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The Arts of Travel

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The founder of Asia Art Tours, Matthew Dagher-Margosian interviews the world's most unique people for conversations on art, travel, politics and creativity.

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Dr. Brad East - On Faith in a Better World when 'Losing is Likely'

June 19th, 2022


How do we pursue justice when 'losing is likely'? How can faith teach us to better care for the earth? Why does the technocratic language of the  White Western Left, fail in providing spiritual reasons for overturning …

Chang Che on Wang Huning: The Mind behind Xi & the Modern CCP

May 22nd, 2022


I spoke to Chang Che of SupChina for a fascinating conversation on Wang Huning, the strategist behind Xi Jinping & the Modern CCP

We discuss …

Paul Passavant: The Policing of Public Space in America

May 15th, 2022


I spoke to Paul Passavant, author of: Policing Protest: The Post-Democratic State and the Figure of Black Insurrection. We discuss the policing of …

Colleen Wood: Russian Imperialism in Central Asia

May 1st, 2022


I spoke to Central Asia expert Colleen Wood on the history of Russian Colonialism in Central Asia. Topics include how Russia structured Central Asia …

Ananth Krishnan: How India sees China & how China sees India

April 24th, 2022


We spoke to Ananth Krishnan of The Hindu & The India-China Newsletter for a deep dive on how India sees China & how China sees India. 

We discuss the points of cooperation and tension between the two nations, …

Temur Umarov: The Economic Relationships of Central Asia, Russia & China

April 17th, 2022


I spoke to policy expert Temur Umarov on the economic relationships between Central Asia, Russia & China as well as how regional policies …

Lokman Tsui: The Loss of Press Freedom in Hong Kong

April 10th, 2022


I spoke to academic & activist Lokman Tsui on the loss of Press Freedom in Hong Kong. 

Lokman (a former journalism professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong) explains the history of Hong Kong's once robust free …

Black Science as Black Power: Dr. Quito Swan on the Life of Pauulu Kamarakafego

April 3rd, 2022


I spoke to Dr. Quito Swan of Indiana University on revolutionary scientist Pauulu Kamarakafego and his journey through the Black Pacific, Black …

Sabina Knight on China's Literature (Part 2): The Cultural Revolution & Mo Yan's Nobel Prize

March 27th, 2022


We spoke to Dr. Sabina Knight of Smith for a two-part conversation on her book: Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction.

In Part 2 (our conclusion) we discuss the literature of China's May 4th movement, the …

Maria Repnikova: Manufacturing Consent in China & Russia

March 23rd, 2022


I spoke to Dr. Maria Repnikova, author of "Chinese Soft Power" to discuss how Chinese and Russian State Media report on Ukraine to their domestic audiences. We also discuss Hong Kong, Aileen Gu, "Little Pinks", …

Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins: On Liberalism

March 13th, 2022


I spoke to Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins of The Nation on Liberalism, a subject that despite its omnipresence, I find perplexing and mysterious. 

Daniel unpacks the history of liberalism, the many different strands and …

Huizhong Wu: Little Plum Blossom & Patriarchy in China

March 6th, 2022


I spoke to the AP's Huizhong Wu on how the shocking images of a chained woman(小花梅, "Little Plum Blossom") in Feng County, Jiangsu has sparked unprecedented fury on China's heavily censored internet. 

Topics of our …

Joe Kassabian: On Armenia, Azerbaijan & the war for Artsakh

February 27th, 2022


I spoke to Joe Kassabian, a Yerevan based researcher on Armenia, Azerbaijan & the 2020 war for Artsakh (also known as Nagorno-Karabakh) 

Joe explains the long historical roots of Armenian/Azeri conflict, how …

Sabina Knight on China's Literature (Part 1 - Daoism, Confucianism & Anti- War Poetry)

February 20th, 2022


We spoke to Dr. Sabina Knight of Smith for a two-part conversation on her book: Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction. 

In part one, we discuss the historic & contemporary influence that Daoism, Confucianism …

Jessica Namakkal on Auroville: India's Settler Utopia

February 13th, 2022


I spoke to Dr. Jessica Namakkal on her book, Unsettling Utopia: The Making & Unmaking of French India.

This is Part 2 of our conversation,  we discuss the utopian community of Auroville. Located outside of …

Joanna Lillis: The Aftermath of Kazakhstan's Protests

February 6th, 2022


I spoke to Journalist Joanna Lillis for an update on Kazakhstan's protests, why Russia was involved in their suppression, protester violence as …

Jessica Namakkal: Decolonizing French India (Part 1)

January 24th, 2022


I spoke to Dr. Jessica Namakkal on her book, Unsettling Utopia: The Making & Unmaking of French India. 

In Part 1 of our conversation, we discuss …

Taylor Moore: Abuse & Corruption in Chicago Slam Poetry

January 17th, 2022


I spoke to journalist Taylor Moore on her story for the Chicago Reader, 'A silence louder than words: How allegations of sexual abuse exposed cracks in the foundation of Young Chicago Authors, Free Write Arts & …

Theft is Property! Robert Nichols on Indigenous Resistance to Capitalism

January 3rd, 2022


I spoke with Dr. Robert Nichols author of, 'Theft is Property: Dispossession & Critical Theory'. It's one of the most important books I've ever …

Nga Pham: The Stories Shaping Vietnam Today

December 19th, 2021


I spoke to Journalist Nga Pham on reporting the contemporary stories shaping Vietnam. We discuss the mysterious Billionaires behind VIETGROUP, how …

Zikri Rahman: On Malaysia's Lawan Protests

December 5th, 2021


We spoke to Writer & Organizer Zikri Rahman on Malaysia's Lawan Protests and the political conditions that spawned them. We discuss the growing …

Dean Spade: On Mutual Aid - Healing Ourselves to Heal the World

November 21st, 2021


I spoke to writer and organizer Dean Spade on their Book - Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And The Next). We discuss a …

Jesse Appell: On Performing Standup In China & Selling Tea in the US

November 14th, 2021


I was thrilled to speak with Jesse Appell, who was one of China's most well-known foreign stand-up comics and now is one of the US's best known tea importers. 

We discuss Jesse's journey through China's stand-up comedy …

Minsun Ji: On Squid Game, Jeon Tae-il & South Korea's Labor Movements

November 8th, 2021


We spoke to organizer Minsun Ji on Squid Game and how the labor movements of South Korea inspired the series. We discuss the Ssangyong Motor strikes, the legendary Jeon Tae-il's rallying cry to workers "We are Not …

Bathsheba Demuth - How Capitalism & State Socialism Transformed the Arctic

November 1st, 2021


I chatted with Dr. Bathsheba Demuth on her ground-breaking work, Floating Coast: An Environmental History fo the Bering Strait, which discusses how both the Capitalism of the US and the State Socialism of the USSR …

Sam Holden: On Saving Sento & Akiya, Japan's Past & Future Commons

October 26th, 2021


I spoke with Japan-based writer Sam Holden on his work saving Sento & Akiya, the "Past and Future Commons" of Japan. 

We discuss the community …

Journalist Haris Zargar: On Kashmir's Freedom Struggle

September 26th, 2021


I hosted journalist Haris Zargar for an in-depth conversation on Kashmir, Kashmiri Identity and how India's leader Narendra Modi has unleashed …

Brian Kahn of Earther: Climate Change Reporting on a Dying Planet

September 19th, 2021


We spoke to Brian Kahn the managing editor of Earther for a frank and (at times) spiritual discussion on what it's like to do climate change reporting on a dying planet. 

Brian and I discuss his publication Earther, my …

Wendy Trevino: What's Poetry's Role in Revolutionary Times?

September 12th, 2021


To explore art's role in revolutionary times, I spoke to Poet Wendy Trevino. We discuss her work as a poet and organizer, her critiques of ivory …

Shaq Koyok: Orang Asli, The Indigenous People of Malaysia

August 29th, 2021


I spoke to Artist Shaq Koyok on Orang Asli, the indigenous peoples of Malaysia. It was a great conversation on the history of Malaysia, …

Dr. Khatchig Mouradian: How Armenians Resisted Genocide Through Legal & Armed Struggles

August 23rd, 2021


I spoke to Dr. Khatchig Mouradian for a fascinating conversation on how Armenians resisted extermination at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and his new book: The Resistance Network: The Armenian Genocide and …

Elaine Hui: How the CCP built Capitalist Hegemony in China

August 15th, 2021


We spoke to Dr. Elaine Hui of Penn State on her incredible work of scholarship: Hegemonic Transformation The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in …

Sam Lavigne: Sabotaging Silicon Valley

August 8th, 2021


I spoke to artist Sam Lavigne on his subversive artwork and the need to collectively sabotage Big Tech. 

We also discuss the philosophy of Luddism …

S.L. LIM : Burnt Koalas & Australia's Anthropocene

August 2nd, 2021


I spoke to Novelist S.L Lim on what writing & making art has been like in Australia, which has endured some of the most dramatic consequences of life during the Anthropocene. We discuss the death of the Great …

Xuandi Wang: The Escapism of China‘s Youth

July 26th, 2021


We spoke to Xuandi Wang of Sixth Tone on his work covering Youth in China, their alienation, alternative lifestyles (on real-life communes or in digital spaces) that are emerging, and the general state of mental health …

Dr. Duncan McCargo on Patani & Political Legitimacy in Southern Thailand

July 18th, 2021


I spoke to Dr. Duncan McCargo, Director at the Nordic Institute of Asia Studies and the author of " Tearing Apart The Land: Islam and Legitimacy in Southern Thailand" 

Our discussion is on Patani, located in Southern …

Steve Ducey of NØlympics LA - The Problems and Flaws of the Modern Olympics

July 12th, 2021


I spoke to Steve Ducey of NØlympics LA on why his group is trying to stop the Olympics from coming to LA and the many problems of the modern Olympics. 

It's a fascinating chat on gentrification, capital and nationalism …

Joy James: On Ella Baker, John Brown & Rebuilding Maroonage

July 5th, 2021


I spoke with legendary scholar Dr. Joy James on Ella Baker, John Brown, Samaria Rice, Maroonage and rebuilding Abolitionism in the United States …

Edward Ongweso Jr: Peter Thiel & The Post-Capitalism of Tech's Far Right

June 27th, 2021


We conclude our conversation with Vice's Edward Ongweso Jr.  by looking at Peter Thiel's role in bankrolling Uber as the 'Tip of the Spear' for …

Hathairat "Wist" Phaholtap on Isaan, Thailand's Northeast & Identity in Thailand

June 12th, 2021


This is a conversation with Hathairat "Wist" Phaholtap, Thai Editor at the Isaan Record, on Isaan & Northeast Thailand. We discuss The Isaan …

Rodrigo Nunes: On Neoliberalism, Denialism & The Shape of Things to Come

June 6th, 2021


I spoke to Dr. Rodrigo Nunes  on Neoliberalism, Denialism and the question of what political forms and economies may exist in the near future.  We …

Lauren Kaori Gurley: The Bessemer Amazon Union, Why it Failed & where Workers go from here

May 30th, 2021


To discuss Amazon and the failed union effort in Bessemer, Alabama, I spoke to Lauren Kaori Gurley of Vice's Motherboard. We discuss working conditions in Bessemer, how Amazon defeated the unionization effort, and the …

Joey Ayoub: On Israel's Hatred & Palestine's Freedom

May 23rd, 2021


This is a conversation with my dear friend, Palestinian- Lebanese Writer & Academic Joey Ayoub 

We discuss the situation on the ground in …

Zafar Aafaq: On India's Twin Epidemics of Covid & Hindutva

May 16th, 2021


We spoke to Zafar Aafaq on his coverage of India's Covid-19 pandemic,  how India's Muslim communities have responded with a huge outpouring of mutual aid to all Indians, and if the BJP's disastrous handling of the …

Viola Zhou: Uber meet Didi - Reporting on China's Gig Economy

May 9th, 2021


I was fortunate to be able to speak with Journalist Viola Zhou, on China's Gig Economy and how it compares to the US gig economy. 

For more w. Viola …

Joanna Lillis: On the Real Politics & Lives of Central Asia

May 2nd, 2021


To discuss Central Asia, I spoke to Joanna Lillis, author of: Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan. We have a far-reaching discussion on Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan and …

Eli Friedman: Researching China's Gig Economy

April 25th, 2021


I spoke to Eli Friedman of Cornell University on China's Gig Economy. Why the Gig Economy has taken such a large role in China's economy.  And what …

Let Let Sein on Myanmar: The Violence they've Suffered, The Hope that's Endured, & How the World can Help

April 18th, 2021


I had the honor of speaking to Let Let Sein (a pseudonym) a brave Shan/Karen ethnic women on the ground in Myanmar. 

We discuss how protesters are using strikes/mutual aid/digital activism and street protests to fight …

Shahram Khosravi: Home without Homeland, The Violence of Borders & Imagining a World without Them

April 11th, 2021


To discuss the violence of Borders & Global North Immigration, I was honored to speak w. Shahram Khosravi of Stockholm University. Dr. Khosravi …

Vicky Osterweil: On Maroonage & Abolition in the Anthropocene (Conclusion)

March 28th, 2021


This is the conclusion (part 2) of our conversation w. Writer & Agitator Vicky Osterweil, Author of 'In Defense of Looting'. 

In our conclusion we discuss how several prominent academics have tried to wield the …

Hyo Yoon Kang - On IP Law, Monopolies & Why We Don't have a People's Vaccine for Covid-19

March 21st, 2021


Even the most pessimistic of predictions, could not have foreseen the lack of global cooperation during the Covid-19 Pandemic. To try and help …

Chu May Paing: On the Feminism & Feminists of Myanmar's Freedom Struggle

March 14th, 2021


 I was joined by academic and organizer Chu May Paing for a discussion on growing up in Myanmar & Myanmar's freedom struggle against a brutal military dictatorship. The main theme of our discussion is on Feminism as …

Warren Stanislaus: A History of Black Japan & Afro-Japanese Identity

March 7th, 2021


I was honored to speak with Warren Stanislaus, a PhD Candidate at Oxford & Associate Lecturer at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, on his studies of Blackness, Japan and the history of Afro-Japanese identity. 

Warren and …

Edward Ongweso - Proposition 22, Gig Economics & why Obama Liberals support Far-Right Capitalists (Part 1)

March 1st, 2021


I spoke to Edward Ongweso Jr. of Vice for a two-part interview on Proposition 22, the gig economy and the devastating effects it will have on labor in both in the US and globally. 

In Part 1 we discuss the propaganda, …

Garrick Cooper: Aotearoa, Māori Resistance and Decolonizing New Zealand

February 21st, 2021


This was a fascinating conversation w. Garrick Cooper, senior lecturer at Canterbury University on Aotearoa history, contemporary Māori politics and …

Hussein Kesvani: The Online World of British Muslims

February 14th, 2021


Journalist Hussein Kesvani joined us for an in-depth discussion on his Book : Follow me Akhi - The Online World of British Muslims

Our chat covers …

Vicky Osterweil: On Defending ' In Defense of Looting ' (Part 1)

February 7th, 2021


This is two-part conversation with Writer & Agitator Vicky Osterweil.  In part 1, we discuss the numerous bad faith attacks against her book 'In …

Reflections on 2020 - Best Southeast Asia Interviews

January 31st, 2021


This episode showcases our best Southeast Asia Interviews of 2020.  The interview clips are 'highlights' (5-10 minutes in length) from long-form interviews on topics like: Rodrigo Duterte,  Thailand's Protests, …

Sylvia Alajaji - Music & The Armenian Diaspora

January 24th, 2021


I spoke to Ethnomusicologist Sylvia Alajaji for a long-form podcast on her incredible book: Music and the Armenian Diaspora.  Our discussion touches …

Bianca Tylek: On the NBA, BLM & the Carceral Capitalism of Detroit Pistons' Owner Tom Gores

January 17th, 2021


The NBA is a global game and BLM is a global movement, with this in mind I'm honored to be joined by Bianca Tylek, the executive director of Worth Rises, to discuss The NBA, Black Lives Matter & the carceral …

Reflections on 2020 - Best India Interviews

January 4th, 2021


This episode (which may be part of a series) showcases our best' India Interviews of 2020.  The interview clips are 'highlights' (5-15 minutes in length) from long-form interviews on a variety of topics such as Kashmir, …

Navyug Gill: On India's Farmer Protests & Sikhism as Resistance

December 28th, 2020


I was thrilled to speak to Dr. Navyug Gill of William Paterson University on the recent Farmer's protests in India. 

Over 300,000 participants have locked Narendra Modi and his BJP Government in a stalemate. The Future? …

Mikkel Frantzen - Capitalism, Depression & Revolution as Therapy

December 21st, 2020


I spoke to writer Mikkel Frantzen for an intimate conversation on depression under Capitalism, art and revolution as a form of therapy. 

Mikkel and I …

Long T. Bui - On the Ghost Nation of South Vietnam & The Absence of Vietnam Studies in American Universities

December 6th, 2020


We had a fascinating conversation on Vietnam and Neoliberalism with University of California-Irving Professor Long T. Bui.  Dr. Bui was kind enough …

Matthew Christopher on the Photography & Stories of 'Abandoned America'

November 29th, 2020


I was thrilled to speak to Matthew Christopher on his multi-year project: Abandoned America, documenting the abandoned spaces, places and buildings …

Mukaddas Mijit: On the Music of Xinjiang

November 22nd, 2020


I spoke to Mukaddas Mijit, an ethnomusicologist and performance artist from Xinjiang on the music of Uyghurs.  For more w. Mukaddas, I highly …

Geoff Aung: On The Capitalist Dreamworlds and Nightmares of Myanmar

November 15th, 2020


With Myanmar's 2020 election recently concluded, we are happy to share our interview with Academic Geoff Aung on Colonialism, Capitalism and Myanmar. 

Soumya Shankar - 'Will Joe Biden Oppose Hindutva?' On the Complex Politics of Indian American Voters

November 2nd, 2020


Before the 2020 US election results were finalized, journalist Soumya Shankar joined me to discuss the complex politics of Indian American voters. …

Krithika Varagur: On Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and the Battle for Hearts, Wallets & Minds in the Islamic World

October 18th, 2020


This is a fascinating conversation with Krithika Varagur, author of : The Call Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project. 

Krithika's book touches upon Saudi Arabia's project to spread it's state religion, Wahhabi …

Editor Nicholas Haggerty - On Studying with Dr. David Graeber and Reflecting on his Legacy.

October 11th, 2020


To discuss the life and legacy of Dr. David Graeber, I spoke to Newslens Editor and Commonweal Writer: Nicholas Haggerty. Nicholas was a former …

Yannick Giovanni Marshall - Franz Fanon, Black Lives Matter and Destroying the Colony

October 4th, 2020


I spoke w. Yannick Giovanni Marshall (Twitter: @furtherblack), who wrote several brilliant essays on protest, Black Lives Matter and white Supremacy. …

Thum "PJ" Ping Tjin of New Naratif: On Colonialism, Capitalism & Dissent in Singapore

September 27th, 2020


I spoke with Thum "PJ"  Ping Tjin, the founder of New Naratif, on how colonialism and capitalism have shaped Singapore's past, present and  future. …

Scientist Yangyang Cheng - The Limits of Science under Capitalism & The State

September 20th, 2020


This was a one of a kind conversation with a one of a kind mind. I spoke to Writer and Large Hadron Collider Scientist  Yangyang Cheng. 

Yangyang and …

Vincent Wong - Abolition & Internationalism

September 13th, 2020


I spoke to Vincent Wong, an attorney on Abolition as it relates to internationalism

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Lebanon's Apocalypse - Organizer Joey Ayoub: On the August 4th Explosion and Beirut in the Aftermath.

September 6th, 2020


To speak on Beirut in the wake of the August 4th explosion,  I was joined by writer and friend Joey Ayoub.  We discuss the lives destroyed by the blast, how Lebanon (and the global elite) helped birth the disaster …

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, on Digital Activism, Thailand's Protests and Facing down the Monarchy

August 30th, 2020


This is a conversation on Thailand's protests with Pavin Chachavalpongpun. Pavin is an Associate professor at Kyoto University, a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and the founder of 'The Royalist Marketplace' …

William Andrews - Author of Dissenting Japan - On Protests, Direct Action and Riots in Japan's 60s, 70s & 80s

August 23rd, 2020


We spoke to William Andrews, author of Dissenting Japan. In my experience the best English Language resource on Protests, Direct Action and Riots in Japan.*

We discuss what happened in Japan after the 1960s, how its …

Kunthida Rungruengkiat - How Thailand's Elites destroyed the Future Forward Party, and where Thai Politics goes next

August 16th, 2020


I recorded this Interview with Kunthida Rungruengkiat, former deputy leader of Thailand's  now-banned Future Forward Party in March,  right after the …

Journalist April Zhu: On the Difficult Questions of Chinese Capital & the Kenyan State

August 9th, 2020


To better understand Kenya, China and the complex relationship between them I spoke w. Nairobi-based Journalist April Zhu.  April is a fascinating …

Keri Blakinger of the Marshall Project on America's Prisons & Covid-19

August 2nd, 2020


We speak to Keri Blakinger (Twitter: @keribla) of the Marshall Project, on the violence and scope of America's Carceral System. 

We focus on why …

Tuck Woodstock on the Portland Protests + Preview w. Lausan's Vincent Wong on Hong Kong & Mutual Aid

July 29th, 2020


I spoke with Journalist Tuck Woodstock (Twitter: @tuckwoodstock) on their work covering the Portland Black Lives Matter Protests.

 We discuss Police …

Dr. Laurence Ralph on Chicago Police Violence and the Torture of Black Americans

July 26th, 2020


I was honored to speak with Dr. Laurence Ralph of Princeton University on his book: 'The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence' 

We discuss …

Author Vincent Bevins on 'The Jakarta Method', Past Violence & Present Capitalism

July 19th, 2020


We were thrilled to speak with Journalist Vincent Bevins on his new book, 'The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World'

Vincent was kind enough to engage us …

Journalist Barnaby Lo - Concerns over Philippines Anti-Terror Bill & the silencing of Duterte's Media Critics

July 17th, 2020


For updates on the Philippines and how it is facing down the struggles of an increasingly authoritarian government I spoke with Manila-based Journalist Barnaby Lo. 

We discuss the passage of a recent Anti-Terrorism Bill …

Academic Ruodi Duan: On Mao, Black Radicals and the Tragic End of Black-China Solidarity

July 12th, 2020


This is a truly fascinating conversation w. Academic Ruodi Duan of Harvard University on the once thriving solidarity between global black radicals …

Attorney Alec Karakatsanis: On Abolishing the Racial Capitalism & White Supremacy of the US Legal System

July 5th, 2020


I was thrilled to be joined by author, organizer and attorney Alec Karakatsanis. Alec is the founder of Civil Rights Corps and author of the critically acclaimed book - Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the …

Fascists F*ck Off ! Researcher Gregor Wakounig on Japan's ANTIFA history and fighting Racism in Japan

June 28th, 2020


To understand the history of ANTIFA in Japan, I spoke with researcher and translator Gregor Wakounig. We discuss the wave of Black Lives Matter, …

Journalist Hyunsu Yim: K-Pop, Black Lives Matter, and the Complex Politics of Global Fandom

June 21st, 2020


I spoke with Hyunsu Yim of the Korea Herald on K-Pop, its global fan base, and their support for Black Lives Matter. We discuss the differences …

Author Shon Meckfessel - Observations, Insights & Politics from Seattle's CHAZ Autonomous Zone

June 17th, 2020


For insights on Seattle's CHAZ autonomous zone we spoke with Author and Seattle local - Shon Meckfessel. Shon, a professor at Highline College, is …

Harsh Mander - On India's Protests, Violence against Muslims & The Poor, and Radical Love

June 14th, 2020


I spoke w. organizer Harsh Mander on his efforts to help India's poor and Muslim communities, who have endured unspeakable violence from Narendra …

Writer Cassie Da Costa - Race, Gender & Celebrity in an Unequal World

June 7th, 2020


Recorded before the brutal police murder of George Floyd, this is a conversation I had with Writer Cassie Da Costa about what celebrity means in a …

Vicky Osterweil on US Left Media: How Riots expose the Distance between The People and the Pundits

May 31st, 2020


Prior to the brutal Police murder of George Floyd,  I spoke w. writer Vicky Osterweil ( Read her essay: In Defense of Looting ) to discuss why the US …

Writer Yi-Ling Liu on Blued: How the World's Largest LGBTQ App was built in China & the Limits of Tolerance in the PRC

May 25th, 2020


I was fortunate to speak with writer Yi-Ling Liu on her outstanding piece in New York Times Magazine on Blued: How a Dating App Helped a Generation of Chinese Come Out of the Closet

Our conversation touches on several …

Writer & Researcher Mita: On Anarchism, Mutual Aid & What the Western Left could Learn from Indonesia (Conclusion)

May 17th, 2020


We were thrilled to speak with Writer and Researcher Aria Danaparamita or Mita (Twitter: @mitatweets) , for a two part conversation on Indonesia, …

Writer and Researcher Mita: On Indonesia , Covid-19 & The Hidden Violence of the Status Quo (part 1)

May 11th, 2020


We were thrilled to speak with Writer and Researcher Aria Danaparamita or Mita (Twitter: @mitatweets) , for a two part conversation on Indonesia, …

Minicast w. Washington Post's Regine Cabato on Press Freedom in the Philippines

May 6th, 2020


This is a "Mini-cast" w. the Washington Post's Regine Cabato on Press Freedom in the Philippines and her thoughts on what its like to do journalism …

Regine Cabato of the Washington Post on The Philippines, Covid-19 and Global Labor

May 4th, 2020


To understand how Covid-19 is impacting the Philippines, we were joined by Regine Cabato of the Washington Post.

Our conversation centers on the domestic impact Covid-19 has had on the Philippines and the at times …

Haeryun Kang on the Nth Room Scandal, Digital Harassment and Sexual Violence in South Korea (Content Warning)

May 1st, 2020


CONTENT WARNING - The content within this episode is graphic, refers to assault and may be triggering to some listeners. Listener discretion is …

Why aren't we Talking About Vietnam's Success w. Covid-19? Guests: Mike Tatarski of Saigoneer & Academic Mai Truong

April 27th, 2020


To better understand Vietnam's stunning success in managing Covid-19, I spoke to Vietnam-based Journalist Mike Tatarski, and Academic Mai Truong of the University of Arizona.

Mike's interview is the first half. We …

The End of Shinzo Abe? - Michael Penn of Shingetsu News on The Political Fallout of Covid-19 in Japan.

April 24th, 2020


This is a conversation w. Michael Penn: President of Shingetsu News Agency. We discuss Covid-19's impact on daily life, the economy and labor in …

The Thai Enquirer's Jasmine Chia: The Failures of Capitalism & The State in Thailand under Covid-19

April 20th, 2020


I was thrilled to speak w. Jasmine Chia of the Thai Enquirer on Thailand's Government, its Capitalist class and why both these dominating actors have offered such weak and inept responses to Covid-19.

In our …

Abolish Silicon Valley w. Repeater Book's Wendy Liu and Vice's Edward Ongweso Jr. (Part 2 - Conclusion)

April 17th, 2020


This is the fiery conclusion to my conversation with two of smartest people I know: Edward Ongweso Jr. of Vice and Wendy Liu who just released her memoir ABOLISH SILICON VALLEY (from Repeater Books)

Bernie Sanders is …

Taiwan: Asia's Queer Casablanca - Dr. Wen Liu of Lausan & New Bloom on Taiwan, LGBTQI & Diaspora Politics

April 13th, 2020


We were overjoyed to speak w. Dr. Wen Liu, one of the founding members of the progressive organization- New Bloom (Taiwan) and a member of the …

Abolish Silicon Valley w. Repeater Book's Wendy Liu and Vice's Edward Ongweso Jr. (Part 1)

April 10th, 2020


To better understand a United States where the richest men in the world - Bezos, Zuckerberg, Gates- have gained their wealth from a tech industry that is directly killing the workers at the front lines of Covid-19, I …

Deborah Augustin of New Naratif on Malaysia's Response to Covid-19 and Recent Political Coup

April 3rd, 2020


Malaysia is enduring twin crisis, both Covid-19 and a recent coup which threw the country back into political uncertainty. To discuss how Malaysia is …

A Fragile Peace in the Pandemic- Discussing South Korea & Covid-19 w. Grace Moon of AAJA and Dasl Yoon of the Wall Street Journal

March 30th, 2020


I spoke with Grace Moon of AAJA and Dasl Yoon of the Wall Street Journal on South Korea's response to Covid-19, one that's proving to be among the most effective in the world.

Part one of the Conversation is w. Grace, …

The Lion City vs. The Pandemic - L.A. Times Reporter Shashank Bengali on Singapore's Response to Covid-19

March 27th, 2020


I spoke w. Shashank Bengali of the LA Times on Singapore's Response to Covid-19, and how their coordinated, competent response stands in stark contrast to the piecemeal efforts of the United States

We also discuss how a …

Journalist William Yang on Taiwan's response to the Coronavirus & the power of Universal Heath Care

March 23rd, 2020


We spoke with journalist William Yang of Deutsche Welle News on How Taiwan has been able to contain the Covid-19 Coronavirus, and how its universal health care system has been crucial in this fight.

William also …

Crisis and Collapse: Vicky Osterweil on the Death of Neoliberal Multiculturalism & the Rise of Neoliberal Fascism

March 20th, 2020


At the outset of the US's Coronavirus outbreak, I had a fascinating conversation w. writer Vicky Osterweil on the era we live in. We'll release part 1 soon but, due to our present crisis, I'm skipping to Part 2

We look …

Leila Al-Shami on Syria, Assad and the silence of the Western Left

March 16th, 2020


March 15th was the 9th anniversary of the Syrian Revolution. It's made all the more painful by the indifference from Western governments towards …

Candy Colored Clowns (Finale) w. Jake Flores on Mental Health in Stand-Up and the Emotional Labor of Comedians

March 13th, 2020


This is the finale of our chat w. Comedian/Activist/Twitter Final Boss Jake Flores (@feraljokes). We discuss the misanthropic phenomenon of 'Edgelord' comedy, why Nanette isn't talked about more on the Left, and the …

Nicole Curato on Rodrigo Duterte and Western Stereotypes of the Philippines

March 9th, 2020


I spoke w. Nicole Curato (Twitter:@NicoleCurato) an author, academic and the editor of "A Duterte Reader", one of my favorite recent books on Asia : …

Not so Golden - Cora Currier of The Intercept, on Homelessness & California

March 6th, 2020


Perhaps the saddest paradox of California, America's most 'progressive state' is the increasing indifference, if not outright hostility to the homeless and unhoused.

To discuss this paradox I was joined by the brilliant …

'Trump - Modi! Brother - Brother!' Eviane Leidig on Narendra Modi and the BJP's Evolving Relationship with the Global Right

February 24th, 2020


India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is incredibly popular within India's diaspora. But how can one support tolerance and immigration within the …

Film Scholar Keung Yoon Bae on Parasite, Korean Cinema and the Limits of Revolutionary Art

February 21st, 2020


We spoke to Harvard Film Scholar Keung Yoon Bae (twitter: @becky_kybae) on the movie Parasite!

As a scholar who grew up in Korea during its "new …

Candy Colored Clowns - Comedian Jake Flores on ICE, The Brooklyn Left and Podcast Leftism (Part 1)

February 14th, 2020


This is part 1 of a two part conversation. I spoke w. Comedian Jake Flores on his terrifying experience with ICE, his interactions with what's …

Professor Joshua Hendrick on Fethullah Gülen, Turkey, and 'Neoliberal Islam'

February 10th, 2020


I was thrilled to speak with Dr. Joshua Hendrick, Author of Gülen: The Ambiguous Politics of Market Islam in Turkey and the World

Fethullah Gülen is …

Journalists Karen Ho and Tony Lin on White Privilege in Media & Reforming (or Revolting Against) Elite Institutions

February 7th, 2020


I was thrilled to speak with accomplished journalists Karen Ho (Twitter: @karenkho) & Tony Lin (@tony_zy) for a conversation on Race, Class and Privilege.

We discuss how Wuhan's Corona Virus is being used to promote …

Is Celebrity an Inequality? Naomi Burton of Means TV on Building Progressive Media & The U.S Left's Relationship with Fame

February 3rd, 2020


I was thrilled to be joined by Naomi Burton, Co-Founder of Means TV (@means_tv), the first Anti-Capitalist Media Platform in the United States. Naomi and Co-Founder Nick Hayes, rose to prominence through producing …

Writer Aruni Kashyap on using Fiction to understand Assam, Assamese Identity and India's Protests

January 31st, 2020


Writer and Professor @AruniKashyap was kind enough to join The Arts of Travel Podcast to discuss how he captures the complexity of India, his home state of #Assam and identity, through his fiction and poetry.

Aruni is a …

Kirsten Han of New Naratif Magazine: On Singapore, Censorship and Decolonization

January 27th, 2020


In light of Taiwan's recent election, and Hong Kong's struggles for Democracy, a third nation has remained quiet: Singapore. This small territory has seen none of the protests of Hong Kong and has none of Taiwan's …

Journalist Surabhi Tandon on the "F*cking Insanity" of Kashmir's Historic and Contemporary Suffering

January 20th, 2020


I was trying to think of an eloquent title to describe my conversation with this week's guest, the brilliant and brave journalist Surabhi Tandon, but I've decided to use the words of Arundhati Roy, one of India's …

A Conversation w. Dr. Martin Hägglund on his book - This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

January 17th, 2020


We were fortunate to speak with Dr. Martin Hägglund on a book which profoundly changed our thinking on Life, Meaning and Humanity. Dr. Martin …

Between Authoritarianism and Democracy: A Conversation on Contemporary India w. Debasish R Chowdhury

January 13th, 2020


To better understand mainstream politics and viewpoints on the protests within India, we're joined by Writer/Journalist Debasish Roy Chowdhury …

Author Kyle Chayka on AirBnB, "Airspace" & how Minimalism became the Design Aesthetic of Global Capitalism

January 10th, 2020


This was a conversation that went to some really unexpected places. I spoke w. Kyle Chayka, the Author of: The Longing for Less - Living with Minimalism.

We discuss Kyle's ground-breaking research into AirBnb and the …

Big Brother, Big Tech & Big Modi: Pranav Dixit of Buzzfeed News on Survelliance and Silicon Valley's Broken Promises in India

January 6th, 2020


We spoke with Pranav Dixit (Twitter: @PranavDixit) on the recent protests in India, how Tech is aiding the current Modi/BJP Government's turn towards authoritarianism, and how Silicon Valley, with its 'move fast and …

Journalist Neha Dixit on India's Protests, Feminism and the Hindu Supremacy of the BJP

January 3rd, 2020


We were fortunate to speak w. renowned India Journalist Neha Dixit on the recent protests in India. Neha explains to us why patriarchy is central to the BJP's quest to create a Hindu Supremacist State. More importantly, …

Cod Satrusayang on Thailand's Political Landscape // Teirra Kamolvattanavita on Youth and Feminism in Thai politics

December 28th, 2019


On December 14th, the largest protests since 2014, erupted in Bangkok. The cause? The potential ban of Thailand's Future Forward Party and their charismatic leader: Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. To learn more, I was …

Social Work Pioneer Jeffrey Andrews on Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong's South Asian and Muslim Communities & Domestic Laborers

December 24th, 2019


Recently I spoke w. Jeffrey Andrews, Hong Kong's pioneer social worker: the first to come from a non-Chinese Background. Jeffrey's work involves …

Activists Xiaowen and Mimi on China's Patriarchy, 米兔(Me Too), Gender Roles and the Struggle of Chinese Feminists

December 21st, 2019


Asia Art Tours recently had the great pleasure of speaking with Activists Xiaowen ( Twitter: @XiaowenLiang17) and Mimi on the brave, creative and boundry-erasing work of China's feminists.

Our conversation covers how …

"There is No American Left!" - The Intercept's Jon Schwarz on Global Struggles and the Silence of the American Left

December 16th, 2019


I deeply hope for a President Bernie Sanders, But, with the shocking defeat of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party and the even more shocking doubling-down of his most prominent Leftist supporters in media that they did …

Jojje Olsson on China's Abduction of Swedish Citizen Gui Minhai, and Scandinavia's Complicated Relationship with China

December 13th, 2019


With recent developments in Sweden this week, we're releasing our two-part interview with Journalist Jojje Olsson (Twitter:@jojjeols) to discuss the …

Asia Art Tours in conversation w. Francis Wade - Author of Myanmar's Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim 'Other'

December 9th, 2019


Aung Suu Kyi appears before the Hague this week to refute that Myanmar committed Genocide against the Rohingya people. To review the evidence, what really happened and the stories of the dead, I spoke to one of the most …

Why WeWork Won't Work! Vice's Edward Ongweso Jr on Monopoly, Venture Capitalism and Silicon Valley's Moral Rot

December 5th, 2019


While we despise Big Tech as much as anyone automated out of their job, forced into the gig economy or killed on an Amazon assembly line, we've recently found a great deal of tech criticism rather shallow. With strange …

All of Them Means All of Them! Researcher Joey Ayoub on Lebanon's Protests and Global Solidarity

November 25th, 2019


I know of a country called Lebanon through my Grandfather, Joe Dagher was a quiet and decent man. The last fluent Arabic speaker in the family, he wanted to take his grandchildren back to his homeland before he died. …

Dr. Kecheng Fang on Cyber-Nationalism and the Cross-Pollination of the Global Right

November 18th, 2019


This is a fascinating conversation with Dr. Kecheng Fang of the City University of Hong Kong. We discuss how Nationalism and The Far Right is …

Absolute (Samantha) Power Corrupts Absolutely: Shireen Al-Adeimi on Yemen, Media Hypocrisy & the Cruelty of Obama and Trudeau

November 11th, 2019


To discuss the crisis in Yemen, we were fortunate to speak with the brilliant Michigan State Professor Shireen Al-Adeimi (Twitter @shireen818).

Shireen as a Yemeni immigrant (first to Canada, now in the US) has become …

Febriana Firdaus on the corporate, religious and political struggles of West Papua and Indonesia

October 29th, 2019


For the past few months, protests have been raging in West Papua and Indonesia, with the former rarely reported on by the Western Press, and the latter terribly misunderstood. To provide education and clarity, I spoke …

Newly Elected San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin - on Homelessness, Tech in the Carceral System, and reflecting on Prison Abolition

October 25th, 2019


I had the good fortune of interviewing San Francisco DA Candidate Chesa Boudin, right before the Nov 5th election. District Attorney for San …

Rafe Bartholomew on the NBA, Social Justice and Hooping in the Philippines

October 18th, 2019


This is a funny, brutally honest conversation with writer Rafe Bartholomew (Twitter: @Rafeboogs). He's edited for Grantland, written for The Athletic …

Chris Arnade - On Dignity, Politics and Homelessness in ' Back Row' America

October 13th, 2019


This summer, I had the opportunity to speak with Author and Photographer Chris Arnade on his new book, "Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America" .

The conversation spans Chris's background (he came from …

The Youth Awaken! Kharishar Kahfi of the Jakarta Post on the West Papua, Jakarta and Indonesia Protests.

October 8th, 2019


We spoke w. Journalist Kharishar Kahfi (Twitter: @kkahfi106) of the Jakarta Post on the recent events in West Papua and Jakarta. Kuka discusses the …

Chatting w. Isabelle Niu of Chinese Storytellers and Loud Murmurs Podcast about Discrimination, Media Bias and best practice in China Reporting ( 媒体偏见与性别歧视)

October 2nd, 2019


This was a lovely and informative chat I had w. Isabelle Niu (twitter: @Muge_Niu), a a co-founder of Chinese Storytellers and the Loud Murmurs Podcast. Both of which (the first English Language, the second 國語) I find to …

The Unbearable Heaviness of a Thai Woman's Labor- Artist Kawita Vatanajyankur on Feminism, Capitalism and Labor in Thailand

September 28th, 2019


We had the great privilege of speaking with Australia and Thailand based artist Kawita Vatanajyankur after her show- The Repetitiveness of Work- in Taipei, Taiwan.

It's a interesting back and forth conversation, as we …

'This is Not a Protest, This is a Fight for our Survival' - Spokesperson Raki Ap, of Benny Wenda's Office on the violence in West Papua (Part 2 in our series)

September 23rd, 2019


Recently, I had the great honor of speaking to Raki Ap, Spokesperson for Benny Wenda (@bennywenda)- A West Papuan independence Leader in Exile - on …

West Papua- Past History, Present Protests, and Indonesia's role in the current crisis - A Conversation w. Karina Tehusijarana of the Jakarta Post

September 10th, 2019


This is our first installment of an interview series on West Papua, the current protests and the regions complicated history with Indonesia.

This is a discussion that requires sensitivity and nuance. To help us as we …

Marx, Monsters & White Men- A Conversation on Whiteness, Capitalism and Film w. The Horror Vanguard

September 3rd, 2019


A little while back, before Hong Kong demanded Radical Freedom, Hawaii & New Zealand demanded the Sacred and West Papua demanded their right to Independence, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Jon (Twitter: …

Punching Left - Joe Bernstein of Buzzfeed News on The Right Wing Media Machine that made Andy Ngo a Star.

August 18th, 2019


Joe Bernstein of Buzzfeed News was kind enough to come on and talk with us about his incredible Article, detailing Andy Ngo's assault by Antifa …

'Even a Bishop will Steal if he's Hungry ' - Dr. Mark Galeotti on the Vory- Russia's Super Mafia and the Future of Crime under Capitalism

August 4th, 2019


This is one of our favorite conversations. Asia Art Tours spoke with Dr. Mark Galeotti. We discuss the dangerous and unprecedented access he gained for his book: The Vory- Russia's Super Mafia .

Our rich discussion …

Mauna Kea Protests & The Hawaiian People (Part 2) - The Philosophy & Spiritual Resistance of Hawaii w. Nobel Peace Prize Nominee H.E. Leon Kaulahao Siu

July 29th, 2019


This is Part 2 of our conversation on Mauna Kea, the recent protests led by Hawaiians and the history of the Hawaiian People. We are speaking with …

Mauna Kea Protests & The Hawaiian People (Part 1) - The History of Hawaii w. Nobel Peace Prize Nominee H.E. Leon Kaulahao Siu

July 27th, 2019


This is Part 1 of our conversation on Mauna Kea, the recent protests led by Hawaiians and the history of the Hawaiian People. We are speaking with …

'Wat' is to be Done? - Thailand's 'Guided Democracy', The Royal Family and Dissent w. Professor in Exile: Giles Ji Ungpakorn

July 21st, 2019


While it bills itself as the "Land of Smiles" , the current situation of Thailand, is one of gross inequality, authoritarianism and a political …

Stuart McDonald, founder of Travelfish on the Travel Industry's confrontation with Big Tech and Over-Tourism

July 10th, 2019


We had a wonderful discussion with Stuart McDonald the Founder of one of South East Asia's oldest and best sources of information- the website …

Aloha means Goodbye, it also means Get Out! - A 4th of July interview w. Rob Kajiwara on Fighting Stereotypes and Imperialism in Hawaii and Okinawa.

July 5th, 2019


On the 4th of July, I'm fine with taking a day off to celebrate with friends and family, regarding the noble notions of Liberty and Justice for all. …

In Cambodia, "Women are White Cloth and Men are Gold"- Feminism, Gender & Art with Phnom Penh Artist Sophal Neak

June 26th, 2019


This interview with Phnom Penh Artist Sophal Neak is a fascinating chat on feminism and gender in Cambodia. Sophal is one of the few artists working in Cambodia to address gender and identity head on in her work. A …

Riley Quinn of Trash Future-That's Dialectics Baby! ( Champagne Socialists & Theodor Adorno Vs. Mark Fisher & Dirtbag Leftists)

June 19th, 2019


I had the chance to chat with Riley Quinn, the witty host of the Trash Future and Commie Book Club Podcasts.

Our conversation ranged between his own …

Everything you wanted to know about the Tokyo Underworld but were afraid to ask! Chatting w. Author Jake Adelstein on Yakuza, Shinzo Abe and Neoliberalism!

June 9th, 2019


We're thrilled to bring you a chat with a man who survived reporting on Tokyo's Underworld and the Yakuza, and is now ready to take on the Japanese Government: Jake Adelstein!

Reporter and Author Jake Adelstein is the …

Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World- A Conversation with Dr. Samuel Moyn

June 2nd, 2019


I'm thrilled to bring you this conversation with Dr. Samuel Moyn, author of "Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World". It's a fascinating chat …

The Japan-opticon: Author William Andrews of Dissenting Japan on The History of Japan's Left (Part 1)

May 26th, 2019


We interview with William Andrews on his book- Dissenting Japan. In part one we discuss the origins of dissent and protest in Japan and continue on to discuss the 1950s and 1960s with the Communist Party of Japan, …

Moshing in the Middle Kingdom- Talking Rock and Roll w. Beijing's Michael Pettis, Owner of Maybe Mars Records

May 20th, 2019


Today I'm happy to introduce a chat with Michael Pettis, the founder of Maybe Mars Records and a professor at China's prestigious Peking University.

Extinction, Orangutans, Street Art and Capitalism- Interview with Malaysia-based Artist Ernest Zacharevic

May 10th, 2019


I had the privilege of sitting down in the studio with Ernest Zacharevic, an artist and activist whose street art literally made Penang's UNESCO site of Georgetown one of the most photographed sites in Asia. Ernest has …

"Take away the Right to say F*ck, you take away the Right to say F*ck the Government"- The Artist Mr. Fish

April 28th, 2019


The title of this episode is a quote from Lenny Bruce, who was an inspiration for our guest today: the award-winning artist Dwayne Booth aka: Mr. Fish !

Our chat is a brutally honest one about the sickness of power and …

Green Shinto - Japan's Shinto Faith and Climate Change with Dr. John Dougill

April 16th, 2019


We chat with John Dougill, founder of the website Green Shinto for a fascinating discussion on Japan's native faith and why in the era of climate …

Art after Genocide-Discussing Cambodia with Artist Lauren Iida

April 8th, 2019


Asia Art Tours is proud to announce our first art tour in Cambodia:

The tour is led by …

"Everything is Awful and Some Things are Worse"- On Food, Wealth and Writing with Ex-New York Times Frugal Traveler Matt Gross

March 31st, 2019


We had the pleasure of speaking to Former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Matt Gross. Matt came to Taiwan to promote his book "The Turk …

Art isn't cool, it's work.- An Interview w. Bangkok's Alex Face on Brands, Big Business and Street Art

March 22nd, 2019


We travel to home of Bangkok's most well known street artist: Patcharapol Tangruen A.K.A "Alex Face" to record our interview. Alex and I chat about …

The Pattani Tapes: An Interview on Thailand's Feminism and Thailand's Islam with Anticha and Noona

March 14th, 2019


Though English language searches only pull up travel advisories and articles about terrorism, Pattani Thailand has one of South East Asia's most …

Fried Chicken, Elon Musk and the Capitalocene - A chat on the "cost of cheap" with Dr. Raj Patel

February 16th, 2019


We speak to Academic Superstar Dr. Raj Patel of the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Patel recently wrote (along with Jason Moore): "A History of …

Korea, Japan and American Empire: A chat with Tim Shorrock of The Nation Magazine

February 4th, 2019


I chat with Tim Shorrock of The Nation Magazine whose unique background includes growing up in both Japan and Korea. We discuss the Korean Peace Process, The military industrial complex as it relates to Asia and the …

Save the Seeds, Save the World - An interview with Jon Jandai of Pun Pun Farms

January 17th, 2019


An interview with Autodidact, Ted Talk Phenomenon and Radical Farmer Jon Jandai, on his organic farm Pun Pun in Thailand. And how he wants to use seeds to help heal the world.

Betraying Big Brother- Discussing China's Feminist Movement with Author and Academic Leta Hong Fincher

December 29th, 2018


We Interview the Author and Academic Leta Hong Fincher on her Latest Book- "Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China" We discuss China's Leadership, Global Patriarchy, how class and feminism intersect and …

Interview with Australian Photographer Hugh Brown

July 3rd, 2018


Asia Arts Tours presents: The Arts of Travel Podcast, a deep dive into the world's most interesting art and artists.

Our first conversation is Matt Dagher-Margosian, the Founder of Asia Art Tours interviewing Hugh …

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