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A NBA podcast by two SB Nation employees that think way too much about basketball.
 
A critical look at the first world, inspired by the reverse culture shock your hosts, Sheila Dee & Evo Terra, experience every day as American citizens returning to Western civilization after three and a half years living and working in developing nations. Expert guests from the fields of science, skepticism, and critical though are frequent guests.
 
We're just people who really geek out on cars. We like to drive cars, fix them, and admire them. We're here to have as much fun as we legally can with other car enthusiasts. Come along for the ride.
 
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On this cold and crisp day in Atlanta, the pack of podcasters revisits the topic of self-driving cars, and addresses the possible safety issues involved with some of the autonomous technology. Then there's our question for the day: does speed kill? Let us know what you think. And physics, does it kick our deGrasse? We learn about a disease that ...…
 
Mickey wonders about signs that a catalytic converter may need replacement. The gang has an informative conversation about whether a different-colored turn signal light would be better than amber. Mickey hints at bringing "visual" changes to the podcast. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feed ...…
 
The gang asks whether anyone has used a headlight restoration kit. Lee Ann talks about the economics & valuation system of NASCAR. We continue the racing conversation as it pertains to adjusting vehicle weight versus horsepower. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our web ...…
 
Lee Ann gives Mickey, Beka & Ben a lesson about racetrack telemetry. The group also talks about the sales & marketing trends in motor sports. Mickey opens the subject of knowing when your own car has a problem, while a mechanic is unable to replicate it. The gang closes on the subject of womens' increased involvement with professional racing. W ...…
 
Mickey, Ben & Beka talk with Lee Ann about her roadsters, stories about her fascinating automotive career encompassing racing, NASCAR, working for Carol Shelby, and achieving milestones as a lady in a male-dominated industry. More about the sport of racing, the participants and where their real passions & goals lie. We record at Strongbox West, ...…
 
Ronnie brings news about shenanigans with the CEO at Renault/Audi, which leads the group discussing general ethics in companies; the gang analyzes Tesla racing rules; Mickey wonders if autonomous cars will herald fooling around by passengers. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please ...…
 
Southerners are redeemed as Becky continues her story about driving in the North. Mickey ponders if it's time to get rid of the Mazda. Beka mentions a very handy tool that everyone should try. Ben gives some tips on restoring a headliner. And Ronny tells us what's in his garage now. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to ...…
 
In this episode: Ben recounts his visit to a rare, fascinating car museum; the gang discusses automobile recognition and preservation, and the history behind it; Mickey seeks an answer to whether the brand of gas (and Ethanol content) matters to individual cars; the group dives into a crate, or rather, into the topic of auto manufacturers' crat ...…
 
Back in 2015, Evo spent several hours in a tattoo chair in Thailand. Just a few weeks ago, Sheila got a new tattoo in America. The differences were vast. Join us as we talk about the finer details, including Time investment Overall skill of the artists Sanitation and sterilization … and more! We’ll leave the decision to permanently remember you ...…
 
Hey y'all, watch this! Ronny brings his better half with him today so that she can fight his battles for him, and she wants to talk about Southern drivers versus Northern drivers. Mickey asks, are Southerners angry? We also give you a heads up about some driving laws in Virginia. Ben reveals some truly odd drinking preferences. And Beka gives a ...…
 
TTAC had a wonderful time visiting the Brookhaven Festival Car Show, recently. Someone grabbed Ben's butt! Check out the accompanying pics (of cars, not of Ben's butt) on our facebook page and website. We record at Strongbox West, in Atlanta. If you would like to pose a question or offer feedback, please visit our website. This podcast is power ...…
 
Recorded during a road-trip to San Diego, we were inspired to compare our current situation to where we just were for the better part of three years, traipsing all around a developing nation wherever the road would take us. Also, this episode is very late. We’re sorry about that. And the audio is rough, but that makes it more “authentic”, right ...…
 
Today, we are going to talk about travel. Yes, we’ve talked about travel for the better part of 4 years. But this time, we’re taking a broader look at how air travel works in places like Southeast Asia. Because unless you’ve experienced it first hand, you likely have some misconceptions about air travel in developing nations. Topics covered inc ...…
 
Let’s talk about your place of residence. Specifically if you’re renting the place in which you live. And even more specifically, the horrible “switching costs” associated with moving from one address to another. Moving. It sucks. Which is probably why, statistically speaking, you’ve probably lived in the same place for a very long time. Moving ...…
 
It’s hard to believe we’ve been making this podcast for four years, across five different seasons. And in that time, we’ve never really talked about religion. Well… that’s changing.Based on our time abroad in some 20-ish countries in 3.5 years, we’re qualified enough to discuss the “optics” of religion in societies around the world. This isn’t ...…
 
As you might imagine, there are lots of little things that we notice that bug us. Things you probably ignore. Things that we ignored the first four decades of our lives. Some of those are so baked into the very fabric of our lives, they disappear into the background. So much so, that you don’t think about them. Until you’re out of clean underwe ...…
 
Traveling the world, we’ve had some pretty great coffee. But the Senegalese spiced coffee we found tops the list. Listen in to learn more and to discover that, if you play your cards right, we just might send you some as a token of our appreciation, Patron. ----- This is the actual episode we released to our patrons over the weekend. We're givi ...…
 
We’re taking a look inside your refrigerator. Not that we care what kind of food you eat. You do you. No, what we want talk about is how the items in your fridge or your pantry got there. We’re claiming expert knowledge of shopping around the world. Where many travelers stick to dining out when they visit a new country, we LIVED in most of the ...…
 
Living in Phoenix Arizona, it really seems like there is a new ethnic restaurant popping up on every corner. Ethiopian food. Peruvian food. Dominican Republic food… You could probably eat the cuisine of a different culture at least once a week (maybe even twice a week) for an entire year and still not have covered all of our ethnic food choices ...…
 
Key Links: renuval - Medical tourism to Thailand Bonus content & early access ----- One of our biggest concerns was what to do about healthcare as we traveled the world. As good Americans, we bought into the story of incredible the healthcare in America is compared to anywhere else in the world. Turns out, we were suckered. Our first-hand accou ...…
 
Before we go too far down highway 420, we need to stress that the two strongly support a comprehensive repeal of America’s stupid federal ban on cannabis. We’re also keenly interested in the good studies on the medical uses cannabis -- either the whole flower or isolated compounds -- might have on public health. 28 countries -- including the US ...…
 
Key Links Smart medical advice from Dr. Terry Simpson Support us on Patreon ---------- There's a common stanza for Americans who travel abroad: DON'T DRINK THE WATER. To find out why -- or even if -- that's a problem, we enlisted the help of one of our good friends, Dr. Terry Simpson. Prepare to be terrified back to the tap… unless you’re trave ...…
 
Tim Cato, Zito Madu, and Whitney Medworth join for a free-flowing conversation on Lacroix -- and the NBA Playoffs, too. Topics include:-Victor Oladipo is really good. Goddamn.-What the heck happened to Chris Paul?-Can the Timberwolves please give Karl-Anthony Towns the ball.-Are the Spurs the worst team in the playoffs? -Is Kawhi Leonard duckin ...…
 
SB Nation contributor (and Athletic, Fansided, etc) Seerat Sohi joins the show to talk about her big Dwyane Wade profile, the Raptors, injuries ruining the playoffs, and Wednesday's Timberwolves-Nuggets playoff play-in game.
 
We're back after a bit of a hiatus! On today's show, friend of the pod Michael Pina (@MichaelVPina) of VICE Sports joins us to go through an exercise you see in the G-League: what if the top seeds could pick their first-round playoff opponent? Top seed in each conference gets first choice, second-place team goes next, and so forth. Mike, Ben, a ...…
 
As a special treat to those of you who stay subscribe to our podcast, we’ll be releasing some special, long form audio over the coming weeks as we travel to Cambodia, China, Japan, and Korea before landing back in America.Today, you’ll hear a long-form ambient audio recording of one of the most bizarre -- at least by western standards -- religi ...…
 
SB Nation friends Whitney Medworth, Hector Diaz, and Zito Madu join to recap All-Star Weekend, why the Celebrity Game has a deeper meaning, whether the new All-Star Game format was the cause of a more competitive game, and why the dunk contest gets so much scrutiny. Plus, Mike rants about the three-point shootout and Hector regals us with tales ...…
 
Mike's back! On this week's pod, he joins Ben to chat about Cleveland's deadline-day demolition, the John Wall Wizards drama, Donovan Mitchell vs. Ben Simmons, the epic tankathon to come, and more. Plus, Ben gets pissed about Simmons missing the All-Star Game.
 
It’s almost impossible not to learn things as you travel. After traveling to 20 different countries as we’ve lived as expats for over 3 years, we’ve racked up quite a few memories and life-lessons we’ll take back with us to America. On this, the final episode of the 4th season of podcast, we’ll list the major life lessons each of us has learned ...…
 
In the three years we’ve been traveling the world, we’ve eaten some weird food. But what’s the most bizarre food we’ve encountered. That’s the question we’re answering on this, the penultimate episode of Season 4 of our comedy/travel/advice podcast. (Don’t worry: Season 5 is right around the corner.) For Sheila, the answer was mashed potatoes c ...…
 
Ben is joined in studio by SB Nation's own Seth Rosenthal as well as friends of the pod, and LA residents, Mo Dakhil and Anthony Irwin, to breakdown the big Blake trade, and what it means for the great LA Hoops narrative. Topics touched on:- The Blake era in LA; was he the greatest Clipper ever?- The Pistons have a one way ticket to the middle ...…
 
If you haven't heard the news, we’re going to be grandparents in the next few months. So of course, the most important thing we have to decide is the names we want this new kid to call us. Today on the program we’ll detail all the names we’ve considered, settling on a few we’d be happy with. We found a few lists of trendy names for grandparents ...…
 
The Sixers have been one of the NBA's most intriguing soap opera's over the past 4+ seasons, and things are more dramatic than ever now. We welcome back to the show former Liberty Baller's writer and current Philly Voice Sixers beat writer, Kyle Neubeck, as well as SB Nation's own Tim Cato for this Sixerscentric episode.Topics include:- What ha ...…
 
Listener Tiffany from Puerto Rico wants to know what we think about this racist, ignorant map that supposedly denotes how Americans really view the world. Now obviously, we don’t like it, and Tiffany wasn’t looking for us to confirm its accuracy. So we take it as a springboard to talk about the realities of terrible geographic knowledge that pl ...…
 
VICE Sports' Michael Pina joins the show to laugh about the Clippers-Rockets brewhaha, lament the state of the Cavs and the fruitlessness of going against the Warriors, debate the Bulls' young core, and wonder why the Wizards can't be more like the Raptors.
 
Recorded live on location at Save Our Souls after probably too many beers, Evo goes on a tear about the English alphabet. What predicated this outrage/outburst? Learning the Thai alphabet, obviously. (Don’t worry about the incorrect number of Thai consonants and vowels Evo says on the show. Did we mention he’d been drinking?) Linguists probably ...…
 
Mike, Ben, and Alex discuss the factors behind the Timberwolves' improvement, why we're often slow to acknowledge them, why Karl-Anthony Towns gets nitpicked, Andrew Wiggins' struggles, and more. Plus, a Heat-Raptors discussion that predates Tuesday night's fight, Steph Curry is STILL underrated, and what the Lakers should do about LaVar Ball, ...…
 
Today’s show was inspired from Maria, who asked the following: “I wanted to ask your opinion on [NAME REDACTED] travel writer's program. As a travel writer, do you think this program is a good investment?” Without any personal experience with the travel program in question, we decided to reinterpret her question as: “Should I pay good money to ...…
 
We're back! SB Nation Director of Vibes Zito Madu and friend of the pod Alex Rubenstein discuss Isaiah Thomas' debut, the psychology of the Kyrie Irving/LeBron James breakup, DeMar DeRozan vs. analytics, whether the Raptors can compete with the Cavs in the East, and an epic Ben rant on Marcus Smart's flopping.…
 
When we booked a private Estonian sauna for a couple of hours in Estonia, we knew it was a perfect time to reflect on the best parts of our trip to Tallinn thus far. Even though there was beer involved (are you surprised?) we managed not to ruin our equipment as we recorded in the super-hot sauna or bubbling jacuzzi. But if you get hungry liste ...…
 
We’re in Estonia traveling and really hadn’t intended to put out a show from the road. But on Christmas Eve, we were entertained by a drunken Finn named Miiko at one of Tallinn’s most notorious dive bar, Valli Baar. As our xmas present to you, we chopped the 48 minute rambling down to 5 of the better minutes. You wanted authentica travel storie ...…
 
The Pacers are thriving and Paul George's Thunder are struggling. Who saw that coming? With George's return to Indiana on the horizon, we dialed up SB Nation NBA assistant editor Whitney Medworth and Indy Cornrows writer Caitlin Cooper. Topics include:A series of mea culpas for our doomsday preseason predictions.Why Victor Oladipo has emerged a ...…
 
A not very funny thing happened on the way to pick up gifts for our supporters: Evo got into a motorcycle accident. As a passenger in an Uber in a very Thai neighborhood of Bangkok. How does a passenger in the back of a car find himself a player in a motorbike crash? Like we said, it’s not a funny story. Hopefully it has a happy ending. Got a q ...…
 
This week’s show comes to you from again and for the last time Brisbane, Australia. We’ve been here for two months and need to be moving on. Where? Well, that’s an interesting story. After living the life of full-time travelers for nearly a full year, we’ve decided to explore life from the perspective of expats living full time in… Southeast As ...…
 
Holy cow how did we make 28 episodes of our second season? Clearly we did, and you must like it, so I guess we’ll keep going. So without any further ado... We have two more stories on today’s show, one from Thailand and one from America: 1. Mooless Island Life Music credit: Upbeat Forever by Kevin MacLeod We’re stoked that Thailand’s rainy seas ...…
 
Full Show Script EVO: Greetings from the past! While we're busy collecting content for the second season of The Opportunistic Traveler's podcast, we're releasing some previously un-aired clips as to not leave you hanging. SHE: Like this one. Rubber trees are a big crop in Thailand. In this clip, we stop at one roadside rubber tree grove and ins ...…
 
Full Show Script [.50 well spent] EVO: As I write this episode of the ShEvo Studios On Tour podcast, I'm hurtling -- literally hurtling -- through the French countryside on a super comfy train. Waze tells me we're clocking in at over 230 KPH, which is -- and I just checked this -- pretty damned fast, especially for an American who typically dri ...…
 
Full Show Script [good stuff] EVO: It's June. Holy crap. That's almost five months of traveling the world. Doing exactly what we want to do every moment of every day, as we fully embrace our Opportunistic Travelers lifestyle. SHE: Every moment? What about the "moments" spent at doctor visits? Or the "moments" we spent camped out in the bathroom ...…
 
Greetings once again from Brisbane, Australia! After five weeks “down under”, we’ve noticed an interesting fashion trend. Maybe it’s the warm climate. Maybe it’s the carefree nature of Australians. Or maybe they just like tops a size or two too big, because there’s a lot of sideboob going on down here. We share two travel stories on today’s pro ...…
 
Things are heating up here in Thailand, but hopefully a break in the weather is in sight. And sorry for the less-than-perfect audio for the first half of this week’s show. We didn’t take our good equipment with us to the festival (more on that in a moment), so we did it the old way with our headsets and phones. Still, it was a story that needed ...…
 
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