Program 661: Auld Lang Syne; Paris Sommelier; Gastro Obscura New Year's; Waters of Rome

Release Date: 01-01-2022


Two Scottish friends explain the Scots-dialect lyrics to "Auld Lang Syne," and a Parisian sommelier shares his expert tips for selecting — and enjoying — French wines. Then an author with Atlas Obscura describes some of the unusual things people eat and drink to ring in the New Year in different parts of the world. And two experts on Roman history discuss the ornate fountains sprinkled around the Eternal City.


  • Scottish tour guides Elizabeth Lister and Colin Mairs
  • Oliver Magny, wine consultant and proprietor of Ô-Château wine bar in Paris.
  • Cecily Wong, co-author of "Gastro Obscura" (Workman) 
  • Rome-based tour guide/historian Francesca Caruso
  • Gene Openshaw, co-author of "Rick Steves' Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces" (Avalon Travel)

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Program Extras

More with Liz Lister - Scottish tour guide Liz Lister describes the origins of the all-night fire festival of Shetland Up Helly Aa ( at Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, usually held the last Tuesday of January. At last word, the 2022 event is cancelled, due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. (runs 1:40)

More with Gene Openshaw and Francesca Caruso - Gene Openshaw admires the Roman engineering that supplied clean water in ancient times, and Francesca Caruso tells us how to enjoy a sip of fresh water from the centuries-old "nasoni" drinking fountains around Rome. (runs 2:40)