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Deviate with Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts

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Deviate with Rolf Potts
Deviate with Rolf Potts

Deviate with Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts

153
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154
Plays
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Rolf Potts veers off-topic in this unique series of conversations with experts, public figures, and intriguing people.

Latest Episodes

The fate of New Orleans

“In the United States, failure is seen as a sin. In New Orleans we treasure our successes but we embrace life on its way down as well. Our failures come back home, and are afforded a respect they wouldn’t get anywhere else.” —John Biguenet In this episode of Deviate, John Biguenet and Rolf discuss the first three centuries of New Orleans history and how history influences the city today (2:45); how Hurricane Katrina affected the city and its residents in 2005 and the months/years after (9:30); why so many locals decided to stay in New Orleans after Katrina, and what makes the city special (30:30); local and national institutional shortcomings, and lessons learned (and unlearned) after Katrina (38:20); and the social and environmental factors that will put New Orleans at risk in coming years (48:00). John Biguenet (@JohnBiguenet) is an author, playwright, and social commentator. He is the author of ten books, including the short-story collection The Torturer’s A

63 MIN5 days ago
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The fate of New Orleans

Travel filmmaker Pegi Vail

“What changed in my travels was my own realization of what our impact is as travelers.” – Pegi Vail In this episode of Deviate, Rolf and Pegi Vail discuss how art changes the way places are visited (3:00); backpacker culture and what can go wrong with it (14:00); the impact of travel on local people and promotion of responsible tourism (25:00); and how to protect local culture (38:00). Pegi Vail is an anthropologist and filmmaker who directed the documentaryGringo Trails. She is also a sustainable-travel consultant whose academic work has focused on visual anthropology, Indigenous media, and the role of storytelling to the political economy of tourism in the developing world. She is the Co-Director of New York University’s Center for Media, Culture, and History. Vail is a founding member, curator, and featured storyteller of the popular not-for-profit storytelling collective, The Moth. Notable Links: Yossi Ghinsberg (adventurer) Jungle, by Yossi Ghinsberg (book) The Beach (f

54 MIN6 days ago
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Travel filmmaker Pegi Vail

Frugal traveler Seth Kugel

“The reason to go to a place is not to have just been to that place…travel is not just a bunch of checklists.” – Seth Kugel In this episode of Deviate, Rolf and Seth Kugel discuss the danger of relying on TripAdvisor and the importance of getting off the beaten path (3:00); travelers versus tourists and the concept of organic travel (16:00); and Bucket Lists and the idea of authenticity (48:00). Seth Kugel (@sethkugel) is a travel writer, freelance journalist, and host of the Amigo Gringo YouTube channel. He was the Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times from 2010 to 2016, and he is most recently the author of the book Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious. For more on Seth, check out his website http://sethkugel.com/ Notable Links: The Tourist, by Dean MacCannell (book) Abroad, by Paul Fussell (book) Booking.com (website and application) Maps.me (application) This episode of Deviate is brought to you by Tortuga Backpacks, which set the standard for

62 MIN1 weeks ago
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Frugal traveler Seth Kugel

Latest Episodes

The fate of New Orleans

“In the United States, failure is seen as a sin. In New Orleans we treasure our successes but we embrace life on its way down as well. Our failures come back home, and are afforded a respect they wouldn’t get anywhere else.” —John Biguenet In this episode of Deviate, John Biguenet and Rolf discuss the first three centuries of New Orleans history and how history influences the city today (2:45); how Hurricane Katrina affected the city and its residents in 2005 and the months/years after (9:30); why so many locals decided to stay in New Orleans after Katrina, and what makes the city special (30:30); local and national institutional shortcomings, and lessons learned (and unlearned) after Katrina (38:20); and the social and environmental factors that will put New Orleans at risk in coming years (48:00). John Biguenet (@JohnBiguenet) is an author, playwright, and social commentator. He is the author of ten books, including the short-story collection The Torturer’s A

63 MIN5 days ago
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The fate of New Orleans

Travel filmmaker Pegi Vail

“What changed in my travels was my own realization of what our impact is as travelers.” – Pegi Vail In this episode of Deviate, Rolf and Pegi Vail discuss how art changes the way places are visited (3:00); backpacker culture and what can go wrong with it (14:00); the impact of travel on local people and promotion of responsible tourism (25:00); and how to protect local culture (38:00). Pegi Vail is an anthropologist and filmmaker who directed the documentaryGringo Trails. She is also a sustainable-travel consultant whose academic work has focused on visual anthropology, Indigenous media, and the role of storytelling to the political economy of tourism in the developing world. She is the Co-Director of New York University’s Center for Media, Culture, and History. Vail is a founding member, curator, and featured storyteller of the popular not-for-profit storytelling collective, The Moth. Notable Links: Yossi Ghinsberg (adventurer) Jungle, by Yossi Ghinsberg (book) The Beach (f

54 MIN6 days ago
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Travel filmmaker Pegi Vail

Frugal traveler Seth Kugel

“The reason to go to a place is not to have just been to that place…travel is not just a bunch of checklists.” – Seth Kugel In this episode of Deviate, Rolf and Seth Kugel discuss the danger of relying on TripAdvisor and the importance of getting off the beaten path (3:00); travelers versus tourists and the concept of organic travel (16:00); and Bucket Lists and the idea of authenticity (48:00). Seth Kugel (@sethkugel) is a travel writer, freelance journalist, and host of the Amigo Gringo YouTube channel. He was the Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times from 2010 to 2016, and he is most recently the author of the book Rediscovering Travel: A Guide for the Globally Curious. For more on Seth, check out his website http://sethkugel.com/ Notable Links: The Tourist, by Dean MacCannell (book) Abroad, by Paul Fussell (book) Booking.com (website and application) Maps.me (application) This episode of Deviate is brought to you by Tortuga Backpacks, which set the standard for

62 MIN1 weeks ago
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Frugal traveler Seth Kugel

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