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) 

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Haiku Awards

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