Thrillist Explorers

Thrillist Explorers

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April 27, 2021 16 min

In this special BONUS EPISODE, Thrillist's Wil Fulton is joined by the hosts of Popsugar's new podcast Not Over It, Becky Kirsch and Zareen Siddiqui. Together, they play a round of NYC-themed pop culture trivia, and we hear a clip from one of their recent episodes (featuring The OC OG's Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke!) Check out Not Over It wherever you get your podcasts, new episodes every Tuesday!

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In this episode, host Wil Fulton plays NYC trivia with actress, model, and overall excellent human Julia Fox (Uncut Gems); bartender Ivy Mix (Leyenda, Fiasco!) tests her NYC bar knowledge; Tren'ness Woods-Black (Sylvia's Restaurant, Worn Stories) tells us about her "village," Harlem; the owners of Shelsky’s bicker about bagels and Brooklyn; Em Pineda aka the Hungry Domican explains why the Bronx is underrated; Joe D...

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In this episode of Thrillist EXXXplorers, a sex therapist tells us why sex is usually better in hotels/on vacation; young swingers week in Jamaica wasn't as fun as one writer imagined; Margaret and Corey from A Pretty Cool Hotel Tour visit America’s seediest and most dramatic “sex hotels;” two Thrillist staffers use dating apps abroad; a man is possibly peed on. NSFW!

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On this booze-centric episode, host Wil Fulton has a conversation with Guy Fieri and Sammy Hagar about their new Reposado tequila, and how they became (best) friends. Thrillist contributor Diane Sooyeon Kang gives us a play-by-play account of a “typical” night out in Seoul, South Korea. Thrillist Senior Cities Editor Meredith Heil tells us about some of her favorite craft beer cities (and states!) in the country.

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In this episode, host Wil Fulton profiles Morgan's Wonderland, the world's first theme park built with full accessibility for all guests in mind; Writer Tony Giles, aka "Tony the Traveller," talks about visiting 150 countries (and all 50 states) as a blind and partially deaf individual; Karin Willison of FreeWheelin' Travel speaks on what it's like to travel cross-country while using a wheelchair, why she pr...

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In this episode ,host Wil Fulton speaks with Thrillist Senior Staff Writer and Twin Cities native Dustin Nelson, who explains why the Twin Cities area is one of the most underappreciated destinations in America. We also hear from chef Yia Vang (Union Hmong Kitchen), the wildly talented Nur-D, journalist Dara Grumdahl-Moskowitz (MSP Magazine), Ashley Ryan from 1st Avenue, and chef Jamal Hashi. Special thanks to the Frogtown Curling ...

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On this episode, host Wil Fulton hears from legendary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their upcoming three-part film Hemingway (premiering April 5th on PBS). They share insight on Hemingway as a travel writer, detail some of Hemingway's favorite locations around the world, and discuss how the author captured the experience of being an American abroad. Plus, author, chef, and writer/director Eddie Huang talks about hi...

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This episode celebrates some of the (many) things we love about our National Parks. Writer and filmmaker Dayton Duncan (The National Parks: America's Best Idea) details some of the history behind the National Parks, and his most memorable filming experiences; Sarana Riggs, member of the Navajo Nation, speaks on the Indigenous roots of Grand Canyon National Park and the ongoing work Grand Canyon Trust does to preserve this legac...

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In this episode, we're hearing stories from Chinatowns around the country and providing some ways you can help support Asian-American communities and businesses right now: Writer Eda Yu details her Protect Our Elders project and chef/business owner Winston Chiu (Bonbite NYC, Feed Forward) talks about the grassroots initiative Enough Is Enough;

Thrillist's NYC Editor Tae Yoon shares his own story of growing up in Flushing, Qu...

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Host Wil Fulton speaks with Fieri super fans and the founder of FlavortownUSA.com about cataloging restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Fieri-centric road trips; Writer and comedian Phil Rosenthal talks about his show Somebody Feed Phil, and traveling in search of great food; Traveling Spoon connects people with home cooks around the world; a Domino's employee delivers an inter-continental pizza. And check o...

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Host Wil Fulton tastes some Maine delicacies (Moxie Soda, Red Snapper dogs) with Editorial Assistant and Mainer Liz Provencher; Krista Tripp details her job catching lobster, as one of the few females in the industry; Loren Coleman of the International Cryptozoology Museum talks about his favorite Maine cryptids; a member of Allagash Brewing talks Portland craft beer; Cookbook Author and Portland-based food writer Mindy Fox gives r...

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Do you have an exciting, hilarious, captivating, shocking, heartwarming, spooky, sentimental, or overall extremely memorable travel story? We want to hear it! Dial into our toll free travel story hotline, 1-833-POD-BABY, and spin a yarn into our voicemail. We're going to play some of our favorite calls in an upcoming episode, and there truly are zero rules here (fun!)


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February 2, 2021 46 min

Our love letter to the Waffle House. Jerry Buckner (of the songwriting duo Buckner and Garcia) has penned many hits over the years, including some songs for Waffle House Records; Orion Carloto has fond memories of growing up with Waffle House; a man finds an empty Waffle House, and cooks his own meal; Former FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate explains "the Waffle House Index," and how they use Waffle House to gauge the severit...

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Executive Pastry Chef Poala Velez (Bakers Against Racism, Maydan, La Bodega) lists some of her favorite bakeries and dessert spots in Washington D.C.; Thrillist D.C. Editor Jess Mayhugh details the District's surprisingly robust music scene with 9:30 Club's Audrey Fix Schaefer, journalist Shawna Kenney, and (the legendary) Big Tony from Trouble Funk; Virginia Ali, longtime owner of Ben's Chili Bowl, details her own hist...

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Thrillist host Wil Fulton speaks with comedian Iliza Shelsinger on visiting new cities for work, how to make friends with flight attendants, and her wildly entertaining Don't Panic Pantry cooking series; Comedian, writer, and podcaster Josh Gondelman details how and why he spent a night on the floor of a stranger's motel room in Montana; longtime stand-up Jimmy Dunn details his years as a cruise ship comedian.

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In this episode, Thrillist host Wil Fulton looks at how the spirit of "old Austin" is adapting to a city of constant change; legendary journalist Dan Rather talks BBQ, Shiner Bock, and his new book; Queer Eye's Bobby Berk deails his lockdown in Austin; Thrillist contributor Anastacia Uriegas helps us find the best breakfast tacos in town; producer Mia Faske profiles the Lone Star Lambdas, Austin's only LGBTQ+ sq...

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Thrillist host Wil Fulton gets some much needed travel advice from musician LeLe Pons; the legendary Peppermint shares her experiences traveling as a trans woman; Olympic runner and author Alexi Pappas learns about the "Greek way of life" during the pandemic.

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Skateboarding legend and "very good driver" (his words!) Tony Hawk joins host Wil Fulton to share his best travel stories -- including his secret Tahitian surf spot and why he had to throw away his skateboard at the London Heathrow Airport; Activist and model Alexis Ren details how she was saved by a stranger in the Tokyo subway; Angela Kinsey talks traveling with Office cast members and being robbed by monkeys in Jakarta; ...

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Helicopter journalist Stu Mundel gives us a bird's eye view of L.A.; Thrillist contributor Keisha Raines visits restaurants name-dropped in her favorite hip hop songs to see if rappers give good food recs; Producer Gabrielle Williot takes a drive with L.A. icon Angelyne the Billboard Queen; Thrillist Staff Writer Kat Thompson and her Mom visit some of their favorite places to eat in Thai Town; Thrillist LA Editor Danielle Dorse...

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Host Wil Fulton dives deep into the small, picturesque town of Astoria, Oregon, where hundreds of thousands of "movie tourists" have turned landmarks from the Goonies into bona fide attractions, much to the chagrin of the woman who currently occupies the iconic home featured in the film; Thrillist Staff Writer Emma Stefansky interviews two Pennsylvania real estate agents tasked with selling an infamously creepy house from S...

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