Podcasts Picks: The Trip
Hosted by: Nathan Thornburgh
RoadsandKingdoms.com // Travel, Culture, Interview
This is probably the closest a podcast can get to Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Perhaps it is no surprise then that Bourdain was a partner, editor-at-large, and the sole investor in the independent online publication Roads & Kingdoms, which produces the podcast.
Co-founded by host Nathan Thornburgh, who spent a decade as a foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine, and Matt Goulding, a James Beard Award-winning food writer, their podcast uses "deep storytelling ... to inform and inspire about destinations around the globe." Thornburgh uses the platform to explore all parts of the world through in-depth conversations, and while the episodes sometimes focus on food and drink, more often the emphasis is on people's everyday lives and experiences. Recent episodes include conversations with Ahmed Najm whose life changed after his brother was kidnapped by ISIS in Iraq, iconic Cuban hip-hop artist Telmary Díaz who learned to use the microphone as an "instrument of power," and writer and stand-up comic Jennifer Neal who talks about being a Black woman living in United States, Japan, Australia, and Germany. Especially now, when travel is limited, this is the perfect podcast to take a trip with one's earbuds to learn more about other places and people and our shared humanity.
— Jonathan Burdick