Program 608: Checking on Friends in New York and Italy; Lessons From Nature

Release Date: 07-18-2020


As a summer close-to-home unfolds, Rick checks in with friends in New York and Italy: Cultural maven Fred Plotkin tells us how he's used the downtime to start new projects, and tour guides from Rome, Venice, and Siena describe what their cities' gradual re-openings have meant to them. Plus, nature writer Gary Ferguson shares eight master lessons Mother Nature wants to teach us.


  • Cultural maven Fred Plotkin, at home in New York City
  • Anna Piperato, tour guide/art historian at home in Siena
  • Stacy Gibboni, tour guide/artist at home in Venice
  • Francesca Caruso, tour guide at home in Rome
  • Nature writer Gary Ferguson, author of "The Eight Master Lessons of Nature" (Dutton)

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Program Extras

More with Gary Ferguson - Rick and Gary Ferguson discuss how nature is a natural stress reliever, and the specific health benefits of taking a hike. (runs 3:23)