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Episode 113 - April 28, 2009 - Mongolia is Totally Bithin Boi

0000-00-00 :: Madeleine Brodbeck and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Everybody out there welcome Maddie to the show.

Here is episode 113 we discussed Mongolia, a central Asian country Mongolia is probably best known as the home of Genghis Khan. Good times....

Mongolia has a fascinating recent history …

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Episode 112 - February 22, 2009 - The Roof of the World

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

We invited Madeleine to sit in with us in this episode as we talked about Nepal. Nepal is the birthplace of one of the many Buddhas. This got us into a discussion of the idea of enlightenment and what it might mean. Our conclusion, umm, we don’t k…

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Episode 111 - January 18, 2009, Countries Should Not Be Like Children

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Where does that title come from? Well you will have to listen to this episode about Macedonia to find out.

Macedonia, to Dave, is an interesting country, whereas Isabelle finds it boring... A landlocked country, Macedonia is one of those coun…

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Episode 110 - December 8, 2008 - Haka When the walls fell...

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Just as how last year we went to a warm spot (Tahiti) in December, this year we are off to Samoa. Don’t confuse it with American Samoa. This is the former Western Samoa, a country of about 290 000 people. Their culture has a rich history of dancin…

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Episode 109 - November 17, 2008 - What do Obama and Thailand have in common?

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Well of course the answer is, both are the subject of our podcast, indeed, both are the subject of episode 109 of our podcast.

We started out by talking about Barack Obama, the American President-Elect. We, like most Canadians, are very excite…

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Episode 108 - October 27, 2008, Venezuela sort of

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

In our latest trip around the globe we stopped in Venezuela. Like many South American countries it has been the victim of bad government, too much US influence and frankly it shows. Venezuela is an interesting case because their government, run by on…

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Episode 114 - December 1, 2010 - We're Back, Sorta...

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

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Episode 107 - October 13, 2008, Sorry I can’t Talk About Portugal, I have to Go To Lunch...

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

That clever (?) title comes from the fact that when Isabelle was learning about Portugal from people on Skype they would invariably leave for lunch, and all at the same time. It seems Portugal is a great food culture. Indeed, they have given their n…

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Episode 105 - August 12, 2008, Finally!

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

As most of our listeners know, Isabelle travelled to Algeria in 2005, indeed, she travelled there by herself, to meet a family she met on the internet. Now that is courage, at least I think so (this is obviously Dave typing).

This episode is o…

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Episode 104 - July 25, 2008, Jon is Our Achilles Heel...

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Good day, and welcome to our regularly scheduled podcst about Greece.

This one was like the Italy one really, were to begin, where to stop. Well we began of course with the ancients, and Isabelle began by talking about Greek tragedy. Well th…

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Episode 102 - June 28, 2008, Holiday in Cambodia

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Well we are back after an eventful few weeks, but more on that later. Today we were off to Cambodia, the land of the Khmer people (and a few Vietnamese, a few Chinese and a few ‘others’ as they say.

One cannot talk about Cambodia without t…

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Episode 103 - July 13, 2008, Agawa

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)
Length: 50s

No this one is not about Greece. We just came back from a little camping trip to Agawa Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Oh, we also bought a new Zoom H2 recorder, so well, as the geeks we are, or, well, as the geek Dave is, it was brought along.…

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Episode 101 - May 24, 2008, She's Baaack

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Well Isabelle is back from Morocco, with photos and stories and memories and sand in her clothing. This episode consists of two parts. In part one, Isabelle called Dave on Skype and Dr. smart guy forgot to record her audio, so they had to start over,…

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Episode 100 - April 14, 2008, Ein Hundert!

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Well, we usually take you somewhere, anywhere, that will be fun for you and interesting for us. Instead of a country this time we are visiting Second Life. Yes, SL, the place where people dress up their avatars in virtual spandex and fly from place t…

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Episode 99 - March 12, 2008

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

We have the greatest pleasure to introduce our friend Andy who joined David and I to discuss the art of Taekwondo. The Taekwondo tenets of courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit could possibly be all that one needs in orde…

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Episode 98 - February 12, 2008 - Vive Le Podcast!

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Meet the revolutionaries, the leftists, the rightists and the absolutists. David and I discuss past and present French politics, including the new contrat social proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy which Quebec’s Jean-Claude Corbeil wishes to emulate with a con…

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Episode 97, January 27, 2008 - Italy and the Cosmic Rot?

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

From Rome to Naples and from Classical times to the “Cosmic Rot,” Italy has always been a shaper and driver of the Western World. Our discussion led us to fascism, the Vatican, the Garbage strike in Naples, a philosophical-like debate over “civiliza…

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Episode 96, December 30, 2007 - Paradise at Christmas

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

This time we are off to Tahiti, an island, well the most important island probably, in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia is a self governing territory of France. Indeed, there is talk of a referendum to allow independence from France. This w…

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Episode 95, December 7, 2007 - My Pair o’ Guays Beat Your Guay...

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

We tried a little experiment in our recent Praguay recording session, we just set the mics up and recorded live, with special guest star Madeleine (and a little Jon for good measure).

Paraguay has a somewhat tragic history, the Chaco War, the …

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Episode 94, November 23, 2007 - I Was Not Whistling....

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Another in our fine series of road episodes.. In this one, Dave had just returned from Toronto. While he was there he went to the Futureplay conference (where he was the official blogger) and attended the Toronto Podcast Meetup.

The conferenc…

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Episode 92, October 14, 2007 - Walk Like a You Know the Rest

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

Ahh Egypt, a mysterious land, the Nile, the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Pharaohs and of course Belly Dancing and really lame actors.

Egypt is one of those Muslim countries in the Mid East that may give us in the West a little hope, as they no longer …

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Episode 91, September 25, 2007 - On The Road Again

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

I was a traveller again these past few days. Iza la voyageuse ! This episode is a phone conversation between Dave and myself describing my stay in “Ottawa-The-Respectable” to meet Mark Blevis and Andrea Ross of the Just One More Book podcast (- and…

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Episode 115 - Crocheting While Playing Bingo in Tibet

0000-00-00 :: Isabelle Michaud and Dave Brodbeck (contact@brocasarea.ca)

A few years ago, 2005 to be exact, Isabelle and I had a podcast called Roca's Area. We went through a couple of format changes etc but we had fun. We packed it in back in 2009. We resurrected the show for the first Canadian National Day of Podcastin…

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Dave and Isabelle, a married couple in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada discuss various topics focussing on a different country each episode.

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