To host new travel show

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the pointwhere they do­have a suc­cess­ful show. Women are not given that chance. That to me was a huge frus­tra­tion. ... It’s just sort of the male- driven kind of world that men have ad­ven­tures and women re­ally don’t. And so of course I don’t be­lieve in that but there’s a per­cep­tion there. ... I wish it­would change and the way I changed it was I de­cided to pro­duce and fund my own show.”

Grow­ing up

“There was noth­ing like get­ting up at three o’clock in the­morn­ing and our par­ents pil­ing us in the Pon­tiac sta­tion­wagon with the dog, with our baloney sand­wiches and mak­ing the 10- hour trip ( to visit rel­a­tives in Penn­syl­va­nia). I loved it. Or to Canada. That was our big trip be­cause we were from New Hamp­shire so we could go there. But that’s what I brought to my ex­pe­ri­ence when I first started at theTravel Chan­nel: There is this idea that travel is a priv­i­lege and you have to be priv­i­leged not only with money to travel, but time and most im­por­tantly con­fi­dence. I think it takes a lot of con­fi­dence to get on a plane and go some­where else es­pe­cially to a for­eign land. And so I al­ways wanted to be that per­son who could con­nect that ex­pe­ri­ence with the per­son sit­ting on the couch. If I can do it, you can do it.”

Fa­vorite episode

“Iwould saymy­most pow­er­ful mem­ory I have is our first show which we taped in Hous­ton, Texas. There was some­thing about start­ing the day: I’ve got a cam­era­man, I’ve got a cam­er­a­woman, I’ve got a pro­ducer, a di­rec­tor and of course the fixer, and I re­al­ize this is all be­cause of our hard­work andwe did it. Two years be­fore, peo­ple said there’s no way you’re go­ing to raise the money to make a travel show and yet here I was. We were in this won­der­ful city, Hous­ton, which I to­tally fell in love with. It’s the most cul­tur­ally di­verse city in theU. S. ... We shot that be­fore the flood, about five months be­fore ( Hur­ri­cane) Har­vey came. It will be the first show to air on your PBS sta­tions be­cause we feel so strongly about it, that this city came back froma his­tor­i­cally bad flood. It’s be­cause of the peo­ple.”

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