121 A Listening Blue—Arles, Where Vincent Dreamed of Japan

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121 A Listening Blue—Arles, Where Vincent Dreamed of Japan

Vincent Van Gogh left the Netherlands to paint the South of France near the end of his life and created some of the most famous and lasting works in his short career there. I asked Marion Ley of the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles why ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

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There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
— Vincent Van Gogh

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120 Dublin Live Show—Sweny's, Where PJ Welcomes Joyceans

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120 Dublin Live Show—Sweny's, Where PJ Welcomes Joyceans

PJ Murphy dresses like a chemist to greet the visitors to Sweny’s Pharmacy who come to Dublin to experience James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses. At Kennedy’s Pub and Station across the street—that Joyce surely visited as well—before a lovely warm live audience, I asked how PJ ended up at the center of such a moving literary pilgrimage ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

Westin’s Fund is a foundation started by my brother and his wife to help cover the medical costs of families who lose children to miscarriage and stillbirth. There’s no better week to donate than now as we celebrate James Joyce’s Ulysses, which deals with exactly that tragedy and its lingering effects. Click on the link above. Even a small amount helps. Tell them I sent you!

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I saw the danger, yet I passed along the enchanted way.
— Patrick Kavanagh

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119 Seven Words—Maine, Where Rocinante Glowed

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119 Seven Words—Maine, Where Rocinante Glowed

John Steinbeck packed up his dog and a few belongings into a camper he christened Rocinante and set out on the road late in life to discover America. I asked the head archivist at the National Steinbeck Center why ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

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The way is open.
— John Steinbeck

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118 The Last Grain of Rice—Mosul, Where Mikey Saw a Face

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118 The Last Grain of Rice—Mosul, Where Mikey Saw a Face

Mikey spent years as a helicopter pilot before becoming a storyteller. You can see his filmmaking at MikeyKay.com. I asked how he approaches interviewing—in other words how he deals with “the observer effect” ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

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Your thought kindled a fire beside you that showed a path.
— Abu l-'Ala al-Ma'arri

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117 The Other Side—L'Abri, Where Ryan Demilitarized

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117 The Other Side—L'Abri, Where Ryan Demilitarized

Ryan needed a place to decompress after serving in the military, so he went to L’Abri, a communal living center in the English countryside. I asked what exactly it was that reversed his political stance ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

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So hadde I spoken with hem everichon that I was of hir felawshipe anon.
— Chaucer

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116 Lost City—Scotland, Where Joe Rescued a Drone

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116 Lost City—Scotland, Where Joe Rescued a Drone

Joe ditched his drone in the middle of a herd of cattle in Scotland. The question was how to get it out again. I asked how travel shapes his creativity building the props for the Star Wars movies ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musicians, Dana Boulé and Grupo Sonkoy.

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Whole castles have vanished from my memory, whole cities I have never visited again.
— Ford Madox Ford

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115 The Cloud Sea—China, Where Gabriel Sang

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115 The Cloud Sea—China, Where Gabriel Sang

Gabriel and his girlfriend left Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to travel the entire world. We met in Valparaíso, Chile nine months in. I asked what could make them leave paradise ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Je te reconnaître dans tous les hommes.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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114 Absolute Silence—Auschwitz, Where Dominik Cried

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114 Absolute Silence—Auschwitz, Where Dominik Cried

Dominik moved to Berlin to become a poet, which makes him uniquely suited to tell the story of a visit to Auschwitz. I asked why he thought the German capital would change him ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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May they be safe where it is told.
— Peig Sayers

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113 ¿Qué vamos a hacer?—Panama, Where Caleb Brought a Stranger to Church

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113 ¿Qué vamos a hacer?—Panama, Where Caleb Brought a Stranger to Church

Caleb moved his family to Panama to begin a teaching career. I asked if he would pick me up at the airport after we met on Twitter ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Keep reaching out to the Unknown in others, whatever the odds.
— Graham Murtaugh

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111 Stolpboerderij De Harn—Ilpendam, Where Jeannette Remains a Geographer

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111 Stolpboerderij De Harn—Ilpendam, Where Jeannette Remains a Geographer

Jeannette and her golden retriever, Bram, host the best Airbnb that I have ever stayed at—a barn in a village just outside Amsterdam. I asked why the landscape looks so much like the paintings by the Dutch masters ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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To look at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots of a map.
— Vincent Van Gogh

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110 The Fata Morgana—Rome, Where Peter Immigrated

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110 The Fata Morgana—Rome, Where Peter Immigrated

Peter oversees the creation of the most wonderful gelato in Rome, at Fata Morgana Gelato. Though Italian by ancestry, he grew up in Canada and moved to the bel paese only later. I asked what it felt like to immigrate ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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I wander and wander along, and forever before me gleams the shining city of song.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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107 Multi-Colored Mirrors—Ireland, Where Sam Bought a Motorcycle

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107 Multi-Colored Mirrors—Ireland, Where Sam Bought a Motorcycle

Sam rode his new bike from Ireland to Prague where we met in front of the Lennon Wall, a living memorial layered over in years of graffiti. Decades ago, Beatles quotes scribbled there launched the Velvet Revolution. I asked what words he added ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Oh to be a sparrowhawk.
— Anonymous Troubadour, Eleventh Century

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104 Fourteen Years—The U.S., Where Henry Immigrated Illegally

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104 Fourteen Years—The U.S., Where Henry Immigrated Illegally

Henry tried three times to cross the border into the U.S., a long journey from his home in Honduras. He has been a translator for Mission Lazarus since coming back. I asked why ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Blessed are those in whose hearts are roads.
— Psalm 84:5

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103 Burnout—Oaxaca, Where Meghan Recovered

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103 Burnout—Oaxaca, Where Meghan Recovered

Meghan had an epiphany in Mexico. I asked whether it’s possible to bring her insight back into settled life ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

Consider donating to Westin's Fund, a charity that covers the costs for grieving parents related to miscarriages and stillbirths:

Les soins accordés au malade, l’accueil offert au proscrit, le pardon même ne valent que grâce au sourire qui éclaire la fête. Nous nous rejoignons dans le sourire au-dessus des langages, des castes, des partis. Nous sommes les fidèles d’une même Église, tel et ses coutumes, moi et les miennes.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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102 One Twenty-Fifth of a Second—Yugoslavia, Where Wade Photographed War

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102 One Twenty-Fifth of a Second—Yugoslavia, Where Wade Photographed War

Wade Goddard established a museum for war photography that you must visit in Dubrovnik, Croatia, War Photo Limited. He came to Yugoslavia in the 90s. I asked what it was like to travel in a country that no longer exists ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician, Dana Boulé.

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Is there a time for keeping your distance?
— U2

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