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Star Wars at Disney

Star Wars at Disney

2022-10-0401:12:44

This week on “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” Star Wars enthusiast Kiernan puts on his Jedi robes and communes through The Force with Jimmy Mac, host of the Star Wars podcast “Rebel Force Radio.” The two dig into how Disney has endeavored to bring the galaxy far far away to life at Galaxy’s Edge— AKA Star Wars Land—and in the new immersive experience The Galactic Starcruiser. Be forewarned: these two nerd out deep. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Rebel Force Radio https://www.rebelforceradio.com/  Rancho Obi-Wan https://ranchoobiwan.org/  Galloping Ghost https://www.gallopingghostarcade.com  “Behind the Attraction” Star Tours https://dorksideoftheforce.com/2021/07/13/star-tours-explored-disney-behind-the-attraction/amp/ Galaxy’s Edge https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/star-wars-galaxys-edge/  Kowakian Monkey-Lizard https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Kowakian_monkey-lizard  Starcruiser https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/star-wars-galactic-starcruiser/overview Nal Hutta https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Nal_Hutta  The Twins https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/The_Twins_(Hutts)  Financial Times on Airline Food https://www.ft.com/content/018f132b-864d-4c53-8ebf-a5cad8ee4bdb
On this episode of “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” Kiernan recounts his travels in the secluded mountain kingdom of Bhutan, which just last week reopened its borders to tourists after 2.5 years of COVID restrictions. Extraordinary scenery, Gross National Happiness, and penis deities abound! Things We Talked About: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kira_(Bhutan) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gross_National_Happiness https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/opinion/bhutan-is-no-shangri-la.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paro_Taktsang https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drukpa_Kunley https://themalamarket.com/ http://time.com/5534495/hot-abraham-lincoln-statue/
Pittsburgh 101

Pittsburgh 101

2022-09-2001:03:53

On this episode of “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” Ryan transports us to a magical land filled with ketchup rivers and museums of miniatures. No, not Narnia. Pittsburgh! He’s also joined by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Senior Food Writer and Dining Critic Hal B. Klein to hear how the food scene is more than perogies. Hal B. Klein: https://twitter.com/halbklein https://www.post-gazette.com/life/food Pittsburgh Links: https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/ https://carnegiemuseums.org/ Last Stop:  https://twitter.com/lawrence_wright/status/1569127019895455744?s=20&t=j-OqK2U5OykqWej51Tb4Ww https://immersivevatican.com/ https://www.artmajeur.com/en/magazine/2-art-news/the-sistine-chapel-set-for-netflix-demolished-just-after-it-was-used-5-million-dollars-go-up-in-smoke/332002
On this episode of “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” the boys take a return trip to Episode #9 to discuss one of Kiernan’s top travel destinations: Iceland! Easily accessible from both Europe and the US, Iceland is a country like no other—wind, sand, snow, volcanoes, glaciers, and maybe the hardest-to-pronounce words on Earth! The Museums Of Iceland: https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-87-the-museums-of-iceland/ Iceland Episode Links:  https://guidetoiceland.is/connect-with-locals/jorunnsg/ingvellir-national-park https://www.icelandtravel.is/attractions/geysir/ http://gullfoss.is/ https://visitreykjavik.is/hellisheidi-power-plant-geothermal-energy-exhibition https://www.amazon.com/Home-Carson-Ellis/dp/0763665290/ref=asc_df_0763665290/
On this episode of “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” Kiernan and journalist Lauren Sloss talk through the ups and many downs of Recreation.gov, the one-stop shop for getting confused on booking anything at National Parks and other federal public lands. Plus, Ryan and Kiernan close out summer talking about serf wear (yep, that spelling is correct.) Things we talked about in today’s podcast: The Guardian’s Notre Dame restoration article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/20/notre-dame-cathedral-fire-rebuild-medieval-carpenters-guledon  Lauren’s NYT article “National Park Booking App Leaves Users Feeling Lost in the Woods”: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/29/travel/nps-recreation-gov.html Hipcamp https://www.hipcamp.com/en-US  CNBC’s “Happiest Travel Destinations’ https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/28/club-med-top-10-happiest-travel-destinations-in-north-america.html   
On this episode of Out Of Office, the boys take a return trip to episode #4, Historic Houses In America, from October 2018. Visiting a good historic home is the closest you can get to walking directly into the brain of a famous person. The boys pick their favorite 6 historic homes in the USA—and what living person’s home they would most like to visit. Things we talked about in today’s episode: Historic Houses in America Part 2: https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-35-historic-houses-in-america-part-2/ https://www.rangerdoug.com https://www.instagram.com/ryannewyork https://www.instagram.com/kiernanpschmitt
 On this episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan chats with The New Yorker’s Alex Ross about his recent article “A Grand Tour of Germany’s Opera Paradise.” Ross explains how the German government’s investment in the arts allows directors and actors to take more artistic risks—and keeps ticket prices within reach of the average person and tourist. Germany’s network of over 80 opera houses means that even small towns can be home to extraordinary theater. Plus, bratwurst! Things we talked about in today’s podcast: “A Grand Tour of Germany’s Opera Paradise” in The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/06/20/a-grand-tour-of-germanys-opera-paradise   Alex’s latest book Wagenerism https://www.amazon.com/Wagnerism-Art-Politics-Shadow-Music/dp/0374285934  Coburger bratwurst http://www.germanfoodguide.com/wurstdetail.cfm?wurst_number=7  The Concorde returns https://www.cnet.com/culture/concorde-revolutionized-air-travel-when-could-supersonic-flights-come-back/  Salem’s last witch exonerated https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-convicted-salem-witch-is-finally-cleared-180980516/ 
On this episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Ryan chats with Kim MacQuarrie, author of 5 books covering the history, flora, and fauna of the Andes and the Amazon. For a fun drinking game, take a shot every time Ryan mispronounces something in Spanish. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Kim MacQuarrie’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Kim-MacQuarrie/e/B001JS7QNQ%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share https://www.latimes.com./world-nation/story/2022-07-27/americans-are-flooding-mexico-city-some-mexicans-want-them-to-go-home
Southern Peru

Southern Peru

2022-08-0901:21:281

On this episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast we head back to Peru! Ryan is joined by documentarian Chase Whiteside to talk about their recent trip; they chat about what to do in Lima, Arequipa, & Cusco, with a specific focus on their foodie adventures and Incan sites in the Sacred Valley. Also, Ryan LOVES alpaca. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Lima:  Museo Jade Riverahttps://www.instagram.com/museojaderivera/?hl=en Museo Larco:https://www.museolarco.org/en/ Central:https://centralrestaurante.com.pe/en/default.html Maido:https://maido.pe/en/ Manduco Ristorante Pizzeria Italiano:https://www.facebook.com/ManducoBarranco Isolina:https://isolina.pe/ Mérito:https://www.meritorestaurante.com/ Convento De San Francisco:https://www.afar.com/places/convento-de-san-francisco-lima Arequipa: Chicha por Gaston Acurio:https://chicha.com.pe/ Museo Santuarios Andinos:https://www.facebook.com/MuseoSantuariosAndinos Zig Zag:https://zigzagrestaurant.com/en/zig-zag-en/ The Train:https://www.belmond.com/trains/south-america/peru/belmond-andean-explorer/ Cusco & The Sacred Valley: Mil:https://milcentro.pe/ Palacio Del Inka Marriott Bar https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/cuzlc-palacio-del-inka-a-luxury-collection-hotel-cusco/dining/ Kiernan’s 2019 Peru Trilogy: Part 1 (Episode 44): https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-44-peru-part-1/ Part 2 (Episode 45): https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-45-peru-part-2/ Part 3 - Machu Picchu (Episode 53): https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-53-peru-part-3-machu-picchu/ State Parks with Peter Kujawinski (Episode 43):https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-43-state-parks-with-peter-kujawinski/ Man Walks Around The World:https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/this-man-and-his-dog-spent-seven-years-walking-around-the-world/index.html 21 Life-Changing Trips:https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bucket-list-destinations
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

2022-07-1952:413

On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan talks about Glacier National Park, including hiking highlights, red jammers, and classic lodge parkitechture.  Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Sugo Arte https://m.facebook.com/sugoarteconconservacion/posts/?ref=m.facebook.com&mt_nav=0&__nodl&_rdr Glacier National Park https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm  Going-to-the-Sun Road https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/goingtothesunroad.htm  Grinnell Glacier https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grinnell_Glacier  History of the Lodges https://www.nps.gov/glac/learn/historyculture/lodges-and-chalets.htm  Moon Guide (yes I like the old one!) https://www.amazon.com/Moon-Glacier-National-Park-Handbooks/dp/1598807501  Kim MacQuarrie's The Last Days of the Incas https://www.amazon.com/Last-Days-Incas-Kim-MacQuarrie/dp/0743260503  Caves 101 https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/caves-101/id1438098925?i=1000449238134 
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan talks about Rocky Mountain National Park ahead of the busy summer season. From majestic peaks to glassy lakes, RMNP is one of America’s premiere parks with hikes and sights accessible to all age ranges and abilities. Plus, Ryan talks about Peru prep. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Rocky Mountain National Park https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm  The Stanley Hotel https://www.stanleyhotel.com/  Grand Lake Lodge https://www.grandlakelodge.com/  Allenpark Lodge https://allensparklodgebnb.com/  Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ https://smokindavesbbq.com/  The Donut Haus http://www.donuthaus-estespark.com/  Falcon Guide https://www.amazon.com/Best-Hikes-Rocky-Mountain-National/dp/1493046780/ref=sr_1_1?crid=LNBPCIWSMUAE&keywords=rocky+mountain+easy+day+hike&qid=1654717385&s=books&sprefix=rocky+mountain+easy+day+hi%2Cstripbooks%2C74&sr=1-1  “The Motorcycle Diaries” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Motorcycle_Diaries_(film)  The New Yorker’s “Flight Attendants Fight Back” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/05/30/flight-attendants-fighting-back
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast….listen, we’re going to level with you: Kiernan was frankly skeptical that the Eastern Shore of Maryland merited its own episode. Sure, Ryan grew up there but…a whole episode? But we’ll be damned if Ryan didn’t do his hometown proud. From wild horses to historic haunted houses to hip boardwalks and a quirky lifeguarding museum, the Eastern Shore of Maryland is a must-visit summer destination! Plus, learn why Ryan spent (read:misspent) his youth poking squishy crabs. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Ward Museum: https://www.wardmuseum.org/ National Folk Festival - https://nationalfolkfestival.com/ Red Roost Crab House - https://www.theredroost.com/ Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Park - https://www.nps.gov/hatu/index.htm Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - https://www.fws.gov/refuge/blackwater Assateague Island - https://www.nps.gov/asis/index.htm Furnace Town Historic Site - http://www.furnacetown.org/ Bill Tracey -  http://ochh.net/tracyindex.html
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Ryan talks to Andy Baraghani, food writer, chef extraordinaire, social media star, and author of the new cookbook “The Cook You Want to Be.” Andy talks about how travel inspires his recipe development and the best tricks we can all learn from street vendors. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: “The Cook You Want to Be” by Andy Baraghani:https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781984858566  Andy on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/andybaraghani Andy on San Miguel de Allende: https://nymag.com/strategist/article/san-miguel-de-allende-mexico-things-to-do.html Rick Steves on 2022 Summer Travel in “T+L”:https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/rick-steves-europe-summer-travel-tips  NYT’s “Living that #VanLife”:https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/15/podcasts/the-daily/van-life-millennials-sunday-read.html  “Mad Magazine” staff trips:https://www.madmagazine.com/blog/2012/12/13/totally-mad-excerpt-what-were-the-mad-trips 
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Ryan and Kiernan talk about why travel this summer is going to be particularly challenging and the best strategies for optimizing your Covid “revenge travel.”  Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Past Episodes: Peru: https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-44-peru-part-1/ https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-45-peru-part-2/ https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-53-peru-part-3-machu-picchu/ Trip Planning 101 https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-two-trip-planning/ State Parks with NYT’s Peter Kujawinski  https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-43-state-parks-with-peter-kujawinski/ Unexploded Bombs as Souvenir https://www.forbes.com/sites/suzannerowankelleher/2022/04/29/airport-us-tourists-unexploded-souvenir-bomb-to-ben-gurion/?sh=64f6c8a44af2  New Yorker’s “Transforming Trees into Skyscrapers” https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/04/25/transforming-trees-into-skyscrapers   
San Antonio 101

San Antonio 101

2022-04-2601:14:401

On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Ryan takes us to San Antonio, TX and digs deep into the Alamo, San Antonio’s best haunted happenings with Jesse Beere, and the city’s best eats with Edmund Tijerina.  Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Ryan Garcia Wins:https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/33711179/ryan-garcia-dominates-emmanuel-tagoe-unanimous-decision-win Episode 108 on Gothic Cathedrals:https://outofofficepod.com/podcast/episode-108-gothic-cathedrals-101/ Texas Ghost Tour:https://texasghosttour.com/ Briscoe Museum of Western Arthttps://www.briscoemuseum.org/ San Antonio Dining With Edmund Tijerina  https://edmundtijerina.com/https://www.amazon.com/San-Antonios-Best-Restaurants-beloved/dp/1978146809/ San Antonio Taxidermy Museum:https://www.buckhornmuseum.com/ Paris’s best taxidermy at Deyrolles https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/deyrolle-paris-book/amp
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan speaks with writer Evan Rail about how the war in Ukraine puts at risk priceless art and architecture and how Ukrainians are trying to protect and preserve their culture. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: New York Times’s “Ukraine’s Architectural Treasures Face Destruction” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/11/travel/ukraine-architecture-war.html  New York Times’s “In Ukraine, Churches with a Distinctive Allure” https://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/travel/ukraines-wooden-churches.html Evan Rail on social https://twitter.com/evanrail?lang=en  https://www.instagram.com/evanrail/?hl=en  Ukrainian Farmer video game https://www.altchar.com/game-news/there-is-a-game-where-farmers-steal-russian-tanks-with-tractors-now-aQe397I50CBV  French Culture Property Protection Officer on Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/timleberre  Kevin Collins On DC: https://twitter.com/kwcollins/status/1506992056731901959 Austin Graff on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/austinkgraff/?hl=en 
Washington, DC

Washington, DC

2022-03-2457:17

On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan and Ryan share their top picks for the best museums, monuments, restaurants, bars, and activities in Washington DC. Plus, you’ll get to hear why Kiernan used to always fall asleep in DC thinking about Ryan’s history of sordid escapades. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Rick Steves stands up to Russiahttps://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/rick-steves-cancels-russia-tours-ukraine Newport Cliff Walk collapsehttps://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/03/16/metro/collapsed-section-newport-cliff-walk-could-remain-closed-well-past-summer-season/  Smithsonian National Postal Museumhttps://postalmuseum.si.edu/  OOO Interview with Director of the National Postal Museumhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/smithsonian-national-postal-museum-with-director/id1438098925?i=1000438061317  National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.si.edu/museums/portrait-gallery The Phillips Collectionhttps://www.phillipscollection.org/  The Great Migration series by Jacob Lawrencehttps://lawrencemigration.phillipscollection.org/the-migration-series/panels/3/from-every-southern-town-migrants-left-by-the-hundreds-to-travel-north  The National Museum of African American History and Culturehttps://www.si.edu/museums/african-american-museum  Department of the Interior Museumhttps://www.doi.gov/interiormuseum  FDR Memorialhttps://washington.org/find-dc-listings/franklin-delano-roosevelt-memorial  MLK Memorialhttps://www.nps.gov/mlkm/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm Jefferson Memorialhttps://www.nps.gov/mlkm/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm Theodore Roosevelt Islandhttps://www.nps.gov/this/index.htm   Ethiopian foodhttps://dc.eater.com/maps/best-ethiopian-restaurants-dc-map  SUNdeVICH Sandwicheshttps://www.sundevich.com/  Zaytinyahttps://www.zaytinya.com/  Teddy and the Bully Barhttps://www.teddyandthebullybar.com/  Lincolnhttps://www.lincolnrestaurant-dc.com/  Busboys and Poetshttps://www.busboysandpoets.com/  The Next Whisky Bar at the Watergate Hotelhttps://www.thewatergatehotel.com/the-next-whisky-bar  The Nationals’ Racing Presidentshttps://www.mlb.com/nationals/fans/racing-presidents  Georgetown’s “Exorcist” stairshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exorcist_steps  Ryan’s favorite boxer Ryanhttps://www.ksat.com/sports/2022/03/07/inside-the-ring-fight-preview-and-more-with-ryan-garcia-and-oscar-de-la-hoya/ “Greek to Me” by Mary Norrishttps://wwnorton.com/books/Greek-to-Me/ 
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Ryan chats with Greg Young, one half of the creative team behind the New York City history podcast “The Bowery Boys”—one of Kiernan and Ryan’s absolute favorites. Greg talks to us about the new spinoff podcast “The Gilded Gentleman” and where folks can explore the legacy of the Gilded Age around New York City and in Newport, Rhode Island. Things we talked about in today’s episode: Bowery Boys Podcast https://www.boweryboyshistory.com/ The Gilded Gentleman Podcast https://thegildedgentleman.com/ The Gilded Age https://www.hbo.com/the-gilded-age 5th Avenue Millionaire’s Row https://untappedcities.com/2021/10/18/the-gilded-age-5th-avenue-mansions-of-millionaires-row/?displayall=true The Frick Collection https://www.frick.org/  The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum https://www.cooperhewitt.org/  The Gilded Age Filming Locations https://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/a38820056/the-gilded-age-hbo-filming-locations-historic-house-museums/ Newport Mansions  https://www.newportmansions.org/  The Knick https://www.hbomax.com/series/urn:hbo:series:GVyD7qQNv6oKWYQEAAAHj “How The Other Half Lives” book https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_Other_Half_Lives  The Tenement Museum “Hard Times: 1880s” https://www.tenement.org/tour/hardtimes1880s/ The International Tennis Hall of Fame https://www.halloffameopen.com/tournament-history 
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan chats with Bloomberg journalist Karoline Kan about 5 huge new national parks opening up in China. Plus, the boys talk about the removal of the racist Theodore Roosevelt statue from in front of the beloved American Museum of Natural History in New York City and how you can still get a heavy dose of TR on your next visit. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: Theodore Roosevelt statue removed from American Museum of Natural History https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/arts/design/theodore-roosevelt-statue-natural-history-museum.html  Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Statement https://www.trlibrary.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/TRPL-Announcement-Press-Release-FINAL-1.pdf  Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/theodore-roosevelt-memorial/hall  Bloomberg’s “China is Building the World’s Largest National Park System” by Karoline Kan and Allen Wan https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-12-11/inside-china-s-new-massive-national-park-system  Bottom of the Ocean https://www.boto.nyc/
On this week’s episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, the Travel Editor of the New York Times Amy Virshup returns to talk about this year’s “52 Places” list. With Covid still making travel unpredictable, this year’s list brings us standout stories of communities that are innovating solutions to overtourism, climate change, and other environmental threats. Things we talked about in today’s podcast: NYT’s “52 Places for a Changed World” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/travel/52-places-travel-2022.html  Amy Virshup’s article describing this year’s list: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/10/travel/a-different-kind-of-52.html  Rock cairns in the National Parks https://www.nps.gov/articles/rockcairns.htm 
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Out Of Office Podcast

Slightly biased, but love this podcast!

Aug 29th
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Kristinn Miller

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Jul 20th
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Jul 19th
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Lori C.

I can't decide if I want to listen to more of these podcasts....*sigh* some of this was good.... some of it was serious eye rolls (imminent doom ... really?).

Jul 16th
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