Saving the World with Barry & Lucas

49 EpisodesProduced by Starburns Audio

Barry and Lucas want to make you feel better about the world, by smoking some weed and having a free-flowing conversation with interesting people who want to save us. It’s NPR on weed.

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Talking About How Coffee Waste Can Power the World with Greg Barris, part 2

January 23rd, 2019


Everyone's favorite guest Greg Barris is back to update us on his mission to use coffee to power the world. We surprise Lucas' dad to ask for some …

Talking About City Politics with Jessica Salans

January 16th, 2019


Jessica Salans is one of the founders of Ground Game LA, an organization that grew out of her 2017 campaign for LA city council. She is now a field manager for the city councilman in the 11th district of Los Angeles. …

Talking About Helping for the Holidays

December 19th, 2018


Barry and Lucas talk about ways to help for the holidays, and also finally get to know each other better. We find out how to donate toys to kids, the …

Talking about predictions of the future Part 2 with Ayden Mayeri & Miller Davis

December 12th, 2018


Newlyweds Ayden Mayeri (Homecoming, New Girl) & Miller Davis (head writer of Gorburger) are Lucas and Barry's good friends. We talk about …

Talking about working for Beto O'Rourke with Keya Vakil

December 7th, 2018


This week we're joined by Keya Vakil, who spent 3.5 months in Houston working as a field organizer on the Beto O'Rourke campaign. We talk about what it really means to drop everything and go work on a campaign, …

Talking about predictions of the future with Caitlin Stasey

November 29th, 2018


Caitlin Stasey, notable Australian actor (Please Like Me) and founder of the feminist website joins us to go over some expert predictions of the future that we found online. We talk about everything from …

Talking about the California wildfire relief effort with The Red Cross

November 21st, 2018


In this very special episode, we've got Red Cross spokesperson Dan Halyburton, who is currently on the ground in California, handling the relief effort for the Paradise Camp Fire. We discuss what the Red Cross actually …

Talking About Preventing Male Suicide with Kyle Stanger

November 7th, 2018


Kyle Stanger is the founder of Boys Get Sad Too, a clothing line that raises awareness about the high male suicide rate in the UK, where currently 87 men end their lives every week. Kyle's clothing line donates proceeds …

Talking To Candidates Running to Flip Districts, Part 3 with Harley Rouda

October 31st, 2018


Harley Rouda is a successful business owner who is running in California's 48th district. He believes the pressing issues facing America today are …

Talking To Candidates Running to Flip Districts, Part 2 with Sean Casten

October 24th, 2018


Sean Casten is running in Illinois's 6th district, which has been Republican since 1973. He is a molecular biologist, who for decades has run …

Talking To Candidates Running to Flip Districts, Part 1 with Katie Hill

October 17th, 2018


Katie Hill is running in California's 25th district, which has been republican for 40 of the last 50 years. Katie has been an advocate for homeless rights as the executive director of PATH (People Assisting The …

Talking About the Indigenous Fight for Climate Justice with Eriel Deranger

October 10th, 2018


Eriel Deranger is the executive director of Canada's only indigenous-led climate justice organization, called Indigenous Climate Action. She is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and we talk with her …

Talking About Broadway Saving The World with Hamilton's Rory O'Malley

October 3rd, 2018


Rory O'Malley is a Tony Nominated actor, singer, and actorvist. He was in Book Of Mormon, the new Lifetime show American Princess, and on stage during the Mike Pence performance of Hamilton The Musical. He also started …

Talking About Abortions and more with Kirby Howell-Baptiste

September 28th, 2018


In addition to being one of our best friends, one of our co-stars on Downward Dog, and a wonderful actress and comedian, Kirby Howell-Baptiste …

Talking About how Coffee Waste can Power the World with Greg Barris

September 20th, 2018


Greg Barris is a comic chameloen, street wizard, culture jammer, and innovative thinker when it comes to alternative sources of energy, among other …

Talking About The Lighter Side Of Depression And Suicide with Dave Ross and Hampton Young

September 12th, 2018


In this hot fourway with comics and hosts of Suicide Buddies, Dave Ross and Hampton Yount recount their experiences with depression and the ways they found transformation and connection. We also get into whether or not …

Talking About Leaving Your Faith with Samm and Katherine Hodges

September 5th, 2018


Katherine Hodges and her husband Samm Hodges (creator of the critically acclaimed ABC series Downward Dog, on which Lucas and Barry became the best of friends) come on to discuss growing up devoutly Christian, meeting …

32: Talking About Being Ethnically Ambiguous with Anna Hossnieh and Shereen Lani Younes

August 29th, 2018


Anna Hossnieh and Shereen Lani Younes are cohosts of the podcast Ethinically Ambiguous, which tackles being brown in America, and being Iranian and Syrian respectively. We talk about what it's like to grow up split …

31: Talking about fighting voter fraud with Melissa Schwartz

August 22nd, 2018


Melissa Schwartz is a software engineer who, in an effort to combat voter fraud, is developing an app that secures fair and transparent elections …

30: Talking about selfish help with Wendi Rice and Megan Starling

August 15th, 2018


Wendi Rice and Megan Starling of the selfish help podcast JAMMERZ join Barry and Lucas for a topic jumping episode: humans holding each other …

29: Talking About Protecting Sex Workers with Tilly Lawless

August 8th, 2018


Tilly Lawless is a queer sex worker and feminist who has fought tirelessly to protect the rights of sex workers. You can find her writing online, watch her Ted Talk, or listen to this podcast. We talk about the …

28: Talking About Zero Waste with Tippi Thole

August 1st, 2018


Tippi Thole is able to live a life where she has reduced her waste to less than one mason jar per week. She's an advocate for the zero waste …

27: Talking about mapping the brain and free will (with Dr. Heather Berlin)

July 25th, 2018


Dr. Heather Berlin knows A LOT about the brain and a bunch of other stuff. She's a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at …

26: Talking About Progressive Orthodox Jews with Elad Nehorai

July 19th, 2018


Elad is a writer, community builder, and activist, who also became Hassidic at the age of 23. He is writer for Forward with his colum Pop Chassid, as …

25: Talking About Teaching Theater to Kids in Prison with Meade Palidofsky (Lucas' Mom)

July 11th, 2018


It's our 25th episode everversary! Meade Palidofsky is a director, lyricist, and award-winning playwright and is the founder and artistic director of Storycatcher's theater, a nonprofit organization that teaches theater …

24: Talking About Winning the Fight for Reproductive Rights with Aisling Bea

July 4th, 2018


Aisling Bea is a world renowned comedian, acitivist, writer, and Irish person. She is a vocal advocate for women's reproductive rights who faught …

23: Talking About Living Your Best Life with author and speaker Clemantine Wamariya

June 27th, 2018


This week’s episode is a must listen! Barry and Lucas have a profoundly moving, insightful and funny conversation with Clemantine Wamariya. She’s an …

22: Talking about being a former Bachelor who runs a for-profit fundraiser for charity (with Ben Higgins)

June 20th, 2018


You definitely know Ben Higgins as a former Bachelor from the show THE BACHELOR, but what you might not know is that he co-founded a charitable for-profit coffee brand called Generous Coffee. We talk to him about how …

21: Talking Bout Asking Tough Questions with Barry and Lucas

June 13th, 2018


This week we have a very special episode of Saving the World with JUST Barry and Lucas! They will grill each other on all the big questions like: do sports serve a purpose or is it just an awesome Orwellian Distraction? …

20: Talking About the Benefits of Psychedelics with Shane Mauss

June 7th, 2018


In addition to being a comic, Shane Mauss is an ambassador for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, and an avid user of DMT, …

19: Talking About Stopping Killer Robots with Mary Wareham

May 30th, 2018


Yes, you read that correctly. Mary Wareham, a co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, leads the Human Rights Watch’s advocacy against particularly …

18: Talking About Everything with Johnny Pemberton and Greg Barris

May 23rd, 2018


Johnny Pemberton and Greg Barris are two of the smartest and funniest people on earth, which is why we had them on to talk about everything, ranging from facial recognition to the hegelian dialectic thinking to breaking …

17: Talking About Hilarity for an Alzheimer’s Charity with Lauren Miller Rogen

May 16th, 2018


Lauren Miller Rogen joins us to talk about her crusade to stop Alzheimer’s and help those living with the disease, her family’s battle with Alzheimers, her organization “Hilarity for Charity,” which she runs with her …

16: Talking About Jet Skiing for Goats with Kurt Braunohler

May 9th, 2018


In this episode, the hilarious actorvist and comedian Kurt Braunohler joins us to talk about electrocuting Asian carp, fake river guides and how he jet skied down the Mississippi River to donate goats and chickens to …

15: Talkin Bout Serial Killers and Homeless Youth w/ Henry Zebrowski

May 2nd, 2018


Henry Zebrowski, host of Last Podcast on the Left, co-creator of Your Pretty Face is Going To Hell on Adult Swim, Sea Otter in Wolf of Wall Street, …

Talking about tough love and saving kids (with Roast Battle creators Brian Moses and Coach Tea)

April 25th, 2018


Brian Moses is a hilarious comic and Coach Tea is a hilarious DJ who also helps rehabilitate juveniles on probation, together they are the creators …

Talking about voting laws with Lucas’ Dad (Alan Neff)

April 18th, 2018


Alan Neff is so much more than Lucas’ father, he’s also an attorney, voting rights activist, writer and teacher. We will talk to him about gerrymandering, Michael Cohen, whether or not Lucas is his favorite son and the …

Talking about Flulanthropy (with Flula Borg)

April 11th, 2018


The German sensation, Flula, has been seen in Pitch Perfect, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and all over Youtube and now he joins us to explain …

Talking about stopping Fracking in LA (with Seven McDonald and Andrew Dove)

April 4th, 2018


Did you know there was a ton of new oil fields being built in Culver City, and that fracking is a problem in Los Angeles? We didn't either! Until we …

Talking about listening to women talk about women

March 21st, 2018


Lucas Neff welcomes guest host Keilla Roldan and guests Katrina Eroen, Laura Donney, to talk about why it's "Her Time Now", the true amount of global …

Talkin Bout Arty Art Stuff (with Kai Daniels)

March 14th, 2018


We talk to Kai Daniels, a local Los Angeles art preparator and curator about: the importance of vulnerability, how to fix art, what makes art art and …

Talking about Goddamn Bees (with a real Bee Keeper)

March 7th, 2018


Bees are more incredible than you know, and we welcome Eli Lichter Marck, a real bee keeper, to e explain everything about bees from: how they have sex, to how they puke honey, to how they dance, to why they’re feminist …

Talking About How to Run for Office (with Jessica Salans)

February 27th, 2018


Jessica one day decided she was going to run for city council in Los Angeles. Then she did. And got 14% of the vote. We’ll find out how, why and also discuss her new venture Ground Game LA as well as exploring whether …

Talkin About Transcendental Infant Decimal Meditation (with Johnny Pemberton)

February 21st, 2018


Johnny Pemberton is an absolute comedic genius, hosting the Live to Tape podcast, starring in the FOX show Son of Zorn and NBC's Superstore, and also …

Breaking Into Comedy Writing and Selling Bikinis for Charity (with Scotty Landes)

February 14th, 2018


Scotty Landes is a writer of comedy and horror who has a new movie with Blumhouse, has written for Workaholics and also sells "Mudflap" bikinis to …

Talking About Dogs Finding Homes (with Katie Levine)

February 7th, 2018


Barry and Lucas welcome Katie Levine. She’s the head of podcast production at Nerdist but, more importantly, she works with the Best Friends Society of Los Angeles and NKLA to make sure dogs from high kill shelters end …

Saving Adorable Tiny Monkeys (with Kyle Salazar)

January 31st, 2018


Barry and Lucas get high with documentarian Kyle Salazar (The Vervet Forest), who brings his own homegrown strain of weed with him! They talk about …

Young People Doing Poetry (with Monique Mitchell)

January 31st, 2018


Barry and Lucas are joined by writer, community organizer, and youth mentor Monique Mitchell, who doesn’t get high but laughs at the guys while they do. They talk about Monique’s incredible work bringing literacy to LA …

Talking About Old People Making Films (with Nora Kirkpatrick)

January 31st, 2018


Barry and Lucas get high & save the world with actress and musician Nora Kirkpatrick (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Virtually Mike and …

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