Mike’s Gringo Life Radio Show Archive
Click here to visit this radio hosts profile Mike Cobb
Listed below are show archives and named based on original broadcast date
05/16/2013 Show Topic: Retire, Live and Golf in Nicaragua
05/16/2013 Show Description: This week on Mike’s Gringo Life, Mike interviews 4 different expats in Nicaragua about life and opportunities in the country. His first guest, Ben Wheatly, talks about living and working on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua in a spa resort. His friend, Jack Griffin is next and talks about living in Managua and his life as a retired expat while looking for opportunities to get involved in a business. Mausi Kuhl, an expat living and working in the north side of Nicaragua talks about her cattle production and farms in the mountains. And on his final segment, Mike interviews Jo-Anne Stoltz, from Canada, who talks about living and working at Gran Pacifica as the manager of the restaurant and now manager of the golf course
05/09/2013 Show Topic: Foreclosure Properties in Central America
05/09/2013 Show Description: This week, Mike from Mike’s Gringo Life covers topics from beautiful Belize and the mountains of Nicaragua. His first guest is Jason Hartman who runs a real estate firm in the US focusing on distressed properties and foreclosures. Jason and Mike discuss the parallels between domestic US foreclosures and foreclosures in Belize or foreclosures in Costa Rica. If you are interested in learning more about it, don’t miss the show. Mike’s second guest is Mausi Kuhl from Selva Negra. Mausi talks about how the coffee plantation, resort and farm are environmentally sustainable as well as a viable economic enterprise in Nicaragua.
04/25/2013 Show Topic: Alternative Investments in Strategic Metals, Living in Panama and Sustainable Agriculture in Nicaragua
04/25/2013 Show Description: Mike will be interviewing Knut Anderson in his first segment. Knut talks about alternative investments in strategic metals. Later, in the 2nd and 3rd segments, Mike interviews Mike and Linda Simpson, expats living in Panama who use the “4 C’s” as their measuring stick when looking at a location to live outside the US.
In the final segment, Mike interviews longtime friend and organic coffee farmer and cloud forest resort owner, Mausi Kuhl about her success with sustainable agriculture in Nicaragua.
Tune in and enjoy the show, Mike and his guests for a lively and fun discussion about hard asset investment, living in Panama and Sustainable Agriculture in Nicaragua.
04/18/2013 Show Topic: Living in the Mountains of Nicaragua
04/18/2013 Show Description: This Thursday on “Mike’s Gringo Life”, Mike will be interviewing Vicky and Don, both living in the mountains of Nicaragua. This week, he travels to Selva Negra to escape the heat of Managua in the “summer.” Vickie Kuhl, one of the owners of Selva Negra, talks about what it’s like to home school their daughter Rachel and to live on the mountain. Rachel enjoys a traditional curriculum, but also participates with scientists studying on the mountain, and has even written and published a book. In the final segment, Don Sloth, another member of the Selva Negra family, talks about moving down from New York about a year ago to take over running the resort and hotel part of the farm with his wife Karen. He also home schools his two kids.
04/11/2013 Show Topic: Transitions and life in Belize
04/11/2013 Show Description: Mike Cobb interviews his friends and Macarena Rose and Yvette Dalton from Belize. Macarena has her own show on the Overseas Radio Network focused on Belize specifically. Mike talks with Macarena about how she ended up coming to Belize and the cultural differences of adjusting to her life overseas and how she became involved in Real Estate in Belize. Mike then talks with Yvette about her decision to move to Belize and that experience as a single woman moving to Belize and making a new set of friends and associates. Both Yvette and Macarena have been featured on House Hunters International and run a phenomenal real estate organization, Rain Forest Realty in San Ignacio, the Cayo Disctrict, Belize.
03/14/2013 Show Topic: Living in Panama and Health Insurance Coverage in the Region
03/14/2013 Show Description: This week Mike talks with some expats living in Panama. Jim Grover moved his family to Panama City Panama several years ago and describes life there with his wife and son. Jim moved from the North East where he’d worked in the financial sector and thought he’d retire to Panama. However, after several months of relaxation, he decided to take on some part time work and teamed up with Caye Bank and Peter Zipper to talk with expats living in Panama about their banking and financial services needs. Jim talks about life as an expat but also the financial services sector so strong in Panama.
Mike then interviews some representatives of BUPA insurance, the carrier that Mike and his family use for overseas medical insurance. Don’t miss the Show.
02/28/2013 Show Topic: Interviews with Gary Mosley and David Stubbs
02/28/2013 Show Description: Mike Cobb will have some expats living in the region on the Mike’s Gringo Life Show ((ORN)) this week. Gary Mosley will be featured on the first two segments or Thursday’s show. Gary will be talking about his expat life in Panama and how he is now project manager for Gran Islotes (( ECI )), a community in development on the western side of the Azuero Peninsula. Gary has adapted to the hectic life in Panama City, but also the more laid back lifestyle of the country side about 4 hours west of the city on the Pacifica. Gary is an avid fisherman and has some fish tales to tell us about the ones that got away, and the ones that didn’t. In the second half of the show, Mike talks with David Stubbs, long time expat from Britain who has lived in Asia and now Costa Rica. David has raised kids overseas and we explore these topics for people thinking about what it is like to raise a family overseas (( Mikesgringolife)). Tune in and enjoy words of wisdom from the mouths of people walking the walk.
02/21/2013 Show Topic: Live interview with Bob Adams, historian, demographics expert, and futurist.
02/21/2013 Show Description: Be sure and tune in for Mike’s Gringo Life Thursday, February 21 at 2:00pm EST. Bob Adams, a historian, demographics expert, futurist, and full time expat himself talks about his years of research into why North Americans are planning to retire overseas, who they are, what they want, where they are going, and why. Bob’s survey dataincludes over 100,000 responses from multiple surveys taken by Zogby and others through the years. He is the preeminent expert in the field and Mike is honored to have him on the show this week.
Be sure and tune in to hear about the current research, but also where Bob thinks things are going down line. ECI Development and many other folks building homes in Latin America have relied on his data to spot trends and build communities that serve a real need for consumers. If you want to read a short article on the demographics analysis ahead of the radio show, click here. Tune in February 21, 2013 at 2:00pm on the Overseas Radio Network to hear Bob and Mike discuss these exciting times and where things are going. The information you’ll hear will help you make wiser decisions about your future.
02/14/2013 Show Topic: Interviews from Granada, Nicaragua
02/14/2013 Show Description: On this week’s show of Mike’s Gringo Life, Mike interviews a variety of folks about life in the region and work in the region. Lindsey Stenberg, a former intern, talks about her work at La Chureca as part of the Fabretto Foundation. La Chureca is the municipal dump in Managua and many families make a living scavenging for recyclables there. Lindsey is working with kids and moms to help create an educational infrastructure and support network in a seemingly impossible situation. AmandaCobb then jumps in with another Expat Kids segment interviewing Alec and Lauren, who are visiting Nicaragua for the first time. Alec and Lauren enjoyed a week in Nicaragua swimming at the beaches of Gran Pacifica, zip lining through the jungle, and hiking the cloud forests in the mountains listening to howler monkeys. Later in the show Mike interviews Jose Levia, who runs Wake Forest University’s affiliate campus here in Managua. Jose is in charge of Casa Dingledine, and talks about Wake Forest’s programs and how he finds the experience of working for the university. In the final segment, Mike talks with Robert Kroesen who manages Teak Plantations in Panama. Teak is a popular plantation tree because of rapid growth in the region and the value of the hardwoods produced when harvested.
02/07/2013 Show Topic: Interviews from Managua
02/07/2013 Show Description: On Thursday February 7, the Mikes Gringo Life show features the Expat Kids as the opening segment. Emily Cobb, 8 years old, not to be outdone by her big sister Amanda age 12, wants to take on the role of host for the show and interviews her big sister. They discuss their new school, the Nordic School in Managua and life in general as expat kids. In the 2nd and 3rd segments, Mike interviews Pam Bruce and Pat Schwartz who participated in Gran Pacifica’s day of social service with the Fabretto Foundation. Pat also describes a medical tourism procedure she received while here and raves about the process and quality of the care she received. In the 4th segment, mike interviews Donnie Iris, a Pittsburgher known world wide for such hits as “Ah Leah” and “Love is Like a Rock” reaching #9 on the Billboards. Donnie enjoyed a fantastic week at Gran Pacifica and a day in Granada touring the Mombacho Cigar Factory. Donnie plans to return for a cigar tour of Nicaragua later in the year and will perhaps drag along some former Steelers and other fun loving folks to come along. If you’d like to join him, let me know. In the mean time, tune in Thursday at 2:00pm EST for some great stories and fun.
01/31/2013 Show Topic: Interviews with Peter Schaller, John Dugue, and Expat Kids with Amanda
01/31/2013 Show Description: This Thursday on “Mike’s Gringo Life” from Nicaragua, Mike will be interviewing Peter Schaller of the Fabretto Foundation, from the Domingo Savio Center just outside of Managua, Peter has been an expat in Nicaragua for the past 17 years and this time he helped coordinate the painting and planting project with Gran Pacifica and ECI Development Group. They will be discussing about his experience and the programs he runs through Fabretto in Nicaragua.
On his next segment, Mike invites Amanda to do her Expat Kids’ segment and she interviews three kids from the Center. To close the Show, Mike brings on board one of the ECI Development Directors and coordinator of the Corporate Social Responsibility Program, John Dugue, who comes to Nicaragua every year and works on every social program ECI and Gran Pacifica plans and has definitely fell in love with the country.
We hope you will be able to catch the show this week and every Thursday at 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Join Mike on the Overseas Radio Network by just visiting the web at www.overseasradio.com and click the Listen Live button. This week’s show is pre-recorded but you can email Mike, Peter and John in case you have questions about their interview.
If you wish to also share this with your partners and friends you are welcome to do it, and you will also find some pictures and blog about this show on Gran Pacifica’s website. Blog here
01/24/2013 Show Topic: Interview with Joel Nagel, ECI Director from Nicaragua
01/24/2013 Show Description: This Thursday on “Mike’s Gringo Life” from Nicaragua, Mike will be interviewing Joel Nagel, ECI Director, from the Domingo Savio Center just outside of Managua, while both were also working on a painting and planting trees social project in a high school and Service Center. They will be discussing about the experience Joel had twenty years ago while building the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic through the Pittsburgh Rotary Club. To close the interview Mike and Joel will also discuss about the tax compliance issues for expats living abroad and the implications of the HIRE Act and the FACTA provisions embedded in it.
We hope you will be able to catch the show every Thursday at 2:00 PM Eastern Time
12/11/2012 Show Topic: Mike’s Gringo Life
12/11/2012 Show Description: on this show Mike will interview 3 women working and living in the region. More and more women are looking beyond the US and Canada for an active lifestyle in the tropics. Mike’s first guest is Kit Marchel who is living in Panama and enjoys a fantastic lifestyle helping others in a wellness capacity. Mike’s second guest is Elizabeth Dull, who lived in Belize for several years before recently moving to Panama to work with ECI Development’s Panama Project, Gran Islotes. Elizabeth shares her experiences in both countries of what it’s like to be a single mom with a child. Our final guest on the show is Helen Korengold, an expat living in Granada Nicaragua for 9 years and recently wrote a book about Medical Tourism in Nicaragua.
12/04/2012 Show Topic: Mike’s Gringo Life
12/04/2012 Show Description: On Mikes Gringo Life show date December 4th, 2012, Mike will be interviewing the founder of the Overseas Radio Network himself, David Gregerson. David has recently moved the radio station to Costa Rica and he is now planning to take up the expat lifestyle with his wife and 3 children sometime next year, perhaps in Panama. He discusses his search criteria for both a professional relocation of his business and also those factors important for his family and their anticipated move. He is honest with his concerns about living overseas, and why he feels that the benefits outweigh the risks, or he admits, possibly just the perceived risks. In the second half of the hour, Mike interviews Jimmy Wellworn, a US Expat living in Panama for 6 years about his transition and why he has started a new business helping folks find properties for development. Jimmy tells listeners about a specific property in the far west of Panama on the Pacific that he thinks would be a good fit forECI Development to consider as a project for US retirees looking for inexpensive beach properties close to David, a city of nearly 100,000. In the final segment, Mike talks with long time friend and tax attorney, Joel Nagel, about the impending deadline for tax planning inside the current tax rates. Attorney Nagel discusses how some taxes will go up by almost 300%, and the incoming inheritance tax will cripple family farms and small businesses for generations to come. December 31, 2012 is the last day to make estate transfers and the law firm of Nagel and Associates will do their best to help everyone they can right up to the last minute.