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NPR Road Trips Collection

$56.00

NPR Road Trips Collection

$56.00

Save 25% when you buy this collection of all five NPR Road Trips CDs together!

5 CD collection includes:  

  • Postcards From Around the Globe
  • Roadside Attractions
  • National Park Adventures
  • Family Vacations
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Postcards From Around the Globe:

    Step right up as the gates swing open at fairgrounds across the USA. This delightful collection explores the unique joys of the public gatherings that take place in cities and small towns, when people of all stripes and sizes meet to gawk at cows, ponder seed art, get hypnotized, compete in husband-calling contests, and eat virtually anything on a stick.

    Farming, food, politics, parades, shilling, glad-handing, people-watching, and silliness are celebrated here. If you’ve been to a fair or festival, you’ll love this collection. If you haven’t, here’s what you’ve been missing.

    Contents:
    • Introduction by Noah Adams
    • Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair
    • Postcard: Texas State Fair
    • A Break from Politics at the County Fair
    • Hard Work, Some Play at the Iowa State Fair
    • Swine Bring “Olympig” Racing to County Fairs
    • Postcard: Collectibles at the Fair
    • “Lovey” Replaces “Sooey” in Husband-Calling Contest
    • The Minnesota State Fair on a Stick
    • Voices from the National Cornbread Festival
    • Iowa’s Butter Cow Lady
    • Competitive Wood Chopping in West Virginia
    • Mountain View Folk Festival
    • Melvin the Human Blockhead
    • The Phelps of Food Canning
    • The Funnel Cake King
    • On the Midway: A Fairbanks Carnival
    • Lost and Found Sound: Carnival Talkers

  • Roadside Attractions:

    Prairie Dog Town in western Kansas. The Elvis Is Alive Museum in Wright City, Missouri. The Velvet Museum (“Velveteria”) in Portland, Oregon. A 13-foot Styrofoam scale model of Stonehenge. The Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas…or is it in Darwin, Minnesota? Roadside attractions are the staples of the American road trip. Many are slowly disappearing from our highways and byways. Are they culture or kitsch? Are their creators artists or obsessives? Listeners are invited to pull off the road and experience the delightful icons and oddities decorating our natural landscape.

    Contents:
    • Introduction by Noah Adams
    • Destination: Time Capsule
    • Unraveling the Story Behind a Big Ball of Twine
    • Roadside Attractions Fading from Landscape
    • Riding Seattle’s Space Needle
    • Missile Museum Sparks Cold War Memories
    • Present at the Creation: Burma Shave Signs
    • Backyard Folk Art Thrives in Michigan
    • Is There an Age Limit on Road Trips?
    • Cypress Gardens, Essence of Florida
    • Preacher Selling Elvis Museum on eBay
    • At Velvet Museum, Get in Touch with Kitsch
    • Finding Faith Along America's Highways
    • Blue Chevrolet

  • National Park Adventures:

    Grand Canyon National Park is one of the planet’s Seven Natural Wonders, with 4.4 million visitors each year. Who keeps all those people safe, fed, and happy? When the wind blows at White Sands National Monument, legend says the centuries-old ghost of a Mexican maiden appears in the shifting sands. In Yosemite National Park, there’s a guy who tracks road kill with a clipboard and a shovel to pry flattened victims from the blacktop. This colorful collection goes behind the scenery at America’s most popular national parks and introduces listeners to engrossing new perspectives on these native treasures.

    Contents:
    • Introduction by Noah Adams
    • Eavesdropping on America’s National Parks
    • Hearing Voices: The Geysers of Yellowstone Park
    • Climbers Reclaim World Record on El Capitan
    • Cast of Thousands Keeps Grand Canyon Humming
    • Tale of Lost Love Haunts White Sands
    • Old Army Friends, Divided at Gettysburg
    • Mount Rushmore Now Offers Pre-Carving History
    • Biologists Train Dog to Hunt Everglades Python
    • Environmental Educator Eyes Yosemite Roadkill
    • New Orleans Park Has Ear for Jazz
    • Nature, Neighbors Guide Composer’s Notes
    • Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park
    • Wet Winter Brings Life to Death Valley

  • Family Vacations:

    Like Laura Lorson’s “Hard-Earned Lessons from the Family Road Trip,” in which she recalls endless hours in a hot car, eating junk food and listening to AM radio. And “Setting Sail with Family, Imperfections in Tow,” Marion Winik’s account of a not-so-perfect family reunion at sea. And “Family Camping,” in which commentator Joel Achenbach points out that camping is a serious sport.

    With generous splashes of popular culture and human interest, the NPR Road Trips series introduces you not only to far-off locations and unusual destinations, but to the people who inhabit them—and seek them out. Each story focuses on real locations, real people, and real history in the thought-provoking, imaginative and entertaining way you’ve come to expect from NPR.

    Contents:
    • Introduction Noah Adams
    • Hard-Learned Lessons from the Family Road Trip
    • Family Camping
    • Educational Vacations
    • History of the Vacation
    • Low-Cost Glories of the Drive-In Movie
    • Pink Jeep Chronicles
    • Taking the Great American Road Trip, Google-Style
    • A Summer Outing to Chincoteague Island
    • Who Needs a Fancy Cruise If You've Got Inner Tubes
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • The Discomfort Zone
    • Setting Sail with Family, Imperfections in Tow
    • Memories of Going on Staycation
    • Lost and Found Sound: A Partridge Family Vacation

  • Fairs and Festivals:

    Step right up as the gates swing open at fairgrounds across the USA. This delightful collection explores the unique joys of the public gatherings that take place in cities and small towns, when people of all stripes and sizes meet to gawk at cows, ponder seed art, get hypnotized, compete in husband-calling contests, and eat virtually anything on a stick.

    Farming, food, politics, parades, shilling, glad-handing, people-watching, and silliness are celebrated here. If you’ve been to a fair or festival, you’ll love this collection. If you haven’t, here’s what you’ve been missing.

    Contents:
    • Introduction by Noah Adams
    • Garrison Keillor at the Minnesota State Fair
    • Postcard: Texas State Fair
    • A Break from Politics at the County Fair
    • Hard Work, Some Play at the Iowa State Fair
    • Swine Bring “Olympig” Racing to County Fairs
    • Postcard: Collectibles at the Fair
    • “Lovey” Replaces “Sooey” in Husband-Calling Contest
    • The Minnesota State Fair on a Stick
    • Voices from the National Cornbread Festival
    • Iowa’s Butter Cow Lady
    • Competitive Wood Chopping in West Virginia
    • Mountain View Folk Festival
    • Melvin the Human Blockhead
    • The Phelps of Food Canning
    • The Funnel Cake King
    • On the Midway: A Fairbanks Carnival
    • Lost and Found Sound: Carnival Talkers