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Rundown for the Week of October 11, 2002

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Fields of Dreams by Susan Burton
Every summer, hundreds of 12-year-old boys come to a place called "Cooperstown Dreams Park" to play in baseball tournaments. The park is just a few miles from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The tournaments, which are held almost every week from June through August, attract teams from all over the country. Parents come along for the ride; they stay in nearby hotels. But for the boys themselves, the experience is more like baseball camp. They stay in cabins with their teammates, eat meals together, and they play a lot of America's favorite game. Susan Burton visited.

Fahrvergnügen in Autostadt by Kyle James
Germany has a long tradition of building some of the world's finest cars. Think BMW, or Mercedes. And, the relationship between Germans and their automobiles is often a close, almost intimate one not seen in many other places on the globe. Now, Volkswagen has tapped into that special bond by building the Autostadt, or "car city." It's a theme park of the automobile about an hour west of Berlin by high-speed train. The Autostadt turns the process of picking up a new car into a major event for the whole family, one that's designed to be educational, emotional, even inspiring. According to VW, taking possession of your new car shouldn't just be signing on the dotted line and picking up the keys -- it should be an "experience." Kyle James drove on over.

Photo Copyright: Rossano B. Maniscalchi
Interview: Salman Rushdie Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
Salman Rushdie is one of top novelists working today, and has eight novels, to date. After the controversy that followed The Satanic Verses, Salman has lived in hiding -- meanwhile, missing his favorite pastime: traveling. Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad talks with Salman about his new book. "Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002" about travel and the ramifications of the world having evolved into a melting pot of cultures.

Salman Rushdie on MPR's Talking Volumes - http://www.mpr.org/books/titles/rushdie_acrossthisline.shtml

Iranian Cafe Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
It's safe to say that Iran not at the top of the "travel wish list" for most Americans. But professional travelers like travel writer Jeff Greenwald, relish going to places that most people don't find enticing. Jeff was excited to visit Tehran and write about an Iran that many of us don't imagine. In this excerpt from his new book, "Scratching the Surface," he admits that he was surprised to find he had his own misconceptions.

Jeff Greenwald's Web site - http://www.jeffgreenwald.com
Q&A with Jeff Greenwald on Mediabistro - http://www.mediabistro.com/content/archives/02/04/22/

Deal of the Week: San Juan and Vegas on Sale at JetBlue
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, unleashes his Deal of the Week: low prices and great sales at JetBlue.

Traveler's Aid - Holiday Travel Survival Guide, Part I: Flying Tips
The holiday travel season is fast approaching -- and, yes, we know it's not even Halloween yet. But if you're planning to fly this season, now's the time to start thinking about flight reservations. Sure, it's tempting to procrastinate... And, frankly, booking a plane ticket can be maddening. That's why we're launching a special series to help get you through the holiday season: "The Holiday Travel Survival Guide." So, we ask our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, for tips on booking holiday flights.

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