After I finished gathering audio for the first season of Far From Home by taking an 11,000 mi. road trip from the UK to Mongolia, I decided to keep traveling, especially to more parts of the world that most people never go, looking for more interesting people and stories to share with my listeners.

On this second season, I’m featuring some of those stories, including a trip to the annual Junkanoo festival in the Bahamas, a visit to southern Russia -- where I attempt to learn the traditional practice of Tuvan throat singing -- and a tour of the radioactive ghost town of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine. If you’ve got a suggestion of something you think I should cover on a future episode, please drop me a line!

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A Geiger counter measuring radiation in front of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor

A Geiger counter measuring radiation in front of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor

If you’ve seen or heard about the recent HBO dramatic miniseries about Chernobyl, you might have wondered what it’s really like there today. On this first episode of season 2, I take a trip to the abandoned villages surrounding the reactor to find out for myself. Read more about my trip and see photos and videos here.

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People often say it’s a small world, but as someone who’s traveled a fair amount, I’ve come to realize that there are giant parts of the planet that most people never think about, and billions of stories they’ve never heard.


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