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Go deep behind the scenes of reporting trips with Anthony Bourdain’s partners, from Havana to the Himalayas, from jungle hallucinogens to Andalusian cave cooking. Hosted by foreign correspondent Nathan Thornburgh. Beats by Dan the Automator. Artwork ...Show More
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Episode 26: Yasmin Khan Cooks Her Way through Palestine

58:11 | Feb 11th

Chef, author and former human rights campaigner Yasmin Khan seems to have a mission statement very like our own at Roads & Kingdoms. That is, pay attention to what’s on the plate in a way that might spark some change and bring people together (and ha...Show More
Episode 37: Growing Up in the Camps

1:21:19 | May 6th

If you want to know the best thing about Gardena, in south central Los Angeles, I’ll tell you. I think it’s Diana’s, a Mexican lunch counter with apocalyptically good machaca and fresh masa sold by the kilo. It’s especially good if you can meet Yukio...Show More
Episode 36: California+Kris = Night+Market

1:07:00 | Apr 29th

The last time I had seen Kris Yenbamroong, he and his partner Sarah St Lifer were giving me a ride into downtown Chiang Mai from a village on the outskirts. I had thought about interviewing him in Northern Thailand, since we were there, and since his...Show More
Episode 35: Carolina Miranda in her East LA Eden

51:50 | Apr 23rd

 Los Angeles is a place that is too big, too deep, spread too thin under the marine layer and above the concrete culverts to give you, the visitor, any idea of what the hell is really going on. I didn’t know that the first half-dozen or times I came,...Show More
We'll Meet You There

02:32 | Apr 18th

In just one week we'll be launching with Luminary Audio. Visit to keep drinking, talking, and traveling with us. 
Episode 34: Dr. Howard Conyers is Reclaiming BBQ for Black Pitmasters

45:53 | Apr 8th

We are in mid-city New Orleans with Dr. Howard Conyers, host of the PBS show Nourish, a rocket scientist by day and whole hog barbecue pitmaster by night and by weekend. If we have to have only one more episode in this flagrantly fabulous town, then ...Show More
Episode 33: Pepper Bowen is Laying Down the Food Law in New Orleans

44:23 | Apr 1st

New Orleans is so old, so fine, so big in the culture, and so vast in its disappointments and its triumphs, that it feels odd to mention just one side of the crescent kaleidoscope. But we have to call out one thing that has long attracted us to the c...Show More
Episode 32: L. Kasimu Harris Imagines an Uprising in New Orleans

46:54 | Mar 25th

There is nothing more political, fascinating, uplifting, infuriating than school. The country we are as reflected in our education system is not always how we would like to think of ourselves. But the reflection is true. Take Nathan’s city of New Yor...Show More
Episode 31: Francis Lam is on a Bleisure Trip to Thailand

43:28 | Mar 18th

The morning after a wedding—any big party—is usually a little groggy. It’s not necessarily unpleasant, especially if it’s February in Thailand and the air is a little bit cool and very humid, and you’re kicking around in a quiet village along the Pin...Show More
Episode 30: Naomi Duguid on the Charms of Chiang Mai

26:26 | Mar 11th

The Trip host Nathan Thornburgh would not be the first person to admit to falling deeply, darkly in love with the markets of Southeast Asia. There’s just something about the slurry of exhaust, sticky air and stickier rice, knockoff Premier League kit...Show More
Episode 29: Creating Thai Cinema with Tom Waller

22:59 | Mar 4th

In this week’s episode, you’ll hear the bird call of the Asian koel, but the real soundtrack of Bangkok is the internal combustion engine: the mopeds and the Mazda 2s. It’s a city of perpetual motion. Just be sure to look both ways before crossing.Th...Show More
Episode 28: Tokyo Fixing with Shinji Nohara

40:25 | Feb 25th

Shinji Nohara has been making good things happen for visitors to Tokyo for almost two decades—ever since a lanky camera-shy writer named Anthony Bourdain arrived with Lydia Tenaglia and Chris Collins to shoot their first television episode ever. Shin...Show More
Episode 27: Japanese Love Hotels with Toko Sekiguchi

46:19 | Feb 18th

This podcast episode should have porn, right?” It’s an odd but necessary question to put to my old friend and former TIME Magazine colleague, Tokyo-based business journalist Toko Sekiguchi. But she’s a gamer, that Toko, and for this episode, falling ...Show More
Episode 25: What Jason Rezaian Learned as a Prisoner in Iran

42:06 | Feb 4th

Iranian-American Jason Rezaian, native of Marin County, was just trying to report on the daily lives and hopes of the people of Tehran. But as his gripping new book Prisoner details, he instead ended up in the notorious Evin Prison, a chess piece in ...Show More
Episode 24: Edel Rodriguez is Stress-Testing Democracy

1:03:44 | Jan 28th

You’ve seen this man's illustrations on the cover of TIME magazine or Der Spiegel, or on signs wherever the Trump-phobic meet and rally. His depictions of the 45th president as an ISIS executioner, a klansman, or just a melting orange mess do exactly...Show More
Episode 23: A Life in the Commune with Tanja Fox

49:53 | Jan 21st

Not all revolutionaries wear bandoliers full of bullets. Some of them tend beautiful little gardens next to a wooden cottage they built in a neighborhood called Dandelion. That’s the kind of revolutionary that Tanja Fox is. Tanja has spent her entire...Show More
Episode 22: Jennifer Ching is Dismantling the System

33:59 | Jan 14th

One of host Nathan Thornburgh’s New Year’s resolutions is to stop just stepping past all the human misery in New York City and actually think about helping. But how? Jennifer Ching might know. She’s an immigrant, a Harvard grad, a lawyer, and now the...Show More
Episode 21: Beyond War with Yuri Kozyrev

39:42 | Jan 7th

For 25 years, photographer Yuri Kozyrev covered conflicts from Afghanistan to Chechnya, Iraq, Libya and beyond. His combination of frontline fearlessness and human compassion won him the highest awards in his industry. And then, he chose to stop cove...Show More
Episode 20: Matt Orlando's Restaurant of the Future

29:05 | Dec 31st, 2018

Matt Orlando has worked at some of the great restaurants on this planet. Per Se in New York; The Fat Duck in the UK; Noma in Copenhagen, where he was head chef under Rene Redzepi. But it wasn’t until he opened his restaurant Amass—and looked in his o...Show More
Episode 19: Punking the Paiche with Michael Snyder

36:04 | Dec 24th, 2018

Journalist Michael Snyder writes about food, conflict, the environment, and fishing. That slurry of interests brought him to the Bolivian Amazon for an investigation into the invasive Paiche, a hulking, invasive fish that is destroying old ecosystems...Show More
Episode 18: Japanese Energy Drinks with W. Kamau Bell

1:01:47 | Dec 17th, 2018

This year's Emmy Awards were a big night for the people who worked with Anthony Bourdain, with Emmys going to Roads & Kingdoms, Zero Point Zero, and—for his own brilliant show—to W. Kamau Bell, who had traveled to Kenya with Bourdain for a recent epi...Show More
Episode 17: Tacos in Viking Country with Rosio Sanchez

33:15 | Dec 10th, 2018

One of the great shortcomings of northern Europe—an otherwise pleasant place with soft sunsets and universal healthcare—has always been the utter lack of quality Mexican food. Rosio Sanchez, a celebrated restaurateur and chef from Chicago who has wor...Show More
Episode 16: San Francisco Happy Hour with Dan the Automator

33:47 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Dan "the Automator" Nakamura is one of the great music producers of our time. Someone who, like Brian Eno or Phil Spector, changed the sound of an entire decade. The fact that he did it as an Asian-American breaking into hiphop way back in the early ...Show More
Episode 15: Hammered Vegans with Shannon Martinez

47:29 | Nov 26th, 2018

Shannon Martinez is the chef behind the famed Smith & Daughters vegan restaurant in Melbourne, Australia. After soiling a couple Bloody Marys with Ireland's cheapest vodka (Huzzar!), Shannon and host Nathan Thornburgh talk about everything from meat-...Show More
Episode 14: Dreams of Pickled Heron in Galway

37:47 | Nov 19th, 2018

Michelin-starred chef and author JP McMahon talks with host Nathan Thornburgh on the eve of his annual Food on the Edge conference in Galway, Ireland. Topics include Dingle Gin, Anthony Bourdain, and why McMahon left his kids at the bar with his cred...Show More
Episode 13: Sipping through Austria

32:09 | Nov 12th, 2018

Somewhere in a hotel room in central Moscow, steps away from a frenzied nationalist Victory Day rally, Nathan shares a mini-bar white wine with writer Alexa van Sickle and talks about her sorta-homeland Austria. Her epic roadtrip story, Farewell to t...Show More
Episode 12: Marketing a Better Mezcal

34:24 | Nov 5th, 2018

Niki Nakazawa's path took her from the northeastern US to Mexico City to Oaxaca, from art to food and now to Neta, a mezcal brand devoted to supporting small producers. She talks with host Nathan Thornburgh about the future of mezcal and why Mexico i...Show More
Episode 11: Fermenting in Oaxaca

33:43 | Oct 29th, 2018

Paulina Garcia grew up in Saltillo, in the north of Mexico. But when she and a group of friends began looking in their early 20s for a life with a bit more meaning and mission, they ended up in Oaxaca, in Mexico's southern mountains, baking and canni...Show More
Episode 10: Day Drinking at Netflix

36:01 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Samin Nosrat grew up in Southern California, hearing plenty about the flavors of Iran. But her path took her to another country, Italy, where her perspective on cooking and living changed forever. In this episode, Nathan shares a bottle of Italian am...Show More
Episode 9: Chasing Korean Cornbread

26:33 | Oct 15th, 2018

When Nicole Choi's mother went through a bruising round of chemotherapy in Maryland, she craved nothing more than an old postwar Korean cornbread. Nicole set out to recreate it for her. Read her essay on R&K.
Episode 8: Drinking Saint Petersburg

38:32 | Oct 8th, 2018

Asya Khramchenkova is an owner of the legendary Bar Khroniki in Saint Petersburg, As such she's the best person we can think of to talk about the borderlands between Finland and Russia, their culture, and their alcohol. She sat with host Nathan Thorn...Show More
Episode 7: A damn fine mezcal

30:07 | Oct 1st, 2018

In the first episode of The Trip after the death of his partner Anthony Bourdain, host Nathan Thornburgh communes in a squatted Beverly Hills hotel room with two people who knew Bourdain well: chef José Andrés and Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Matt Gou...Show More
Episode 6: Goats, Gods and Garlic

28:09 | Feb 22nd, 2018

A conversation with foreign correspondent Anup Kaphle about his favorite foods growing up in Nepal, and why his parents refuse to cook them anymore.
Episode 5: The Man We Call Chacho

28:36 | Feb 15th, 2018

Roads & Kingdoms co-founder Matt Goulding had one last chance to win over the Spanish girl he was hoping to date. So he hopped in a car with her father Angel, drove south for six hours to the cave community where Angel grew up, helped slaughter a pig...Show More
Episode 4: The Sandwich that Ate Pakistan

24:35 | Feb 8th, 2018

"Crispy, spicy, crunchy." The very hungry writer Saba Imtiaz talks with equally hungry host Nathan Thornburgh about how the KFC Zinger Burger became a breakout hit in her native Karachi and why zinger is now a generic term for spicy chicken sandwiche...Show More
Episode 3: Superman of Havana

28:48 | Feb 1st, 2018

Join foreign correspondent Mitch Moxley on a hunt through Havana for a pre-Revolutionary Cuban porn star whose enormous, umm, talent made him the stuff of legend. Superman, as he was known, appeared in Godfather II, was the object of Graham Greene's ...Show More
Episode 2: Dancing with the Dead

27:39 | Jan 25th, 2018

They call it the Turning of the Bones: a joyous, drunken festival in Madagascar that keeps the dead close to the living. War correspondent and photojournalist Jacob Russell brings humor and heart to this story from the ceremony and what it taught him...Show More
Episode 1: The Root of All Things

33:13 | Jan 18th, 2018

In the first episode of The Trip, R&K editor Cara Parks casts a skeptical eye on her colleague's self-indulgent voyage of hallucinatory discovery through the Amazon. Turns out, she may have a point. Music by Dan the Automator, podcast artwork by Edel...Show More
The Trip from R&K: trailer

01:20 | Jan 16th, 2018

An early look at The Trip, a new podcast from Anthony Bourdain's partners at Roads & Kingdoms, an online journal of travel, food and politics. Hosted by foreign correspondent Nathan Thornburgh, each episode dives deep behind the scenes of a reporting...Show More