Hey Aaron Lewis (Stain’d) – Can you hear Putin now?
Ukraine accuses Russian snipers of abusing child, gang raping mother Apologies for the jarring headline, but we do no one, especially ourselves, justice when we choose to look away. This was reported early in the war soon after it occurred. Russian propagandists, apologists, and the just plain ignorant, blithely waived it away as western […]
Roku Endangers Democracy
1/6/23 – On this particular dark day in recent US history comes an apt article from Dan Frankel of NextTV that illustrates that Jan. 6, 2021, was a long time coming, and the fallout is still being felt. I am reminded of that old adage – “You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your […]
Goodbye to Alex Blue Morales of Normandie Blue
Last week we lost a Raw Travel & PunkOutlaw family member and a friend. Alex Blue Morales of the band Normandie Blue Alex was one of the first artists on Punk Outlaw Records and contributed a lot of music that many of you will recognize from Raw Travel. He was a VERY TALENTED MUSICIAN and […]
Beware of Backblaze
Beware of Backblaze: Are there any Mac and Backblaze users out there? If so, I would like to offer a heads-up. I used BackBlaze successfully for years to back up my computer automatically on “the cloud.” This would help if I lost my itty-bitty hard drive, which I temporarily lost once before, circa 2019, and Backblaze […]
Raw Travel Visits Ukraine in Wartime
Crossing the border from Przemsyl, Poland into Ukraine during wartime was surreal, sad, inspiring, and infuriating. Slava Ukraine!
Jen Oda Was a Friend of Mine
Jen Oda was a friend of mine. She wasn’t a close or long-time friend or a particularly great friend, but she was a friend. How I met Jen was kind of convoluted. And in looking back a little confusing but serendipitous. I had friends who already knew her, but I met her separately, after floundering […]
My Trip to Ukraine in Wartime
UPDATE August 24th, 2022 – I’ve just returned from filming in Przemyśl, Poland & Lviv, Ukraine. It was an intense shoot full of mixed emotions. We met many volunteers on both sides of the border, committed to helping Ukrainian refugees, including many Americans from places like Massachusetts, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, California, DC, and more. We […]
Gas Prices Got You Down? Buck Up!
$10 PER GALLON IN FRANCE: These are the gas prices for a Liter of Gas in France. Multiply x4 to get a gallon. Convert Euros to Dollars, and we’re talking north of $10 per gallon. This might explain why you see some small vehicles like these on the streets of Paris. I don’t know their […]
Raw Travel Presents – “Let Freedom Ring in Ukraine!”
RAW TRAVEL TV TO HELP FREEDOM RING IN UKRAINE! Multifaceted Media Campaign Poised to Help Ukraine for the “Long Haul” – NEW YORK, NY: June 1st, 2022 – AIM Tell-A-Vision® Group (AIM TV), producers of the nation’s most-watched travel show, Raw Travel®, announced “Let Freedom Ring in Ukraine” to help Ukrainian refugees. The multi-platform and multi-faceted initiative will provide grassroots, long-term […]
Guns from a Global Perspective
Today I was going to promote our next episode Chattanooga on Twitter. Then I read about the mass shooting resulting in six deaths there over the weekend. During my obligatory “thoughts and prayers” moment, I thought of all the times over the last few years I’ve had to pivot external communication on a dime because […]
The Cable Strategy Tragedy
THE CABLE STRATEGY TRAGEDY: Too easy, I know, and sad but almost always unsaid, so I’ll say it. This is just the latest shoe-to-drop and consequence of cable TV’s not-too-long-ago obsession with “reality TV” and “over-the-top” characters that eventually helped put yet another nail in cable TV’s coffin. Just 10 or so years ago, the […]
Raw Travel Helps Our Friends in Ukraine
Raw Travel has deep connections in Ukraine, having filmed three episodes in Lviv and Kyiv in 2019. Anastasia, our Ukrainian videographer, and her family are two times refugees, having already fled Donbas for Kyiv, and she and her younger brother are now separated from her parents, who remained behind. Anastasia on location in Madeira, Portugal […]