ANNOUNCING THE WORLD TO THE WISE PODCAST!

The time has come! Announcing the World to the Wise podcast, designed to inform, enlighten, inspire, and stretch the borders of your thinking. In a sense, this podcast has been percolating in me for a long time. They say a blogger is supposed to stick to one theme — at least initially — and become […]

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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 about podcasts is […]

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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 that means? He is part of the Gullah […]

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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 rural Michigan, Jeff had a rather large surprise waiting for him. The Mosers had left the […]

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Becoming Amish

Are you still in touch with the people you grew up with? Like the next door neighbor near your age or kids you went to elementary school with? Me? Not in the least. The fact that we moved around a lot didn’t help that much, but it’s rare these days even for people who were […]

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What Is Patriotism?

I’m reading David Livermore‘s excellent book, Cultural Intelligence, where he encourages the reader to develop his or her “CQ” (culture quotient) “to engage our multicultural world”. You may have heard me refer to Livermore before, and you certainly will again. My wife and I are developing and co-teaching a brand new high school course called […]

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Inside the Nashville Songwriters’ Culture

As a part of our series on subcultures in the United States, we take an interesting turn this week and visit a unique breed of human: the Nashville songwriter. You might argue that songwriters the world over are a different breed — and I wouldn’t argue with you. But Nashville is almost without question home […]

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No Place Like Santa Fe

In our series on subcultures in the United States, we pay a visit this week to the unique city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The oldest state capital in the US, this jewel at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains was established 400 years ago by the Spanish — its full name being […]

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Hot Climate and Cold Climate Cultures

Have you ever been with someone from a different culture and wondered at — or even been shocked by — something they said or did? Have you yourself committed a cultural faux pas because you didn’t know any better? It happens to just about all of us at one time or another. Our guest this […]

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“There’s a whole world out there…”

A couple of weeks ago I was interviewing a dear Indian-American couple named Pravin and Fiona. They have been living in the US for a number of years, have two sons born here, and are themselves on the path toward US citizenship. (You can find that interview here.) One simple thing that struck me is something […]

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American Subcultures: the Navajo Nation

Last week we began a special series on subcultures in the United States. There is so much to discover — for Americans and non-Americans alike — among the different people groups that make up the American patchwork, whether these are defined by geography, ethnicity, or perhaps interests and experiences. This week we hear from Dale […]

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