The Innocents Abroad

The Innocents Abroad
A podcast on expat life and society abroad with Yaël Ossowski and Todor Papić.

27: Meatless Burger Mania
Aug 1 • 42 min
What We’re Reading, the Meatless Burger Mania, GMOs in Europe, and Have I Been Pwned?
26: Self-Medicating
Jul 19 • 48 min
Catching up on self-medicating, social justice, medical research, and how psychedelics can make you better
25: Bill Wirtz: Who and What is Europe?
May 28 • 41 min
On this episode of the podcast, we interview Bill Wirtz for his take on Who and What is Europe?The Innocents Abroad sat down to talk to Bill during his recent trip in Vienna, taking advantage of a nice afternoon to catch up at a cafe.Bill Wirtz is a…
24: Beware the Christmas Markets
Dec 7, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode, we discuss neo-Nazi rallies in Poland, brake dust, CO2, Christmas markets in Europe, Zweig’s Europe, why Estonia is awesome, the next James Bond, ‘Berlin Statin’ Season 3, Ukraine, online marketing, learning Russian, and more.07. December…
23: Empire Disintegration Day
Nov 12, 2018 • 53 min
A celebration of Armistice Day, Empire Disintegration Day, Ossowski Academy of Excellence, Baby news, Gonzo journalism, The Web Summit in Lison, AI, pub quizzes, oxygen bars in Colorado, drinking culture, and more.12. November 2018Subscribe on iTunes:…
Aug 15, 2018 • 54 min
Next up on this episode of The Innocents Abroad: How We Read. How We Memorize. How We Internalize.Living in a different country means one often looks to books to keep up perspective about your home or the world outside. In this episode, we look at book…
21: Who is today’s Beat Generation?
Jun 22, 2018 • 33 min
Who is today’s ‘Beat Generation’? Looking at some of the great figures of the literary and cultural movement, we compare with today’s reality. Bringing in Jack Kerouac, Allen, Ginsberg, Hunter S. Thompson, and even some Anthony Bourdain along the way.…
20: Living in a Post-Modern World
May 22, 2018 • 37 min
This week’s podcast features stories from Georgia and Hong Kong, highlighting the first edition of the Devolution Review magazine, the spirit of protests and raves, the young people making a difference in Europe, references to Stefan Zweig, postmodernism,…
Episode 19: Cuba Crumbles
May 7, 2018 • 39 min
Is it important to visit a place and see it with your own eyes? On this episode, we get tales of Cuba from Yaël. The streets, the socialism, and the sad faces. What is really happening underneath? Todor fills us in on the juxtaposing beauties of the…
Episode 18: East vs. West
Feb 6, 2018 • 34 min
East versus West. What constitutes a western country, and what’s an eastern country? Is it cultural? Reflective of how societies are organized? What about art and expression?Todor and Yaël debate the notion and recount their recent trip to Odessa,…
Episode 17: Understanding Sports
Dec 1, 2017 • 33 min
What qualifies as a sport, and why do people enjoy them? Some thoughts on understanding sports and the philosophy behind them. Bonus: Yaël explains NASCAR, Todor hates on dart players, and somewhat of an agreement is reached on whether golf is an elite…
Episode 16: Whiny Baker-Miller Pink Millennial
Oct 23, 2017 • 39 min
Is this whole “digital nomad millennial life” just fake? Is Elon Musk a hero or government grant gargling villain? Will his innovations last? Are the Baltics the best part of Europe? And what the hell is Baker-Miller pink? Tune in this week for another…
Episode 15: Disruption Function
Oct 7, 2017 • 50 min
SHOWNOTES:Broadcast on 7. Oct 2017 from Vienna, Austria and Belgrade, Serbia.ARTICLES:We are all Catalonians now: Why the Spanish crisis matters for all…
Episode 14: Ruled By Algorithms
Jul 16, 2017 • 57 min
On this episode, Todor and Yaël debate Man versus Machine. What happens when the machines take over? What about our simulated realities? Are we already taken over by algorithms? Are social networks actually expanding, or are we filtering them even more to…
Episode 13: Religion and Multiplying
Jun 22, 2017 • 48 min
This episode of the podcast focuses on religion, both its impact on society, and how it can be used to shape culture. We catch up on our travels in South Korea, Greece, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and try to figure out how to speak Asian…
Episode 12: Passion Projects
May 7, 2017 • 46 min
On this episode of the podcast, we explore passion projects. From time to time, we’re motivated to put something together out of pure enjoyment and passion. At times, others partake in that vision. We’ll be talking about the launch of Devolution Review,…
Episode 11: Podcast on Podcasts
Apr 8, 2017 • 46 min
For this episode, Todor and Yaël explore some of their top podcasts they’d recommend. Some frank breakdowns of some, and too much praise for others. Enjoy!08. April 2017The Art of Manliness Agenda…
Episode 10: The Innocents Abroad at LibertyCon
Mar 27, 2017 • 44 min
We broadcast live from the 2017 LibertyCon in Prague, Czech Republic. We talk about the LibertyCon, the various European stereotypes, pushing libertarianism, hearing from the expat audience members, how useful is politics, and who hates their country the…
Episode 9: The Eternal Sunshine of the Uber Mind
Feb 26, 2017 • 61 min
A quick review of Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Washington, D.C., why clubs must die, Richard Spencer at the International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington, D.C., friendship philosopher, phone calls, Old Man Todor, free speech,…
Episode 8: Camus Not Amused
Jan 13, 2017 • 63 min
This episode brought Todor and Yaël back together both on the European continent. This time, the topics covered include international visa regimes and Stefan Zweig, Todor’s Zweig book review, Albert Camus, the realities of trying to be a writer, and…
Episode 7: Super Trump Moon
Nov 14, 2016 • 56 min
In a whirlwind of an episode, we cover traveling in Brazil, India, South Africa, and, ah yes, Trump! Will he drain the swamp? Will it remain clogged? Can we use a better shorthand for “racist, sexist, misogynist, islamophobe, homophobe” now? As whites,…
Episode 6: Something Kafkaesque
Oct 12, 2016 • 57 min
In yet another instance of changing location, Yaël has moved to Prague, Czech Republic. He shares his experiences in Czechia and Todor is already insanely jealous. From there, it’s all about great literature, Pan-Europeanism, bureaucracy, the legacy of…
Episode 5: Mlungu in South Africa
Aug 21, 2016 • 52 min
Yaël interviews Todor on his recent move to South Africa and they compare notes on the society, the history of race and current controversies, the beauty of its people and landscapes, how to have a good life, economic empowerment, living beyond the law.…
Episode 4: Czech Your Privilege
Aug 14, 2016 • 33 min
Today I was joined by writer and journalist Anthony Hennen for his take on living and traveling in post-communist Europe.We met in Prague years ago, and we ponder the possibility of both returning to uncover more about this fascinating…
Episode 3: The Interviews — Fergus Hodgson
Jul 27, 2016 • 37 min
Todor is off hunting for a place to stay in the hills of South Africa. He’ll be back next time. This week, Yaël talks to longtime friend and fellow expat, writer, and adventurer Fergus Hodgson. He’s far from his homeland of New Zealand, having lived in…
Episode 2: The Interviews — Canada
Jul 5, 2016 • 61 min
Todor interviews Yaël on what it’s like to live in Canada, what’s attractive about life there, how the systems work, what Canadian bacon is, the state of the healthcare, and why everyone cares so much about Justin Trudeau.SHOWNOTES:How To Move To Canada…
Episode 1: The Introduction
Jun 29, 2016 • 67 min
Intro to the Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain, Being an Expat, Brexit, European cultures, Language, Cigars, Poland, and…