55 episodes

"The Trip is one of the most fun podcast interviews I've ever done. I'm still coming down from the high." —W. Kamau Bell. Join the late Anthony Bourdain’s partners at Roads & Kingdoms for interviews and drinks from around the world. From Oaxaca to the Himalayas, from hallucinogenic potions to Russian carraway moonshine. Hosted by Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Nathan Thornburgh. Beats by Dan the Automator. Artwork by Edel Rodriguez. Kanpai, y'all.

The Trip Roads & Kingdoms

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.1, 284 Ratings

"The Trip is one of the most fun podcast interviews I've ever done. I'm still coming down from the high." —W. Kamau Bell. Join the late Anthony Bourdain’s partners at Roads & Kingdoms for interviews and drinks from around the world. From Oaxaca to the Himalayas, from hallucinogenic potions to Russian carraway moonshine. Hosted by Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Nathan Thornburgh. Beats by Dan the Automator. Artwork by Edel Rodriguez. Kanpai, y'all.

    Episode 96: Remembering Kim Wall

    Episode 96: Remembering Kim Wall

    This episode, we’re not talking about how the gifted journalist and traveler Kim Wall died, we’re talking about how she lived. And we’re doing it by talking with journalists Caterina Clerici, Christina Ayele Djossa, and Ingrid Wall—who is also Kim’s mother and author of A Silenced Voice of a new book about her life and work.

    Show notes:
    A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall 
    Christina Ayele Djossa on Twitter
    Caterina Clerici homepage
    Kim Wall and Caterina Clerici on Haitian Tourism for Roads & Kingdoms
    Kim Wall Memorial Fund at IWMF 
    Kim Wall Memorial Fund: Donate
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    • 46 min
    Episode 95: A New Album in Madrid and Other Good News

    Episode 95: A New Album in Madrid and Other Good News

    As the pandemic grinds on, I find myself unseasonably emotional about newborns and weddings, like some kind of weepy grandpa. Any good thing to latch on to in these twilight year, I guess. I feel that way about my old friend’s new album. Como Vivir en el Campo is a Madrid-based rock trio, and their drummer is Carlos Barros, who has been both friend and family to me over the years. Carlos has introduced me to many things, not least the nearly inexhaustible pleasures of Julio Iglesias’ album Hey. He talked to me from a village in Aragón, Spain about the process of making the album, and about how they were aided by the great global collective subconscious. You’ll see. Also in this episode, a conversation with American artist Aaron Firestein in Bogotá about what the US can learn from Colombia. And I’ll have a bit of good news about The Trip podcast, this very podcast, at the end of the episode.

    Show notes:
    Como Vivir en el Campo Bandcamp
    Aaron Firestein IG
    Where to Invade Next by Michael Moore
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    • 31 min
    Bourdain Day

    Bourdain Day

    A bit of tape and a brief message on Bourdain Day 2020
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    • 3 min
    Episode 94: Bali, Three Ways

    Episode 94: Bali, Three Ways

    I know I don’t often cop to it, but this is a travel podcast, and this week, we’re going to travel. Far, far away, to Bali, Indonesia. And we’ll do it through the perspectives of a traveler (Travis Levius), an eater (Duwi Satrio), and a legendary pastry chef (Will Goldfarb). Along the way, of course, we’ll talk a bit about race and migration and surviving cancer, because life isn’t all suckling pig and ginger flower daluman, even in Bali. Let’s start with Travis Levius, a luxury travel writer who has covered Bali for Conde Nast Traveler and other publications. 

    Show notes:
    Travis Levius homepage
    Room 4 Dessert Bali
    Duwi Satrio IG
    Perfect Dish: Jakarta with Anthony Bourdain, Jennifer Neal and Duwi Satrio

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    • 44 min
    Episode 93: The American Diaspora

    Episode 93: The American Diaspora

    Michelle Borok is one of something like 9 million Americans who live overseas—nobody’s quite sure how many there are, nobody cares much about counting them. But one thing is certain: they are a more diverse group than you might think. This week, I’m talking with three American women, writers all—Michelle Borok, Sarah Souli, and Ruth Terry—about what it’s like to be Korean-American in Mongolia, Arab-American in Athens, and Black American in Istanbul, watching all this nonsense from afar. I’ll start with Ruth Terry in Istanbul, who talks about anti-blackness among white Americans overseas and about her dreams for what travel writing could become in a post-lockdown world.
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    • 33 min
    Episode 92: The African-American view, from Taiwan

    Episode 92: The African-American view, from Taiwan

    The writer and comedian Jennifer Neal used to have a deeply smart travel column for The Root called Blaxit, with one very simple premise: things are just too twisted for Black Americans, so they might, like she had, be feeling the urge to go live in some other, freer country. But where? What is it like being black in different parts of Asia, Europe, elsewhere? Jennifer’s column was a way to find out. I recorded with Jennifer in Berlin for a pre-COVID episode of this show that I hope we can play soon enough, but this week she connected me with someone she had written about in her Blaxit column: Reggie Robinson, a African-American native of Dallas who is a middle-school history and English teacher and a longtime resident of Korea and now Taiwan. I had originally wanted to do an episode about Americans abroad generally, but that will wait. For now, as the police are rioting through my city and our nation, and as our miserable president says all the quiet, dirty parts of America’s social contract out loud, I’m glad to be able to spend the entirety of this episode with Reggie and his unusual vantage point from the other side of the world.

    Show notes:
    Blaxit: Seoul Edition by Jennifer Neal
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
284 Ratings

284 Ratings

Jmamay22 ,

Worth a listen to expand your mind

The Trip has long been one of my favorite podcasts. I thoroughly enjoy listening to the various perspectives and insights from around the globe concerning culture, food, current events, and just how people are getting through their day. Just relax, listen and open your mind to the views of people unlike yourself. You might find they are not all that different.

TylerSore ,

Reality mixed with hope

Thank you, Nathan, for keeping this podcast going during the pandemic. Your interview technique and narration somehow cast hope through harrowing experiences of real people. It helps during this very diffcult time.

bigwheedle ,

Thoughtful, funny, enlightening

What more could you want from eavesdropping on conversations and insights from interesting people? A delightful ramble through macro to micro, that keeps a thoroughly grounded and informed (if irreverent) perspective. Love it!

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