In each episode we'll interview people with a strong connection to the city they live in, how they began their Quest to Express themselves and what they're working on next.
Episode 1 - Environment is Everything: Hengrave Hall, The Gold Rush & The Silk Road
In this episode, we explore these topics: environment, migration, The Quest, and slow travel. What happens when you manufacture wombs that support your quest? From Hengrave Hall to the 1849 brothels of San Francisco, to the collision of cultures on The Silk Road trade route, everything matters, and the environment is everything. Also, what do Bob Dylan, Julia Child & Nelson Mandela have in common?
Episode 2 - Meet Founder, Entrepreneur & Musicologist Paul Atkin: Why Teatro San Cassiano Belongs in Venice
Paul Atkin is Founder of Teatro San Cassiano and he's reconstructingthe original Teatro San Cassiano of 1637 to restore historically-informed Baroque opera to Venice. This project is expected to provide 300 jobs and restore a part of history by reimagining the Teatro San Cassiano and Venice's greatest gift to the world: opera.
Episode 3 - Echoes of Teatro San Cassiano with Paul Atkin: Pulling Back the Curtain
The reconstructed Teatro San Cassiano will be the only fully active Baroque opera theatre in the world. Its iconic status will provide the perfect conditions for it to become the world’s foremost center for historically-informed Baroque opera, attracting the world’s greatest conductors, singers, and musicians.
We’re pulling back the curtain for all music lovers, time travelers, audiences, and investors who are ready to be a part of Teatro San Cassiano's legacy.
Episode 4 - How to Etch Your Name in Venetian History: Get Involved Today
Paul extends a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for either individuals or organizations to become a Founding Member of San Cassiano, and to etch their name in Venetian history. Please share this episode if you know of someone who would be honored to support this mission and learn about Founder opportunities here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marco Gandini is Milanese-born and has lived several years in both London and now currently resides in Venice. In 2022 he published a book in Italian on the history of the origins of Venice, an English translation of which is in the pipeline. He’s currently writing a book following Marco Polo’s itinerary from Venice to China.
Marco Gandini shares a few defining moments of Venetian history, the impact of the Ottoman Empire and two ambitious explorers on Venetian trade, and how the aristocracy responded to impacts on trade routes during the 16th century.
In the last episode, Marco Gandini discusses Marco Polo - the subject of his book expected in early 2024. Learn why the Polo family was indispensable to Khan and some of the unique missions he sent the Polos on. In this episode, we'll discuss: The three Polos and why Khan needed them and other cultural events in the summer.
Luisella Romeo is a certified tour guide whose family has been in Venice since the mid-18th century. We discuss the road to where she is now, and why no two tours are ever the same. You can book her for private tours & experiences here.
Episode 13 - Solomon's Knot, Casanova's Hidden Talents & Things to Do in Venice
VENICE: If you've ever wanted to know the real story behind Vespucci, Galileo & Casanova, listen to the last episode in our 3-part series with modern-day renaissance man, Raffaele Dessi. You can follow him on IG @raffaeledessi
The mystery of a 2nd century tunic & Nodo di Salomone
Episode 14 - The Off-Grid Challenge for Humans: Restoring Sanity, Creativity & Cohesion to Society
HAWAII: What happens when you spend a month living off-grid in Hawaii? Have you ever put your phone on airplane mode for a weekend to calm your nervous system? Could off-grid living be a first step towards restoring Western civilization?
Apply for off-grid weekend & 2-week experiences here
VENICE: We are setting the table for a culinary & travel expert on Venice, Monica Cesarato. Visit her website here.
Monica Cesarato is a Travel & Food blogger, podcaster for Venice Talks and a food guide from Venice. She wrote a book about Cicchetti called "Andar Per Bacari" and she has appeared in numerous TV shows talking about Venice and food.
Episode 17 - There's a New Mayor in Town & What You Don't Know About Venice
VENICE: In this episode, we imagine what food guide, blogger & podcaster, Monica Cesarato would do for Venice if she was the mayor. We also discuss the famous banner on the canal and her year-long journey with "Venice Talks."
Monica's format and journey as a podcaster for "Venice Talks"
Episode 19 - The Painting, The Church & The Courtesan
VENICE: In the last episode we left the crypt at the bottom of a church (San Zaccaria) in the 9th century. What will we find inside? Why was Giovanni Bellini's painting so earth-shattering for the times, and Who's That Girl - Angela de Moro?
Episode 20 - How a True Venetian Would Respond to Gang Rape
VENICE: Today we conclude our final episode with Chas Carner where we uncover how one of the world's most famous courtesans who was left for dead, rose to even greater prominence after gang rape of 81 men. Was Angela de Moro La Zaffetta or La Fenice?
Episode 21- Leaving Venice with a Few Recipes Old & New
VENICE: Do you know how the Bellini was born and that it may never have happened if it weren’t for the trials and tribulations of an American named Harry Pickering? We can’t leave our final episode on Venice without leaving a few recipes behind.
Episode 22 - Michael Bill: Ghost Hunter & Paranormal Investigator
NEW ORLEANS: Michael Bill, our first New Orleans guest has been the lead paranormal investigator at 1022 Royal Street for many years with the help of Oz and The Priestess Claudia. His 11 years of experience and his interest mainly in ITC research. He has been in Vogue magazine with Elle Fanning, The Travel Channel's Haunted USA, and been featured with Leeanna Vamp in her show Ghosted. Go on one of his tours: https://premierxtours.com/
NEW ORLEANS: We continue the discussion with paranormal investigator & ghost hunter Michael Bill. In this episode, we learn about how Michael got started, the difference between hauntings & poltergeist, a childhood experience with a seance, and how to experience one of Michael's tours in person.
Episode 24 - Where to Get the Best...in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS: Mardi Gras starts January 9th, will you be there? If you are, or plan on being there in January or February, check out today's episode for Michael Bill's tips on where to eat, drink, and what not to do on Bourbon Street!
And don't forget to go here and ask for Michael to schedule a tour!
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