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Take a profound and distant journey. Call it Deep Travel, Immersive Travel, Slow Travel, or Vagabonding. Francis Tapon guides you to the intersection of travel, technology, and transformation. The podcast will compel you to go beyond your comfort zone.

WanderLearn: Travel to Transform Your Mind & Life Francis Tapon

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Take a profound and distant journey. Call it Deep Travel, Immersive Travel, Slow Travel, or Vagabonding. Francis Tapon guides you to the intersection of travel, technology, and transformation. The podcast will compel you to go beyond your comfort zone.

    Random Facts About Everything That Take You Everywhere

    Random Facts About Everything That Take You Everywhere

    Gary Arndt has a new podcast called Everything Everywhere Daily.
    I highly recommend subscribing to it. 
    I talk with Gary about:
    How does he come up with topics to discuss
    Why he doesn't do 3-minute podcasts (but he usually keeps it under 10 minutes)
    Where does Nike's "Just Do It" slogan come from
    Which are his most popular podcasts?
    How GPS works
    What are his 2021 travel plans
    Listen to my two other podcasts with Gary:
    Living Among the Riots in Minneapolis
    How to Become an A-list Travel Blogger
    Sponsor
    This show is sponsored by my Patrons and Sawyer.
    More info
    You can post comments, ask questions, and sign up for my newsletter at http://wanderlearn.com.

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    My Patrons sponsored this show!
    Claim your monthly reward by becoming a patron at http://Patreon.com/FTapon
    Rewards start at just $2/month!
    If you prefer to do a one-time contribution, you can send it to my PayPal at FT@FrancisTapon.com
    If you prefer giving me Bitcoin, then please send BTC to my tip jar: 3EiSBC2bv2bYtYEXAKTkgqZohjF27DGjnV

    • 52 min
    How a Family of 7 Traveled to 7 Continents in 9 Months

    How a Family of 7 Traveled to 7 Continents in 9 Months

    Kyle and Leanne Huebner did what few large families dare to do: embark on a one-year on a world tour.
    COVID-19 cut their journey short by three months, but they still walked away with plenty of experiences and lessons.
    They share much on their detailed blog, Global Teen Adventures. 
    See the video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gre7p4AybNw
    We discuss the key questions you may have:
    How did they pick the 43 countries they ended up going to?
    How did they manage to book flights for 7 when the max is usually 6?
    What lessons did they learn?
    What did they pack?
    How did their packing strategy evolve?
    How did COVID-19 impact them?
    Where do they plan to go next?
    Sponsor: Sawyer
    + Through the help of their charity partners, Sawyer has been able to donate over 1,000,000 filters to over 80 countries around the globe.+ The use of our filters greatly reduces the trees and fuel consumption because people don’t need to boil water to make it potable. With an average family size of 6 people, a single Sawyer Filter can save up nearly 500 trees per year!+ Their filters last over 10 years and are reducing diarrhea by over 90% in developing countries+ LIBERIA: Liberia will be the first developing country to have clean water border-to-border, set to be completed by December 2020.
    More info
    You can post comments, ask questions, and sign up for my newsletter at http://wanderlearn.com.

    If you like this podcast, subscribe and share! 
    On social media, my username is always ftapon. Follow me on:
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    My Patrons sponsored this show!
    Claim your monthly reward by becoming a patron at http://Patreon.com/FTapon
    Rewards start at just $2/month!
    If you prefer to do a one-time contribution, you can send it to my PayPal at FT@FrancisTapon.com
    If you prefer giving me Bitcoin, then please send BTC to my tip jar: 3EiSBC2bv2bYtYEXAKTkgqZohjF27DGjnV

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Are Hunters An Endangered Species Wonders Hunter of the Year Jaco Oosthuizen

    Are Hunters An Endangered Species Wonders Hunter of the Year Jaco Oosthuizen

    Jaco Oosthuizen attended the Safari Club International show 22 years in a row. 
    In 2020, he was named The Hunter of the Year.
    I ask Jaco Oosthuizen:
    How have things have changed for hunters since the previous century?
    Does hunting have a place in the 21st century or is it outdated?
    Why do poachers poach?
    What does he do that other hunters don't do?
    Why do hunters only target old males? Why not hunt old females too?
    Why can't we convert all the hunting zones into photographic safari zones?
    Will hunting still exist in the next 50 years?
    Here are my other hunting-related podcasts.
    More info

    You can post comments, ask questions, and sign up for my newsletter at http://wanderlearn.com.
    If you like this podcast, subscribe and share! 
    On social media, my username is always ftapon. Follow me on:
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    My Patrons sponsored this show!
    Claim your monthly reward by becoming a patron at http://Patreon.com/FTapon
    Rewards start at just $2/month!
    The best reward is the $25 reward, which entitles you to $300 of gifts for the holidays! It's the best win-win reward out there!
    If you prefer to do a one-time contribution, you can send it to my PayPal at FT@FrancisTapon.com
    If you prefer giving me Bitcoin, then please send BTC to my tip jar: 3EiSBC2bv2bYtYEXAKTkgqZohjF27DGjnV

    • 35 min
    Traveling Beyond Earth: NASA Astrophysicist Jack Lissauer Explains Tides, Terraforming, and Venus

    Traveling Beyond Earth: NASA Astrophysicist Jack Lissauer Explains Tides, Terraforming, and Venus

    WanderLearn promises to explore travel and technology. So let's travel through our solar system with a NASA astrophysicist!  
    About six months ago, Underknown's What If channel hired me to interview two prominent NASA astrophysicists. They wanted to find out what would happen if Earth became one of Jupiter's moons.
    I'm unsure why they wanted to know that since Underknown had already produced a video that answered that topic, but I adore astronomy, so I was happy to visit my old stomping ground: the NASA Ames Research Center.
    Underknown said that this was urgent, so I did everything I could to interview two top astrophysicists with almost no warning. 
    Unfortunately, six months later, they still haven't released the video I shot. I knew they would only use a snippet of what I filmed, but still. Nada. 
    And it's not because I shot a crappy video. Underknown hired me a couple of months later for another project, so I couldn't have screwed things up too badly the first time.
    I feel terrible that these two astrophysicists complied with my last second request and I haven't had anything to show them. 
    Five months ago, I shared the audio and video podcast with my Patrons. It's an exclusive group, so I figured that Underknown wouldn't notice or care.
    I never planned to share it on the WanderLearn podcast. 
    However, now that Underknown has done nothing with the content for 6 months, I think it's time that the general public enjoys this conversation.
    I'm doing this as a public service. I'm not taking any ads for this episode. 
    My voice wasn't supposed to appear in the final cut, so that's why my voice rarely appears, and, when it does, it's distant. 
    This episode features Jack Lissauer. 
    Dr. Lissauer is a Space Scientist who has worked at NASA Ames for 30 years.
    Currently, he is in the Planetary Systems Branch, Space Science and Astrobiology Division, NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.
    He was a Co-Investigator on the Kepler Mission and the TESS Mission. 
    He's won a dozen awards.
    I asked him to describe what would happen if our planet orbited Jupiter.
    Specifically:
    Can you explain what extreme tidal forces in space are?
    How would extreme tidal forces affect Earth? Can they cause earthquakes and tsunamis?
    What is the weather like on Jupiter’s moon Io?
    How long are days on Io?
    If Earth were hypothetically a moon of Jupiter, how would it be affected?
    Questions about Venus
    What is the surface and atmosphere of Venus like?
    How are Earth and Venus similar?
    Would it be possible to terraform a planet in our solar system?
    Which planet (or moon) would be the most viable?
    What would it take to terraform Venus?
    More info

    You can post comments, ask questions, and sign up for my newsletter at http://wanderlearn.com.
    If you like this podcast, subscribe and share! 
    On social media, my username is always ftapon. Follow me on:
    https://facebook.com/ftapon
    https://twitter.com/ftapon
    https://instagram.com/ftapon
    https://youtube.com/user/ftapon
    https://pinterest.com/ftapon
    https://tumblr.com/ftapon
    My Patrons sponsored this show!
    Claim your monthly reward by becoming a patron at http://Patreon.com/FTapon
    Rewards start at just $2/month!
    The best reward is the $25 reward, which entitles you to $300 of gifts for the holidays! It's the best win-win reward out there!
    If you prefer to do a one-time contribution, you can send it to my PayPal at FT@FrancisTapon.com
    If you prefer giving me Bitcoin, then please send BTC to my tip jar: 3EiSBC2bv2bYtYEXAKTkgqZohjF27DGjnV

    • 36 min
    What's a Reasonable Number of Unarmed Police Shootings?

    What's a Reasonable Number of Unarmed Police Shootings?

    It's a perverse question, but what's an acceptable number of unarmed people that the police may accidentally shoot every year?
    Of course, many people's knee-jerk answer will be, "Zero!"
    If you answered that way, it's time to take a deep breath and relax.
    We're going to embark on a cold-hearted exercise that requires rationality, logic, and a heavy dose of realism. The implications are profound and important, so please bear with me.
    After reading this long article, you're welcome to write a constructive comment at the bottom. Include what you think is a reasonable number of annual unarmed deaths and why. I will update this article as I get thoughtful and intelligent feedback. 
    The Black Lives Matter Thesis
    A central argument in the Black Lives Matter movement is that (white) cops are disproportionately killing Black men, especially unarmed Black men. It's Exhibit A in a long list of exhibits that prove systemic, structural, and institutional racism in America's police.
    This argument has been repeated so many times that it has become an axiom. Thus, questioning the Black Lives Matter thesis is tantamount to questioning whether our planet revolves around the sun.
    We won't question it. Instead, we will seek to do is to quantify it. 
    Metrics: Quantifying success and failure
    Metrics allow us to objectively measure the size of a problem. Metrics help us measure our progress.  
    Metrics also help us answer crucial questions: when can we declare victory? When will we know that we've solved this crisis?
    In other words, when can we put down our signs, stop protesting, hug, give each other high-fives, and scream, "Mission accomplished!"?
    Declaring victory ought to be based on facts and evidence, not a group's feelings or one man's opinion.
    Therefore, we must set reasonable benchmarks. 
    We must quantify where we want to be. What does a fair and just world look like, numbers-wise?
    Assuming the current number of police killings of Blacks is disproportionately high, then what number would be disproportionately low?
    And what number would be tragic, but understandable?
    To understand what I mean, consider other tragic numbers. Every year, hundreds of babies die at daycare centers, thousands die in traffic accidents, and millions die of preventable diseases. 
    Since society is not vigorously protesting all these deaths, one could conclude that these deaths, while sad, are understandable. Our society deems that all those preventable deaths are tragic but tolerable.
    Therefore, the aim of this article is to help you calculate 3 numbers regarding the number of US police killings of unarmed victims:
    A shockingly high number that's worth protesting about.
    An expected number that we can begrudgingly live with and accept.
    A remarkably low number that's almost worth celebrating.
    Great. Now let's analyze the data.
    USA police kill way more people per capita than any other rich nation
    In a list of 62 random countries, the USA ranked slightly below the median in the per-capita police caused fatalities.
    This is embarrassing. High-income countries outperform the USA handily. It's humiliating that the DRC beats the USA.
    Why isn't the USA in the top 10? Why isn't it clumped next to its rich allies instead of several poor and dysfunctional nations? 
    Doesn't this prove the US police are excessively violent?
    Before we jump to that conclusion, we must consider two critical facts.
    1. America's gun-filled environment
    The USA is the only country that has more firearms than people. Indeed, it has 20% more guns than people.
    We have twice as many guns per capita than the next country on the list: Yemen.
    The USA has four times more guns per capita than the next two major countries on the list: Serbia & Montenegro.
    We have approximately 10 times more firearms per capita than Somalia, Russia, Chile, Albania, as well as the homicide-happy Guatemala an

    • 1 hr 24 min
    What If Earth Orbited Jupiter? A NASA Astrophysicist Answers

    What If Earth Orbited Jupiter? A NASA Astrophysicist Answers

    WanderLearn promises to explore travel and technology. So let's travel through our solar system with two NASA astrophysicists! 
    About six months ago, Underknown's What If channel hired me to interview two prominent NASA astrophysicists. They wanted to find out what would happen if Earth became one of Jupiter's moons.
    I'm unsure why they wanted to know that since Underknown had already produced a video that answered that topic, but I adore astronomy, so I was happy to visit my old stomping ground: the NASA Ames Research Center.
    Underknown said that this was urgent, so I did everything I could to interview two top astrophysicists with almost no warning. 
    Unfortunately, six months later, they still haven't released the video I shot. I knew they would only use a snippet of what I filmed, but still. Nada. 
    And it's not because I shot a crappy video. Underknown hired me a couple of months later for another project, so I couldn't have screwed things up too badly the first time.
    I feel terrible that these two astrophysicists complied with my last second request and I haven't had anything to show them. 
    Five months ago, I shared the audio and video podcast with my Patrons. It's an exclusive group, so I figured that Underknown wouldn't notice or care.
    I never planned to share it on the WanderLearn podcast. 
    However, now that Underknown has done nothing with the content for 6 months, I think it's time that the general public enjoys this conversation.
    I'm doing this as a public service. I'm not taking any ads for this episode. 
    My voice wasn't supposed to appear in the final cut, so that's why my voice rarely appears, and, when it does, it's distant. 
    In the next episode, you'll hear from Jack Lissauer. 
    In this episode, you'll hear from Ruslan Belikov. He is the head of the Ames Coronagraph Experiment (ACE) research group at NASA Ames. He has an EE degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
    Since Dr. Belikov is a NASA astrophysicist, I asked him to describe what would happen if our planet orbited Jupiter.
    Specifically:
    Can you explain what extreme tidal forces in space are?
    How would extreme tidal forces affect Earth? Can they cause earthquakes and tsunamis?
    What is the weather like on Jupiter’s moon Io?
    How long are days on Io?
    If Earth were hypothetically a moon of Jupiter, how would it be affected?
    Questions about Venus
    What is the surface and atmosphere of Venus like?
    How are Earth and Venus similar?
    Would it be possible to terraform a planet in our solar system?
    Which planet (or moon) would be the most viable?
    What would it take to terraform Venus?
    More info

    You can post comments, ask questions, and sign up for my newsletter at http://wanderlearn.com.
    If you like this podcast, subscribe and share! 
    On social media, my username is always ftapon. Follow me on:
    https://facebook.com/ftapon
    https://twitter.com/ftapon
    https://instagram.com/ftapon
    https://youtube.com/user/ftapon
    https://pinterest.com/ftapon
    https://tumblr.com/ftapon
    My Patrons sponsored this show!
    Claim your monthly reward by becoming a patron at http://Patreon.com/FTapon
    Rewards start at just $2/month!
    The best reward is the $25 reward, which entitles you to $300 of gifts for the holidays! It's the best win-win reward out there!
    If you prefer to do a one-time contribution, you can send it to my PayPal at FT@FrancisTapon.com
    If you prefer giving me Bitcoin, then please send BTC to my tip jar: 3EiSBC2bv2bYtYEXAKTkgqZohjF27DGjnV

    • 27 min

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