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To The Best Of Our Knowledge
May 25, 2019
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Traveling With (Ethical) Baggage.

This week’s show is all about the ethical choices we face when we decide to venture elsewhere. The last time I traveled abroad was actually the start of my journey with the TTBOOK team. I was in the Philippines visiting family when Charles Monroe-Kane called to offer me the job.

To be honest with you, I accepted with a strange mix of emotions. On the one hand, I felt so happy to land my first job out of college, not to mention in the field that I studied. On the other, I felt guilty for getting an opportunity I knew that my cousins did not have.

I’ve been thinking a lot about our interview with Anu Taranath and her book “Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World.” Anu asks, what does it mean to have more in a place that has less? But beyond that, what does it mean when you also call that place home? It’s something I still need to grapple with and unpack. And I’m notoriously bad at unpacking after a trip.

I hope you have safe travels this Memorial Day weekend! If you feel so inclined, we have the perfect thing for your listening queue.


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How to Lessen Your Environmental Impact When You Travel

Illustration By George Wylesol (AFAR Magazine)
Unless you walk or bike to your next vacation destination, you’ll probably have to burn some fossil fuels to get there. Blogger Kathryn Kellogg is a guru of zero-waste living. She has a few tips on how to reduce your impact on the environment when you travel.
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Trying Not To Ruin The World By Visiting It

A cruise ship in Norway
Journalist Elizabeth Becker, the author of "Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism," breaks down how we got to this moment in global tourism, and how we might nudge nations, companies and ourselves to become more responsible travelers.
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To Travel Well, Be Willing To Listen, Play, Leave The Notebook Behind

Traveling in Canada
Barry Lopez is an anthropologically-minded travel writer with deep interests in environmentalism and human nature. "To the Best of Our Knowledge" executive producer Steve Paulson asked Lopez why he travels, and how he writes about the people he encounters.
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The Return — And Spread — Of Fascism

Fighter jets
From the European Union to the United States, analysts have claimed that the Western world is seeing a resurgence of populism. Dutch philosopher Rob Riemen disagrees though, he says it's time to call the problem what it is: fascism.
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How To Be An Ethical Traveler

through the doorway

Over-tourism is ruining some of our favorite places on earth. Maybe it’s time to think more carefully about where and why we go places.

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Waggle Dancing with Karl von Frisch

A bee's communication infrastructure
Tania Munz recently wrote a biography of Karl von Frisch — the German scientist who cracked the mystery of the honeybee’s waggle dance, which shows the rest of the hive precisely where to find a new food source miles away.
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Facing History and Hate Through Museums

Benito Mussolini, during the march on Rome, with some of the quadriumviri: from left Emilio De Bono, Italo Balbo and Cesare Maria De Vecchi.
A new museum of fascism is scheduled to open in Predappio, Italy—the birthplace of Benito Mussolini. The town is already a pilgrimage site for neo-Fascist groups. Journalist Ilaria Maria Sala says the Mussolini museum has sparked controversy.
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Rebuilding Detroit, Hive by Hive

Detroit Hives
In many parts of Detroit, there are blighted, abandoned patches of land. Instead of looking the other way, Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey started buying up vacant lots and building bee hives as an act of urban renewal.
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Terrible Books Written By Atrocious People

Dictators who are also authors
When they weren’t committing mass murder, many of the noteworthy authoritarian leaders of the 20th century wrote books. Terrible books. Journalist Daniel Kalder read all of them.
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