Amazon and Lincoln Mercury teamed up to profile 25 individuals who were pursuing a classic dream. One of those 25 dreams was "To Travel the World." Their producers picked me as the person who best personifies that dream. As a result, a film crew of dozen professionals spent two days filming me at various locations. After much editing, here is what they did...
Although the first 20 seconds of the video is in Chinese, after that you'll see me come on and speaking in English. So be patient at first. The two-minute segment is about my talk at the Commonwealth Club of California, where I discussed the fall of communism over 20 years ago and how Eastern Europe is like today. Chinese TV asked me about what I think about Chinese communism and its future. Watch to hear my answer.
French American TV interviews me in English for 8 minutes. Skip the first minute of this video since there's a small technical problem:
Here's a second interview in French:
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KQED, Forum with Michael Krasny. In this one hour in-depth interview, we discuss The Hidden Europe on the 20th anniversary of the fall of USSR (Dec 29, 2011). KQED is the most-listened-to public radio station in America with over 745,000 listeners each week.
The Don't Worry About The Government podcast. Francis is a guest on this lively show, where we discuss poltiics, especially politics in Russia, Belarus, and Macedonia.
This Week in Travel, "We're All Going to Moldova." Francis is a guest on a show with hosts Gary Arndt, Chris Christiansen, and Jen Leo. We discuss Eastern Europe, not just Moldova. The first 40% of the show is about Travel News; the interview starts around the 40% mark.
Upgrade Reality, "Interview with Francis Tapon," by Dirk "Diggy" de Bruin. In this 20 minute interview, we discuss travel, business, and advice for young people.
PracticalBackpacking.com, "CDT Yo-Yo," by Bernie Wilt. An interview about my CDT Yo-Yo.
Backpackinglight.com, "Five Pounds of Gear," by Carol Crooker. A 42-minute interview about how I survive for many months in the mountains with just over five pounds of gear. Part II is "Traveling for a living," by Carol Crooker. A 15 minute interview on how one can travel for a living.
National Geographic, "Best of Adventure, Trends: New Leaf," wrote "That kind of annuity should give guys like Francis Tapon—who thru-hiked some 2,800 miles (4,506 kilometers) on the nearly completed Continental Divide Trail (only to turn around and hike back)—more room to roam, both above and below tree line."
5280, "Taking the High Way: Thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail," by Kelly Bastone, August 2008, pp. 70-73. Denver's premier magazine reports on Francis Tapon's first-ever yo-yo of the CDT.
San Jose Mercury News, "Entrepreneurs to students: start-ups looking for MBAs," by Steve Kaufman, January 10, 1998, page C1. On the cover (including a photo) of the business section of Sililcon's Valley's premier newspaper.