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Rick Steves is Coming to WTVP!  - February 18, 2011


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Friday, September 22nd, 2010


Rick Steves is coming to Peoria Friday, February 18, 2011, courtesy of WTVP! On his Central Illinois itinerary will be a tour of the area, followed by some recording time in our studio, a “meet and greet” with his fans, a public lecture, and a book signing.


Rick offers three different instructive and entertaining presentations. Help us decide which he’ll deliver by reading through the following descriptions and checking your favorite.






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Topic 1: Europe Through the Back Door

Rick Steves, public television host and author of more than 50 guidebooks including the travel skills handbook, Europe through the Back Door, shares lessons he’s learned from a lifetime of travel. His entertaining, information-packed two-hour slideshow will teach you all the latest on stretching your travel dollar, avoiding crowds, packing smart, and eating and sleeping well. When he’s ripped off on the road, he celebrates, happy to go home and teach his traveling students about the latest scam. Learn from his mistakes rather than your own. After spending a third of his adult life living out of a rucksack in Europe, Rick knows exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and dollar in your next adventure.


Topic 2: Travel as a Political Act

Rick Steves—author of over 50 European travel guidebooks and host of the public television series, Rick Steves' Europe—believes that thoughtful travel expands our world view and shapes how we address the challenges confronting our nation politically. Having spent four months a year overseas for the last 30 years, Rick feels that travel helps us “challenge truths we were raised to think were self-evident and God-given.” His classes have helped millions of Americans not only enjoy maximum travel thrills per mile, minute and euro…but become better citizens of our planet.


Topic 3: Rick Steves’ Iran

Rick Steves calls Iran “the most poorly understood yet fascinating land” he’s ever visited. In his 90-minute slideshow, he takes us on a journey of discovery. His hope? To help travelers learn more about this perplexing nation whose government so exasperates America, and to better understand the 70 million people who call Iran home. His presentation shows the splendid monuments of Iran’s rich past, as well as Iranian life today¬—in its giant metropolis, historic capital, and in a countryside village. He captures Persian culture vividly: Friday prayer in a mosque to non-conformist teen fashions at the mall; anti-American murals to the hospitality of a family dinner; the tranquility of rural life; and the crazy traffic of modern Tehran. Rather than a political talk dealing with the complex issues that confront our governments, Steves’ presentation is a travelogue, designed to increase our understanding of a mighty, ancient nation that has been a leader in its corner of the world for 2,500 years.



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Contact: Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Promotion Director, (309) 495-0594 or stacey.tomczyk@wtvp.org



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