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Invitation To Be On PBS

Getting close to a childhood dream.

It’s always been a small dream of mine to be a guest on one of those in-depth interview shows on PBS.

As a kid I would sneak out of my room at night and go out to the living room to watch TV. I would do this so that I could catch the nighttime programming on PBS — the long-form documentaries on obscure topics, the interview shows, the boring stuff. My favorite was Charlie Rose.

I’m laughing as I’m writing this. I was a 15-year-old Charlie Rose fan.

I always wanted to be on that show. To sit there in that chair opposite Charlie wearing a polka-dotted bow tie — I have no idea why, but I was always wearing a polka-dotted bow tie in those daydreams — talking in-depth about some topic or other that I was regarded as the reigning global expert on.

Well, Charlie hasn’t called yet. But I did receive an invitation to be a guest on an episode of the PBS series Great Decisions.

That’s pretty close, right?

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 89 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3515 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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