This conversation was recorded March 10th, 2016, six weeks before Bennett died unexpectedly. Through his company, SureDesign T-shirts, Bennett sponsored this podcast (as well as that of Duncan Trussell and Daniele Bolelli) since the beginning. Sad as I am at the loss, I'm glad we had a chance to spend some time together, brief as it was. His kindness, wisdom, and generosity come through loud and clear. We'll miss you, Bennett. Download this episode.
For a little humor relief, check out Duncan Trussell's SureDesign commercials here.
This conversation was recorded March 10th, 2016, six weeks before Bennett died unexpectedly.
Introduction (00:00 – 19:44)
(00:00) Song 1: “Smoke Alarm”, by Carsie Blanton
(02:28) The unexpected death of a friend, the first sponsor; Sure Design T-shirts
(04:58) Podcast from a hospital bed, Bennett’s health, Bennett’s generosity
(07:06) Chris’s trip to Thailand, meeting for the first time, Bennett on the mend, Bennett’s death
(12:05) Chris’s new podcast idea, interviews with the terminally ill, liberation, music intros
(15:26) Song 2: “Genesis”, by Yoma Otakadesu
Interview with Bennett Grunberg, Bangkok, Thailand (19:45 – 1:03:14)
(19:45) Meeting in Bangkok, T-shirts, Norfolk to Chiang Mai, authentic happiness
(23:07) Bennett’s youth, Deadhead, Chiang Mai vibe, psychedelic music
(28:13) Feeling home, Chris’s 1st trip to Chiang Mai, motorcycle trip, an opium story
(37:21) Supply runs, falling in love with Thailand, disaster as a catalyst
(41:08) Shitty furniture, learning experience, Sure Design, Duncan’s commercials, sponsorships
(45:58) The influence of Duncan Trussell, human connections and podcasting, Digital Nomads
(54:02) Parental vibe, travel and Tinder, women travelers, the ‘old days’
(56:34) Strip clubs, perception of strippers, male guilt, empowerment, sweatshops, thanking Bennett
(1:03:15) Song 3: “Wei”, by Papa Wemba
Music: Carsie Blanton