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October, 2017

Episode 19: Barcelona with Charity Blansit

CHARITY BLANSIT moved for love– from a small town in Missouri all the way to Barcelona over seventeen years ago. She’s an artist that finds inspiration in old and new, scavenging at night for material in her neighborhood and settling into a burgeoning contemporary art scene. She gives advice on learning two languages, navigating cultural nuances and the crush of tourism. And finally, a discussion of Catalonia’s fight for independence from someone who lives there. (Length 31 minutes)

Photo: courtesy Charity Blansit

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SHOW NOTES
[00:15] What is caceralazo?
[00:46] Quick recap of Barcelona statistics
[01:06] Catalonia history on speed
[01:41] Protest of Spain’s intervention of referendum for independence
01:58 Catalonia declares independence (NBC)
02:13 Spanish government denounces Catalonia’s independence (NBC)
[02:37] Survey says….. it’s a mixed bag
[02:49] Voter turnout?
[03:35] Why does Catalonia want independence?
[04:30] Secession and the Anti-Globalization Movement of Russia
[05:33] Charity provides clarity on what’s going on in Catalonia
[07:45] Invasion of foreign real estate investment
[09:01] #TouristGoHome and the need for regulation of tourism
[10:00] Airbnb and HomeAway fines and the Naked Italians
[10:45] The fine art of night scavenging
[11:20] Barcelona provides inspiration for artists
[12:45] Walnut Shade, Missouri to Barcelona
[16:00] Learning not just one language, but two
[17:20] Don’t be a dick: understanding the nuances of “pollo”
[18:25] Adjusting to city life–why don’t you invite me over?
19:59 Terrorist attack (NBC)
20:05 Terrorist attack (The Telegraph)
22:37 Sunday is like any other day (Eurobarometer 69) p 16
[23:46] Socialized medicine: doctors dig it!
[24:00] I Heart B & G. Nuff said.
[25:35] A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
[26:00] Guadalajara (Catalan)
[26:30] El Cagane: A Scatalogical Christmas
[27:20] Caga Tio: the pooping uncle
[28:00] The yuletide LOG doesn’t translate well for American children

 

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Episode 18: Peru, Ayahuasca and the Daniel Cleland Experience

Hallucinogens and plant medicines are experiencing a renaissance, not so much for recreational use as much as for their unique healing abilities. Daniel Cleland takes you deep into the Amazon and shares what it’s like to drink ayahuasca, the role of the shaman, and his life in Peru and South America. (Length: 52 min)

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SHOW NOTES

00:50 Fear of high school: Go Ask Alice IMDb movie book amazon itunes
01:40 Uh… Alice who? (Snopes.com)
01:50 Books based on “anonymous” teen diaries (NY Times)
02:35 Uncle Sam’s interest in hallucinogens (New Yorker)
03:00 Grace Slick’s plot to put LSD in Richard Nixon’s tea (Wall St. Journal)
[03:20] President Bummer: Nixon signs controlled substances act in 1970
03:40 Nixon’s plot to murder columnist Jack Anderson with LSD (NPR)
04:40 Current psychedelic research by top US institutions
05:00 FDA greenlights phase 3 trials of MDMA for PTSD (MAPS)
[05:30] Westerners are flocking to Iquitos, Peru for authentic ayahuasca experience
[05:51] Meet nomad Daniel Cleland
06:38 What’s ayahuasca?
[07:20] Early life: Road less travelled leads to Brazil
09:50 Daniel signs on with G Adventures
[12:00] Experience and entrepreneurship leads to a different kind of tour business
[14:45] Accident in Australia leads to Peru
16:35 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck iTunes amazon
[18:29] Daniel’s first ayahuasca experience
18:44 The Drug of Choice in the Age of Kale (New Yorker)
[19:30] Daniel describes the ayahuasca experience in detail
31:01 Working with ayahuasca retreats and Shipibo shamans in Peru
33:24 Ayahuasca reaches the mainstream: a discussion of resulting issues between Daniel and Rak Razzam (clip courtesy of Daniel Cleland Experience podcast)
[37:28] The challenges of starting a business in Peru
[39:13] Minor frustrations of daily life add up
[41:20] The allure of Costa Rica and many reasons to move
[44:45] Documentary: The Plant Teacher (to be released in Spring 2018)
[46:21] Inspiration along the way:
4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss iTunes amazon
Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky iTunes amazon
[47:36] Motivation
[48:58] Taking the long view

ADDITIONAL LINKS AND RESOURCES

Pulse of the Jungle: Ayahuasca, Adventures and Social Enterprise by Daniel Cleland amazon
Daniel Cleland Experience podcast
International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research & Service (ICEERS)
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Psychedelic Science Conference

Pulse of the Jungle by Daniel Cleland

 

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Episode 17: Culture Shock Flashback: French Edition

 

Culture Shock Flashback turns Expat Sandwich on its head. Instead of interviewing American expats, we invite foreign expats living in the United States to share their experience. In this episode we talk with French nationals Charlotte and Laurent about their thoughts on guns, patriotism, differences in work culture and much more. (Length: 22 minutes)

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SHOW NOTES

00:47 Where do the French expats go? (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
01:24 French wine industry (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
02:20 What is Aerospace Valley?
[02:42] Flight data “black(?) box”
[03:37] Laurent’s first dose of culture shock on US soil
[03:52] Accents wreak havoc on Charlotte’s arrival
05:20 Clip: Rustler’s Rhapsody/Paramount Pictures iTunes Amazon
05:43 Number of background checks for gun purchases in US 2016 (WaPo)
06:03 Are you crazy? What it takes to buy a gun in France (WaPo)
07:43 Flags R Us: Flag sales statistics in the US (Annin Flagmakers citing National Flag Foundation)
[09:50] Bonjour ya’ll!
[11:24] The most generous country in the world. Sort of.
[12:00] A shy Frenchman attempts to navigate the dating culture in the US
[13:48] And then, of course there’s the food!
[17:47] There’s no “Je” in “team”: some interesting differences in work culture

 

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