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Rundown for the Week of September 27, 2002

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Cajun Swamp Tours by Michelle Kholos
Most people travel to New Orleans for the food, the booze and the music. But a mere 30-minute drive from the chaos of the French Quarter, sits an even wilder place: the Louisiana Bayou, where a lone Cajun is taking on the tourism industry and those that would destroy his beloved waterway. Michelle Kholos traveled to the swamp to meet Captain Cyrus Blanchard and take his Lil' Cajun Swamp Tour.

One Way Ticket by Anne Marie Ruff
Most travelers have taken trips on airplanes and gazed out the window into the peaceful calm at cruising altitude. Anne Marie Ruff recently took such a flight over the picturesque landscape of northwestern Wisconsin. And then, she did something most sensible travelers would never do: At 12,000 feet above the farms, she jumped out of the plane.

Travel By Design: Piers Gough
In our "Travel by Design" series, we talk with some of the world's most influential architects to hear about the places that have most inspired their work and shaped their view of the world. English architect Piers Gough has put his touch all over London, from the new galleries at the National Portrait Gallery to several public structures, such as The Green Bridge in Mile End Park and a famous public toilet in London. Piers is most influenced by the culture and landscape of Rio de Janeiro.

Photo: Judith Ritter
Falcon Clear Runway Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
As if we don't have enough to worry about when we go to the airport: Birds in the air or on the runway are dangerous to our safety in the air. Planes have had their engine blades broken by birds -- and even have had engines explode from sucking in birds. While airport authorities look for high-tech solutions to terrorism, low-tech solutions are fine for the threats birds pose. Falcons are used to chase birds off the runways and out of the air at airports around North America. Judith Ritter went on bird patrol at Dorval International Airport, in Montreal.

Falcon Fleet on ABC.com
Robofalcon to the Rescue? on ABC.com

Interview with Bob Duskis Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
Every few weeks or so, we join Bob Duskis on a trip through the world of music. Bob, the co-founder of Six Degrees records, a San Francisco-based label, has his ear to the ground for the best musical styles happening around the globe. This week, Bob takes us to Scandinavia, with songs by musician Mari Boine, and to Berlin's "broken beat /nu-jazz" scene, with songs from Jazzanova.

Six Degrees Records - http://www.sixdegreesrecords.com
To purchase "Mari Boine Remixed": http://www.jazzlandrec.com

Deal of the Week: Leaf Peep Cheap
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, unleashes his Deal of the Week: bargains on Choice Hotels to help you check out the fall foliage.

Traveler's Aid: Cellphones, Planes, and the Looming Specter of Ultra-Wideband Technology
Here's one of the most common and perplexing questions we get from listeners: "How come I can't use my cellphone on planes?" The flight crew usually says cellphones mess with the plane's navigation system. But the FAA examined thousands of flight records and didn't find a single instance of a cellphone affecting navigation equipment. So, what gives? And, there's another problem lurking on the horizon -- one that could be even more dicey than cellphones: ultra-wideband technology. Business travel writer Chris Barnett has been following this story, and gives us the scoop.

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