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A culinary podcast that shares the sweet, sour and just plain delicious stories from home kitchens around the world. Whether you're passionate about cooking, or just enjoy good food prepared by others, this is the show for you. Hosted by stand-up comedian and eating enthusiast Ollie Horn.
 
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Why does the President of Belarus always imprison his political opponents? What does the UAE-Israel Deal mean for the Arab World? Comedians Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan turn comics stationed around the globe into embedded reporters so you can know what's really going on.
 
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Fresh off his trip to Qatar for the World Cup, Israeli comedian Erik Angel is here to tell us the good, bad and ugly from the most problematic World Cup since Mussolini was involved. No beer allowed, no rainbow flags allowed, no public displays of affection allowed but lots of repressed dudes airdropping pictures of themselves to everyone on the su…
 
The guys blow up the format today and give everyone a taste of what their Patreon show "Live From the Bunker" is like with this Thanksgiving Spectacular. Turner and Kap discuss the Do's and Don'ts of Thanksgiving ettiquite according to the New York Times, a bot takes over Kaplan's father-in-law's Facebook page and Kaplan gets fired from passing out…
 
Israeli comedian Yohay Sponder joins us from the motherland to tell us why Benjamin Netanyahu is once again in power, why the last government failed and what "restoring Jewishness to Israel" actually means. For more on Yohay go here: https://sponder-standup.com/. Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan. Turner's new…
 
Iranian comedian Tissa Hami joins us to explain the women-lead revolution taking place in Iran. While it was sparked by the murder of Mahsa Amini when she refused to wear her hijab in public, unrest had been building for a while due to a bad economy, a repressive government and more. Tissa Hami toured as part of the "Coexist Comedy Tour", which can…
 
Brazilian comedian Carol Zoccoli joins us to recap Brazil's Presidential election on Oct. 2nd and preview the all-important run-off election on Oct. 30th between right-wing President Bolsonaro and challenger/ former President Lula. It's a being billed as the Trump of the Tropics vs. a man who says he will save democracy. Sounds familiar? Follow Car…
 
We get the World's Smartest Podcast Network gang of Andrew Heaton and NYU professor Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph. D. back to help us once again take a deeper look at some current American issues. This week comedian Billy Eichner cites American homophobia as the reason why his new movie "Bros" didn't perform better at the box office, and an NYU professor g…
 
Italy elected a new Prime Minister in Giorgia Meloni this week, and the world is freaking out. She is a hard-right politician who has praised former fascist leader Benito Mussolini, she is anti-immigrant, anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage. Italian comedian Filippo Spreafico is here today to tell us why that all doesn't matter as much as the news …
 
Belarusian comedian Misha Kalhin joins the show from his home in Kyiv, Ukraine to tell us how Russia lost 3,800 square miles of land in three days. He also tells us why he might join the military soon, why the language of stand-up has switched from Russian to Ukrainian and what it would take for Ukraine to agree to a cease-fire. For regular updates…
 
The Queen is dead, long live the King. Boris Johnson is dead (politically), long live Liz Truss. Who is she? What impact will she have? What will her policy be on Ukraine? What legislation is accomplishing while everyone is paying attention to the Queen's funeral? British comedian Ollie Horn is here to answer all of that and more including his thou…
 
Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev died on August 30, 2022, and today Russian comedian Oleg Denisov joins us from his new home in Germany to talk about Gorbachev's legacy in Russia and abroad. Oleg is a world touring comedian and just opened his brand new comedy club in Berlin, Germany. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/eastwestcom…
 
We get the World's Smartest Podcast Network gang of Professor Andrew Heaton and Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph. D. back to answer the question "Has Woke-ness Become a Religion?". We tackle it from all angles, assess the evidence and then each hosts decides. Don't worry, this isn't too serious. Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ir…
 
Armenian Comedian Narek Margaryan is back to explain why Armenia has stayed neutral during Russia's war with Ukraine. While he believes the war is terrible, he explains why historically Russia has been an ally in some respects, and why is wouldn't be beneficial to go all-in on either side. Narek Margaryan is one-half of the popular sketch group Arm…
 
New York-born Puerto Rican (Nuyorican) comedian Zilla Vodnas joins us to give a brief history of Puerto Rico and to lay out the reasons Puerto Ricans are for or against becoming the 51st state. Currently Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, but in Spanish its name implies it is a state, but it's not. It's complicated. Follow Zilla on Instagram @ZillaVodn…
 
Sri Lanka's President fled the country in July, leaving his people with a collapsed government, a bankrupt economy and untenable inflation. Sri Lankan comedian Malinda Perera is back on the show today to tell us where he people go from here, how his family is doing and why nobody likes the new President either. Malinda is touring Europe all this su…
 
Balkan comedy legend Pedja Bajovic joins us from his home in Croatia to explain why Serbia has been the only country in Europe to stay neutral during the war in Ukraine, and why Putin, The US, NATO and the EU all allow them to not pick a side. Watch Pedja's comedy special The Balkan Brain here: https://www.comedydynamics.com/catalog/pedja-bajovic-t…
 
On July 8th Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated with a homemade gun. Today we have Japanese comedian Momo Takamori on the show from his home in Osaka to talk about Abe's legacy, gun laws in Japan and his country's growing comedy scene. Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan. This episode is a…
 
Turner and Kap went to El Salvador last week to turn the Lost In America Podcast into a TV show, it was pure madness, and today they hop on the mics to tell you all about it. They played with a Congressman's He Man figures, they almost got arrested by disgruntled Policia, they ignoed the State Department's warning and went deep into San Salvador's …
 
Joe McReynolds is co-author of a new book about how flexible micro-spaces create the spontaneity and vitality of Tokyo, and how so much the city is built on the often very niche dreams and passions of its citizens, and also slash-fan-fiction. Cruises to deal with inflation and heat stroke. Topics discussed on this episode include: What to remember …
 
Ukrainian comedian Anton Tymoshenko joins the show from his home in Kyiv, Ukraine to talk about his upcoming comedy tour of Ukrainian bunkers, the current morale of the Ukrainian people and how he thinks this war will end. Follow Anton on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anton_tymoshenko, and donate to Anton's preferred charity that is helping …
 
Colombian comedian Paulo Hernandez gives us a quick history of Colombia's Narco Wars from 1958-2016 and explains why his country now decided to elect their first leftist President in recent history. Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan. This episode is also brought to you by all 47 of our Patreon subscribers. Joi…
 
We get the World's Smartest Podcast Network gang of Professor Andrew Heaton and Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph. D. back for another whirlwind roundtable where we solve all the world's problems in an hour. This week we open by asking "Is the oil crisis fixable in the short term?". Then we ask "Should golfers be held to a higher standard than the US governmen…
 
The Philippines has elected Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the country's disgraced dictator by the same name, as president of the country. How did it happen and what does it say for the future of strong-men leaders worldwide? Filipino comedian Chino Liao is here with all of the answers. Check out Chino's podcasts Class Clown on Spotify and The Wrestl…
 
Sri Lankan comedian Malinda Perera tells us what Sri Lanka's options are now that they have defaulted on all of their loans, and how they got here in the first place. This is a wild tale involving empty cricket stadiums, defunct airports, civil war and China. Malinda Perera is a Sri Lankan comedian currently based in Dublin, Ireland. He will be tou…
 
Joe Biden's Straight Talk Express comes to Asia! WaPo Bureau Chief Michelle Ye Hee Lee joins us to talk about what Biden took away from his time in Japan. If he's anything like most Americans, we're betting that list includes a Hello Kitty T-shirt and a fake sword. Ferris Wheel and Kintsugi River boats! Topics discussed on this episode include: How…
 
Hungarian comedy legend Litkai Gergely joins us to explain the rise and reign of Hungarian strong-man Prime Minister Viktor Orban. PM Orban was just reelected in April to a third 4-year term, although he currently finds himself on shakier ground than ever as he can't survive without the financial support of the EU and the oil and gas support from R…
 
On March 27, 2022, sixty two people were murdered in El Salvador in gang related killings. In response, President Nayib Bukele declared a state of emergency and has arrested over 22,000 suspected gang members (in a country of just 6.5 million people). While President Bukele now has more power than is comfortable and he has arrested many non-gang me…
 
Comedian Misha Kalhin joins us from the 18th floor of his Kyiv, Ukraine apartment to catch us up on his life since we last spoke on March 9th, 2022. Misha is doing well, his family is doing well and he says life is returning to normal in Kyiv as shops reopen and people take back to the streets. Alongside all of this, Ukraine (with the help of the U…
 
We get the World's Smartest Podcast Network gang of Andrew Heaton and Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy back for another whirlwind roundtable where we solve all the world's problems in an hour. This week we tackle "When American brands pull out of Russia, does it effect anything?", "Should the Supreme Court justice hearings be televised?", "What does Florida's…
 
American comedian Jorge Castellanos joins us from his home in Shanghai, China to discuss the hardcore lockdown he has been in for the last 13 days. He and his wife cannot leave their apartment, they cannot open the door and they are encouraged to not open the window all in the name of stopping the spread of Omicron variant in their city. With every…
 
Japan Scholar Oleg Benesch joins us to to talk about the past, present, and future of Japanese castles, and break down the debates around them, proving that when it comes to historical Japanese strongholds, things aren't always black and shiro. Bobby and Ollie mourn the loss of some of their river cruise sponsors, and play catch up. Topics discusse…
 
Russian comedian Oleg Denisov joins us from his temporary home in Germany (he has left Moscow for now) to give insight into what the Russian people are hearing, seeing, thinking and believing when it comes to the war in Ukraine. He also gives us insight into how hard the sanctions are hitting the country, the overall effects of the Ruble's collapse…
 
Ukrainian comedian Anton Tymoshenko joins the show from his temporary home, an underground hookah bar in Kyiv. He has been living there since the war started a month ago with 15-20 other friends and strangers, who all found refuge and safety in the form of a closed down bar. Today Anton talks about his struggle to live a normal life during the war,…
 
Just six months ago the Polish government was seen as an uncooperative actor by the European Union and an authoritarian state by the western world. Today they have become the media darlings of the world as they have welcomed 1.3 million (and counting) Ukrainian refugees to their country. They've given these refugees social security, temporary resid…
 
It's been 10 days since Misha Kalhin in Kyiv, Ukraine was on the pod, which is 10 years when you are sitting in the middle of a war. We have him back today to answer all of our questions including "How is the morale of the Ukrainian military?", "What is Zelensky telling the people to keep spirits up?", "With Chernobyl leaking and biochemical weapon…
 
Get Tickets to Turner's Live Album Recording on March 11, 2022 at the Friars Club in New York City Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/turner-sparks-live-comedy-album-recording-friars-club-march-11-2022-tickets-224940572307 Buy them for yourself if you are in NY or for your friends if you can't make it. And even if you can't come, please post about …
 
Shafic Gawhari is the managing director of Moby Media Afghanistan, a company that owns Afghanistan's #1 TV network TOLO TV. He joins us from his home in Kabul, Afghanistan to tell us how he is putting his TV network back together in a Taliban-controlled country, and what daily life is like in Kabul six months after the US exit. Shafic proudly tells…
 
Misha Kalhin checks in from his high-rise apartment in Kyiv, Ukraine to give us a full update on the war with Russia from his vantage point. We talk hand-to-hand combat, air raids, bomb shelters and the current mood of the Ukrainian people. For regular updates on the war, and to see his wonderful stand-up comedy follow Misha on Instagram here: http…
 
Canadian comedian Todd Van Allen joins us from his home in Ottawa, aka ground zero for the Canadian trucker protests of the last three weeks, to explain the whole ordeal and tell us what it was really like on the ground with these guys. Todd weaves a dizzying tale of how it went from a small group of truckers not wanting to get vaccinated, to a pea…
 
We get the World's Smartest Podcast Network gang of Andrew Heaton and Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy back for another roundtable, this time live and on location at the Friars Club in NYC. In the span of one hour we fix the problem of "Who should host the Olympics in the future when every host country loses money on it?", "Should Prince Charles' wife Camilla…
 
Chinese comedian Tony Chou joins the show from his home in Beijing to give us a report on what it's like to be in Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. He also talks in detail about the covid-protocols he goes through on a daily basis to leave his apartment complex, ride public transportation and enter any building, and what happens to someone when…
 
Belarusian comedian Misha Kalhin checks in from his new home in Kiev, Ukraine to answer the questions "What is Putin's end goal with Ukraine?", "What does Putin want from the West?" and "Why does Putin keep attacking Misha?" Follow Misha Kalhin at http://mishakalhin.com/. Lost In America is hosted by us AKA Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan. Get…
 
Author of Japan's Aging Peace, Tom Le, stops in to talk about Japan's security concerns and help us think about an important hypothetical question. Ok, Japan, you CAN have a military. NOW WHAT? Ollie's river cruise recommendation is actually in Ukraine this week, but don't worry, if you wait long enough, it'll come to you. Bobby learned a little bi…
 
Balkan comedy legend Pedja Bajovic joins us from his home in Croatia to try to explain why Bosnia & Herzegovina has three Presidents and why one of them wants to take his third of the country and join Serbia. We talk a lot of genocide, Dayton, Ohio and of course Vladimir Putin. Enjoy! Watch Pedja's English language special "The Balkan Brain" here: …
 
Author Alex Kerr may be single-handedly responsible for the current global spotlight on restoring old Japanese country homes, so we talk to him about how these homes may be at the forefront of a new style of Japan tourism... if tourism in Japan ever happens again. Ollie shows us how YOU can go home again, as long as you do it by river cruise. Bobby…
 
Kazakh comedian Nazerke Amirova joins us to explain the post-Soviet history of Kazakhstan, the battle for power currently happening between the current dictator and the former dictator, and why Vladimir Putin and Russia are the big winners no matter what. Follow Nazerke on Instagram @Nazluvslucky here: https://www.instagram.com/nazluvslucky/ Lost I…
 
Apologies on the bad sound this episode. Turner thought his mic was plugged in the whole time and apparently it wasn't, so this is the best we could do to recapture the conversation. Next week everything will be back to normal. On with the show... Fabrizio Copano is a Chilean superstar comedian who also happens to be friends with the new president …
 
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