Program 365: World War One Sites in Britain and the Balkans; Southern American Road Food

Release Date: 05-24-2014

On Air Description

You'll understand the British promise to "never forget," when you visit the sites, events and memorials to the First World War, this year in London. On the next Travel with Rick Steves, we'll hear how the British are remembering the Great War during the Centenary of World War One. And we'll learn what it's like today, where the war started in the former-Yugoslavia.

We'll also get a taste of the best regional foods you can enjoy on a road trip across the Southern USA, from "Road Food" specialists Jane and Michael Stern.

There's a lot to discover each week on Travel with Rick Steves.


  • Tom Hooper, tour guide based in London
  • Roy Nicholls, tour guide and historian based in Dorset, England
  • Gillian Chadwick, tour guide based in London
  • Amir Telebecirovic, journalist and tour guide based in Sarajavo
  • Ben Curtis, associate professor of political science at Seattle University, and author of "A Traveller's History of Croatia (Interlink)" and "The Habsburgs: The History of a Dynasty. (Bloomsbury)"
  • Jane Stern and Michael Stern, authors of "RoadFood" (9th edition published by Clarkson Potter)

Related Links

  • The Imperial War Museums have an online list of events for the First World War Centenary in Britain.
  • The British National Archives have extensive online information about the First World War.
  • The BBC have produced an informative web page about the First World War and how it is remembered in Britain, including the significance of the Cenotaph monument in Whitehall.
  • The Grave of the Unknown Warrior is in Westminster Abbey.   
  • A Guardian columnist writes about visiting many of the war monuments in London. 
  • The London Drum City Guide has information for planning a visit to the Tate Modern's "100 Years Later" exhibit.  
  • Ben Curtis is the author of "A Traveller's History of Croatia" and "The Habsburgs: The History of a Dynasty."   
  • Amir recommends Noel Malcolm's book, "Bosnia: A Short History" to better understand the region's complicated history and alliances. 
  • A "Sarajevo Rose" is a nickname for mortar shell imprint in the streets of Sarajavo during the war in the 1990s, which you can see today across the city. 
  • "Erasmus+"  is a youth education program sponsored by the European Union.
  • Jane and Michael Stern have updated their "RoadFood" directory.  The 9th edition of RoadFood's "coast-to-coast guide to 900 of the best barbecue joints, lobster shacks, ice cream parlors, highway diners, etc," is published by Clarkson Potter. It is also now available as an E-book


  • "What special exhibits will be open during the 100th anniversary of WWI in Britain?  Where and when?"  (Donna in Oldsmar, Florida)
  • Caller notes that viewing war memorials throughout Britain "has profoundly impressed on me the utterly devastating impact WWI had on the small villages."  (Ellie in Los Angeles)
  • Caller seeks advice for planning a trip to Sarajevo to observe the centenary of the outbreak of the war.  "My grandfather was there 100 years ago, and I want to be there this summer."   (Paul in Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Discusses the spicy fried chicken at Prince's Chicken Shack in Nashville. "I have only had the medium and it is plenty hot for me.  It's my favorite fried chicken restaurant in the USA!"   (John in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • "My family and I are going on a road trip next month from Atlanta to Tampa and Savannah.  I would love some tips on finding good places to eat on the way, or food we shouldn't miss."  (Katy in Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • "Which is your favorite style of South Carolina BBQ, and what are your favorite restaurants for each style?"  (Rob in Gainesville, Georgia)
  • In the Program 365 Extra: "We have travelled through the South on many occasions. One of the many unique foods at one of our favorite stops is Sausage Gravy and Biscuits. What is the origin of the food, and why has more of this type of fare not spread to the rest of the country?"   (e-mail from Edward in Burlington, Ontario)

Incidental Music

  • The Wallace Family, "Wayfaring Stranger, " Texas Serenade / (self-released)
  • Edmonton Symphony, "Seventeen Come Sunday," Orchestral Suites of the British Isles / CBC Records
  • Metropolitan Military Band, "United Forces March," The Great War:  50 Original Historic Recordings From the First World War Years 1914-1918 (collection) / TPX 
  • John Williams, "Pavane for Guitar and String Orchestra (Gabriel Fauré, arranged by J. Williams)” Creating the Perfect Atmosphere (collection) / Sony Classical
  • Vitamin String Quartet, "Bloodflowers," Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to The Cure / Vitamin Records
  • Enrico Caruso, "Over There," The Great War:  50 Original Historic Recordings From the First World War Years 1914-1918 (collection) / TPX 
  • * Metropolitan Military Band, "United Forces March," The Great War:  50 Original Historic Recordings From the First World War Years 1914-1918 (collection) / TPX 
  • Divanhana, "Intro," Bilješke iz Šestice / RSG Radio  (Bosnia  and Herzegovina)
  • Begonia Olavide, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall, cond., "Cuando el rey Nimrod," Esprit des Balkans (collection) / Ali Vox
  • Xavier Puertas, Hespèrion XXI, Jordi Savall, cond., "Biljana," Esprit des Balkans (collection) / Ali Vox
  • Orkestar Radio-Televizije Wallingford, "Cupurlika,"  The Radost Folk Ensemble: Heirloom--25 Years / (self-released)
  • Divanhana, "Razbolje se šimšir list," Bilješke iz Šestice / RSG Radio  (Bosnia  and Herzegovina)
  • * Connie and Babe, with Red Roberts, "Cruel Willie," Blue Trail of Sorrow  (collection) / Rounder
  • Claude Bolling, "Stars Fell on Alabama," Crossover USA / BMG-Milan
  • Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Scott Yoo, conductor, featuring Mark O'Connor, "Strings and Threads. Suite X:  Queen of the Cumberland (composed by Mark O'Connor)," The American Seasons / Sony 
  • Dock Boggs, "Turkey in the Straw," Dock Boggs:  His Folkways Years (1963-1968), disc 2 / Smithsonian Folkways
  • Reuben Wilson, "Yes Sir," Organized (collection) / Tribute-High Street
  • Hodges Brothers and Hi Rhythm Section, "Best in Town," Oxford American Southern Sampler 2000 (collection) / Oxford American
  • Sonny Treadway, "Jesus Will Fix It For You," None But the Righteous:  Masters of Sacred Steel (collection) / Rope A Dope Records

Dated References

  • The billboard, promo, and segment A and B interviews this week refer to the 2014 First World War centenary.  The billboard, and segment A and C opens, also mention that Memorial Day in the U.S. is coming up shortly.
  • There are multiple references to events planned for "this year" and to "2014" in the segment A and B interviews.
  • June 28, 1914 was the date of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. 
  • Michael Stern notes at 40:50 that their latest edition of "RoadFood" is the ninth edition of the book, and Rick adds that it has increased to 900 pages.  Rick also mentions that he was "just traveling in North Dakota." 

Program Extras

More with Jane and Michael Stern - Rick talks with Jane and Michael Stern about how regional food specialties change across the country, even within a state, and why Southern cooks are the best at making biscuits and gravy. Rick also shares his impressions of a diner he recently visited in North Dakota. (runs 5:03)