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Few Americans are more at home while abroad than Rick Steves

Few Americans are more at home while abroad than Rick Steves, which is why it’s odd to hear him admit palpable fear before a recent excursion.

Iranian girls welcome Rick Steves to
Iranian girls welcome Rick Steves to their village when he arrives to film there.
That’s because Steves, who since 1973 has spent about four months a year visiting Europe to gather information for his TV programs, radio show and books, was headed somewhere he always considered scary — Iran.

But what he learned, which he documented in his one-hour PBS special Rick Steves’ Iran that debuted in January, was that most of his fears—as well as several broad assumptions about the culture—were inaccurate.


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