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Passport is a show about the world. And all the stunning, strange and breathtaking stories waiting to be discovered… if you just listen.
The world has never been more connected. But in reality, there’s still so much we don’t understand about each other. Join hosts Neil Innes and Andrés Bartos as they take you to places you didn’t realize existed, introduce you to people who you would never have otherwise met, and experience the rush of traveling the world, without ever leaving your home.
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    • 4.8 • 246 Ratings

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Passport is a show about the world. And all the stunning, strange and breathtaking stories waiting to be discovered… if you just listen.
The world has never been more connected. But in reality, there’s still so much we don’t understand about each other. Join hosts Neil Innes and Andrés Bartos as they take you to places you didn’t realize existed, introduce you to people who you would never have otherwise met, and experience the rush of traveling the world, without ever leaving your home.
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    A Special Announcement - Introducing Cerca

    A Special Announcement - Introducing Cerca

    Neil and Andrés make a very special announcement. Or is it just a thinly veiled apology for not having season two ready just yet...
    Introducing CERCA by Frequency Machine. The world's best audio travel guide.
    Want a sneak peak? Want to help shape what we make? Drop us a line at info@cercatravel.com
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    • 3 min
    Australia - Part 2: Asteroids and the Outback

    Australia - Part 2: Asteroids and the Outback

    For every Celestial Emu there’s a planet-killing space rock on an inevitable path towards earth. In our season 1 finale, Passport producers Jennifer Carr and Andrés Bartos head back Down Under to talk about asteroids, the scars they leave, and the stories they’ve created.
    For all of the wonder and the fascination the night sky holds, it’s also filled with warnings, omens and pure chaos. Australia’s First Nations Peoples have been interpreting those signs for longer than any other culture on earth - and their myths and stories are an ecstatic truth used to pass that knowledge down through generations. But can these fables live side by side with science? This week, Jenn and Dre talk with the world's original astronomers about the scars of the people, and on the land, to find out.
    Plus, a conversation with very special guests Clive Oppenheimer and Werner Herzog - master travellers and directors of the new documentary Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds.
    For more, including links to the things we talked about, and the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport
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    • 52 min
    Australia - Part 1: Stargazing with the Original Astronomers

    Australia - Part 1: Stargazing with the Original Astronomers

    For this season one finale of Passport, we head to Australia to explore the star-studded skies of the country’s Western Outback. Scarce on people and heavy on sheep and cattle stations, the vast expanses of land and desert here offer pure darkness and one of the top global destinations to stargaze. Astro revellers travel from all over the world, but what many miss out on is the rich tapestry of indigenous creation stories, myths, and customs that the stars can all point to.
    The Australian Aboriginals have been reading the skies above this land longer than any culture on earth. They possess a deep understanding of cosmology and how to accurately read the stars for navigation, water sourcing, animal migration and breeding patterns, natural law, customs, and spirituality. For thousands of years, this profound astronomical intelligence has been buried. Fortunately, this is changing.
    Passport producer Jennifer Carr took a trip Down Under for Part 1 of this double episode season finale of Passport, and discovered there’s a whole lot more to the Cosmos than meets our Western eyes.
    For more, including links to the things we talked about, and the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport
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    • 47 min
    South Africa: Black Panther, Tribal Mythology & Afrofuturism

    South Africa: Black Panther, Tribal Mythology & Afrofuturism

    South Africa, the rainbow nation. A place of dazzling sun, incredible wildlife, rugged coasts, and tabletop mountains, with a people as diverse and creative as the landscape. The country’s art scene too is in rude health, one of the most forward thinking on the continent. But South Africa as a place of space, of technology, of the future? It’s not where your mind immediately goes.
    Today, the country’s creatives are not remaining stuck in tradition. Take one look at South Africa’s best young artists, especially those in the vibrant city of Johannesburg, and you’ll notice a theme. They’re all following a code, an aesthetic, known as Afrofuturism. It’s an artistic concept which places people of the African diaspora in the future.
    But why are South African musicians, writers, and artists looking forward not back? To space not the earth? How did apartheid cause utopian visions of the future? What links ancient African mythology with Black Panther? This week on Passport, we’re headed to Johannesburg to meet the South African afrofuturists to find out.
    For more, including links to the things we talked about, and the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit: https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport
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    • 52 min
    Paris: The Serious Business of Clowning Around

    Paris: The Serious Business of Clowning Around

    Clowns: freaky, funny or downright mystifying?
    This week, we tread the boards of the French capital and dive into the city’s age-old love affair with this very distinct form of theatrics.
    Paris has been an epicentre for performance artistry since the 1800s, but today the face of clowning and the circus look and feel very different. These days, clowning is cutthroat – demanding, grueling, and for some in the industry, a dying art that few can master. Besides a look at some of Paris’ most competitive clown schools, we also delve into the dark side of clowns and how pop culture has given us more than we bargained for beneath all that grease paint and innocent smiles: coulrophobia – the fear of clowns.
    Join Passport producer, Jennifer Carr, for a fantastical journey full of conversations with clowns and artistic directors and a front row seat for an impromptu performance by Russian clown Igor, in our Barcelona studio.
    For more, including links to the things we talked about, and the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport
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    • 46 min
    Barcelona: The Magical Pooping Log of Xmas

    Barcelona: The Magical Pooping Log of Xmas

    Traditions are weird, almost by definition. But where do they come from? In this week’s special Xmas episode of Passport, Neil and Andrés talk to Sergi Del Bas and historian Dani Cortijo about one of the most misunderstood regions of Spain. Catalonia. Or as the locals call it Catalunya. This is Spain, but it is very much not Spain.
    And here in Catalunya, there exists what is perhaps one of the strangest Christmas traditions in the entire world. There is no Santa here. Here Xmas involves a log. About two feet long. With a face. Named Caga Tio. The Sh!t Log.
    This week, Neil and Dre take you home for the holidays to put on your scatological detective hats and try to figure out how the personality of a culture created one of the most incredible symbols of the festive season in the world; A log, with a face, that you beat with sticks to encourage him to poop gifts.
    For more, including pictures of Neil’s very own Caga Tio and others from all over Barcelona, plus links to the places we visited and a full transcript, visit: https://frequencymachine.com/passport. Just click on Episode 34.
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

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Terrific tour guides

Great podcast for covid times. Fun informative escapism and often quite moving.

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Fav travel podcast

Eagerly awaiting the next season!

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Interesting stories, wonderful hosts. I hope you’ll be continuing this terrific series!

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