19 episodes

Roots of Humanity is a podcast that celebrates the beauty and diversity that our world has to offer. In each episode, our host Drew Binsky, who has visited all 197 countries in the world, has a conversation with a local from a different country, and together they will share stories about what makes their country special and unique.

Roots of Humanity with Drew Binsky Drew Binsky

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 24 Ratings

Roots of Humanity is a podcast that celebrates the beauty and diversity that our world has to offer. In each episode, our host Drew Binsky, who has visited all 197 countries in the world, has a conversation with a local from a different country, and together they will share stories about what makes their country special and unique.

    TRAVELING TO DANGEROUS COUNTRIES AS A SWEDISH LGBT COUPLE

    TRAVELING TO DANGEROUS COUNTRIES AS A SWEDISH LGBT COUPLE

    In episode #18 of Roots of Humanity, Drew talks to Oskar and Dan from Sweden, travel YouTubers and pioneers for LGBT digital nomads. What is it like to visit Saudi Arabia as a gay couple? Their answer may surprise you, and hopefully inspire you to travel outside your comfort zone. At 25 years old, Oskar and Dan have traveled full-time to more than 90 countries, with Uganda and the Middle East being some of their favorite destinations. On the topic of Sweden, they talk about IKEA, meatballs, and why so many people confuse Sweden with Switzerland. They talk refugees, airlines, passports, Western versus Eastern values, and more — tune in for all of it!


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    • 35 min
    LIFE AS A CREATOR IN THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH

    LIFE AS A CREATOR IN THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH

    n episode #17 of Roots of Humanity, Drew talks to Maria Solko about what it is like to survive in the coldest place on earth. With an informative social media presence showing life in Yakutia, Maria walks us through the differences between Yakutia and Siberia, and how the ethnic and cultural roots of the Far East differ from Moscow’s Russia. How do people grow food when permafrost makes the ground infertile? What does horse meat taste like? And why is eating it at the heart of Yakutia tradition? Tune in to hear about Drew’s recent trip to Russia in the dead of winter, his experience taking an ice bath, and what it means to be a mom in the most remote, unheard of place in our world.


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    • 26 min
    HOW TO TREK ANTARCTICA LIKE AN IRISHMAN WITH COLIN O’BRADY

    HOW TO TREK ANTARCTICA LIKE AN IRISHMAN WITH COLIN O’BRADY

    In episode #16 of Roots of Humanity, Drew talks to Colin O’Brady about Ireland and America, and breaking world records like a pro. Now on the road promoting his new book, Colin talks about trekking Antarctica solo, climbing the tallest peaks of all 7 continents, and rowing across the Drake Passage, one of the world’s most dangerous waterways between South America and the South Pole. What is it like to be the last remaining carrier of a family surname? How does it feel to return to your roots as an Irishman who was born and raised in the US? Tune in for a lively discussion about family trees, natural landscapes, and Irish pubs around the world.


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    • 33 min
    DIGITAL NOMAD UNCOVERS EUROPE’S MOST SECRET COUNTRY

    DIGITAL NOMAD UNCOVERS EUROPE’S MOST SECRET COUNTRY

    In episode #15 of Roots of Humanity, Drew talks to Anete Ilmete about Latvia, travel blogging, and making money as an online creator. With a popular Instagram promoting the digital nomad lifestyle, Anete has been on the road for 5 years since she met Drew in Bangkok, and she is currently based in Bali. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to come from one of the least known countries in the world, let alone Europe? In this podcast, Anete tells us all about Latvian identity, and to what extent Latvia is influenced by Russian culture. Alternatively, Drew shares his travels in Latvia, and how he was finally able to secure his Belarusian visa in Latvia’s medieval city Riga. [Tune in for delightful discussion between business partners about one of the most secret destinations in Europe, that’ll leave you hungry afterwards for sweet cheese.]


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    • 33 min
    HOW NATHANIEL DREW REINVENTS HIS CULTURAL IDENTITY (JUDAISM)

    HOW NATHANIEL DREW REINVENTS HIS CULTURAL IDENTITY (JUDAISM)

    In episode #14 of Roots of Humanity, Nathaniel Drew, a 24-year-old YouTuber with Jewish ancestry, defines cultural identity as a living thing that shapeshifts over time. Drew questions his friend about cultural immersion, an intergenerational drive for them both, and about how Jews have reinvented themselves all over the world throughout history. They talk about Israel, Zionism, the pros and cons of living in the US vs Europe, healthcare and convenience, language, and not being afraid to be who you are in places where your identity might not be accepted. Tune in to hear all about Judaism, how Nathaniel finally secured his Portuguese citizenship, and how to make money on YouTube and push boundaries as a creator.


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    • 39 min
    SAUDI ARABIA IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK: SARA OMAR ON EMPOWERING WOMEN

    SAUDI ARABIA IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK: SARA OMAR ON EMPOWERING WOMEN

    In episode #13 of Roots of Humanity, Sara Omar, a passionate traveler and TV Host, tells Drew what it was like to host him in Saudi Arabia, his final destination on his journey to visit every country in the world. Sara will be the first to tell you that Saudi is not what you think, and she is here to show you the side of it that the media doesn’t want you to see. Not only is it safe, but the rapidly growing tourism sector is the most impressive and sustainable in the world. In just a couple of years, Saudi went from being one of the hardest countries to visit, to opening the gates with new tourist visas and hotel resorts. Sara shares her mission to encourage more women to travel solo, an idea that is new for Saudi Arabia. Even still, Saudi is not as male-dominated as it once was, and Sara is a prime example. Women have empowered themselves in the workplace and gained the freedom to drive, something Sara is still learning. So tune in for practical tips on how to respect different cultures as a traveler, how to sleep in the desert like the Bedouin tribes, and how to eat delicious dates the Saudi way.


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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

NitroDubs ,

Finally

Always thought Drew should do a podcast, can't wait for this to get started

JasonL211 ,

Would love to hear more from the actual guests

Absolutely love the podcast idea and the guests. Though, who would know there are guests… Stop burying your guests. It’s a whole lot of “I” did this and “I” saw that, have you done this, cause “I” have, have you seen the YouTube video “I” made on….and barely a breath between sentences.

Let’s hear the interesting guests stories and perspectives rather than the nonstop self congratulations.

Graham1997! ,

G Reviews

This sounds amazing! Excited to hear all the different ideas and perspectives. Love Drew’s content, can’t wait to listen as this comes out.

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