31 episodes

Writing, travel, "odd jobs," Dracula, juggling and commentary that will probably only interest a handful of my closest friends. Also, funny.

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    • Society & Culture

Writing, travel, "odd jobs," Dracula, juggling and commentary that will probably only interest a handful of my closest friends. Also, funny.

    Prepping for sane people with Joshua Samuel Brown

    Prepping for sane people with Joshua Samuel Brown

    In this episode we talk about (sane) measures people can take to to prepare for temporary interruptions in normal society due to climate-related disasters, civil unrest, power grid failures, government instability and, well, name a thing. 

    Joshua Samuel Brown is the author of Spinning Karma (a Buddhist Comedy), Formosa Moon, Vignettes of Taiwan, How not to Avoid Jet Lag (and other tales of travel madness). He's also co-authored thirteen guidebooks for Lonely Planet. Visit him online at www.josambro.com.

    Here are a few of the books from climate futurist Kim Stanley Robinson Joshua mentioned:

    New York 2140

    2312

    Green Mars, Red Mars, Blue Mars trilogies

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    • 53 min
    Winter is coming and I'm still single with Callie McMillan

    Winter is coming and I'm still single with Callie McMillan

    This was an unexpectedly enlightening conversation about dating during covid (and winter). Callie had a bunch of suggestions for apps, friend set-ups, making Zoom dates less awkward and much more that had never occurred to me. I hope you learn as much as I did.

    Callie McMillan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the Relationship Therapy Center, a place dedicated to helping people grow in health and happiness in their important relationships. Through the integration of empirically informed couples therapy and a willingness to go beyond the normal bounds of couples therapy, Callie and her colleagues tailor their services to the needs of each individual client and relationship. Callie got her master's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she studied sex therapy in addition to systemic family and relationship therapy.

    • 59 min
    The Minneapolis Department of Public Safety charter amendment, AKA "defund the police," with Naomi Kritzer

    The Minneapolis Department of Public Safety charter amendment, AKA "defund the police," with Naomi Kritzer

    In this episode, I talk to Naomi Kritzer about the Minneapolis Department of Public Safety amendment to the city charter, AKA “defund the police,” that the people of Minneapolis will be voting on in November. We get into the history and the details of the proposed amendment (and why the Minneapolis city council currently can't share those details) and straighten out the misconceptions being paraded through the media as the country watches.

    Naomi Kritzer is a science fiction writer who's also been writing about politics since sometime in the early 2000s. She started out just researching her own ballot, then sharing her notes with her LiveJournal friends, and expanded because people were interested in her opinions. She emphasizes that she has no particular qualification for this beyond strong opinions, solid skills at Internet research, and a blog. She lived in Minneapolis from 1995 through 2012, and now lives in Saint Paul. She has two children, one in high school and one in college, and currently has four cats.

    Naomi's books:

    Catfishing on CatNet

    Chaos on CatNet

    Both books are usually available from Dreamhaven and from the current mail-order-only incarnation of Uncle Hugo’s.

    • 56 min
    Travel media in the age of COVID with Jenna and Micah from Wander The Map

    Travel media in the age of COVID with Jenna and Micah from Wander The Map

    In this episode, we talk about the delicate world of travel media (i.e. being travel influencers) in the age of COVID. How it stated, how it's going and how they managed to keep working through most of it. 

    Jenna and Micah Kvidt are photographers and videographers who travel the world in search of adventure which they feature on the travel blog Wander The Map. One of their favorite things to do is to capture stories, both visual and written, through the people, cultures and destinations they visit. They're also in the process of launching Kvidt Creative, which will focus on their commercial video and photographer work which I can say from firsthand experience is fantastic.

    Wander The Map (website)

    YouTube

    Instagram

    Twitter

    Facebook

    • 55 min
    Will travel ever be the same with Sheila Scarborough

    Will travel ever be the same with Sheila Scarborough

    In this episode, I chat with Sheila Scarborough about her recent blog post "Will travel ever be the same?" We also discuss why social responsibility is becoming a factor for leisure travelers and how destination marketing organizations are countering over-tourism. 

    Sheila Scarborough is a speaker, trainer, and writer specializing in tourism, travel, and social media. Along with Leslie McLellan, she's part of the Tourism Currents team, offering online and in-person training in social media marketing for tourism, hospitality, and economic development.

    She co-founded and still writes for the award-winning Perceptive Travel blog, helps run #tourismchat on Twitter and Facebook, serves on the Advisory Board for the South by Southwest conference and also serves on both the Education Committee for the Texas Association of CVBs and the Legislative Committee for the Texas Downtown Association.

    A U.S. Navy veteran and Navy Master Training Specialist, Sheila is an NHRA drag racing fan because there's one winner, one loser, and no whining.

    Sheila's Social media chanels:

    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

    • 57 min
    The ups and downs of van life with Jarrod Tocci

    The ups and downs of van life with Jarrod Tocci

    In this episode, Jarrod and I talk about the ups and downs of van life, loneliness, helpful resources, the current van building bubble and how to get decent internet in your van.

    Jarrod Tocci is a YouTube content creator, a comedian and one of those crazy people who decided to live in a self built van. He's a proud enabler for people who are not only considering van life, but also considering building their own van homes with no previous experience, myself included, which sounds like it's equal parts exciting and ripe for disaster. His YouTube channel focuses on van life, particularly walk-through tours of other people's vans and chatting about van life in general, like how to stealth camp in a city.

    Jarrod's YouTube channel

    • 1 hr 31 min

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