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Your host (and his erstwhile nonexistent roommate Chad) sit down with entrepreneur and wandering investor Maurice to talk about his travels, his financial advice for expats, and his recent jaunt to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua to avoid quarantine. Your host gets a little overzealous with the website promotion. That domain name, by the way (should yo…
 
In which your host extends an open invitation for you to join or to willfully ignore The Trout Society: a deliberately ill-defined band of brooders, thinkers, and blatherers united in their opposition to the breed of nihilism espoused and embodied by Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States. All requisite information is included in …
 
Rev. Jerry Stiles makes his record-setting third appearance on the show in this wide-ranging interview that covers everything from the pronunciation of the word "Nebraska" ("like a fart on a plastic chair") to Daoism to the coronavirus to 1980s baseball and everything in between. One might think of Jerry as an involuntary expat: months ago, he, his…
 
In which your host interviews Nathan Pauls, his second contestant in the show's accidental Nicest Guy from New Jersey Competition. Highlights include Nathan's account of his first and only winter in Mongolia's coldest province, zen and the art of woodchopping, the Naadam festival of "three manly sports," and his short-lived Mongolian wrestling care…
 
In which your host sits down with his long-estranged half sister for a conversation that has absolutely nothing to do with travel, but quite a lot to do with the art of burlesque, child furries, assless chaps, prosthetic arms ejaculating high fructose corn syrup, and post-marital dog theft. This podcast was recorded over a month ago, at a time when…
 
A few days ago, Jeanine Fitzgerald narrowly escaped quarantine in Cairo and multiple Egyptian plagues, only to return to her native Washington and proud Western epicenter of COVID-19. In this episode, she and your host discuss Cairo's ongoing great flood, the ensuing eruption of raw sewage, killer hailstorms, a locust infestation, and a power outag…
 
In which your host and his long-term travel droog discuss American politics: what it's like to be a flaming liberal in a red state, whether America is sinking into permanent decline and eternal division, and what (if anything) can be done to stitch together the ripped-apart nation in which the two of us reside for the moment.…
 
Your host sits down with Oleg and his delightful accent to talk about Ukraine, its recent past, its history of corrupt leadership, its relations with Russia over the years, and the circumstances that led to its current clusterfuck involving The Orange Blob and His Friends. Even as a Ukrainian-American Lieutenant Colonel undermines the schemes perpe…
 
In which your host engages with his guest, Haval, a current resident of Iraqi Kurdistan, for his ground-level perspective on the situation in northeast Syria, the current state of the Kurdish people, and what relations (should we be fortunate enough to maintain them) between the United States and the Kurds will look like in the future.…
 
In which your host addresses the passing of one of his fellow — and most beloved — Peace Corps volunteers. Like the rest of my cohorts, I am at a loss for words, so I shall let The Pogues tell it. So long, Pete. We will make this world a better place in your absence. Promise.By Keith Petit
 
In which your host, after stuttering and spontaneously coining the term “abroadcast,” assesses what he suspects are the real reasons lurking behind the NBA’s sudden reticence to talk human rights when it comes to Hong Kong. On a BCAA/creatine-fueled rant that takes him from Francis Fukuyama and the collapse of the Soviet Union to Space Jam 2 and th…
 
In which your host and newly minted Special Foreign Correspondent Julie O’Yang discuss the nuclear-tipped dong competition that was the Chinese Communist Party’s 70th birthday celebration, Xi Jinping’s quite deliberate emulation of Chairman Mao throughout the festivities, what this display of bravado signifies for the fates of Hong Kong and Taiwan,…
 
In which your host lambastes the human lamprey his countrymen and -women call their president and that human lamprey’s most recent (and most grievous) decision: to subject the Kurds to genocide at the hands of Erdoğan’s pro-Russia, pro-Assad Islamist paradise. Other matters addressed: how to discuss politics with one’s parents (don’t), and some hyp…
 
In which your host, for want of better options, delivers a totally unconvincing State of the Podcast Address, ruminates upon his recent streak of podcasting misfortune, the demise of the four seasons (the human-fueled deviation in our annual weather patterns, not Frankie Valli and company), the modern working world and how it ties into the broader …
 
In which your host attempts to explain the chaos behind and betwixt the David Liebe Hart interview and his own rant re: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mother China, et al. He also, in the wake of the second anniversary of the show, serenades his audience with a tasteful Taiwanese selection, sung in proper East Asian karaoke room fashion, complete with excessiv…
 
In this mega-mini podcast, your host draws from his three-ish years teaching and living in the Han Chinese world (in both Sichuan Province and Taiwan) in order to explain why the looming Golden Age of China isn't such a great thing for the world, and why America (in its current incarnation) will do precisely nothing to help their long-time allies i…
 
In which your host settles a festering nine-year-old bet with fellow RPCV and arch nemesis Andrew Moose by ingesting one hundred hua jiao (Sichuanese numbing peppers) to the tune of Sunn O))). While nothing so degrading can exactly be termed a success, your host is pleasantly surprised by all of the ways in which the experiment was not an unmitigat…
 
In which your host airs at least some of his remorse regarding The Great Interview That Wasn’t: his brilliant hour-long chat with Dr. Don Kulick, anthropologist extraordinaire, that (courtesy of Amolto Call Recorder) went unrecorded and will never be heard by anyone — not your host, not his guest, not the CIA: nobody. In a feeble attempt to compens…
 
In which your host celebrates two full months (and one half-finished day) of joyful/mundane sobriety, previews his gaggle of upcoming guests (Uzbekistan! Afghanistan! A Uighur! A Kurd!), and preserves for posterity the occasion that he very nearly bankrupted Econo Lodge® — that most economical of lodges — by losing six plastic keycards during the c…
 
When your host first decided to go Stanhopping a few weeks ago, he didn’t exactly pencil Turkmenistan into his schedule. A year before, he went searching for a Real Live Turkmenistani Citizen, but there were no takers: those who were Turkmenistani figured your host for a member of the secret police, and those who had been to Turkmenistan — well, no…
 
There are many stans, but only Tajikistan is Tajikistan. Our host sits across the world from the pseudonymous Benjamin, an American scholar of Persian language and literature and a walking Wikipedia of Central Asian fun facts. Tajikistan was Ben's first real trip abroad, and he liked the place so much that he married it. (Real Live Tajik in-laws ca…
 
In which your host and the dauntingly articulate Ardit Kola spend about ten minutes parsing modern Albanian politics before shooting down a series of progressively irrelevant conversational wormholes, among them: Incels, boulder warfare, bringing a buckshot pistol to a European summit, Hellbanianz, dogs with smartphones, and The Universal Shittines…
 
In which your caffed-out host talks Central Asian democracy with Kazakhstani-Brooklynite activist Laura Winterfell. She recounts how a potato-shaped man with all the charisma of a doorknob quietly reigned over one of the largest countries on Earth for thirty nightmarish years, and then retired (without actually retiring) but not before renaming the…
 
In which your host sits down over a soothing Gatorade® bottle of Fijian kava and enjoys a maximally chill convo with his now-official Albanian Beard Bro, the mononymous Niku. With saintlike patience, Niku fleshes out the nuances of Albanian politics to his troglodytic host, describes the glories of Albanian cuisine (think: Italian, Greek, and Turki…
 
In which your host ruminates on past misbehavior abroad -- including a tense standoff in which (in an alternate universe) he was bludgeoned to death with an eight-foot wand and left for dead in a wine vat -- and previews his upcoming guests: if Albania, Papua New Guinea, anthropology, or linguistics happen to be your jam, ExpatPod's got you, fam.…
 
In this Father’s Day edition of Expatriate Act, your host sits down with his pops to discuss the old man’s prepubescent escape from the seminary, his enlistment in the Air Force, his narrow evasion of the Vietnam War, his reassignment to Greenland (where he encountered many a musk ox, including an especially noteworthy one named Willie), his reassi…
 
This leaked exclusive SPECIAL EDITION Expatriate Act podcast is available for only £15,000, and for a limited time only. DM us for details. Hurry before Season 3 descends upon us with its forebodings of time travel, flashbacks, flash-forwards, and raffles. Yours,--Skeezy Russian HackersBy Keith Petit
 
In which your host and his dearly beloved travel companion reconvene to discuss almost nothing involving travel. Instead, Andrei Tarkovsky crops up a lot, along with the perils of introducing Western hip culture to East Asian college students. The play Oedipus Rex, when taken literally, doesn’t seem to resonate well with Korean undergrads. Neither …
 
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