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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51 The Summing Up—Burma, Where Seph Met Mr. Book

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51 The Summing Up—Burma, Where Seph Met Mr. Book

Part 2 of our special 50th Episode celebration!  

We look back at some of the stories that resonated this year and what their sum could mean.  At the end I tell the story of the man in Burma who made me hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.  And a very special thanks to Dave for stepping in to host again this week.

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Where we are is who we are.
— Fernando Pessoa

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Episode 50: An Empathy Machine

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Episode 50: An Empathy Machine

Part 1 of our special 50th Episode mile marker!  

A friend helped me lift the hood to look into the engine of this podcast.  Inside we found a Yeats poem, the story of the coin Primo Levi brought back from Auschwitz, and why his is the path I most want to follow.  And of course, as always, I hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.  And to Allison for taking this photo.  And a very special thanks to Dave for stepping in to host this week and share W.B. Yeats's fitting "The Song of Wandering Aengus."

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Any careful word may suggest a route, may begin a strand of metaphor or event out of which much, or all, will develop.
— Annie Dillard

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Episode 48: The Visa Situation—Germany, Where Andes Hoped to Become a Minority

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Episode 48: The Visa Situation—Germany, Where Andes Hoped to Become a Minority

Andes has to get a letter from the office of labor in Bonn, so that he can extend his stay in Berlin, before returning to Sweden to continue his studies, before ultimately, maybe, one day returning to Indonesia.  I went with him to the post office ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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What I hear most often as I travel the country are five words that never, ever fail to touch my heart, that’s ‘I am praying for you.’
— Donald Trump

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Episode 47: It All Stems from Naivety—Damascus, Where Binta Met an Old Man

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Episode 47: It All Stems from Naivety—Damascus, Where Binta Met an Old Man

Binta took her very first trip alone at a very young age.  Looking back, she wonders if maybe she might have been too trusting.  We asked why she's traveling alone still ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.
— Sigrid Undset

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Episode 46: The Other Kaveesh—Quintana Roo, Where Kaveesh Spent His Last Pesos

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Episode 46: The Other Kaveesh—Quintana Roo, Where Kaveesh Spent His Last Pesos

Kaveesh grew up in Toronto and wonders what he might have been had he only ever stayed there rather than study in London.  We asked who's on the other path that diverged from the one he chose ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I know you must hold secrets, such a long way from home. Some day you won’t be so alone. Some day you’ll be where you should go.
— Britt Daniel

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Episode 45: A Matter of Circumstance—Egypt, Where Silas Started to Wonder

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Episode 45: A Matter of Circumstance—Egypt, Where Silas Started to Wonder

Silas works at Harding University in Greece, an overseas program where students spend a semester just outside Athens.  A former attendee himself, he now leads the trips around the Mediterranean that made such a big impact on his life.  I asked whether he could put into words what this kind of experience does to a young person ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The mere exercise of attention—eyes wide, ears pricked, heart open—is not a bad way to move through the world.
— Mary Karr

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Episode 44: Everyone—Chicago, Where Helkin Came Out

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Episode 44: Everyone—Chicago, Where Helkin Came Out

Helkin moved to Chicago from Venezuela to study English, with dreams of big city life and plans to return to the company that gave him time off.  He ended up falling in love and getting married.  I asked why he came out ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Trembling knees and an unrelenting sense of failure is one way forward.
— Terri Kapsalis

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Episode 43: The Tattoo—Australia, Where Bertrand Was Cured of Travel

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Episode 43: The Tattoo—Australia, Where Bertrand Was Cured of Travel

Bertrand shared a traditional Italian drink with us from a wooden, six-spouted pot—called La Grolla—one evening in his home in Bordeaux with his girlfriend Anna.  We had no idea how rich a story he would tell when we asked what his tattoo means ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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It seemed to me beyond the realms of possibility that I should travel so far.
— Sigmund Freud

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Episode 42: The Last—Kenya, Where Anna Kidnapped a Baby

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Episode 42: The Last—Kenya, Where Anna Kidnapped a Baby

Anna was once a stewardess and did something unexpected on her regular route to Kenya, but that's just one small part of her story.  She met her boyfriend Bertrand in Australia, when she moved there from Italy because of a tragedy.  And we met them when we stayed in their apartment in Bordeaux, France through Airbnb.  Nearly every night, they cooked a special dish for us since they're chefs.  We couldn't believe our good fortune, asking excitedly how all these travels changed her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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As often happens with the most beautiful adventures in life, this journey began by chance.
— Tiziano Terzani

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Episode 41: Fingertip, Dot, Ray, Gauze, Sea—Casa Azul, Where Tomek Saw Symbolism

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Episode 41: Fingertip, Dot, Ray, Gauze, Sea—Casa Azul, Where Tomek Saw Symbolism

Tomek visited Frida Kahlo's Blue House in Mexico City, little knowing that I would interview him while we stood in line.  I asked him to describe one of her paintings ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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As a matter of fact, there is just as much that is interesting, strange, mysterious, and wonderful; just as much to be learned that is edifying, broadening, and refining in a cabbage as there is in a page of Latin.
— Booker T. Washington

 

 

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Episode 39: Like Someone Who Is Thirsty—Mecca, Where Haval Performed the Umrah

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Episode 39: Like Someone Who Is Thirsty—Mecca, Where Haval Performed the Umrah

Haval traveled for the very first time in his life when he had to flee Iraq.  Suddenly a political asylee in Tennessee, he could not return to Kurdistan, so he met his family in Istanbul instead, as soon as possible, four years later.  We met for the first time just after his return from a trip to Mecca.  I asked how it felt to be a pilgrim ... and to abruptly spend six years becoming a U.S. citizen ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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It is precisely for surprise that true education prepares us.
— Ivan Illich

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Episode 38: Thus You Shall Bless—Hawaii, Where Carroll Wanted to See the Stars

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Episode 38: Thus You Shall Bless—Hawaii, Where Carroll Wanted to See the Stars

Carroll moved from Chicago to Arkansas, then Texas.  I asked why he didn't feel worthy of going on the trip to Hawaii his kids gave him to celebrate his thirty-fifth anniversary ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
— Numbers 6: 24-26

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Episode 37: If You're Going To—Standing Rock, Where Mary Ann Delivered Supplies

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Episode 37: If You're Going To—Standing Rock, Where Mary Ann Delivered Supplies

Mary Ann wanted to support the effort to block the Dakota Access Pipeline but also wanted to make sure her intent was the right one.  I asked whether going to Standing Rock changed her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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A sentence starts out like a lone traveler heading into a blizzard at midnight.
— Billy Collins

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Episode 36: Travel Medicine Kit—Madrid, Where Jane Saw a Bullfight

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Episode 36: Travel Medicine Kit—Madrid, Where Jane Saw a Bullfight

The Hull House Museum in Chicago has one particular item on which they have lavished special attention.  Instead of a paper label stuck to the wall simply telling what the object is, they commissioned a book to draw every visitor into a slow museum experience.  I tracked down and asked its author, Terri Kapsalis, what role travel played in shaping Jane Addams and Hull House ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.  Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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To be everywhere is to be nowhere.
— Seneca

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