Life doesn't have a script. At least, it doesn't have to. Hosts Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks explore the challenges and joys of moving abroad and moving home. Whether you’re living overseas, or not — or not yet — join us weekly for unadulterated conversation. Get to know Rome. Laugh at our embarrassments and insights. Most of all, imagine the possibilities for your own life (and meet some famous authors along the way).
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is overwhelmed by the number of tourists who visit it (in a normal year), often ruining the experiencer of visiting. The director of the Gallery is already thinking ahead to when mass tourism inevitably returns, and he's come up with a brilliant and original idea to prevent the museum (one of the most important in the world) from being overrun with visitors, leading to a less-than-ideal experience for everyone. Listen to the episode to hear about his daring new idea.
Bittersweet Moment #99: Feedback, Good or Bad?
Katy gets into the nitty-gritty of feedback from her own point of view, digging into her own past as a radio producer. Today's mini-episode features part of the conversation that was cut from Monday's episode, an interview with Dr. Therese Huston, author of Let’s Talk: Make Effective Feedback Your Superpower. Katy looks back at her former job and wonders: did I give good feedback? Did I give enough feedback at all?
If you haven't listened to The Art of Feedback, make sure you listen to that first.
The Art of Feedback (with Therese Huston)
How can effective feedback change your life? Today, we sit down with psychologist Dr. Theresa Huston, author of Let’s Talk: Make Effective Feedback Your Superpower, a "game-changing model for giving effective feedback to peers, employees—without offending or demotivating." In it, she explains how to tell someone that they're not meeting expectations without crushing their spirit, a skill which, "when delivered skillfully, can turn average performers into the hardest workers and stars into superstars."
Bittersweet Moment #98: The Holiest Place in Rome
Oscar Wilde called it the "holiest place in Rome" and Percy Shelley said it would make someone fall in love with death to think of being buried in so sweet a place...and not soon later he was buried there at only 29.
But the most famous resident of Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery is John Keats, who was interred there exactly 200 years ago. Inspired by Katy's essay on his death and the death of her friend Susan, Tiffany visits the cemetery in her mind. Listen to the end to find out how to be buried there!
Reading books can inspire you to travel, and travel can inspire you to read books. It's what we call a delicious cycle.
Today we talk about the books (and other types of art) that have inspired not only particular trips, but the things that we have sought out when on that trip, or even things we have made a point to see in our own cities.
But this inspiration goes both ways, and sometimes the things we see when traveling inspire us to read more about them, whether in fiction or non-fiction.
Bittersweet Moment #97: The Scariest Cold Call
On our "super secret" Truth or Dare episode from a few years ago (available only to our Patreon patrons and long-time donors), Katy did something incredibly scary, heart-poundingly so: she called someone she'd had a brief but electrifying encounter with—completely out of the blue, and 20 years later.
As a hint of what the bonus content that our patrons and regular donors receive every single month, we are broadcasting this very scary call in all its nail-biting glory.
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