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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Have you ever traveled to a destination only to find out it’s nothing like what you expected? A veteran travel writer shares what the major guidebooks aren’t telling you. Also: one man’s ten year quest to find a cure for cancer. And David Morse and Jim Norton discuss starring in the celebrated Broadway play, “The Seafarer.” Plus, Underreported looks at the year’s overlooked humanitarian stories.

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David Morse and Jim Norton

A Travel Writer’s Experiences Across the Globe

Veteran travel writer Chuck Thompson believes that the widely respected Lonely Planet guidebooks have ruined more travel destinations than the tourists its writers criticize. Smile When You're Lying cuts past the clichés of travel writing and presents the interesting stories that are often left out of the guidebooks.

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Starring in Broadway’s “The Seafarer”

Ben Brantley of The New York Times says that “The Seafarer” has “one of the finest ensembles to grace a Broadway stage in years.” Two of the actors in this ensemble, David Morse and Jim Norton, discuss starring in one of the year’s most celebrated plays.

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A Personal Quest to Find a Cure for Cancer

Dr. Mark Davis was enjoying a successful career as a chemical engineer, until his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, ten years later, he’s created a revolutionary nanoparticle drug that has reversed terminal cancer in one test patient. This story is featured in "Curious," a series co-produced by Thirteen/WNET. ...

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Underreported: The 10 Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2007

People struggling to survive violence, forced displacement, and disease in Somalia, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere went underreported in the news this year. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières has released its 10th annual “Top Ten” Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2007. Executive Director of MSF-USA Nicolas de Torrenté discusses the list.

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