Word of Mouth
1:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

7.29.14: American Medical Riots, Dark Tourism, And Glen David Andrews

Quneitra, Syria
Quneitra, Syria
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Studying medicine requires intelligence, discipline and considerable expense, making it one of the most prestigious professions in America. But that wasn’t always the case.  We take a look into the shady practices that lead the people of New York City to riot against doctors in the eighteenth-century. Then, for many people vacation is all about fun, sun, and relaxation…for others it’s about Kevlar vests and the front lines. We’ll take a look at the latest in adventure travel: war tourism. Plus, we speak with New Orleans musician Glen David Andrews about his newest album.

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The First American Medical Riot

Writer Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, wrote about one of the first major riots in the post-revolution United States, caused by popular anger against doctors. Her story of the so-called “Doctors’ Riot,” which began in New York City on April 16, 1788, is featured on Smithsonian.com.

Living as a Naturist

Roughly seventy million people have skinny-dipped or sunbathed in the nude. However, not all of them are naturists, but the nude recreation industry is growing rapidly here in the US. Producer Chion Wolf visited Solair Family Nudist Resort in Woodstock, Connecticut to fully experience, for the first time, life as a naturist.

Dark Tourism

A growing number of adventure travelers find courting danger more enticing than relaxing at an all-inclusive resort. Freelance writer Debra Kamin profiled the rise of unlikely tourist destinations for the Atlantic, and spoke with us from Israel, a center for dark tourism.

America’s Stonehenge

If war tourism doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, here’s another option. America’s Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire is a classic attraction that’s been drawing people for over fifty years. Word of Mouth intern Molly Donahue went to check it out and brought us the story.

Glen David Andrews' "Redemption"

For a time, Glen David Andrews was one of the musicians you just had to see perform if you visited New Orleans. But after a rough patch involving run-ins with the law and couple unhinged gigs, he was running out of road. Glen found a route to recovery in rehab and it’s in music that he’s finding “redemption.” He joined us to talk about his newest album.

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