Episode 30: Hidden cultural stories and how to find them when you travel

November 29, 2017 GMT
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A Japanese-American internment camp from World War II in Colorado. A Chinese history museum in a Montana mining town. African-Americans in 20th century Paris. All these topics make for fascinating travel itineraries.

In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” hosted by AP Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz, we’ll hear from Russell Contreras, a reporter with AP’s race and ethnicity team, about finding hidden cultural stories when you travel.

We’ll talk about why visiting these places can sometimes reveal as much about a destination as its famous attractions.


New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.


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