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Rundown for the Week of August 16, 2002

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An India Journal by Michelle Kholos
As a travel journalist you're frequently offered expense-free trips by tour operators, airlines, hotels, even the tourist bureau of a country itself. The idea is that you'll enjoy a place so much, you'll want to tell everyone about it. Michelle Kholos recently took her first trip to India, paid for by the Oberoi Hotel chain. She learned that even the most comfortable, pre-packaged press trip can turn you on your head.

Mass Tourism by Naomi Lewin
Any of you who have traveled throughout Europe inevitably wind up saying at the end of the trip, "I just can't take another gorgeous 17th century church!" Reporter Naomi Lewin went on a European church tour, but instead of stepping into these magnificent buildings when they're empty, Naomi visited when they're most alive -- during Mass. The sounds of the nuns singing, the organ music swelling, seemed to fill her soul.

Postcard: The End of the Earth by Todd Jarrell
Literature has long promoted the island of Tierra del Fuego as a mysterious place -- it's in a league with Zanzibar and Timbuktu. Seafarers, in particular, regard it with abiding respect, for its most renowned feature is Cape Horn. The clash of oceans and bitter Antarctic storms make this graveyard of ships and sailors the infamous "Everest of sailing." Writer Todd Jarrell sailed from there recently on the tall ship Europa, en route to points south.

Interview: Anne Marie RuffReal Audio Listen in RealAudio
Reporter Anne Marie Ruff was living in Bangkok for a while, making travel discoveries while visiting Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Nepal. While Anne Marie is not a musician -- and doesn't even write about music -- everywhere she went, she recorded authentic music on the streets and at local events. The music she brought back was simple: one woman's voice, one man's instrument. She embraced everyday experiences and found music at the heart of the lives she encountered. These sounds create a window into the worlds she was traveling. We ask her about the music of the people and the sounds that are reflective of the clutter and chaos of the world's most populous continent.

The Music of Tibetan Buddhism - http://www.diamondway-buddhism.org/terms/music.htm
Turkmenistan music - http://www.turkmenmusic.com

Deal of the Week: A Cool Puerto Rican Bargain
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, unleashes his Deal of the Week: A free flight to, and a cheap room in, Puerto Rico.

Traveler's Aid: Airline Troubles
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, and host Diana Nyad discuss the impact all the bad airline news will have on travelers. With US Airways filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and United announcing they may do the same within one month, what will this do to ticket prices, flight availability and service.

Traveler's Aid: Airline Restructuring
Host Diana Nyad chats with Marketplace business analyst, and longtime airline industry observer, David Johnson about what this week's news from USAir, United and American means about the direction of the industry. Will we see airfare wars with ailing carriers desperate to get people in seats after the Labor Day travel slowdown? And, what about the dichotomy of the airlines moving away from the hub-and-spoke network?

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