Hitchhiking (Updated)

May 10, 2015

Does anyone still hitchhike?  Cult film director John Waters does.  At the age of 66, he hitchhiked 2,800 miles, from Baltimore to San Francisco.  He tells us about the people who picked him up, along with some who didn't.  And did the America Interstate System pave the way for fear and violence on the highways?

  1. Killer on the Road - Ginger Strand

    Ginger Strand talks about her book, "Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate."

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  2. Carsick: Hitchhiking Across America - John Waters

    John Waters talks about his book, "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America."

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  3. Anywhere - Mishy Harman

    Mishy Harman, host of the "Israel Story" radio program, shares his story of trying to win back his ex-girlfriend by hitchhiking around the world.

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  4. PEN World Voices Festival Chairman on Charlie Hebdo Controversy

    The French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was presented with a Freedom on Expression award from the PEN American Center this week.  Six high-profile writers boycotted the awards ceremony at PEN's big annual gala.  Hundreds more protested, while others gave the magazine's editors a standing ovation.  The chariman of the PEN World Voices Festival is Colm Toibin, the celebrated Irish novelist.  Toibin shares his thoughs on the controversy.

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  5. Colm Toibin on Poet Elizabeth Bishop

    The celebrated Irish novelist Colm Toibin talks about his admiration for the poet Elizabeth Bishop and the kinship he feels for her.

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  6. BONUS SEGMENT -- Sonic Sidebar: John Waters' Hitchhiking Playlist

    John Waters talks about the playlist of hitchhiking songs that he imagined the characters in his best-case and worst-case scenarios would be listening to when he picked them up,

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