As loyal HCN readers know by now, we recently published our first-ever special travel issue, taking you to Montana's lonely, overlooked but still spectacular eastern plains, time-traveling with Craig Childs in south-central Oregon, and to dams, nuclear test sites, renewable energy installations, and oil-themed cafes.
The podcast is full of great ear candy: Journalist Scott Carrier and poet Alex Caldiero visit the Sun Tunnels, a far-flung art installation in the Utah desert. High Country News editorial fellow Neil LaRubbio gives us a peek into the world of modern hoboes. (Neil is producing a documentary, Freeload, about train hoppers; check out the trailer and contribute to his Kickstarter campaign here.) And from producer Jonathan Mitchell, A Beginner's Guide to Hitchhiking. We also rung up Elijah Wald, author of Riding With Strangers, a book about hitchhiking cross-country, to get some tips on the best -- and worst -- places to thumb rides in the West.