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Episode 101
July 28 , 2020

101. Iain Dale; Communist Russia, Italian Coach Trips, the SAS in Beirut and the Decline of Social Discourse

A school trip to Communist Russia left LBC’s Iain Dale hooked on travel. He’s since learned fluent German, been chased to the Austrian border by a Hungarian prostitute, been guarded at gun-point in Lebanon, done things he doesn’t feel he…
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Episode 100
July 15 , 2020

100. Dr Hassan Shehata; World-Leading Miscarriage Expert on Torture in a Sudanese Prison, Bob Marley in Jamaica and Donald Trump on Medication

Pioneering obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Hassan Shehata grew up in Khartoum in Sudan. As a junior doctor he was thrown headlong into revolution, military Islamic extremism, beatings and torture. We talk about his horrific time in ‘ghost house’ prisons, life…
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July 2 , 2020

99. Eulanda Shead Osagiede; Travel’s Colonial History, Japanese Kimonos and Tanzanian Seaweed Collectors

Award-winning travel and food blogger from Hey! Dip Your Toes In Eulanda Shead Osagiede grew up in Colorado, balancing beautiful forests and mountains with growing gang violence and police oppression, studied dance in New York City then moved to…
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Episode 98
June 17 , 2020

98. Boutique Hotelier, Francesca Eyre; Parisian Au Pairing, Irish Stately Homes and the Accident That Wiped Her Memory

Growing up with two terminally ill siblings Francesca Eyre, chef and co-owner of Chilly Powder holidays in the Alps, learned independence and adventure at a young age. After losing her sister aged 16 and mother aged 21 a chance…
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Episode 97
June 1 , 2020

97. Hollywood Military Adviser, Paul Biddiss; Correcting George Clooney, Pinewood with Brad Pitt, Tenerife with Matt Damon and Surviving Emergency Chute Landings

There aren’t many people who would correct George Clooney but, on his first film as an extra, this led to former paratrooper Paul Biddiss having a huge change in career from surveillance and bodyguard to Hollywood military adviser. He’s since…
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Episode 96
May 16 , 2020

96. Kash Bhattacharya: The Budget Traveller, Grand Hostels, Finnish Cloudberries and Ancient Samurai Kingdoms

The travel writing of Kash Battacharya, the Budget Traveller, has won him accolades including National Geographic Traveller Writer of the Year, filming for Lonely Planet and the BBC and resulted in his book The Grand Hostels, Luxury…
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Episode 95
April 28 , 2020

95. Oliver Gee, The Earful Tower Podcast; Back-Street Paris, a Swedish Moose and the Great American Road-Trip (…yeah, baby)

The fabulous Earful Tower Podcast, of which the star of the show is Paris, hit number one this month in the USA Apple podcast charts. Lisa chats to host Oliver Gee about seeing Paris like a local, chasing beavers down…
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Episode 94
April 16 , 2020

94. Victoria Hislop; Best-Selling Novelist on Greek Leprosy Colonies, Garcia Lorca in Granada and Kitsch Souvenirs of Fascist Dictators

We’re still riding high in Apple Podcasts places and travel charts all around the world, including several days at number 1 in the UK and as high as number 16 in the US so I want to thank you once…
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April 7 , 2020

93. Travis Elborough; Vanishing Lakes in Uzbekistan, Californian Ghost Towns and Disappearing Yorkshire Villages

Dreaming of travel – because we can’t actually travel – has become a lot more meaningful during lockdown and this week I really loved being on the When in Spain podcast. Paul Burge from Madrid and me in London, talking…
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