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Rundown for the Week of December 28, 2001

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Island Paradise?
Have you ever dreamed of quitting your job, leaving the city and going to live on a tropical island? Well, that's just what Anne-Marie Ruff and her husband Peter did. Is it really like we all imagine? She tells us about the realities of life on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand.

The Voice Of Peace
Do you remember what you were doing when you heard John Lennon was shot? Nearly 20 years have passed since the singer's death. Writer Hank Rosenfeld tells us about a trip that was sparked by the news that December night, and how Lennon's music has touched him in his later journeys.

Language School
There's a language school down near Mexico City that strives to create the perfect learning environment. They do that so people can come down, and in just three weeks, learn enough Spanish to have an actual conversation with a local. Nancy Updike went, but when she got there she found something the school's organizers didn't want her to know: like what the locals are talking about.

Interview with Jim Schekhdar
A 54-year-old Englishman named Jim Schekhdar has just became the first person to row by himself across the Pacific Ocean. Nine lonely, yet illuminating, months crashing through monstrous seas. And so many of us are curious about the size of the waves, the sharks, how he ate, how lonely he was. We are all asking him the same question: WHY?

See the U.S. by Train!
Rudy Maxa tells you how to skip the plane -- and see the country by train.

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