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Program 255a: More Summer Road Food USA; Interstate-75 Road Trip; Richard Bangs' Adventures

Release Date: 07-28-2012


Get inspired by Jane and Michael Stern for a summer road trip to find classic American dishes with a regional twist, like chowder and barbecue — and a few treats that are definitely one of a kind. We'll also meet the author of a guidebook with tips for navigating Interstate-75 between Michigan and Florida. Also, Rick swaps tales with Richard Bangs on how adventure travel can change the way you view the world.


  • Jane and Michael Stern, authors of “Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 700 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More” (7th edition, published by Broadway Books), and “500 Things to Eat Before Its Too Late” (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Dave Hunter, author of guidebooks “Along Interstate 75” and “Along Florida’s Expressways” (Mile Oak Publishing)
  • Richard Bangs, host of “Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose” on public TV, and author of 19 adventure travel books

Related Links

  • Jane and Michael Sterns’ Roadfood website is dedicated to finding and describing American road food worth driving out of your way for. You can add your own road food recommentations.
  • The Sterns’ classic guide to more than 700 road food establishments around the USA is called “Road Food” (published by Broadway Books), and is in its 7th edition.
  • The Sterns’ latest book is called “500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late” (Houghton Mifflin).
  • Dave Hunter’s guidebook, “Along Interstate-75,” has an interactive website, which includes sample maps from the book, plus guides to Ontario Highways 401, 402, and 403, to help with the drive from Toronto to Michigan.
  • Dave suggests classic car enthusiasts stop at Snook’s Dream Cars automobile museum near Bowling Green, Ohio.
  • The Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia features exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history, and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Instutution. 
  • Richard Bangs’ website. 
  • Richard Bangs frequently writes about his travels for The Huffington Post, including a recent series about Ireland.