Program 417a: Scandinavian Smackdown; Green Book Road Trips
Release Date: 01-12-2019
Have you heard the one about the Swede, the Norwegian, and the Dane? Find out 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 US travel guide from the mid-20th century that helped African Americans find a welcome on the road.
- Åsa Danielsson, tour guide from Sweden
- Pål Johansen, tour guide from Norway
- 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 official tourism sites for Iceland, for Denmark, and for Sweden.
- 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.
- Calvin Alexander Ramsey authored "Ruth and the Green Book" to illustrate 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 "The Negro Motorist Green Book," from 1949.
USA Road Trip Haiku Awards
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