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Archive for March 2011

Fitness 50+

Kyle Hanson believes in staying in shape. On his 66th birthday he did 700 push-ups to prove it.  Hanson says age is not a barrier to exercise, and neither is one’s physical ability, which is why, you’ll often see people in wheelchairs and walkers working out along side him.  Independent Producer Johanna Sailor brings us his story.

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Maybe your idea of a restful vacation is gliding along the high seas on an ocean cruise, or sitting calmly in a tour bus while someone else does the driving.  If so, “sight jogging” may not be for you. But if you’ve got a finely honed sense of adventure, and you run regularly back home, why not take your first pass through a new city in jogging shoes and shorts? You’ll be surprised how much you can see in a day, and how good you’ll feel about any sweet reward you allow yourself at the end of the road. If you pass by something you like at 10 miles per hour, you can always return for a second visit.

Reporter Nancy Greenlease is our guide to this new, and growing, form of tourism.

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Dirty Dancing

For most of the 20th Century, the Catskill Mountains were a popular vacation destination for Jewish North-easterners. Every summer, working-class families took the train from New York City or loaded up their cars and headed to bungalow colonies and hotels.

The Borscht Belt was a vibrant cultural center portrayed in movies like Sweet Lorraine, A Walk on the Moon, and of course..Dirty Dancing.  Producer Binnie Klein visited one of the last remaining resorts from what now may be a bygone era...

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Last American WWI Veteran Dies

The last American veteran of the First World War has died.  Frank Woodruff Buckles died last week at his home in Charles Town, West Virginia, at the age of 110. He was one of nearly five million Americans to enlist when the U.S. entered the European war in 1917. For many years, World War One was just a footnote in the long life of Frank Buckles, until he found himself the last man standing.  Will Everett interviewed him for a documentary in 2006 and brings us this report.

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Dick Van Dyke Opera

Paul Salerni is a classical music composer who trained at Harvard, but he's no snob when it comes to music. His latest work is an opera based on the classic sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show. Producer Adam Schwartz reports on the premiere of the world's first sitcom opera.

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