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The Travel Hour
27 minutes | a year ago
In the Worlds of Willa Cather
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with Tracy Tucker, education director and archivist of the Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska, about the novelist's life and works.
29 minutes | a year ago
Red Cloud, Nebraska: Willa Cather
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson walks around the childhood home of the novelist Willa Cather (My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop) with Rachel Olsen, the education specialist of the Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
19 minutes | a year ago
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with guide and historian Bulent Yilmaz Korkmaz of Crowded House Tours in Turkey, about the 1915 Battle of Gallipoli, fought for the control of the narrow straits of the Dardanelles—not far from ancient Troy.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Ndola, Zambia: Crash of Dag Hammarskjold
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with French correspondent Maurin Picard about his new book, Ils Ont Tué Monsieur H (They Have Killed Mr. Hammarskjold: Congo, 1961. The French Mercenary Plot Against the United Nations - published in France.) They discuss various theories that could have led to the plane crash of the UN Secretary General during the Congo Crisis of 1961.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and goes around with Taib and Damir, two guides with Funky Sarajevo, a locally-operated tour company, which is part of the renaissance of the city that was earlier synonymous with war and suffering.
14 minutes | 2 years ago
Edinburgh, Scotland: Robert Louis Stevenson
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the home in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the writer Robert Louis Stevenson grew up and where he lived well into his twenties. Matthew speaks with the current owner of the house, John Macfie, and explains to listeners how they can stay overnight in the home.
19 minutes | 2 years ago
Northern Ireland: With Chester A. Arthur
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the Chester A. Arthur Cottage (it belonged to the president's father, before he emigrated to North America) and speaks with Ms. May Kirkpatrick about the Arthur family's roots in Ulster.
19 minutes | 3 years ago
Bloody Sunday 1972
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the Free Derry Museum in Northern Ireland and speaks with historian Adrian Kerr about what happened on Sunday January 30, 1972, when fourteen Derry citizens were killed by British soldiers, and more were wounded.
28 minutes | 3 years ago
Gettysburg, PA: With Thaddeus Stevens
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson, in Gettysburg, PA, visits with the famous Civil War congressman and abolitionist, Thaddeus Stevens, courtesy of Ross Hetrick, president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, which is dedicated to preserving the memory of the legislator who opposed slavery and promoted public education.
26 minutes | 3 years ago
Geneva, Switzerland: To the Book Fair
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the Geneva Book Fair and speaks with New York Times senior editor (of the Books Desk) Greg Cowles and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Books (USA) Patrick Nolan about the many worlds that they visit in the course of their reading, writing, and editing.
21 minutes | 3 years ago
Capital Park Station, South Africa
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with Damian Sadie, general manager of Rovos Rail, the private luxury railways located in Pretoria, South Africa, and with railroad excursions—of the highest standards—across southern Africa.
63 minutes | 4 years ago
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL: The Adlai Stevensons
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson talks with Nancy and Adlai Stevenson III (the former U.S. senator from Illinois) about their political family that stretches to the time of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the 1850s and includes the presidential runs of Adlai Stevenson II in the 1950s.
15 minutes | 4 years ago
Lecompton, Kansas: The Constitutional Civil War
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits Lecompton, Kansas, and speaks with Tim Ruis, site administrator of Constitutional Hall, where in many ways the Civil War began.
24 minutes | 4 years ago
Osawatomie, Kansas: John Brown, Abolitionist
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with Grady Atwater, site administrator of the John Brown Museum Historic Site, which is southwest by about an hour from Kansas City, MO. It was from here that John Brown fought against slavery coming to the Kansas territories in the 1850s.
16 minutes | 4 years ago
Columbia, Tennessee: James K. Polk
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with the director of the James K. Polk Home & Museum, John Holtzapple, about how, as president, James K. Polk added more than a million square miles to the United States.
47 minutes | 4 years ago
West Egg, Long Isand, NY: Gatsby's World
University of London Professor and noted scholar of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dr. Sarah Churchwell, speaks with Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson about the 1925 great American novel, The Great Gatsby, and its many worlds
40 minutes | 4 years ago
Oxford, England: A Middle East Primer
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with Edward Mortimer—the well-respected journalist, author, and diplomat who is now a distinguished fellow at All Souls College in Oxford, England—about Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and the chances for peace in the Middle East.
50 minutes | 4 years ago
Phnom Penh: Looking Back at the Darkness
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with veteran journalists Robert Carmichael and Luke Hunt about Cambodia and the legacies of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot, and how listeners can explore Cambodian history on their own.
14 minutes | 4 years ago
Jaffna, Sri Lanka: After the Civil War
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with human rights lawyer Richard J. Rogers about the long civil war in Sri Lanka and his hopes that the victims of that fighting might find justice for their losses.
39 minutes | 4 years ago
London: The Many Lives of Guy Burgess
Host Matthew Stevenson speaks with author Andrew Lownie talks about his new book, Stalin's Englishman, a biography of the Russian spy Guy Burgess, a member of the Cambridge Ring that penetrated the heart of British foreign policy in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
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