Program 272: Steve Inskeep's Foreign Intelligence; Vienna a la Fred Plotkin; Open Phones: Travel Resolutions

Release Date: 01-07-2012


Steve Inskeep assesses international news coverage in the U.S. media, Fred Plotkin describes why Vienna is one of his favorite cities, and listeners share resolutions for enjoying other cultures — even from the comfort of their own kitchen.


  • Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, and author of "Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi" (Penguin Press HC)
  • Fred Plotkin, author of "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler" (Kyle Books) and "Opera 101" (Hyperion)

Program Extras

Steve Inskeep - NPR's Steve Inskeep further explains the vital role of journalism for a democractic society, particularly in post-9/11 America. (runs 1:17)

Fred Plotkin - Fred Plotkin advises a caller from Illinois about the costumed vendors selling concert tickets on the streets of Vienna. He also explains how the Turks influenced the Viennese in making coffee and apple strudel, and how Starbucks distinguished itself in the midst of Vienna's famous cafes. (runs 2:21)