Passport Podcast

Synopsis

Host Keith Breitbach explores the world with people seeking new adventures. We take a global and holistic approach to discovering the tales and lessons learned along the path of life. Every encounter is essential as we seek to find travel tales that weave stories ranging from the quirky to inspirational, educational, entertaining and informative.

Episodes

  • Ep17 Urban Farming

    Ep17 Urban Farming

    22/12/2017 Duration: 54min

    In episode 17, I make a trip back to my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa where I meet up with urban farming pioneer Mike Muench. Mike and his wife Leslie are on a mission to create a community around food - from growing it to cooking it to sharing it with the citizens of this small city located along the banks of the mighty Missississippi River smack dab in the middle of America's heartland. They've repurposed an old greenhouse turning it into a neighborhood farming operation to include Hydro & Aquaponic gardening, a coffeehouse, event space, commercial kitchen and community education center. They've named their nonprofit enterprise Convivium - which is the Latin word for “feast” - they're bringing people together in a celebration around food and you can find their website at Convivium-DBQ.com. It's an exciting adventure and inspiring story. I know you're going to enjoy hearing from Mike about Convivium - It's an inspired 21st-century vision for urban farming and community building in an old industrial river to

  • Ep16 Urban Exploration

    Ep16 Urban Exploration

    26/11/2017 Duration: 59min

    Passport Podcast host Keith Breitbach talks with Author John W. Law about his book chronicling the exploits and adventures of San Francisco's avant-guard Cacophony Society and Suicide Club. One of the original creators and producers of Burning Man, SantaCon, and the Billboard Liberation Front among others, John Law shares his story.             A runaway at 17, Law hitchhiked to the City and immersed himself in the subterranean world of urban exploration, culture jamming, and public performance in the spirit of the Dada movement to bend reality ever so slightly and introduce thought-provoking humor into an absurd world. Please like, Comment, subscribe and share the Passport Podcast. Listen and enjoy as John Law shares his exciting tales of being a bona fide urban adventurer in and around the City by the Bay. Visit JohnWLaw.com and Follow on Facebook to discover more. Urban Exploration is often shortened as urbex, UE, bexing, urbexing and sometimes known as roof-and-tunnel hacking  Photo © by George Post 2017

  • #15 Walk this Way

    #15 Walk this Way

    06/11/2017 Duration: 01h01min

    San Francisco native SK Morton talks about his Lousy Walking Tour and provides a fun perspective on discovering the city on foot. Have you ever done a walking tour? Well, San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities in the world and with its rich history, colorful neighborhoods, and quirky cast of characters there's no better way to experience it than with a local who will keep you entertained and informed every step of the way. Discover the hidden nuggets of walking tour gold with local San Franciscan & walking tour guide extraordinaire - SK Morton, who tells us all about his hometown and provides fun insights you won't find anywhere else. Learn more and book your tour at SKMorton.com 

  • #14 Take It Easy

    #14 Take It Easy

    13/10/2016 Duration: 21min

    The Route 66 road trip continues with a stopover in Winslow, Arizona where I visit the roadside attraction inspired by the Eagles tune Take it Easy.  It's funny how one little line in a song can lead people to the tiny northern Arizona town. But it's that whimsical charm and the curiosity of the attraction that causes people to pull over and take a look around. I first traveled through Winslow on another road trip more than two decades ago, but back then the town had not yet figured out how many people were making a pilgrimage down old Route 66 to stand on one of their downtown corners. It was during a time long before the inventions of smartphones and selfies, so perhaps nobody took notice. While wondering about the downtown looking for someone to interview, I spotted an honest and friendly shop clerk, and I beelined into her souvenir shop. Sabrina was kind enough to share her experience of growing up in the town, leaving for several years and returning to the quietude of small town living. But she soon disc

  • #13 Land of Enchantment

    #13 Land of Enchantment

    12/09/2016 Duration: 54min

    In Episode 13, we proceed along Route 66 from Oklahoma to New Mexico where I meet up with two wonderful friends, Deb Haaland and Juan Sanchez. Listen as Deb and Juan share their heritage and culture along with fascinating historical facts about their beloved Land of Enchantment. Deb is a member of the Laguna Pueblo with ancestors going back thousands of years. Juan's family first came to New Mexico on a Land Grant from the King of Spain in the early 1700's. It's a fascinating exploration of rich family histories makes for an unforgettable podcast episode. Deb & Juan provide a passionate look at New Mexico's history and culture interwoven with their impressive personal narratives.  Our conversation spans the spectrum to cover everything from Native American and Spanish relations to current immigration policies along the state's southern border. We cover topics ranging from New Mexico's cuisine and specialty foods to the remnants of Route 66 remaining along Albuquerque's Central Avenue.   

  • Exploring the Passport Podcast

    Exploring the Passport Podcast

    28/08/2016 Duration: 15min

    A week ago I was passing by the Caffe Triest in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood when I ran into my friend Franny Renoir. You may recall Fanny's insightful interview from Episode 6: The Road to Enlightenment.  Fanny coaxed me to sit with her for a few minutes in the sun and then proceeded to turn my camera and began peppering me with questions about the Passport Podcast as well as m views on life in San Francisco. Believe it or not, I'm usually more accustomed to asking the questions versus answering them. But in that moment, I chose to let my guard down a little to be fair to Fanny, my other interview guests, the podcast audience and even myself. What you get with this brief interview is me share ing some insight into the philosophy and purpose behind the podcast. Additionally, I share some thoughts and observations on life in San Francisco while living in the colorful and lively North Beach neighborhood. Have you ever started out down a path towards a goal or an idea, without a real clear understand

  • #12 Route 66: Insanity at its Finest

    #12 Route 66: Insanity at its Finest

    09/08/2016 Duration: 44min

    There I am out on Route 66 having just stepped out of the Roger Miller Museum in Erick, Oklahoma. As I went to get into my car, I scanned the main strip in town and surveyed it to see what else this tiny village had to offer. It turned out to be more than I had ever imagined. A couple of blocks down the street I saw a sign. Then another and another and, well you get the idea. There were lots of signs plastered all over an old brick building. I thought to myself; you better investigate all those funky signs. So, I rolled through the lone stop light in town and threw on the parking brake, got out and started snooping around. I soon learned that I had unwittingly landed at the Sandhills Curiosity Shop, Home of Harley & Annabelle, the Mediocre Music Makers located in The Redneck Capital of the World - It's Insanity at it's finest! If you reread that last sentence and let it sink in, it will begin to make perfect sense as you listen to this episode of the Passport Podcast. In this show, I cross paths with Harl

  • #11 King of the Road

    #11 King of the Road

    23/07/2016 Duration: 41min

    It's been quite awhile since I've taken a fun and extended road trip. With gas prices falling to affordable prices, it was time to hit the highway and see who I could meet along the way. I first flew to Oklahoma City to briefly visit family, including my two sisters. I was picking up a car to drive back to San Francisco and with a little time to kill I decided to head west on Route 66, or what's left of it. Mostly, I drove Interstate 40 which runs parallel to the infamous and mythical Mother Road. The famous road originally stretched from Chicago through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona to cover 2,448 miles before it ends at Santa Monica, California. On this trip, I take a few detours along the way and meet up with an incredible cast of characters to be featured in upcoming episodes. In Episode #11 I unwittingly wind my way into the tiny town of Erick, Oklahoma. I spotted a sign promoting the Roger Miller Museum, and I figured what better than an opportunity to pay homage to the creator

  • #10 Pilgrims Tale

    #10 Pilgrim's Tale

    20/06/2016 Duration: 58min

    Episode 10 makes me think of that well-worn Chinese proverb - The journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step. Pilgrim's Tale features a recent conversation with author, travel writer and Pilgrim Brandon Wilson. I first met Brandon through his wife, Cheryl. We shared an office during a stint as producers at Paradise Television on Maui. Sometimes during water cooler conversations, Cheryl would share short stories about some of her travels. But there was never enough time to get the whole adventure. Fast forward several years and Brandon is now the award-winning author of four fantastic books chronicling their journeys as peaceful pilgrims across Tibet, The Alps, from Europe to Jerusalem and across the African continent. The books are excellent and in Episode 10 we get an insightful look at one pilgrim's perspective on things. A champion of deliberative travel, Brandon Wilson tells of how his father filled him with a sense of wanderlust during a six-week-long road trip from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles along

  • #9 Stepping Stones

    #9 Stepping Stones

    05/06/2016 Duration: 01h07min

    In episode 9 we talk with San Francisco Artist, Author, and World Traveler Nancy Calef. Nancy tells us that she's been looking for the "stepping stones" along the way, and it's provided her with a rich life of creating art, globe-trotting adventures along with a healthy perspective about people and our shared planet. As you'll hear, it hasn't always been easy, but following her intuition has guided Nancy from a controlling stage mother in Manhattan to a Northern California Ashram to an exhilarating Mexico sailing adventure to a European holiday and Greece painting retreat that turned her life in a new direction. But we also learn that much of these adventures were rooted in the fact that fears needed to be faced, and personal struggles confronted.  A domineering mother led to the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia for much of her teens and early twenties. But facing that void, and emptiness forced Nancy to handle her issues and turn from self-destruction to self-expression, and she learned to take the ne

  • #8 Inner Space

    #8 Inner Space

    12/03/2016 Duration: 01h04min

    In Episode 8, we meet my free-spirited friend & peaceful warrior Jimmy Young for a conversation about his very personal spiritual journey. In this show, Jimmie takes us down a path lined with curiosity and connections tying together a personal narrative that takes him from studying transcendental meditation in rural Oklahoma to a Scientology house in Los Angeles to pursuing happiness through Buddhism in the Bay Area. How does a person develop and piece together a clear & profound understanding of their spiritual journey? For Jimmie Young, it's been a lifelong exploration that began during childhood when he attended a rural Oklahoma church with his grandmother who would be overtaken by the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues. There was also that nearby car accident injuring eastern guru Maher Baba not to mention remote viewing in the First Grade, teenage exploration of meditation, experimenting with LSD, 1960 rock & roll along with two decades studying Scientology and an eventual dream leading to a st

  • #7 Riding the Rails

    #7 Riding the Rails

    02/03/2016 Duration: 50min

    In Episode #7 we venture to the San Francisco Railway Museum to meet up with General Manager Alison Cant for a fascinating discussion about public transportation and the City's  historic streetcars. Alison shares how these "museums in motion" have played a crucial role San Francisco's diverse public transportation system since 1912. Listen to learn about the past, present, and future of this mode of public transportation. Hear the remarkable story about how concerned citizens rose to the occasion to revive and restore the colorful collection of classic streetcars gathered from around the world. Show #7 provides a colorful history and a fun ride - Enjoy!

  • #6 Road to Enlightenment on the Hippie Trail

    #6 Road to Enlightenment on the Hippie Trail

    24/02/2016 Duration: 57min

    Fanny Renoir's childhood was spent wandering amongst Humboldt County's giant redwoods, reading Marcel Proust and chasing rainbows in search of elusive pots of gold.  Fanny attempted to live a conventional life, but the temptation of the hippie movement finally caught up with her in 1971 when she stood on the side of the road with her thumb out to hitchhike around America. Fanny's road and acid trips took her to an ashram in Tuscon, a Pensacola police station, Nashville night clubs and even a short stay at Ken Kesey's Oregon farm. Setting out looking for signs along the "Hippie Trail" Fanny took the road less traveled in search of enlightenment only to encounter beautiful souls and a few sadistic psychos - she discovered that being on the road could be both happy and harrowing. Following her dream of being a writer, poet and artist, Fanny eventually made her way to San Francisco's North Beach and soon found a home, literally and figuratively, at the famed Caffe Triest. Thirty-Two years later, she's a neighborh

  • #5 To Hell and Back: part 2

    #5 To Hell and Back: part 2

    19/02/2016 Duration: 52min

    What does it mean to hit rock bottom? If you are down and out how low does one have to go before there is nowhere else to go, but up? For our guest, Manny Fernandez, his life on the mean streets of the East Bay in-between trips to California's Juvenile Detention Centers led to existing one day to the next without much hope for the future or value for life. After a violent fight over a girl and getting kicked out of his mom's house for the last time, Manny lands back with his drug dealing step-dad, Mike until one afternoon when the Sheriff's Department busts down the door and hauls Mike away to jail. At just 17 years old, Manny finds himself left to squat alone and to live in fear that a rival gang would hunt him down and take his life and that of his family. The presence of violence, drugs, and crime finally catch up with him after a decade of dysfunction and desperation. Until one night when Manny takes a walk around the block that changes his life forever. Listen to Part 2 to hear how he turns his life arou

  • #5 To Hell and Back: part 1

    #5 To Hell and Back: part 1

    16/02/2016 Duration: 53min

    To Hell and Back, Part-1 features the compelling life story of actor/author Manny Fernandez. Beginning in the late 1980's To Hell and Back is a wild tale of dysfunction and despair for a young boy as he navigates the poor relationship choices of his mother who divorces from Manny's father and takes up with a string of drug dealers and abusive addicts. These poor decisions expose young Manny to a life of violent crime beyond what most people can even imagine, much less survive to tell about it. Manny is taught to fight his way violently through life. Incredibly, he is forced to smoke crack cocaine at just 11 years old, and it's all downhill from there with the young Manny dropping out of school at 14. Manny then begins working at fast food jobs to help support the family before he eventually becomes homeless, hitting the streets and becoming an East Bay gang member.  Hear this incredible tale of survival and what it means to exposure to sociopaths, drug addicts and violent criminals starting at just eight year

  • #4 Bus Monkey City Tour Guide

    #4 "Bus Monkey" City Tour Guide

    26/01/2016 Duration: 01h00s

    Episode 4 takes us on a virtual tour of San Francisco as seen through the eyes of a longtime resident and current "Bus Monkey" tour guide. Nick Messinger has called San Francisco home for the past 30 years, and he had a successful career as a TV News Producer. After taking an early retirement from his job and then while facing critical life questions, Nick had an epiphany to become a tour guide on a double-decker tour bus. Little did he know how much his new career would impact his outlook on life. Host Keith Breitbach gets the inside scoop on what compels someone out of retirement to become a tour guide with an insatiable appetite for San Francisco history and trivia. Messinger takes us from the 1848 Gold Rush to a discussion about current politics, the arrival of Tech workers and skyrocketing real estate prices. Over the past 30 years, Nick Messinger's journey wound its way across the country to the Mission District then to The Haight and North Beach neighborhoods. His history gets woven with that of the ci

  • #3 Introducing the Passport Podcast

    #3 Introducing the Passport Podcast

    17/01/2016 Duration: 02min

    A welcome and introduction to the Passport Podcast.  

  • #2 Road trip in a $100 car / live  work in the U.K.

    #2 Road trip in a $100 car / live & work in the U.K.

    12/01/2016 Duration: 57min

    Passport Podcast Episode 2 features a conversation with Bradmundo Breitbach. This show recalls the time host Keith Breitbach and his brother Bradmundo set out on an epic road trip adventure in a car they purchased for $100. The 1993 journey covered more than 6,500 miles of visiting national parks in the U.S. and Canada. Bradmundo also shares how that trip inspired the next adventure of living, working and traveling throughout the United Kingdom including London and Scottland. Bradmundo shares the highs and lows of the journey from landing at Heathrow and managing to find his way in a strange land as a young and inexperienced traveler venturing abroad for the very first time. From riding public transit, staying at youth hostels, pouring pints in pubs to trying his hand at international banking and living the London "rave" scene lifestyle is a whirlwind tour that provides an informative and entertaining travel story. 

  • #1 Maui Adventures

    #1 Maui Adventures

    08/01/2016 Duration: 57min

    Episode 1: We meet 19-year-old Sam and Emma at a drum circle on Maui's Little Beach, and they join him for the inaugural podcast to share their adventures of dropping out of college to work at an organic farm while living the Hawaiian island hippie lifestyle. But there's always more to the story, and the conversation develops into a far-ranging discussion covering everything from nude beaches, breaching whales, winning the battle over depression through yoga, train hopping, flow art and finding your way in this crazy world.

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