Program 431: Delft; the Pacific; Survivors
Release Date: 01-23-2016
A Dutch tour guide shares the charms of her historic hometown of Delft, then author Simon Winchester tells us why he believes the Pacific Rim defines our global future and details the biggest challenges facing the world's largest ocean. And NBC News correspondent Martin Fletcher explains his zeal for telling the personal stories behind the 20th-century tragedies he's covered as a reporter — but this time as a novelist.
- Angelique Mergler, tour guide from Delft, Holland
- Simon Winchester, author of "Pacific" (Harper Collins)
- Foreign correspondent Martin Fletcher, author of "The War Reporter" (Thomas Dunne Books)
- Rick writes about Delft.
- The full title the new book by Simon Winchester is "Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers."
- Simon notes that the low-lying Marshall Islands and Kiribati are among the South Pacific nations threatened with inundation by global warming.
- The Hokulea Polynesian voyaging canoe posts updates from its worldwide voyage online.
- Martin Fletcher continues to file special reports for NBC and PBS. His latest book is called "The War Reporter." His earlier novel, "Jacob's Oath," was a national Jewish book award winner.
- The New York Times has compiled articles about Bosnian Serb Ratko Mladic. He has been on trial at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague for atrocities during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia.
- Rick Steves' "The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today" is a one-hour TV special.