Program 716: Roman England; Ottoman Turkey; Crossing Boundaries
Release Date: 06-03-2023
Join us as we travel back in time to Roman England to consider what remains today from 400 years of Roman rule in Britain. Then hear about the most spectacular sites in Turkey to revel in the rich 600-year history of the Ottoman Empire. And listen in as a Palestinian raised in Jerusalem shares his hard-earned lessons for getting past polarization within one's own divided society.
- Lorraine Dineen, tour guide from Winchcomb, in the English Cotswolds
- Lale Surmen Aran, tour operator/guide based in Istanbul
- Aziz Abu Sarah, author of "Crossing Boundaries: A Traveler's Guide to World Peace" (Berrett-Koehler Publishers)
- Lorraine Dineen leads scenic walking tours around Britain from her home base in the Cotswolds district of England.
- Lale Surmen Aran operates SRM Travel, which specializes in tours of Turkey and the Middle East region.
- Lale recommends attending a performance of the Mehter Military Band, which performs afternoons at 3 at the Military Museum in Istanbul.
- Lale and her husband Tankut are co-authors of the Rick Steves Istanbul guidebook. They also operate a boutique hotel in Mustafapasha, called Cappadocia Estates.
- The Rick Steves online guide to Turkey.
- Aziz Abu Sarah is the author of "Crossing Boundaries: A Traveler's Guide to World Peace."
- Aziz is co-owner of Mejdi Tours, which specializes in socially-conscious "dual narrative" travel to destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
- You can listen to TED Talks by Aziz on his website.
Middle East Haiku
Rode on horseback through canyon
Not one tourist there
— Tony Hunter, Del Mar, California
Ruins throw shadows
across silent Roman stage.
Moonlit nights, ghosts play
Turquoise pools cascade
o'er milky travertine ledge.
How I long to wade.
— Teresa Janssen, Port Townsend, Washington
Mom covered head-toe
Dad in Western clothes with cap
Girl's shirt: "Wild Woman."
— Dena Taylor, Soquel, California
More with Aziz Abu Sarah - When Aziz Abu Sarah lived in Fairfax, Virginia, he found it to be a surprisingly diverse community, and a good place to learn about different cultures, without leaving the USA. (runs 1:57)