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Selling the Sights

photo: Steve Laufer

Broadcast: September 8, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  

William Mackintosh is the author of the book "Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture". In the early 19th century, Americans began to journey away from home, simply for the sake of travelling, giving rise to a new cultural phenomenon: the tourist. Nancy McGehee says that from public artworks to popular foodie trails, small towns and rural areas are finding ways to enrich their communities through tourism. 

City-dwellers escape to national and state parks for the beautiful sights and the fresh air. Chris Zajchowski says that, unfortunately when those tourists travel for clean air, they bring polluted air with them.

Later in the show: Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and their background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor Steven Weinberger explains how and when we develop accents and how these accents affect our identity. Also: Written in early English, Geoffrey Chaucer’s fourteenth century writings may seem impenetrable, with strange pronunciation and incomprehensible phrases. English professor Alan Baragona ays the best way to approach Chaucer is to read it out loud and hear the musicality of the words. 

Produced by: With Good Reaon

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