Season 6

Jan. 31, 2023

Is Thailand Really the "Land of the Free"? [S6.E25]

Greg and Ed get all deep by asking the question “Is Thailand really the Land of the Free?” And what does “freedom” even mean? Many people know that the word ‘Thailand’ is supposed to translate as the ‘Land of the …

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Jan. 24, 2023

Bangkok’s Dark Side: Justin Dunne on His Creepy “Bangkok Haunt” Tours…

Greg interviews Justin Dunne of ,’ a tour company in Bangkok that focuses on Thai ghost stories and their relevant locations. Justin is an old friend of Greg’s and after trading a few stories of the old days, the guys …

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Jan. 17, 2023

What Do You Miss Most About Thailand? Overseas Listeners Let Us Know …

In a special listener voicemail show, Greg and Ed discuss what listeners miss most about Thailand. The guys go through a bunch of different messages, each expressing a unique characteristic of the Land of Smiles that keeps them pining for …

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Jan. 3, 2023

The Extraordinary Life of the Siamese Twins: Chang and Eng Bunker [S6…

We dive back into history with the remarkable story of Chang and Eng Bunker, more famously known as the Siamese Twins. Born and raised in Samut Songkhram province just south of Bangkok, they had a fateful encounter with a Scottish …

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Dec. 27, 2022

Ed Gets Schooled: Linguist Stu Jay Raj Critiques a Thai Conversation …

In Part Two of Ed’s Thai lesson with guru Stu Jay Raj, the two push through Ed’s sample Thai conversation. Stu continues to emphasize the importance of proper pronunciation of vowels, even going so far as to say it is …

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Dec. 20, 2022

Ed Gets Schooled: Linguist Stu Jay Raj Critiques a Thai Conversation …

Ed goes back to school and gets a Thai lesson from the master himself, Stu Jay Raj. Ed recounts a common backstory, wherein he made serious effort to learn Thai during his first two years in Thailand - and even …

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Dec. 13, 2022

A Lawyer’s Take on Thailand’s Controversial Foreign Land Ownership La…

Greg interviews Bangkok-based lawyer Dave Lawrence about the ins and outs of foreigners owning land in Thailand. Dave begins with his backstory: he went to law school in Ohio where he met his future wife while she was getting a …

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Dec. 6, 2022

Un-Jaded: Seeing Bangkok’s Best Through New Eyes [S6.E18]

In a show fueled by a visit by Greg’s mother, the guys discuss first impressions of Bangkok, and whether or not they have become jaded as long term expats. Greg includes a short interview with his mom, but bases the …

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Nov. 29, 2022

Promoting Plant-Based Sustainable Living in Bangkok [S6.E17]

Ed interviews Max and Jo Hellier of Root the Future, a small social enterprise based in Bangkok that promotes sustainable living and plant-based diets. Max and Jo begin with their origin story: Jo, a vegan and former model, and Max, …

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Nov. 22, 2022

Bangkok Taxis: New Solutions for Old Problems [S6.E16]

Greg and Ed discuss a topic first brought up in a bonus show back in season 2: what to do about taxi drivers who won’t take you where you want to go? Although there are no doubt many larger problems …

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Nov. 15, 2022

MuvMi’s Electric Tuk-Tuks Want to Change How Bangkokians Get from A t…

Greg interviews Tim Koncewicz from electric tuk-tuk company to chat about their mission to provide a safe and environmentally clean alternative to gas-powered tuk-tuks. Unlike normal taxis and old-school automobiles (pfft), MuvMi focuses on...

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Nov. 8, 2022

Expat Confessions: Things We Should Have Done by Now, But Haven't [S6…

Greg and Ed bare their souls with ‘expat confessions’: things in Thailand they are embarrassed to say they have never seen or done, but that they should have, given their years in the Kingdom. Ed begins by admitting he’s never …

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Nov. 1, 2022

Buddhist Scholar Justin McDaniel Discusses the History & Meaning of T…

Greg interviews Buddhist scholar Justin McDaniel on the topic of Buddhism amulets. Justin is a true scholar of religion, especially Asian religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism, but he developed a strong interest in Buddhist amulets after he visited...

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Oct. 25, 2022

Bangkok in Memoriam: A Look Back at a Few Places We Miss the Most [S6…

Every Bangkok newbie has places that are near and dear to them, and which play a role in their early days of getting settled and finding your groove in Bangkok. Greg and Ed discuss some of these Bangkok institutions that …

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Oct. 18, 2022

Cause & Effect: The Thailand Clean Air Network Talks Health and Poiso…

Greg interviews Khun Weena from the Thailand Clean Air Network, a guest who previously appeared on Episode 66 of Season 4, when Thailand was in the middle of a crazy air pollution crisis. Since then K. Weena and her organization …

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Oct. 11, 2022

Is Thailand a Woke-Free Zone? [S6.E10]

Greg and Ed open up a can of snakes (this is Thailand after all) and discuss whether Thailand is a ‘woke-free’ zone. The guys begin by realizing that the word ‘woke’ itself does not have a very clear meaning. Depending …

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Oct. 4, 2022

Amy Lefevre Joins to Talk Careers, Cliques and Finding Your Level in …

With interest in Thailand returning to pre-pandemic levels and the podcast getting an increasing number of emails asking for advice on living and working here, Greg interviews old acquaintance Amy Lefevre, a half-Thai British woman, on her unique...

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Sept. 27, 2022

The Best Apps for Making Life in Thailand Fun and (Dare We Say It) Ea…

Greg and Ed dive into the crowded App and Play stores to discuss the various phone apps that make living in Bangkok easier. Greg begins by giving props to our excellent listeners who submitted a whole bunch of recommendations - …

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Sept. 20, 2022

Environmental Journalist James Fahn Updates His Outlook on Thailand’s…

Greg interviews James Fahn, the Executive Director of Internews’ Earth Journalism Network. Greg begins by opening a discussion about James’ book “,” which was published in 2003, after James worked as the environmental editor at The Nation...

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Sept. 13, 2022

22 Years Later: Ed Boils Bangkok Down to 5 Reasons He Stays [S6.E6]

Ed reminisces on 22 years in Thailand and tries to summarize exactly why he has decided to stay for so long. It’s hard to sum up, of course, but Ed manages to come up with five positives and three negatives, …

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Sept. 6, 2022

Finnish Ambassador Jyri Järviaho on Diplomatic History, Economic Trad…

Greg interviews Jyri Järviaho, Finland’s Ambassador to Thailand. Although Greg makes a valiant attempt at pronouncing the Ambassador’s name, the two begin by discussing the difficulty of Finnish, with the Ambassador explaining that it is a unique...

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Aug. 30, 2022

The Mystery of Old Western Songs in Thailand That Won’t Die [S6.E4]

Greg and Ed discuss the fascinating topic of old Western pop songs that enjoy a shocking degree of popularity in Thailand. For those foreigners who have spent any amount of time in the Land of Smiles, there are just certain …

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Aug. 23, 2022

Stu Jay Raj on Cursing, Dirty Talk & the Importance of Tones Part 2 […

Greg finishes up his interview with linguist and raconteur . Stu begins with a classic: the super annoying fact that the Thai numbers 11 and 18 can be very difficult for foreigners to pronounce correctly. Stu explains in detail the …

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Aug. 16, 2022

Stu Jay Raj on Cursing, Dirty Talk & the Importance of Tones [S6.E2]

Greg interviews our old pal Stu Jay Raj - linguist, polyglot, and true Renaissance man. As you would expect, the topic is the Thai language and foreigners’ struggle to learn it properly, but with a focus on the trouble you …

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Aug. 9, 2022

Coming Up On Season 6...! [S6.E1]

As is tradition, Greg and Ed spend the first episode of the brand new season 6 (!) looking back, looking forward, and discussing podcasting as a whole. When Greg and Tony first started speaking into their panty hose-covered mics (seriously) …

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