Armchair Travels: The Places We Seldom See

with Pico Iyer

From Iran to North Korea, from Cuba to Tibet, Pico Iyer has spent more than 40 years traveling to the places we hear about more than know about. In a world ever more mediated, he longs to see places first-hand, and catch a human reality often lost in images or on screens. Sharing long, detailed stories about his journeys across Iran, to Pyongyang, and to other places in the news more than in our heads, he catches some of the beauty and surprise of travel and reminds us why travel is more urgent than ever in a world where we're so often lost in our own bubbles. Iyer is the author of 15 books, including, this year, Autumn Light, This Could be Home, and A Beginner’s Guide to Japan. Two of his recent works The Art of Stillness and The Open Road were national bestsellers.

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