Program 457: Visiting Bulgaria; European Coffees; Persian Mirrors; Saints of Italy

Release Date: 09-17-2016


A tour guide from Sofia discusses how Bulgaria's changed since it joined the EU, professional foodie Fred Plotkin explains why coffee varies across Europe, and writer Elaine Sciolino reveals what she learned about the public and private sides of Iran since living in Tehran as a New York Times correspondent. Plus, hear why patron saints are so important to Italian culture.


  • Stefan Bozadzhiev, tour guide from Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Fred Plotkin, author of "Italy for the Gourmet Traveler" (Kyle Books) and "Opera 101" (Hyperion)
  • New York Times correspondent Elaine Sciolino, author of "The Only Street in Paris" (W. W. Norton) and "Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran" (Free Press)
  • Anna Piperato, Italian-American art history professor and tour guide from Siena, Italy

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