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Startups Could Save Space Travel

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

If you think today’s travelers have reached the last frontier, think again. Arizona State Planetary Scientist Jim Bell explains how space startups will launch us into a new age of exploration.

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On Being

Pico Iyer — The Art of Stillness

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Pico Iyer — The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer is one of our most eloquent explorers of what he calls the "inner world" — in himself and in the 21st century world at large. The journalist and novelist travels the globe from Ethiopia to North Korea and lives in Japan. But he also experiences a remote Benedictine hermitage as his second home, retreating there many times each year. In this intimate conversation, we explore the discoveries he's making and his practice of "the art of stillness.”

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On Being

[Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 04, 2015

[Unedited] Pico Iyer with Krista TippettThis unedited conversation with Pico Iyer comes from the produced show "The Art of Stillness." Pico Iyer is one of our most eloquent explorers of what he calls the "inner world" — in himself and in the 21st century world at large. The journalist and novelist travels the globe from Ethiopia to North Korea and lives in Japan. But he also experiences a remote Benedictine hermitage as his second home, retreating there many times each year. In this intimate conversation, we explore the discoveries he's making and his practice of "the art of stillness.” See more at www.onbeing.org/program/pico-iyer-the-art-of-stillness/7615

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Life as a Cuban Tour Guide

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tour guides get paid more than surgeons in Cuba.  Why?  Tips from foreigners, especially Americans. Rosa Ricardo describes her life as a tour guide.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Tavis Smiley Learned as Maya Angelou's Chaperone

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As a young man, Smiley spent two weeks "carrying Maya Angelou's bags" around during a trip to Ghana, and he writes in a new book about the ways she inspired him to serve others.

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BackStory

Green Superheroes

Friday, March 13, 2015

Producer Andrew Parsons talks with comic book author Denny O’Neill and historian Bradford Wright, about Green Lantern and Green Arrow – two green superheroes who helped lead the way to more socially-conscious comic books in the 1970s.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

On Our Minds: Reinhold Messner

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Correction: In the broadcast version of this interview, Reinhold Messner is incorrectly said to have walked 28,000 kilometers across Antarctica. He walked 2,800 kilometers. Reinhold Messner is arguably the world’s greatest living mountaineer. He’s climbed 14 of the world’s tallest peaks, and if that isn’t impressive enough, he was the first to climb Mt. Everest alone and without supplemental oxygen. He recounts some of these adventures in a new book called “Reinhold Messner: My Life at the Limit.” Steve Paulson caught up with him and asked how he got hooked on climbing.  

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Old Roads to Rome

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Travel writer Tony Perrotet has spent his career traveling all over the globe, but he skipped the Mediterranean tour, choosing Tierra del Fuego or the Amazon over Rome. But the discovery of an ancient guide book launched him on his most exotic journey yet, in the footsteps of the Ancients.

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The Takeaway

Your 2015 Travel Guide to Cuba

Friday, January 16, 2015

Today the White House will officially ease travel restrictions to Cuba. If the island nation is making your travel list this year, we're here to help show you the other side of paradise.

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The Takeaway

Can The Takeaway Convince You to Go to Cuba?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New rules are about to kick in that will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. Can we tempt you to choose Cuba? Listen to our in-house produced commercial here.

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Innovation Hub

A Dip Into History: Jet Set

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A serial inventor’s best-known project burst into flames before being embraced by the rich and famous.

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The Takeaway

What the Car of the Future Will Look Like

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Imaging the car of the future is a real gig and Sheryl Connelly has it—she's the head of global consumer trends and futuring manager for Ford.

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The Takeaway

Goodbye Prius, Hello Gas Guzzler?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Is it true that as soon as gas prices drop people stop riding the subway and start buy new gas guzzlers? A transportation expert explains what really happens.

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The Takeaway

Surprising Twist: GOP May Raise Gas Tax

Friday, January 09, 2015

A few powerful GOP senators are signaling that they're open to the idea—even House Speaker John Boehner, who personally opposes raising the gas tax, hasn't ruled it out.

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The Takeaway

Portlanders Struggle to Say Goodbye to Airport Carpet

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Portlanders are bidding a fond farewell to the carpet at the Portland Airport. Yes, the carpet. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explorer's Take on Staying Put

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A travel writer's take on meditation and exploring the inner world.

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The Takeaway

How Airlines Cash In on Our Discomfort

Monday, January 05, 2015

Flying is more uncomfortable than ever, and the airlines made it that way. If you want relief, you have to pay. 

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Studio 360

This Artist Makes Some of Her Best Work in the Airplane Bathroom

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Artist Nina Katchadourian flies a lot, and hates to kill time. So she uses that time productively, making hundreds of photographs for the series "Seat Assignment."
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The Takeaway

Forget The Land of Misfit Toys, This Is The Land of Lost Luggage

Monday, December 22, 2014

Where does forgotten luggage go? To the one and only Unclaimed Baggage Center. The store gets 7,000 new items from planes, trains, and buses around the country for resale each day.

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WNYC News

Storm Hits Thanksgiving Travelers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

More than 550 flights have been canceled nationwide so far today — the bulk of them in the Northeast.

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