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  • Addy Chan

    Together Addy Chan, Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Troy Peckham, Sarah Bobas, Karla Castillo, Emily Silver, Aury Barnett and Liz Rosa make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Alberto Alepuz

    Perropro was created in Madrid back in 2007 by Spanish filmmaker and long boarder Alberto Alepuz.
    Perropro has worked on representing the worldwide longboard scene having important collaborations with some of the biggest longboard brands in the world like Bustin Boards from New York or Loaded&Orangatang in California.

    Alberto studied filmmaking in Madrid for two years and then he moved to Oxford and London to film and study at The New York Film Academy. Since then he's been a big part of the skateboarding world, apart from his personal projects he has made publications in Spanish fashion magazines like Yodona, various music videos, several TV commercials and PR for companies like Renault, HTC and Movistar. He has also worked on film sets as an actor trainer, skateboard advisor, stunt coordinator, and a little acting.

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  • Alex Hennessy

    As part of Global Degree, Alex Hennessy films himself, Michael Graziano, and Natalia Anja as they visit hundreds of countries and produce an around-the-world video series on YouTube. The traveling trio hope to display how inexpensive, safe, and friendly world travel can be. Above all, they hope learn more about themselves and the world around them, and graduate with a Global Degree.

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  • Amy Shira Teitel

    Amy has an intense and boundless love for all things space with particular soft spot for early spaceflight history. In addition to freelancing, her blog, Vintage Space, is hosted at popular science and she hosts a YouTube channel of the same name. She's also writing a book about spaceflight before NASA, which really was a thing.

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  • Aneeta Akhurst

    Aneeta writes, produces and voices original, short web documentaries for Discovery Digital Networks. She is passionate about telling stories that seek to enrich our perspectives on a wide range of topics including politics, world news, science, culture, history and exploration.

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  • Aury Barnett

    Together Aury Barnett, Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Troy Peckham, Sarah Bobas, Karla Castillo, Addy Chan, Emily Silver and Liz Rosa make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Blocko

    Blocko is the fun, knowledgeable host of TestTube's Life Noggin. His main interests include learning and teaching others about history, pop culture, science, and art. Blocko is fully aware that he is an animation, and he makes the most of it! He has a pet parrot and enjoys long walks on the beach- *ahem* interwebs.

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  • Brian Brushwood

    Brian Brushwood was born in Fountain Valley, California, and learned to make friends quickly as he spent most of his childhood moving to Colorado, Norway, and several parts of Texas.

    As a child, Brian possessed an intense love of magic, which mysteriously vanished when he became a teenager.

    Once in college, Brian rekindled his interest in magic, studying sleight-of-hand and performing close-up magic as a part-time job. In fact, Brian was off to a quick start in a career of deception, as he was able to convince his professors to allow him to perform a magic show for his senior honors thesis.

    Brian got an "A," and upon graduation began performing his unique brand of bizarre magic at clubs and schools. Beginning in Texas, Brian's audiences grew from hundreds to thousands as he quickly captured "Best Club Magic," "Best Comedy Magic," and "Best Stage Magic" awards from the Texas Association of Magicians and broke out onto the national scene.

    From colleges to corporations, Brian has now become one of the most in-demand and original performers today.

    He has been sought after by national TV shows such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," praised by colleagues such as Teller (of magicians Penn and Teller), and critics call his show "exciting," "unique," and "flawless."

    Brian is the author of The Professional's Guide to Fire Eating; Pack the House; and Cheats, Cons, Swindles, and Tricks. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio broadcasts, including "The Tonight Show," and programs on ABC, NBC, FOX, the BBC, E! and more.

    Brian also tours heavily, appearing at colleges, clubs, and on television in almost every state in the U.S.

    When not performing, Brian lectures, writes, and plays with his two daughters Penelope and Josephine in Austin, Texas.

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  • Donnie Vincent

    Growing up in Connecticut, Donnie's love of wildlife and hunting really developed. It was snapping turtles, leopard frogs and garter snakes that instilled his passion for exploration and biology. His father's stories of hunting in northern Maine and his collection of Jack O'Connor books are what truly inspired him the most.

    During college, Donnie continued to follow his passion and studied Wildlife Biology, where he received an opportunity to study Bengal tigers in both Bangladesh and Nepal. He found the travel, the element of danger, and the exposure to new cultures and wildlife intoxicating. He also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, collecting genetic and age class samples of Pacific salmon. He spent long summers living in a 1 person-backpacking tent through the Alaska weather and wildlife. These adventures inspired him as a hunter and fisherman and encouraged him to explore the world.

    Today he's driven by his own adventures, if for no other reason than to find his own great stories.

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  • Emily Silver

    Together Emily Silver, Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Troy Peckham, Sarah Bobas, Karla Castillo, Addy Chan, Aury Barnett and Liz Rosa make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Jason Silva

    "Part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from 'The Matrix.'..."

    Jason Silva is an extraordinary new breed of philosopher who meshes philosophical wisdom of the ages with an infectious optimism for the future. Combining intriguing insights and a mastery of digital filmmaking, Jason delivers philosophical shots of espresso, which unravel the incredible possibilities the future has to offer the human race.

    Called the "Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age" by The Atlantic, and a "Performance Philosopher" by the TED Conference, Jason draws from his experiences as a television personality, a media artist, a filmmaker, and a techno-philosopher to share his inspirational take on scientific and technological advancements, the evolution of intelligence, and the human condition. Using his series of short videos, which The Atlantic described as "movie trailers for ideas," Jason explores the co-evolution of humans and technology. His videos have garnered over 2 million views.

    Jason's riveting on-stage delivery style, and his hyper-enthusiastic insights on creativity, innovation, technology, philosophy and the human condition are equally unique and mind-blowing. An Idea DJ and a visual poet, Jason is above all, an optimist and a curator of ideas, inspiration and awe.

    Jason's work is a kind of "existential jazz," a fan says, "like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away. He's a modern performance philosopher, reviving the vibe of Tim Leary and Buckminster Fuller and revivifying the dialogue that they started decades ago."

    From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content. Jason is also the Host of Nat Geo's cable TV series Brain Games, which premiered to the highest premiere ratings in National Geographic's history.

    An active and prolific speaker, Jason has spoken at TEDGlobal, Google (three times), and keynoted events for Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Oracle. He has also created videos for GE, Samsung, Adobe and Autodesk. He was a featured speaker at The Economist Ideas Festival, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the DLD Conference in Munich, The Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, Mexico's Ciudad De Las Ideas, Seattle's Interactive Conference, Tribeca Interactive Conference and many more.

    The Imaginary Foundation says, "Like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance."

    Jason has been featured on CBS News, The TODAY Show, Katie Couric, The Atlantic, The Economist, Vanity Fair, CNN, Forbes, Wired, TED.com, Gizmodo, IO9, Huffington Post, BigThink, and BrainPickings, among others and he was also featured as part of the Gap "Icons" campaign.

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  • Jason Tongen

    Born and raised in Alaska, Jason Tongen (aka JT) first ventured overseas as a foreign exchange student to Australia for a year. After graduating from Southern Oregon University with a degree in video production, he traveled around the world for a full year and landed in Holland, where he resided for two years. Upon return to the U.S. he made his way to San Francisco where he created two small travel franchises for Current TV before becoming a freelance producer. He's known for his ability to bond with strangers and have fun in any situation.

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  • John Iadarola

    John Iadarola is a weekly co-host for the Young Turks, a live political news show on YouTube. He is also the creator and host of ThinkTank.

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  • John Koenig

    John Koenig is the creator of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which fills gaps in the language of emotion with hundreds of invented words. His original definitions have since appeared in countless short stories, band names and tattoos across the world, with one of them (sonder) even breaking into the language outright. He grew up in Switzerland and lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he works as a freelance designer, editor, voice actor, and writer.

    He has a ferocious curiosity about the art and science of being human, especially language, mythology, poetry, and the natural world. Whenever he can, he enjoys cycling along the Mississippi, kayaking in the Florida mangroves, or hiking in the Rockies. His work has been acclaimed by New York Magazine, WIRED, Business Insider, John Green, and the guys from Radiolab.

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  • Jonathan Strickland

    Jonathan Strickland has written about the future and technology professionally for six years but his interest in these subjects goes back much further. He fell in love with computers when his dad brought home an Apple IIe. He credits storytellers like Gene Roddenberry, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Brad Strickland for his fascination with the future and the fantastic technologies we may one day see. Jonathan's hobbies include acting, performing improvisational comedy and playing online first person shooters (poorly).

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  • Jules Suzdaltsev

    Jules Suzdaltsev is a big fancy journalist, editor, and host from Los Angeles, California. He has degrees in Psychology and Film, but more often than not ends up writing about disastrous physical self-experimentation. Jules enjoys Twitter beefs, international economic policy, floral snapbacks, and entropy in the social order. Fred Armisen once called him a hipster.

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  • Karla Castillo

    Together Karla Castillo, Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Troy Peckham, Sarah Bobas, Addy Chan, Emily Silver, Aury Barnett and Liz Rosa make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Kelsey Ogden and Kristen Refermat

    Fresh out of college and bored to death, best friends Kelsey Ogden and Kristen Refermat swapped their savings for round-the-world plane tickets and set off to see the world with their pocket change.

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  • Kyle Thiermann

    Kyle Thiermann is a 25‐year-old pro surfer and creator of the YouTube series, Surfing For Change. Combining surfing with making a series of short films about current issues, Thiermann focuses on the power people have to create a better world through everyday decisions. Kyle's surfing and journalistic successes have earned him the Brower Youth Award, American Clean Skies Award, Blue Vision Youth Award, and Surfrider's Pro Surfer Environmental Achievement Award.

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  • Laura Ling

    As the Director of Development for Discovery Digital Networks, Laura Ling oversees the creation and production of original web series. She is an award-winning journalist who most recently hosted two documentary series airing on the E! Network: E! Investigates and Society X with Laura Ling. She served as Vice President of Current TV's journalism department and created Vanguard, the network's weekly investigative documentary series. In 2009, while reporting on trafficking in North Korea, Ling was detained by soldiers along the Chinese-North Korean border and held captive for 140 days. She documented the experience in her 2010 memoir, Somewhere Inside.

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  • Lissette Padilla

    Lissette comes to Discovery Digital after hosting several online series including The Young Turks, Think Tank, and The Lip News, focusing on the current social issues facing our society. She graduated from UCLA, where she spearheaded a tutorial program for 400+ socio-economically challenged students to cope with academic rigors of the university.

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  • Liz Rosa

    Together Liz Rosa, Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Troy Peckham, Sarah Bobas, Karla Castillo, Addy Chan, Emily Silver and Aury Barnett make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Michael Graziano

    Witness history in the making: Michael Graziano is attempting to be the youngest North American to visit every country, capture it all on film, and produce an around-the-world video series on YouTube. He and his co-travelers Alex and Natalia hope to display how inexpensive, safe, and friendly world travel can be. Above all, they hope learn more about themselves and the world around them, and graduate with a Global Degree.

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  • Mike North

    Mike North, PhD. is an American engineer, TV host/producer, & artist. As of April 2014, he co-hosts Outrageous Acts of Science on the Science Channel, teaches a course at UC Berkeley and is involved as a founder of the non-profit Reallocate.org. As an active community member and engineering expert, Dr. North also makes appearances as a public speaker and presenter at conferences and events across the United States.

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  • Natalia Anja

    Witness history in the making: Natalia Anja is attempting to be the first woman on record to visit every country, capture it all on film, and produce an around-the-world video series on YouTube. She and her co-travelers Alex and Mike hope to display how inexpensive, safe, and friendly world travel can be. Above all, they hope learn more about themselves and the world around them, and graduate with a Global Degree.

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  • Natalia Reagan

    Natalia Reagan is an anthropologist, writer, actress, comedienne, and cartoonist. She writes and produces science comedy videos, including the web series "Talking Sh#t With Dr. Todd and Natalia" and "The Story Boobs: The Breast Tale Ever Told". Currently, she is an animal expert on Nat Geo Wild's "Everything You Didn't Know About Animals" and was the co-host of "10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. When not chasing Bigfoot or discussing the evolution of boobs, Natalia also works with a critically endangered subspecies of spider monkey, the Azuero spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi azuerensis) in rural Panama and runs BOAS Network, an anthropology website that brings anthro to the mainstream!

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    YouTube: youtube.com/user/natalia13reagan
    Website: nataliareagan.com
    BOAS Network: boasnetwork.com

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  • Rodrigo Basurto Garcia

    Together Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Troy Peckham, Sarah Bobas, Karla Castillo, Addy Chan, Emily Silver, Aury Barnett and Liz Rosa make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Sarah Bobas

    Together Sarah Bobas, Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Troy Peckham, Karla Castillo, Addy Chan, Emily Silver, Aury Barnett and Liz Rosa make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Seeker

    We are all Seekers. We dare to act on our curiosity with an instinctual belief that wisdom is gained by experiencing, observing and exploring.
    Seeker is for a new generation of bright and curious minds; an invitation to share openly, evolve understanding, experiment often, and to concede that knowledge is fleeting. We explore everyday questions and provide context for those who are constantly curious about the world around us.
    Seek for yourself at seeker.com.

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  • Seeker Stories

    Seeker Stories finds arresting and unexpected stories in a diverse and changing world. Through short docs, beautiful photographs, and on-the-ground reporting, we try to connect you to places and events that might otherwise feel distant.

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  • Tara Long

    Originally hailing from Texas, Tara spontaneously moved to San Francisco in early 2010 in search of adventure. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics, she went on to pursue a career in the field of scientific research. She became a faculty member at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and published over 5 scientific articles in various journals, including Science.

    She went on to become Previews Editor for Destructoid in July 2010 before assuming the role of co-host of the Destructoid show. She is now Associate Editor, a title which encompasses both video and editorial duties.

    She is a staunch proponent of kittens, sudoku, Kurt Vonnegut, hip hop music, unrelentless humor, and any game ever made for Sega Genesis. When she's not co-hosting the Destructoid show, 95% of her remaining life is spent on Reddit.

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  • Trace Dominguez

    Trace Dominguez dissects topics in science, world news, history, technology, politics, space, and psychology in the attempt to explore our world. His nerdery knows no bounds. He's featured on shows across Discovery Digital Networks; always with a smile.

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  • Troy Peckham

    Together Troy Peckham, Rodrigo Basurto Garcia, Sarah Bobas, Karla Castillo, Addy Chan, Emily Silver, Aury Barnett and Liz Rosa make up the Travel Basecamp team. The group sets out to discover what lies beyond the resort experience as they immerse themselves in local culture and track down the hottest underground spots around the world.

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  • Zain Meghji


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