Cinematographer, performer, and award-winning author of Showdown at Shinagawa, Bill Zarchy. Bill’s tales from the road, technical articles, and personal essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Travelers’ Tales anthologies, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle and magazines such as American Cinematographer, Emmy, and Kyoto Journal. Bill talks to us about the art of filming and his adventures in over 30 countries, which included photobombing the red carpet in Cannes, sharing former president Bill Clinton’s pain, and a lot of bumps on the head. Recorded live in studio April 8, 2018.
Matthew Félix: Travelers on Travel
Travel writer, editor, and proud Oaklander Jessie Fetterling. Jessie is a contributor to Time.com, Mother Earth News, The Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, and Ravishly.com, among many others. She’s also author of 100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die. Jessie gives us a comprehensive crash course on the many reasons why crossing the Bay Bridge is wonderfully worthwhile, for locals and tourists alike.
Recorded live on air on March 4, 2018, in this episode (which also appears in my Words & Images podcast) I talk with one of the world’s most successful photographers, Robert Holmes. Bob has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Wine Spectator, and many more over his 35-year career. We discuss his friendship with Ansel Adams, running for his life from captors in the Himalaya, and dressing inappropriately for the Queen of England.
Adventurers Michael Shapiro (A Sense of Place, National Geographic Traveler, the Washington Post) and Jackie Yau (Inspirato, Travelers’ Tales anthologies, and the Travel Guide to California) talk about their recent travel to Cuba. We not only discussed their trip, but how they used it to make a difference in a lot of Cuban kids' lives. Recorded live in studio March 11, 2018.
Explorer, photographer, and award-winning author James Michael Dorsey. James has traveled extensively in 48 countries, his main pursuit of the last 15 years being remote cultures, mostly in Asia and Africa. In addition to being featured in Lonely Planet, Travelers’ Tales, and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, James is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and United Airlines’ Hemispheres magazine. We discuss travel and his new book Baboons for Lunch. Recorded live in studio April 15, 2018.
Award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer Hervé Cohen talks about his latest project. Life Underground is both an online experience and an immersive installation, allowing viewers to meet subway passengers from all over the world and listen to their personal stories, dreams, and deepest thoughts. Hervé also worked on feature Ayiti Mon Amour, which was on the list for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars. Recorded live in studio July 1, 2018.
Legendary travel writer and editor Don George makes his triumphant return to my show! We talked travel, Don’s collection The Way of Wanderlust, which chronicles 40 years of inspired writing on the road, and much, much more. Don even sang in Japanese! Recorded live July 15, 2018.