Program 417: Scandinavian Smackdown; Road Trips with the Green Book
Release Date: 09-05-2015
Did you hear the one about the Swede, the Norwegian, and the Dane? Hear about what Scandinavians tend to think about their Nordic neighbors, and the sometimes not-so-subtle differences that help give each country its distinct identity. Then listen in for the story of the special travel guide that African Americans relied on in the mid-20th century to find a welcome when traveling out of town within the US.
- Pal Johansen, tour guide from Norway
- Asa Danielsson, tour guide from Sweden
- Jane Klausen, former tour guide, originally from Denmark
- Travel writer Christopher Solomon
- Playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey, author of "Ruth and the Green Book" (Carolrhoda Picture Books)
- The Sons of Norway maintain a blog about contemporary Norway on their website.
- The Danish Tourism Board provides an overview of the region on the GoScandinavia website.
- The official tourism site for Iceland.
- Märtha Louise is the Princess of Norway.
- Contact information for Asa Danielsson in Stockholm is on the Viator tour guide website.
- Christopher Solomon describes his adventure in Alaska's Aniakchak National Monument, with photos, in the article "Baked Alaska" in the May 2014 edition of Outside magazine. Chris' travel pieces also appear in the New York Times.
- Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is the least-visited of the properties managed by the National Park Service.
- Calvin Alexander Ramsey authored "Ruth and the Green Book" to illustrate the how African-Americans relied on The Green Book as a travel guide in the mid 20th century.
- Here is a PDF copy of the Green Book, officially called The Negro Motorist Green Book, from 1949.
- Calvin talks with the New York Times about the Green Book.
- The children's tale, "Ruth and the Green Book," by Calvin Alexander Ramsey was nominated for a Texas Bluebonnet award.
- The New York Community Trust has a website tribute to Laura Spelman Rockefeller, for whom Spelman College in Atlanta was named.
Graffiti on freights
High up in the Siskyous.
Travelling art show.
— Phyllis Baker, Seattle
Louisiana's longest street
Great people along the way to meet
500 miles peddled to complete.
— Jeff Sibley, Central City, Louisiana
Choose Sand or Asphalt
Cars along Shore or Race Track
Daytona Beach, Wow!
— Gail Weinstein, Port Orange, Florida
Up to Michigan
Ah, sullen teenage daughter
Karma strikes again.
— Karen Albright, Fort Wayne, Indiana
More with Princess Martha Louise - Rick conversed with Princess Martha Louise of Norway on Travel with Rick Steves program #50 in 2006 during the 100th anniversary of the current monarchy in Norway. In this feature, the princess explains to Rick how her children's book, “Why Kings and Queens Don’t Wear Crowns,” helps to explain the modern realities of being a member of a royal family. (runs 16:18)