Program 439: Madagascar; Edinburgh 2016; David McCullough's Favorites

Release Date: 04-02-2016


Adventure traveler Hilary Bradt tells us why Madagascar is her favorite place in the world to explore. Then guides from Scotland share sightseeing advice for Edinburgh, with tips for day trips into the Scottish countryside. And historian David McCullough tells us how in-person visits to America's historical sites has influenced his writing and enriched his life.


  • Adventure traveler and guidebook author Hilary Bradt, author of "Madagascar," "Madagascar Highlights," and other Bradt Guide titles.
  • Scottish tour guides Liz Lister, Anne Doig, Brian Hay
  • Historian David McCullough, author of "The Wright Brothers" (Simon and Schuster) and other bestsellers

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Haiku Awards

"Water's Edge Haiku" Awards

Soft rain where roses
never wilt and harsh seas cut
creatures' shist spire edge
— Erin Foley, Kawaihae, Hawaii describing the Beara coast of Ireland

Gem-blue Aegean
Worn hills roll out and on
Walking Aesop's road
— Paul Holler, Arlington Heights, Illinois describing the Greek island of Samos

It's in the water
Fun, fun, fun is what we have
Cool is what we are.
— Simone Justene Wendt, along the Smith River near Crescent City, California

Program Extras

More with Hilary Bradt - Rick asks Hilary Bradt why her guidebook, now in its 11th edition, is considered the most useful guide to Madagascar. She credits its longevity, and her co-author Daniel Austin. (runs 1:23)

More about the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - A caller from Vancouver, Washington tells the guides how she was impressed with the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum that she visited last summer in Glasgow. (runs 2:55)