Season 1
Episode 11: Bonus! Manson Conspiracy Theories, More Monsters of Greenland, and Extra Kpop!

Conversations we just couldn’t leave on the cutting room floor.

This week we’re pulling from the vault. Some of the greatest moments that didn’t make the show, including some wild Charles Manson theories, more terrifying monsters from Greenland, and an extended interview with Koki from EXP Edition. 

No matter what we do, we simply can’t fit all the great stuff we find into the show.  But we don’t want anyone to miss out!   So we pulled together some of the greatest material that never made it into our episodes.  The “best of” deleted scenes. 

First, Duke Haney takes us back to the Manson murders in LA to deliver a couple of theories about what Charles Manson did after the Sharon Tate and Cielo Drive murders, including leaving a very important pair of eyeglasses. 

Then, Maria Kreutzmann gives us her top 5 monsters of Greenland. All of them, truly terrifying and awe inspiring. 

And finally, we’re going back to Seoul to learn more about Kpop and get some insight from the inside with Koki, the star of EXP Edition. 

Plus every great love story starts with a “meet-cute.” Neil and Andrés share theirs.

MORE TO EXPLORE

SAVED PINS

This week, our top 5 Saved Pins so far.

  1. EL COYOTE CAFE
    Margaritas, tacos, and enchiladas in one of Los Angeles’ classic institutions.  And where Sharon Tate ate her last meal.
  2. A TOUR WITH ANDY McCLAY
    A tour of Belfast with Game of Thrones’ own Andy McClay, star of our very first episode:
  3. RODEO CONNECTION
    The Rodeo Connection bar in Beijing – the ultimate swanky, Western joint this side of the Pacific. Mechanical bull included.
  4. KÁLFSHAMARSVÍK
    One of the most incredible views in all of Iceland with an out-of-this-world lighthouse – like seriously it looks like it’s from Star Wars.
  5. THE HELSINKI UNDERGROUND
    Not a previous saved pin – it was actually what our whole Helsinki episode was about. Miles of tunnels, pools, soccer fields, arcades, and more, all under the city streets. 

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This week’s episode of Passport was hosted by Neil Innes and Andres Bartos. 

This week’s episode was produced and edited by Harry Stott. 

Interviews were reported by Harry Stott, Billy Craigan-Toon, and Neil Innes. 

Theme music is by Nick Turner. 

Mixed and mastered by Julian Kwasneski.

Production assistant is Eliza Engel. 

Executive producers Stacey Book, Dominique Ferrari and Avi Glijansky sometimes give us the week off. 

See you in the next place!


 

Banner image: Barcelona, photo by Daniel Corneschi on Unsplash

EPISODE 11 – TRANSCRIPT

 

[Sound effect]

NEIL: Passport is hosted by me, Neil Innes and my life saving friend, Andrés Bartos. That might be hyperbole. Hang on, this is my girlfriend.

MERI: Hello

NEIL: Hey, how you doing?

MERI: Good. I’m leaving now.

NEIL: Okay. I’m just recording a piece of script where I, yeah, but I have to, uh, I have to describe my relationship with Andrés.

MERI: Just say lovers?

NEIL: Yeah, but we’re not lovers.

MERI: Best friends like if you were teenage girls, you’d be besties forever. I don’t know. It’s like, you’re like kind of soulmates or something like that. You and Andrés, it’s like you have known each other since you were kids, but you didn’t, I don’t know.

NEIL: Yeah, I, yeah, I kind of feel that way too, but it’s hard to say it into a microphone, so that’s, that’s nice that you’ve just said it for me.

MERI: So I’m going to be in the show.

[Laughter]

MERI: Bastard.

NEIL: Well, I don’t think I can do it any better than that. Um, god damn it.

[PASSPORT MAIN TITLE]

ANDRÉS: A destination isn’t always a place.

NEIL: Sometimes it’s a new way of seeing things.

I’m Neil Innes

ANDRÉS: And I’m Andrés Bartos.

NEIL: From Frequency Machine, this is Passport.

ANDRÉS: Your ticket to everywhere.

[END MAIN TITLE]

[Song playing]

NEIL: Okay, so hosting a podcast with someone else, especially this podcast where we travel, it means you really need to love the person you’re sitting next to.

There’s like zero social distancing in this booth, which means there are hardly any secrets between myself and Andrés. So, we thought we’d share this conversation we had a while back.

Do you remember how we first met?

ANDRÉS: I remember that Jennifer Beals is involved.

[Laughter]

ANDRÉS: Loosely. It’s funny though, what was, cause the link is obviously Jennifer Beals’ brother.

NEIL: Yeah.

ANDRÉS: Gregory Beals. He’s a photographer and he lives here.

NEIL: I, cause I met Greg, I think it was like the day before.

ANDRÉS: Seriously?

NEIL: Yeah.

ANDRÉS: Oh, I did not know that.

NEIL: Yeah.

ANDRÉS: That’s crazy.

NEIL: He was on the street with his bike and then we just got chatting and he was like, hey, let’s go for a beer, I’m going for beer tomorrow. And he’s like, and there’s this guy coming, Andrés.

ANDRÉS: Yeah, he must’ve written me the day of, or the day before.

NEIL: But then I realized he had never met you.

ANDRÉS: He also just kind of like set us up like a weird date and then left.

NEIL: I was there with Greg. We had one beer. Right as you arrived,

ANDRÉS: Yeah.

NEIL: And he went, okay, I got to go guys and just left us.

ANDRÉS: Yeah and then it was, I mean, I don’t think it was, I never felt it was awkward, but he very clearly, somehow was like, now you guys, obviously should meet.

NEIL: We were there for like four hours.

ANDRÉS: I think we closed the, if not closed the bar, like pretty close to closing the bar.

I think we met because Gregory Beals quickly realized he didn’t want to hang out with us anymore.

[Laughter]

NEIL: I primed him with one beer and he was already like on the edge and then you arrive and he was like, oh Jesus, it’s fucking two of them.

[Laughter]

ANDRÉS: It’s one of those things where clearly we’re both film nerds so I think we just talked movies for four hours.

NEIL: We did.

ANDRÉS: I’m pretty sure that was it. Like, I don’t think we talked about our lives or anything.

NEIL: I remember going home and Meri, my girlfriend was still awake and I was like, I just met this amazing guy and we’re going to be friends forever. And Meri was like,

ANDRÉS: I had just come off of working for, for years, like crazy and had not had a conversation like that about movies in years. And then, you know, cause we spent four hours I was like, well, must’ve gone well. Yeah, it was amazing, it was one hell of a chat, but what is up with Gregory Beals?

[Laughter]

ANDRÉS: I never would have said we are going to be making a podcast together. That was another thing. It is true. We had movies but then the other thing we talked about was podcasts because very quickly we realized we were both listening to the similar, if not, same things while we were working together, you wrote to Mark Mann and that letter got played on the Bruce Springsteen episode.

NEIL: I did, yeah. Yeah if you want to hear the story of how my baby was born, you can check that out on

ANDRÉS: WTF, you can find it on all podcast platforms. I think it’s on Stitcher now, no, Spotify, I don’t know what it is.

[Laughter]

NEIL: Let’s plug this podcast.

[Laughter]

ANDRÉS: Man, Passport

NEIL: Passport. Here we go. I’m going to have a heart attack.

ANDRÉS: Don’t have a heart attack. Cough. Yeah, coughing stops heart attacks.

NEIL: Aw I got all tingly in my arms.

ANDRÉS: Oh no, really?

NEIL: Yeah.

ANDRÉS: Both? Cause that’s a stroke. How’s your jaw?

NEIL: It’s been nice doing…

ANDRÉS: It’s one hell of a, this is going to be an excellent radio thing.

First time we met and when I saw Neil die before my eyes.

[Laughter]

NEIL: Oh geez.

[Song playing]

ANDRÉS: So we speak to so many people from all across the world when we’re making Passport. And as you can imagine, we have some pretty amazing conversations with some incredible people.

And some of these don’t make the show in their full glory. So this week, we wanted to look back at some of our favorite chats so far, bringing you some fresh bonus content that didn’t make the final cut.

We’ll be traveling back to Seoul, Nuuk and LA to hear about the real world of K-pop, Greenland’s most terrifying monsters and the dark heart of Charles Manson’s LA. It’s that dark side we’re heading to first.

[Song playing]

NEIL: On our second episode of Passport, we went to LA. Skipping the walk of fame and Venice beach to take a look at something else. Charles Manson’s Los Angeles and his dream of becoming a superstar.

There’s as many myths about Charles Manson as there are about LA. The night his family murdered Sharon Tate in Roman Polanski’s home has gone down in the city and the country’s folklore but forget everything you’ve already heard about that night.

It turns out there are a load of other theories, which shed light on what might’ve really happened when Tex Watson, Susan Atkins and Patricia Krenwinkel traveled from Manson’s Spahn Ranch to Cielo Drive in 1969.

Remember Duke Haney? Well, we had a three-and-a-half-hour conversation filled with stories you wouldn’t believe.

And he filled me in on some of the thrilling tales in our LA episode. Well, here he is again with a couple of other theories about what really happened that night, including Sharon Tate’s last moments on film, some suspect glasses, and the fact that Manson may have revisited the house on Cielo Drive.

DUKE: There is speculation, there has been for decades that after Tex and the girls went back to Spahn, they told Manson what had gone on there and Manson went up to Cielo with somebody else and they tried to rearrange the crime scene or did rearrange it to some degree.

The American flag in the Tate living room that was draped over the couch and this is something that, um, Manson brought to the house, uh, the Cielo Drive house, after the murders. They left behind a pair of glasses, allegedly, you know, by the steamer trunks that had just arrived that day because, you know, Sharon Tate had been in Europe and had arrived back at Cielo about two weeks before the murders.

She took a boat because it was too late for her to fly at that stage of her pregnancy.

NEIL: She took a boat?

DUKE: Yeah, she took the Queen Mary, I think. Actually, her final moments on film was in the film, uh, 12 + 1 or The Thirteen Chairs. And she’s actually seen in her final moment in the film and she’s waiting to buy and she’s about to board a boat.

Which is interesting because that was sort of Polanski’s last glimpse of her. He saw her off to the boat and I think that her, her trunk had been, you know, held up in customs. And so they had just been delivered to the house that day, the day of the murders. And they were, they were in the, uh, the foyer of the house and they were, you know, somewhat blood splattered.

When the police came to the scene the next day they found a pair of glasses, reading glasses, next to the steamer trunks. And this was one of these clues that they withheld from the press. Like they were trying to kind of, you know, learn who these glasses belong to. And they kept thinking if we can find the owner of these glasses, you know, we’ll have our killer.

And, um, supposedly there was a pair of glasses that the family had out at Spahn that they would use to start fires with.

[Laughter]

NEIL: Oh my god, are you serious?

Those glasses they found in Sharon Tate’s house after the murders, they belong to the family. The press never quite got hold of it, but Duke says it’s pretty good proof that Manson turned up at Tate’s house again after the killings. And it’s not the only conspiracy theory that exists about that night.

Duke claims that there is actually film footage of Tate seeing Manson out her window. No one’s ever discussed it, but these shots are sure to be seriously chilling. If they ever find them.

DUKE: And this, this is, it amazes me that that more has not come out about this. Okay. So Sharon was, there was a photographer who had known her for a few years and he was doing a documentary about four young actresses on the rise.

And one of them was Sharon Tate and he was at the house, apparently that day he was shooting footage for this documentary. His name was Hatami, I believe.

Now here’s something really fascinating. He testified at the trial that he saw this guy out on the lawn and he opened the door and he said, you know, who are you, what are you doing here?

And Manson said, I’m looking for Terry Melcher and this is a name that, you know, Hatami didn’t recognize. So then apparently, he came back later that night when Sharon Tate was inside.  She was planning to leave the next day for Europe to make this film. And they were having sort of a going away party.

So, he did, he went back the next night, he went to the guest house, where the owner of the property was staying and Rudy Altobelli was his name. And he told Manson, you know, Terry isn’t here anymore.

So Manson knew that Terry Melcher was not at the house, but it could be that he went back to the main home, we’ll never know because the only people that could have told us, aside from Manson would have been, uh, Sharon and Jay and, and, um, and Abigail and Wojciech who were all of course killed.

But here’s the thing that I find really fascinating. If you look around on the internet, you will see if you look up Sharon Tate and Cielo Drive and you look for images, you will, you will find a very small photograph of Sharon Tate packing for her trip, going away.

And there’s one of her in Abigail Folger’s bedroom, the guest bedroom, and she’s looking through the window onto the front lawn. And I used to wonder, why is this not like larger? Why is this frame so little? Well, it turns out, again, Hatami was shooting footage for this documentary.

So he was, you know, he’s up at the house that day.

NEIL: Sure.

DUKE: And I think it’s very possible that this image of her looking out to the window, of that bedroom outside onto the lawn. What she’s seeing is Manson outside the house. And so there’s actual, they could, there could be actual footage of Sharon Tate seeing Charles Manson.

[Song playing]

NEIL: Clucking Mason. Wow, man, that’s fucking crazy.

ANDRÉS: After the break, we’ll be back with some K-pop chat with Koki from EXP Edition and superstar Greenlander, Maria Kreutzmann, gives her top five myths and monsters. See you in a minute.

[Song playing]

ANDRÉS: We’re heading back to Greenland, the episode you all heard last week, we sent our monster hunter extraordinaire, Billy Craigan-Toon back to that cold barren Island to find out some more about those weird spirits who live there. One of the favorite conversations for the episode was with Maria. So he called her back up for a chat about her new book and her five favorite Greenlandic monsters.

BILLY: Hey Maria.

MARIA: Hello.

BILLY: Nice to speak to you again. How’s it going?

MARIA: So nice to speak to you again. It’s going really well.

BILLY: So Maria, you have some more monsters from your book to talk to us about, where do you reckon we should begin?

MARIA: So I have chosen a couple of monsters that I already talked about in the previous podcast that I just want to elaborate on a little bit, maybe.

BILLY: Sure.

MARIA: And then I’ve chosen some of my favorite monsters. So, I chose, well, I guess number five is a monster called an Ikusik. An Ikusik is, it basically means the one on the elbows and it’s a monster that I grew up with and was absolutely terrified off as a child still, probably still as an adult, I’m not going to lie.

Um, because it is, it was the most scary thing growing up. And when people would talk about this monster, you would put your, the palm of your hand on your cheeks and kind of move your elbows. And it’s kind of, the origin story of it is that it’s a corpse that crawls along on its elbow because its arm has rotted away and it drags its feet behind it.

But even though it’s kind of like a zombie state, it can still move incredibly, incredibly fast. And it can catch a grown person running. If you come up here and you say an Ikusik, people will know what you’re talking about and most of my friends grew up with stories about this monster.

BILLY: Oh man, that’s so creepy.

MARIA: It’s very horrible.

BILLY: Okay, so that was the bottom of the list. It hit me, so what’s number four?

MARIA: So number four is the Qivittoq, which I mentioned in the earlier podcast. So if a person shamed himself in some way or did something bad, he would leave a settlement for the better of the settlement. Because back in the olden days, it was so, and still today, I might add, it was so important for community to work that everybody pitched in and nobody did anything to disrupt the community.

That was the way to survive. When the person who left the settlement, he would go into the mountains and he would walk around just to sever all contact. And he could either live in solitude, which is how I grew up knowing Qivittoq. But we also dug up stories of these other Qivittoq living together in this huge settlement, far, far, far North.

So we have the biggest national park in the world here in Greenland, but there are the stories that there are still groups of Qivittoq living up there completely separated from modern society and they roam the mountains up there. Because Greenland is so vast and so huge, I wouldn’t be baffled by the notion that somebody hasn’t had contact with anybody up there.

I don’t know how true this is, but I really, really liked the story.

BILLY: And then, so number three, where are we going?

MARIA: So number three is something called an Inorrooq. Yeah, I know. You’re not going to be able to pronounce that to save your life.

BILLY: It sounds almost like some kind of instrument when you say it.

[Laughter]

MARIA: Well, yeah. So, the Inorrooq, it’s a little bit special because it’s an animal that can change its shape, sort of resembles a human being.

We have a lot of scary monsters and this is actually a very sweet one. Parts of it will resemble the animal that it was before it turned into a human. So, it can be dressed in feathers if it’s like a raven and if it’s a polar bear it might be clad in polar bear skin. And it’s just very, very sweet.

BILLY: So it helps people in distress.

MARIA: Yeah. It can help people if you get lost, if you’re in the fjord or if you’re in nature and you can’t find your way back, it can come and it will help you and lead you back. Or it might be with you if you’re feeling really, really alone and distressed in the wild.

BILLY: Oh, that’s so nice.

MARIA: Yeah. So, it’s a friendly animal helper.

BILLY: That was a nice one. So far, so good.

MARIA: Yeah.

BILLY: What’s Maria’s number two?

MARIA: So Maria’s number two is one of my absolute favorite and she is called Asiaq and Asiaq actually just, very simply the direct translation means weather and she rules the wind and the weather.

BILLY: And she’s doing a real good job of it.

MARIA: Oh yeah. Oh my God. I mean, I think she’s getting tired of global warming too.

[Laughter]

BILLY: Understandably.

MARIA: So her description is also really funny because her mouth sits vertically in her face and her eyes and nose kind of like across the face horizontally and everything about her is like, kinda like wrong and topsy turvy and even her bed is upside down.

And she said, she’s wandered the earth kind of like since the dawn of time, she’s always been there and she’s always looked for a husband, but nobody wants her because she has a crooked face. And that’s really, really mean. And because she couldn’t find a husband, she stole a boy child from another woman.

And then she brought the boy child up so she could marry him and her husband, he’s kind of like this enormous, enormous, giant figure, but he’s baby like, and he wears like a lot of bracelets and necklaces, but if she gets disturbed in her house by a threat, she can turn him into a baby and kinda like throw him behind something.

Because usually in, you know, the men are the hunters and the protectors and everything, but here, she kind of, you know, she’s the one who protects him and he’s just there to be a husband. She’s kind of like the boss lady, and he’s just, he’s just there.

BILLY: God, and that’s kind of creepy as well, isn’t it?

MARIA: It’s very creepy. That was number two.

[Song playing]

BILLY: Okay, so we’ve gone from bottom to the top. So Maria’s number one.

MARIA: And the number one that I chose is Sassuma Arnaa, the mother of the ocean, because she means so much to me.

And I wanted to talk a little bit about her origin story. One of the more common one is a young girl who is a orphan and she lives with a settlement and the whole settlement was moving in the umiak, the women’s boat. And they were packing all the things up and they were sailing out.

And one of the hunters, he’s kind of like the leader of the settlement, but he’s a really, really mean man and he doesn’t like this orphan girl and they get out into kind of open water and he gets really angry at her. And first he takes her lamp and he throws it overboard. He throws the dog overboard and then he throws her overboard. But as she’s thrown, she grabs onto the boat and he gets really, really angry.

So he takes a big hunting knife and first he cuts off the first part of her fingers and the fingers fall into the water. And these first joints turned into all the fish that lives in the sea, and she’s still holding on for dear life.

So he takes the knife again and cuts off the next part, down to the next joint of her fingers and all these kind of like fall into the ocean, turns into the seal and the walruses and everything but she manages to hold on still.

And he gets really angry. Now he takes the knife, he cuts her fingers one more time. And the last part of her fingers that fall into the ocean turns into all the whales. And, you know, she can’t hold on anymore. She falls into the water. She sinks, sinks, sinks, sinks, sinks to the bottom of the ocean. And this is where something magical happens.

And as she kind of falls to the bottom, she kind of goes, oh, you know, this is a really beautiful place. And she starts walking around and she finds her dog and she finds her lamp and she build a little house in the deepest parts of the ocean. And this is where Sassuma Arnaa lives and she grows to become this huge woman without fingers.

And she has her big hair where all the animals live in. So, what’s interesting about this story is the fact that our traditional tattoos that we have on our hands are usually the lines that represents the part where Sassuma Arnaa’s fingers were cut off.

This particular tattoo pattern is something that represents the story and the reverence that we have towards Sassuma Arnaa and the sea, because the sea is everything up here.

BILLY: That was a really, really great story to finish on.

MARIA: Yeah. I have a lot more creatures in my book.

BILLY: How do you say it properly?

MARIA: I say Bestiarium Groenlandica

BILLY: Bestiarium Groenlandica, okay. Thanks again, Maria. That’s a wrap. Well done.

MARIA: Aw, thank you. 

ANDRÉS: Next up, we’re going back to Seoul, the capital of South Korea to chat to Koki Tomlinson, one quarter of EXP Edition. You remember, the world’s first ever American non-Asian K-pop boy band.

Koki’s insight into what it’s really like to be part of the globe’s most exciting new genre of pop music was truly fascinating. He told us about how they got big, the culture shocks of moving to Seoul and we even got to hear some of EXP Editions’s tunes.

So here’s a cut from Koki’s chat with producer Harry Stott on how the K-pop industry really works, some of his more crazy fan experiences and how amazing it has been to see K-pop blow up all around the world.

Oh yeah. It’s their track, Feel Like This, you’ll hear at the end.

HARRY: So what was like your first experience of K-pop then?

KOKI: It’s actually really funny because I remember in eighth grade on the bus, I remember a few kids clamming around their phone and it was Big Bang’s music video, Haru Haru.

I mean, it was a very bizarre thing for me to see, not in a bad way, of course, but just seeing Asian men in a musical group that was really popular and then like widely liked by a bunch of non-Asian people.

And, uh, in that music video, they are wearing quite a bit of makeup. So I was also like, confused with that. That, that was my first true introduction to K-pop.

HARRY: Yeah, and obviously you were really involved in the K-pop world when you were in Seoul. So how does the K-pop industry really work? I’ve heard there’s like a kind of formula for the music.

KOKI: I mean yeah, a hundred percent, there is definitely a formula even to the point where like the three main companies, YG, JYP, and SM literally have like their types of people that they would pick. And they also have singing styles that they would do, or very specific like choreography styles that certain companies follow because that’s their company image and that’s the types of groups that they promote.

Yeah, a hundred percent like the popular dance move and the hopes that it does go viral because at the end of the day, that’s what put a lot of K-pop groups on the big screens or like, that’s what skyrocketed their popularity.

So, yeah. And when we were also making music and trying to come up with our choreography and everything like that, we did have that in mind, but I think we also wanted to stay true to ourselves and not so completely follow a formula because we didn’t want to get rid of everything that made us, us.

HARRY: Yeah, for sure. But I guess that formula is clearly working. I mean, K-pop is huge everywhere now. So how has it been seeing K-pop gets so big globally?

KOKI: Yeah, it’s definitely becoming a lot more mainstream. It’s always had that underground fan base that’s been extremely strong and supportive, but yeah, only now are groups going on these huge American TV shows and doing interviews or performances, which is so cool to see.

You know, BTS is beating out so many of the biggest American artists in terms of like sales and streams and they’re selling out world tours. It’s fascinating to watch both while being in New York and while being in Korea was extremely fascinating.

And now being back in the States and I’ll go to a Starbucks and I’ll hear Black Pink playing on the radio or I’ll hear a BTS song on the radio, or there’ll be like a announcement for something and they’re like, Monster X will be performing at this show or, or like Seventeen’s playing and it’s, it’s, it’s bizarre to come back from Korea where that was the norm and then to hear it in the States becoming more normal.

I mean, it’s fascinating. It’s bizarre, but amazing at the same time.

HARRY: Yeah but with all that popularity, I mean, I’ve heard in Korea about like the really hardcore Sasaeng fans. They’re the ones who can be a bit like invasive. I mean, did you guys experience any of that?

KOKI: Not to the extent of what the mega popular groups do. I mean, there are stories of fans shaving their heads and to look like boys so they can go into the men’s locker room or men’s bathroom to try to like meet their idols.

There was one story where, um, this fan snuck into their dorm rooms and took pictures of the members sleeping. And yeah, that would be terrifying, but most of the people, most Korean fans of ours were just very supportive and cool and normal.

There were quite a few fans who would come to like every single show, big or small that we did and they’d have gifts for us and things like that. There was one incident where these two fans like followed us to where we, like the area that we lived and were just like walking around the area, waiting to see us.

So that was a little bit weird. Um, but yeah, I think that was the closest to, I guess that Sasaeng fan definition.

HARRY: Yeah and beyond the Sasaeng fans then, I mean, did you guys feel like a real pride from normal people in Korea about how huge and successful K-pop has now become globally. Like even from non-K-pop fans.

KOKI: Yeah. Why shouldn’t they be proud of something like that? It is a small country and to have such a global impact culturally is huge because prior to K-pop becoming such a like mainstream global genre of music, the only people who could have those world tours were artists based in America, you know, you’d have the Backstreet Boys or Britney Spears or Justin Bieber, all popular culture came from America.

And so for a country that’s a fraction of the size to have such a global impact culturally. I think is something that should be held with pride.

[Song playing]

NEIL: That’s it for this week guys. Next week, me and Andrés are kind of off to Paris where we’ll try and help someone with the perfect wedding proposal. But it’s also a competition between me and Andrés.

It’s our first episode of a tale of two cities. So we’ll see you next week with that.

[Song playing]

NEIL: Huge thanks again to the amazing Duke Haney, Koki Tomlinson and Maria Kreutzmann for their insight into LA, Seoul and Nuuk in Greenland.

Interviews in this episode were performed by Billy Craigan-Toon for Greenland, Harry Stott for Seoul and me for Los Angeles and the episode was written and edited by Harry Stott.

Our theme tune is by Nick Turner with extra tracks from Thirst Follow, Brevin, Capes and Francis, King Kerr and of course, EXP Edition. Thanks guys.

Our production assistant is Eliza Engel.

The show is mixed and mastered by Julian Kwasneski.

Stacey Book, Dominique Ferrari and Avi Glijanksy sometimes give us the week off. They also executive produce the show, which is hosted by myself and a man who loves a bonus mixtape more than most, Andrés Bartos.

We’ll see you in the next place.

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This week, Passport is taking a journey on the Indian Railway. These train cars are a moving microcosm of India, and the inspiration behind some of the country’s greatest love stories – on the Bollywood screen and in real life.

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Episode 29: Passport Goes to the Polls

As the US goes to the polls, Passport goes there too. But not to America. Take a break from the anxiety and divisiveness of the US election with two stories that show the true, positive, power of democracy across the globe.

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