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Rundown for the Week of February 27, 2004

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This Week: Our Favorite Moments

Here, at The Savvy Traveler, we're a rather tight-knot group and we get excited about, and inspired by, the stories that compose the show each week. So, for the next few weeks, all of the behind-the-scenes production staff will be telling us about their favorite moments on the show.

This week, Associate Producer Jim Gates shares a couple of his favorites.

The Del McCoury Band
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The Del McCoury Band is a family thing: Guitar player dad, Del McCoury, son Robbie on banjo and other son Ronnie on mandolin make for two generations of some of the best bluegrass-pickers today. Del is the patriarch of this clan, but when he takes his spot on the stage each night, the line between the two generations fades. "They're a bunch of characters," says Jim. "We listened to them all night long."

Web resource
To find tour dates, visit the Del McCoury Band Web site, www.delmccouryband.com

The Rainbow Gathering
by Barrett Golding
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As American as apple pie is the drive to protest and revolt. The annual migration of The Rainbow Family of Living Light has this spirit. Homeless kids, war protesters and the 1960s vibe define the gathering, meaning clothing is optional and that smoke isn't tobacco. Each year, nearly 30,000 people camp in a different national forest over the first week of July. Producer Barrett Golding went and reported on what he saw.

(Additional support for Barrett Golding's story comes from
the Web site Hearing Voices and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.)

More of Jim Gates' favorite stories
"Modern-Day Tramp, an interview with author and hobo Eddie Joe Cotton"
"Father/Daughter Alaska"
"The Voice of Peace" by Hank Rosenfeld

Destination of the Week: Mexico

Mexico has an incredibly diverse culture, from the Mexican Riviera resorts to Mayan ruins and the entire stretch of the Pacific coast, where we go to play and relax. But the food there also opens our hearts, the folk art is second to none, and our travels around the country help us give us a sense of how deeply American and Mexican lives are intertwined.

One Hot Tamale
an interview with Susan Feniger
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Susan Feniger is a chef and restaurateur who became fascinated with Mexican street food and traveled extensively throughout the country to learn the ways of the Mexican kitchen. Susan and her business partner Mary Sue Milliken now own two of the most popular Latin restaurants in LA, Ciudad and Border Grill. Host Diana Nyad goes to Ciudad to ask Susan how a French chef became a leading expert and innovator of Mexican cuisine.

Web resource
www.marysueandsusan.com: Web site for Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

Susan Feniger's and Mary Sue Milliken's books
"Mesa Mexicana", "Cooking with Too Hot Tamales", "Mexican Cooking for Dummies"

(Books available for purchase on the Public Radio Booksource.)

Folk Art in Mexico City
by Judie Fein

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Sometimes when people travel, they come upon something so unusual, so distinct, that it's hard to define it and put it into a neat category. In Mexico City, contributor Judie Fein visited such a place: a house-museum owned by an Austrian woman, where every inch of every wall and every table top is covered with amazing Mexican folk art.

Savvy resource
"Folk Art in Mexico City" originally aired August 11, 2000

American and Mexican Lives Intertwine
by Rachel Dornhelm
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Reporter Rachel Dornhelm was traveling through Guadalajara, and the trip got her to thinking about this country at our southwest borders. While there, locals constantly came up to her, wanting to talk about life in the U.S. -- but they wanted updates, not descriptions. And, they had a depth of understanding that only those who've already lived in America can know. She found we share a great deal with Mexico these days.

Savvy resource
Search for more stories by Rachel Dornhelm

Links to special events and activities in Mexico
Whale watching in Baja California

San Marcos Fair, Aquacalientes
www.2camels.com: Travel info. to Aquacalientes, at 2camels.com
http://www.whatsontheplanet.com: Info. on the San Marcos Fair, at the Travel Channel Web site

Cinco de Mayo in Puebla, Mexico
www.cincodemayo.net: Cinco de Mayo fiesta, parade and info.
http://www.whatsontheplanet.com: Info. on the Travel Channel Web site

For all kinds of travel resources for getting around Mexico's diverse country
Check out our Traveler's Toolbox.

Travel Behind the Scenes
Air Traffic Controller

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In "Travel Behind the Scenes," we meet work in places where they observe travelers or the travel industry. This week, host Diana Nyad talks with Sherry Avery, manager of the LAX control tower. Sherry supervises controllers and support personnel who last year handled 622,000 takeoffs and landings, carrying about 55 million people. Sherry was a controller herself back in the day.

Savvy resources
Search for more "Travel Behind the Scenes"

Sound Travels
"The Last Great Picnic," Gravel Springs, Miss.

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On "Sound travels," we travel with our ears as our guide. This week, we go to Gravel Springs, Miss., to a yearly happening called "The Last Great Picnic." The best time at the picnic is late at night, when those left are struggling through a haze of corn whiskey: They forget the names of songs, the chord progressions, and which lyrics go in which song -- and the music loses all of its inhibitions.

Savvy resources
More "Sound Travels" segments
For more sounds from this party, check out "The Picnic" by Ben Adair

Deal of the Week
Escape to the Sun

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Our dealmeister Rudy Maxa calls in from his new hometown of St. Paul, Minn., with a couple of warm-weather getaways to help you escape the cold: the "All the Best Package" at Fairmont Turnberry Isle and a bargain at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.

DEAL #1:
The first is a luxurious resort in South Florida that recently changed hands and became a Fairmont hotel. It's called Fairmont Turnberry Isle -- and it's giving the Four Season and Ritz-Carlton a run for their money. To call attention to Fairmont's takeover, the hotel is offering an "All the Best Package" that includes a huge room, a full breakfast, a daily $50 credit that can be used toward food, drink, tennis, golf or spa services, free parking and other stuff. Prices begin at $399, including taxes and service charges, a night -- which represents about a $160 savings per night over regular rates. And, that's until April 3rd. After that, the price drops $60 for this package.

DEAL #2:
Never overlook the Dominican Republic if you're searching for lower-than-usual rates in the Caribbean. The Allegro Punta Cana resort just re-opened after a massive renovation. This is an all-inclusive resort, which means all food, drink, taxes, activities, entertainment and even a kids' club comes at one price. Right now, that price starts at $230 per couple per night -- add $46 per child if you're traveling as a family. After April 11th, kids stay and eat-free.

Web resources
Get more info. on Fairmont Turnberry Isle's "All the Best Package" at www.fairmont.com.
For more info. about Allegro Punta Cana: www.occidentalhoteles.com.

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