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Mike Spine: A Socio-Musical Journey

A few months ago Mike Spine and Barbara Luna played a show in Amsterdam that I was fortunate enough to attend. As a bonus, Mike came over for a kitchen table conversation. In this conversation we look at his own path as both an educator and a musician and what he has learned along the way.


The Crossroads of Sound: Gnawa Music in Morocco

There are only a hand full of places in the world that come close to Essouira when it comes music and art. For hundreds of years this place has been a crossroads for trade, culture, and a self-expression. In 2018, from traditional music to spontanous improvised sound, that tradition continues. Today on the podcast we're recording in Essouira, Morocco, with the great Imad telling the story of music and why this place was, is, and will remain so vital to anyone who loves art and the beauty...


Chris Lydon: Movements and Ideas for 2018

Chris Lydon is a journalist, radio host, and observer of human behavior. He also has a deep love for jazz, books, and a good bowl of oatmeal. Chris and I became friends some ten years ago because of his legendary radio show and podcast, Radio Open Source. The first podcaster in the history of the medium, a former reporter for the NY Times, and a active member of that long tradition of Bostonians making a difference in this world. Over the years it has become a tradition that I come spend...


CTRP484 Beyond the Sharing Economy

The topic is unfortuantely overly discussed in an almost routine way in our world today: the sharing economy, the good that it does, who is in it, and who is against it. Yet even the definition of what is a sharing economy is pretty fuzzy. On today's podcast the subject is the sharing economy and growth, what happens when these often interesting and beneficial services grow. Where does the human and society fit into this equation that is so focused on earning income by tapping into...


CTRP483 How Podcasts Evolved; A Conversation with Martin of Stocktown Chronicles

Made my way up to Stockholm to spend quality time with my pal Martin of the Stocktown Chronicles Podcast. Together we sat back, drank tea, and discussed what we've seen emerge and change in podcasting since the very first days. Sit back, turn up the volume, and emerse yourself in this conversation.


CTRP479 It’s Nothing: A Conversation About Humanity

Over the past year (maybe more) my friend Yves has been on a journey of self discovery and observing human behavior. Each time he returns to Amsterdam we talk about his observations and attempts to change what is considered "normal everyday" communication. This time, we bring microphones to one of those conversations, in attempt to bring in you the audience to discuss people, communication, needs, and yes - the meaning of life. Never thought I'd write that as a podcast title :)


CTRP478 Talking Podcasting and Current Projects

Some ask where I've been, but actually I never stopped producing podcasts with Source Code Berlin and Newz of the World having lots of new content coming at you quite regularly. Meanwhile on today's program I'm talking about the world of pocasts and how it is changing, what these changes mean for us in general. Also an announcement about upcoming projects both here on this channel and elsewhere. It's a classic podcast update as many of us used to do in the golden days of podcasting.


Remembering Raja Oueis

On February 11th, 2015 my friend Raja Oueis passed away at the age of 27. I was lucky enough to meet Raja at hacker camp (OHM) in 2013. We spent several happy days exploring that crazy carnival of creativity, an event that we always looked back on with fondness. Not long after we were able to meet again, in Amsterdam and at the Hacker congress in Hamburg. Each in person meeting would be a joyous occasion for eating, laughing, thinking out loud and plotting future hanging out oppertunities....


CTRP475 Tarek Atrissi; On Arabic Script, Graphic Design and Society

Award winning graphic designer and global citizen Tarek Atrissi joins me on the podcast to talk about Arabic script, logos, design, and the impact these things have on society.


CTRP474 A New Dawn Rises in Hamburg

If you've been alive for a few decades you've surely noticed how fast time passes and how things seem to change, sometimes even without us fully comprehending what has happened. Once a year, somewhere in Germany, several thousand enthusiastic individuals get together to consider those changes and look into what else is possible in the future. Beyond that, old and new friends get a chance to catch up, share knowledge, and maybe even get inspired. This event, known as the Chaos Communication...


Live from Shanghai: In the Land of China

It feels like everything that needs to be written about China, has been written. You've heard the proverbs and the observations; teach your children Chinese because that is the future. Doing business in China is the fast track to success. The largest population in the world is getting more demanding as far as quality of life and choices. --- In this podcast I give you my take on things after a week on the ground getting to hear from some innovative and wise thinkers with decades of...


CTRP472 Shelby Earl Live at Studiobar

She's been called "The most heart breaking voice in Seattle". I prefer to call her - fantastic. I had the privilege of getting to ask a few questions as part of an up close and personal performance by Shelby Earl at Studio Bar in Amsterdam. Listen and enjoy.


CTRP471 Learning Russia from the Inside

Not since the cold war has the world needed to take a time-out from political posturing and the information game to get beyond the gate keepers and speak directly with these millions of people referred to as "Russia". Not unlike back 25 years ago, we in the west are once again talking about a people as if they do not have a voice and do not have a wide range of opinions and values. And over in Russia, you can bet similar is being done in the media when referring to "the west". Enter the...


Closing Out the Dubai Taxi Project

In order to properly say goodbye to the Dubai Taxi Project, you have to have a podcast. On today's program there are final notes, unpublished reflections, hypocracies, musings, future plans and an easter egg.


Storytelling in Dubai

Meedo Taha is, among other things, a storyteller in Dubai. Before making his life in this city, his own story went from Lebanon, to London, to Tokyo, to LA and beyond. Are we living in an era where the art of storytelling has risen to some newfound prominence? What kinds of stories are inspired and produced by the cultures of the Arabian penninsula? These are other subjects are a part of this lunchtime podcast we recorded at the American University in Dubai.


Shaped By War: An Iraqi Journalist in Dubai

Although it was not his original intention to become a journalist, war and life in general somehow pushed Ali Al Shouk in that direction. After a decade of being a reporter first in Baghdad and now in Dubai, it is journalism that has become his natural calling. On today's program we hear from Ali on Iraq, war, migration, and the role of the media in this part of the world.


Love in a Dubai Taxi

For some it is a matter of doing what their family wants. Others struggle with the demands of family and the demands of the heart. Sometimes something beautiful turns tragic. In one of the most thankless jobs in a booming city like Dubai, there are kind, caring, and inspiring romantics waiting to share their stories.


37 Years; The Dubai Life of KJ Bhatia

He arrived in Dubai just as the UAE came into existence. In his 37 years as a Dubai resident, KJ Bhatia has had a front row seat to see a world of change in both the city and the region. As luck would have it, one day we struck up a conversation in his shop which would eventually lead to this podcast. This is one man's life story that runs parallel to the amazing rise of a nation.


The Creative Soul of Jumeirah Beach

Somewhere along the neverending Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai you'll find a little oasis of healthy food and unique style. The place is Comptoir 102, a concept cafe created and run by my guests on today's podcast: Alexandra de Montaudouin and Emma Sawko. While their place may not be far from downtown, this little cafe is in a very different world from the brand name corporate culture that took root in Dubai more than a decade ago.


Wasted My Life Chasing Money

Life wisdom comes from unexpected places at unexpected times. On one particular evening I was making my way from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and I found myself seated next to Mr. AJ from Nepal, a taxi driver-philosopher-extraordinaire. As I got into the car I asked how is life? and his immediate response was, "I am I bad man, I have wasted my life chasing money." I knew right there, this was going to be an interesting ride.


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