10 episodes

Have you ever realized that every person, no matter what they do in life or who they are, has at least ONE story that was so ridiculous, so unbelievable, so extraordinary...that it can't possibly be true? But they ARE.

We believe every person has an interesting story to tell and some of those stories even evolve into life work for some of our guests, charting their future before they even knew it. We'll uncover these stories while highlighting important perspectives, ideas that challenge our everyday thinking and stories - that in the end - make you sit back and think.

Real Tall Tales Cassandra Young & Munir Meghjani

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 102 Ratings

Have you ever realized that every person, no matter what they do in life or who they are, has at least ONE story that was so ridiculous, so unbelievable, so extraordinary...that it can't possibly be true? But they ARE.

We believe every person has an interesting story to tell and some of those stories even evolve into life work for some of our guests, charting their future before they even knew it. We'll uncover these stories while highlighting important perspectives, ideas that challenge our everyday thinking and stories - that in the end - make you sit back and think.

    The Brothers Who Built An Ice Cream Facility Out Of Legos

    The Brothers Who Built An Ice Cream Facility Out Of Legos

    This pair of brothers had a dream - to create something delicious that reminded them of home, but they had one small little problem: no where to do it it. So what did they do? They constructed an entire ice cream facility...out of legos. Yep, you heard that right: a place to make ice cream out of LEGOS. Welcome to the story of Ice Cream Walla.

    Reza and Rehan Bhiwandiwalla grew up in Bombay, India enjoying the culinary creations of their grandmother and some of the wonderful dining experiences the city had to offer. The brothers moved to Atlanta with their parents at the ages of 12 and 8.

    They started experimenting with food from an early age and decided they wanted to bring some of the most memorable flavors from India to their friends in the States.  Ice Cream Walla was founded with the goal of creating superior and innovative Indian ice cream by using the world’s best ingredients and applied food science - the most dedicated and sincere approach to craft food manufacturing. Reza studied ice cream science as the two brothers sought to perfect their recipes and invent new flavors to delight their guests.

    • 38 min
    Bribing Thai Officials + Breaking Up With Royalty

    Bribing Thai Officials + Breaking Up With Royalty

    From bribing Thai officials and witnessing what goes on in the backrooms of Parisian strip clubs with celebrities to dodging real life monsters in the night and breaking up with Royalty, Laura Feuillebois has enough enough real tall tales to fill a book...but we'll settle with a podcast episode for now.

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    About Laura:

    Laura Feuillebois has spent her career working with international arts and culture nonprofits throughout the U.S., the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. As a passionate advocate for a more just world, she has contributed to journalism and research projects aimed at advancing economic, racial, and social equality. Over the past two years, Laura adopted a crazy but lovable dog, got married, and - with her husband's assistance - created a tiny human daughter.

    • 37 min
    Fire Eating, Daredevils, And Adrenaline Junkies

    Fire Eating, Daredevils, And Adrenaline Junkies

    Do you ever wonder why do some people’s lives seem so exciting and other's are - well - still great, but seem to lack the thrilling and terrifying aspect of living on the edge?  Clinical psychologist, speaker, and science writer Dr. Ken Carter has made a career out of examining why some people are thrill seekers, daredevils, and adrenaline junkies... and why some aren’t. And it’s rooted in a central emotion: fear. So if you’re listening and you’re wondering where you fall on the thrill seeking scale, we’re about to find out about the adventures you can expect in your life. (You can take the sensation seeking quiz we discuss in this episode here.)

    Dr. Kenneth Carter is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology at Oxford College of Emory University. He has published in both academic and lay publications, translating psychology research into engaging everyday language. His articles have been published in magazines such as Psychology Today and Women’s Health, and he has appeared on news programs such as CNN Tonight, NPR’s: ShortWave, and NBC’s Today show. The psychology of thrill-seeking is the current focus of Dr. Carter’s research. He has delivered TEDx talk on thrill-seekers and is the host of Mind of a Motorhead an NBC Sports web series that examines the personalities of motorsport athletes. His most recent book is Buzz!: Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies (Cambridge University Press). When not teaching, speaking, or writing, Dr. Carter prefers reading and relaxing on the beach to wingsuit flying or BASE jumping.

    • 56 min
    A Former Jehovah's Witness And The Fire That Changed Everything

    A Former Jehovah's Witness And The Fire That Changed Everything

    It's the biggest night of your life. It's all on the line and you're staring down the barrel of success and then the entire course of your life shifts in one moment. Could you imagine losing your entire life savings all in one night? Our guest Josh Kim talks to us about the night an unexpected fire in Vietnam changed it all for him as well as what his life was like as a former's Jehovah's Witness.



    Josh is a second-generation Korean American born in Queens, NY, raised in NJ, who moved to Atlanta following his dreams of Commercial Real Estate. His parents immigrated to the States in the early 80s with only a little cash and a family of seven. He grew up going door-to-door preaching in the suburbs and eventually dropped out of college to support a religious non-profit full-time as an ordained minister. This lead him to Vietnam to help remote deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. He would eventually get into business ventures, involving boutique hotels and rooftop bars, and while the opening night of the first venture, with his entire life savings, may not have gone as he expected - it eventually led him to meet his fiancee on a plane from Taipei to Tokyo. He now has a scratch donut shop in Milton, GA serving locally roasted coffee and ground-in-house burgers called Bloom Roadside.

    • 38 min
    When Running With The Bulls Almost Goes Very, Very Wrong

    When Running With The Bulls Almost Goes Very, Very Wrong

    You go to a foreign country to see the sites, taste the local cuisine, and lose yourself in the culture. But what if immersing yourself in those traditions almost kills you? Our guest Wynn Corliss details how things almost went very wrong during a world famous festival in Spain, the questionable timing of his decision to dive with Great Whites in South Africa, and his move across the world.

    • 30 min
    PT 2 - A Teenage Gang Leader Turned Lawyer

    PT 2 - A Teenage Gang Leader Turned Lawyer

    This episode is a continuation of PT 1 - A Teenage Gang Leader Turned Lawyer

    When he was just 14, David Lee Windecher dropped out of high school and joined a gang for protection with the street name "Red." At 16, he started his own gang. He was arrested 13 times and spent over 7 months incarcerated as a juvenile. Now, he’s a lawyer fighting for those who don’t have the resources to pay for justice.

    In Part 2, David tells us about his gang initiation fight, a story about the NINETEEN cars he owned but legally couldn't drive, bribing corrupt law enforcement officials, false accusations, and why you should always choose impact over income.

    Learn more about David's non-profit, "RED," the important work he's doing with the justice system and how you can help stop recidivism at stoprecidivism.org.

    David practices at the Windecher Firm and his book, "The AmerIcan Dream: HisStory in the Making," is out now.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

SL4219 ,

So great!

Absolute joy to listen! Discussions are engaging and guests are exceptional. I feel like Cassandra and “Moon-ear” are my super intelligent friends! 😊

jdheay ,

So interesting and different

When you want something different and interesting- check this podcast out

AnalogJack ,

The Cure to Boring

So many podcasts do nothing but waste your time. This is the rare exception that enriches your day. Excitement, intrigue, and deeply interesting topics discussed by the people who lived them. This is the best interview series I’ve ever heard, and it will only take one listen for you to agree. Give it a shot, what do you have to lose?

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