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September, 2017

Episode 16: Japan with Mike Martino

Mike Martino went from jazz musician to second degree black belt in karate to software development and then finally being a potter living in Japan for the last 21 years. Martino offers incredible insight into Japanese culture, hilarious language mishaps, and even a romp through the prison system–which turns out to be a little different from the way they do things in the US. Length: 45 minutes

Learn more about Mike Martino at Karatsu Pots.

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SHOW NOTES
01:14 What is Kintsugi?
02:04 Where the hell is Taku, Japan?
04:10 Karatsu? wha?
[05:11] Clay type from the region
[06:02] Gas and wood-fired kilns
[06:29] Why is pine the best for wood kilns?
[07:47] Best method of sleep for stoking fire every 25 minutes for 72 hours
[08:44] The agony of cooling off
[09:16] Who are “the kiln Gods?
[10:13] Software developer vs potter–pros and cons
12:38 Where’s the most badass jazz school in the world?
[14:17] Black belt in karate hits the wall
15:01 New Zealand’s Settlement Index: Turn that frown upside down!
[15:46] Language mishaps: no charge for the cockroach
[19:33] News of the heart
[20:24] Meet the parents
[23:03] Navigating an international marriage
[23:49] Raising bilingual boys
[24:55] 20 days of nonstop fun in a Japanese prison
[34:30] So funny I forgot to laugh: cultural differences in humor
35:12 What is manzai?
35:31 Downtown is Japan’s most influential comedy duo
[36:44] Missing McDonald’s?
[37:55] Change is inevitable
[39:37] Now that I know Japanese, why are you looking at me that way?
41:50 Marginal man theory

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Episode 15: Peace Man – Judson Moore


What do you do when you just can’t help yourself helping other people? We talk with Judson Moore and discuss how to plug in through foreign exchange, Peace Corps, volunteering, how to become a foreign diplomat and more. In our book, nice guys DEFINITELY finish first.

Learn more about Judson at judsonlmoore.com and @judsonlmoore

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SHOW NOTES

00:48 Hurricane Harvey- Washington Post reports it is the third 500 year flood in three years
02:15 Mexico issues formal statement–No wall-announces solidarity with the American people and send troops and supplies to help with relief efforts in Houston.
[04:11] Marty’s obsession with David Cassidy (clip, see music credit below)
[04:25] Special Report (CBS News clip)
05:05 Mark Morford quote: For all of the Madness….
06:10 Rotary Club Youth Exchange
07:15 Rotary Club International Motto: Service above self
07:20 Judson discusses how he came to know and enroll in the Rotary International Youth Exchange
[09:30] First impressions of Germany to a 17 year old American.
[15:11] Establishing an international network as a teenager.
[15:42] Brazil: the trip that changed his life
[17:18] Epiphany in college Poli Sci- foreign service as a career?
18:14 How the Peace Corps got its start
18:24 The Ugly American by Eugene Burdick and William J. Lederer (book)
(movie trailer clip: Official Content from Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
19:43 John F. Kennedy speech announcing creation of Peace Corps
21:06 Hellooooo Kyrgyzstan! Wait. Where?
23:22 Judson’s Peace Corps training and communications project
30:15 Kyrgyzmedia.com
[32:00] Judson’s older brother Lew and Hillary Clinton
[36:36] While Young: thoughts on book in progress
37:40 Volunteering at Red Cross
38:35 Mark Morford full quote

I Think I Love You from The Partridge Family Album. Written by Tony Romeo and produced by Wes Farrell, Arista Records (originally released on Bell Records). In 1970, it outsold Let It Be and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

 

 

We love these vintage designs for Peace Corps identity, discovered over at allmyeyes.blogspot.com. –There are many more examples here from the Peace Corps Collection. It’s a great website/source for design fanatics.

1968 Peace Corps advertisement

 

 

 

 

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