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Antarctica Through the Eyes of Emperor Penguins

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Due to a lapse in appropriations caused by the government shutdown, funds for certain government Antarctic research programs will be depleted by October 14, 2013. What's it really like to do research in Antarctica? In the book Empire Antarctica, author Gavin Francis details his 14 month adventure as the base-camp doctor at Halley research station in Antarctica. Today Francis joins The Takeaway to discuss his work and the way forward for Antarctic research.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Frugal Traveler's Memoir

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Matt Gross, former 'Frugal Traveler' for The New York Times, now editor of, and author of The Turk Who Loved Apples And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World, talks about his journeys around the world and takes your travel quandaries and questions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

From Shopsin's to Mumbai

Friday, April 12, 2013

Tamara Shopsin, graphic designer and illustrator (and sometimes short-order cook in the family restaurant) and photographer Jason Fulford, her husband and collaborator, talk about their travels and memoir, Mumbai New York Scranton (Scribner, 2013).

→Event: Tamara Shopsin will be in conversation with John Hodgman at The Strand on Monday, April 15 at 7PM.


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'The Birds Fall Down' and More: Rebecca West's Lamentations, 1966

Friday, January 18, 2013


A funereal air hangs over the proceedings at Rebecca West's 1966 Book and Author's Luncheon appearance.

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John Gunther, Author of 'Inside' Travel Guides, Offers Glimpse of African Continent, 1955

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Formerly a foreign war correspondent, Chicagoan John Gunther drew on his background to write the 'Inside' travel series, which included Inside Europe (1936), Inside Asia (1939), Inside Latin America (1941), and here, Inside Africa.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

At The Edges of the U.S.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Canadian writers Wayne Grady and Merilyn Simonds, one the descendent of an American slave, the other educated at an American school in Brazil, write about their trip around the perimeter of the U.S. and discuss their new book, Breakfast at the Exit Cafe: Travels Through America.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Culture and History of Syria

Friday, April 29, 2011

Brooke Allen describes her experiences traveling in Syria. The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels through Syria is an account of Syria's rich historical and archaeological treasures: the ancient cities of Aleppo and Damascus, the great Crusader castles, the Bronze Age ruins of Ebla and Mari, the Greco-Roman cities of Palmyra and Apamea, and it looks at Syria's people, culture, and history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Magnetic North

Monday, March 07, 2011

Travel writer Sara Wheeler uncovers the beautiful, brutal reality of the Arctic in her latest book, The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle. Wheeler travels with the crew of a Russian icebreaker, herds reindeer across the tundra with the Lapps, and shadows the Trans-Atlantic pipeline with truckers, all in an effort to understand the role of the Arctic in public and in private life.

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