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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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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American Subcultures: Indian-Americans

If you’ve been listening for any length of time to this podcast, you know it has a decidedly international flavor, and unapologetically so! Today, however, I’m excited to announce a new series that comes closer to home — to my home, that is — the United States. The American experiment is comprised of dozens and […]

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There Ain’t No Good Guys

I’ve been reminded so often of the 70’s Dave Mason song called “We Just Disagree”. In an already polarized culture, most of us are tempted to think in terms of good guys and bad guys. Another terrorist attack — that’s clearly a bad guy. Which, of course, makes us the good guys. My favorite candidate […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey

While much of the public attention in the US — and other parts of the world, was focused this week on the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, we chose to shine a light on a completely different part of the world — a land that from where I sit is too unknown by most of […]

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Raising Children to be Bilingual

Statistics show that about 43% of the world’s population speaks at least two languages. Before you get even more intimidated, however, realize that much of this is by necessity, often because of geographic location or the ethnicity one is born into. In this episode, we sit down with two moms who are teaching their children […]

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Living on the Edge of the Inside

I heard a friend of mine yesterday reference one of my favorite columnists/commentators, David Brooks, on an article I had missed. Brooks calls it “At the Edge of Inside,” borrowing from Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan monk and writer. And then I came across this quote from Seth Godin, whom I quoted just last week. […]

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Summing Up the Summer

In this episode, I give a brief wrap-up of the six-week discovery trip in Europe that my wife and I undertook in order to better understand some big issues. Some of these issues we are also dealing with here in the US; others are perhaps particular to Europe, but there is an interesting dynamic often […]

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