Thrillist Explorers

Thrillist Explorers

Travel the world from the comfort of your headphones. New episodes every week. We want to hear your best travel stories! Call into our hotline 1833-Pod-Baby (yes we're serious)... Show More

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March 2, 2021 41 min

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!)


So call 1-833-POD-BABY, ok?


Do it! Now!


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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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November 24, 2020 44 min

Grab your bottle of Malort, stuff your pockets with sausage, and act like the Cubs just won the World Series: on today's episode, we're eating (and drinking) our way through the Second City. Comedian and writer Ashley Ray joins Thrillist host Wil Fulton for a round of Chicago bar-themed trivia; Actor/Director Ravi Patel shares a story about his Chicago roots and his love/hate relationship with the Bears; producer Mia Faske ...

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November 17, 2020 41 min

Our season three premiere profiles individuals who traveled great distances in very unusual ways. Host Wil Fulton has the story of the wildest reality show you've definitely never heard of: a cross country lawnmower race that put its contestants' fate in the hands of complete strangers and tested the generosity of Americans. Comedian Tony Hawks details his adventures hitchhiking around Ireland with a mini-fridge (including ...

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If you've been on the Internet over the past four years, chances are you've seen Andrew Rae. His series "Binging With Babish," in which Andrew recreates iconic foods from television and film history (everything from Krabby Patties to Kevin's chili from the Office), has 7.6 million YouTube followers, and has inspired several spinoff series. In this episode, Rae (aka Babish) himself calls into the pod to talk abou...

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Is Ratatouille the best food movie ever? Should you be tuning into Padma Lakshmi's new food/travel show on Hulu? Why does the animated food in Studio Ghibli movies look so damn good?


In this CROSSOVER episode, host Wil Fulton is joined by Thrillist Senior Entertainment Editor Leanne Butkovic and Food Staff Writer Kat Thompson to talk about the best food movies of all time, the best food moments in movie history, food-centric sho...

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As the (much-overused) quote goes: it isn't about the destination, it's about the journey. In this episode, we fully embrace this concept by delivering a trio of the wildest, funniest, and most thought-provoking road trip stories we've ever heard, told by the people who lived through them.


Why did a simple childhood prank lead to a highway police chase? How did a fire just spontaneously start inside the car on a coast-to...

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What's the best way to stay alert and safe on a long drive? Where's the most scenic stretch of road in the United States? How many people out there are doing some very, very inappropriate things inside their cars on the morning commute? There's only one group of professionals truly fit to answer these questions (especially that last one): truckers.


On this episode, I call four different truckers on the road to get the an...

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No summer road trip (please social distance, wear a mask, and be smart) would be complete without stops at the Britney Spears Museum, the upside down White House, or the world's largest ball of twine -- and these are just some of the weird roadside attractions host Wil Fulton and Thrilist Senior Travel Editor Andy Kyrza dig up on this episode. Also featured: calls with the man who owns the world's largest ball of paint, the...

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As both social distancing and wanderlust continue to be in full effect, many Americans are deciding to hike and/or camp for the first time -- which is great! What isn't great: so many novice outdoorspeople are woefully unprepared with the knowledge and gear they need to have a safe and enjoyable experience with nature. 


So in this episode, Host Wil Fulton is tapping the advice of writer and podcaster Lauren Gay, aka Outdoorsy Di...

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