THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Worried about your kids spending too much time in
front of the television, what do you do? Tell them to turn off the
TV. Unless you're Mark and Nancy Jacobson. They packed up their
three children and took them around the world for three months.
The Jacobsons visited the burial pyres in the ancient city of Varanasi
and a genocide museum in Cambodia. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge, memories from an unusual family vacation.
And we'll ride the rails as we explore a documentary about tramps.
Mark Jacobson and his wife took their three
children on a 90-day trip around the world. They've written a
book called "12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional
Family Circumnavigates the Globe." Mark and his daughter
Rae Jacobson tell Anne Strainchamps about the Burning Ghats
they saw in India and the Cambodian Genocide Museum. They also
tell a funny story about dining out in a foreign language. Also,
British comedian Ross Noble hosts a show for the BBC. The
premise is to go to remote places in the world and try to do stand-up.
Noble tells Anne stories from his travels, and we hear clips of
Tony Perrottet specialized in exotic travel
until he decided to go to Rome, then travel the sites of the ancient
world using classical Roman tour guides. He says tourists still
flock to the same places the Roman did, describes how sex played
a part in early tourism,and concludes that ancient travelers had
many of the same complaints we do. Perrottet's book about Roman
travel is called "Pagan Holiday."
Jack Cahill and David Eberhardt collaborated
on a documentary film called "Long Gone." The film won
Best Documentary at this year's Slamdance Festival. It's about
the contemporary hobos who still ride the rails. Tom Waits and
Kathleen Brennan wrote songs for the film and Waits performs them.
Jim Fleming talks with the film-makers, and we hear clips from
the film and some of Waits' songs.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-07-13-B.
- Mark Jacobson, 12,000 Miles in the Nick
of Time: a Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe
(Atlantic Monthly Press)
- Tony Perrottet, Pagan Holiday: on the trail
of Ancient Roman Tourists (Random House)
- -"Kismet"/ Bond/ Born/
- -"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)/ They Might
Be Giants/ Dial-a- Song: 20 Years of They Might be Giants/ Rhino
- -"Roam"/ The B-52s/ Cosmic Thing/ Warner
- -"Hoo Doo Lovin'"/ Steve Ferguson/ Mama
U- Seapa/ Schoolkids' Records
- - "Fight Like You Talk"/ Steve Ferguson/
Mam U-Seapa/ Schoolkids' Records
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