Around the World in 80 Days, Day 38: Russia, Part 2 – A Brief (and Mostly True) History of Religion in Russia

“Drinking is the joy of the Russes!” —Prince Vladimir in The Primary Chronicle In Part 1 of my three-part series on Russia, I said that many of Russia’s problems could be attributed to the fact that Russia is not now—nor has it ever—been truly Christian.  It is that faith that gave birth to the West … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 27: Holy Cow

It’s #ATW80 Day 27, and Larry calls in to the Rick and Bubba Show from country #6: India! An incredible kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, smells, and everything else, India is an emerging capitalist country. Larry discusses the extremes of its class system, why cows wander its streets freely, the Hindu religion, the concept of karma, … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 13: List of “Ten Best Countries to Live in” (Supposedly)

In an earlier article, I mentioned that lists ranking the “top” or “best” countries in the world are all over the web.  Well, a friend sent me one today.  It was produced by Condé Nast Traveler and is typical of the genre. This is their list: Norway Australia/Switzerland (tie) [Due to the tie for number … Read more

Around the World in 80 Days, Day 4: Hello, New Zealand!

After 19 long hours of flying from Los Angeles, Day 4 of #ATW80 finds Larry Alex Taunton across the International Date Line and at his first country: New Zealand. This morning, he joined the Rick and Bubba Show for a few first impressions, an overview of New Zealand’s fascinating demographics, and a discussion on the … Read more

March Madness

March Madness to the Final Four: Clash of Civilizations Edition

If you are a sports fan then you know that we are in the midst of “March Madness,” that is, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  For the uninitiated, a committee picks 64 college teams, and over the course of a few weeks those teams play until the field is whittled down to the “Final Four.”  … Read more