Program 320: Jeff Greenwald's Nepal; Visiting St Peter's Basilica
Release Date: 03-30-2013
Travel writer Jeff Greenwald makes a point to return to Nepal every year and describes how long-held customs are challenged by modern pressures and political turmoil. He also points out what’s timeless about the Himalayan culture that draws him back year after year. Also, we take a close-up look at Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome to understand what went into making it the most impressive church in the world with tips for making it a high point of your life's travels.
- Travel writer Jeff Greenwald, executive director of Ethical Traveler, and author of Snake Lake (published by Counterpoint)
- Gene Openshaw, co-author of Rick Steves' art history book "Europe 101"
- Francesca Caruso, licensed tour guide based in Rome, Italy
- Jeff Greenwald’s website and blog.
- Jeff Greenwald is executive director of Ethical Traveler, which seeks “to use the economic clout of tourism to protect human rights and the environment.”
- Jeff’s books are collected on a page at Amazon.com
- Information about the Bhaktapur World Heritage Site in Nepal.
- Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist teacher Jeff Greenwald mentions, who is based in Kathmandu, and also founded the Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Buddhist retreat center in Mendocino County, California.
- Francesca Caruso's website includes her contact information.
- Information for visiting Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, including making a reservation to visit the Scavi tombs underneath the church.
- Gene Openshaw has developed a chart of Renaissance notables in “the Class of 1500.”
- Wikipedia has a detailed explanation of Raphael's painting "The School of Athens."
Program 320 extra - Rick and Gene Openshaw discuss how the artistic beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica reflects the values of the Renaissance in the early 1500s, when many great artists were all working in Rome. They note how you can see this in Rafael's painting, "The School of Athens." (runs 1:13)