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Far From Home

47 EpisodesProduced by Scott GurianWebsite

On each episode of Far From Home, host Scott Gurian ventures off the beaten path to far-flung parts of the planet like Iran, Chernobyl, and Mongolia, meeting fascinating people, and telling interesting stories along the way.

47 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

Far From Home: Season 1 Trailer

March 10th, 2016

1:56

I introduce the show and describe the first season, which involved an epic, 7 week road trip from the UK to Mongolia. For more info, visit

01: Getting Started

June 2nd, 2016

28:58

My friend Rosi from Australia contacts my brother and me to invite us to join her on an 11,000 mile road trip this summer across Europe and Asia, and …

01a: Bonus Episode

June 9th, 2016

10:07

Another full episode is coming out next week, but in the meantime, here’s an excerpt of a recent interview I did about my trip on my friend and …

02: What Kind of Car Do You Drive to Mongolia?

June 20th, 2016

29:51

When my brother and I told our friends and family that we were planning an 11,000 mile road trip across Europe and Asia, one of the first questions …

03: What Will We Eat?

July 13th, 2016

21:51

After reading a hilarious, cringe-worthy article about the “culinary horrors of Mongolia,” we were curious what us two pescatarians would eat in the …

04: Final Preparations Before the Big Day

August 18th, 2016

31:01

I fly to London to make final preparations before our road trip to Mongolia and find myself dealing with one logistical and bureaucratic nightmare …

04a: For a Good Cause

September 15th, 2016

12:04

Our road trip from London to Mongolia is sure to be a fun and crazy adventure, but we’re also doing it for a good cause. On this episode of the …

05: Hitting the Road

December 22nd, 2016

27:31

After nearly a year of planning, we descend upon the Goodwood Raceway in southern England to begin our road trip to Mongolia as part of the Mongol …

06: Mad Dash Across Europe

January 26th, 2017

27:42

We leave southern England and set out on our road trip to Mongolia, overcoming some of our fears and throwing our plans out the window while we drive …

07: The Real Rally Begins

February 27th, 2017

29:23

The first few days of our trip across Europe were mostly smooth sailing and uneventful, but things were about to change. On this episode, as we cross …

08: Not What We Expected

March 23rd, 2017

25:08

First there were a series of terrorist attacks in Istanbul and Ankara and a threat from Kurdish separatists vowing to target Turkey’s tourism …

09: An Eye-opening Experience

April 14th, 2017

28:06

Our eighteen country road trip across Europe and Asia last summer left us with a wealth of memorable stories and experiences. But if you asked me to name the single most fascinating and thought-provoking place we …

10: Culture Clash

May 20th, 2017

34:51

“Honestly, most Americans — when they think of Iran — probably think of 3 things,” my brother said. “Desert, oil, and nuclear capabilities.” And it was true. Before our road trip across Europe and Asia last summer, we …

11: Just Plain Weird

July 9th, 2017

36:38

We visit the hermit kingdom of Turkmenistan — one of the most reclusive and authoritarian nations in the world — and we see why some visitors describe its capital city of Ashgabat as a cross between Las Vegas and …

11a: Bonus Episode – Voices From the Door to Hell

July 27th, 2017

5:30

While I continue to work on the next regular show, here’s a short bonus episode of some conversations I had with some other Mongol Rally teams during …

12: Breaking Down

August 23rd, 2017

23:20

Driving a small, crappy car was a prerequisite for anyone participating in the Mongol Rally. The point was to make the journey more exciting and …

13: Should We Stay or Should We Go?

November 10th, 2017

31:50

When it comes to welcoming foreign tourists, Turkmenistan is close to the bottom of the list. It was hard enough to get visas in the first place, and when we did, they were only good for 5 days. Now broken down with …

14: From Bad to Worse

December 19th, 2017

25:12

In the three weeks since we started our journey, we’d broken down about 4 times, been to half a dozen mechanics, and tried all sorts of stop-gap …

15: Whatever It Takes

February 1st, 2018

33:33

When we first learned that it would take a week for our car to get repaired, we figured we’d have some time to relax and explore the historic city of …

16: The Roads Get Rougher

March 5th, 2018

29:37

Our car was running once again, but now we faced a handful of new mechanical issues, just as we were about to embark on the roughest part of our …

17: Stranded

April 3rd, 2018

30:24

The mountainous Pamir Highway in Tajikistan was precisely the type of terrain that our 1-liter Nissan Micra hatchback was not suited to handle. One …

18: Wrong Way

May 2nd, 2018

25:31

We were in an extremely remote section of eastern Tajikistan, and we’d just received news that our car’s engine might not last much longer. Left with …

19: One Surprise After Another

June 11th, 2018

31:46

When my brother and I told friends we’d be driving across Kazakhstan, we got plenty of jokes about Borat, but we were about to find out that the …

20: The Going Gets Tough

August 1st, 2018

31:51

Mongolia is a place of wide open spaces and little vegetation. It’s the the land of Genghis Khan, nomadic culture. and yodeling dance music. It’s a …

21: A Costly Mistake

October 1st, 2018

30:05

After getting stuck driving across a shallow river in Mongolia, my brother and I make the fateful decision to veer off the main path onto another …

22: The Longest Day Ever

December 24th, 2018

25:41

After a series of bad decisions, my brother and I had ended up stranded with our friends at the bottom of an incredibly steep and rocky hill in a …

23: The Finish Line!

March 21st, 2019

36:56

We’d spent 7 weeks driving nearly 11,000 miles across Europe and Asia, and although we were nearing the end of our journey, we still had a series of …

24: Looking Back

May 1st, 2019

39:00

After driving 11,000 miles over the course of seven weeks, we finally reached the finish line of the Mongol Rally, and everything was suddenly over. …

Far From Home: Season 2 trailer

June 18th, 2019

1:32

People often say it’s a small world, but there are giant parts of the planet that most people never think about and billions of stories they’ve never heard. On Far From Home, award-winning public radio journalist Scott …

Visiting Chernobyl

July 11th, 2019

36:00

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. I take a trip to the abandoned villages surrounding the reactor to find out …

The Largest Fish Market in the World

July 25th, 2019

28:38

For more than 80 years, Tokyo, Japan’s Tsukiji fish market had a reputation for supplying some of the freshest and best quality seafood anywhere. But over the decades, it had become overcrowded, unsanitary, and unsafe. …

Learning to Throat Sing

August 13th, 2019

22:50

Throat singing is one of the world’s oldest forms of music. It’s practiced by indigenous groups in several parts of the world, including South Africa …

Another Brick in the Wall

August 22nd, 2019

27:40

In 1998, political leaders in Northern Ireland signed a peace agreement they hoped would end the Troubles, a 30 year period of armed conflict between …

Medicine Man

September 6th, 2019

28:27

Lucho is a traditional medicine man who describes himself as a "curandero," or someone who heals. Using medicinal herbs, archeological relics, and …

Ayahuasca

September 23rd, 2019

30:29

In the previous episode of Far From Home, I visited Lima, Peru, where I met a traditional medicine man name Lucho. This time, I accompany him to a healing ceremony where he uses a hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca. I …

Ayahuasca - bonus episode

September 28th, 2019

16:46

As a follow-up to my last episode, I present the story of my friend Dennis, who also tried ayahuasca in Peru and seemed to be immune to its effects.

Before It's Too Late

October 4th, 2019

22:00

I feel like several of the trips I’ve taken in recent years have been to places people have urged me to go while I still can, or at least before things change. On today’s show, I visit Cambodia, which is one such place …

Balloon Hats

October 17th, 2019

25:58

When he was growing up in Southern California, Addi Somekh wasn't quite sure what to do with his life. But he knew from a young age that he wanted to "spread warmth" and make other people happy. On this week’s
episode, …

Haiti: Ten Years Later

November 5th, 2019

42:30

This upcoming January marks the tenth anniversary of the massive earthquake in Haiti. It came on a Tuesday afternoon, 12 days into the new year, and destroyed or severely damaged a quarter of a million homes, killing …

Meet Your Maker

November 14th, 2019

36:53

This week’s episode is a bit different from what I normally do on the show. I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments from listeners recently, so I thought I’d spend some time today answering some of them and …

Mother Russia

November 30th, 2019

34:35

While driving across Russia on my way home from the Mongol Rally (the story I documented on the first season of this podcast), I had several …

Junkanoo

December 24th, 2019

6:56

The historical accounts are a bit fuzzy, but the way the story is commonly told, Caribbean slaves in the 18th century gained a day of freedom two …

Revisiting Iran

February 6th, 2020

19:34

In light of the recent political developments that briefly brought the US and Iran to the brink of war, I’m re-releasing an excerpt of a story I …

Touring North Korea with The Radio Vagabond (bonus episode)

March 3rd, 2020

38:35

While Far From Home is on a break between seasons, I’m popping into your feed from time to time to share segments from other shows I’ve enjoyed that I think all of you might like as well. Today I’m featuring an episode …

No Place Like Home

March 25th, 2020

13:34

With a global pandemic, canceled flights, and closed borders, many travelers suddenly found themselves trapped in foreign countries, trying to figure out how to get home, even if they thought they were taking all the …

Finding the Helpers (with The Bittersweet Life)

April 21st, 2020

43:09

As the world is consumed by COVID-19, I check in with author and American expat Tiffany Parks, who lives on the outskirts of Rome, to get a sense of what things are like in Italy right now. Then, in my quest to find …

Pandemic Diary (with On Spec)

May 24th, 2020

40:36

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, I speak with Istanbul-based author and journalist Fariba Nawa about what the situation is like …

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