Jane Maru

Meet my new friend, Jane. Jane is an artist who works with bee's wax and textiles, a traveler who works with her intuition and a nurturing and giving human who works with her heart. Spend a little time with our magical and funloving friend, Jane Maru!

Links

Vimeo - Jane’s Website

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Devendra Banhart - I feel Just Like a Child

Brian Eno - Fickle Sun

Mark Hollis - A Life

Bob Willis & His Texas Playboys - Maiden's Prayer

Kyle Thiermann

Kyle Thiermann is a professional big wave surfer, host of a popular podcast, and 2/3 of the brains behind The Motherfucker Awards. I got a chance to eat some breakfast with Kyle in Santa Cruz, and he was gracious enough to agree to be on our show. We talked about growing up on a surf board, finding purpose and passion by asking questions in a roundabout way, hosting an award show, the genius of comedians, and much more. I’m grateful, as always, to Dr. Uncle Christopher Ryan for putting this one together. Share and enjoy!

Links

Kyle’s Website - MotherFucker Awards - SC Medicinals - Patagonia Surf

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Beastie Boys - Transitions

Jimi Hendrix - Earth Blues

The Kinks - Powerman

Scramdamblin' with a Cricket!

The Bay Area agrees with this little guy…

In the absence of a guest, we put together this mercifully brief, mini-episode. If you don't care where we've been, what we will be doing next, or what we think about the impact of monotheism on human existence, feel free to skip this one. Oh yeah, we also want to know if you are interested in reading a story with a suicide ending? Share and Enjoy….or maybe don't this time.

Link to Vandana Shiva

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Django Reinhardt - Oriental Shuffle

Bradley Yip

From left to right - Bradley Yip, Bradley’s microphone, Bradley’s cup of coffee, and some sort of sentient and bearded cricket-like creature, holding what appears to be its own cup of coffee.

Bradley is a chef, a traveler, a former model, a dedicated and loving father, and one of the kindest people we’ve met so far! Join us for a post-breakfast chat about Ayurveda, hard work, the importance of a strong team, the essence of good food, modeling, travel, and the destiny-tweaking genius of a guy called Doctor Priest. Share and Enjoy!

Links

Take a Chef - Bradley’s Instagram - Sexy Bradley

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Gülden Karaböcek - Nem Kaldı

Chinese Funk and Psych Fuzz Rock - Let me know if you can find this one!

African Drums

Laura Austin

Laura Austin is an explorer, a writer, a professional photographer, an athlete, a wiz on a drum machine, and one of the funnest people we’ve met so far! We met her over New Years Eve, and had the pleasure of spending several days in her fun and interesting orbit. Take this one on a ride, or a run, and prepare yourself for inspiration. Share and Enjoy!

Links

Laura’s Website - Airstream Journey Video (Endless Caravan) - Laura’s Book - Instagram

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Charles Bradley - Heart of Gold

Stephen Malkmus - No One Is (As I Are Be)

The Rascals - See

Nich Perez

Nich Perez is a professor of cinematography, a director, an inspired filmmaker, a documentarian, a deep thinker, and a pilgrim. We talked about travel, art, the sacred nature of the pixel, the grand adventure of aging, death, dying and the art of grieving. Pour yourself a glass of wine, and join us for a deep discussion.

Links

Nich’s Instagram - BRO Film - Art of Grieving Instagram -Ontology of Media (password is Ontology)

Art of Grieving participants

Joan - Alexis - Natalie

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Bukkene Bruse - Miriams Voggelåt

Instrumental - Hanuman Chalisa (Sitar, Flute & Santoor)

The Third Man - Anton Karas

Kaya Lindsay
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One Chick Travels

Kaya is a rock climber, a writer, an inspirational Youtube guide, and a seasoned traveler of hearts, landscapes and minds! We talked solo-female travel, Vanlife, rock climbing, freelance work on the road, and doing it yourself! Also, this one was guest hosted by our sweet niece, Corrine Couch!

Hannah Gallagher

Hannah is a passionate and articulate advocate for children with disabilities, a community leader, an environmental educator, and a sweet and compassionate human being out there in the world doing the right thing! She tells us about her work as the inclusive programs director and a preschool teacher for the Seattle Children’s Playgarden, her background in education, and a touching story about little boys and dinosaurs. Merry Christmas, Friends!

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Josh Short (Bomb Shelter Radio)

Josh Short is the Real Deal!

An American hero, a multi talented artist, a builder, and a creator of tiny worlds; including of his own mobile radio station! He’s also one hell of a D.J.. Take a little time to learn about Bomb Shelter radio and the hyper-creative wold of Josh Short!

Links

Josh’s Website - Facebook - Instagram

Tunes in this Episode

Does anyone actually look at this? Contact me if you do…

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Ricci Cornell

Sweet Ricci, smiling into my heart!

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Ricci, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, owner of Blondie's Bar in San Francisco, and a woman of true moxie and chutzpa, took us through a brief recounting of her life's story. Come along to 1940's New York on a Journey through foster homes, transatlantic steamships, finding out where you come from without forgetting who you are, the pursuit of historical perspective, solo female travel in the 1950's, organic food, bars and restaurants, and much more. Share and Enjoy!

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Tao Ruspoli

Tao is a filmmaker, photographer, musician, explorer, Impresario, Superhost for Airbnb, and a truly contemplative man of the world! We talked family, film, ecological disaster expressed by art, philosophy, and sex! As always, I am grateful to Dr. Christopher Ryan for making this connection possible. Share and enjoy!

Links

Tao’s Youtube - Tao’s Website - Tao’s Grandfather - Tao’s Airbnb - Bombay Beach Biennale

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Vangelis (Blade Runner Soundtrack) - Rachel’s Song

Calexico - Roka

Ethiopiques - Tezeta

Freeman

Freeman, friends! I’ve met a whole bunch of people on this journey, each of them unique in a special way. Freeman is no exception. We met on the shores of the Salton Sea, in a town called Bombay Beach. A few days later, sitting in a little studio near Joshua Tree National Park, he schooled me on pallet structures, living in India, teaching valuable software development skills to young people, having only one short career, and the joy of riding electric unicycles! Relax a bit, and spend some time with our new, sweet friend, Freeman.

Links

Jaaga - Electric Unicycle - Unicycle Video - Unicycle Clubs

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Alash Ensemble - Murgu Solo

DJ Drez - Krishna’s Dub

Charles Bradley - Changes

Joe O'Leary (The Wiser Amuser)

Joe is a writer, a photographer, a river guide, an avid outdoorsman, a poet, a father, a former college football player, and an all-around sweet guy. Joe invited me over, cooked me some breakfast, and told me his tale. We talked about conquering fear, writing, and the Wiser Amuser in all of us. This one was pretty special. Share and Enjoy!

Links

wiseramuser.com - facebook.com/wiseramuser - Buy a Real Book - Download a Book - EnlightenTheLoad -

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Booker T. and the MG’S - Mo’ Onions

Devendra Banhart - Now That I Know

The Karnataka College of Percussion - Bhajan

Bobby Womack - Harry Hippie

Johnny Keenan

Johnny Keenan, on “The Bus”

I have to admit, I didn’t even scratch the surface of the interestingly rich and complex character of Johnny Keenan in this interview. In a wide ranging conversation, we talked briefly about childhood homelessness, living independently since the age of 13, having the foresight to seek out mentors and warm buildings, cooking for the Dali Lama, and what it is like to comfort the dying. Johnny has held more jobs than I have, and has done each of them with style and charm. Take a little time out of your day to enjoy the laid-back wisdom of our new pal, Johnny!

LINKS

Super Cool Building, built by Johnny

Tunes In This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

The Everly Brothers - Empty Boxes

The Kinks - Complicated Life

Department of Eagles - Floating on the Lehigh

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Gerrit McGowan

Gerrit McGowan, folks; this guy has done some shit! An experienced white-water kayaker, a river guide, a conservationist, an educator, an entrepreneur, and more. Gerrit sat down with me to chat, less than 24hours before leaving for Germany to begin working on his PhD. We talked about his many ventures, adventures, ideas, start-ups, successes, personal growth, the concept of “Flow” states, and time spent on the river! Share and Enjoy!

LINKS

B.C. Conservation Site - KOEYE

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Spoon - Paper Tiger

Django Reinhardt - Dream Ship

Lyle McReynolds

Amy, Whiskey, Lyle, Sunshine, and Juma.

Are YOU on the Bus? According to George Walker (one of the Merry Pranksters), Lyle is! If we ever need a reminder of just how privileged we are to be on this journey, all we need to do is listen to a few minutes of this episode. Lyle is one of the kindest, most thoughtful and genuinely wise people we have had the pleasure of meeting, in an incredibly strong field of kind, thoughtful folks! We sat with him in his home, where we were fortunate enough to be invited guests for three days, in Moose, WY. Everything about the place is incredible, from the views to the cabinetry. We talked about life, work, love, hunting, hand-built boats, carpentry, ghosts, being a worthy descendant, and the pressures of running a pool hall and daycare.

Links

Lyle’s Description of the Eclipse - McReynolds Blacktail Cabins

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Thunderclap Newman - Something in the Air

The Animals - We Gotta Get Outta This Place

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

The Ford Family Reunion: Part 2

Charris, the first guest on this podcast, continues to have a lot to say! This time, his wonderful wife, Dulcie was able to join us. Dulcie is a filmmaker, an incredible mother, a teacher and remarkably adept at managing a variety of projects. Charris, the former “Granola Ayatollah of Canola”, is a multi-talented builder, a recovering public speaker, a fantastic father, teacher, and a wonderful friend. We feel privileged to bring you the whole Ford family in this two-part podcast! Share and enjoy!

LINKS

Hindu Concept of Lila - Dulcie’s Website - A Fucker, A Fighter, A Wild Horse Rider

TUNES IN THIS EPISODE

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Leone Redbone - The One Rose

Marvin Gaye - Hitch Hike

Calexico - Wash

Oruc Guvenc - La Illaha Il Allah

Michael Hurley - Hog of the Forsaken

The Ford Family Reunion: Part 1

Phoenix and Kashius are 12 and 15 years old. They live on a beautiful mesa in Colorado, in a yurt. They have been to every continent except for Africa and Antartica. Their parents are Charris and Dulcie Ford...what more do you want to know? These two bright young men will tell you all about it. Share and enjoy!

LINKS

Primitive Skills Camp - Greenest Student on Earth (Kashius) - One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on Youtube (Phoenix)

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

Bob Wallis - Sur Le Pont D'Aviginon

Sufjan Stevens - The Undivided Self (For Eppie and Popo) 

Jack O & The Tennessee Tearjerkers - Switchblade Comb


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The Veterinarian Who Saved Pelé - Dr. Alyssa Mulligan

Dr. Alyssa Mulligan

On a cold Sunday afternoon in October 2018, Pelé was bitten on the leg by a rattlesnake…not just any rattlesnake, the highly poisonous and deadly, Faded Midget rattlesnake! Fortunately for us, the only emergency veterinarian in Moab, UT employs a straight-up bad-ass doctor, Alyssa Mulligan! After a couple of very difficult days for little Pelé, he pulled through, thanks to the hard work of Alyssa and her team. Tiff hosts this special episode, share and enjoy!

TUNES IN THIS EPISODE

Oscar Aleman- Delicado

Gene Vincent - Bird Dogin’

Kellie and Mike Wheeler

Left to Right - Mike, Kellie, Maya, Issac. Sunshine The Dog, below

Mike and Kellie have been everywhere…and their kids have been there as well. Meet a family who’s values include a deep curiosity for nature and culture and solo-efficient bag packing. We talked with them about their work in Jackson, WY, their travels before and after kids, and one hell of a close call in Rwanda. Also, their kids are super bad-ass, smart, funny and ready for adventure. Tune-in, share, and enjoy!

Links

Lara Lane (US ambassador to Rwanda TED talk) - The Green School

Tunes in This Episode

Oscar Aleman - Delicado

King Fighter - He No Dead Yet

The Who - The Kids are Alright

The Mighty Popo - Karibu

Air - Kelly Watch the Stars

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