Program 549: Searching for Stars; Stoked My Spirit; Champagne

Release Date: 12-29-2018


Novelist and MIT physics professor Alan Lightman describes how a little time alone with Maine's night sky illuminated his awareness of the universe, and his place in it. Then listeners share stories of inspiring travel experiences, before we welcome the new year with a toast to Champagne — both the bubbly and its French region of origin.


  • MIT professor Alan Lightman, author of "Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine" (Pantheon)
  • Virginie Moré, tour guide from Lyon, France
  • Julie Sonveau, tour guide from Burgundy, France

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