11 episodes

When both his popular culture podcast and long-term relationship come to an end, journalist Brendan finds he has the time — and freedom — to pursue his dream: a travel podcast where he goes places and learns about them by getting invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. A friend joins him at each destination and they drink, dance, and eat their way from Montréal to Mexico City, often learning as much about themselves as the place they’re visiting. Not Lost is both a delightful travel escape and an insightful look at people — locals and visitors alike — trying to make sense of a constantly changing world.



Not Lost is a co-production of Pushkin Industries, Topic Studios and iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

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    • Society & Culture

When both his popular culture podcast and long-term relationship come to an end, journalist Brendan finds he has the time — and freedom — to pursue his dream: a travel podcast where he goes places and learns about them by getting invited to a stranger’s house for dinner. A friend joins him at each destination and they drink, dance, and eat their way from Montréal to Mexico City, often learning as much about themselves as the place they’re visiting. Not Lost is both a delightful travel escape and an insightful look at people — locals and visitors alike — trying to make sense of a constantly changing world.



Not Lost is a co-production of Pushkin Industries, Topic Studios and iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

    From Gastropod: How Pot Brownies Fueled an Edible Cannabis Revolution

    From Gastropod: How Pot Brownies Fueled an Edible Cannabis Revolution

    Here's a preview from another podcast, Gastropod. Edible cannabis products are hot right now: Snoop's got some, Willie Nelson's got some—even Martha Stewart's making fancy French-style gummies. In states where it’s legal, you can buy everything from marshmallows to macarons, all laden with THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. This commercial boom may be recent, but the history of edibles goes way, way back to the origins of the plant thousands of years ago in the Himalayas—in fact, people were eating (and drinking) cannabis long before they were inhaling it. So when did cannabis start being smoked instead—and how did it find itself not only banned, but classified as more dangerous than both opium and meth? With the help of the woman whose family ran America's first edibles empire, we also discover why the pot brownie is America’s quintessential edible, and how this humble, slightly mulchy baked good helped make weed legal again. Plus: How today's cannabis chefs are upping the ante and taking weed recipes to new—ahem—highs (please allow us just this one pun).
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    • 52 min
    Postcard from Portugal

    Postcard from Portugal

    After wrapping up Season 1 of Not Lost, and a few odds & ends at home, Brendan heads to Portugal and experiences an emotion he can’t quite explain... so he asks locals to help him out.

    “Postcards” are an occasional series of shorter Not Lost episodes that Brendan produces when he travels.

     

    Not Lost is a co-production of Pushkin Industries, Topic Studios, and iHeartMedia
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    • 21 min
    The Final Destination: Season 1 Finale

    The Final Destination: Season 1 Finale

    It’s the Saturday before the final episode of Not Lost is due and Brendan still doesn’t know where he is going. Will he escape New York and find the right destination?

    Not Lost will return in the fall. In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you. Send audio postcards to notlost@pushkin.fm.

    Not Lost is a co-production of Pushkin Industries, Topic Studios and iHeartMedia.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Big Sur: In the Soup

    Big Sur: In the Soup

    Two years have passed since Covid brought production of Not Lost to a screeching halt. In that time, Brendan has turned norm-core: he gets a steady job, a live-in partner, a car, and becomes a viewer of prestige cable dramas. But the show must go on, so he and his friend, audio producer John DeLore, head to a place Brendan considers the opposite of the Big Apple — Big Sur, California. A couple days of redwoods and Pacific air give rise to fresh questions: How is traveling different when you have someone waiting for you back at home? And what if you discover your soulmate is an elephant seal named “1885”? 

    Not Lost is a co-production of Pushkin Industries, Topic Studios and iHeartMedia.
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    • 45 min
    Las Vegas: Mother Cabrini

    Las Vegas: Mother Cabrini

    Against the backdrop of Valentine’s Day weekend, Brendan and his friend Luke Burbank explore the Hoover Dam, Vegas’s Chinatown, and the night sky. (Is that a UFO?) Brendan’s plan to avoid sin in Sin City goes well, but after a visit with a priest and a dreamy encounter with the man who created the slogan “What Happens in Vegas Stays In Vegas,” all bets are off!

    Not Lost is a co-production of Pushkin Industries, Topic Studios and iHeartMedia.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    Mexico City: Mi Casa, Mi Casa

    Mexico City: Mi Casa, Mi Casa

    With Not Lost’s executive producers breathing down his neck for an actual dinner party, Brendan and Danielle Henderson head to CDMX to see if mi casa is really su casa. From dance lessons to shamanistic rituals, they strive to understand this vast metropolis… while also finagling an invitación fiesta. Will the masked wrestlers of Lucha Libre bodyslam our duo into understanding the coolest city in North America? Or will Montezuma’s notorious vengeance take them out instead?

    Not Lost is a co-production of Pushkin Industries, Topic Studios and iHeartMedia.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min

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