Isabelle Roughol
*Now on summer break, season 2 begins in September.* Borderline is a podcast for defiant global citizens. It explores the philosophical and the practical in the lives of global professionals, students, immigrants, third-culture kids, nomads, travelers, etc. It rallies a community, tells our story and isn't afraid to question our own missteps. If you leave home to get home, Borderline is for you.
Goodbye (home) office: How to take your job on the road, with Mandy Fransz
If we can work from home now, why not work from the road? A laptop and decent wifi is all many of us need. "To be able to work and live wherever you feel happiest and most productive," that's the digital nomad lifestyle as explained to me by Mandy Fransz. She started on that road herself a couple years ago and has become an advocate for remote work. On this week's episode, she explains how she made it work and how you can do it for yourself. With so many us stuck between four walls, the road calls now more than ever...   --- Send in a voice message:
Jul 19
26 min
How being hostile to immigrants became the law of the land, with Colin Yeo
How did a concept meant for counterterrorism become an immigration policy? Over the last decade, the UK set out to build a hostile environment that makes daily life a battle for many migrants and pushes even lawful ones into illegality.  Colin Yeo lifts the curtain on the British immigration system in his book "Welcome to Britain." He's my guest this week. We talked about the UK, and a bit about the US, but it's really about all of us and how we behave to one another, badly often, which is quite universal.  Colin Yeo is an immigration lawyer in London and the founder of He just published “Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System.” --- Send in a voice message:
Jul 13
40 min
Breaking: Trump administration tells foreign students to go home, with Jamie Kanki
The Trump administration has reinstated the rule that forbids international students from staying in the US if they are taking online classes only. The rule had been relaxed in the spring because of the covid-19 pandemic. Now despite institutions such as Harvard planning to go entirely online in 2020-21, the US government is telling students they must be in the classroom or back in their country. I caught up again with Jamie Kanki to understand what that means for the more than 1 million international students in the US and their schools.  --- Send in a voice message:
Jul 7
14 min
What globalists should learn from nationalists, with Hassan Damluji
The great divide between nationalists and globalists is the political story of our times. But are they that far apart? "What would a united world look like other than people feeling, on a global level, something like what they do about their countrymen?" asks Hassan Damluji, deputy director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and author of "The Responsible Globalist: What Citizens of the World Can Learn from Nationalism." The nation was in fact one of humanity's most successful idea, he argues. To create a feeling of global citizenship, the same playbook applies.  --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 30
34 min
The big wooing of international students, with Jamie Kanki
Universities have been battling it out to woo international students. Can they survive without them? Schools in the US and UK, but also now China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea... have been racing to attract international students from Asia, Eastern Europe or Africa, and cash in on a $300 billion market. Then Covid-19 came on the scene. I discuss the new normal with Jamie Kanki, who spent years traveling the world recruiting students and now works for Grok and Concourse, two startups in digital student recruitment. "Universities are furiously looking at their financial model right now," she says. "The value of an experience and of a degree are really going to be put under a microscope over the next few years." Sources: Universities set to turn away hundreds of thousands of students, by Robert Bolton, Australian Financial Review Beyond $300 Billion: The Global Impact of International Students  --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 21
29 min
The super weird new way to travel, with Zach Honig
Zach Honig, editor at large at The Points Guy and ultimate frequent flyer, shares how he plans to stay safe on planes, how airlines have abused customers during the pandemic and why you might want to stay local. "Those of us who are used to enjoying the journey as much as the destination are going to have to keep an open mind." --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 14
33 min
A podcast for those whose lives straddle borders, with host Isabelle Roughol. Coming soon on all your favorite podcasting apps. --- Send in a voice message:
Jun 10
2 min