Program 415: Unearthing the 'Stans; Ephesus; Oxford vs. Cambridge

Release Date: 08-15-2015


Hear how photojournalist David Adams journeyed to Afghanistan and central Asia in search of the lost cities encountered by Alexander the Great. Learn why Ephesus, in western Turkey, is one of the best places in the world to resurrect a sense of the everyday life of the ancient Greeks and Romans. And for those looking for a taste of university life in England, we share tips for choosing between Oxford and Cambridge.


  • Photojournalist David Adams, host of "Alexander's Lost World"
  • Lale Surmen Aran, proprietor of SRM Travel in Istanbul, and co-author of the Rick Steves "Istanbul" guidebook
  • Yaren Turkoglu, tour guide based in Istanbul
  • Gillian Chadwick, tour guide based near London
  • Tom Hooper, tour guide based in London
  • Gene Openshaw, co-author of Rick Steves' "Europe 101"

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Program Extras

- Caller Jill in California recently cancelled her plans to visit Istanbul after hearing of a suicide bomber at a police station in Istanbul in January 2015. She asks Lale and Rick for reassurance about her safety when visiting Turkey. (runs 4:39)