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  • Mark Eagle
    February 4, 2018 by Tallmarkone from United States

    e-travels with e. trules is a very informative and entertaining podcast about Mr. Trules travels across our planet over the past many years. But it's more than just that. It's also about his life beginning in New York and how he created a life for himself, his wife and now their adopted son in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles. What's especially enjoyable about his accounts of his life is not just what's going on in the present but also the historical knowledge he imparts with a sense of humor. He probably remembers Gene Shepard from many many years ago on WOR A.M. Radio in New York City and I as a young child back then would listen to him on the equivalent of podcasts back then. Younger people may recall the movie "A Christmas Story" and the famous saying about not getting a Bebe gun because he will shoot his eye out. Well that was written by and voice overhead by Gene Shepard. Mr. Trules has a similar ability to tell a good story and to do so in such a way as to bring you right there. I only recently discovered podcasts and this has got to be one of the best ones out there!

  • Great show, if you love travel, you will love this
    July 5, 2017 by Young free and coupled from United Kingdom

    Well worth a sub, DO IT NOW, i did!

  • A mind-expanding guide of the world
    June 30, 2017 by Keltonboy1755 from United States

    Listen to this podcast and the man who makes it. He will rekindle your desire for adventure, knowledge, and just maybe teach you how to catch a ride on the train of opportunity.

  • A truly unique travel podcast
    May 27, 2017 by fevkalade11 from United States

    I love travel and foreign cultures, and it was great to find a podcast that adds an entertaining, offbeat angle to a genre that can quickly become stale. Highly recommended.

  • Amazing!
    May 9, 2017 by Karileed from United States

    If you love travel you will certainly love this podcast! Eric is an amazing story teller and he will transport you to another world every time. I definitely recommend this podcast to all travel lovers.

  • Impressive and addicting!
    February 14, 2017 by JenniferRendel12 from United States

    This podcast transports me evey episode to a entertaining adventure that lets me leave my current reality and allows me to see this crazy world as told by the euthusiastic, talented, and engaging storyteller, Eric Trules. I find his travel stories enlightening and very relaxing to sit back and listen to. Besides Trules mastery of telling his stories, the podcast is well-produced with excellent audio and sounds that help in making this such an addictive listen. Can't wait for more!

  • Love and the Devil's Nose
    February 10, 2017 by Angelesgirl from United States

    This was a delightful and entertaining narrative. I tuned in thinking it was a podcast about one of Eric's wild travels only to find out that this was a piece about marriage, and a damned good one at that.

  • Crafted with a love of travel
    February 6, 2017 by jinki1 from United States

    Love the story telling aspect of the early episodes: the score, the performance. It's really engaging. As a podcaster, I love the behind the scenes episodes as well. Looking forward to where this show will go!

  • An auditory treat
    January 30, 2017 by phillytonicaragua from United States

    Trules' voice and the sound design make E-travels with E-trules a lovely soundtrack when working. His stories will transport you to another world while you tap away at your cubicle. I hope he post more and more often! Highly recommend.

  • Truley Great
    January 19, 2017 by Rain17 from United States

    Love the interplay between discovering new places in the world that are ancient and making new personal discoveries. Yes, he's crazy to be taking some of these trips, but what else is new? He's being truly Trules. His inner clown is always smiling. Thanks a bunch. Mark Berger and Rain Worthington

  • An aural E-venture
    January 8, 2017 by Soulfulwon from United States

    A great listen. Transported me. Looking forward to more!

  • This show rocks!
    January 2, 2017 by craigcbrown from United States

    I love it! 5+

  • The Voice
    December 20, 2016 by TravelwithGrace from United Kingdom

    I was lucky enough to be in Echo Park, Los Angeles this November and heard some of Eric's podcasts before they were even available on itunes. He has the perfect pitch and tone of the seasoned traveller and raconteur, I slipped comfortably away and was lost in distant lands and times.

  • Storytelling at its finest
    December 20, 2016 by i save a lot from United States

    A real treat to hear Eric's voice among hoards of podcasts out there. His point-of-view, cadence, and energy makes for trascendent listening. LOVE it!

  • Got Me Yearning to Backpack Again
    December 15, 2016 by Speaking247 from United States

    Trules has such a great radio voice. Truly enjoyed the podcast, as it got me yearning to backpack again. Really high-quality production, with great music (and I dig the whistling at the end).

  • Wonderful storytelling from an incredible, iconoclastic, ramblin professor.
    December 12, 2016 by Trevor M Davis from United States

    Eric Trules is a natural born storyteller. He also happens to be an ever-searching, wonderfully curious, thoughtful and profound individual, with a unique perspective on the wide world -- a world which he's circumnavigated far more than I could even imagine. Though, after listening to his podcast, it's inspiring me to attempt to catch up someday and ramp up the timeline on my exploration of this mysterious, beautiful world. As much as the travel adventures are wonderful to hear on their own though, the real treasure here comes in his thoughtful reflection on humanity in its many garments and idiosyncracies. He certainly could have been a cultural anthropologist if he didn't become a theatre professor...but I'm glad he went toward the stage; now we get the benefits of his runminations on humanity through the vessel of a uniquely gifted, entertaining storyteller. I've seen him perform many times, but this podcast is a great reminder of how much character and warmth his voice carries with every phrase as a trained performer. Trules is a cultural treasure, and I can't wait to hear more installments of this powerful travelogue.

  • Tules trancends travel triumphantly
    December 12, 2016 by gijjiu from United States

    The podcast is a delightful medley of travel, history, and Trules! His voice over the music and sound makes it easy to picture the fantastic stories.

  • Deeply Immersing
    December 9, 2016 by Billyhc from United States

    The storytelling is as hypnotic as the music.

  • If you love traveling, this is your jam!
    December 6, 2016 by MMMMM12345MMMMM from United States

    For those who love traveling but don't get to do so as often as you wish, this is the go-to podcast!

  • Great Podcast!
    December 5, 2016 by SirScottMullin from United States

    Eric creates a sense of place like no one else. I felt like I was right there alongside him on all these amazing journeys. What an experience!

  • Love it
    December 5, 2016 by PouxDawg from United States

    Love, love, LOVE this! Inspires me to keep exploring the world with our new little family addition. Great first episode.

  • Emerging show!
    December 5, 2016 by SF1994yes from United States

    Trules has a natural knack for storytelling, and exploration. Looking forward to the new show!

  • Well-produced, personal insights about the world
    December 2, 2016 by S. Wedeking from United States

    The widely traveled Trules is also a gifted writer, performer and teacher — and this podcast benefits from all those talents

  • He tells it "Trully..."
    December 2, 2016 by MoondogMulv from United States

    Trulles is a unique, funny, and intelligent guide in the world of travel, life, and love.

  • Rich and Textured Storytelling
    December 1, 2016 by Irma Gerd from United States

    Between the music, sound design, and pleasant low rumble of Trules' voice, this is a podcast that will satisfy that craving for a story that lets you live by your mind's eye. In the introduction of the podcast, Trules begins laying down the different stories and inspirations that he has quilted together over his life. From his natural curiosity in history to his appreciation for the unforeseen, you get the sense that Trules has a narrative that bridges his personal discoveries with the shifts the world has undergone throughout his life. I'm looking forward to seeing how these stories flesh out. I can tell that we're in for a treat.

  • Great Podcast
    November 30, 2016 by Tucci1776 from United States

    Really great and entertaining podcast. Hooks you from the first episode.

  • Great Travel Podcast
    November 30, 2016 by from United States

    I'm very impressed with the content in this first episode and can't wait to hear more of Eric's stories.

  • Travel for All!
    November 30, 2016 by deanesullivan18 from United States

    I am thrilled that I came upon this podcast. Trules has a wonderful quality for engaging his listeners, and will transcend you from your living room couches to vast corners of the world. The podcast's professional quality, coupled with Trules' creativity and natural skill for storytelling, will keep you coming back for more. It's a must - can't wait for more!

  • Impressive and Entertaining!
    November 29, 2016 by SpeedwayCJ from United States

    Based on the promo episode of this show, I've subscribed and am definitely looking forward to more! This podcast is extremely well-produced, with audio that excites and amuses. I love the concept of unique, personal and engaging travel stories from the host's real-life experiences, combined with audio scapes that bring listeners directly into the story. I have a feeling this show will be one to keep an eye on, as it holds a great deal of promise for future success. Can't wait to hear the many places Eric Trules will take us!

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Who’s the Who?

Welcome to another Behind the Scenes episode on the “e. travels with e. trules” podcast. In this lively episode, I’ll be talking with Liz Femi, a fellow solo performer and friend, who was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Nigeria, a country not many tourists – or travelers – know much about. Liz is a small, smart, beautiful, and feisty young woman,

who her mom describes as “a really bendy, bouncy branch…connected to a strong Nigerian oak tree.”

But before you start listening to the interview (or who know, maybe afterwards), I want to thank you for sticking with the podcast…. as we head towards the finish line of Season 1. As of today, I’ve released 13 episodes over the last 26 weeks, and I thank everyone for their enthusiasm and loyalty to the show. I hope to make it to 20 episodes before taking a break to recruit the funds for Season 2. I’ll let you know a little bit more about that at the end of the episode.

But now… let me tell you a little bit more about Liz Femi. As I said, I know her as a solo performer, as I helped her develop her one-person play which she wrote and performed herself. It’s called “Take Me To The Poorhouse”, and is an autobiographical  comedy about a middle-class, Nigerian third grader who dreams of becoming poor… in order to win the love of a poor classmate named Yemi.

The full-length monologue made Ms. Magazine’s “Top 10 Shows of the Hollywood Fringe Festival,” won a “Best of Fringe” award, Best International Show, and earned a NAACP Theatre Award nomination.

Liz studied at the University of Rochester in its International Theatre Program, and she holds a MFA in Acting from Harvard University. She currently has a recurring role as her namesake, “Liz”, an ambitious writer’s assistant on “Love”, a Netflix project co-produced by Judd Apatow. She’s recently acted opposite David Duchovny and Amy Poehler, and she lives in Studio City, California, not far from Universal Studio, but a long way from Nigeria.

When not acting or writing, Liz enjoys making books by hand and collaborating on experimental projects such a science fiction web series about a comicbook store owner who sends people back to slavery… via time travel. Liz’ mother is proud of her, but she doesn’t quite “dig” the concept.

Listen HERE to Episode 14, “Behind The Scenes with with Liz Femi from Nigeria” on the “e- travels with e. trules” Podcast.

In case you’d like to catch up with any of the previous 13 episodes, please go HERE.

In particular, please listen to the last Episode, “The Gentrification of Mi Barrio, Echo Park”, about the sad but true transformation of my neighborhood – from the home of artists, musicians, socialists, and immigrants to… the go-to real estate destination of LA’s hip and powerful. With beautiful Cuban music by Amanda Yamate and the sounds of gun shots and squawking roosters, by Alysha Bermudez, this is one of our favorite episodes.

Enjoy the podcast with some good earbuds or headphones. Subscribe, rate, and review the show on iTunes HERE, and please go to this easy to follow VIDEO if you need some technical help with iTunes.

Most importantly, share the podcast with ALL your friends! And if you liked any of the shows, please leave your COMMENTS HERE under each Episode on my home page. The podcast grows…. one listener at a time.


We’re approaching the end of SEASON 1. I know, I know, so sad!

And we’re still looking for funding for SEASON 2.

So if you feel so inclined, or you know anybody who would like to support the podcast, I would greatly and sincerely appreciate it.

HERE is the link to donate.

Please contact me with any questions or comments HERE.

Best from Echo Park,

And Happy Trails…..


Now officially retired………………………….


The Podcast is made possible with a USC Capstone grant, with generous support from Professor Phil Allen and the Sound Design Program at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. With original music by Amanda Nicole Yamate and sound design by Alysha Bermudez. This episode was recorded by Scott Barber at the Barber Shop Recording Studio, also right here in in Echo Park, LA, CA. Produced by Harry Duran at FullCast.

What We Covered

0:01 – Podcast Intro with Weekly Theme Music by Amanda Yamate

0:25 – Episode Intro with welcome of guest, Liz Femi (LF)

1:55 – Trules introduces Liz’ one woman play, “Take Me to the Poorhouse”

3:50 – Liz talks about moving to Nigeria at age 5 and growing up with an extended family 

6:45 – Trules talks about the book “Sapiens”‘ by Yuval Noah Harari and how humans have evolved beyond the intimacy and connection to “family”

9:50 – Liz talks about the growing up with stories

11:07 – Liz shares a 1st excerpt from her show, “Take Me to the Poorhouse”

13:00 – Trules talks about the simpler, challenging, but un-neurotic life of living with 3rd world wife and son

15:20 – The two talk about “aspiring” to be poor 

17:30 – Liz asks Trules about the innocence, empathy, and irony of his clowning 

20:30 – “The stories that move us the most are those balancing the line between tragedy and comedy.”

21:10 – Liz remembers more of her childhood Nigeria where her ancestors made “life out of a rock”

24:00 – Liz explains Nigeria’s colonial history through her family names

26:45 – Liz speaks a little “Yoruba”

28:50 – Liz fakes her way through her family’s “oriki”, or family story

31:10 – Liz shares a 2nd excerpt from “Take Me to the Poorhouse”

34:10 – Liz takes the “Trules Travel Quiz”

44:30 – Wrap up, thank yous, and final credits


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Production Credits

Sound design by Alysha Bermudez.

Music composed by Amanda Yamate.

Recorded by Scott Barber at the Barbershop Sound Studio in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California

Produced by Harry Duran at Fullcast.

For more information on this episode’s guest, Liz Femi, please go to her website HERE.

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