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.
745 Orkney Living; Walkable European Cities; Nomads of Europe
Hear what it's like to live on one of the windswept Orkney Islands off the northern tip of Scotland, where people have lived since before recorded history. Then learn how redesigned traffic patterns in Europe have had a positive impact on quality of life — and get ideas for making your own city a more enjoyable place to be outdoors. Plus, a historian examines the underappreciated role of nomadic societies and their struggles in the modern world.
744 Falling for Saturn; Heart of Martin Sheen; Florentine Favorites
Astronomer Philip Plait — who fell in love with Saturn after first viewing the gas giant, with its mesmerizing rings and moons, through a telescope as a child — shares some of the amazing discoveries we've made about the planet in recent years. Then actor Martin Sheen describes how his travels in the developing world have opened his eyes, and his heart, to the needs of others. And a Florence-based tour guide and culinary expert lets us in on where to find the best food in her adopted home.
743 Happens in Vegas; Morocco's Sahara
The most popular storyteller of our time, author James Patterson, shares insights from the people who work behind the scenes to turn Las Vegas into America's ultimate fantasy destination. And a Morocco-based tour guide recommends letting yourself be amazed by the night sky in the Sahara Desert, a view that's guided travelers for millennia.
742 Sharks; Beyond Havana; Pompeii
A deep-sea diving instructor from Australia explains why he's not afraid of sharks — well, most of them. Then a Cuba travel expert looks at the places and experiences you can explore beyond Havana, as well the rules that govern travel to Cuba for US travelers. And a guide from Italy helps us step into a day in the first century, frozen in time, at the ruins of Pompeii on the slope of Mount Vesuvius.
595a The Story of Spanish; First Timer's Spain
Hear the unlikely story of how Spanish grew from a Latin dialect in northern Iberia to become one of the world's most important and widely spoken languages. Then get tips for enjoying your first trip to Spain, and for getting the most out of a visit to the Prado's massive art collection in Madrid.
741 Visiting Vienna; Visiting Bosnia; Athens Acropolis
Get tips for enjoying elegant, easily navigated Vienna, Austria's capital and the epicenter of a once-mighty empire. Then hear a Bosnian describe what his country, a generation after its infamous war, has to teach us about getting along with our neighbors — and why the nation is now blossoming as a travel destination. And get acquainted with the fascinating ancient structures atop Athens' Acropolis.
Love your work Steve but please don’t listen to the people you had talking about an English Christmas. Most British people are against fox hunting in any form. This is an outdated pastime for the ‘upper classes’ and abhorred by us common folk. I had to comment as they made it sound as though it’s common practice. I assure you it’s not.
Another woke bloke
This is supposed to be a travelling or travel podcast about travelling but each time the weather or climate of an area is mentioned the first go to is to scream “global warming”....just stop with the alarmist views for heavens sake and talk about things you know
Please chat about travelling but refrain from political speech such as global warming climate change we all going to die malarky, just travelling knowledge or experiences, that simple, leave the other stuff to the idiots.