Fool's Gold!

Extra Extra!! From the banks of the Satoshi River to the banks of the Reese River, a newspaper that propped up a honest-to-goodness LIARS CLUB, no lie, and a story from the city who built itself on such falsehoods. The secret history of bitcoin? The Toiyabe Mole Man in the mines of ERN, NEVADA? The TRUE story of TOTAL LIARS and the history they invented for themselves.

illustration by Em Jiang

illustration by Em Jiang

Mt. Julius Caesar

photo by Leor Pantilat  (from the top of Julius Caesar)

photo by Leor Pantilat  (from the top of Julius Caesar)

How did this mountain, in California, get the name Julius Caesar?
Who gets to name things?

In this episode, we explore the process of naming places, and look at two mountains named after the Confederate President that might be changing names soon.

Jefferson Davis Peak (Left) and Wheeler Peak (Right) in Great Basin National Park

Jefferson Davis Peak (Left) and Wheeler Peak (Right) in Great Basin National Park

 

For a full list of NV's naming rules and application, visit: NEVADA STATE BOARD ON GEOGRAPHIC NAMES

Alpine, CA

Alpine, CA

“Once, from eastern ocean to western ocean, the land stretched away without names. Nameless headlands split the surf; nameless lakes reflected nameless mountains; and nameless rivers flowed through nameless valleys into nameless bays. Men came at last, tribe following tribe, speaking different languages and thinking different thoughts. According to their ways of speech and thought they gave names, and in their generations laid their bones by the streams and hills they had named. But even when tribes and languages had vanished, some of those old names, reshaped, still lived in the speech of those who followed." Names on the Land by George R. Stewart
The author @ unnamed lake. Granite Park, CA.

The author @ unnamed lake. Granite Park, CA.

Picon

The Picon Punch. A bitter, brown basque cocktail unique to the American West.  

Louies' Picon in Reno, NV • Photo by Luka Starmer

Louies' Picon in Reno, NV • Photo by Luka Starmer

Exploring shades of brown at the JT Basque Bar and Dining Room in Gardnerville, NV The Martin Hotel in Winnemucca, NV, Santa Fe Hotel and Louies' Basque Corner in Reno, NV, The Overland Hotel in Fallon, NV, The Star Hotel in Elko, NV, and Shepherds Inn in Fresno, CA.

JT Picon in Gardnerville, NV

JT Picon in Gardnerville, NV

 

Thanks to the legislative voice actors: Watson Meyer, Sam Gates, Ivan Gates and Joey Lovato. Joey has a rad podcast called Niche.

Music:

Roots Connective by Yclept insan (Earth)
Rainforest by Drips Zacheer (Greece)
Txalaparta performance by HUTSUN TXALAPARTA TALDEA (Pamplona)
Friends in Faraway Places by Tea Haze (NV)
Blu by BluOrangee (Italy)
Tether by Coastwest Unrest (NV)

Also, I wrote an accompaniment article to this episode for the travel site Roads & Kingdoms. It's a sweet travel/culture site that touts Anthony Bourdain as an editor. You can check it out here.


This episode of Van Sounds was sponsored by TravelNevada. Plan your trip at TravelNevada.com

Snake in the Grass

Touring the DIY Punk circuit of Southern Brazil.


The skyscrapers of São Paulo are like blades of grass. They stretch upright in every direction, farther than you can see.

It’s winter and it’s night time. A line of motorcycles slithers through the sparse traffic on a backstreet of Pinhieros and the moon is behind the clouds. I’m on a street corner at the base of a skyscraper on the top of a hill at a bend in the road. A single motorcycle zigzags up the hill, leans into the turn and disappears into the tall grass, never looking up. Just ahead.

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Xau in front of Lavanderia • Curitiba, Brazil  •  Photo by Kent Irwin

Xau in front of Lavanderia • Curitiba, Brazil  •  Photo by Kent Irwin

Alan Chaves + Mark Nesbitt in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Alan Chaves + Mark Nesbitt in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Gus drinks beer from the corner store • Florípa, Brazil

Gus drinks beer from the corner store • Florípa, Brazil


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