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Program 284: Diving Adventures; Instant Cities; Unconquered Amazon

Release Date: 04-21-2012


This week, a diving enthusiast highlights the underwater world, from the turquoise coasts of Central America to the cold jade waters of Puget Sound. NPR's Steve Inskeep explains what Karachi, Pakistan showed him about the mega cities that are mushrooming around the world. Also, author Scott Wallace describes his trek deep into the Amazon and the quandary of trying to protect the fierce Arrow people from contact with the outside world.


  • Travel writer Amanda Castleman, contributor to
  • NPR Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep, author ot "Instant City"
  • Scott Wallace, author of "The Unconquered"

Related Links

  • Amanda Castleman's portfolio is online and she teaches writing.
  • Amanda considers Anthony's Key Resort in Roatan, Honduras one of the world's best scuba centers. 
  • The Bonneville Seabase is the location in Utah for snorkeling and scuba diving to view exotic salt water fish.
  • Steve Inskeep's book is "Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi" (Penguin Press).
  • NPR has a bio of Steve Inskeep.
  • Steve Inskeep refers to Bill Bishop's book "The Big Sort," and the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko, to explain how geographic demographic changes are polarizing Americans.
  • Scott Wallace has a book about his Amazon expedition with Brazilian scientist Sydney Possuelo called "The Unconquered" (Crown).

Program Extras

Pgm 284 Amanda Castleman extra - The Travel with Rick Steves studio is only a few blocks away from an underwater diving park off the shore of Puget Sound. Diver Amanda Castleman describes how the cold water Seattle-area diving community operates and what they find in the chilly waters of the Pacific Northwest. (runs 1:31)

Pgm 284 Steve Inskeep extra - Rick asks Steve Inskeep how the U.S. can use foreign aid to help shape security and stability in the developing world. Steve discusses civilian aid to Pakistan as an attempt to influence outcomes in Karachi. (runs 3:25)