Flyers and rivers

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Before Kevin Bacon’s “six degrees,” there was Royal Leonard, a living “Zelig.” Barry S. Martin’s biography of this legendary pilot – “Forgotten Aviator; The Adventures of Royal Leonard” – is a truly fascinating tale. Martin shares some of the highlights this week.

Also, we visit Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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Improv and painters

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Are your thought processes a little sluggish or it’s been a little difficult to focus lately? Try improv!

This week, I sit down with Chris Crotty, General Manager and Artistic Director, of ComedySportz Sacramento about the benefits and sheer fun of improv.

And, we visit Weir Farm National Historic Site in Branchville, Connecticut.

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Civil War and coffee

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Did you know that women disguised themselves as men so they could fight in the Civil War? Did you know that more people died in the Civil War than in World War II?

Four reenactors from the National Civil War Association – an educational non-profit – shared some interesting tidbits in this week’s podcast.

And, we visit Fort Donelson in Dover, Tennessee.

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Sherpa and railroads

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Sherpa are the elite of humanity. The recent tragic loss of 16 of these incredibly strong, brave men was devastating. If it is possible to bring something positive from the fatal avalanche of April 30, 2014, it is the highlighting of the corruption of the Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. In my interview with Kevin Vann, veteran climber and co-founder of Trek 8848 (which leads expeditions to Everest Base Camp), you learn about the Sherpa who, as with parents around the world, are desperately eking out a living to feed their families and provide a future for their children.

And, we visit the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site in Pennsylvania; the first railroad to tunnel through the Allegheny Mountains.

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