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East Coast: Meet the people behind NPR, PBS broadcasts

May 20, 2013|By Jane Engle
  • Scott Simon, host of "Weekend Edition Saturday," at NPR headquarters in Washington.
Scott Simon, host of "Weekend Edition Saturday," at NPR headquarters… (Stephen Voss )

Fans of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service can meet the people behind the broadcasts on the seven-night “Newsmakers and Tastemakers” tour of Washington and New York City.

Notables (subject to change) are expected to include Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of “Washington Week” on PBS and senior correspondent for “PBS NewsHour”; Scott Simon, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday”; filmmaker Ric Burns, whose series “New York: A Documentary Film” premiered nationally on PBS; and Charlie Cook, publisher of “The Cook Political Report.”

In D.C., participants will meet Ifill and other staff at PBS studios and tour NPR’s new national headquarters. They then will board restored Pullman cars, pulled by Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train, for a weekend in New York that will include a performance of the Broadway musical “Motown,” dinner at Sardi’s restaurant, lunch at the 21 Club and breakfast with Burns, among other activities.

Date: Aug. 6-13

Price: $5,595 a person, double occupancy; $6,995 a person, single occupancy. Includes four nights at the St. Regis Washington; three nights at the Waldorf Astoria in New York; daily breakfast plus some special meals; private receptions; hosted cocktail parties; train fare and transfers; guide services and gratuities. The price does not include airfare to Washington or from New York or taxes and fees.

Information: Artful Travelers, (800) 285-7859

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