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Travel Podcasts: Cruising, California, Cuba, and Kentucky

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. 

Hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran cover a lot of ground this week—but they start out on the water, chatting with cruising expert and Frommer's guidebook author Fran Golden about the latest developments along the coast of Alaska and the rivers of Europe. From there, we head to California with Soterios Johnson, host of the California Now podcast. Johnson recommends some great Golden State road trips and praises California's huge diversity of cultures, landscapes, and cuisines. When it comes to the latter, he says, "I've totally come to respect the strip mall."

The remainder of the episode is dedicated to destinations that were forever changed by the upheavals of the 20th century. Author Tony Perrottet discusses visiting the historic places in his book, Cuba Libre!: Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed History. And a guide with a company that offers tours of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine describes what it's like to visit the post-apocalyptic site of the world's worst nuclear power plant disaster. Each tour attendee is equipped with a Geiger counter to monitor radiation levels. Yikes.

Our show hosted by Pauline and her father, Arthur Frommer, opens this week with a discussion of regulations in two hugely popular travel destinations—Venice, where overtourism has prompted the introduction of admission fees for tourists; and New York, where the legality of Airbnb rentals can be confusing. The Frommers help you sort things out. 

Later, Afar contributor Ramsey Qubein reveals some of the surprising perks—discounted skiing! free wine tastings!—that may come with your airline boarding pass. This episode also shines a spotlight on Louisville and its thriving culinary scene, and, if that doesn't make you hungry, Pauline's interview with filmmaker Asori Soto about his Cuban Food Stories documentary will definitely do the trick.

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