Travel Writing http://publicradiotulsa.org en "The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/nile-journey-downriver-through-egypts-past-and-present <p>On this edition of ST, an interesting conversation with the British author and scholar Toby Wilkinson, who earned a degree in Egyptology from Downing College, Cambridge, and has been awarded several prestigious awards in his academic field. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:26:40 +0000 Rich Fisher 61505 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present" "A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/reckless-memoir-hotels-hustles-and-so-called-hospitality <p>On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Jacob Tomsky, whose new book, "Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality," has been getting some rather glowing reviews from all over lately. A longtime veteran of the hotel biz, Tomsky here offers a detailed and unflinching yet also down-to-earth and amiable --- and, throughout, quite well-written --- autobiography about what it's really like to work (in every capacity) at an upscale hotel in America. New York Times critic Janet Maslin has thus called this book "Mr. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:30:49 +0000 Rich Fisher 30452 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality" "Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/saving-our-cities-and-ourselves-automobile-encore-presentation <p>(Note: This interview originally aired in August of this year.) The automobile thrived, of course --- in fact, it flourished --- in the 20th century. Especially in America, where entire cities were developed around the car. People bought houses, planned vacations, and chose their schools and supermarkets (and so forth) around their autos --- and we still do so today. But it seems highly unlikely that cars will have quite so great an influence on our lives (and our cities) in the 21st century. So, what's next? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:26:44 +0000 Rich Fisher 29480 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile" (Encore presentation.) "Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile" http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/saving-our-cities-and-ourselves-automobile <p>The automobile thrived, of course --- in fact, it flourished --- in the 20th century. Especially in America, where entire cities were developed around the car. People bought houses, planned vacations, and chose their schools and supermarkets (and so forth) around their autos --- and we still do so today, obviously. But it seems highly unlikely that cars will have quite so great an influence on our lives (and on cities) in the 21st century. So, what's next? Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:55:43 +0000 Rich Fisher 25064 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile" Ian Frazier and His "Travels in Siberia" (Encore presentation.) http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/ian-frazier-and-his-travels-siberia-encore-presentation <p>On today&#39;s program, which first aired last fall, we hear from the longtime New Yorker Magazine writer and bestselling author Ian Frazier, whose latest book (now in paperback) is &quot;Travels in Siberia,&quot; which the San Francisco Chronicle has called &quot;a masterpiece of nonfiction writing --- tragic, bizarre, and funny.&quot; Further, as one critic of this book has noted in The New York Times Book Review: &quot;[&#39;Travels in Siberia&#39; is] an uproarious, sometimes dark yarn filled with dubious meals, broken-down vehicles, abandoned slave-labor camps, and ubiquitous statues o Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:04:23 +0000 Rich Fisher 15352 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Ian Frazier and His "Travels in Siberia" (Encore presentation.)