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 writer of over a hundred public television travel shows and author of 30 best-selling guidebooks, Rick now brings his passion for exploring and understanding our world to public radio. Related travel information and message boards on www.ricksteves.com.
685 Joanna Lumley’s Nile Adventure; Samantha Brown’s Happy Travels
Actress Joanna Lumley details her 4,000-mile trek up the Nile River to the river's fabled source in Rwanda. Joanna shares what she learned from people she met while filming a documentary about the trip, and describes her ride to the pyramids on one very fine camel. And TV host Samantha Brown tells Rick how she keeps herself from stressing out over what could go wrong in her frequent travels.
684 Obscure Museums; Peloponnesian and Mythical Greece
Rick checks in with Dylan Thuras from Atlas Obscura to discuss a few of their favorite small, sometimes eccentric museums around the world. Then author Peter Fiennes describes some of the real sites where Greek myths were set, and how they can speak to us today. And two historian tour guides share some of their top reasons to visit the Peloponnese, the giant peninsula just an hour's drive south of Athens.
683 English Country Gardens; On Becoming a Gardener; In Praise of Wasting Time
English tour guides share their enthusiasm for enjoying the riot of color and inspiration you'll find in England's best country gardens. Then author Catie Marron explains how she designed and planted a garden as a way to feel a sense of belonging in her new home. And physicist Alan Lightman explains why it's healthy to give yourself a little unstructured time every day just for goofing off.
480b Turn Right at Machu Picchu; Lafayette in the USA; Scotch
Author Mark Adams shares what he learned about Incan history while trekking to Machu Picchu. Then author 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.
682 Europe by the Book; Berlin Day Trips; Mexico City 2022
Enjoy some of the best-ever writing on life in far-away places with a recommended reading list from a Harvard professor of comparative literature. Then get tips on the historic towns and royal retreats that are easily enjoyed as day trips from Berlin. And hear about daily life in Mexico City in 2022 from an American expat — and why he considers his new home the "capital of the 21st century."
681 French Impressionism; Perfect Week in Paris; First Timer’s Louvre
Celebrate Bastille Day with French guides. They'll explain the impressionist techniques perfected in the early 20th century, provide insider advice for designing the perfect Parisian itinerary, and help tackle the immense collection at the Louvre.
I love Rick
Rick has great guests, such as writers of well known travel guides, so you can be sure of up to date information. He also takes phone calls and it's great to hear other people's experiences.
Stop interrupting your guests
I generally enjoy Rick Steves on TV, but man as an interviewer he is hard to listen to - because he continually interrupts hi guests so much, it’s virtually unlistenable.
Rick won’t stop interrupting
I tried listening to a couple of episodes that I was genuinely interested in, but he spent the first segments of each episode interrupting his guests quite abruptly. It was very jarring and hard to listen to, particularly since he does it more to women than to men. It’s a bad habit that makes an otherwise interesting show totally unlistenable.