Unvarnished: Trouble In Thailand


Randy Singer, a grad student studying ichthyology, traveled to Thailand with a team of researchers in search of loaches — a type of bottom-feeding fish.

His crew loaded up in a van equipped with a karaoke system, and headed south in the pouring rain.

Randy Singer spoke at Fieldwork Fails, a live storytelling event in September at the Florida Natural History Museum. Photo courtesy of Taylor Williams

The sun emerged as they arrived in Southern Thailand, and Singer’s team found what they thought was the perfect place to begin collecting.

The trip was quickly derailed by angry locals, a wedding for the magistrate’s son and a near-death encounter in a national park.

Randy talks with our host, Taylor Williams, about his team’s unbelievable journey through Thailand. He also explains the difference between “fish” and “fishes.”

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About Taylor Williams

Taylor Williams is the host of Unvarnished and the Creative Director of Guts & Glory GNV. Unvarnished is produced in collaboration with WUFT.

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