Program 542a: Wild West Ghost Towns; Heroes of Ireland; Savage Harvest

Release Date: 10-10-2020


Author Jim Hinckley recommends Old West ghost towns you can still visit, before they fade away. Irish singer Cathie Ryan shares how Ireland remembers its heroes in the lyrics of traditional songs. And journalist Carl Hoffman tells us what he learned about the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, who vanished in 1961 while on an art-buying expedition 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)

Additional Info

Haiku Awards

Ohio River
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 


Puppets reenact
Pulp Fiction with tiny guns
Strings tangle, limbs fly

— Jorie Slodki, Raleigh, North Carolina 

Program Extras

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)