December 25, 2010--Hour 1
Scot Carlson of Skyscanner.net joins Rudy during the news segment to discuss Europeans' favorite US destinations. And guests in this Christmas weekend's "best of" show include repeats of interviews with pilot Patrick Smith of AskthePilot.com on near misses in the air; author Tony Hiss on his new book, In Motion: The Experience of Travel; and tech guru Jason Harris of TechCraver.com on his favorite apps for travelers.
December 25, 2010--Hour 2
Rudy's Christmas special with selected interviews from previous shows continues with author Simon Winchester whose new book, Atlantic: A Biography of the Ocean, is a world-wide bestseller; travel writer Tracy Gross discusses the advantages of agritourism; and hotelier Michael Matthews describes the state of the hotel industry, especially as it applies to luxury hotels and resorts. Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates joins Rudy during the (live) new segment to discuss Boeing's long-delayed delivery of its new 787 airliner.
December 18, 2010--Hour 1 (From Meadowood, Napa Valley, CA)
Rudy broadcasts from the gourmet food and wine event, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," at Meadowood resort in northern California's Napa Valley. Featured guests include Bill Harlan, owner of Meadowood resort and producer of Harlan Estate (along with his wife, Deborah), the highly rated and difficult-to-get red wine that bears his family name; Los Angeles-based chef and restaurant owner Nancy Silverton of Osteria Mozza; and Rom Toulon, sommilier at The Restaurant, the Michelin three-starred restaurant at Meadowood.
December 18, 2010--Hour 2 (From Meadowood, Napa Valley, CA)
Rudy's continues his broadcast from "The Twelve Days of Christmas" event at Meadowood with featured guests Andy Beckstaffer, owner of several of Napa's most storied vineyards; chef Christopher Kostow whose Meadowood restaurant, called simply "The Restaurant," recently was awarded Michelin Guide's highest ranking, three stars; and vintner John Conover, vineyard manager of Harlan and BOND estates as well as general of Plumpjack and CADE wineries. Sean Meyer of Destination Cellars also joins.
December 11, 2010--Hour 1 (From the Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico)
Rudy takes the show on the road to broadcast from the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, about a 50-minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific Coast. Featured guests include Michele Grosso, general manager of the Four Seasons Resort; Arturo Gonzales, chief of operations of Vallarta Adventures; and Enrique Alejos, director of the resort's cultural center.
December 11, 2010--Hour 2 (From the Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico)
Continuing with his special broadcast from the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, Rudy interviews anthropologist Susana Valdez, founder of the Huichol Center for Culural Survival and Traditional Arts; Phillipe Piel, executive chef of the Four Seasons; and surfer Pablo Careaga. Travelocity editor Jennifer Gaines also joins to discuss holiday travel.
December 4, 2010 – Hour 1
Featured Guests: Journalist William Middleton, author of an article on the resurgence of tourism in Acapulco, Mexico, in the current issue of Departures magazine, describes the scene there; Marcella Swenson, co-owner of Su Casa Colombia, a tour company based in Colombia, explains why travelers should consider visiting this enigmatic country; and Scott McCartney writer of The Wall Street Journal column, "The Middle Seat," provides an update on airline luggage systems.
December 4, 2010 - Hour 2
Featured Guests: Tech expert Jason Harris, of Techcraver.com, gives us holiday gadget gift ideas; Neil Mandt, creator, producer, and star of Showtime's "Next Stop For Charlie" drops in for a chat; and Patrick Smith, of Askthepilot.com, talks with Rudy about recent Airbus engine incidents.
November 27, 2010 - Hour 1
"Best of Rudy Maxa's World" for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend includes a new interview with Karen Fawcett, Paris correspondent and editor-in-chief for Bonjour Paris, a newsletter about all things Parisian. Best of interviews include: Neal Farrell, consumer security advisor for Intersections, a leading provider of consumer identity theft protection. Karen Faul, a linen and towel expert for Monarch Robe and Towel Company, a leading provider of robes and towels for luxury properties and consumer retail. And Phil Gallo, author of "Record Store Days", tells us where to find some great vinyl record stores!
November 27, 2010 - Hour 2
Second hour of Thanksgiving weekend's, "Best of Rudy Maxa's World", features Richard Quest, the exuberant CNN International correspondent, shares his anecdotes about the mistakes an experienced traveler, such as himself, can make. Roy Goslin, owner of Z Wines, a South African wine import company talks South African wine with us. And Maddy Mahon, Peace Corp volunteer, tells us what she learned from her recent term in the Ukraine.
November 20, 2010 - Hour 1
Featured Guest: The holidays are almost upon us. John Robertson, a professionally trained English butler and a certified protocol and etiquette consultant, gives us tips on how to be a perfect guest. He is a professor and co-founder of the Charles MacPherson Academy for Butlers and Household Managers in Toronto, Canada. Joe Sharkey, New York Times business travel columnist, discusses the new TSA security rules and procedures.
November 20, 2010 - Hour 2
Featured Guest: Something fun and surprising is happening in cities around America! Dennis Scholl, Executive VP of Arts with the John F & James L Knight Foundation explains "Random Acts of Culture". Guest: Kathy McCabe, publisher and editor of the "Dream of Italy" newsletter encourages us to visit Italy over the holidays when there are fewer tourists and the towns and markets are decorated to the max!
November 13, 2010 – Hour 1
Featured Guest: Latin America expert, author and photographer, Christopher Baker, tells us why we should go to Panama and Costa Rica soonest. Jim Bendt, president of Travel Beyond, a travel consultancy specializing in world travel, cruises and safaris. tells us how to plan the perfect trip.
November 13, 2010 – Hour 2
Featured Guest: Bestselling author Simon Winchester discusses his latest book, "Atlantic". Regular contributor and technology expert and blogger, Jason Harris, talks about the Galaxy Tab by Samsung and how it differs from Apple's iPad, as well as how travelers can use both.
Sunday Test Podcast
Have no idea what this podcast is, just wanted to test the upload and categories. It will eventually be deleted.
November 6, 2010 – Hour 1
Featured Guest: Patrick Smith, commercial pilot and journalist, talks to us about an incident where a Quantas A380 airliner was forced to make an emergency landing in Singapore. What is Agritourism? Tracy Gross, author and journalist, explains what you can expect at one of these unique properties. Fresh milk anyone?
November 6, 2010 – Hour 2
Featured Guest: Alex Deborgorski, star of "Ice Road Truckers" on the History Channel tells us what it's like to drive a "big rig" on ice. Mr. Deborgorski just authored a book titled, "KING OF THE ROAD: True Tales from a Legendary Ice Road Trucker".