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Sep 17, 2023

How long does it take, living out of your home country, to lose your cultural fluency?

When you grow up and live in the same country for most of your life, you might take it for granted, but understanding a culture, its nuances and customs, both big and small, is a huge part of everyday life. And strangely enough, we've...

Sep 11, 2023

Where do you find inspiration—for your writing, your painting, or just the art of living?

A listener question about the flowers of Italy, of all things, sparks a conversation about where we find our inspiration, and how to go about seeking it if the well is running dry.

As always, we welcome listener questions. Write...

Sep 4, 2023

With our August break officially over, we're back with all new episodes, and oh my goodness, I guess that means it's Season 11! (What??!!)

On this spontanous episode, we get back into the swing of things nice and slow, with a recap on what we did during our August vacation.


Aug 28, 2023

Palestinian American poet Hala Alyan and her family fled Kuwait when Saddam invaded. She joins us to explore storytelling, straddling cultures, loneliness, therapy, and what value belongings come to have when you move constantly.

Alyan is also a clinical psychologist and author of Salt Houses.

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Aug 21, 2023

Why are colors brighter when you travel? Why do foreign doctors' offices seem sketchy sometimes? This has more to do with your brain than with reality. Science writer Erik Vance, author of Suggestible You, helps us examine the science behind our brain and its perceptions.