In this episode Daniel Schmidt is back to take us on a journey through one of the greatest triumphs in human history, the eradication of Smallpox. We talk about the history of the disease, touch a little bit on the role of government in public health, and learn that the real MVP of the Smallpox story is #blossomthecow. Read more →


In this episode we tell the story of our first travel experience since covid—a roadtrip to Moravia (the Eastern part of the Czech Republic) to pick up January’s new puppy.  Moment Of Calm: My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been. Diane Arbus Read more →

The Black Death, Part 2

Today we are continuing our series on the History of Pandemics. We are back in the Middle Ages  with the second part of the Black Death episode. We are so lucky to have our brilliant resident historian, Daniel Schmidt  to guide us and answer all our questions. If you missed part one we highly recommend you go back and listen… Read more →


In this episode Tasci and January discuss their language learning journeys and what it was like to go through a crisis in another language. Stuff we mention: Moment Of Calm: To have another language is to possess a second soul. Charlemagne Read more →

The Black Death, Part 1

Today we have something a little different for you all. We are recording a series on the History of Pandemics on this podcast and this is the first of the series. We are starting in the Middle Ages with the Black Death. It just so happens that we’re fortunate enough to have a brilliant and thoughtful guide to take us… Read more →

It’s Time to Change… Again

On today’s episode we are joined by returning guest Terra Milo who is currently residing in Portugal. We take a look back at our anxieties about entering into quarantine and now the anxiety of coming out. We explore the changes that we saw around us and discuss life going forwards.  Stuff we mention: Moment Of Calm: To everything There is… Read more →

Class of 2020

There is no doubt that the graduating class of 2020 will remember their commencement (or rather, a lack of one) for the rest of their lives as the year the whole world powered down and putting together TikTok coreo in between Zoom lectures was the highlight of the day. In this episode, we talk about the movement in the US… Read more →