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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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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 his 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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Rome After Dark; Underground NYC

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

People-watching and relaxing in the night air in one of Rome’s picturesque public piazzas: Get tips for enjoying Rome’s more intimate side after sunset. Then a guide to New York City tells us where you can get in touch with the city's forgotten history and its multicultural character, and hear from a few daring souls who find adventure in high places.

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Bath, England; Yucatan Living; What They're Talking About in Spain

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

Find out why Bath is an ideal city to visit for a little R&R in the English countryside, then hear why one American expat, who runs a popular website about her life in the Yucatán, left California with her husband to start a new life in the Mexican city of Mérida. And get clued in on the hot-button topics under discussion in the bars and cafés of Spain.

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Scandinavian Smackdown; Road Trips with the Green Book

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

Did you hear the one about the Swede, the Norwegian, and the Dane? Hear about what Scandinavians tend to think about their Nordic neighbors, and the sometimes not-so-subtle differences that help give each country its distinct identity. Then listen in for the story of the special travel guide that African Americans relied on in the mid-20th century to find a welcome when traveling out of town within the US.

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Appalachian Trails; John Brown

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Listen in as we rock the cradle of country music, from kitchy Dollywood to all-day mountain-music jams along Virginia's "Crooked Road." Tony Horwitz explores how John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry still haunts us today. And we'll hear how fun it can be to hike Appalachian Trail.

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Irish Legacy of Michael Collins; Boxing with Cuba; Katrina Plus Ten

Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Journalist Gary Rivlin tells us how he's seen New Orleans change in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina. Also, Brin-Jonathan Butler describes what a decade of training with Olympic boxing elites in Havana showed him about life in Cuba, and why he's now barred from returning. And hear how the nearly century-old legacy of an Irish revolutionary leader still evokes dissention among his countrymen.

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Unearthing the 'Stans; Ephesus; Oxford vs. Cambridge

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how photojournalist David Adams journeyed to Afghanistan and central Asia in search of the lost cities encountered by Alexander the Great. Learn why Ephesus, in western Turkey, is one of the best places in the world to resurrect a sense of the everyday life of the ancient Greeks and Romans. And for those looking for a taste of university life in England, we share tips for choosing between Oxford and Cambridge.

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David McCullough on the Wright Brothers; First Impressions of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

David McCullough recounts a big day in aviation history, when the Wright Brothers first demonstrated powered flight to an eager audience ― in France. Then travel writer Tim Neville shares his first impressions of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan ― neighbors along the fabled Silk Road of central Asia, but ones with very different personalities. And listeners share the rewards of their latest exotic travels. 

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Folk Music of Italy; Swiss Watching; Weekend in Wales

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0000

A British ex-pat tells us what it's like to live in Switzerland, and explains why the Swiss are deliberately different from the rest of their European neighbors. We'll also get pointers for fun things to explore on a weekend in Wales from one of that country's top tour guides. And a musician from Orvieto provides examples of the different styles of folk and traditional music you can enjoy across Italy.

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The Desert Wisdom of Terry Tempest Williams; Sahara by Motorbike

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Naturalist Terry Tempest Williams reflects on a mystery her late mother left behind, and explains her drive to speak out on behalf of the rugged Utah wilderness she calls home. Then a tour guide from Italy describes how he likes to get away from it all: on a motorbike across the vast Sahara desert.

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The Birth of Korean Cool; Pico Iyer in North Korea

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Author Euny Hong explains how South Korea has transformed into an economic and pop-culture powerhouse to become one of the world's "coolest" countries. Then author Pico Iyer shares what he observed on a recent visit to the renegade nation of North Korea, and explains how easy it is to visit the North on a tightly wrapped packaged tour via China.

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Future of France; Parisians; Open Phones

Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Hear French views on the tensions that free speech can raise in a multicultural nation. Author Graham Robb introduces us to some of the people that have helped define today's stylish city of Paris. Also, listeners describe the high points from their latest adventures overseas.

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Marrying An American; Flatlands; Sightseeing Communist History

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Guides from Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic tell us about some of the sites you can visit to get a feel for the Communist era in central and eastern Europe. We'll also explore the allure of a road trip in flatlands, 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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Falling in Love with Madrid; Romantic Prague; Travel Kindness

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Find out why Madrid and Prague are two of the most romantic cities in Europe as local tour guides describe outstanding architecture, peaceful gardens, friendly street life, and romantic viewpoints where visitors might find themselves falling in love.Plus, Rick chats with listeners who share unforgettable encounters from their travels.

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Insider's Guide to Venice; Touring Norway

Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Explore the charming backstreets of Venice as local guides offer insider advice for avoiding the crush of tourists. Experience the elegance of Venice from its breathtakingly beautiful architecture to its quiet neighborhoods. Also, while Norway tops the list of expensive countries, we'll get budget tips for enjoying Europe's most dramatic coastal scenery.

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Europe's Royal Families; Agatha Christie's Grand Tour; Walking Dublin

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

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." Then we hear about Agatha Christie's 1922 Grand Tour to promote the British Empire, as told to her grandson. And we take a close look at how World War I upended the roles of Europe's monarchies.

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Unofficial Guide to Disney World; Flying with Kids; Lemurs of Madagascar

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Get tips from the author of the best-selling "Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World" on how to enjoy the Disney theme parks without getting overwhelmed. Then listen in for some practical advice for minimizing tears when flying with small children. And hear why its wildlife makes Madagascar one of veteran traveler Hilary Bradt's favorite places in the world.

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What Italians Are Talking About; Visiting England's Estate Houses

Sat, 30 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Get insider tips for which of Britain's many tourable historic mansions and stately homes are the most rewarding to visit, and which of those offer the chance to meet the lord or lady of the manor. Plus, guides from Rome and Sicily give us a local's take on the Italian hot-topic issues their neighbors are discussing at the corner café: the red tape, high unemployment, and influx of refugees that are all straining the government's ability to manage.

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Breakfast In America; Four Corners Road Trip; Indonesia Etc.

Sat, 23 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Listen in as Elizabeth Pisani shares tales of her year-long voyage to get reacquainted with the world's fourth most populous country ― what she calls the "improbable" nation of Indonesia. Then learn about where to find some of America’s best breakfasts on your next US road trip – the perfect places get each day started on the right note. And we explore the singular beauty of the Four Corners region of the American Southwest.

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Politics in Turkey; Greek Mythology Sites; Holland

Sat, 16 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

We follow up with friends from Turkey who participated in Istanbul’s 2013 Gezi Park protests and learn why there's still a populist movement against the leader of their national government. Then it’s on to the ancients of Greece: what they can still show us about their world, and how it influences us today. And we get pointers for visiting the high points of Holland, from the impressive industrial strength of today's Rotterdam to reminders of the Dutch Republic and World War II.

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Into the Wind; Nomadic Matt's Budget Travel Tips; Listener Adventures

Sat, 09 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Jake Ducey describes what the world taught him after he dropped out of college and spent half a year wandering far from home, then blogger "Nomadic Matt" shares budget travel tips that allow you to see the world in comfort on $50 a day, whatever your age. Plus listeners share tales from their unforgettable adventures.

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Ceramic Arts of Portugal; EU Immigration Issues; Trans-Siberian Railway

Sat, 02 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000

NPR's former Moscow correspondent David Greene joins us to describe his winter ride on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and share what it taught him about the Russian people. And we'll examine how Europeans are debating immigration issues in light of the recent increase in refugees from Syria and North Africa. Then it’s off to Portugal, where we’ll learn why its colorful traditional ceramic tiles are so central to the culture.

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Waters of Rome; Ferenc Mate at Sea; Outdoor France

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Learn about how the waters of Rome — from its ornate fountains to a shrine for the Venus of the Sewers — can be a refreshing way to explore this ancient capital. We'll also hear from Ferenc Máté how sailing the dangerous waters around Canada's Vancouver Island set the scene for the first of his Dugger mystery novels. And for some serious fresh air and exercise, we explore options for activities in the great French outdoors.

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Hungarian Country Vacation; Basque Country

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Get suggestions for relaxing in Hungary’s countryside, long a favorite for low-stress family vacations. Rick also checks in with listeners planning family trips to the UK and Ireland. Then get tips for exploring the Basque Country of Spain and France, where top-notch food, modern art, and deep-seated traditions make for a colorful trip to this unique region.

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Astronaut's Favorite Views; Nowhere Travels; Hilary Bradt; Summer of '73

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0000

Listen in as astronaut Chris Hadfield and writer Pico Iyer describe the life-altering perspectives they’ve gained from their travels. Then Rick compares notes with guidebook publisher Hilary Bradt, and remembers the highlights of his first trip to Europe after high school graduation — the first time he traveled abroad without his parents.

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Cuba for American Travelers; Easter in Sevilla

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

Listen in as Christopher P. Baker, one of America's top experts on travel to Cuba, reports on the reaction in the streets of Havana to President Obama's announcement - and addresses common misconceptions about what the policy change really means for Americans who want to visit Cuba. Then learn about southern Spain's elaborate Semana Santa observances, which fill the streets of Andalucía in the week leading up to Easter.

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Mexico Road Trips; 21st-Century Women in Italy; Open Phones

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

Get tips for exploring Mexico at your own pace as the experts behind “The People's Guide to Mexico” offer tips for enjoying an independent road trip. Then hear about the frustrations many Italian women face when fighting against some very deep-rooted gender stereotypes, and listen in as listeners share their travel tales from Sicily.  

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Traditional Irish Music; How to Be Irish; Exploring Belfast

Sat, 14 Mar 2015 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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Dynamic Berlin; Debating the European Economic Crisis

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

Get a peek behind the news to hear first-hand how Spaniards and Greeks are coping with Europe’s economic crisis — then hear the other side of the debate as we turn to look at thriving Berlin, which has continually attracted newcomers ever since it reunited 25 years ago.

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Europe by Rail; American Comfort Food; European Travel Reports

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

One of America's top experts on European train travel shares her tips for making the most of Europe's extensive train network, and explains how rail passes work — and how to know when they’re a bargain. Then Road Food experts Jane and Michael Stern tell us what they look for in hometown "comfort food" restaurants, where everyone feels welcome. And listeners check in with reports on special travel moments from France, Spain, Poland, and Italy.

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Belgium's Split Personality; Scotland Post-Referendum; the Lusitania

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

Get personal insights on what persuaded the Scottish people to vote 'Nae' in their recent independence referendum, and hear an overview of the two personalities that comprise Belgium. Then listen in as we learn more about the doomed Lusitania, which was sunk off the coast of Ireland 100 years ago this year, and about some of Europe's greatest unfinished artistic masterpieces.

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Monet's Passion; the French House; Marrying an Italian

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

Listen in as an artist who helped restore Monet’s gardens explains why the French painter first created these colorful gardens at his house outside Paris, and hear how renovating a house on an island off the coast of Brittany can feed your wild side. Then American tour guides let us in on what happens when you marry an Italian...and the in-laws live next door. And an adventure cyclist shares the story of a timely romantic surprise that came when he needed it most.

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Istanbul Street Food; Karneval in the Rhineland and Balkans; More Holy Land Travels

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

Get tips for eating well on the cheap in Istanbul, where street vendors and inexpensive cafeterias offer great local food amid the city’s vibrant street life. Then hear about the Karneval street parties that have livened up Germany’s Rhineland for centuries, and the pre-Lenten festivities that kick off spring in Croatia and Slovenia. Plus, listen in as listeners share impressions from their visits to the Holy Land.

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Convent Inns of Italy; Travels with the Band; Protecting the Pacific

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

Find out what's been threatening the mid-Pacific...and what’s being done to protect it. Then learn about an unusual — and often comfortable — alternative to hotels and B&Bs: convents and monasteries, many of which welcome travelers in some of the world’s prime locales. And listen in while the man behind The Long Winters tells tales from his band’s tours around Europe, and reveals where they’ve found the biggest fans for American rock and roll.

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Regions of France; Châteaux Country; Ancient Stones of Brittany

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

Join us as we take a look at regional highlights beyond Paris, such as the vineyards and mansions of the Loire Valley. We'll also learn about the weathered prehistoric stone formations on the hillsides of Brittany and how they link us to France’s mysterious past.

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Ireland's W. B. Yeats; Scotland's Robert Burns; Agatha Christie's England

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

We look at how important the poet W. B Yeats is to the Irish, then Agatha Christie’s grandson recommends places in England where you experience the world of her mystery novels. And, just in time for Burns Night, Scottish troubadour Jim Malcolm explains what Robert Burns means to the Scots — and sings some of his favorite Burns tunes.

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Lake Titicaca; Latino America; South Carolina Low Country

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

Explore the highlights of the South Carolina Low Country, home to antebellum architecture, wildlife preserves, and plenty of rice and seafood. Then discover how you can stay high in the Andes with an indigenous family, right on the lake where Incas believe life began. And learn how Latinos in the United States are gaining influence — and what politicians need to understand to earn their vote.

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Africa 54 Update; Fortunes of Africa; Stovetop Travel

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

Francis Tapon checks in with Rick at the halfway point of his goal to explore each of Africa's 54 countries. African historian Martin Meredith explains the lasting impact of the continent's colonial legacy. Also, Sasha Martin shares how to introduce your family to the favorite foods of every nation on earth.

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European New Year's; Spanish Wine; Alexander's Lost World

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how people in Sweden, Croatia, Wales, and Scotland welcome in the new year, then learn how Spanish wines are making a splash — and get tips for pairing up its major varietals. And listen in as an Australian photojournalist describes how his expeditions in Central Asia led him to new insights on Alexander the Great.

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European Christmas Preparations

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

In Europe, Santa Claus has some rather interesting relatives. Get acquainted with such characters as Baba Noel, Grandfather Frost, Saint Nicholas, Krampus, and even Samichlaus and Schmutzli. Listen in as friends from Madrid, Rome, London, and Lisbon tell us about their cities’ Christmas traditions, then hear how the holidays are celebrated in Bulgaria, the Swiss and Austrian Alps, and in the Low Countries.

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

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Look at the world in a whole new light: Hear about a view that's "out of this world" as astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield describes the photos he took of Mother Earth from 250 miles away, and what they revealed. We also explore how the Roman and pre-historic worlds are within reach when you dig a little beneath the surface in Britain. And listeners share the highlights of their travels in the Holy Land.

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Surviving Sinterklaas; Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Experience vicarious time travel as actress Joanna Lumley describes the memorable connections she made at the iconic sites of ancient Greece, then hear about some of the holiday traditions that get the season underway in the Netherlands and Sweden. Plus we’ll discuss how easy it is to enjoy the grandeur of great churches all over Europe, no matter what your beliefs.

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Globetrotting with Kids; Off-Season Travels

Sat, 29 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Find out how to make traveling abroad into a favorite family pastime, as two moms share their tips, and enthusiasm, for overseas travel with kids. Then hear how listeners have enjoyed exploring places like Iceland and Austria during the winter months.

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The Table Comes First in France; A Taste of Portugal

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Adam Gopnik explains why "The Table Comes First in France," and how taking time to eat with joy and appreciation can make every dinnertime into an occasion at your house. Also, guides from Portugal share the highlights of their country's cuisine, from Atlantic seafood, to the hearty stews enjoyed in the mountains.

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Scottish Hebrides; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Move To Tahiti

Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Hear how the light and color of the Caribbean inspired a dazzling photo book by novelist Ferenc Máté – who, having sailed to the West Indies island of St. Vincent, liked the gentle island life style so much he didn't want to leave. Then we'll explore options for touring the Hebrides, the isles off Scotland’s west coast. Plus, author Sarah Turnbull explains how she adjusted to life on "island time" when she moved from Paris to Tahiti.

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Oklahoma City; Honolulu; A Blue Mind

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Learn how recent upgrades have helped turn Oklahoma City into a "big-league city."  And hear what people are talking about in Honolulu, and how this city’s cultural offerings can enhance any trip to Hawaii. Plus, author Wallace J. Nichols explains how being near water really can benefit your state of mind, even if it just means taking a long bath now and then.

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Live Like a Spaniard; Buenos Aires; Feedback Open Phones

Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0000

Hear about why Buenos Aires is one of the world’s most popular cities from an American who's made Argentina his home.  Then learn how to fit in with the locals in Spain, where the daily rhythms of life beat differently than they do in the US.  And listeners follow up with Rick about what they've heard in recent episodes of this show.

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

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000

We'll explore the legacy of the real-life pirates who operated off the Carolina coast in colonial America. Next, a pair of Irishmen clue us in on the various sorts of faery people that some still believe inhabit the Emerald Isle, and we'll learn about the ghost stories of San Francisco.

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