Talking to Kristen Van Nest

This week, I talk to writer and comedian Kristen Van Nest. Be sure to visit her links below!

Shapotou Desert in China.

All about Kristen Van Nest

I’m an LA-based comedian on BuzzFeed (over 3.6+ million views), host of TVCO’s  live-stream / podcast show: Women Behind the Screen with Kristen Van Nest, and I also have 33k+ followers (14k on Instagram, 9k on Twitter, and 10k on YouTube) for my comedic personal essays, characters, and sketches. My past bylines include McSweeney’s, Museum of Americana: Literary Review, and a viral personal travel essay in Humungus to name a few.

An Expat in Taiwan

This episode features Emily Walsh, a young woman who moved to Taiwan, and has traveled extensively. Emily talks about taking chances, learning new cultures, and making friends around the world. Listen now!

Links to Emily

In Search of Her

Emily on Instagram

Emily’s Page

Train Travel in the USA

The latest episode is all about train travel in the USA. I talk about taking a train from Charlotte, NC to New York, NY. In addition, I talk about some historic women in railroad. There’s even a quick story from an African-American Freight Train Engineer!

Me with my art work at the show!

The Knoxville Museum of Art

When we were at the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, we heard about world re-nowned artists, the Delaney Brothers, Beauford and Joseph. Eventually the Beck Center will have a separate building dedicated to the brothers. But for now, I thought I would go down to the KMA and check out their art. It turns out that the KMA is going to be having an exhibit featuring Beauford next month. So, I’m going to wait to discuss the Delaney brothers. Instead, I’m going to talk about the female artists exhibited.

Thank you for visiting and listening to the latest episode!

Links

Knoxville Museum of Art

Devorah Sperber

Karen Lamonte

Jane Hammond

Sarah Hobbs

Downtown Bristol TN VA

I spent the weekend in Bristol TN / VA. I ate, drank, walked, took pics, and even learned about the Birthplace of Country Music! Listen to the latest episode to find out more.

The Bristol VA / Tenn Sign after dark
The Bristol VA / Tenn sign after dark. The slogan, “A good place to live” came about from a contest in 1921.

Friday night

I got into town on Friday night.

Saturday

The Virginia / Tennessee divider in downtown Bristol.
The Virginia / Tennessee divider in downtown Bristol.

Thanks for listening to the podcast and visiting the blog! Prints are available of the sign and the divider. I also have prints available from other areas around town, click here to see those!

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Saturday in East Knoxville

We spent the day in East Knoxville, including visiting the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Listen to the latest episode to find out about the Center and African-American history in Knoxville, TN.

Perk City

A quick stop for coffee and a sweet snack.

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Beck is Knoxville’s own African-American history museum, as well as research center and cultural exchange.

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Last Days of Autumn

Lunch at a local brewery.

Thanks for visiting and listening to the latest episode! Stay safe and pack light!

LINKS

Beck Cultural Exchange Center

Perk City

Last Days of Autumn

W. James Taylor

Food & Drink Boston

Did I eat in Boston? Did I drink? Yes, yes, I did. Listen to the episode to find out where and what. Hint, there was Guinness involved. In addition to Boston eats, this episode includes the Derby in Salem, MA and some dining in Providence, Rhode Island.

Boston

Outside of Boston

Breweries

Providence

Links

Clery’s

Teddy Gallagher’s

Montien Thai Restaurant

Union Oyster House

Harpoon Brewery

Limey’s Pub

Trillium Brewing Company

The Derby

Yoleni’s

East Bay Oyster Bar

Knead Doughnuts

Historic women from Providence, RI

On my trip to Boston, I detoured to Providence to visit a friend. PVD is a beautiful Rhode Island town with some great architecture and rich history. This episode features historic women from Providence, RI.

In this episode, I talk about Helen Metcalf, one of the founders of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I also share the story of Mary Dyer, a Quaker martyr. In addition, I talk about Elizabeth Buffum-Chace, an abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. And finally, Christiana Carteux Bannister, abolitionist and founder of the Bannister House.

Salem Massachusetts

While in Boston, I knew that I had to make the trip up to Salem. Did I mention that it was October? So, on a Saturday, in October, I went to Salem. It was rainy and busy. The pics don’t show a lot of people because they were all at the witch museum. After Salem, I headed back into Boston to check out the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Links

Historic Salem

Museum of Fine Art Boston

New England Pirate Museum