Program 542: Ghost Towns of the West; Heroes of Ireland; Savage Harvest
Release Date: 10-27-2018
Author Jim Hinckley joins us to recommend Old West ghost towns that you can still visit. Then Irish singer Cathie Ryan describes how Ireland remembers its heroes through the lyrics of traditional songs. And journalist Carl Hoffman shares his deeply researched take on the mysterious disappearance of banking scion Michael Rockefeller in the jungles of New Guinea.
- Jim Hinckley, co-author of "Ghost Towns of the West" (Voyageur Press)
- Singer Cathie Ryan
- Reporter Carl Hoffman, author of "Savage Harvest" (William Morrow-Harper Collins)
- Jim Hinckley compiled the guide to "Ghost Towns of the West" with Philip Varney.
- Jim Hinckley also wrote "America's Longest Small Town" (Voyageur Press) as an historical tourism guide to the old U.S. Route 66. Jim also spoke with Rick on Travel with Rick Steves program #530 in July 2018 about his work promoting historical tourism along the old US Route 66.
- Jim recommends Bisbee, Arizona as a small town artist's colony with old Western features.
- Cathie Ryan's website includes lyrics to many of the traditional Irish songs she's recorded.
- The "National Historical Ballads, Songs and Poems," compiled by Thomas Davis in 1869, is available to view online.
- Carl Hoffman researched the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller among the Asmat people of southwestern New Guinea, in his book "Savage Harvest."
- Nelson Rockefeller's Museum of Primitive Art was incorporated into the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 1969.
- Carl Hoffman was previously on Travel with Rick Steves to talk about his books "The Last Wild Men of Borneo" and "The Lunatic Express."
bratwurst mustard on my nose
scenic Roebling bridge
— Jim Snyder, Chuluota, Florida
Mist over the moors
Daylight goes gray yearning for
fall to turn hopeful
— Roy Barnes, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Pulp Fiction with tiny guns
Strings tangle, limbs fly
— Jorie Slodki, Raleigh, North Carolina
More with Jim Hinckley - Jim Hinckley tells us about one of the last of the old timers he remembers from the ghost towns he's visited, and shares the Legend of the Red Camel that has persisted in the Arizona desert for more than 100 years. (runs 3:14)