Welcome back to Hidden Compass: The Podcast! Co-hosts and Hidden Compass co-founders Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu have missed you — and can’t wait to share a brand-new season featuring not only stories from our award-winning magazine, but conversations with the remarkable humans who wrote them. Join us at the frontiers of courage and curiosity, facing what frightens us, inspires us, and causes us to ask the question of season two’s theme: “What Have I Done?”
We kick things off with “The Age of Conquest” by international journalist, editor, and author Jenna Scatena. Jenna speaks with Sabine and Sivani about swan songs, sea snot, self-censorship, and finding the courage to publish the epiphanies in the margins of her notebooks — even when they challenge the business model of her employers. But first, sit back and journey with us, as Jenna takes us through a decade of her life’s work as a travel journalist — from Oman to Portugal to Nepal and elsewhere — and issues a call to topple the entitlement of modern travel.
“The Age of Conquest” first appeared in the autumn 2020 issue of Hidden Compass: The Magazine as a feature in our Chasing Demons department. See the full story and photos here: https://hiddencompass.net/listicle-age-conquest.
Jenna Scatena is an independent journalist based in Istanbul and San Francisco who has reported for American and British media from 21 countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Visit her website at www.jennascatena.com; follow her on Instagram @jenna_scatena; and check out her Hidden Compass profile at https://hiddencompass.net/journalist/jenna-scatena. Jenna’s piece on vigilante archeologists for The Atlantic, “Facebook’s Looted-Artifact Problem,” can be found here: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/07/archaeologists-defied-isis-then-they-took-facebook/614674.
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See you next week, when we’ll go to the Orkney archipelago off the northeastern coast of Scotland, and speak with Keith Skinner about “The Raven-Feeder’s Island.”