Travel with Rick Steves is a fun, hour-long, practical talk show with guest experts and questions from travelers. This weekly program is a lively conversation between travelers and the experts as we learn to explore our world smartly, smoothly, and thoughtfully. This show is produced in enthusiastic accordance with public radio's core values.
The program is being added to the Capital Public Radio schedule due to the end of the Smiley & West program following the retirement of co-host Dr. Cornell West, who grew up in Sacramento and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. The duo said farewell to their audience after three years of producing their weekly program.
“You may have heard by now that after three years of doing this program, ‘Smiley & West’ is signing off the air,” Tavis Smiley said during the final program. “Dr. West has a full schedule of activities, and I have a full schedule of activities, and we've enjoyed these three years together, but we are moving on to do some other things individually, and I suspect collectively down the road.”
West added: “My dear brother, as you know, I don’t have a language to express the depths of my gratitude to you. All the struggles we've been through together, the ups and the downs, around the corners, the various attacks and assaults. But also there were various offensive, which is to say going on the offense in the name of truth and justice. Whatever failures or foibles that any of us may have I want the world to know that you are one of the great voices in the American media. You've been a pioneer. You have been a path blazer.
“We want the world to know that in so many ways it is just the beginning. We intend to go down swinging in the name of truth and justice the way Ella Fitzgerald swings and the way Duke Ellington swings and the way Muhammad Ali swings. We're going to keep swinging because it don’t mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. Keep swinging, Brother Tavis. I'll keep swinging.”