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Far From Home is a travel and culture podcast where Peabody award-winning host Scott Gurian tells fascinating stories from faraway places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. Listen in and come along for the adventure!

Far From Home Scott Gurian

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    • 4.9 • 144 Ratings

Far From Home is a travel and culture podcast where Peabody award-winning host Scott Gurian tells fascinating stories from faraway places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. Listen in and come along for the adventure!

    Revisiting the Mongol Rally

    Revisiting the Mongol Rally

    July 17th, 2021 marked the fifth anniversary of the day my brother Drew and I — along with our friends Jane and Rosi — set out from southern England on an 11,000 mi (18k km) road trip across Europe and Asia. Over the seven weeks that followed, we’d cross 18 countries, 8 time zones, 5 mountain ranges, and a few deserts, before eventually ending up in Ulan-Ude, Siberia, just north of Mongolia. And along the way, we’d have all sorts of crazy adventures, ranging from crashing a wedding in Kazakhstan to visiting Iran as American tourists, not to mention an emergency rescue and countless breakdowns and mechanical difficulties, often in the worst possible places!

    On this episode of Far From Home, I play a recent conversation Drew and Rosi had with me and a small crowd of Far From Home fans and listeners in Clubhouse, the audio-based social media app. We look back at some highlights from our adventure, share behind-the-scenes stories, and take questions from the audience (you can skip forward to 53:19 if you just want to hear the Q&A).

    If you’re new to this podcast and haven’t yet had a chance to listen to my first season where I documented this journey, I encourage you to go back and binge my show from the very beginning. You can also view tons of bonus content including photos and videos on my website as well as by scrolling back in my Instagram feed. If you want to read more about my journey, check out my Mongol Rally team website, and here’s the link where you can check out the Gallivanting Quines YouTube video Anne MacAskill mentioned during the Q&A portion of this event.

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    On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian documents fascinating stories from far-flung places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Out of Your Comfort Zone

    Out of Your Comfort Zone

    When you travel – especially if you’re in a distant and unfamiliar place – it’s inevitable that sooner or later, things will happen that are beyond your control. You’re thrown a curveball and you’ve got to do your best to stay calm, be creative, and improvise. On this episode, I feature two stories from friends of mine who got caught in unexpected and frightening situations outside their comfort zones, where they had to navigate entirely new terrain and try their best to sort things out.

    First we hear from Graham and Sarah Marsden about their 2010 trip to Syria on the eve of the Arab Spring. Graham is the founder of a travel company ironically called “Don’t Go Travel,” which promotes ethical and responsible tourism. He also hosts a podcast called “Don’t Go Unless,” where I was a guest a few months ago, discussing my trip to Cambodia.

    Then, Donna Salter tells the story of how she ended up stranded on a little tiny boat in the middle of very big ocean. If you want to hear about another one of her adventures, hitching a ride across the ocean on a cargo ship, here’s an interview she did on the Global Travel Channel podcast.

    (Music used in this episode includes Desert City, Balzan Groove - Vadodara, and Darkening Developments by Kevin MacLeod, which are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. (source: http://incompetech.com/), as well as Filastine – Judas Goat (feat. Hichman Enouiti), which was licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivs 3.0 license.)

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    On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian documents fascinating stories from far-flung places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 31 min
    Tuning in the World

    Tuning in the World

    COVID-19 has closed borders and made travel difficult if not impossible for many of us over the past year-and-a-half. But radio signals don't need passports or plane tickets. They circle the earth, bouncing off the atmosphere. So even if you’re confined to your home, it’s possible — with a good antenna — to listen to voices from the other side of the world. On this episode of Far From Home, award-winning radio producer, audio archivist, and shortwave / pirate radio aficionado David Goren joins me to share recorded highlights from his decades monitoring the airwaves.

    If you enjoy this interview, I highly recommend checking out David’s interactive Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map as well as his Soundcloud page where he’s posted dozens more shortwave radio recordings from his archives.

    You can follow Far From Home on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and join my club on the Clubhouse app (please drop me a line at info@farfromhomepodcast.org if you need an invitation).

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    On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian documents fascinating stories from far-flung places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 1 hr 5 min
    COVID Stories Part 3

    COVID Stories Part 3

    On this episode of Far From Home, I continue my series where I’m checking in with friends and colleagues around the world to get a sense of the many ways COVID-19 is affecting people and how their governments are handling the pandemic. This time we hear voices from Tunisia, Switzerland, Cameroon, Antigua and Barbuda, Mexico, and the Czech Republic. If you’ve missed the previous two installments of my COVID Stories series, you can check them out in my season 3 archive.

    As mentioned in this episode, if you’re a Swiss German speaker and want to listen to This Wachter’s botany podcast, you can find it here. Morgan Childs recently produced Foreign Insiders, a 10-part series about foreigners and other outsiders in the Czech Republic. And you can follow Sam Kimball (who gave us the update from Tunisia) on Twitter.

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    On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian documents fascinating stories from far-flung places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 20 min
    Revisiting Chernobyl

    Revisiting Chernobyl

    April 26, 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the former USSR — which remains the worst nuclear accident in history — so I’m re-releasing an episode from my second season where my friend Donna and I visited the site of the explosion and toured abandoned buildings in nearby villages. You can read more about my trip and see photos and videos on my website.

    If you’re a new listener to my show and you enjoy this episode, I recommend you go back and delve into my archives, since I’ve got tons more interesting documentaries I’ve produced from my travels over the years!

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    On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian documents fascinating stories from far-flung places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 32 min
    Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma City

    Each year on April 19th, residents of Oklahoma City commemorate the anniversary of the 1995 bombing in their city, which prior to September 11th bore the distinction of being the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. On this episode of Far From Home, I dig into my archives to share two stories I produced about the bombing from back when I was a reporter at a small public radio station in Oklahoma.

    First I look back at how Muslim Americans were falsely blamed in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Then I share the story of former Oklahoma City police officer Jim Ramsey, who won his department’s Medal of Valor for his role on the day of the bombing, before guilt and depression got the best of him.

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    On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian documents fascinating stories from far-flung places like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

jmackhh ,

An epic travel/story telling podcast!

I just reviewed Far From Home on the Just One Listen Podcast. Scott Gurian is a seasoned podcaster who assembles this outstanding production for anyone looking for a well put together, engaging, fantastic story telling podcast around traveling. It’s not too often you find shows who put in that extra production and writing effort and Far From Home leaves very little to be desired from an avid podcast listeners perspective. If you’re at all interested in travel or even just going on a pleasant, informative audio journey, Far From Home is a fantastic show to subscribe to, you will most certainly not regret it.

Jamie Vineyard ,

Storyteller

Scott has an interesting style in that it sounds like he’s not asking questions but rather putting a story together. I would recommend a listen!

Patrice La Vigne ,

Excellent storytelling

Scott doesn’t just interview people on this podcast. His style is to tell the stories, and he does it beautifully!

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