Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the home in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the writer Robert Louis Stevenson grew up and where he lived well into his twenties. Matthew speaks with the current owner of the house, John Macfie, and explains to listeners how they can stay overnight in the home.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the Chester A. Arthur Cottage (it belonged to the president's father, before he emigrated to North America) and speaks with Ms. May Kirkpatrick about the Arthur family's roots in Ulster.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the Free Derry Museum in Northern Ireland and speaks with historian Adrian Kerr about what happened on Sunday January 30, 1972, when fourteen Derry citizens were killed by British soldiers, and more were wounded.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson, in Gettysburg, PA, visits with the famous Civil War congressman and abolitionist, Thaddeus Stevens, courtesy of Ross Hetrick, president of the Thaddeus Stevens Society, which is dedicated to preserving the memory of the legislator who opposed slavery and promoted public education.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits the Geneva Book Fair and speaks with New York Times senior editor (of the Books Desk) Greg Cowles and Editor-in-Chief of Penguin Books (USA) Patrick Nolan about the many worlds that they visit in the course of their reading, writing, and editing.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with Damian Sadie, general manager of Rovos Rail, the private luxury railways located in Pretoria, South Africa, and with railroad excursions—of the highest standards—across southern Africa.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson talks with Nancy and Adlai Stevenson III (the former U.S. senator from Illinois) about their political family that stretches to the time of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in the 1850s and includes the presidential runs of Adlai Stevenson II in the 1950s.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits Lecompton, Kansas, and speaks with Tim Ruis, site administrator of Constitutional Hall, where in many ways the Civil War began.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with Grady Atwater, site administrator of the John Brown Museum Historic Site, which is southwest by about an hour from Kansas City, MO. It was from here that John Brown fought against slavery coming to the Kansas territories in the 1850s.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with the director of the James K. Polk Home & Museum, John Holtzapple, about how, as president, James K. Polk added more than a million square miles to the United States.
University of London Professor and noted scholar of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dr. Sarah Churchwell, speaks with Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson about the 1925 great American novel, The Great Gatsby, and its many worlds
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with Edward Mortimer—the well-respected journalist, author, and diplomat who is now a distinguished fellow at All Souls College in Oxford, England—about Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and the chances for peace in the Middle East.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with veteran journalists Robert Carmichael and Luke Hunt about Cambodia and the legacies of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot, and how listeners can explore Cambodian history on their own.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with human rights lawyer Richard J. Rogers about the long civil war in Sri Lanka and his hopes that the victims of that fighting might find justice for their losses.
Host Matthew Stevenson speaks with author Andrew Lownie talks about his new book, Stalin's Englishman, a biography of the Russian spy Guy Burgess, a member of the Cambridge Ring that penetrated the heart of British foreign policy in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with John Buchan biographer Andrew Lownie about the life and times of the Scottish writer, diplomat, and parliamentarian, John Buchan, author of "The Thirty-Nine Steps" and many other books.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson speaks with his son, Charles Stevenson, a biology student at UCL in London, about his travels around Indochina and Vietnam.
Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson visits Portsmouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, in southern England, and speaks with the museum director general, Professor Dominic Tweddle about the life and battles of Admiral Lord Nelson.
Join host Matthew Stevenson as he speaks with Assistant Professor Christopher J. Galdieri of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, and then listen in to the primary speeches of Republican Donald Trump and Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders.
The author of "A House in St. John's Wood: In Search of My Parents," sculptor Matthew Spender talks with Travel Hour host Matthew Stevenson about growing up as the son of famous parents. His father was the celebrated English poet from the 1930s, Stephen Spender, and his mother was the pianist, Natasha Litvin. Writers W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood were fixtures of his childhood.
Author Joan Brady talks with host Matthew Stevenson about the Alger Hiss case, which gripped the United States from 1948 until 1950, when the former State Department official was convicted—Brady says unjustly—of perjury for denying he knew a purported Communist named Whittaker Chambers. According to Brady's new book, in helping to convict Hiss, Richard Nixon, who later was elected U.S. President, worked to fabricate evidence against Hiss.
Novelist, historian, and investigative journalist Jim Hougan talks with host Matthew Stevenson about traveling in and around Havana, Cuba, now that American sanctions and restrictions have eased.
The director of the Einstein Forum, Dr. Susan Neiman, talks with host Matthew Stevenson about the life and times of Albert Einstein, and especially about his summer house located in Caputh, a lakeside village near to Potsdam—where the Forum bearing his name has its headquarters.
Patrick Strauch, executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council, takes host Matthew Stevenson and Travel Hour listeners on an extended tour of the woods in northern Maine, up Mount Katahdin, and down the Allagash River.
Tuscan winemaker Alessandra Casini Bindi Sergardi speaks with host Matthew Stevenson about the art of making Chianti Classico and some other wines from her family's estate in the heart of Italy.