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These are strangers' travel stories. Each time I ask how travel has changed them and hope listening like this evaporates borders.

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These are strangers' travel stories. Each time I ask how travel has changed them and hope listening like this evaporates borders.

    133 All Very Hush Hush—Yemen, Where Aziza Wants to Help People Die

    133 All Very Hush Hush—Yemen, Where Aziza Wants to Help People Die

    Aziza told me the religious police arrested her and her fiancé in Saudi Arabia. The interrogator asked, “Did you hit the religious police?” I was like, “Damn yes I did!” I asked if that experience changed her ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

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    “Peculiar traveling suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”
    —Kurt Vonnegut

    • 37 min
    132 Love Is Stronger Than Death—Benin, Where Jean Reconnected

    132 Love Is Stronger Than Death—Benin, Where Jean Reconnected

    Jean was readier to answer my questions—as if he had somehow prepared—than anyone I have interviewed in the course of this project when we met randomly at a fountain in an alcove of Casablanca’s wondrous mosque by the sea. I asked him why ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

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    "Family is never lost."
    —Creole Proverb

    • 42 min
    131 La Direction de la Vie—Paris, Where Étienne Considered Suicide

    131 La Direction de la Vie—Paris, Where Étienne Considered Suicide

    Étienne has decorated his entire Paris apartment with paraphernalia from The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s book. I asked what happened when he came home from nearly a year traveling the world ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund: http://www.westinsfund.org/

    "On n'est jamais content là où on est."
    —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    • 1 hr 15 min
    130 Black Doesn't Speak—Paris, Where Caracola Clowns

    130 Black Doesn't Speak—Paris, Where Caracola Clowns

    Caracola left Buenos Aires at 19 to study anthropology in Paris but soon realized her calling is to be a clown. She has been studying intensely and touring the world performing in streets and studios ever since. I asked whether she has traveled to be able to perform or performed to be able to travel ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Follow Caracola on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/caracolaaaa/

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    "Y ya que a ti no llega mi voz ruda, óyeme sordo."
    —Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

    • 22 min
    129 Al-Amin—The Bronx, Where Mohibul Trusted

    129 Al-Amin—The Bronx, Where Mohibul Trusted

    Mohibul runs the restaurant his father established when he moved from Bangladesh to London. They named it Al-Amin, which means “trust.” I asked how he learned to connect so well with his customers ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Visit Al-Amin Restaurant in East London: https://alaminrestaurant.com/

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund: http://www.westinsfund.org/

    "I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do."
    —Henry David Thoreau

    • 34 min
    128 Belonging—Mostar, Where Anja Is Writing a Bible

    128 Belonging—Mostar, Where Anja Is Writing a Bible

    Anja left Bosnia as a toddler and lives there now to reconnect with her roots. I asked if she has found herself in her journeys ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund (westinsfund.org).

    Learn more about Youth Power (https://www.youth-power.org/).

    “The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.”
    —Audre Lorde

    • 48 min

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