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Rundown for the Week of November 22, 2002

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Utah Luau by Jeff Rice
Got a full tank of gas? Got a free afternoon? Jeff Rice did, and he found himself driving to one of those fabled, blank spots on the map. You never know what you'll find there. In Utah's west desert, you won't find Shangri-La -- but the South Seas may be closer than you think.

Not the Ozarks by Jim Bogan
When we travel, we notice the similarities between different landscapes and cities. Reporter Jim Bogan is from the Ozarks of Missouri, and when he went to the remote areas of Northern Brazil, we thought it would be a trip to a very different kind of place for him. But how does that saying go? You can take the boy out of the Ozarks, but you can't take the Ozarks out of the boy. Here's Jim Bogan in Brazil -- or the Ozarks. We're not really sure which one.

Interview with Fado Singer, Cristina BrancoReal Audio Listen in RealAudio
Every place has its own distinctive sound. You think of Brazil when you hear the Bossa Nova and Cuba when you hear a salsa -- but there is a long-standing tradition of blues in Portugal that reaches back to the Middle Ages called Fado. Young artists are bringing a new edge to the old Fado, and the leader of the movement is a woman named Cristina Branco. She says it's her homeland, Portugal, that's always the focal point of her work. Cristina came into the Savvy Traveler studios and talked with host Diana Nyad.

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The Insecurities Project Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
As this week's news suggests, there have been lots of changes in security over the past year. Another change is that passengers are no longer asked to take a picture to prove their cameras aren't bombs -- y'know, a quick throwaway shot of nothing in particular.

Well, one enterprising Canadian artist has decided to turn all those wasted photographs into art. Isabelle Devos placed an ad in the newspaper asking people to send her their my-camera-is-not-a-bomb security shots. And they did. By the dozens. Isabelle tells us what the photos reveal, and describes her upcoming gallery show based on the photos called The Insecurities Project.

Isabelle is still collecting pictures for the Insecurities Project exhibit. To find out how to submit your shot, go to www.insecuritiesproject.com.

Postcard: Shopping for Buddhas by Jeff GreenwaldReal Audio Listen in RealAudio
One of the adventures of travel is to set out in the morning in a quest for a particular item that might take all day, and some ingenuity, to track down. Contributor Jeff Greenwald came to understand this idea well when he went shopping for protective Buddhas in Bangkok.

Support Marketplace Productions by purchasing Jeff Greenwald's book, Shopping for Buddhas, at Amazon.com:
Or, check out his collection of essays, Scratching the Surface: Impressions of Planet Earth from Hollywood to Shiraz:

Travel Update with Joe SharkeyReal Audio Listen in RealAudio
Managers of local airports gathered last week in Salt lake City to talk to federal officials about the troubled times ahead for the airline industry: namely, the Dec. 31 deadline that says all checked bags need to be inspected. What will this mean for travelers? We talk to Joe Sharkey, business travel columnist of The New York Times, to learn more about the impact it could have. Joe says that this winter, after the deadline falls, there could be more commotion in the airline industry than we have ever seen. And, we also ask him about Delta's as-yet-nameless new, low-cost subsidiary airline. Wonder if "Cry For Help Airlines" is taken?

Traveler's Aid: Cruising for Contagions, Viral Outbreak on the MS Amsterdam
Imagine yourself in this situation: You've saved for an entire year to pay for a fabulous 10-day cruise, but once you arrive at the port, a cruise line rep hands you a letter telling you that a highly contagious virus has run rampant on the ship, making hundreds of people sick. The cruise is still on, but the virus will be part of the onboard entertainment.

Deal of the Week: Get Ready, Get Set, Spend!
Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, starts this week's Deal with a question: What's the most popular tourist activity?

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