Eric on The Road

Journeys into the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten - by Eric Model

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

'Made In America' Store Capitalizes On Patriotism (NPR)

From NPR'S Morning Edition:

by Daniel Robison

Andol sees the store as a way for American vendors to gain traction in a retail environment where they've been priced out by overseas competition.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Missouri Hopes For Boost From Civil War Tourism (NPR)

From NPR News:

by Maria Altman

With 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's beginning, tourists and history buffs are expected to travel to famous battle sites, such as Gettysburg and Bull Run, in record numbers. Missouri would like some of that attention — only Virginia and Tennessee contain more Civil War battle sites.

Missouri was on the western front of the Civil War. The Battle of Wilson's Creek was fought there; in total, more than 1,000 skirmishes and battles took place in the state.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Texas Gets The Accordion Bug And Never Looks Back (NPR)

From NPR News:

by Wade Goodwyn
All Things Considered

A loud, party-friendly "orchestra in a box," the accordion spread like wildfire across Texas after German and Czech immigrants brought it to their dance halls. Out of the polka came styles like conjunto and zydeco. From New Braunfels and San Antonio to Brownsville and Houston, the infection, it seems, is now permanent.