51 episodes

On each episode of Far From Home, host Scott Gurian ventures off the beaten path to far-flung parts of the planet like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia, meeting fascinating people and telling interesting stories along the way!

Far From Home Scott Gurian

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.9, 125 Ratings

On each episode of Far From Home, host Scott Gurian ventures off the beaten path to far-flung parts of the planet like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia, meeting fascinating people and telling interesting stories along the way!

    The Island No One Owns

    The Island No One Owns

    If you want to build a house on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, you can just put up a fence wherever you want, and have it. You don’t pay for it. You don’t sign for anything. You just have to be Barbudan. Barbudans have held their pink sand paradise “in common” since the 1800s. No titles. No paperwork.

    But on the heels of a major disaster, the Prime Minister has come up with a new plan. He wants to sell Barbudans the plot of land they’ve been living on for one Eastern Caribbean dollar and give them legally binding property titles they can take to a bank, to help rebuild. A lot of Barbudans don’t want the deal, though. I team up with reporter Sarah Gonzalez from NPR’s Planet Money podcast to tell the story.

    Visit my website to see some photos from our trip to Barbuda.

    Far From Home is a podcast where award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits parts of the world that most people never think about and tells stories they've never heard. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 29 min
    Green Book

    Green Book

    From the 1930s to the 1960s, Black motorists driving across the United States and Canada often brought along a copy of The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, which was a sort of AAA guide that told them which gas stations, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses were safe for them to stop at, and which areas they should avoid. Publication eventually ended after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, when things seemed to be improving. But now two Colorado women are trying to revive it in digital form. Parker McMullen-Bushman and Crystal Egli join me to talk about their GoFundMe campaign and explain why they think we need a new Green Book. You can read more about their project at inclusivejourneys.com.

    Far From Home is a podcast where award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits parts of the world that most people never think about and tells stories they've never heard. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 22 min
    Double Your Bubble, Double Your Fun

    Double Your Bubble, Double Your Fun

    If you were forced to quarantine as a result of COVID-19 and could only hang out with members of one other household, who would you choose? On the latest episode of Far From Home, writer and filmmaker Mike Hickey tells me how a government experiment that limited the number of people he and his fellow residents of Newfoundland, Canada could interact with forced many people to make difficult and stressful choices. I also play some excerpts from Mike’s Double Your Bubble podcast, where he speaks to his friends about how they made their decisions.

    Far From Home is a podcast where award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits parts of the world that most people never think about and tells stories they've never heard. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 13 min
    Traveling While Black

    Traveling While Black

    In light of the recent protests for racial justice across the United States and around the world, I chat with two African American friends about what it’s like to travel as a Black person, both in their own country and abroad. The stories they tell are sometimes funny and sometimes sad, but always eye-opening, and they shed light on what it’s like to constantly stick out from the crowd, even when you’re just trying your best to fit in.

    Far From Home is a podcast where award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits parts of the world that most people never think about and tells stories they've never heard. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 33 min
    Pandemic Diary (with On Spec)

    Pandemic Diary (with On Spec)

    As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, I speak with Istanbul-based author and journalist Fariba Nawa about what the situation is like where she lives in Turkey. Then I play a recent episode of her podcast, On Spec, where she tells the story of her photographer friend Hilaneh Mahmoudi’s personal experience battling the virus.

    If you enjoy this episode, check out Hilaneh’s photo essay of what she went through. And listen to other shows in the On Spec archive wherever you get your podcasts.

    Far From Home is a podcast where award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits parts of the world that most people never think about and tells stories they've never heard. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 40 min
    Finding the Helpers (with The Bittersweet Life)

    Finding the Helpers (with The Bittersweet Life)

    As the world is consumed by COVID-19, I check in with author and American expat Tiffany Parks, who lives on the outskirts of Rome, to get a sense of what things are like in Italy right now. Then, in my quest to find positive stories to share in this dispiriting time, I play an episode of The Bittersweet Life — the travel podcast Tiffany co-hosts with her friend Katy Sewall — about so-called travel angels, the unsung, everyday heroes who assist in small and not-so-small ways when we’re in a foreign place and need a helping hand.

    This episode includes the song “Impromptu in Blue,” which was licensed from composer Kevin MacLeod under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

    Far From Home is a podcast where award-winning public radio journalist Scott Gurian visits parts of the world that most people never think about and tells stories they've never heard. For more info, visit farfromhomepodcast.org

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
125 Ratings

125 Ratings

loveroftravel&goodfood ,

My Favorite Podcast

Listening to Far From Home transports me to places that I may never get to actually visit. I feel as though I’m there with Scott, meeting the local people, trying new foods, & seeing the sights. I hope Scott keeps traveling & telling stories for many years to come!!!

wordvolley ,

An excellent ride!

The production could have easily been very basic and even crude, but it is great! Go PRX! And it makes the good writing and storytelling even better. This is an awesome journey exploring culture, politics, cuisine, and giving sheltered Americans a view of life in many, many places which are wonderfully different from anywhere in the USA.

My one complaint addresses the host and his brother for not preparing for the journey better in regards to the many languages they are exposed to. Particularly, everything in season 1 seems to indicate that the two Americans forgot to do one huge thing that unfortunately feeds negative stereotypes of Americans abroad: they did not attempt to learn any bits of any language spoken on the route. The recordings indicate how they presume that they would find someone who could speak English in each country.

Everything really is really quite well done.

At first, I felt like the episodes seemed to be missing parts of the adventure. That notion faded the further I listened into the season. In the end, each episode carved out a part of the larger story, and it is good.

zoewaggoner ,

Loved the Mad Mongolian Adventures

Thank you. I was listening before COVID - 19 and now sharing your travel adventures feels really important to me. I appreciate not only the stories but also your openness and humanity! Thank you. Zoe

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