The A Long Road Home Podcast is a series of real-world stories about the people who work in the on-demand economy. If you listen to podcasts, you probably use your phone on a daily basis to get help from people you’ve never met before through services like Lyft, Uber, Instacart, and Rinse. These types of businesses make it easy to get help while simultaneously increasing our interactions with strangers every day.
The goal for this podcast is to tell some of the amazing stories of the people behind the apps that you use every day.
Season 1:Charles Ryu:
From Escaping from North Korea to driving a Lyft In Silicon Valley
In our first season, we tell the story of Cheol "Charles" Ryu, who is a refugee from North Korea. Against all odds, Charles has survived being abandoned by his family, becoming a prisoner of the North Korean government, and being an indentured slave in a coal mine. He daringly escaped from North Korea when he was 17 and now lives in the South Bay, where he works for Lyft and studies software engineering.
In this, our second episode, of our first season, Charles tells us about his relationship with his estranged father, how he was recaptured by the North Korean government, why he ended up working in a coal mine, and what life is like as a homeless child in North Korea. It's an amazing story, so let's get to it!
In this, our third and final episode, Charles tells us about when he decided to attempt to successfully escape North Korea. While most of our story to this point has been a centered around Charles’ struggles, today we’re going to tell you about his miraculous departure from North Korea and his adjustment to life in the United States.
Season 1:Hart Bothwell:
Overcoming Opioid Addiction to recording music in North carolina
Hart Bothwell is a singer/songwriter that grew in an upper-middle-class suburb south of San Francisco who now drives for Uber & Lyft driver in North Carolina. At an early age, he was forced to deal with the divorce, depression, and social anxiety that lead him to an opioid addiction which almost ruined his life. Hart bravely and openly walks us down his path into and out of addiction and explains how his sense of self, relationships, and love for music have been shaped by his struggles and recovery.
Hart Bothwell is a singer/songwriter that grew in an upper-middle-class suburb south of San Francisco who now drives for Uber & Lyft driver in North Carolina. In this episode, Hart details the life of an addict, how it affected his relationships with family and music, and what led to him bottoming out.
Hart Bothwell is a singer/songwriter that grew in an upper-middle-class suburb south of San Francisco who now drives for Uber & Lyft driver in North Carolina. After admitting to his family that he had an opioid addiction, Hart bravely and openly walks us through his recovery and how he reestablished his sense of self, his relationships with his family, and love for music.