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Ross Reynolds talks to Rick Steves, travel writer best known for the public television show "Rick Steves' Europe," about his travels to Palestine and Israel. 

Amsterdam is famous for its laissez-faire attitude about extracurricular activities, its beautiful canals and of course, its bicycles. Now, even if you only have a layover at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, you can get in some pedaling, and power your phone and other devices at the same time.

Author Sarah Lotz is terrified of flying, so naturally every time she gets on a plane she imagines the worst. "I imagine how it's going to smell if things start burning," she says. "I imagine the thunk of luggage falling out of the compartments at the top. ... I imagine it all in absolutely horrible detail."

All those horrible imaginings came in handy when Lotz was writing her new book The Three — the story of three children who are the only survivors of four separate plane crashes that occur in different parts of the world on the same day.

Cruise season has begun in the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of gleaming cruise ships. They'll be steaming back-and-forth to Alaska all summer from Vancouver and Seattle.

Bearing messages ranging from the inspiring to the insipid, "love locks" can be found clamped onto bridges in major cities around the world. But no place has it worse than Paris, where the padlocks cover old bridges in a kind of urban barnacle, climbing up every free surface.

Take the Pont des Arts, Paris' most famous footbridge across the Seine river. Hundreds of thousands of padlocks cover its old iron railings; the light of day barely passes through them.

Have you seen the devil?

When you've been to Tasmania — or Tassie, as the Aussies call it — that's what everyone wants to know.

Sure, the Tasmanian devil, a squat, foul-smelling animal with a ferocious screech, has helped put the 26,000-square-mile island (roughly the size of West Virginia ) on the map.

But there's a lot more to Tassie than its infamous marsupial. And a lot of it is ace tucker — that's Aussie slang for good food.

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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The forecasters said it would be "crippling," "mind-boggling" and historic.

Well, this time around we can't complain about them getting it wrong.

The blast of winter weather that dumped 2 feet of snow in some parts of the Northeast and New England was being blamed for at least 13 deaths as of Friday afternoon.

Back To Vietnam: One Veteran's Story

Dec 30, 2013
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Ross Reynolds sits down with Richard Brummett, a Vietnam War veteran who is one of thousands of vets who have made pilgrimages back to the country where they fought.

Take A Balloon Trip To Space

Oct 23, 2013
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How much would you pay to float above the earth for a few hours? A company called World View Experience is hoping the answer is $75,000.

This is RadioActive Flight 9-26 with service to Chennai, Brussels, and Barbados.

Sep 30, 2013
Sarah Kane

This month RadioActive hosts Sarah Rosenthal and Ann Kane take you on a trip around the world.

Flying With Fido

Jul 15, 2013
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 During the summer travel season it can be hard to leave pets at home. But instead of having Fido miss out on a fun vacation, many animal lovers choose to bring their pets on the trip. How can you make sure your furry companion is safe and happy on the way to your destination? Ross Reynolds gets travel tips for pet owners from Dr. Karen Hoffman, a veterinarian at Maple Leaf Pet Corner.

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  Summer Grilling And BBQ Tips
There's nothing like firing up the grill for summertime outdoor cooking. Rachel Yang, chef at Revel and Joule, and Kenyetta Carter, head chef at the Kingfish Café, bring us tips and tricks for grilled food that is an alternative to the norm.

Summer Travel For The Long Weekend
From the Salmon River to the Columbia, there are many travel adventures to be had this summer. Travel writer Crai Brower suggests summer activities and destinations around the Northwest.

Mark Gerchick's book "Full Upright and Locked Position."

Indefinite Stay For Guantanamo Detainees
David Marshall is a Seattle Attorney who has been representing Ahmed Ajam since 2007. Ajam has been a prisoner of Guantanamo for 11 years. According to Marshall, Ajam, a Syrian who was in the wrong place at the wrong time in Pakistan, was cleared for release by military authorities but remains in Guantanamo because Congress restricts the transfer of detainees.Marshall explains the state his client is living in and the complications of representing clients held at Guantanamo Bay prison.

Uncomfortable Truths About Modern Air Travel
“Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight.”  It’s getting harder and harder to do that, isn’t it?  Seating is getting tighter. Bags are up to you. Costs are going up. Aviation expert Mark Gerchick explains what’s really going on behind the scenes in his book "Full Upright and Locked Position: Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today."

A Conversation With Jamie And Karen Moyer
For Seattle Mariners fans, the last decade has been a huge disappointment. In fact, the last time the team made the playoffs was in 2001. That season, the M’s won 116 regular season games – which tied the all-time record.

A huge part of their success that season was starting pitcher Jamie Moyer. The soft-tossing left hander won 20 games. He left the Mariners in 2006, but kept on playing. He won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. And last year, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in major league baseball to earn a win at the age of 49. In addition to a long and prosperous baseball career, Moyer and his wife Karen have dedicated their lives to charity. They stopped by to chat about The Moyer Foundation, Jamie’s baseball career and why they still love Seattle.

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