The urge to take the road is a powerful force in America. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, Jackie Lyden on the life of a foreign correspondent, and a sports writer takes the ultimate sports road trip. Also, a look at the writers who've sent us all "on the road."
NPR Senior Correspondent Jackie Lyden tells Steve Paulson that she tries to get something new and unique in her stories; why it helps to be a woman when reporting from the Arab world; and how her translator got out of Iraq. Also, Sports Illustrated senior writer Steve Rushin tells Jim Fleming about visiting the Field of Dreams, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Larry Byrd's home town. His book is "Road Swing: One Fan's Journey in to the Soul of American Sports."SEGMENT 2:
Doug Brinkley is writing a biography of Jack Kerouac. He tells Judith Strasser why "On the Road" had such a huge impact when it came out and why it still inspires readers, travelers and musicians; and explains that books about the road form a uniquely American sub-genre of literature.SEGMENT 3:
Brian Newhouse tells Steve Paulson why he undertook a journey by bicycle across the United States; how he realized near the end of the trip that he was really looking for his father's approval; and what happened when he came home. Newhouse recounts the whole story in "A Crossing: A Cyclist's Journey Home."Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 99-01-24-C.
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