Rudy Maxa's World
Summary: Every weekend on “Rudy Maxa’s World,” the country’s most widely syndicated radio travel show, Rudy offers up-to-the-minute travel news, advice, and deals as well as a menu of fascinating guests who bring an expert’s perspective to all aspects of travel.
Robert & Mary Carey host a special show featuring the "Top Guests & Top Moments" of 2015: Co-hosts Robert & Mary Carey go behind the scenes with JetBlue GM for Ground Operations Anthony LoCastro and Ground Systems Ops Manager Ossie David to examine busy JFK International Airport. Listen, as they share firsthand what’s involved in receiving and preparing planes from touchdown to wheels-up. Take a walk on the wild wide (think volcanoes) or land on a glacier (REALLY!) are just two of the many tours offered by HELO (@HeloIceland). Its pilots are skilled guides with a comprehensive knowledge of the Icelandic nature. Take your adventure in Iceland to a higher level and they promise you a unique experience! Fly what the pilots fly! Simulator operator Mike Raftis explains about the only commercial Boeing simulator open to the public can be found at the Delta Flight Museum. Come test your skills! Clean Fun Network (CFN) co-founder MJ Gottlieb talks with Rudy about the newly launched social community that offers trips free of alcoholic drinks.
In the second hour of a special "Top Guests & Top Moments" of 2015 show, hosted by Robert & Mary Carey: Cruise through 26 glaciers on stunning Prince William Sound. See humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and more. Captain Cody Hanna, Boat Captain for Phillips Cruises explains. Travel expert Rick Steves shares tips from the updated version of his travel skills book, Europe Through the Back Door 2015. Pilot/owner Larry Kelley talks with Robert & Mary Carey at the New York Air Show. Kelley talks about his B-25 WWII Mitchell Bomber "Panchito" made famous in 1942 for the Doolittle Raid over Toyko. NY artist Danielle Baskin sells helmets featuring the design of Portland, Oregon airport’s about-to-be-retired carpet. Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World author Mark Haskell Smith talks about his observations of the nudist lifestyle and his experiences on a cruise ship exclusively attended with 2,000 nudists.
In the first half of a special encore show hosted by Robert & Mary Carey: Ralph Nader describes his new American Museum of Tort Law, a celebration of legal victories against, among others, car companies that made unsafe cars (think: Corvair and Pinto) and unsafe drugs. Co-hosts Robert & Mary go behind the scenes with Chef Mark Ainsworth to explore the many the Culinary Institute of America’s Boot Camps for travelers. The Queen Mary 2 offers “gentleman dance hosts” who dance with single women passengers whose husbands don’t know how to do the cha-cha, rhumba, waltz, or other dances. David Swanston of the Queen Mary 2 describes his unusual job. Craig Sholley with the African Wildlife Foundation talks about community-based tourism, also known as conservation tourism, and how it benefits Africa’s people and wildlife, including saving the elephants and fighting the ivory trade.
In the second half of a special encore show hosted by Robert & Mary Carey: George Hobica of Airfarewatchdog.com reveals what flight attendants really think about passengers. Go behind the scenes with Pete Sansom the Systems Operations Manager for Delta Airlines. Managing 3200 mainline flights per day, this is the command center for everything from a flight’s wheels up to wheels down. Burt Bomhoff, 7x Iditarod racer and winner of the prestigious Leonard Seppala Award for Best Care of a Competitive Dog Team, records rich details about the race that pits man and dog against the challenges of the wild Alaskan tundra in his memoir, Iditarod Alaska: Life of a Long Distance Sled Dog Musher. Travel talk with Rudy Maxa from Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, and co-hosts Robert & Mary Carey from Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. Wall Street Journal columnist and linguist Ben Zimmer explains the unusual origins of the term “bucket list.”
In Hour One of this week's broadcast: Jay Sorensen, airline industry consultant, comments on negative consequences of barring Muslims from traveling to the US as it relates to American business & leisure travel. Chicago-based Canine Detection & Inspection Services uses trained dogs to detect bed bug in hotels. Carla Wagner, the company’s operations director, explains. Solo travel traditionally comes with steep surcharges, but Elizabeth Avery, founder of SoloTrekker4U.com, says things are changing. With hundreds of restaurants in Las Vegas, Don Contursi’s Lip Smacking Foodie Tours offers curated culinary tours for visitors who want to avoid lines and making reservations. Its “Come to Life” ad campaign delivered nearly $900 million in tourism spending in Colorado. Cathy Ritter of Colorado.com elaborates and explains the impact of legal marijuana on the states’ visitor numbers.
In Hour Two of this week's broadcast: Travel Leaders’ Chief Communications Officer Steve Loucks reveals study of travel trends for 2016. Robert and Mary Carey talk to Airbnb exec Marc McCabe about Airbnb’s disruption of the lodging industry and its appeal to business travelers. Ohio State University political scientist and co-author of Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism, Dr. John Mueller, says Americans are wildly over-worried about acts of terrorism. Jason Harris of TechCraver.com suggests last-minute techie/travel gifts.
In the first half of this week's show: Paul Marshall from SkiUtah.com takes a look at ski conditions nationwide early in the season. Eric Wechter, editor of Fodor’s Travel: Cuba, discuss tourism infrastructure in Cuba. Henley Vazquez, CEO/Co-Founder of Passported, talks with the Careys about a parent’s solo getaway experience. Chaim Pikarski on his company’s resurrection of the SkyMall catalog this year. Homingpin co founder Andrew Hopwood on a system to tag luggage, laptops, passports, and anything else you carry around so, if lost, items may be returned.
In the second half of this week's broadcast: Travel journalist Doug Lansky explains the campaign against refugees in Stockholm that uses signs “apologizing” for the alleged spoiling of the city. Should tipping in restaurants be eliminated? Journalist Joe Sharkey says it will be a hot topic in 2016. Living Big Founder Mary Cecchini describes leading women who want to travel independently but not alone on trips. Why are airline passengers now paying a ticket that partly covers highway construction? Consumer travel expert Charlie Leocha of TravelersUnited.org explains.
In the first half of this week's show: The Economist’s Asia Editor Dominic Ziegler, and author of Black Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur at the Borderlands of Empires, describe role in the region’s history. Robert & Mary Carey talk with Nina Nasionale about comic book stars in “Superheroes in Gotham,” a new exhibit at the New York Historical Society. Aviation journalist Christine Negroni explains that the 787s’ problems with their lithium battery power supplies aren’t quite over. Even if authorities don’t want to talk about it. Travel journalist David Yeskel describes several new “best” attractions in Las Vegas.
In the second half of this week's broadcast: Rudy discusses three ski pass-package programs that will save money for frequent skiers this season. Paul Theroux, one of America’s most famous writers, describes his journeys that led to his newest book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads. Helen Marano of the World Travel & Tourism Council reveals studies that illustrate how long it can take a destination to recover from a terrorism incident. Phil Cappelli, president of Insight Vacations USA, discusses terrorism’s impact on tourism and how his company counsels his luxury clients. Co-founder of the language- learning app called Babbel, Thomas Holl, says learning a second language appeals to the same part of the brain that likes chocolate and sex.
In a special encore show hosted by Robert & Mary Carey: Can the SS United States be saved? The granddaughter of the designer Susan Gibbs hopes so, but a deadline looms. Award winning travel writer Kate Rice talks to Robert and Mary Carey about how the travel and tourism industry can play a role in helping to raise awareness and possibly assist in minimizing human trafficking across the world. Mike Dunphy, a writer for USA Today’s Road Warrior Voice joins Robert and Mary Carey to discuss his article, “7 Ways to Avoid Becoming Miserable from Business Travel.” Erin Seidemann, private airplane owner and commercially-rated pilot and author of “Postcards from the Sky,” laments the small number of American women aviators.
In the second hour of a special encore show hosted by Robert & Mary Carey: AskThePilot.com’s Patrick Smith discusses the recent death of a commercial pilot in flight. Geoffrey Kent, the founder and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, talks with Rudy about his book, “Safari: a memoir of a worldwide travel pioneer.” Robert & Mary Carey talk with the Wall Street Journal’s Andy Pasztor about lithium battery shipments on airliners and the greater risks than originally thought. The author of THE PHOTOGRAPHING TOURIST: A Storyteller’s Guide to Travel and Photography,” David Noyes, gives tips on shooting great travel photos.
In the first half of this week's show: Shannon George, American expat & "The New Dubliner" blogger, describes Paris after 11/13/2015. Tech investor and exec Fabrice Grinda decides to sell or give away the trappings of success to travel the world with 50 items in a carry-on bag and a backpack. Real ID and driver license issues for residents of NY, MN, NH, LA and American Samoa. Rudy and Steffen Brunn, founder of Yachtico.com focus on booking really nice leisure boats. Aerion corp’s VP of MarCom Jeff Miller says supersonic travel will be back within the decade.
In the second hour of this week's broadcast: Author Piu Eatwell joins Rudy from Paris with her observations of her resident city post November 13 terror. Leon Logothetis is a TV host, author of The Kindness Diaries, & founder of the #GoBeKind Tour. Author & photographer, Vincent Laforet Trey Ratcliff from StuckInCustoms.com Robert & Mary Carey discuss Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals.
In the first hour of this week's show: Black Cabs Guide Gerry Gearty leads visitors on Capital Taxi Tours of London spy sites. He describes three assassinations that every London spy knows about. Award-winning photojournalist Wendy Simmons draws on visits to 85 countries to come up with her guide on how not to make stupid mistakes while traveling. Sabina Osorio of the tour company called Sceptre announces a 007 Tour that introduces visitors to sites made iconic in James Bond movies. Jonathan Tamari, Washington correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, explains why US trains still don’t have a device that automatically avoids collisions. Maryland received a $28 million federal grant to plan a maglev train between DC and Baltimore. Wayne Rogers, CEO of The Northeast Maglev, hopes it’s the start of an East Coast route.