NPR Road Trips: Family Vacations: Stories that Take You Away

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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.

We all have memories of family vacations—some successful, some less so, and some gone terribly awry. When it ...

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Overview

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.

We all have memories of family vacations—some successful, some less so, and some gone terribly awry. When it comes to reporting colorful, compelling tales of family vacations, no one does it better than National Public Radio.

Originally heard on All Things Considered and Morning Edition, the stories gathered here are entertaining, provocative and moving. 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.

NPR knows that everyone has a dream vacation, but many of us are settling for economic-reality vacations. So Tom Goldman asks, “Who Needs a Fancy Cruise If You’ve Got Inner Tubes?” And when Robert Smith learns the price of Broadway tickets to The Little Mermaid ($121 each!), he takes a more frugal route, piling the family into his Honda Civic and heading to the drive-in. Warmly remembered, richly detailed, these stories invite you to share in the journey of others—and may inspire you to plan your own.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This wonderful and frequently laugh-out-loud-funny production will soon have you planning your next vacation, even if it's just to the Ponderosa—for which your mom has a coupon.”
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Noah Adams, former cohost of NPR's All Things Considered, introduces this enjoyable collection of family vacation remembrances originally heard on that show and on NPR's Morning Edition. Each entertainingly relayed account is clearly read by its author, from Tom Goldsmith's "Who Needs a Fancy Cruise If You've Got Inner Tubes?" to Joel Achenbach's "Family Camping" to Marion Winik's "Setting Sail with Family, Imperfections in Tow." Their memories, which run the gamut from fond to awkward, will bring smiles to listeners' faces. Recommended. [Previous entries in HighBridge Audio's "NPR Road Trips" series include Roadside Attractions and Postcards from Around the Globe; see Audio NewsBriefs, LJ 6/1/09.—Ed.]—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615730391
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 4/7/2010
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: 1 hour on 1 CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

NOAH ADAMS is an American broadcast journalist and author, known primarily for his more than thirty years of experience on National Public Radio. A former co-host of the daily All Things Considered program, he has also served as senior correspondent at the network's National Desk.

Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPR’s audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

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Table of Contents

Contents:

  • Introduction by Noah Adams
  • Hard-Learned Lessons from the Family Road Trip
  • Family Camping
  • Educational Vacations
  • The History of the Vacation
  • The Low-Cost Glories of the Drive-In Theater
  • 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
  • of Going on Staycation
  • Lost and Found Sound: A Partridge Family Vacation
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