World to the Wise

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Host David Durham invites you to engage your world through compelling stories from fascinating people on crossing cultural bridges. Intended for the culturally curious, this weekly podcast will stretch the borders of your thinking, broaden your cultural perspective, and provide new insight on important issues of our day. Throw in some additional tips on foreign language learning, David’s own musings on culture, both home and abroad, and occasional highlights of travel destinations, and you have a table set to cultivate cultural intelligence.Musical contributions from Concerning Lions and Rob Higginbotham. Artwork by Hilary Griffith and Michael Durham.

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http://daviddurham.org
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Host David Durham invites you to engage your world through compelling stories from fascinating people on crossing cultural bridges. Intended for the culturally curious, this weekly podcast will stretch the borders of your thinking, broaden your cultural perspective, and provide new insight on important issues of our day. Throw in some additional tips on foreign language learning, David’s own musings on culture, both home and abroad, and occasional highlights of travel destinations, and you have a table set to cultivate cultural intelligence.Musical contributions from Concerning Lions and Rob Higginbotham. Artwork by Hilary Griffith and Michael Durham. Tech support by Isaac Darnall.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2017-11-16 02:27
last episode published
2017-05-05 19:20
publication frequency
14.9 days
Contributors
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Explicit
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Number of Episodes
17
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5.05.2017

Immigrating to America, Take 2 (Season 2 final episode)

You may remember hearing in the news about a family from the Kurdish area of Northern Iraq, who were on their way to make a new life in the United States when they were turned away at the Cairo airport as a result of President Trump’s executive order, ...
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29.04.2017

Post-Apartheid South Africa

The Republic of South Africa has had a tumultuous history since its inception, dominated for so long by the cloud of apartheid. In 1994 Nelson Mandela, who had been imprisoned for 27 years, was elected as president of the first truly democratic South A...
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21.04.2017

Two Brits in Yankeeland

241 years ago, this new country called the United States of America was regarded by many in Great Britain as nothing more than an ungrateful child. Today the relationship between the two nations is arguably the closest relationship the US has. But just...
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15.04.2017

Being Muslim in America

I live in Nashville, which is in the middle of a boom. People are moving here in droves, cranes dot the skyline, and we currently bear the moniker of “It City.” In the trendy, extremely gentrified neighborhood called 12 South, among the hip restaurants...
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8.04.2017

1st Anniversary Edition: the Top 7 Downloads

This weekend marks the first anniversary of the launch of the World to the Wise podcast. For me personally, it’s been more fun than should be legal – to talk to so many fascinating people, hear their stories, and pass these stories on to you so we can ...
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31.03.2017

The Many Benefits of Study Abroad

Study abroad is not a new concept, but it’s possible that it has never been more important than now. In an age of polarization, stereotypes, and circle-the-wagons mentality, there would be very few college students I would NOT advise to spend at least ...
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25.03.2017

Confessions of a Humanitarian Worker

From Nashville to Los Angeles to the Amazon to Brussels to South Sudan. Such is the journey — thus far — of humanitarian worker Corrie Cron, who sat down with me to talk about her experiences in each of these places. As Corrie herself says, she’s a str...
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17.03.2017

Do You Have “Ubuntu”?

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of Africa’s great leaders and known as the “conscience of South Africa,” said the following about ubuntu: “Ubuntu […] speaks of the very essence of being human. [We] say […] ‘Hey, so-and-so has ubuntu.’ Then you are generou...
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11.03.2017

A Mexican, a Gringa and Six Children

Imagine you’re a single, white, American woman with a big heart to serve. Imagine you’re a single Mexican man with an equally big heart, and you’ve been designated to meet said American woman at the airport in Mexico as the two of you are destined to w...
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3.03.2017

Diary of a Syrian Refugee

When my wife Becky and I were in Europe last summer, we followed the story of a number of the refugees we met in Greece, to Germany, where many of them had loved ones waiting for them. One of these was a young Syrian woman, who is engaged to a young ma...
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24.02.2017

The Happiest Nation on Earth

The country of Denmark has topped the World Happiness Report every year except one since 2012. While we could debate about what kinds of definitions and metrics are used to measure something as intangible as happiness, it is nonetheless a noteworthy di...
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17.02.2017

The New Kurdistan: One Family’s Role

What would make a successful Iraqi geologist and his physicist wife pull up roots from the city they’ve grown up in, learn a new language, and become humanitarians and educators in a foreign culture — within their own country? Today we’re speaking with...
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10.02.2017

Bikers of a Different Stripe

In the fall of last year we began an occasional series on American subcultures. We all know that it is unwise to paint American culture with too broad a brush. And that was proven over and over again as we talked to people from just about as diverse ba...
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3.02.2017

Friends from Faraway Places

Welcome to the first episode of Season 2 of the World to the Wise podcast. I hope you’ve had a chance to catch up on Season 1 during our break, because we have a whole set of new and fascinating people and stories for you in Season 2. We’re also excite...
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23.09.2016

Season 1 Wrap-up

This week we wrap up what for me has been a great ride, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. It’s been roughly 6 months and exactly 25 episodes since we launched in April, and we’ve been to a lot of parts of the world in that short time. The great thing a...
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17.09.2016

Gullah Culture and the South Carolina Low Country

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending Labor Day weekend in the Charleston, SC area. Besides some great time with family and enjoying Folly Beach, we also did a tour of Charleston led by a guide named Alphonso Brown. Mr. Brown is Gullah. Know what ...
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9.09.2016

An Amish Odyssey

I hope you have already listened to last week’s episode, where I interviewed journalist and author Jeff Smith about his experience reconnecting with childhood friends Bill and Tricia Moser. At Tricia’s invitation to visit them on their new farm in rura...
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