Blues guitar great Buddy Guy just celebrated his 79th birthday and he has a brand new CD out called Born to Play Guitar. Guy’s father bought him his first guitar, a “worn-in instrument with two strings,” for $4.35. Since then, Guy says life “ain’t never been the same.” Bob talks to Guy about his music and his journey from Lettsworth, Louisiana to Chicago and beyond. Buddy Guy wrote about it all in his memoir titled When I Left Home: My Story.
Today we’ll talk about some inspirational summer trips. First, Bob talks with travel writer Rick Steves. Throughout his career, Steves has advocated for thoughtful and informed traveling in his PBS series, his radio show, and of course his best-selling travel guide books. In his book, Travel as a Political Act, Steves writes about why we travel and how being a good traveler creates positive ties with the citizens of other nations.
Then, Bob talks to Keith Bellows, former editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine. Bellows compiled a list of the 500 greatest trips the world has to offer, encompassing every continent and every possible mode of transportation, including the world’s top 10 elevator rides. That book is titled Journeys of a Lifetime.