Synopses & Reviews
Prairie Dog Town in western Kansas. The Elvis Is Alive Museum in Wright City, Missouri. The Velvet Museum ("Velveteria") in Portland, Oregon. A 13-foot Styrofoam scale model of Stonehenge. The Largest Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas . . . or is it in Darwin, Minnesota?
Roadside attractions are the staples of the American road trip. Many are slowly disappearing from our highways and byways. Are they culture or kitsch? Are their creators artists or innovators? Listeners are invited along for the ride to decide for themselves.
With generous splashes of popular culture and human interest, the NPR Road Trips
series introduces you not only to far-off locations and unusual destinations, but to the people who inhabit them--and seek them out. Each story focuses on real locations, real people, and real history in the thought-provoking, imaginative and entertaining you've come to expect from NPR.
• "Unraveling the Story behind a Big Ball of Twine"
• "Backyard Folk"
• "Art Thrives in Michigan"
• "At Velvet Museum, Get in Touch with Kitsch"
Includes "Unraveling the Story Behind a Big Ball of Twine," "Backyard Folk," "Art Thrives in Michigan, and "At Velvet Museum, Get in Touch with Kitsch."
About the Author
NOAH ADAMS is an American broadcast journalist and author, known primarily for his more than thirty years of experience on National Public Radio. A former co-host of the daily All Things Considered program, he has also served as senior correspondent at the network's National Desk.Internationally acclaimed, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 26.4 million listeners weekly, and, unlike other media, NPRs audience continues to grow. NPR member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.