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Welcome to Speaking of Travel! Host Marilyn Ball speaks to folks about their inspiring, uplifting & dreamy travel experiences. And today it's even more important than ever to dream big and make plans to travel again! So sit back and be carried away to places from around the world and from right here in your own backyard. No Passport Required!
 
Tall tales. Short tales. Lost tales. Forgotten tales. The past is full of great stories, lost or forgotten, waiting to have life breathed back into them. Telling Simple takes stories from the past that you have probably never heard before and retells them with as much truth and humor as possible. Here you will find a bare-bones style of storytelling where stories are retold, simply. (Most appropriate for ages 9 and up.) Season 1 contains stories from California. #storytellingpodcast, #Califo ...
 
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Arnfinn Oines, Secretary of the Soneva Foundation and Social & Environmental Conscience of Soneva, discusses eco-tourism and sustainability and their environmental, social and economic impact programs in the Maldives and the world. The Speaking of Travel + Leave No Trace Series with Richard Crawford, host of the Amazon Prime TV series, continues wi…
 
Jennifer Ball is a Chinese-speaking, magenta-haired, French horn-playing, rock 'n' roll singer/novelist who focuses on inclusive language. Jennifer explains how travel requires more listening because you're often in a new place. With listening comes thinking about language and word choice so you're not offending another culture. She lived in China …
 
For Akira Satake, the act of creation is a collaboration between him, the clay and the fire. Akira shares his experiences finding the beauty in imperfection and the importance of “ma,” the space in-between. Akira Satake was born in Japan and his first serious passion was American roots music. He taught himself to play guitar and banjo listening to …
 
Michael Chowdry, founder of Atlas Air, lived life with passion and enthusiasm. His wife Linda created a special memoir to honor Michael's drive, creativity, charismatic personality and his love of aviation. Her book, "No Man's Son - A Flight from Obscurity to Fame" is the story about her immigrant/entrepreneur husband who came to this country with …
 
The Speaking of Travel + Leave No Trace series with Richard Crawford, host of the Amazon Prime TV show "Leave No Trace," features Ben Alcott, the show’s director and cameraman (and more) from Australia, to discuss responsible travel and provide some steps we can take to become more mindful travelers. Ben also shares what it's like to film Ricky on …
 
Allyn Burrows is the artistic director of Shakespeare & Company, located in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts and one of the world’s top Shakespeare festivals. They are committed to inclusion, diversity and racial and gender equity as its foundation. They believe that live theatre connects us all in the universal pursuit of a purposeful exist…
 
What if you could live for the moment and then take it with you? Holly Christensen, founder of Dune Jewelry, creates unique customized and personalized collections that are perfect for holding on to special travel moments. Dune Jewelry & Co. creates Experiential Jewelry by handcrafting personalized, custom designs using sand and earth elements from…
 
What would you do if a woman, dripping wet, asks you to help her find her baby, and then when you look away, she's gone, playing hide and seek with you, making you wonder what the heck was she talking about. (Except with this game of hide & seek, you will never find her) This ghost story took place in San Francisco, around Stow Lake in Golden Gate …
 
Around the world, live performances are beginning to emerge again. In Cape Cod, there’s excitement in the air as the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival returns this August after a year of live shows being put on hold. What I love about the Cape Cod community is the Festival’s first show will be themed as an ode to people who continued to support the l…
 
I'm excited to announce the new Speaking of Travel + Leave No Trace series with the host of the Amazon Prime series, Richard Crawford. Each month Ricky and I will bring guests to Speaking of Travel to highlight the importance of conservation, sustainable travel and eco-tourism. On this premier episode, Ricky reveals how he discovered a passion for …
 
Karina Kennedy’s laugh-out-loud travel comedy novel, “A Not So Lonely Planet: Italy,” is brimming with art, love and sexy Italian adventures. As an intrepid explorer, Karina doesn’t want to miss out on a memory and is even willing to bend the rules. She inspires and entertains others who share her passion to explore the world, fall in love and just…
 
JoAnn Reilly Yoder is happiest when traveling the world and fearless when doing so. Bungee jumping, skydiving or paragliding off one of the highest peaks in Queenstown is what she loves to do. JoAnn was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and accustomed to living outside the United States. Traveling continues to teach her to love and accept p…
 
If you BOOM, you get a room in the county jail. Booms Beware! It's the law. This story took place back in the 1970's, in Weaverville, CA Produced by: Squeaky Metal Stool Productions Narrator: Eric Hurtt Introduction: Ruth B., Joanne E., & Cathy S. Production Voice: Special thanks to Julia H. and Jazi H. Theme Music by Patrick Patrikios Music Entitl…
 
Jill Culiner has crossed much of Europe on foot, travelled by bus, train, car and truck. Imagine having lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and even in a haunted house on the English moors. Jill has lived this life. And her artistic work is exhibited in cultural centers, galleries and museum…
 
Chef Santiago Vargas is a chef and consultant who follows his passion for food by lovingly preparing his dishes with a dose of passion, a love of culture and a touch of magic. Santiago is well-loved for his culinary artistry. Chef Santiago was born in Lima, Perú, surrounded by flavors and traditions from the Andes. From a very young age, he loved t…
 
Heidi Walters oversees marketing initiatives of group travel, international and sports marketing and industry relations for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (Visit NC). Heidi shares how their Outdoor NC initiative and partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is helping preserve the state’s precious natural…
 
Ever heard of a snake whip? When it came to robbers, bandits and thieves, the snake whip special kept the lawbreakers away. The snake whip could fend of everything, but one thing, and that one thing was a gang of . . . . This story mostly took place in the between Auburn and Forest Hill in California Produced by: Squeaky Metal Stool Productions Nar…
 
Toby Brown, U.S. Partner and lead safari coordinator with Outdoor Africa explains what visitors can expect in the days ahead when making plans to journey to this beautiful and exotic bucket-list destination. Toby shares how their focus on private custom tours is a benefit to travel in a post-Covid environment and how they have spent time building t…
 
Traveling in an RV creates timeless memories. Jim Calderbank, a former RV manufacturing executive and current campground owner, explains why the RV lifestyle is the best way to connect with the outdoors and with each other. "The people that come here, they love the outdoors, they love nature, ... at the end of the day just to see the stress drain a…
 
Jenna Torres lives a life that is a tale of two cities. When she signed with Warner Music as a single mom living in NYC and sent to Nashville, her life changed and opened up her heart and her world. Her music reflects the freedom of mind and soul. Discover how Jenna found her tribe and her heart place within a kindred nature of community. "The minu…
 
La Carmina has a passion to shine a positive spotlight on misunderstood and marginalized subcultures worldwide. She began her La Carmina travel & fashion blog in 2007 as a creative outlet during her studies at Yale Law. Since then, she’s published three books, hosted travel TV shows for major networks and explored over 70 countries for fashion and …
 
Rob Lenfestey traveled the world and after years of expanding his edges, he came to the Appalachian forest and founded Mandala Chocolate, an organic chocolate factory and Mandala Springs, a peaceful sustainable retreat on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina. Rob’s passion is to give the gifts of knowledge, empowerment a…
 
It"s the middle of winter. What do you do when your ski's set off a fire behind you, you wake up in a hole 500 feet deep, and there's a something following you, with a look it is eye that it might have a hunger for you? This story took place in the between Placerville and the State of Nevada, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Produced by: Squeaky Met…
 
Girl About Travel Club makes it easy for women to book incredible holidays but don't know where to begin. Based in the UK, Rebecca Miles is Girl About’s travel editor and freelance journalist who inspires and shares ideas to create memories to cherish. Girl About offers everything you will need to make your best holiday choices through access to ex…
 
Stephen R. Brown is a professional photographer and writer who created a life doing what he loves. From his travels to Europe, the Middle East and Morocco, to being a teacher and photojournalist, Stephen follows his intuition and is rewarded with life-changing opportunities. Stephen’s images and articles on photography have appeared in Smithsonian,…
 
Impact Travel Alliance Founder and Executive Director Kelley Louise shares new insights into how we can actively participate in advocating for more impactful initiatives around sustainable tourism. Kelley explains how important it is to take a holistic approach to empowering communities and protecting our environment so everyone is connected. Also,…
 
Find out how 2021 is shaping up in Italy and plan your trip with Mark Gordon Smith, founder of Private Italy Tours. Mark’s unwavering commitment to providing unique and unforgettable experiences is stronger than ever. Mark is creating a not-for-profit that will focus on Arts Education and the restoration of works by female artists of the Renaissanc…
 
March is women's history month. Here’s a story about a doctor, known as the medicine woman by many, who changed the world with a paint brush. Take a moment to listen to this podcast Telling Simple to hear a great story about who this doctor was and what this doctor did to make our lives safer. This story took place in the Imperial & Coachella Valle…
 
Jenny Cressman is the author of the Cuban Kisses series. The stories and characters are fictional, but Jenny has drawn on her own background and experiences (travel and otherwise) to create an authentic feeling. Many people have commented that the setting is so authentic and transportive, it's like taking a mini-vacation. For Jenny, Cuba is always …
 
Blood is on the ground. And the blood goes down a hole. And, following the blood, down the hole, it stops right at . . . This mystery story takes place on Mt. Konochi, near Clear Lake, in California. Produced by: Squeaky Metal Stool Productions Narrator: Eric Hurtt Introduction: Amika W , Christine R , Cynthia S Production Voice: Special thanks to …
 
Amanda Kingsmith and Ryan Ferguson are The World Wanderers and have a passion for travel, living life to the fullest, and finding happiness in all corners of the world. Through their popular blog and podcast, they share their amazing experiences with other travel enthusiasts and explain how travel has changed and impacted their lives in a positive …
 
Cat vs Rat. How may rats can a cat take down in one night if that cat is missing a front paw? San Francisco's best rat catcher wasn't always the best. This tall takes place in San Francisco, in California, back at the start of the California goldrush. Produced by: Squeaky Metal Stool Productions Narrator: Eric Hurtt Introduction: Ruth B, Elizabeth …
 
Gold shows up in the darndest places. But what you do tell your boss when the company's gold ends up in your lunch box, about $30,000 worth? And what do you tell the judge? This story takes place in Grass Valley, in California. I want to give credit to a historian, FD Calhoon, who mentioned this little bit of history in one of his books. The story …
 
Justine Abigail Yu is a communication strategist who works to change our world for the better. She is a leader, a mentor and a strong woman not afraid to do the work necessary to be an advocate for social justice and healing. Justine has worked with organizations operating in North America, Central America, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Her expe…
 
Long-time train enthusiast Bill McClement volunteers as a passenger train host with the NC Train Host Association, a group of ambassadors who ride state-supported AMTRAK trains. Bill provides a history of AMTRAK's 50 years and gives us a rundown of the events leading up to its formation and where it has gone from its beginning. Learn why rail trave…
 
Jonelle Patrick is the author of five novels set in Japan and has been writing about Japanese culture and travel since moving to Tokyo in 2003. She explores how books transport readers past gatekeepers to immerse us behind-the-scenes to other countries and cultures. Jonelle explains how reading fiction opens our eyes to a lot of things we might wal…
 
I don’t know if I want to let this secret out of the bag, but Winnipeg has world-class performing arts, is a foodies dream come true, and you can go see polar bears swimming over your head. This place celebrates human rights, and is quietly moving from the center of the continent to the center of our attention. Vogue calls Winnipeg, “an absolute mu…
 
Ray Blakney was raised in Turkey and lives in Mexico with his growing family. Seeing the world outside his office walls and embracing his travel bug is a priority for Ray. His stories of hiking the Incan Trail, driving through Tuscany in a Ferrari and sleeping under the stars in the Saharan desert and almost being killed by a camel named Jimmy are …
 
Dr. Sheri Rosenthal is one of the most sought after retreat strategists for coaches, speakers, authors and travel professionals and the owner of Journeys of the Spirit Travel®, a boutique agency specializing in the planning and management of group travel. Through vast experience and her love for travel, Sheri created a totally online business she c…
 
Writer Johanna Garton provides a gripping and powerful tribute to human endurance and one of the greatest unknown stories in mountaineering in her book, "Edge of The Map," a story of resiliency, seeking to find your passions, travel and adventure. Christine Boskoff, who disappeared while climbing in China in 2006, was the only American woman to sum…
 
Neale Bayly has a lifetime of storytelling adventures and travelled in over 80 countries, more than 50 of them on a motorcycle, as a photojournalist, two-time Tele award winning television producer-host, and as a humanitarian. He formed Wellspring International Outreach to benefit sick and abandoned children in Peru, South Africa, and Kenya. Today,…
 
When is it better to be lost than to be found? This story takes place on St. Nicolas Island near Santa Barbara, in California. Produced by: Squeaky Metal Stool Productions Narrator: Eric Hurtt Telling Simple Guest Announcer: Liz R. Production Voice: Special thanks to Julia H. Theme Music by Dan Henig Music Entitled: "Arpy" Song: #1 Surrender by Ash…
 
In his best-selling book, "Global Career: How to Work Anywhere & Travel Forever," Mike Swigunski shares what he's learned from years of trial and error about how to travel long-term and advance your career. Mike is the founder of GlobalCareer.io, an international job board for remote workers. Mike explores the future and explains how in today's wor…
 
Brendan Drewniany, Director of Communications at Black Tomato, a luxury travel company in the US and the UK, shares some innovative approaches to create handcrafted travel experiences designed for your new travel memories. Find out what the newest trends are in travel and where to go in 2021 to shake up your bucket list!…
 
For over a decade, Nancy Stohlman has been writing, publishing and teaching flash fiction around the world. Much of her creative process is finding the sweet spot as a writer, performer and innovator and she teaches at the University of Colorado Boulder. Nancy tells us about her new book on the writing of flash fiction, "Going Short: An Invitation …
 
While in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa, and living in extreme circumstances, Dr. Jack Allison found inner resources allowing him to not only thrive, but to give the best of what he had to those who needed it the most. And he never intended to write the #1 hit song in Malawi or be described by Newsweek as more popular than Malawi’s own president…
 
Patrick Fitzsimmons knows going beyond his comfort zone and taking risks reap rewards. His transition to what was the beginning of a well-planned career move and life style choice became a challenging and exciting chapter of his life. When Patrick was last on Speaking of Travel, he had recently returned from a trip of a lifetime to Patagonia and ha…
 
Author Larry Jorgensen conducted extensive research in current and former Coca-Cola communities to create The Coca-Cola Trail, a journey to discover the history of the world's most recognized product. Discover why Larry decided to research and write this book and what contributed most to the early growth and popularity of Coca-Cola and how did the …
 
The dead man with a beard, a beard longer than himself, was rolled up in his blanket. His beard was tied into a nice bow, But his body was resting on gold, down in his hole. So his body had to go. But the problem was . . . The story took place years ago near the town of Mariposa, in California. Hope you enjoy. Produced by: Squeaky Metal Stool Produ…
 
Sara Barrack was a child traveler and learned not to be afraid of trying something new and that experiencing new things is a joy. She shares why traveling was a great way to see how one handles life when things don't always go smoothly and why as an adult she is confident in herself, whether traveling or not. Sara explores the profound influence of…
 
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