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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  • 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 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…