Boredom Busters

by Alan Rider

roadtripseries11Just got back from another one of my frequent roadtrips to southern California.  And, let me just say, you don’t know boredom until you’ve been motoring down Interstate 5 through California’s flat and featureless Central Valley for five straight hours.

Luckily on this trip I decided to bring along a trio of new compact discs I just got from my friends at National Public Radio.  The series, just coincidentally titled NPR Road Trips, is made up of three new CDs including “Roadside Attractions,” “National Park Adventures,” and “Postcards from Around The Globe.” Each features more than a dozen stories from NPR’s crack correspondents that run the gamut from silly (everything you always wanted know about the world’s second-largest ball of twine) to the extraordinary (a look at what it’s like for the 60 men and women who choose to spend six months each winter stranded at research bases at the South Pole).  I found all three thoroughly entertaining and can’t recommend them highly enough for anyone looking to make the miles of a long drive fly by.

The CDs are available online from the  NPR Shop at $15 each or $35 for the set.


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