Veteran public radio and print news reporter Scott Gurian loves to travel, visiting places where few people have the opportunity or courage to go. Gurian is perhaps best known as part of a Peabody Award-winning news team covering New Jersey's recovery from Superstorm Sandy and the state's subsequent misallocation of storm resiliency money. His work has led him to Cuba, Haiti, and Mexico, and his penchant for personal travel has drawn him to more far-flung destinations, including Cambodia.
But even for Gurian, the 2016 Mongol Rally was the adventure of a lifetime-and his two TASCAM DR-40 handheld four-track recorders accompanied him for the entire 18,000 mile roundtrip. The Mongol Rally comprises hundreds of teams driving tiny vehicles-engine size is limited to no more than 1.2 liters-from a point a few hours south of London all the way to Ulan Ude, Russia, just across the border from Mongolia. Each team chooses its route, and there are no winners or losers. The goal is to make it to the finish line, see a fascinating part of the world, and raise money for a variety of good causes. Gurian's new podcast, Far From Home draws on more than 65 hours of audio recordings to transport listeners along with him and his brother on their amazing odyssey across Europe and Central Asia...
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