Program 643: Pandemic Road Trip; Corona Wanderlust; American Surprises

Release Date: 07-03-2021


Esteemed travel writer Paul Theroux recounts his cross-country adventure driving from Cape Cod to southern California amid a pandemic, and Don George of National Geographic Traveler describes how he's dealt with wanderlust while staying close to home. Then Laurence Brown of YouTube series Lost in the Pond shares a few of the surprises he's found since moving to America from England.


  • Paul Theroux, author of "Under the Wave at Waimea" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Don George, editor at large for National Geographic Traveler
  • Laurence Brown, host of the "Lost in the Pond" You Tube series
  • Gene Openshaw, co-author with Rick of "Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces" (Avalon Travel)

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Haiku Awards

Road Food Haiku

Lone brown calf among
a pasture of white cattle.
Happy lil' burgers.
— Marjorie Hundtoft, Portland, Oregon


Lunch in Inola.
Graham's makes the best hamburgers.
Oklahoma Dive.
— Alaina and Cathy Orban, Claremore, Oklahoma


Biscuits and sausage
and Grandma Kusske's cookies
are the best road food
— Neil Ruddy, Carlisle, Iowa