends, perhaps best known for her time performing and recording alongside Prince, as a member of the New…

  • Episode 23: The Evans Brothers

    This week, Oteil & Mike welcome brothers Alan and Neal Evans, primarily known as founding members of the Jazz-Funk trio Soulive along with guitar player Eric Krasno. Oteil first met Alan & Neal over 20 years ago, when the two were only 18 and 20 years old. Neal shares the details of his studio setup,…

  • Episode 22: Jessica Kirson

    On this week’s episode, Mike & Oteil go unfiltered with Jessica Kirson, a powerhouse stand-up comedian and a dear friend of Mike’s ever since she offered him a break in the NYC comedy scene years ago. Jessica shares the trials and tribulations of therapy during COVID times, from attempts to heal past trauma through an…

  • Episode 21: Bill Walton

    “I just love reading about adventure and about history, biography, about why people succeed in life. And one of the overriding themes on the path to success is that as we’re all chasing this dream, that when we come to the hurdles, when it seems like it’s not going to happen, when the adversity is…

  • Episode 20: Trackstar The DJ

    Mike & Oteil welcome Trackstar the DJ, best known as the tour DJ for hip hop duo Run the Jewels. Trackstar shares his incredible journey from his days as a college radio DJ at Washington University in St. Louis, to becoming well known for his mixtapes, to the serendipitous encounters that led to him DJing…

  • Episode 19: Dave Schools

    Mike & Oteil welcome legendary bass player Dave Schools of Widespread Panic. Dave shares his approach to consuming media and how his political views have evolved since his childhood in Richmond, Virginia, as the three cover the current political climate and the polarization we see today. The conversation takes a turn away from current events…

  • Episode 18: Jonny Podell

    In today’s episode, Mike and Oteil welcome Jonny Podell, veteran music agent whose clients have included the Allman Brothers Band, Cyndi Lauper, Peter Gabriel, George Harrison, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, among many others. Jonny shares tales of debaucherous nights with musical greats and the dark depths of his addiction. He also describes his…

  • Episode 17: Tony Trischka

    This week, Mike & Oteil are joined by Banjo virtuoso Tony Trischka, considered among the very best pickers and one of the instrument’s top teachers, notably having taught innovative banjo player Béla Fleck. Tony shares the unlikely story of how he was inspired to pick up the banjo as a politically active 12 year old…

  • Episode 16: George Wallace

    This week, Mike and Oteil talk with legendary comedian George Wallace, who has been doing comedy for over 40 years. From his early friendship with Jerry Seinfeld, to a long career in stand up in LA, George has been making audiences laugh for a long time. This podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or…

  • Episode 15: Liz Dozier

    On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil are joined by Liz Dozier, who tells the story of how she turned a Chicago high school around, which led her to start Chicago Beyond, an organization that invests in youth education. Liz discusses the challenges that kids face across the country, and why we need to think deeply…

  • Episode 14: Ronny Chieng

    On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil talk with comedian Ronny Chieng. Ronny talks about what he’s been doing during the COVID lockdown, how his live performances have changed (Zoom is not great for stand up), and what production for television and film is like now. They discuss the worst gigs they’ve done, the importance of…

  • Episode 13: Roy Wood Jr.

    On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil talk with comedian Roy Wood Jr. Roy shares what quarantine has been like as a comedian, his early experiences doing stand-up in the South, and what he’s picked up from musicians about the art of performance. The three also talk about improvisation in comedy, the current state of live…

  • Episode 12: Backline

    On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil sit down with Dr. Chayim Newman and Zack Borer, who work with non-profit Backline to provide mental health care services to musicians and music industry folk. After 7 months of the global pandemic affecting the lives of millions, with a country growing in polarization and turmoil as we near…

  • Episode 12: Dr. Chayim Newman and Zack Borer

    On today’s episode, Mike & Oteil sit down with Dr. Chayim Newman and Zack Borer, who work with non-profit Backline to provide mental health care services to musicians and music industry folk. After 7 months of the global pandemic affecting the lives of millions, with a country growing in polarization and turmoil as we near…

  • Episode 11: Headcount

    As of today, there are 42 days until the Presidential election. This is the most important election for our generation, so today’s episode focuses on where, when, and how to vote. Guests Marc Brownstein and Andy Bernstein, co-founders of voter registration organization Headcount, join Oteil and Mike to answer questions about voting in 2020, from…

  • Episode 10: Let’s Talk About Race

    In this powerful, important episode, Oteil and Mike focus on the topic of race. Inviting listeners into their conversation, the two discuss the activists and change makers who have fought against racism throughout history, and what’s needed to change the racism that exists deep within our system. Oteil talks about his family history and his…

  • Episode 9: Dr. Lita, Derek, and Melonie Mathews

    In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Dr. Lita & Derek Mathews, founders of the Gathering of Nations Powwow, along with their daughter Melonie Mathews. They discuss the beginnings of the Gathering of Nations, the importance of the Powwow and the sharing of oral history in Native American communities, and how the Powwow culture shares…

  • Episode 8: Tom Papa

    In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome comedian Tom Papa for an enlightening conversation about fear and fearlessness, things that have changed since the pandemic, like comedy clubs, and the difference between living in the city versus the country. They discuss the commonalities between comedy and music, the perseverance that’s necessary for success, and their…

  • Episode 7: Mickey Hart

    In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Mickey Hart to talk about his legendary career with the Grateful Dead, Dead and Co., and the diverse styles of music he’s performed and produced over the years. Mickey discusses what it was like to be in a band with two drummers, why he has a deep appreciation…

  • Episode 6: Steve Parish

    In this episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Steve Parish, longtime crew member for the Grateful Dead and close friend of Jerry Garcia. The three talk about the Dead’s early days in San Francisco, Steve’s career with the band, from roadie to manager; and, why the Dead could be a model for how we should live…

  • Episode 5: Jim DeSimone

    In this powerful episode, Oteil and Mike welcome Jim DeSimone, a civil rights attorney based in Los Angeles, to learn about what it means to be a civil rights activist, how to transform the police, and why we need to be vigilant about protecting our election. Jim shares his advice on how we can affect…

  • Episode 4: Mountain Girl

    On this episode of Comes A Time, Oteil and Mike welcome Carolyn Adams Garcia, aka “MG” or Mountain Girl. They talk about the early days of The Grateful Dead and music festivals, the infamous Merry Prankster psychedelics and the mystical experiences that connect to one’s creative spirit. MG shares her insights on the world of…

  • Episode 3: Bob Weir

    In Episode 3 of Comes A Time, Mike & Oteil chat with Grateful Dead founding member and rhythm guitarist Bob Weir. The three discuss the forced slow- down that’s come out of COVID-19, Bob’s reflections on Jerry Garcia’s passing, and what he learned from both the Acid Tests and years of improvisational performance. Bob shares…

  • Episode 2: Melvin Seals

    In Episode 2 of Comes A Time, Mike & Oteil chat with musician Melvin Seals, longtime friend and collaborator of Jerry Garcia. Melvin tells Oteil and Mike about growing up in the Bay area, learning about music in church and through watching shows like American Bandstand and Midnight Special. They discuss the protests and Black…

  • Episode 1: The Time Has Come

    In Comes A Time’s debut episode, Oteil and Mike talk about how they met and became friends, the inception of the podcast, and what listeners can expect from Comes A Time. The two also discuss how their participation in the music & comedy worlds have informed their take on today’s social climate. Comes A Time aims…

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