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Rundown for the Week of February 26, 2000

Housekeeper for a Day
Our host Rudy Maxa likes to leave a hotel room as tidy as he found it because he always assumed it's helpful to the housekeeping staff. Little did Rudy know how helpful until recently, when he became a housekeeper for a day at Washington, D.C.'s Four Seasons Hotel. In just a few hours, he learned volumes about both what you as a guest can expect from a hotel and how you can be helpful to the staff. So come along for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into hotel housekeeping.

Navigating the Panama Canal
At the beginning of the year, Panamanians celebrated the turnover of the Panama Canal from United States control. After nearly a century, the waterway continues to play a major role in tourism and international commerce. It is still considered one of the marvels of the world. More than 300 cruise ships a year go through the Panama Canal. According to Radio Producer Rolando Arrieta, a trip through the canal is a mind-boggling experience. Hear why as he hops aboard the U.S.S. New Jersey.

Interview with James Balog
Gazelles bend their necks over a waterhole. Massive-jawed hyenas descend on their prey. A two-week old orangutan looks quizzically into the camera's lens. We talk to wildlife photographer James Balog, who gets up close and personal with some of the most dangerous and exotic animals in the kingdom. He's going to offer some tips that even amateur photographers can use.

Cultural Enrichment
Every summer, parents take their children to visit other countries because it's supposed to be highly enriching for them. But novelist Sara Lewis is not so sure foreign travel has done much to broaden her children's world view.

Deal of the Week
Wheeling around the World

Question of the Week
Odd Jobs on the Road

Travelers' Aid
The best credit cards for frequent-flier miles.

Rudy's View
A New Look at Parisians

Culture Watch
Yeehaw! It's the Rattlesnake Round-up

Next Week
Remember when you were a kid and a three hour drive felt like three years? Relive the memories next week. It's funnier in retrospect, I promise. We're going to hear stories of women traveling alone--and pick up some useful tips along the way. Then, a trip to John Steinbeck's home to rediscover the man -- and the place -- that inspired him.

"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream."

Join us as we search for the ghost and the legacy of this great writer...during next week's edition of the Savvy Traveler.

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