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Travel with Rick Steves



A weekly one-hour conversation with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is America's leading authority on travel to Europe and beyond. Host and wri



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National Parks Dinner Party; The Great Southwest; Utah's Craziest Bike Ride

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Author Terry Tempest Williams describes the various "personalities" of a dozen US national parks, and examines each one's contributions to the American character. Then historian Flannery Burke tells us how Arizona and New Mexico came to embody what we now think of as The Great Southwest. And travel writer Christopher Solomon enjoys getting dusty on a mountain-bike tour across southern Utah.

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Liechtenstein Day; Gelato; The English Moors

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Hear about what it's like to celebrate National Day in Liechtenstein, one of the world's smallest — and wealthiest — countries. (Hint: Free beer at the palace!) Then learn the secret to gelato's distinctive smooth texture, and get tips for picking the best gelato shop in any Italian town. And tour guides from Britain tell us why a hike in the wild and windy English moors can be a delightfully uncrowded way to escape into nature.

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Rolling Blackouts; Language to Lend; Czech Beer

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden shares the insights she gained while getting to know the Kurdish people of Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Then a Dutch "language spotter" recommends interesting foreign words we English speakers might want to borrow. And tour guides from Prague explain how sharing a beer is an important part of the social fabric in the Czech Republic.

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Scotland 2017; Atlas Obscura Europe

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Two Scottish tour guides discuss share tips for planning a great Scottish getaway, with specifics on tracking down scenes from the "Outlander" and "Harry Potter" series and where best to explore the ancient haunts of the Celts and Vikings. Then folks from Atlas Obscura, the fascinating online almanac of unusual places, chat with Rick about their favorite quirky spots in Europe.

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35 Miles from North Korea; Detroit Sightseeing; Being Slovenian

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Author and Seoul-based foreign correspondent Michael Breen discusses how his fellow South Koreans regard their cousins to the north. Then a tour guide from Detroit shares some of the joys of exploring her lively city as it recovers its status as a cultural hub for the Midwest. And hear how peace-loving Slovenians compare themselves to their various, better-known neighbors.

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French Riviera; The Discovery of France; Paris Day Trips

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000

French tour guides share tips for enjoying the highlights of the glittering Côte d'Azur, as well as recommendations for elegant day trips from Paris. Plus, author Graham Robb tells us what his bicycle adventure across the French countryside taught him about France's provincial character and history.

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Travel Tech; The Story of China; Take Your Child to Europe

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Historian Michael Wood discusses how Westerners might better understand China, the world's new superpower, by learning more about its monumental achievements over the past 4,000 years. We'll also get time-tested advice from author Ashley Steel for taking the kids to Europe. Plus, Rick's son Andy Steves shares his favorite phone apps and other tech tips for travel.

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Sarah Vowell American Hawaii; Rick Mercer Canada 150; Winning the Palio

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Author and This American Life contributor Sarah Vowell tells us what she's recently learned about the Americanization of the Hawaiian islands. Then say "Happy 150th birthday" to Canada with one of its top TV personalities, Rick Mercer. Plus, a tour guide from Siena tells us how her adopted neighborhood won last year's Palio horse race — twice.

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Enjoy Your Seat; Lisbon Neighborhoods; Buenos Aires Bio

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Tune in as Rick gets tips from frequent traveler Wendy on how to actually enjoy a long-distance flight in coach. Then we'll hear expert advice from Lisbon-based tour guides for enjoying the intimate neighborhoods of Portugal's historic capital. And learn about the mix of European elegance and Latin culture that led architecture critic James Gardner to buy an apartment in Argentina's fascinating capital city.

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Scandinavian Solstice; Italy 2017

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how the summer solstice is celebrated in Scandinavia, where the official start of summer is a big deal. Then listen in as Italian friends discuss the effects of their country's high unemployment rate — and how Italians are meeting the challenge — before taking listener calls to share tips for a "dolce vita" vacation. And come along as we visit with some Tuscan craftsmen keeping traditions alive in their hill town home.

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Europe's Royal Families; Agatha Christie's Grand Tour; Bloomsday In Dublin

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

We start with a close look at how World War I upended the roles of Europe's monarchies, then hear about Agatha Christie's 1922 Grand Tour to promote the British Empire, as told to her grandson. And, just in time for "Bloomsday," a Dublin tour guide takes us on an audio walk past the city's must-see sights for fans of James Joyce's "Ulysses."

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Greek Fun; Frommer's Guide to Disney World; Frommer's NYC

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Hear what's new at the two most popular destinations in the US as the author of the Frommer's guidebook to Disney World shares tips for making the most of your time there, and Pauline Frommer updates us on the best things to do and see in New York City. Plus, a tour guide from Greece tells us how to enjoy an authentic taste of Hellenic culture while out for a night on the town in Greece.

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Germany Open Phones; 1,000 Places to See in the US

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Join us to get a German perspective on Deutschland's recent emergence as the leading nation of the European Union, and stay tuned as our tour-guide guests take calls to help listeners plan memorable German getaways. Then get ready for your summer road trip with recommendations from Patricia Schultz, author of "1,000 Places to See in the USA and Canada Before You Die."

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Italy's Decadent Desserts; Pasta Respect; Paris Food Markets

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Italian-food expert Fred Plotkin delves into the regional dessert specialties of Italy — and divulges the whereabouts of the best gelato in the entire country. Then a tour guide from Sicily advises us how not to upset the "food police" when eating pasta. Plus, we'll get an overview of Paris's enticing array of open-air neighborhood food markets.

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Macedonia; Senior Nomads

Sat, 13 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

"Senior nomads" Michael and Debbie Campbell discuss their travels among home shares around the world — and why, after three years, they plan to keep on globe-trotting full time. And we'll hear what makes the republic of Macedonia, in the southern Balkans, one of tour guide David Willett's favorite destinations anywhere.

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Russia Grand Tour; London This Year; What Europeans Think of Americans

Sat, 06 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Author Lisa Dickey describes her recurring travels around Russia, where she explores how life keeps changing for the average local citizen. Then we'll get up to date on the newest and not-to-be-missed sights in London as a tour guide highlights the special exhibits and events luring visitors to the city this year. Plus, tour guides from Hungary, Germany, and Greece discuss how US pop culture has influenced their lives…and their views of Americans.

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Destination Space Station; Open Phones: Trip of a Lifetime

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Genuinely "down to earth" astronaut Cady Coleman joins us to describe what it's like living and working — for months at a time — on the International Space Station, where the zero-gravity environment affects everything you do...and how circling planet Earth every 90 minutes changes your outlook on life. Plus, listeners share tales of their own unforgettable treks and travels back on mother Earth.

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Andalucía April Fair; Walking England; City Squares

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

A tour guide from Seville explains how its annual April Fair animates her city, and anchors a season of outdoor festivals in southern Spain. Then tour guides from Britain share their favorite places to go walking in the countryside — rain or shine. And we consider how public squares can give their cities a sense of identity.

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Saints of Spain; Footsteps of St. Paul; Michelangelo in Florence

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Tour guides from Spain explain the importance of local saints to this festive country's national identity. Then actor David Suchet shares what he discovered about his own religious faith while retracing the first-century travels of St. Paul. And Rick chats with art historian Miles J. Unger about the masterpieces by Michelangelo that travelers can enjoy on a visit to the artist's hometown of Florence.

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Turn Right at Machu Picchu; Sarah Vowell: Lafayette in the USA; Scotch

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Author Mark Adams shares what he learned about Incan history while trekking to Machu Picchu, just a century after it was revealed to the outside world. Then author and radio commentator Sarah Vowell explains how Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette helped unify Americans after the contentious presidential election of 1824. And Rick checks in with tour guides from Edinburgh to get tips on visiting Scotland's whisky distilleries.

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Atlas Obscura America; The Not-Quite States; North Korea Holiday

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Folks from online magazine Atlas Obscura share some of their favorite American roadside attractions. Then author Doug Mack explains the unique status of the United States' far-flung territories, where American citizenship is "complicated." And writer, photographer, and businesswoman Wendy Simmons describes her remarkable tour of North Korea.

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Versailles; Being French; Understanding Israel in 60 Days or Less

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Rick and two French guides offer tips for planning a visit to the royal palace of Versailles and discuss contemporary issues facing France. Graphic Novelist Sarah Glidden discusses her first trip to Israel on a Birthright tour.

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Traditional Irish Music; Being Irish; Belfast

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Give yourself an authentic Saint Patrick's Day as friends from Ireland demonstrate how traditional folk music continues to play an important role in their lives on a level that everyone can enjoy. Explore the sights of Ireland's second city, Belfast, and hear how Northern Ireland has outgrown its reputation for sectarian violence.  We'll also have pointers on what it really means to be Irish.

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Marty Essen’s Favorite Wild Animals; Ireland 2017

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Photographer Marty Essen talks to Rick about his close encounters with animals in their native environments. And guides from Ireland recommend their favorite parts of Ireland to explore for people visiting this year.

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American Women's History Sites; Diana Nyad; Wilderness Healing

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Celebrate 30 years of Women's History Month in the USA by visiting sites where women changed the nation's history, recommended by a former director of the National Museum of American History. Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad tells us how she set a world record swimming from Havana to Key West. And naturalist Gary Ferguson describes the fierce nature of the wilderness.

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Food Regions of Spain; Carnival in Venice and Rhineland; Alt for Norge

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

We'll hear about the local delicacies found on the various tapa menus across Spain. Then we'll learn more about the centuries-long traditions behind Carnival celebrations in Venice and Cologne, the scene of some of Europe's biggest wintertime parties. Plus we'll listen in on the Norwegian TV show that's helped many Americans discover their old-country ancestry.

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Budapest Riverwalk; Understanding the Brexit Vote

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

We'll take an audio stroll along the bustling banks of the Danube as it flows through the scenic heart of Budapest. Then we'll hear from some Brits about what motivated them to vote for or against leaving the European Union, and about what makes them fearful — or optimistic — for the years ahead.

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Essential Sicily; If Venice Dies; Casanova

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

A Sicilian tour guide lays out the essentials for exploring his distinctive sun-drenched island. Then a prominent Italian archaeologist discusses Venice's population decline, which continues even as crowds of tourists and cruise-ship passengers overwhelm Italy's most beloved city. And we'll get all the gritty details on the side of 18th-century Venice described so vividly by that infamous libertine, Casanova.

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Becoming a Road-Trip Pilgrim; China Tourism; Nationalism in Europe

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Discover the rewards of being a "road-trip pilgrim," as explained by author Dan Austin. Then journalist Elizabeth Becker describes how China's mandatory Golden Week holidays have boosted the worldwide travel industry, and how China's investments in tourism are paying off. And a panel of Europeans discuss how the recent rise of populist politics is playing out across the European Union.

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Italy by Train; Italy: North Versus South

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

British author Tim Parks explains why the Italian rail system, which he depends on daily, means more to him than a mere means of transportation. Then a pair of tour guides from opposite ends of Italy highlight the regional differences that make travel in Italy such an enjoyable study in contrasts.

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Saigon; David Suchet; Open Phones: Travel Plans

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Travel writer Dave Fox discusses everyday life as an American in Saigon, then British actor David Suchet explains why this year's 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is so important — and why London is the world's best city for theater. Plus, listeners get Rick's advice for making the most of their European travel plans for 2017.

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Cuba on the Line; Trespassing Across America

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Two Americans who've made their living in Cuba shed light on the influence Americans have there, then author Ken Ilgunas describes the 1700-mile trek he made on foot from Alberta to Texas in hopes of getting a local perspective on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

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Greek Food; World's Smartest Travelers; 1,000 Places USA and Canada

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000

Learn how eating like a Greek could be an ideal way to improve your diet in the new year. Then listen in as consumer-travel advocate Christopher Elliott explains why travel insurance isn't always a good deal, and author Patricia Schultz recommends a thousand places you should plan to see in the US, plus her top picks for places to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.

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Fresh Starts: Schultz and Sedaris; Outdoor Adventures; Unseen City

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Authors David Sedaris and Patricia Schultz encourage making travel plans in the new year. Chris Santella recommends getting outdoors for an adrenaline kick heli-skiing in Alaska or a civilized game of golf on the coast of Ireland. Plus, Nate Johnson stirs up our curiosity about urban wildlife from the birds we take for granted to the plants we never noticed.

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European Christmas

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Friends from Madrid, Rome, London, and Lisbon tell us how they celebrate the yuletide holidays. We'll also hear about small-town festivities in Holland, Austria, Northern Ireland, and Bulgaria.

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Holiday Roadfood; Best Chocolates in Europe; Holiday Travels; Prague Christmas

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Writers Jane and Michael Stern discuss wintertime comfort food served in America's roadside restaurants, then food and culture expert Fred Plotkin explores the various kinds of chocolate available across Europe. And listeners share the experiences that made their Christmas vacations in Europe really special — plus we'll hear how locals get into the Christmas spirit in Prague.

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The Bonjour Effect; Reporting From Nicaragua

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Montreal-based authors of "The Bonjour Effect" discuss the unwritten rules of conversation in France, and the communication hurdles visitors face — even those who speak perfect French. Then reporter Peter Costantini shares updates from Nicaragua, where he's been investigating problems behind the country's bid to build a canal to rival Panama's.

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German Christmas Markets; Andy Steves' Europe; Seoul

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Get into the holiday spirit by hearing about Germany's many outdoor Christmas markets, then listen in as Rick's son Andy Steves describes what kind of low-cost weekend adventures young travelers are looking for in Europe. Plus, find out why Seoul's nightlife and pop culture are attracting a worldwide crowd to South Korea, and experience the "hard sell" at a street market in Cairo.

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Digging Up England; Astronaut's View of Earth; Holy Land Travels

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Learn about how Roman and prehistoric worlds are within reach just beneath Britain's surface. Then hear Commander Chris Hadfield describe what he's captured in his photos of our planet, taken from 250 miles away. And listeners share highlights of their travels in Israel and Palestine.

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Hungarian Food; Harvest Time in Provence; Reproach of Hunger

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Two tour guides from Budapest tell us about Hungary's spicy culinary traditions, then author Marjorie R. Williams shares tips for finding exceptional seasonal produce — and great souvenirs — in the south of France. And policy analyst David Rieff joins Rick to discuss which efforts are proving the most effective in the push to reduce hunger and malnutrition around the world.

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Understanding ISIS; The War Reporter

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

A leading international expert on terrorism, Loretta Napoleoni, tells us what she's learned about ISIS and their battlegrounds in the Middle East. Also, retired war reporter Martin Fletcher discusses his novel about what might have happened differently in Bosnia in the 1990s.

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Indigenous Arctic and Andes; Overbooked

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how the Inuit of Canada and Greenland are responding to modern challenges posed by changes to the Arctic environment. Then we delve into the pre-Columbian world of the Incas, and ponder what untold stories the Andes Mountains may still hold. Plus, we consider the impact of recent growth in the global travel industry, wherein a billion people a year now cross international borders in search of something new.

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Pirates of the Carolinas; Faeries of Ireland; Ghosts of San Francisco

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Just in time for Halloween and All Souls' Day, we'll explore the legacy of the real-life pirates who operated off the Carolina coast of colonial America. Then a pair of Irishmen clue us in to the lore of the "faery people," who some still believe inhabit the Emerald Isle. And we'll learn about ghost sightings in San Francisco, and the stories that come with them.

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Dracula's Romania; Discriminating London Guide; Travel Kindnesses

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Find out about the ruthless 15th-century prince behind the Dracula legend, a major source of tourism to Romania today. Then get introduced to some of London's more sophisticated establishments, where you can dine and dress like a real gentleman or lady. And enjoy a taste of Diwali, India's "festival of lights" — plus hear from other listeners about unforgettable people they've met in their travels.

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More Skyfaring; Marta Dusseldorp's Australia Home; Wieners

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

One of Australia's leading actors tells us what it means to explore the post-war 1950s and what she loves best about living in Sydney today. Also, a transcontinental pilot returns to further explore the marvels of jet travel. Plus, tour guides from Berlin explain why Germans love a good sausage no matter the time of day.

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Getting Around Spain; Madrid Side Trips; Andalucian Style

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Celebrate Spain's National Day with us as we learn about recent improvements to the country's high-speed passenger trains and freeways, then listen in as tour guides from Madrid, Seville, and Navarre answer questions and recommend memorable side trips from the capital. And hear why, in the south of Spain, it always feels like there's a party breaking out just around the corner.

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Slow Train to Switzerland; Artist Safari; Joys of Travel

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Learn how tourism as we know it was invented by middle-class, Victorian-era English travelers seeking a pleasure trip in the Swiss Alps. Then listen in as a painter describes how peering into the eyes of savanna wildlife on an "artist's safari" deepened his appreciation for Africa's creatures. And join us as we examine the emotional benefits of travel, which start even before you've left home — and last well after you return.

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Adventure Divas; Norse Mythology; Acropolis

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Get a taste of Norse mythology for a better understanding of the Vikings' complex view of the cosmos. Plus, hear how Athens' Acropolis remains a powerful symbol of civilized democracy 2,500 years since it was built, and learn about the courageous subjects of filmmaker Holly Morris' "Adventure Divas" documentary series.

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Visiting Bulgaria; European Coffees; Persian Mirrors; Saints of Italy

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

A tour guide from Sofia discusses how Bulgaria's changed since it joined the EU, professional foodie Fred Plotkin explains why coffee varies across Europe, and writer Elaine Sciolino reveals what she learned about the public and private sides of Iran since living in Tehran as a New York Times correspondent. Plus, hear why patron saints are so important to Italian culture.

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Indigenous Plight; Beauty in a Broken World; Ever-Evolving Berlin

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how author Terry Tempest Williams finds beauty in a broken world through the people she's met in her travels to Italy and Rwanda. Also, Phil Borges reveals what he's learned from photographing indigenous people around the world, and playwright Peter Wortsman tells us why he loves the ever-evolving nature of Berlin.

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Bear Trekking; Wilderness Edens; Juan Villoro's Mexico City Insider

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Rick interviews ecologist Chris Morgan who says that saving the habitat for bears can save the planet for the rest of us. Get a taste of what wildlife photographer Marty Essen encountered from the Arctic Refuge to the Florida Everglades. Author Juan Villoro explains why soccer is as important as religion and shares an insider's perspective on life in today's Mexico City.

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The Great Barrier Reef; Kiribati and Vanuatu

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Learn why the Great Barrier Reef — one of Earth's greatest natural wonders — is facing serious threats to its survival. Then author J. Maarten Troost introduces us to the remote Pacific island nations of Kiribati and Vanuatu, whose people have lived for centuries on a series of coral atolls and rugged volcanic islands. And we'll get a first-hand report on traditional life in Papua New Guinea.

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Havana; Ken Burns National Parks; Great American Places

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Rick shares notes on visiting Havana with Cuban travel expert Christopher P. Baker, then filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his documentary series celebrating the National Park Service's centennial. And Smithsonian historian Brent D. Glass recommends places to visit that make American history really come alive. 

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Gaelic Sport; An Ex-Pat's Vietnam; Open Phones-European Travels

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000

As Ireland gears up for another All-Ireland Championship, find out how Gaelic sports reflect a distinctly Irish identity. Hear what it's like for an American travel writer to live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Also, listeners recall some of their favorite travel memories from Ireland, Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro.

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Rome Neighborhoods; Will Hide's Crazy Rides; Former-Yugoslavia Today

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Get tips for how to "do like the Romans do" in Rome's modern-day neighborhoods. Hear about the travel writer Will Hide's latest crazy rides, from cycling across the hills of Rwanda to driving what might be the world's "most dangerous road" up from Delhi into the Himalayas. Plus guides from Slovenia and Bosnia take listener calls to help plan fun trips into the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

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Marrying an American; Flatlands; Sightseeing Communist History

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Learn about the best places to visit in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to get a feel for what Communist-era life was like behind the Iron Curtain, now a quarter century in the past. Join us as we explore the allure of a flatlands road trip, where the unobstructed view makes the sky seem closer. And hear what kind of cross-cultural issues emerge when Europeans marry Americans.

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Joanna Lumley's Nile; Open Phones: Fantastic Travels

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Actress Joanna Lumley details her trip of a lifetime: a 4,000-mile trek up the Nile River all the way to its source, the swampy highlands of Rwanda. We'll hear how the river's personality varies over its course — past Cairo and Luxor, through Sudan and Lake Victoria — and about the sights she saw and people she met along the way. Plus, listeners share surprises they encountered on their own memorable adventures around the world.

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Lighthouses; Being Welsh; Working for the Earl at Stanway House

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Learn about the important role lighthouses played in the 19th century, and which are the most interesting to visit in the US and France. Then hear a tour guide from Wales explain the pride that comes from belonging to this distinctive corner of Great Britain, with its own language and traditions. And listen in as Rick visits England's Stanway House estate, a somewhat eccentric version of Downton Abbey that opens for visitors in the summer. 

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Bastille Day in France; The Only Street in Paris; Americans in Paris

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Historian David McCullough introduces us to some of the most influential "Americans in Paris" of the 19th century, who returned home to apply the lessons they’d learned in the City of Light — thereby helping transform a young United States. Also, tour guides from France celebrate Bastille Day with us, and New York Times correspondent Elaine Sciolino tells us what makes her own neighborhood in Paris feel like home.

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Siena Palio; Mississippi Delta; Asian-American Immigration Stories

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Art-history scholar and tour guide Anna Piperato tells us how Siena’s high-spirited Palio horse race is a high point of the Tuscan summertime. Then author Richard Grant shares road-trip recommendations for a blues-inspired pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta, and historian Erika Lee discusses how newcomers from Asia are making an impact on the US.  

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Those Friendly Canadians; Pacific Conflicts; Summer in Slovenia

Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000

NPR correspondent Eric Weiner tells us why Canada's one of his favorite summer road-trip destinations. Then author Simon Winchester discusses the growing importance of the Pacific Rim nations, and why the Chinese navy is making some of its neighbors nervous. And tour guides from Slovenia share tips for planning a relaxing getaway to their small country "on the sunny side of the Alps."

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Lake Titicaca; Latino America; South Carolina Low Country

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Explore the heritage of the South Carolina Low Country, home to resorts, historical centers, and plenty of rice and seafood. Discover how you can stay high in the Andes with an indigenous family, right on the lake where Incas believe life began. Learn how Latinos in the United States are gaining influence — and what politicians need to understand to earn their vote.

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Hungarian Hot Springs; Peru's Boiling River; Padova

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how people of all ages enjoy a day at the baths in Budapest, where doctors commonly prescribe a relaxing day at the spa. Then learn about a sacred geothermal river located deep in Amazonian of Peru: It's huge, deadly hot, and might contain clues to the origins of life on Earth. And get advice for enjoying the splendor of Padova, located just half an hour from the crowds of Venice, and home to one of Europe's oldest universities.

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Wild Europe; Greece 2016; France 2016

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000

The producer of "Bear Trek" talks about the bears and wolves that still live in Romania, Scotland, and the Alps, and discusses efforts to "re-wild" the open spaces of Europe. Then tour guides take calls to help listeners plan summer vacations to far-flung corners of Greece and France.

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Paul Theroux Deep South; More World War I Sites

Sat, 28 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Author Paul Theroux shares the insights he gleaned about America from the people he met in the small towns and backroads of the Deep South. Then history professor Mark D. Van Ells returns with more suggestions for visiting places that honor the sacrifices of Allied troops in World War I.

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Tastes of Italy, Paris, and Basque Country

Sat, 21 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Guides from Paris and the Spanish Basque Country share recommendations for enjoying their local cuisine, and food writer Fred Plotkin helps us appreciate the culinary traditions of Italy, where every bite can be a celebration.

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Urban Australia; Epic Family Road Trip; Nordic Cousins

Sat, 14 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Get an inside look at the mostly friendly rivalries between Sweden and Norway. Then hear from a family midway through their epic drive across North America, who stop by to share tips for making a long road trip fun for everyone. And listen in as we explore Australia's urbanized east coast and venture into the rural heart of the country-music scene Down Under.

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How Berlin Remembers; Visiting Spain 2016; Sagre Festivals of Italy

Sat, 07 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Find out how Berlin uses its monuments to teach new generations to remember the city's turbulent history. Then get insider tips for planning a getaway to Spain, and learn about the rural "sagre" festivals celebrated in the Italian countryside.

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Greek Easter; England North and East; Juan Villoro's Mexican Confessional

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear about some of the customs that Greeks observe in the days leading up to Orthodox Easter. Then British tour guides recommend places to visit in the north and east of England that do well to lift travelers' spirits. And meet Juan Villoro, one of Mexico's most respected writers, who tells us how Mexicans view their country's current issues, and their relationship with the US.

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Armenian Odyssey; Babushkas of Chernobyl; Greening Up India

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Find out about a group of grandmothers who are defying the odds by living in Chernobyl. Then learn how environmental problems in India are making us rethink how we tackle the challenges of climate change while feeding a growing population. And hear how one woman retraced the journey her grandfather once took in order to survive the Armenian genocide.

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Prague's Coronation Way; Portugal's Algarve; Drive Me Wild

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how you can view 10 centuries of architecture when you walk along the Coronation Way in Old Town Prague. Then learn about Portugal's sunny Algarve coast, once believed to be the end of the world. And perhaps get inspired to try life on the road by author Christina Nealson, who describes her RV-fueled explorations of the back roads of the American West.

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Changing Cuba 2016; Life and Death in the Andes

Sat, 09 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

An expert updates Rick Steves on the practicalities of American travel to Cuba and how increased demand is affecting tourism there. Also, screenwriter Kim MacQuarrie tells us about the notorious bandits and revolutionaries whose lives he researched in South America and whose larger-than-life legacies still resonate in the Andes.

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Madagascar; Edinburgh 2016; David McCullough's Favorites

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Adventure traveler Hilary Bradt tells us why Madagascar is her favorite place in the world to explore. Then guides from Scotland share sightseeing advice for Edinburgh, with tips for day trips into the Scottish countryside. And historian David McCullough tells us how in-person visits to America's historical sites has influenced his writing and enriched his life.

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Saints of Italy; Jubilee Year in Rome; Michelangelo's Masterpieces

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear why patron saints are so important to Siena, then get tips from guides in Rome for navigating the crowds during the Vatican's 2016 Jubilee Year observance. And listen in as author Miles J. Unger explains how the masterpieces of Michelangelo can take us into his Renaissance world.

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Family Croatia; Bumpy Balkans; Exploring Northern Italy

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear what two Americans learned about a different way of life after immersing themselves in everyday life in the Balkans, including Croatia. Then listen in as we explore the highlights of northern Italy, from Milan and Lake Como to small Alpine towns where Germanic influences add an intriguingly un-Italian touch.

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Speaking in Irish; Ireland 2016; Lingo of Europe

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Linguist Gaston Dorren tells us how languages reveal the personalities and history of the lands in which we travel. We'll also learn how the once-banned Irish language has reclaimed its role at the heart of Irish identity, then listen in as guides from Ireland help travelers prepare for their next trips to the Emerald Isle.

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Wandering Indonesia; Refugees in Europe Part 2; Issues in Spain

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Journalist and epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani tells us how easy it is to connect with people while traveling in Indonesia — a surprising, engaging nation of more than 13,000 islands. We'll also hear about how Europe's refugee situation is being viewed in France, Germany, and Italy. And we'll catch up on current issues for debate among Spaniards, who continue to grapple with immigration demand while trying to rebuild a struggling economy.

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Globetrotting with Kids; Off-Season Travels

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Two moms share their tips, and enthusiasm, for globetrotting and "world-schooling" with younger children. Then listeners describe how they’ve enjoyed wintertime adventures in places like Iceland and Austria.

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Lessons from Europe; Refugee Crisis, Part 1

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Fred Plotkin, author of "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler," shares ideas he gleaned from the recent Milan Expo on how the world is tackling the challenges we face in feeding a growing planet. Then guests from Greece, Turkey, and Sweden share how their countries are dealing with an overwhelming number of immigrants, including those fleeing war in Syria.

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New Northwest Passage; Dispatches from Pluto, Mississippi; More Serendipity

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Novelist Kathleen Winter describes how her Northwest Passage voyage through the Canadian Arctic taught her to view the world in a new light. Then journalist Richard Grant tells of what happened to his world view (and dinner menus) when he left the bustle of Manhattan to buy an old farmhouse in the Mississippi Delta. And listeners share memorable tales of the people they've met on overseas travels.

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Food Regions of Spain; Carnival in Venice & Rhineland; Alt for Norge

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Learn about the Norwegian TV show that's helped many Americans discover their old-country ancestry, then get to know the centuries of traditions behind Carnival celebrations in Venice and Cologne, the scene of some of Europe's biggest wintertime parties. Plus, hear about the local delicacies you'll find on the various tapa menus across Spain.

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Global Hunger; Gloria Steinem's Travels; Money on the Road

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Writer and international-development expert David Rieff describes what seems to be working — and what isn't — in the quest to end hunger in developing nations. Then author and activist Gloria Steinem reflects on her decades of frequent travels, and how they gave her a sense of adventure from a young age. And budget-travel blogger “Nomadic Matt” shares his tips for managing your money overseas.

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Delft; the Pacific; Survivors

Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000

A Dutch tour guide shares the charms of her historic hometown of Delft, then author Simon Winchester tells us why he believes the Pacific Rim defines our global future and details the biggest challenges facing the world's largest ocean. And NBC News correspondent Martin Fletcher explains his zeal for telling the personal stories behind the 20th-century tragedies he's covered as a reporter — but this time as a novelist.

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Our Correspondent in India; the World of Madhur Jaffrey; Chaos, Italian Style

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Get a personal look at India as BBC reporter Nick Bryant tells us what he learned about Indian society while he was stationed in New Delhi, and actress Madhur Jaffrey shares childhood memories from the sunset of the imperial era. Plus, friends from Italy tell Rick how they cope with the everyday chaos of their country, and how travelers can prepare for inevitable Italian-itinerary surprises.

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Being Sicilian; Geography of Genius; Tokyo 2016

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000

A pair of native-born Sicilian tour guides tell us what matters most about the "intensified Italy" of the island they call home. Then Eric Weiner, author of Geography of Genius, poses a theory about the places that have fostered world-changing innovation, from ancient Athens to today's Silicon Valley. And a journalist from Tokyo updates us on Japan's recession, and tells us what the Japanese are looking forward to in 2016.

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Fresh Start in Ireland; Travel Smarts; Travel Plans

Sat, 02 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how an American found delight, and a fresh start, in rural Ireland — even after an unwelcome medical diagnosis ended his career. Then consumer-travel expert Christopher Elliott explains the pros and cons of travel insurance, and lets us in on the tacked-on costs of many “bargain” airfares. And listeners share their plans for overseas travel in the year ahead.

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The Joy of Pasta; European New Year's Traditions; Swiss Party

Sat, 26 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Hear about New Year's customs and superstitions of Belgium, Portugal, Turkey, Wales, the Netherlands, Spain, Sicily, Hungary, and Scotland. Then brighten your New Year with new tips for pairing the right kind of pasta and sauce, and learn the dos and don’ts of attending a dinner party in Switzerland.

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International Christmas Party

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Hear about holiday traditions in Wales, Hungary, Sicily, and Scotland, then learn about the unique ways people light up the season in Santa Fe — where the glow of luminarias and the scent of piñon wood fires leave a lasting impression. And listen in as we head much farther south to hear how scientists at a research station in Antarctica make merry. Also, listeners share some of their favorite Christmas memories from holiday travels.

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More European Christmas Traditions

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Nothing says Christmas like fresh oysters and fermented trout — at least according to some Europeans. Learn about the yuletide traditions of France, Norway, Greece, London, the Spanish Basque Country, and small-town Italy, from the varied fare to unusual holiday decorations to Santa’s leaner — and often meaner — overseas counterparts.

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American Lighthouses; Skyfaring; Travel Tales; the Longbow

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Learn about some of America’s most interesting lighthouses to visit — or even slumber in. Then an experienced pilot explains why the view from a 747 never gets old. And listen in as we consider the longbow’s influence on the balance of power in medieval Europe, with some extra time to hear listeners share their favorite European travel memories. 

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The Inca Trail; Ottoman Turkey; Medieval Castles in Wales

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how you can get close to the ancients by hiking Peru's Inca Trail, and get tips for enjoying Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Then we'll zoom in on two more areas with striking monuments from the past: Turkey, with its legacy of the Ottoman Empire, and Wales, with its string of massive medieval castles.

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Jamón; Scandinavian Cuisine; A Tavola in Italy; Life From Scratch

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000

The kinds of ham you find in Spain are the best in the world. Just ask any Spaniard. Hear what makes jamón so special. Learn about the traditional comfort foods of Scandinavia, and the after-dinner customs that keep you lingering at the table when you dine out in Italy. And hear why a mom in Tulsa started a four-year project, to cook foods from every country in the world for her family.

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The Cotswolds; Joanna Lumley's Greece, part 2; Unlikely Ski Resorts; Reykjavik Night Out

Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000

British actress Joanna Lumley takes us on a soulful journey from Athens into northern Greece. Guides from Britain help us plan a getaway into England’s scenic Cotswolds. Then travel writer Tim Neville tells us about skiing in unlikely places ― including Kosovo and North Korea. And we get a taste of Reykjavik nightlife during the Iceland Airwaves music festival.

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Backdoor Balkans; World War I Travel Sites; Kraków

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0000

As Europe observes the centennial of the "Great War," learn about the WWI sites you can visit to better understand American doughboys' role on the battlefields. We'll also share tips for visiting Kraków, the cultural and spiritual capital of Poland. And we'll get insider advice for enjoying WWI sites in some less-visited corners of the Balkan Peninsula.

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Haunted Europe; Haunted America; Sweet Tooth

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Listeners tell us about eerie encounters they've had while traveling in England and France. Then ghost hunter Terrance Zepke describes some of the most haunted places she's investigated in the US, including a former asylum in Appalachia, and even a haunted nightclub near Cincinnati. And food blogger Kate Hopkins delves into the bittersweet history of candy, and shares tips for finding the best chocolates in Europe.

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Chaos Italian-Style; Visiting Colombia; Asian America

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Learn why Colombia is turning into one of South America's prime tourist destinations. And as we mark the 50-year anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, hear about why Asians, primarily from China, represent the largest group of newcomers to the US. Then listen in as we learn how things get done — or not — in Italy's chaotic culture.

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Oklahoma City; Honolulu; A Blue Mind

Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how recent upgrades to Oklahoma City have helped to turn it into a "big-league" city. Then eavesdrop on some local buzz around town in Honolulu, and get a sense of how time spent exploring its cultural opportunities can enhance any visit to Hawaii. And listen in as author Wallace J. Nichols explains the psychological benefits of being near the water ― even if that just means taking a relaxing bath now and then.

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Monet's Garden Passion; Ireland's Ring of Kerry; The Carry Home

Sat, 10 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Author and artist Elizabeth Murray tells how her life was changed by working in painter Claude Monet's gardens outside Paris. Then Irish tour guides take us to the scenic highlights of the popular Ring of Kerry peninsula. And nature writer Gary Ferguson reveals how cultivating a relationship with the natural world helps us better understand life's mystery and beauty.

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Music of Spain; Space Station Living; Canine-American Road Trip

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Tune into the traditional music of Spain and find out where to catch the best flamenco shows in Madrid. Then listen in as astronaut Chris Hadfield describes daily life aboard the International Space Station, and lets us in on how you get used to doing everything — and we mean everything — in zero gravity. And hear what a cross-country road trip showed a man and his dog about America's canine culture, and what they learned about each other.

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Porto and the Douro Valley; Midnight in Siberia; Scottish Pub Talk

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Guides from Portugal describe the delights of Porto, and the winemaking traditions of the nearby Douro Valley in the north of Portugal. Then NPR's David Greene shares what he learned about everyday working-class Russians from his trips on the Trans-Siberian Railway. And friends from Scotland explain the cultural importance of their neighborhood pubs, and share tips for making yourself feel right at home on your next pub visit.

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