70 Chicago Live Show Part 1—South Korea, Where Anne Took Off Her Hijab

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70 Chicago Live Show Part 1—South Korea, Where Anne Took Off Her Hijab

Anne moved from Indonesia to South Korea to Chicago, where we sat down with her in front a live audience at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum to discuss a very visible change that travel caused in her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Distilling is beautiful.
— Primo Levi

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69 A Wild Olive Shoot, Grafted In—Spain, Where Mike Came to Build a Church

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69 A Wild Olive Shoot, Grafted In—Spain, Where Mike Came to Build a Church

Mike left the U.S. with his wife and kids to learn Spanish and build a church in Spain.  I asked which beliefs survived the journey and which didn't ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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One of you spoke words of warm consolation for my traveling thousands of miles of sea over such a long period to come to your country.
— Shusaku Endo

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68 As I Expected But More So—Namsan, Where Jay Found a Temple

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68 As I Expected But More So—Namsan, Where Jay Found a Temple

Jay has so many stories I didn't know where to begin.  A pilgrimage in Japan.  A pilgrimage in Spain.  A cathedral in France.  A temple in Korea.  I asked how these discoveries have changed him ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Walked all day and the next day. The road straight, grey, dusty, and trafficless.
— Bruce Chatwin

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First Live Show!—October 1 in Chicago

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First Live Show!—October 1 in Chicago

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Upcoming Live Show!

On Sunday, October 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, we'll gather our friends and listeners at the Hull-House Dining Hall in downtown Chicago to record our first live episode!  Special guest Kathy Larson will share stories of international students' and her own cross-cultural encounters from DePaul University's English Language Academy and beyond.  If you're interested in bringing a snack, let me know. 

Directions and parking from their website:

"The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum is located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, 800 S. Halsted Street, Chicago. It is easily reached by public transportation using the UIC Halsted stop on the Blue Line or the Halsted Bus (#8), or via the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90). Parking is available at Halsted and Taylor Street garage.

"Parking is available at Halsted and Taylor Street garage across the street for $4.50 for up to 30 min. to $13.00 for all day, depending upon day of the week, time of day, and length of stay. Visit the UIC Parking Services website for more details."

Hope to see you there!

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67 La Recoleta—Sicily, Where Daniel Called in Sick

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67 La Recoleta—Sicily, Where Daniel Called in Sick

Daniel took me to the cafe in Buenos Aires where Borges used to read stories to his mother.  I asked what it was like to immigrate to the US and then back to Argentina again, and how he ended up in Sicily along the way ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The fox makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.
— Wendell Berry

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66 The MV Polaris—Svalbard, Where Liz Is Going on an Arctic Expedition

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66 The MV Polaris—Svalbard, Where Liz Is Going on an Arctic Expedition

Liz sat down with me on the steps of Oslo Sentralstasjon before departing further north to the Svalbard archipelago to look for polar bears.  I asked what it's like being a diplomat from New Zealand ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.
— Santiago, Chile

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65 Welcome to Cafemin—Oslo, Where Gabriel Insisted on Speaking German

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65 Welcome to Cafemin—Oslo, Where Gabriel Insisted on Speaking German

Cafemin is a way station in Mexico City on the migrant route from Latin America to the US.  I asked the director how people change when they rest there ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I feel always below the grace of their behavior the instinctive, primeval hatred of the stranger.
— W. Somerset Maugham

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63 Parisian TSA—New Caledonia, Where Fred Hunted Bats

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63 Parisian TSA—New Caledonia, Where Fred Hunted Bats

Fred and I traveled to Cádiz for Carnaval together.  On the way back he told me how New Caledonia changed his life.  I asked what it's like to work in Paris's equivalent of the TSA ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Tal vez el lugar que añoro nunca existió.
— Isabel Allende

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62 The Gypsy—Belize, Where Saundra Hit 79 Countries

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62 The Gypsy—Belize, Where Saundra Hit 79 Countries

Saundra always used to get lost when she was a kid.  Now she's on a quest to get to 100 countries.  We spoke at Wish Willy's, a jerk chicken specialist's in Caye Caulker, Belize, which was her 79th country.  I asked how her quest has changed her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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There is nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
— John Lennon

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61 The Future You—Boston, Where Kenneth Asked Borges a Question

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61 The Future You—Boston, Where Kenneth Asked Borges a Question

Kenneth came to the Nobel Museum in Stockholm expecting more artifacts but ended up leaving one of his own.  I asked how in the world he met Jorge Luis Borges ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I deplore the fact that you have not yet received a Nobel Prize, especially when it was given to so many who deserved it less, like me, who am only an adventurer.
— Ernest Hemingway

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60 In the Way of Listening—Honduras, Where Jarrod Became a Citizen

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60 In the Way of Listening—Honduras, Where Jarrod Became a Citizen

Jarrod Brown recently became a citizen of Honduras, the culmination of a two-decade transformation that began with one fateful overseas trip.  He is the founder of Mission Lazarus, a non-profit organization that seeks to transform people’s lives through Jesus and through action.  Jarrod's led a life full of travel stories, so I hardly knew where to begin, except of course, to ask what happened to him ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
— Mark Twain

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59 The Atitlán Connection—Tikal, Where Danny Lived Out a Childhood Dream

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59 The Atitlán Connection—Tikal, Where Danny Lived Out a Childhood Dream

Danny is from near my hometown, just outside Chicago, but we met sitting on top of a 125 foot stone temple that peeks out of thick jungle.  I asked what he'd take away from his trip to Guatemala ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

Danny highly recommends that you visit El Remate, Guatemala.

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Did not Columbus himself set sail because he had read Marco Polo’s narrative?
— Tzvetan Todorov

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58 Coincidences—Lago de Atitlán, Where Sune Tends Mayan Altars

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58 Coincidences—Lago de Atitlán, Where Sune Tends Mayan Altars

Sune takes care of a Mayan ceremonial site on a tiny lake in Guatemala that's ringed by volcanoes.  A famed spiritual energy there attracts hippies, tourists, local faithful, and other seekers.  We spoke, by chance, in Copenhagen, where he summers.  Since I've been to those fire rings in Lago de Atitlán too, I asked what the coincidence of our meeting in Denmark could mean ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Amo el amor de los marineros que besan y se van ...
— Valparaíso, Chile

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56 A Chasing after the Wind—Pamplona, Where Patxi Ran with the Bulls

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56 A Chasing after the Wind—Pamplona, Where Patxi Ran with the Bulls

Patxi ran with the bulls, and I caught up with him near Iruña Cafe, where Hemingway used to write.  I asked a very special guest to translate his side of our conversation ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I have learned a great deal from listening carefully.
— Ernest Hemingway

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55 Melted Ego—Sri Lanka, Where Amin Quit Trance

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55 Melted Ego—Sri Lanka, Where Amin Quit Trance

Amin was a trance DJ from Singapore, until he traveled to Sri Lanka for his last show.  I asked how Austria brought him closer to his faith ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I hope the leaving is joyful, and I hope never to return.
— Frida Kahlo

Some links to music included in this episode:

112 beat masher by Bauchamp

Gating technique supersaw waveform by DJNebula

Alnitaque & Moon Shot - EURO (Extended Mix) by Moon Shot

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54 Kopfkino—Namibia, Where Janusz Saw the Moon Freed

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54 Kopfkino—Namibia, Where Janusz Saw the Moon Freed

Janusz made a movie in Namibia.  He claims to look like a neanderthal.  I asked how it felt to escape communist Poland ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The most unhappy eyes in the world are those that can not flow tears.
— Kornel Makuszyński

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53 I Came from the Wall—Romania, Where Michal Went for Ethnomusicology

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53 I Came from the Wall—Romania, Where Michal Went for Ethnomusicology

Michal needs funds to repair his time machine and get back to the 1960s.  I asked what we can do to help ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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So ... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places!
— Theodor Geisel

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52 Super Loneliness—Galápagos, Where Jaey Surfed

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52 Super Loneliness—Galápagos, Where Jaey Surfed

Jaey is in the process of moving from Seoul to Barcelona by way of South America.  We met in a blustery corner of Chile, where he told three beautiful stories from his trip.  I asked why he's not allowed into the most famous soccer stadium in Buenos Aires ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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We are for the most part lonely when we go abroad.
— Henry David Thoreau

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