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A daily 20-minute podcast where I check in with interesting and informed friends I know around the world. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

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A daily 20-minute podcast where I check in with interesting and informed friends I know around the world. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

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For Friends And Family Podcast

Latest release on Oct 11, 2020

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A daily 20-minute podcast where I check in with interesting and informed friends I know around the world. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

EP #64 | Weddings during COVID

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For the last 5 years, my guest, Emma Segal WAS (thanks to COVID) the events manager at a 400-year-old exclusive (think rock stars and celebs) private country house in the UK called Aynhoe Park. 

She gives me an overview of the wedding business and how it is basically toast until 2022, her weirdest and wildest bridezilla stories, and what people (mostly Americans) spend £100,000 on for a weekend wedding at Aynhoe Park. Sounds excessive and it is. 

Here is the link to the country house website. Prepare to drool. https://aynhoepark.co.uk/

Here is Emma's Linkedin in case you want to have a wedding in the UK in 2022 or something.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-segal-002917170/

 

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Oct 11 2020

48mins

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EP #63 | COVID update from Edith in the UK and Mary Ellen in Canada.

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Edith (UK) and Mary Ellen (Canada) give me insights into how each country is dealing with COVID. Masks are required whenever you are outside your home here in California but not in the UK or Canada.

Small businesses seem to be faring better in Canada than the UK and US but it may be too early to tell. 

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Aug 20 2020

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EP #62 | Beirut Explosion - My friend Edith lived there for 2 years and gives me a perspective you won't hear on the news.

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Maybe you heard about the devastating Beirut blast and you had questions like I did.

  1. Why did so few people die?
  2. What really happened?
  3. What is life like now in Beirut?

I speak with my friend Edith who recently left Beirut after 2 years and my other friend Mary-Ellen Anderson who went to visit Edith 2 days after the revolution started last year.

So much interesting information about the history of Beirut and how the city works and what has happened since the explosion.

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Aug 20 2020

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EP #61 | "Travel local is going to be a thing" | Travel industry update with expert Christine Vincent

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My second podcast with travel industry expert Christine Vincent who updates me on when travel might comeback, how Japan and Italy are giving people money to visit, and what she thinks people will want from travel in the future.
Here are links to the two articles she references in the podcast about Japan and Italy.
1) Is Japan Home To The Latest Greatest Coronavirus Travel Deal?https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2020/05/22/coronavirus-travel-deal-japan-subsidize-trip/#43817bd214f7
2) The Ultimate Coronavirus Travel Deal: This Island Wants To Pay You To Come Visit - https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2020/04/30/coranavirus-travel-deal-sicily-italy-island/#922c7a1af09f --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

Jun 13 2020

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EP #60 | EMPATHY AT WORK | Business author Sophie Wade discusses the future of work after COVID.

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Here's some information on my guest Sophie from sophiewade.com. She and I had a great discussion about how work is changing and the importance of empathy.

Sophie Wade is a speaker, author and authority on Future-of-Work issues. Her book, Embracing Progress: Next Steps for the Future of Work, is an Executive MBA Program textbook and required reading for several management school leadership courses.

Sophie is Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist at Flexcel Network, a Future-of-Work consultancy. Sophie’s executive advisory work and transformative workshops help companies futureproof their work environments and attract, engage, and retain their multigenerational and distributed talent. She helps corporations maximize the benefits and minimize the disruption in their transition to talent-focused new work environments. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

May 28 2020

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EP #59 | RETAIL IS F&*KED | Phil Gordon tells me how his 100 store company is dealing with COVID.

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Phil is Canadian but lives in the UK. He works for Snow and Rock a ski retailer part of a larger retail group of about 100 stores. He tells me how they are coping and what is next for retail.

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May 24 2020

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EP #58 | THE DOCTOR IS IN | Psychiatrist Dr. Dara Abraham helps me understand mental health during COVID.

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Dr. Abraham tells me 3 things that everyone needs to be doing during COVID to help their mental health.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/psychiatrists/dara-abraham-bala-cynwyd-pa/735569 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

May 21 2020

22mins

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EP #57 | TOP 10 SPORTS DOCUMENTARIES YOU MISSED | ESPN, NBA, F1, etc executive Murray Barnett gives me his top 10.

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The passion that Murray speaks about the 10 sports documentaries he has picked is infectious. See the list below. Follow Murray on Twitter at @murraybarnett

We also did a bonus list of 12 ESPN documentaries from when he worked at the company.
The lists are in no particular order. On the podcast, Murray tells me his super faves.

1. A Sunday in Hell (1976) | YouTube | Cycling
2. Deep Water (2006) | Amazon Prime (rental) | Sailing
3. Dogtown and Z Boys (2001) | Netflix | Skateboarding
4. Do You Believe in Miracles (2001) | YouTube | Ice Hockey
5. Freedom's Fury (2006) | N/A | Olympics
6. Iverson (2014) | YouTube rental | Basketball
7. Salute (2008) | Amazon Prime | Olympics
8. Sons of Cuba (2009) | Amazon Prime | Boxing
9. TT: Closer to the Edge (2011) | Amazon Prime (rental) | Motorcycle
10. Barkley Marathons: The race that eats its young (2014) | Amazon Prime (rental) | Running

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Murray's Best Ever ESPN Documentaries
1. Kings Ransom – NHL’s Wayne Gretsky’s controversial move to the LA Kings
2. No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
3. 9.79 – 1988 100m Olympic Final
4. The 16th Man – 1995 Rugby World Cup
5. June 17th 1994 – OJ
6. The Two Escobars -The 1994 FIFA World Cup and the tragedy of Andres Escobar
7. Jordan Rides the Bus – Michael Jordan plays Minor League Baseball
8. Unmatched – Evert and Navratilova
9. Once Brothers – NBA players torn apart by politics – Croatian Drazen Petrovic and Serbian Vlade Divac
10. No Mas – Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in the 1980’s
11. When the Garden was Eden – 1970’s New York Knicks
12. White, Blue and White – Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles at Tottenham Hotspur during the Falklands crisis --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

May 20 2020

38mins

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Ep #56 | PERU UPDATE | Giant UV trucks showering a bleach mist clean the streets. Eric sees the change.

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Eric lives in Peru by the ocean. The country is getting ready to open up with no masks required. He sent me a photo of a bleach UV truck. He tells me how Peru intends to open up safely. He doesn't sound convinced.

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May 20 2020

14mins

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EP #55 | KIDS OF COVID | Tim tells me how he became a super Dad during COVID.

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Tim lives in Arizona and has 2 boys 5 and 9. His wife works. He doesn't. He became the greatest Dad that ever lived. He tells me how the kids are coping and what it's like with school online.

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May 20 2020

23mins

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EP #54 | SWEDEN UPDATE | Swede's don't question the government and this could be a problem.

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"They don't question the government!" Per tells me how Sweden can be lemming-like and how his wife's nephews told her NOT to come back at the beginning of the pandemic. We also learn about whether Sweden's plan is working for the country.

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May 18 2020

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EP #53 | UK & CANADA UPDATE | Traffic congestion, to mask or not, lack of leadership, vaccines.

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Mary Ellen in Toronto and Edith in London are both watching for the 'new normal'. Lots of things are not making sense. We also talk about vaccines and whether any of us would take them...first ;-) Pretty much an all round no to that.

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May 18 2020

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EP #52 | AUSTRALIA UPDATE | No masks required and no travel in or out of Australia until maybe 2022. Wait, what?

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Our man in Australia, Ben Parsons, tells me how he took a wrong turn and ended up in another state that required him to fill out forms to get home. He also told me about how sport is coming back in June and no one is wearing masks when they are out.

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May 18 2020

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EP #51 | RECAP | My learnings from the first 50 episodes and which episodes have most listens.

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I've done 50 episodes during COVID. This recap episode points out the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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May 17 2020

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EP #50 | PETS #3 | Well, that escalated quickly! Dr. Steve is not happy. The roads are packed and no one is wearing masks.

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Here's back! Dr. Steve runs 911vets.com a mobile veterinary service in Los Angeles. He was gleeful for a few short weeks when the roads were empty and he could get around the city in minutes instead of hours. Now, he's not happy. This is his story.

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May 10 2020

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EP #49 | THE BIG ECO WIN | No cars, no planes, no oil. Environmentalist Adam Hardy looks to life after COVID for climate activists.

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My environmentalist friend Adam Hardy may have gotten everything he and his climate activist friends wanted. Oil at an all-time low, no noise pollution, no planes, no cars, and wildlife coming back in cities. Adam, who doesn't fly, doesn't own a car, and lives in London with his family is trying to decide if COVID is good for his climate change cause. His website https://carbonwatchdog.org/ is growing and he thinks now is his chance to convert a few more people who weren't convinced about climate change before.

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May 10 2020

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EP #48 | LONDON & TORONTO UPDATE | Edith and Mary Ellen tell me how their cities are doing.

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Mary Ellen lives in Toronto and she is sorta depressed with the whole COVID thing. It's quite cute and hilarious. Edith and I laugh a lot. Edith says London is starting to return to normal but they are a long way off.

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Apr 30 2020

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EP #47 | SWEDEN UPDATE | The Swedes think they got it right. Time will tell.

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Apr 27 2020

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EP #46 | IF ITS NOT SCOTTISH ITS CRAP | My friend David in Glasgow and his amazing accent tell me how the Scots are fairing.

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If you like accents you are going to love this episode. David lives in Glasgow and works in the insurance business. He tells me about how pandemic insurance is going to change and why Scotland and England don't agree on COVID.  Did I mention he has a great accent? Yes, he does.

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Apr 27 2020

21mins

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EP #45 | ??NEW YORK?? | Chris escaped NYC in episode #13. Now he is considering going back.

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In podcast ep #13 Chris told us of his rapid exit from NYC to Florida - https://www.spreaker.com/episode/24690546
Now he's considering going back. In this podcast, he tells me about how his friends in NYC are coping and the 2 key factors that will determine when and if he returns. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/forfriendsandfamily/support

Apr 27 2020

18mins

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