Passport

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| YOUR TICKET TO EVERYWHERE |

Passport is a show about the world. And all the stunning, strange and breathtaking stories waiting to be discovered… if you just listen.

The world has never been more connected. But in reality, there’s still so much we don’t understand about each other. Join hosts Neil Innes and Andrés Bartos as they take you to places you didn’t realize existed, introduce you to people who you would never have otherwise met, and experience the rush of traveling the world, without ever leaving your home.

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Jerusalem - Part 2: The Fence Liers
00:46:15

| USING ART TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE |

In part two of our journey to Jerusalem, we cross the Green Line and talk to some remarkable people. An artist whose family roots in the city go back over 1000 years, but who still doesn’t qualify for a passport. An Amenian Jerusalemite, one of the city’s smallest minorities, whose work has crossed boundaries. And two Israeli entrepreneurs who found a novel way to create a safe space, free of soldiers. Plus, we hear the true story behind the Casino de Paris and what it was like to live in a neighborhood plagued by suicide bombers.

Also, we’ll have some blissfully good meals - but that almost seems beside the point. This episode is about what it truly means to be from Jerusalem.

For more, including slinks to the things we talked about, and the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit: https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport

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Aug 11, 2020
Jerusalem - Part 1: The Weight of History, Hip-Hop, and Kebab
00:44:10

| How to have fun in Jerusalem |

Sha’anan Streett might be Israel’s biggest hip-hop star and he also might own the most important bar in Jerusalem. In a tiny courtyard in the Mahane Yehuda market sits the Casino Du Paris, a little oasis in the bustle of one of the world's craziest markets. What you might not realise, sitting there with a cold one, is that this bar started a movement. In an era filled with conflict, this little bar helped the nightlife of the market explode into a bustling and remarkable place, helping turn around an entire neighborhood.

The first three days of our Neil and Andrés’ trip to Jerusalem were an upside down carnival ride; Little sleep, lots of delicious food, trippy live music, colorful art shows, a taste-test of the best kebabs in the world, so many laughs and friendly faces. We quickly realised, like everything in Jerusalem, the story of Sha’anan’s bar was much, much bigger than we thought. The ritual and practice of having fun in a historically dangerous place is complicated, but Sha’anan has a plan - and importantly, a map. Which we followed to discover a whole new side of the city - through the people who are pushing Jerusalem in new and wonderful directions.

For more, including slinks to the things we talked about, the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit: https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport.

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Aug 04, 2020
Iran: MisInfoNation - Down with America, Garlic Shampoo, and the Incredible Hulk
00:49:25

This week on MisInfoNation we talk to Sohail Jannassari about what could be the most misunderstood country on the planet. Iran. A political scientist with a cutting sense of humour, Sohail takes on some of the most divisive questions about Iran and Iranians.

Today we turn the view of Iran that’s been shaped by Western media upside-down. From the food, to the etiquette, the oppression of women, how to guarantee you’ll get into a fight, who pays the bill and the weight of being from a nation with an incredibly negative media slant - which sometimes turns Sohail into the Incredible Hulk. Plus, should you travel to Iran if you’re American?

We can’t think of a more important place to understand a little better.

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Jul 28, 2020
Taipei: Supreme Master
00:42:41

Welcome to Taiwan, nicknamed Formosa - or beautiful island. For hundreds of years influences from all over the world have created a fascinatingly rich culture and an equally rich cuisine. The food of Taiwan, and its capital Taipei, is some of the most delicious on planet earth.

Recently, a food craze that took root in Taipei has spread across the globe: the plant based diet. Vegan food has a long history in the region, but a particularly interesting story in Taiwan. And as we began to explore this unique food scene we found a rabbit hole that none of us expected.

Today on Passport, we’re heading to Taipei to find out how a restaurant entrepreneur and vegan evangelist may actually be leading a worldwide cult, with a following in the many thousands, a small fortune, and a truly bizarre origin story. Also, she calls herself the Supreme Master.

We’re going to walk the line between religion and cult and find out if the Supreme Master is responsible for the vegan craze that began in Taiwan and swept the world. And if you think this is just a Taipei story, think again - with over 200 locations and counting, you may already have one of Supreme Master’s restaurants in your city!

For more, including slinks to the things we talked about, and the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit: https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport

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Jul 21, 2020
Paris: How to Propose in the City of Lights
00:46:36

| A Freeform Engagement In the City of Lights and Love |

"I’m going to Paris with my boyfriend and I want to ask him to marry me, how should I do it?"

Asked by a listener named Monica to find the perfect plan for a proposal in Paris, Neil and Andrés face off in a race to produce an answer.

Jazz and wine, architecture and getting lost, chocolate, cabaret and croissants. Neil and Andres scour the city, with the help of some locals, to plan the perfect itinerary and the perfect moment to pop the question. Along the way they uncover stories about Charlie Parker, Aida Bricktop Smith, and Serge Gainsbourg. They dig into what Paris actually means to the people who live there.

In the end, they produce two remarkable trip itineraries, and a ton of amazing, local-recommended places to visit. But only one host can win. Find out who - and let us know if you agree!

A Tale of Two Cities may have nearly killed Neil and Andrés but it was all worth it!

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Jul 14, 2020
Bonus: Manson Conspiracy Theories, More Monsters of Greenland, and Extra Kpop!
00:29:20

No matter what we do, we simply can’t fit all the great stuff we find into the show. But we don’t want anyone to miss out! So we pulled together some of the greatest material that never made it into our episodes. The “best of” deleted scenes. 


First, Duke Haney takes us back to the Manson murders in LA to deliver a couple of theories about what Charles Manson did after the Sharon Tate and Cielo Drive murders, including leaving a very important pair of eyeglasses. 


Then, Maria Kreutzmann gives us her top 5 monsters of Greenland. All of them, truly terrifying and awe inspiring. 


And finally, we’re going back to Seoul to learn more about Kpop and get some insight from the inside with Koki, the star of EXP Edition.


Plus every great love story starts with a “meet-cute” Neil and Andrés share theirs.


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Jul 07, 2020
Greenland: The Monster Hunter
00:48:35

The world’s biggest island, Greenland, is a harsh and unforgiving place. Think minus fifty temperatures, three-month long nights and deadly storms. To have any semblance of control over this chaotic world, the native Inuits developed a belief system of spirits, monsters and taboos; ways to make sense of the senseless violence inflicted upon them by mother nature.

In modern Greenland these same spirits live on today, having survived colonisation, christianity and modernisation. But how? And perhaps more importantly, why?

In this episode of Passport, we journey through Greenland’s past and present with a monster hunter whose weapon is her paintbrush and a historian descended from some of the earliest Greenlanders - all to confront the ghosts, spirits and monsters that shape modern Greenland as it is today.

For more, including slinks to the things we talked about, and the places we visited, plus a full transcript, visit: https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport

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Jun 30, 2020
Palermo: Fighting the Mafia With Food
00:46:58

| NO PIZZO, NO PROBLEM |


Palermo has the distinction of being the most conquered city in Europe. It’s been invaded, beaten up, and bashed about for two millennia. But all this foreign influence gave Sicily one great gift: truly spectacular food. Pastas, cannolis, pizza, biscotti, rice and fish and meat dishes, all layered with flavors brought from around the world. But Sicily’s modern enemy hasn’t inspired culinary greatness - maybe because this threat is entirely home-grown: La Cosa Nostra. The Sicilian Mafia. 


Outside Italy, the Mafia conjures images of Scorsese and Coppola films - of criminals that operate under a strict code of honor. Wise guys who love their mothers. There’s an allure, a sort of glamour. The truth for those who have lived under the thumb of the Mafia is much darker and bloodier.  


But now, on this island that is a melting pot of cultures and flavors, a grassroots movement is rising. 


This week on Passport, we head to Palermo to meet a group of brave foodies, chefs, and activists who have decided to stand up and fight back. And to take on La Cosa Nostra the community is utilizing something the Sicilians pride above everything else. Some of the most amazing food anywhere on earth.


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Jun 23, 2020
Iceland: MisInfoNation - Elves, Nudity, and Fermented Shark
00:46:40

The Icelandic people are a rare breed. Literally. There are only 360,000 of them, but Passport is lucky to call Björg Valgeirsdóttir a friend of the show. It’s a good thing too, because Neil and Andrés have a lot of questions about the top hits, myths, and truths of one of the most unique places in the world.


Polar Bears, volcanoes, igloos? What does the world get wrong about Iceland and more importantly what does it get right? On this MisInfoNation, Björg talks us through being mistaken for Björk, putting babies outside to sleep, eating puffin, and the strangest Christmas celebration you’ve never heard of...


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Jun 16, 2020
Helsinki: Doomsday Bunkers and the Finnish Sense of Humor
00:41:11

| HELSINKI: THE UPSIDEDOWN |


The history of Finland is one filled with war and conflict. And yet, the Finnish people consistently rank as some of the happiest on earth. In this episode of Passport, we head to the capital to dig into the psyche of the happiest nation on earth. And to dig into something else too. Underneath Helsinki is the infrastructure for an entire city - below the surface. Parking, churches, swimming pools, soccer fields, go-kart tracks - all the comforts of above-ground living. It’s the most luxurious doomsday bunker you’ve ever seen. But why?


Has their tumultuous history - and their proximity to Russia - driven the innovations going on under the city of Helsinki? Turns out, there’s a lot more to the story than “prepping”.


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Jun 09, 2020
Scotland: MisInfoNation - Haggis, Braveheart, and Unicorns.
00:49:03

| MisInfoNation: What the world gets wrong, and right, about Scotland. |


There are things we think we know about countries. But viral videos, tiktok and 24 hour news has made everything we understand about other places somewhat misinformed, twisted or just downright incorrect.


Today on Passport we take this misinformation and turn it on its head, upside down, the wrong way round and inside out. That’s why we're calling it MisInfoNation. Think of this as a cultural mythbusters. 


So we’re heading to Scotland to find out the truth about Haggis, the story behind Irn-Bru, if there’s anything the Scots won’t deep fry, how they feel about Donald Trump’s heritage, and what’s really going on under a kilt. Also, we’ll discover the absolute best view in all of Scotland.  


We laugh a lot during this episode, fittingly, because the Scots take great pride in their sense of humor. Which explains their choice of national animal. Be sure to listen for that. 


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Jun 03, 2020
Seoul: Is K-pop the Soul of Seoul?
00:49:40

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard about K-pop by now. South Korea's homegrown popular music is huge. Like, really huge - BTS, the world’s most popular K-pop band, are basically the new Beatles. And it’s not just Korean music that’s blowing up - this year a Korean movie won the most exclusive award in film - Best Picture at the Oscars. All this popular pop culture is drawing fans and curious onlookers to Seoul - South Korea's hi-tech capital and Korean culture’s epicenter.


How did we get here? How did a little Asian country on a divided peninsula, which has been pummeled by centuries of war and dictatorship, manage to cultivate the world's most exciting new music trend? And can the country's pop music tell us anything about the soul of its biggest city? This week we’re jetting off to Seoul to find out.


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May 26, 2020
Love In The Time of Corona
00:47:05

With the whole world on lockdown and the entire team working hard to launch a new show - this show - we all began to look for stories which made us happy, during a scary time. Stories that helped us feel connected, while we were isolated under quarantine. What resulted was an episode filled with stories from around the world about the one thing that connects us all - love.


This may not be what you’re expecting from a travel show, but every single story, no matter where it comes from, feels universal. In this special episode of Passport we explore what makes us all more similar than we are different.


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May 19, 2020
Jackson Hole: The Chinese Wild West
00:45:45

| JACKSON HOLE, CHINA - BORN IN THE PRC |


Nestled between snow-capped mountains there is an American wild west town called Jackson Hole, where the 1% ski in the winter and talk tech in the summer. Gorgeous wooden architecture, decor studded with antlers and leather accents, live “cowboy” shows, even a potato club. But the Jackson Hole we’re talking about isn’t the American wild west... it’s actually in China. Just two hours north of Beijing. What Neil and Andres want to know is WHY???


We’re going to journey to Jackson Hole, China and find out what it is about the wild west that the Chinese elite can’t get enough of, and why that led them to build this facsimile of an American town. We’ll talk to the Chinese real estate mogul and the American designer who built it. Plus, what’s the Chinese obsession with copying everything American anyway? And how did they end up with something called “Tuna Jello”.


For more, including links to the things we talked about, and the places we visit: https://www.frequencymachine.com/passport-episode-3-jackson-hole-born-in-the-prc.

 

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May 12, 2020
Los Angeles: Charles Manson’s Dream
00:54:55

| CHARLES MANSON'S DREAM |

This week Passport takes on a theory of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles with some help from a few amazing people, including Hollywood legend Guinevere Turner. How did Charlie forever change the music in the City of Angels? We discovered something that isn’t often discussed about why he was in LA in the first place: Charles Manson wanted to be a rock star. The roller coaster journey leads us to a pivotal question - is it possible a record deal could have diffused the bomb that ended a decade of free love?

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May 05, 2020
Belfast: How Game of Thrones Saved a City
00:44:31

| WHAT DO WE SAY TO THE GOD OF DEATH |

On this episode of Passport we fly to Belfast to explore a city that has been shaped by two very different wars - one real, and one fake. Northern Ireland was divided by decades of conflict and marred by bloodshed, but this landscape is changing dramatically with the help of an unlikely force, Game of Thrones.

Passport producer, Billy Craigan Toon, traveled to Belfast to learn about the city with the help of Game of Thrones actor and Northern Ireland native, Andy McClay. The history is dramatic, and violent. But Belfast is about to be pivotal on the world stage, and how it has evolved into a powerhouse city could change the course of world events.

But first, we start with a confession… Neil has never seen an episode of Game of Thrones.

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May 05, 2020
Introducing Passport - Coming Soon From Frequency Machine
00:04:32

| TRAVEL THE WORLD, WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR LIVING ROOM |

A destination isn’t always a place. Sometimes it’s a new way of seeing things. The world has never been more connected, but in reality, there’s still so much we don’t understand about each other. Passport is a show about making those connections. And right now, we need connections more than ever. Isolation can breed boredom and fear. Passport is the antidote. We travel the world to find the stories and people that truly illuminate a place, introduce you to folks you would have never otherwise met, and tell you the stories you only discover when you throw away the guidebook. Let’s learn a little more about each other and make the world ours again.

Join hosts Neil Innes and Andrés Bartos for the trip of a lifetime. Every week.

A new travel podcast from Frequency Machine, launching May 5th, 2020.

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Apr 21, 2020
Passport in Belfast - Coming Soon!
00:00:59

This time on Passport, we're going to explore how a city divided by giant walls and marred by the troubles is being reborn with the help of the most famous TV show ever made. A TV show all about walls and troubles. Game of Thrones.

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What Do We Say To The God of Death

On this episode of Passport we fly to Belfast in Northern Ireland to look at how the fictional war of Game of Thrones has taken over the conflict tourism of the past.

Billy Craigan Toon joined us to talk about how he found the story and why it was important to him. The history is dense. But it’s impact on the future could be huge. And he talked to one man who has lived through this seismic change in the country and the industry… and came out of it with an epic story of his own.

But first we start with a confession… Neil has never seen an episode of the show.

Full transcript here.

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Apr 16, 2020
Passport- Coming Soon From Frequency Machine
00:00:45

A destination isn't always a place. Sometimes it's a new way of saying things.

Passport takes you to places you didn’t realize existed, introduces you to people who you would never have otherwise met, and reveals the kinds of stories you only discover when you throw away the guide book. Join hosts Neal Innes and Andrés Bartos for the trip of a lifetime - every week.

An all new travel podcast from Frequency Machine.

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Mar 15, 2020